Welcome to the Recreation of the Old West
This current ongoing project is my attempt to recreate a piece of the Old West as things might have been in the 1880s somewhere in the Southwest United States. Below are some screenshots of the layout as it is progressing. The map is currently over 220 baseboards and is HIGHLY custom textured. Remember there were not a lot of buildings and structures during this time period so the texturing has to be extremely good to pull off a good looking route. That is why this project is taking so long.
Map and General Layout
The main line of this layout runs through a desert and grassland area and there will probably be 4 little towns along the route.
Climbing out of the Desert and heading towards the Mountain Pass
Along the main line there is a branch line which will service a mining industry and a logging industry in the mountains. On the other side of the mountains will be at least one town, but to get there you have to go over the pass. The pass is 2400 feet to the summit above the mainline and provides some pretty spectacular scenery along the way. Then down about 800 feet to the plateau on the other side.
The Mountain Pass
The Marent Gulch Trestle Model
When this trestle was built by the Northern Pacific RR near Missoula Montana in the 1880s it was the tallest trestles in the US at 236 feet high and 860 feet long. This model is 300 feet high for those that need to span some big gulches.
Narrow Gauge line to the mines
Narrow Gauge Logging lines