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Colorado & Santa Fe RR




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Layout Overview      

The Colorado & Santa Fe RR, C&SF is a freelanced model incorporating the areas and kinds of landscapes I am both familiar with and have some knowledge.  The era is that glorious time of the 50's when the Santa Fe was transitioning from Steam to Diesel. Denver, Colorado Springs, Raton Pass and Santa Fe NM certainly can be connected pretty easily but Norman, Oklahoma?  That's where I grew up and saw the Santa Fe pretty much every day as we always lived in that section of town near the mainline as in bisected Norman. When Athearn released their brick red ATSF station, and included Norman in the decal set, Norman became a permanent addition to my layout.  I really love the look of the rugged Colorado Rockies, so while I'm calling it Raton, those familiar with that pass will instantly know my mountains look more like something found on the Denver Rio Grande.



FAQ(Frequently asked Questions)

  • When did you on start on this layout?     May of 2007
  • Did you do it yourself?  Yes mostly, but see credit corner
  • What do you like most about Model Railroading?  Jeanne is just up stairs and I never get bored, there is always something different to do.
  • What do you like the least about Model Railroading?  Putting up drywall.
  • When did you get into model railroading?  November, 2005, but from when I was 5 – 14, I had a train set, at 35, I built an HO layout but quickly abandoned it. 
  • What brought you back to HO model railroading?  SOUND & DCC

Layout Facts


  • Around the walls
  • Backdrops are painted Masonite
  • All bench work is sectional
  • Roadbed is 3/4 plywood with soundboard in the yards and cork on the mainlines.
  • When I double tracked the mainline, Masonite spline roadbed was used extensively.
  • Original mountains are aluminum screen wire painted with hydrocal.  Newest ones are Woodlands Scenics plaster cloth over cardboard strips with Bragdon Enterprises resin and foam rock.  I am also using red rosin paper for much of the latest scenery underlayment.

Track plan specifics

  • 2 double ended yards with 12' siding length
  • Layout room size 43 * 16
  • Mainline 225 feet
  • Maximum train length is 13 feet ~ 22 cars
  • Longest passing siding is 22'


  • DCC is currently Digitrax Super Chief (twin DCS100’s PS2012)
  • Throttles – Digitrax duplex radio (DT402D) and a DCS51 Zephyr
  • PC to DCC interface twin Loco-Buffers
  • PSX Circuit Protection (4 power districts)
  • Signal & Detection CTI-Electronics current detectors
  • Automation software CTI-Electronics TrainBrain software
  • CTI RFID detection


  • Atlas code 83 flex track
  • Atlas & Walthers  code 83 Turnouts, mainline #8
  • Tortoise turnout motors
  • Hare and Wabbit turnout decoders
 Credit Corner

My Colorado & Santa Fe Layout incorporates the good thinking, talent and gifts of many friends and associates.  I wish to acknowledge the following contributions:

Jeff Morrison                     Loaned me his expensive Spectrum Buildings for Denver.  Encouraged me to expand into the next room and bing a friend for a long time.

Dan Hoblit                          Engineering assistance on the track plan, building placement and other stuff.

John Parker                        The valences were modeled after his superb work.

Russ Boehm                       Incented me to build the valences in the first place.

Doug Wright                      Taught me how to build trees and Foam based streets.

Jack Lasharr                       Building the Coon Gap Sawmill, the Old Machine Shop and the Coal Tipple. I bought them from him off

John LaFleur                      Using Mountains as a view block and building a Pump Jack.

Jerry Gilland                       inspired me to think that someday I can scratch build good models

Jack Rummel                     Bunches of ideas for my ‘city’ scenes









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