D.S.&F. Ore Train Photo Gallery
The following photo gallery/slide show shows off our 20′ Gondola/Ore Car Kit (Kits FMW-2213 and FMW-2325, both the urethane and styrene versions of the kit) in action on our layout. The photos depict a typical ore train on the Diamond Springs and Fiddletown Railway servicing the Fiddletown ore bin.
The scenery on the layout is currently half-way through a redo (the photos were taken 2/26/2010). Our previous efforts were too dark and wet looking. The basic ground cover is back in and the trees have been thinned out and repositioned, but have yet to be blended into the scenery at their bases. The open area along the mainline will eventually be grass covered (California summer golden brown). Some of the buildings in Kimberly Junction are temporary. A small order station, water tank, and semaphore orderboard have yet to be built. Some of you may recognize the ore bin outside of Fiddletown from our article in the January 1997 issue of Finescale Railroader, “Subject to Closest Scrutiny: Inspiration.” It has been cut into the scenery, but the mine entrance, waste pile, and mine office at its base have yet to be finished.
The open area below the retaining wall (below the passing siding outside of Fiddletown) will eventually house a large mine complex with Western Scale Models’ Rowe Shaft as its centerpiece. This mining complex is serviced by the 2′ gauge, Arrowhead Mine Tramway which travels between this mine shaft and its mill on the other side of Half-Moon Bay. The Arrowhead Mine Tramway and the Diamond Springs & Fiddletown Railway share right-of-way starting in Kimberly Junction. The equipment of the Arrowhead Mine Tramway was featured in the cover article of the September 1998 issue of Finescale Railroader.
Engine No. 5 was also the cover article subject of the March 2002 issue of Finescale Railroader.
The track diagram shows the section of the layout on which ore train travels in the following photos.
Clicking on any photo will bring up an enlarged overlay of that photo. Clicking on the resulting play button will play a slide show of all of the photos. The “Pause” button will halt the slide show. The left and right arrows will take you to the previous and next photos, respectively. Clicking on the “x” button will close the photo overlay.