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Kevin Musser's Copper Range Railroad
I started building my first Copper Range Railroad in 1993 with the help of a great group of friends, dubbed the "Midnight Pocatello Yardmasters". I had been developing the ideas that went into this railroad for over 15 years and finally had the time and space to do it. You can view my first layout here.
The start of a new Copper Range Railroad started in the Winter of 2000. It is a much reduced plan from my first attempt but more manageable and will allow for greater detail of the area of the Copper Range I like the most. The route will recreate the area from Atlantic Mine to Painesdale, with a possible extension to Houghton. The general route on the prototype can be seen below.
The representation of this route in my basement can be seen
The plan for the Painesdale portion of the layout (under construction)
General: The railroad has a total mainline length of 70 ft., which represents the Copper Range railroad from Atlantic Mine to Painesdale Michigan, set in 1923. The design is a point-to-point with a Wye at each end, walk-around style, utilizing memory throttles. The track is code 70 throughout, minimum radis is 30 inches and #6 switches, #8 switches are used on all passing sidings. Passing sidings are found in all towns and are required for realistic operation. The railroad supports 2 roaming road cabs and one yard cab at Mill-Mine Junction. The railroad is dispatched using a custom database I developed using a VBA application for EXCEL to realistically route and make up trains. A fast clock is also used during operation.
Construction: All of the structures are scratchbuilt from plans I have found or developed myself from old photos or existing structures. All of the structures are ones which were found in the Keweenaw. Most buildings are in their exact location but some have been moved to enhance the appearance and for selective compression reasons. Scenery is "Oatmeal" and I use poly foam for the supporting structure. Trees and ballast are from natural sources. The ballast has been taken from the mainline of the Copper Range to get the exact color and ground to scale size. The railroad mainline is 55" from the floor which gives a great viewing perspective, no helicopter view here. Height disadvantaged may need to use a step block.
Photos of the construction of the Champion #4 ShaftRockhouse in Painesdale.
Champion #4 Shaftrockhouse (complete), captain's office (complete), hoist house (mock up) to the right, electrical shop (mock up) and oil house (complete) in foreground. Photo taken from the roof of the machine shop (mock up). Scenery to come.
|Models of Copper Range equipment:
Cabooses: Replicas of CRRR cabooses are:
Coaches: Replicas of CRRR passenger cars are:
Box Cars: I have built to date three types of
CRRR box cars as follows:
Rock Cars: I have focused my efforts on the
American Car and Foundry 40 ton hopper cars
|Photos to come as construction progresses.|