I made the pilgrimage to Cheyenne to Harry Brunk's Union Central and Northern. Oh, and while we were there 4014 made an appearance.
For those not in the know, we C&S modelers will forever be indebted to Harry for his long running series of articles documenting his research on the C&S Clear Creek lines. Harry certainly contributed to my own interest in the C&S. It is great to see the layout in person.
The first thing you encounter is Black Hawk. I believe this is one of the first areas modelled by Harry. So neat to see Gregory Street as it used to be.
Who doesn't like a water tank? Especially one with cast iron legs! Chris...is there a base on those columns in the weeds?
Forks Creek. Again, nice to see this in person and understand where all the parts are.
Idaho Springs (this all really fit in that little trailer?!?)
Who can forget Kester Oil?
Sn effective use of a mirror at Georgetown.
A baseball game inside the Big Fill.
For Jim, here is the wye at Silver Plume with the clock and picnic pavilion.
Any guesses what the wheels on the timber tower are? Why is the one part at an angle?
Thanks for coming up and taking photos and posting them. Work continues on the UC&N to complete Golden and some of the connecting areas.
Harry is getting on in years and as such, his health is deteriorating. He doesn't get out as much as he used to, but the UC&N shows his unmistakable hand, even in the new areas that have been built. When he is up at the layout, he is usually in the back room working on something that he thinks needs his artist's hand at weathering.
Mike Pannell (aka Car57) took Harry to the Sherman Hill Model RR Club show as well as out to see the 4014 last weekend. Thanks to any and all of you who attended.
Great photos, Keith, thanks for posting! I was planning on stopping to see this in Cheyenne last week, but the weather on I-70 forced a detour down from Laramie instead of Cheyenne as planned. I'll be driving down from WA to TX again at the end of June, so will thankfully have a second chance to see this firsthand.
Thanks, Rick for the hours and contact info!
Wow, there’s a lot to learn in those. Thanks for posting, Keith!
Fortunately for us the great Harry Brunk put it all down in the Gazette one enthralling episode at a time. That was usually the first article I read each issue on receipt some 3-4 months later.
It was Harry's series that fermented my interest in the Clear Creek Lines with the Idaho Springs area in particular and led to myself making 10 pilgrimages, Up Clear Creek in a Rental Car. Even better was to get to meet the Man at the NNGC's every now and then.
I was able to squeeze in a late Friday afternoon visit to the UC&N on a time-constrained trip through Cheyenne 2 weeks ago, and truly enjoyed the display. To avoid duplicating Keith's photos, I've culled mine down to ones that complement his for this post.
I've visited several times and once even got to run a train! Harry's work is inspirational and the "connections" to the various scenes built new at Cheyenne are a real plus. We try to get to North Dakota every year and always visit the UC&N along the way! Ned
Bob- Maddock, it's a little (aren't they all?) town of 400 +/- souls 35 miles or so SW of Devil's Lake. My mother was born there and I have one uncle (of 15 kids) left there plus a few cousins. Love ND in the summertime. Dad was from Massachusetts, so that's where we ended up when he retired. My wife is from there and we spend most of our summers there. Dad was Regular Army and I was too, then retired from that and got into the railroad engineering business, and am now completely retired. Maddock is at the end of the MD&WRR line running north from Carrington. With only one old grain elevator the town is struggling to stay alive. Ned