Well, Jim, it is not far enough to warrant a water stop. Just around the corner from the High Line there will be a pass, and there will be a tank there. I am partial to the larger tanks, but have a Banta model of Baker. I have a couple Crystal River kits, though I suppose I could either scratch build a tank, or bash one from a PBL kit. The model of Idaho Springs was built from scratch.
The photos of Solitude always hit home--a water stop in a lonely place.
Today I took some time to work with large wires. I finished up a wall patch and got it painted. Then I installed the light brackets and the lights:
I got a couple wired before it was time to move on to something else.
All the wise owls tell us to prep the layout room and finish everything before starting layout construction. Gosh, those owls are right. I am being much more methodical working on this part of the ceiling and valance.
I've been thinking more intently about modeling Climax atop Fremont Pass. Previously, I had imagined a large coal breaker like that at Floresta on the D&RGW. I am basing my track plan on the one Dave Adams developed for his layout, an he has a similar feature. Coal breakers generate a lot of carloads (why I am building ten Phase I coals!). But, a molybdenum mine would generate a greater variety of carloads of all types (except stock). Plus it would be both a destination for loaded cars, and a shipper. Though it is well documented on this blog that the mine was worked by the eastbound freight, I could generate another job by creating a Leadville-Climax local.
Does anyone have a valuation map for Climax in the 30s they are willing to share and/ or post? There are a handful of photos from afar, but it is difficult to make out the track layout. Looks like a long spur with a number of sidings next to large buildings.
And, lest you think I have been idle, I have the valence painted am in the middle of getting the benchwork truss for the extension in place. Okay, it is not really a truss so much as a frame with deep sides. Like a D&RGW 6500-series flat car.