Okay I am most likely jumping the gun. But I am daydreaming and just wanted to share my thoughts for the sake of conversation. In other threads I mention that I have changed the theme of my railroad. Same era, same general principle, but narrowing the scope to one town instead of an entire RR. The town is Burke Idaho and is a blend of 1890-1910 ish. In doing so I want to add some of the key elements of the town in that day. One of the most prominent features of that time period was the Hecla Mine. well I was trying to figure out how to add the mine to the bench and make it work. Now I am not asking for a replica. just a representation. But the tracks were inconveniently laid. Or so I thought. I had always intended to do flats on the wall against the bench. All of this is actually gonna work I think. Here is the bench area i am wanting to play with.
The lower section from the wye to the bottom of the picture is where I want the mine to go. But the tracks are right close to the house. What to do. The spur track that isn’t connected can go away. I thought I could always run the train through the building, but how goofy is that. Ha not goofy at all. That is exactly what they did. All be it a spur and not the mainline but lets not be so picky.
the real mine and a Sandborn map showing them putting the track through the building.
So knowing they did such a thing i can make the main mine building on the right side of the track and the shops on the right side of the track flats. I can then extend the main mine building over the tracks and build the rest of the mine on the left side of the bench. and the best part is that not seen in my layout picture it that there is a set of double tracks just below the bench to the left of the picture which means I can even drop the ore bins off the side of the bench down to the tracks below just as they did the real thing. So what I once thought was going to be a difficult build is actually going to be pretty realistic to get the main jist of the Hecla.
Shouldn’t take more than 30 or 40 years to build it. Need to draw up some windows, doors, and details in CAD and start printing