Mountain Line is HO standard gauge occupying a 2800 square foot
basement. At this point
the track work and signals are complete and the scenery is about 70%
The layout models the Colorado Joint Line as it leaves
East Yard (east staging) and enters Centennial
City with its large freight yard for classification and major passenger
station switched by the Centennial
City Union Terminal RR. Trains from the ATSF, MP, RI, C&S and
CB&Q use the Joint Line into Centennial City.
The Rocky Mountain Line leaves the Colorado Joint Line at Centennial
City on the front range of the Rockies
heading west into Utah across the great divide. Traversing west from
Centennial City the line soon encounters
a 2% helper grade to the centennial divide. The divide itself is
crossed through the Muppet Tunnel. On the
western slope a gentler 1% grade is maintained with the modeled portion
of the line ending at Punston Yard
(west staging). There are two important branch lines. The Dragerton
Branch operated by the Goldpin Tramway
extends to the Blue Valley mining district and the Columbine Branch
operated by the Columbine Coal Belt is a
major source of coal traffic.
The RML is owned by the CB&Q and is greatly
influenced by the parent company. However, the RML maintains
it own paint schemes and many non-Q locomotives are on the roster. The
timeframe is set in the ‘50s and both
steam and diesels are present. Being one of the most scenic routes in
America there is heavy passenger traffic,
including the California Zephyr. An operating CTC system controls the
traffic flow from the Dispatchers computer.
Please visit the Rocky Mountain Lines web site (RML web site) for more
positions, and rule book.
Also, see Great Model Railroads 2012 for more photos and