Colorado Narrow Gauge in 1:20.3

A Colorado Narrow Gauge layout in Texas? Why not? A customer (who prefers to remain anonymous) in Texas approached my longtime friend Steve Blackson in Austin, TX and wanted a G-scale layout around his backyard putting green. This happened in summer 2015. After months of planning and revising track plans, we finally came up with a practical solution which pleased the customer and his kids.

Track plan 90 by 45 ft Click the image to view it full size
   

And finally, in November 2015, we started to lay out the track plan in 1:1 scale around the putting green:

Transfer track plan to real dimensions Transfer track plan to real dimensions Transfer track plan to real dimensions
Transfer track plan to real dimensions Transfer track plan to real dimensions The layout is designed with a future expansion in mind... The corner shown on the left will be the exit from the putting green.

After having marked out the track, trenching (for drainage), filling the trenches with gravel, and laying track started - all in one day!

Prepping the right-of-way Prepping the right-of-way, laying track A derailment waiting to happen...Cutting the massive G-scale track sometimes leaves burrs. This one I overlooked - until a test run...
     

Day seven of laying track. BTW: all the track came as 5 ft rails and tie strips which had to be assembled into flex track.The switches are secured using landscaping pins until the switchstands are mounted. This way, test runs can be done...

Track is down, final ballast layer to follow... Track is down, final ballast layer to follow... Track is down, final ballast layer to follow...
     

It is the 24th November; day 8 of laying and finalizing the track work.

Track is down, final ballast layer to follow... Track is down, final ballast layer to follow... Track is down, final ballast layer to follow...
To imitate cinder ballast we used darker fine gravel as top layer To imitate cinder ballast we used darker fine gravel as top layer To imitate cinder ballast we used darker fine gravel as top layer

With a little help from Steve, we made it just in time for my travel schedule. I had to be back in Florida on the 26th November... Of course, there was a test run under life conditions - with a live-steam engine!