Some of you asked me to give you a heads up when the articles about my new
lead and zinc mine appear in print. The first of two articles is in the
February 2013 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. The second
installment will appear in the March issue next.
The articles feature how the Cimarron Lead and Zinc mine was constructed. We
start with the site where my logging yarding operation was to have taken
place, but that never came to happen. Mountains were bashed, a track moved
and three major components for the mine were constructed.
I hope you like the articles and pictures. I sent in about 50 or 60 photos
with the text and I believe most of them will make it into print. The plan
for the operation is to have two K series engines bring 12 cars up the 4%
grade to the mining site. Once there, one of the engines will pull the 12
loaded HS gondolas from the mine tracks while the other locomotive will spot
three empty HS cars on the loading track and 9 more on the waiting/storage
tracks. When all the switching is finished, both engines will leave the site
with the 12 loaded cars.
Last February, RMC ran an article on the construction of the Miners' Union
Hotel which houses the miners for the week while they're at the mine. Monday
morning a special coach train will arrive at the hotel and deposit the
miners who will stay at the place for meals, showers and rest. Friday
evening the train will arrive once again to take them back to their home
down in the valley below. The upper center portion of the hotel serves as
the residence for the mine supervisor and his family. They normally stay at
the site over the weekends unless they have tickets to the opera house in
the town below. Oh boy, it looks like I'll have to build an opera house now.
Hope you like the articles.