The SJ&T Railroad is a continuing "work-in-progress".
The currently completed areas (which include scenery) appear in light
green above. The "locale" names are included so they may be
cross-referenced with the photographs in the photo galleries. The
gray areas show planned future expansions. These will include the towns of
San Juan and Virginia City. The construction of benchwork for
these areas will start in 2009. You can click on the large track plan
above (or any of the layout
thumbnail images below) to see a high-resolution version of each drawing.
The areas which have changed from year-to-year are highlighted in yellow
Jeff Dutton's Original TC&W Railroad
for photos showing the process of removing the TC&W from Jeff
After the Move, the Reconstructed TC&W (circa 2002)
Each of the 11 segments of Jeff’s TC&W that had finished scenery
has had benchwork augmented and legs added making it a section
of a sectional layout.. The sections have fastening points that allow disassembly
for future relocation. Broken or damaged parts have been fully restored.
Joints between sections were reworked to hide the cut
boundaries. The area given to Suzie Dutton was replaced and new
tracks added in that region. The original backdrop areas
were fastened to the Dutton wall (and could not be removed) were replaced with new backdrops.
These new backdrops were attached directly to the
layout sections and were painted to match the original
backdrops. Trackage, at this point, only allowed back and forth movement of
trains (i.e., continuous loop operation was not possible).
for photos showing the reconstruction of the TC&W in Shelly
Permanent trackage was added in the upper left area and
temporary track (in red) was added to allow continuous
operation. El Capitan Mountain has not yet been built. This
area is highlighted in yellow.
El Capitan Mountain was formed with the construction
of the switch-back that climbs an 8% grade to the mine site on
the mountain. Scenery was installed in the open gap behind
A temporary track was added from the Hidden Valley, connecting
into Foster Siding. This allowed return through Tellurton
and provides two separate loops for continuous operation. The
original closure from Pandera Ovens was removed and Cordova
Canyon and the steel arch bridge installed. The replacement of
the short return loop at the Ovens is a major addition and
defines the site for the future town of Westcliffe.
The trackage for Westcliffe was developed and partially laid. A
wye at Cordova Canyon was installed to provide equipment
turnaround, as well as a switch that allows routing a train to
Tellurton or to the future town of San Juan. Benchwork
was built for the helix to raise the track from the 54-inch
elevation of Herperas Junction to the 70-inch elevation required
for the planned bridge to the San Juan area of the layout. This new "high bridge"
will provide an entrance "duck-under" allowing operators to
reach the center "operations" area of the layout.
Considerable effort will need to be expended on constructing the scenery of
Westcliffe to convey an interesting, prototypical background.