Colorado Mining Operations
The Red Mountain Northern is an HOn3 layout depicting a fictitious northern extension of the Silverton Railroad, north from Red Mountain Mining district in Colorado. The time frame is the late 1890s, while the Silver mines were still prospering, just prior to the repeal of the Silver Purchase Act and the beginning of the long decline in mining in the Red Mountain District.
Floor to Ceiling Scenery
The layout has outstanding floor-to-ceiling scenery. The pike features dramatic mountains and gulches of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The layout features Styrofoam structural and scenery base construction with scenery surfaces of plaster rock castings and lots of Colorado "dirt". The layout is point-to-point incorporating a hidden "sneak back" track to facilitate continuous running of trains. The track follows the route of the old wagon toll road from Silverspoon to the mining camp of Karabou Flats, with many small towns and mining sidings along the way.
Other Layout Scenes
Tom's layout includes much highly-detailed modeling with impressive scratchbuilt structures.
Tom Fitzsimmons Red Mountain Northern Railroad
HOn3 Gauge Model Railroad