|Rio Grande Railroad
A Featured Layout on the 2008 Four Club Tour
The Rio Grande Railroad has a total of 325 feet of track featuring a mainline narrow gauge, plus a separate logging line. The water features include a waterfall and two ponds stocked with gold fish. Two railroad stations (Chama, NM and Willow Creek CO), give illusion of a busy railroad serving across state lines (much like prototype). Visitors usually notice the manicured landscape of scale-like trees and groundcovers. Another focal point is a 8-foot railroad bridge crossing Willow Creek. Having been in HO for 40 years, developing a railroad theme was important to me. Hence, most of my locomotives and rolling stock have been re-lettered for the Rio Grande Railroad and are fitted with Kadee couplers for realistic operation as well as looks. Motive power is all steam: 3 Moguls, 1 Forney and a K-27. The Rio Grande Railroad was the featured cover story for Garden Railways magazine in June of 2000.
The first 7 photos below were taken during the 2008 Four Club Bus Tour. Bud's Rio Grande Railroad was one of the five featured layouts on the tour.
David: here is an additional picture that I think might offer a better variety to my Rio Grande Railroad pictures. – Bud Hunter – Jan 14, 2009
Heavy Snow on the Mainline – December 19, 2007
Bud Hunter Photo – Dec 2007
Above – 2-1-2012 – David: I know this is "out of the blue", but our January weather was just as unexpected, so for what it's worth, I decided to take advantage of it. Wonder if anybody else did? – Bud Hunter