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Great Model Railroads By Allen Keller Vol. # 8


Volume 8 - Doug Geiger's Granite Mountain Railway
Doug Geiger's Granite Mountain Railway is a three level HO layout made for operation. Doug has modeled an East-West bridge route thru the Colorado Rockies to Washington state with 3% grades in some places. That means helpers on his long freights with diesel and steam power.

A helix is the trick that makes a multi-level railroad a reality, and Doug will describe some of his methods for building the 3 on the Granite Mountain. Doug will also show you how to reduce derailments with a few modifications to common boxcar kits. A railroad that fills a 43X23 foot basement needs lots of pine trees, so Doug will share his method of making them from jute and wire.

You'll tour the GMRwy behind a modern diesel powered passenger train, and then enjoy an operating session done in the prototype manner. The "Keller-Cam" is our new camera that will take you inside the locomotive cab for a view not possible before.

The 10 year-old Granite Mountain is the work of an informal club. Each member adds his or her skills with Doug directing the work. Doug's wife, Barbara is a long-time railfan, who not only understands Doug's love of trains, but assists with construction and operation.

You'll enjoy the work of this master layout planner/builder and his Great Model Railroad, the Granite Mountain Railway.

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