My new project is going to be a simple layout using an imagineered village along the DRGW’s Chili Line. Why an imagineered location? While it’s true the Chili Line offers several interesting switching towns, I wanted to model several things that interest me such as stock pens (for sheep and double deck stock cars), a cistern and water tank, small freight station, and a passenger station. A simple passing siding would suffice and perhaps a short spur for a team track. For the village, several small adobe homes and fields to represent one of the small towns served by the Chili Line in northern New Mexico.
There are several Chili Line stations that interest me, however the two small ones that I like are Tres Piedras and Chamita. One item missing from these two stations is a water tank. I calculated the length of the sidings in S scale to give me an idea of an area using a program I found here. As you can see, the sidings, if not compressed, would be very long. Since the Chili Line is only operating a mixed train in each direction daily accept Sunday’s in the time period I’m modeling there isn’t a need to have a long passing siding for opposing meets. Historically this took place at Embudo which will north of San Pedro. While looking for information on Tres Piedras and Chamita, my internet search dug up some excellent information on the Cumbres and Toltec site regarding the DRGW facilities at both stations.
Tres Piedras, New Mexico Milepost 315.05
Track #8 – 786′ siding ( about 12 1/4 feet in S scale)
Bunk House 7’6″x24′ carbody
Coal House unspecified
Tool House 6’x8′ leanto
Pump House 17’x23′ and a Cistern 3’x5′ 6″
Stock Pen 47’x47′ w/4’x13′ loading platform
Leanto 13’x18 (two are listed)
Chamita, New Mexico Milepost 366.76
Chamita is the Station just north of the Rio Chama River crossing.
Track #22 – 1174′ siding ( about 18 feet in S scale)
Depot 8’6″x32′ car body (burned 9/18/1938)
Freight House 8’6″x32′ car body (burned 9/18/1938) Platform, cinder 7’6″x32′
Platform, cinder 8’6″x32′
Accessed on 8/28/18
Here is my first concept sketch of San Pedro using an app called “Paper”. With my fingers it’s hard to draw a finished product, but it’s great to use the program for quick ideas. I’m still debating the locations for the cistern and section house.
San Pedro, a Chili Line Imagineering©9-2018
By: H Mathews