San Pedro, a Chili Line Imagineering


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)
Depot 36’x44’6″
Platform 8’x16′
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′
Warehouse

Reference:https://www.cumbrestoltec.org/images/stories/Dorman_Catalog/Chili_Line_Facilities.pdf

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.

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San Pedro, a Chili Line Imagineering©9-2018

By: H Mathews

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The Trainset

Like many model railroaders, I have items in boxes I do not use. Some I purchased for future use, some I purchased without any clear plan on their use. Some point in the past, P-B-L announced that they would be releasing passenger cars, including a Chili Line sets. Being a huge fan of mixed trains and knowing of the Chili Line, I took the plunge and ordered one. As a lifetime Rio Grande Southern fan, I really didn’t know much about the DRGW and its branch from Antonito, Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico besides its name, the Chili Line.  I also knew that the motive power was primarily T-12s in the early days and K-28s in the later days of the branch.

Below are two files photos of the trainset when I first worked on C modules. More photographs to follow as the models get unpacked.

Shallow C-Chili Line Sn3
An Sn3 Chili Line train in the 12 inch “C”
Sn3 Chili Line-Shllow C from end
Sn3 in a shallow space