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Rio Grande Chili Line... Red Hot Route!

Rio Grande Chili Line is an HOn3 Gauge Micro Layout that takes its inspiration from the Denver & Rio Grande Western's Santa Fe Branch between Antonito Colorado and Santa Fe New Mexico. This line was nicknamed the Chili Line and it lasted in operation till 1941.

The layout measures 6' x 1' and thus is a little larger than most micro layouts. It features a single line with two stations, a trestle, and an engine house. The two scratch-built stations are Taos Junction and Espanola. Both are selectively compressed and just charicatures of the real depots. The enginehouse, watertank, and stockpens are scratch-built while the trestle over the Arroyo Hondo is built from a Campbell Scale Models wood craftsman kit. The western town style buildings in Espanola are made from Woodland Scenics kits.

I enjoy building small and simple layouts such as this one. Can a simple Micro Layout be more powerful than a huge model railroad mega empire? I think so! You just have to make an effective statement in a very small space.

These kinds of model railroads are an intersection of model railroading and simple living. Its an ideal layout for someone who has little space and/or wishes to enjoy the hobby by themselves. Such a layout would work well in a tiny home and has a cozy atmosphere.

Like all of my layouts, I feature some cattle in one scene and an aircraft model. The aircraft is a GeeBee Racer that is a repurposed Hallmark Christmas Tree Ornament. Its pretty close to HO scale in size and works well.

HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad


HOn3 Chili Line Layout Model Rail Railroad



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