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June 28, 2022

Black Hawk Railroad in 1/24th Scale

Fred Hutchison explaining his track plan
The switch stands are fully operational - a benefit of large scale

Storage cabinets under the layout
I visited Fred Hutchison's layout last weekend to provide him with some input on his 1/24th scale Black Hawk Railroad. Black Hawk was an interesting town in Colorado where gold and other minerals were mined and smelted as early as 1859. Two railroads eventually served the town, the Colorado Central and the Gilpin Tramway.

Fred is building a layout in 1/24th scale that is prototypically based. That is not something you see very often. 

It is essentially a one town switching layout. He is trying to replicate the track plan as it actually existed. That is a challenge given the large size of 1/24th scale.

The layout is situated in his garage with a removable staging section that will extend over the driveway. The whole layout is moveable to allow access to the rear. He also built very clever rolling storage cabinets under the layout.

Fred is decorating the garage like the interior of a station.   It will be interesting to see the layout  develop.


  1. A fascinating layout. Are the engines and rolling stock scratch built, being that they are 1/24 scale? It's too bad large scale narrow gauge was made to fit an existing track gauge rather than the more manageable proportion of 1/2=1'-0"

    1. AnonymousJuly 01, 2022

      I am not sure. I think he is using 45mm track but I might be wrong. He has two engines. one is. Gilpin Tram engine but it also runs on 45mm. Prrhaps Fred can clarify.