Jim Hoffman's Denver Rio Grande Western and Rio Grande Southern (HOn3)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Jim Hoffman
401 Black Kettle Lane
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Wheelchair Accessible: 

The layout is DRGW and RGS. The DRGW layout is complete with back drop and scenery. It begins in Durango and ends at Cumbres Pass. There are two roundhouses at Durango and Chama. The RGS layout has complete backdrop, track and switches wired so that trains can run. The towns include Dolores, Stoner, Rico, Ophir, Vance Junction and Ridgway, Colorado. It takes 45 minutes for a train to run the entire layout.

Scale HOn3
Size DRGW 16' by 26' RGS 16' by 26'
Prototype Denver Rio Grande Western and Rio Grande Southern
Locale Colorado
Era 1930's
Layout Style Point to Point with continuous option
Len. Mainline 250 feet
Layout Height Min 45 "" Max 67""
Benchwork L girder
Roadbed 1/2 inch plywood and cork
Trackwork Weathered flex track
Turnout Min Number 6
Min Radius 20 inch
Maximum Grade 2%
Scenery DRGW Complete - RGS 30%
Backdrop Yes
Controls Digitrax radio DCC
Wheelchair Accessible No


H ighway 141 to Old Alabama road, right on Buice road, and go 0.7 miles. Turn right on Farmbrook Lane. First left is Black Kettle Lane, go to top of hill to 401