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Models of Historical and Other Structures.

Structures in Klondike City

Photos by Brian Pate, unless otherwise noted.

Prototype Klondike River bridge Model bridge
The Klondike River bridge, a 3-span skewed through truss, pin-connected to ease field assembly. The prototype bridge was often knocked off its piers during spring break-up, and the order of the spans was altered from the original configuration, as described in Johnson's book. The model was built in 1999 from commercial bridge girder components with some longitudinal compression, largely from the historic photo (A.E. Knutson, Eddie Boyce Collection, Kirkland, WA) and reference to a similar bridge - shown at right - which carried a syphon water pipe over the Klondike River near Bear Creek, and still exists. Bridge at Bear Creek carrying syphon.

Model engine house at Klodike City
The Klondike City engine house. The model was built in 1999, from plans drawn by R. Mitchell and some reference to the historic photo at right (Dawson City Museum 994.279.60), with selective compression, mostly in the model's length. The prototype was torn down in the 1940s, and the site is now heavily overgrown, although the foundation, some metal debris and some rails spaced to 3' gauge are still there.


The coaling station at Klondike City. The model was built in 2007 from drawings by Robert Mitchell and historic photos such as the one at right. This shows the stiff-leg derrick used to lift coal to the top of the structure, as well as a small tram system to distribute the coal between the bins, both of which were incorporated into the model. The prototype was apparently filled with coal before the roof was completed. The model has a galvanized iron roof installed. The enclosed water tank next to the modeled coaling station differs from that drawn by Robert Mitchell, which was a rectangular open one. However an enclosed tank is more logical in the Yukon climate, and there is some photographic evidence that such existed further up the line.

At left are shown (from l to r) the ash dump, yard office, tie unloading and speeder shed at Klondike City yard. The design of all of these is arbitrary, since there are no data from the prototype. Further to the right, a water car is filling from the water tank, and this will later go to Sulphur Springs to replenish the water tank there. In the photograph at right is seen the car repair shop at Klondike City yard. In the absence of photographic data, the model was patterned after the one at Durango, CO. The vehicle is by Jordan Models.