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Models of Historical and Other Structures.

Structures along the KMR Main Line.

Photos by Brian Pate, unless otherwise noted.

Model of Old Inn depot. Fragment of historical photo.
The station building at Old Inn. There is very little information on this structure, other than the fragment in a photo from the Yukon Archives shown here. The photo shows a suggestion of a bay window, and a lean-to added at the right end, together with the location of some windows. All this was incorporated in the model, which was built in May of 2006. The colour scheme is the same as that used for the Dawson City and Sulphur Springs station buildings.

Model of Dredge #5 Philip Eccles' photo of Dredge.
Dredge #5 at 90 Below Discovery (90 claims of standard size downstream of the discovery claim on Bonanza Creek). There were a total of 12 dredges that operated in the Klondike goldfields, although not all at the same time. Dredge #5 is typical of a group that were all about the same intermediate size. Some of this group continued in operation into the late 50s and early 60s, and enough of them remain to get an estimate of size, and arrangement of its details. The model was built in 2005-6, from size estimates taken from #'s 6 ,9 10, and 11, with a selective longitudinal compression, and with reference to my own photographs and some historic ones like this one, taken by Phillip Eccles. Some details of the model, notably the buckets, were cast in resin. The colour scheme was taken from the much bigger dredge #4, now restored by Parks Canada.

Model of the
Fox Creek siphon. Historical photo of Fox Creek siphon.
Water was needed in large quantities for gold recovery from the Klondike gravels. It was conveyed for many miles in ditches on relatively level terrain, and across river valleys in pipes (called siphons). The Fox Gulch trestle carried a siphon over both the KMR and Bonanza Creek. However, the approaching dredge necessitates the temporary dismantling of both the pipe and the trestle. Once the dredge works through, the trestle and siphon will be reestablished. This scene is reproduced on the layout (built in 2003), following the historic photo (Library and Archives Canada, Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation Collection/PA103772).

Model of the Homestake Gulch trestle. Historical photo of the
Homestake Gulch trestle
The Homestake Gulch trestle was the largest bridge on the KMR, and crossed over not only the gulch itself, but a ditch at one end and a siphon at the other. The model was built in 2001, by reference among others to this historic photo (University of California, Bancroft Library collection) in which the bridge is seen from the other side, with selective compression in both height and length. However the distinctive bridge structure was retained, and especially the short story near the bottom of the structure. The ditch and the siphon were also modeled.
Model of the Soda depot. The depot at Soda in 1998.
The depot at Soda was the superstructure of one of the KMR's original boxcars, which was converted to a flat car. It still exists in reasonably good shape, as seen here in the summer of 1998. In good lighting the lettering on each side of the door opening could still be read. The KMR had a passing siding at Soda with a capacity of 8 standard length cars. Stub switch hardware can still be found in the willow scrub that covers the area. On the layout, the siding capacity is six cars, and the depot, installed in 2001, is a modified resin box-car casting, with Grandt Line doors and windows added. It is also seen in Figure 13.

Model of the Sulphur Springs depot. Site of the Sulphur Springs depot.
The Sulphur Springs depot was just about the end of the line for the KMR. Photos of this structure do not, I believe, exist but it is known how big the structure was from the railway inspector's report of 1906. The foundations could still be identified in 1998 in the scrub that now covers the site. The model depot (also seen in Figures 11 and 23) was built in 2002 from drawings by Robert Mitchell. On the prototype, there was wye for turning locomotives and a passing siding in front of the depot. On the model this latter has been expanded to 3 tracks to accommodate an increased traffic density. Near the site of the prototype depot there is evidence of an ash dump. On the model this has been upgraded to a coal and water facility, located within the wye and on one of its legs. The design of these facilities is arbitrary, although it does follow the Klondike's propensity for stiff-leg derricks shown in early eras photos. Model engine servicing
facilities at Sulphur Springs.