Feeling sorry on my self, modeling no good…


For several days I been busy cleaning up a mess of a mesh from back in the days, like 2008… I got an email request on a Generic Powerhouse model I had made bashing around some other models, and when I started on the job I knew I wanted to do a good job this time around.

Which of course means it takes time, lot of time in fact!! And of course, I can never do what is asked of me, I need to do my best, and that is not always what the requester thinks, so in the end I ended up with two models, one I hope is what he wanted, and one is more like I felt for..

I sent them of this morning, and rest of day been spent with the model of the California Hotel in Independence, Cripple Creek District. Except I am tired from being up since 05:10 this morning due to me wanting to bid and this time win a set of duplicate Midland Terminal slides, and when it comes to create windows I had to just give up..

I’m Norwegian, the windows I know is not at all like the ones I see on images from the USA, from Cripple Creek, and when tired, and wanting things to be good, I realized, I have to just give it up for now, I can’t do it.

So, I closed my modeling program, again… See, I said I was feeling sorry for my self… I was unable to clean up a texture of a board & batten wall, I have to few of those and none is really any good, so I just got overwhelmed with things I am not able to do as good as I want, hence, I move on to something else until mood strikes again, or I need to rework the Powerhouse model again…

Below is two screenshots from Trainz 2010 of these two Powerhouse models, just to show of a little… :-)

The short 2bay Powerhouse version
View of the shorter 2 bay version.

The long 3bay Powerhouse version

View of the longer 3 bay version I liked better.. :-)

Take care


Categories: Misc, Modeling

Oh the joys of modeling..

Today I though I was smart, using two images from the Denver Public Library (DPL) website and couple them up with two Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from 1896 and 1900 and make a quick and easy structure..

Yeah, right…

I of course ran into trouble, as I find no way to make all the known info fit together… The Sanborn maps gives med the length and width of the structure, I round it off to a nice metric number, in this case a structure 25 meter long by 7,62 meters wide (1896 Sanborn gave it to be about 25,3 meter and the 1900 Sanborn about 24,8 meter…) as it fills a whole lot in the width department and that is as far as I know 25 feet which rounded of gives 7,62 meters.

The images from DPL was these;

Independence (Teller Co.) Colo.

This gives a quite nice side view of the structure, while this:

Hotel at Independence

Gave me a little more of the front. :-)

Trouble started when my 1900 Sanborn gives this structure a height of 22 feet, or 6,7 meter, as when I try scale the front view out from that I end up with a doorway less then 2 meter high…

If I use a false front height of 8 meters, I can a good match on the door, windows with 180cm height and my base model looks OK. But, then I drift away from the given 22-foot high structure on the Sanborn…

So, day has gone by with trying to figure out what is wrong, how to make all the knows work together, and so far, I have failed miserable in that part! :-(

To add to the confusion, there are to other known images where this structure appears on the DPL, and they both show a longer structure…

But, as the Sanborn 1896 gives a structure closer to these two images above and one of them appears in a book published in 1896/1896 I know that image has to be pretty close in age to the Sanborn map footprint…

So I assume sometimes after 1900 the structure was extended, and by 1908 it was all gone, together with all structures in that part of the Independence town site as my 1908 Sanborn edition shows no structures there at all…

Hence, the joy of modeling, what to do when known info do not match, and your easy project has taken a wrong turn…

Yes, walk away…

Which I might do, who knows, keep and eye out, I might have adjustments to make here… :-)

——- Update late evening ——-

OK, I admit, I messed up…

I found the way to make the given height work, but, I had to abandon the way I had cropped, and perspective corrected the front and side views to use as a guide on my model, as the perspective did indeed throw me of course…

I also had to reduce the length of the model from the 25 meter per Sanborn info to 16 meter as a educated guess of 1,5 meter between the poles supporting the structure, and yes, the scale of the model appears way more correct then when comparing to the DPL image.

A screenshot:

By using my image editing program and take the nearest corner, just left of the sign saying California Hotel, as a reference point, I was able by drawing lines on top and bottom of the windows as a long line crossing the corner post and measuring the height from the bottom of the wall using a scale sett by the height from bottom to top of that corner with a given height of 6,7 meter (22 feet) to guesstimate the windows to be 90x150cm and located at 65cm and 3 meter on the side wall, and 3,1 meter on the front wall for the three top windows.

I was also able to get the door size to fit a 2,1 meter size including the trim, and the larger bottom windows to be about 150x150cm and 60cm up from the bottom. As a base model, I think I am pretty close and I am happy with this…

How I will solve the fact Sanborn say this structure is 25 meter long?

Easy, I have found, seen two images of this structure from a distance, and one of them clearly shows a structures with more windows on the side, so, of course, this structure was so successful as a hotel they had to extend it, and by the time Sanborn came around, it was already extended and hence, the reason why I never was able to match the above image to the known given length is that this is a early edition of the structure… :-)

That works for me, feel free to prove me wrong… ;-)

Take care


Categories: Modeling

Only took a year or so…


Last year I finally after loosing real access to my website (http://www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/) through my old Microsoft Frontpage software awhile before that, broke down and started a long rework of my site using more modern tools and techniques I had to learn along the way…

That made part of my site better, some not so good, but overall I think I have a better easier working site for me to work on, but, a lot of shot cuts I took I need to rework again down the line.

But, for now, I am happy, tonight I put up my last few pages, the index, whats new and some other stuff, and now I need to clean up my old files, remove what is not needed and so on.

But, it feels like a Great Milestone, and I hope it means I can start get stuff out there again and somewhat back to a more normal life…
Problem is my web building program is on a different computer then where I normally work, but I figure a way around it… :)

For now, you done good Linda, hopefully all works like it should!

Well Done!


Categories: Misc

Me, lucky – Oh yes, I can be!!!

Wow, wow, WOW!!! That is the best word I have to say, I actually won alone three more glass plate negatives from the Cripple Creek District just now, unbelievable and totally GREAT!!!

And, the seller has been willing to trade with me here in Norway, today/tonight is a great day!! :)

Sometimes luck smiles and smiles big at me – thanks!!!

The four plates I have got now seems all to have been taken from the High Line Trolley, the original alignment of it, which is pretty cool.

Except, one part can not be from that, hmm, the one from last night is along the Short Line/new High Line up Gold Hill, this actually helps narrow down the time frame the photo’s can be from, cool! :)

Anyway, just felt like sharing… :P

Take care



I now actually start to wonder if my last entry had a positive impact, as I just won the glass plate negative I bid on some days ago on eBay!!

And it might me so happy – that and the fact it is passed 0300 at night and I am very tired and hence high in mind… LOL
Thanks, now, the next three for seller tomorrow – I mean later today… :)

Good night and sleep well who ever is reading this – and if you’re a fellow person from eBay, a mighty big thank you!!

Categories: The District

eBay is Dangerous but Fun!!



Yesterday was dark, wet, dreary, today is light, sun is out, no rain, and, I have found an item on eBay that made my blood flowing and it is so hard to sit tight and just wait for it!

At first I was a little afraid as it was another US-only item, but, I wrote seller and he was so kind and said he would be willing to ship to me, and that made me so Happy!!! :)

It will cost me a fortune, but I think it should be worth it! A little bit hesitation as it looks like a photo taken from either a moving train or a Trolley, so the front is blurry, and the structure in the back is possible also slightly affected – hopefully not.

The worse part it is like 6 days and 12 hours to wait, and it ends around 0300 at night my time… That is the bad parts, and of course, the fighting for it…

But, other than that, I am so excited as it might help gain a better understanding of one of several thousands of structures in the Cripple Creek Mining District back in the days – and one which is along the Midland Terminal so it is a needed structure to make a model of for my project and I just NEED this image!!

This is what I am talking about, please, everyone, stay away from it, please… :P



Still alive, still thinking and feeling, still me. LOL

I’m hopeless in keeping up to date all my projects, I have wanted to update my website all the time since I sort of crashed it late last year but I just got the parts restored and not my access to it really so I have no way to update it per say.

That is, I can make and create new pages, just not access it with the program I used to use… FTP is only access now a days, and it is too much for to keep site working so I let it slide…

Was working on a replacement, but things got in the way, life for instance, and then my Cripple Creek Research kicked in and lured me away full-time.

I have a lot of thoughts in my mind, few is of use to share with others… Overall I say life is kinda good at the moment, not great, but not filled with all bad stuff either. There are plenty of that, but it has not dragged me down to much.

This summer been wet so far, awful in many ways, but I found and have used and learned quite some stuff and even found location of an old photo I got of eBay last year – of a mine called Cove Boy – that was real cool and great!!! :)

I try to keep up to date with my Internet friends, but even that tends to be a mountain railroad ride – ups and downs! :|
But, I at least try

After all, my name starts with LIT and I like to look at is meaning “Life Is Trying” and that is how I try to live, do my best in all I do!

Even feeling bad… LOL

Last was sort of a joke. :)

Lately I been wondering if the world is really a good place to be, if I can be of use for anything out there, but I’ve yet to figure that one out so I am still searching for an answer on that one.

I realize I am sort of unique in my way of thinking and combining thoughts and such, and I been wondering if that is something I could use to maybe help my income a little, but then cold hard facts – or my own bad thinking (have not figured that one out yet) – hit me in the face and I realize, I am just one of many wanna bees…

Then again, I am at least unique, like we all are…


But, I am working on me, figuring me out is a full days job in it self, do we all have it that way?

I guess we do, but how many thinks about it, and try to learn from them self?

Either way, this was just a bunch of rambling words, I was supposed to write an email to a friend, and somehow I ended up in here instead. :P

Life’s funny sometimes, and I love to smile, that is easy to know as it is so easy to make me smile!

Take care who ever reads this!


Categories: Misc

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