The In-ko-pah Railroad



I began work on this project in January 2006. The railroad is situated on steep slope behind our house. It represents a fictional, narrow gauge railroad in a rugged, rocky desert environment.

After nearly two and half years of labor, the mainline of the railroad was completed and a train made the first complete lap around the layout on May 21, 2008!

There is roughly 250-300 feet of track, with numerous trestles, bridges and tunnels. All were scratch-built. Several structures are in place, also scratch-built.

There is still much work to be done. One passing siding and a couple of spurs remain unfinished. At two locations on the mainline, temporary plank bridges fill in until permanent structures can be built. Some of the wiring for low-voltage structure lighting has not yet been installed. Only a small percentage of plants are in place, and there are many mines and structures to be built.

In the spring of 2009 I began work on the town of Dos Manos, laying down a concrete foundation for a row of buildings. The first structure was a small, two-story house. A rock shop was next. As of September 2012 there are now five buildings in this town. Eventually several more structures will be added.

In 2013 I built the first building of my second town, Mineral Ridge. Since then I’ve finished two more buildings, and a mill. More buildings are planned including a depot, plus mine tram. Other, smaller towns are planned, plus some mines and mining camps.

I’m also sculpting my own scale figures, patterned after friends and family members. Only a few have been finished so far, but I plan to do many more.

The In-ko-pah Railroad

was featured in the December 2011 issue of

Garden Railways


Scale and Gauge

Origin of the Name


Modeling Goals

Fictional History

Real History

Track Plan

Construction Photos

    Building Plate Girder Bridges

    Building Trestles

    Building Tunnels

    2011 Tunnel Upgrade Project  

    Building a Concrete Viaduct

    Building a Stone Retaining Wall

    Building a Stone Arch Bridge (Part One)

    Building a Stone Arch Bridge (Part Two)

    Rebuilding The Cliffs  Jan/Feb 2010

    2011 Repair & Upgrade Projects  

Structures   Updated 6/25/15

Structure Lighting 

Water Tower 



Railbus #1 - The “Tin Lizard”

Rolling Stock


Wildlife Figures 

Future Plans



Featured videos:

In-ko-pah Railroad Freight Ride 2014  New!

A Day On The In-ko-pah Railroad 2011

Recent Photos

New pics added June 25, 2015

Night Photos


Dos Manos (Town)

Mineral Ridge (Town)

Grandt Cliff (Town)  New!


Railroading Links

Miscellaneous  Updated 2/22/15

    A list of modeling articles I’ve had published, with links to the magazine issues.

Updated June 7, 2015

with a link to my first full column in Model Railroad Hobbyist.


Modeler’s Resource Page

A special collection of photos with modelers and artists in mind, categorized by subject. Includes Doors, Windows, Roofs and Roof Details, Weathered Wood, Weathered Metal, Steel Drums, Sidewalks and Concrete, and many more subjects!

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