Layout Tour – Ojito to Sonjora
Upon departing Ojito, our train crosses a Howe Truss Bridge over Ojito Creek where the old abandoned bridge abutments and roadbed can be seen beyond the new bridge. The train now is faced with a 4% uphill grade along the side of Sonjora Creek. The fireman will work hard shovelling coal into the firebox to keep steam up on the grade.
At the crest of the grade, our train passes through a rock cut and arrives at Sonjora. Cars from the interchange at Rio and Ojito industries will be spotted in Sonjora. There are two main revenue generators are Sonjora Warehouse, a large complex with room for three cars at the loading dock, and the (future) Sonjora Oil Dock.
The Oil Dock is responsible for loading UTLX “Gramps” tank cars with crude oil from the local oil fields. Empties originate at the interchange at Rio and are returned to the same location once loaded at the Oil Dock.
A Team Track to the side of the (future) passenger station handles small train to truck shipments for the businesses, farmers and residents of Sonjora.
Our train will be turning at Sonjora but cars destined for industries up the line will be left at the interchange track.
Work complete, the road engine heads down the track toward the large doors on the Sonjora Warehouse. These doors conceal the lead to a removable turntable that is through the wall and over top of the clothes dryer. This “fiddle” turntable was installed to turn the larger K-Class locos. Before the arrival of the K’s, the smaller C-Class locos would back down the branch line in a manner very similar to the prototype operations on the D&RGW branch lines.
The Sonjora Turn Switcher is now ready to start on the return trip to Rio.