Bill Briggs

The Towns of Musselshell & Carrizzo

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The towns of Musselshell and Carrizzo on Bill Brigg’s Musselshell & Yogo Peak Railroad offer exquisite scenery and incredible detail. In this video, watch a tour of the towns of Musselshell and Carrizzo and hear brief descriptions of their build and more.

Musselshell is a mountain town that sees all four of the railroads on the layout. It houses 18 feet of track. Trains entering the town pass over the northern pacific twin bridges. The first twin bridge is a 311 feet double track steel truss and girder bridge, while the second is 309 feet. Musselshell’s Weaver Building was named and built in honor of Brigg’s relatives. It also includes a church, in-process roofing with workers, and a depot completely styrene scratch built and modeled after a real Wisconsin depot. The painted backgrounds feature a sunset and thunderstorm and are modeled after authentic Montana imagery. The town also uses real rocks from Montana. The scenery had to match backdrop perfectly and Brigg’s and his team succeeded.

The North Coast Limited locomotive travels over Musselshell and onto Carrizzo, a rough and tumble town. Carrizzo features several bars, a mining tunnel, and figures unloading cargo from the trains. Above the town is the NP Summit which bring an end to the double track. The layout utilizes prototypical operating signals which are run by current detection and semiconductor logic. Repeater panels are used to view signal indication. Every detail of this layout was executed and thought out thoroughly to truly create a model that is full of life and character.

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