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Dulce Deopt
and
Cimarron Depot

Publication: Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette
Publication Date: March/April 2010



BEST (Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains). 375 Bean Hill Rd., Belmont, NH 03220, 603 267-1818, www.besttrains.com sells two HO scale depot kits based on Colorado prototypes. The first, Dulce (on the left in the photo), sells for $59.95. The prototype was once located on the Denver & Rio Grande Western line between Chama and Durango on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. The second BEST kit, the Cimarron Depot (on the right in the photo), sells for $64.95. The prototype was once located on the D&RGW's line between Gunnison and Montrose.

Both kits feature inner basswood laser cut walls to be covered with laser cut wood siding. The Dulce Depot has a bay window and laser cut windows unique to that depot. Its clapboard siding is wider than the siding on the Cimarron Depot. Both kits include styrene windows and doors, laser cut wainscoting, and have laser cut "glass", and shingle strips. Printed signs and decals for Rio Grande heralds for the gable ends are provided - as are strip wood for the trim and corner posts, and printed "copper" roof flashing. Plastic one-piece chimneys come with each kit. The only change I made was to add a freight door to the Dulce Depot.

While all the parts of both kits fit, I did have a little trouble assembling the bay window on the Dulce Depot. I also had difficulty keeping the shingles straight because they tended to creep upwards.

Charlie Getz.





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