Layout progress report #4

The track crew has informed management that they are done!  Management noted that the track arrangement isn’t per the diagram, but the track crew (me) made it clear that it is big enough.  For the original plan see this post from February 16, 2014.  The new layout is about 22 x 13 1/2 feet.

As a result, you will notice some changes from the original diagram.  Actually, some of the changes are to make the layout operate more smoothly.  Others are to just keep it manageable.

Model railroading, is a passion for me, but only one of about 100 big interests of mine. I want a layout that is fun to operate for about 30 to 45 minutes and easy to maintain.  (I have family (#1), trails to hike, rivers to kayak, wilderness to save, books to read, golf rounds to play, beers to drink…)

So here is the track configuration (in reality).

Layout

Starting from the north (towards Clovis)…

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Budweiser distributor (to be)

Looking north towards Clovis.  Note change is team track lead.

Looking north towards Clovis. Note change to team track lead.

I modified the configuration to making switching the team track much easier.  It is different but keeps with the overall flow of the actual Roswell track configuration.

Team track with plastic filled covered hopper waiting to be unloaded.

Team track with plastic filled covered hopper waiting to be unloaded.

Unchanged from the original configuration.

Looking south on other side of team track.

Looking south on other side of team track.

Looking towards south side of town.  The track is actually straighter than it appears in this photo.  (No, the track gang had not started drinking in the morning!)

Rounding the bend...

Rounding the bend…

View from air.

View from air.

In this “aerial” view, we see the rest of the layout looking south.  Whitcamp’s Recycling is first spur to to the right.

"Reverse angle" photo of south end of layout.

“Reverse angle” photo of south end of layout.

Here you start to see the most dramatic difference.  The track gang threatened to start boycotting Coor’s beer unless they moved to the site of an abandoned industry on the line (which really exists).

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Covered hoppers loaded with feed for dairy cows.

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Close up of car waiting to be unloaded.

OK, so I wimped out a bit.  It is all about balance.  Further, none of this is irreversible.

Next is wiring.  I hope the electricians are easier to work with than the track gang!

 

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