Last week, I shared the new track plan. Click here to see the track plan.
Over the next couple of posts, I will share the new track plan. As you may have noticed, I am painfully deliberate in layout construction. There are at least two reasons for that–
(1) I don’t like wiring, and I want to make sure the layout is fun, practical and interesting to operate before I drill any holes, solder any wire.
(2) I have a thousand other interests–family, spiritual life, exercise, blogging, reading (reading a great book on Ethiopia right now), hiking, golf, watching baseball and football, work and writing on my novel (expected publishing date in 2015) .
That all said (or written), here is the layout with the proposed track plan in place. It is not wired and please forgive the un-weathered rolling stock. Only the cars from a previous layout are weathered. Though the layout is targeting operations on the DRGW-SP (a couple of years after the UP takeover) around 1998, cabooses will be used from time-to-time. I am a sucker for cabooses! Home road cars will feature cars from the SP and DRGW as well as the UP and associated railroads–MP, WP, CNW and MKT.
The first post will give the big picture. The second post will further discuss the industries and operation.
Here is a view of the layout looking southwest towards the principal town (yet to be named). The layout features a pretty generous, fold-out staging track so the main train can completely get “off stage.”
Far to the left almost out of sight, is the main train getting ready to enter the principal town.
The train is coming “on-stage.” It is kind of a short one today, especially with the wheat elevator running low and not needing a cut of cars today. It is getting towards the end of wheat season, but another cut or two of covered hoppers will likely be delivered before the season is done. A couple of weeks ago, the tracks all over town were filled with covered hoppers. Once the wheat season is over, only occasional shipments of feed or fertilizer will come in in bags (boxcars) or covered hoppers..
The train arrives in town. The switching will soon begin after the crew takes lunch at Garcia’s cafe.
Continuing to the southwest, on the outskirts of town, we can now see the perlite loading facility. (There are two covered hoppers spotted there.) It is normally good for two or three covered hoppers.
Looking to the end of the layout to the southwest, we see the scoria loading site and in the distance, the short line is coming on-stage. The scoria shipper typically loads the black variety of scoria. The short line mostly serves a sawmill that is up in the foothills.
The short line coming on-stage–it ships a lot of lumber and woodchips. The track in the foreground is the end of the SP-DRGW mainline. It did go miles more to the the southwest, but service was cutback to the present location in the 1960s.
The next post will discuss the proposed industries and provide more details on the operations.