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« Reply #100 on: Dec 18th, 2011, 1:16am »
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Thanks, Frank! The third tier benchwork and roadbed is laid, which completes basic construction of the mainline. Some industrial track has yet to be laid, but the PYR is now in service from the terminal yard on tier 1 to the steel mill on tier 3.  
 
The steel mill will have a 4 track yard, with an electric arc furnace and supporting structures. The mainline continues around the rear of the complex and will swing across the room on a bridge (to be constructed at a later time when the current mainline is finished and detailed)


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« Reply #101 on: Dec 18th, 2011, 1:25am »
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The rest of the completed mainline. Unfortunately, during a test run ARR 3015 hit some construction debris in the gauge and derailed, falling behind one of the unguarded riser sections about 4 feet to the floor. Oh the woes of a hobby... luckily it wasn't banged up too bad.

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« Reply #102 on: Dec 18th, 2011, 2:12pm »
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Lfire ; That was very luckey. If it was me, I would have some parts left only. Usually the ones you dont need somewhere else.
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« Reply #103 on: Jan 23rd, 2012, 7:17pm »
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The steel mill track is finally laid, minus a switch for the BOF which has yet to be built, and the layout is wired up for DCC. A test train was run several times to check for electrical and track related issues. We're now operational!

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« Reply #104 on: Jan 23rd, 2012, 7:21pm »
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A Conrail local sits on the steel mill inbound track, hot metal cars with the B&LE caboose in the EAF.

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« Reply #105 on: Jan 23rd, 2012, 7:23pm »
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USS 17 in the Penn York terminal yard, overlooking the newly laid out ALY yard. If the real railroad doesn't have me out on a work train this weekend, hopefully the layouts paper mill trackage will be in service

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« Reply #106 on: Feb 7th, 2012, 7:52pm »
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Gravel pit in service, paper mill industrial and ALY yard also in service as of this past weekend. A locomotive facility site has also been established, and track laid for it. The next projects include laying the yards' staging track and laying the 3rd tier industrial lead.

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« Reply #107 on: Feb 8th, 2012, 6:10pm »
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A view of the ALY served paper mill. New plans call for the layout to continue down the full length of the wall, removing a door to another room that is redundant. The B&P will interchange with the ALY more prototypically this way, and will allow for the currently crowded track arrangement to be extended.

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« Reply #108 on: Mar 4th, 2012, 12:20am »
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The new table set in, ready for track to be laid. The paper mill will still remain in almost the same location, but the industrial lead will be extended slightly to allow for better operation and track spacing. The B&P will tie in to the ALY along the far wall when the benchwork is completed.

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« Reply #109 on: Mar 4th, 2012, 12:26am »
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Two relics of the steam era are on the list to be re-purposed. The smaller tender will likely end up as a scale test car, the larger tender being fitted with a wedge plow to deal with the lake effect winters.

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« Reply #110 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 2:16am »
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Tier 2 has been completely stripped of track for the new benchwork, and where the industrial track was will now be a single track mainline with a town scene and street running trackage. A bridge has been spliced in and will have a river scene underneath.

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« Reply #111 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 2:21am »
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Where the homasote ends was the former end of the benchwork, now extended to the far wall.

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« Reply #112 on: May 1st, 2012, 7:30pm »
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* Is there a little surveying team looking to make a turn to the right across the window? A new direction to go across uncharted space.
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« Reply #113 on: May 4th, 2012, 12:36am »
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Unfortunately, model railroading has taken a backseat to other life events lately. I work more than full time for a railroad, which currently has 2 surfacing gangs, a production tie gang, bridge gang, and prentice loader on the property working, as well as maintaining roughly 300 miles of track that is constantly throwing curveballs. The job is over 145 miles away from my house and layout, so I have to maintain an apartment for the work week. If I get 1 to 2 days at my house in a week I am lucky, and most of the time there is spent just maintaining the property.
 
Due to the rushed and greatly altered construction of the layout, I have grown dissatisfied with the engineering of it, and it will be torn down as I have time. I may rebuild at some point, but for now I have neither the time nor the real interest to do so.


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« Reply #114 on: May 18th, 2012, 10:07am »
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 I feel sorry for you. A uncompleted idea. To bad about the job being so far away. It happens. So many things at once. You seen something when you started to build your layout. It had to be a compeling idea to do so much work. I was following it, and intrested in it. You could have stood in one place, turning around and viewed action anywhere on your layout. Not unlike my layouts. I hope to see more of your work Somewhere, Sometime.
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« Reply #115 on: May 21st, 2012, 10:36pm »
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It is unfortunate. I had many people interested in helping build and operate the layout, people that brought a great deal of enthusiasm, skills, and talent to the table. Hopefully I will be able to make something happen again in the near future if the career situation improves.

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« Reply #116 on: Sep 30th, 2012, 6:01pm »
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The layout is still in limbo, nothing has been done for many months now. Work has made the desire for modeling almost nonexistent, although I do occasionally venture out into the layout room to reminisce.  
 
I was compelled to go through some boxes today and came upon a few kits of interest. Four rotary snowplows, and two Russell wedge snowplows sit in the main PYR yard, all in some form of assembly.


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« Reply #117 on: Oct 1st, 2012, 9:15am »
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It happens.  For many of us, layouts are built after retirement, when we have time and money.  The idea is still there, it will find its opportune time.

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« Reply #118 on: Oct 1st, 2012, 10:59am »
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Nice group of snow plows. Now all you need is some snow. Also a few tenders to go behind some of the snow plows.  
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« Reply #119 on: Oct 2nd, 2012, 9:34pm »
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Thanks for the kind words, gents. I'm probably going to bring some of the modules to my apartment to work on along with some kits soon. The steel mill trackage needs some work to accommodate the new buildings.
 
Frank, I actually thought about kitbashing one of the athearn plows onto a six axle tender frame, similar to the only rotary plow the Santa Fe operated. The frame on tenders is well suited for the rigors of snow service. All will be modified to electric, as most were in the 50's.


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