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« Reply #80 on: Aug 7th, 2011, 2:47pm »
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After church, some idle time was spent getting rolling stock accounted for. Much of it hasn't been run since before the move down a year ago, and an inventory of cars needing truck and coupler adjustments is sorely needed. Providing the roll by inspections are ARR 3003 with a mixed freight, ARR 3001 with a local, and BN 7927 with a unit grain train.
 
We are still hunting for a new base for setting the mods up, as the location we shared with the CGMRC was condemned a short time ago.


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« Reply #81 on: Aug 8th, 2011, 8:33pm »
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Good luck in finding a new home for the layout. It would be nice to see it together and running.
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« Reply #82 on: Sep 26th, 2011, 9:41pm »
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The last shot from the workshop as it was... Sunday was spent cleaning, hanging lights, and re-arranging the workshop to include more tables. The monstrous 4X8 table is history in favor of three 2X8's. There is now room for a shelf test layout to be built, at 40" it will be able to connect to mods we wish to test electrical connections on.

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« Reply #83 on: Oct 25th, 2011, 7:12pm »
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Work started last weekend insulating the layout room walls and covering redundant windows. Once complete, work will begin on a basic layout so we can have a venue to attract new people to our group, as well as test modules with a 40" connection track.

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« Reply #84 on: Nov 10th, 2011, 1:35pm »
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*** --- L Fire. So what does it look like. (picture) Us modelers are looking to borrow your ideas and make our layouts more interesting. I never see much steam power. A couple of Mikes doubleheading past the weeds would be nice. A Pacific pulling some cresatory roof coaches to town so the little people can get to work. A Connie (2-8-0) on a mission to drop off, and collect, cars here and there. A chubby train agent in front of a station checking his watch against the schedule in his other hand. Wondering where the heck that consolidation is with its pickups, and why it is so late.  
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« Reply #85 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 6:21pm »
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The first tier of what will be 3. The layout will ascend from each tier to the next on a roughly 2% grade using a loop pattern, with no helix's involved. The mainline and yard laid here on the first tier will be Penn York Railroad, interchanging with the Allegheny, Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, and Norfolk Southern.

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« Reply #86 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 6:28pm »
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The yard ladder laid out in back is for the ALY Railroad, with a semi-prototypical model of the Johnsonburg PA paper mill a the primary purpose for this interchange. Although the PYR is completely freelanced, several industries from several locations of interest are incorporated.

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« Reply #87 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 6:32pm »
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New power for the railroad, purchased last weekend.
CR SD45 #6203
CR GP40-2 #8277
CR GP38-2 #3279
NS GP50 #7054 and 7066
CR Dash8-40CW #6059
 
ARR 3015 with an OTM train in the PYR yard.
 
The only plans for steam power are for an occasional excursion train. The modelling era is modern diesel, however there will be a roundhouse, turntable, and basic shop facilities.


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« Reply #88 on: Nov 14th, 2011, 5:50pm »
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On the 2% grade between the 1st and 2nd tiers is a roughly 10 ft long siding.

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« Reply #89 on: Nov 16th, 2011, 9:44pm »
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L-Fire  ; These last 4 photos are now of a permanent layout, That will be built with three tiers of detailing. I am just putzin around, thinkin of changes I would make. Thing I would try to make work. I can't do that because this will be your world. I stumble through mine all the time. I'll just sit back and enjoy how you solve your problems. Good luck with your layout
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« Reply #90 on: Nov 21st, 2011, 8:58pm »
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The second loop completing the transition from tier 1 to 2. The bracing is solely to support the grade, and will likely be moved as necessary to complement the scenery and structures.  
 
The semi-prototype Johnsonburg PA paper mill will be modeled here on the first tier, served by the Allegheny Railroad. The mills outbound paper building will be served on the loop by the B&P, operating non-prototypically on PYR trackage rights. The actual B&P interchange will be where the window cutout is towards the back where the glue bottles are.


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« Reply #91 on: Nov 21st, 2011, 9:16pm »
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Another semi-prototype model is the industrial lead spanning all of tier 2. After working on the Alaska Railroad for a short time, I was appalled at the vast potential for incredible modelling opportunities, The website http://www.alaskarails.org/ was a huge help in completing research along with some help from the railroads VP of Engineering.  
 
The APU Spur in Anchorage is a unique branchline that serves 6 active customers with 4 of them spotted on the mainline. Here's the link:
http://www.alaskarails.org/industries/APU.html
I intend to model as much of this as possible with a few tweaks to make it more centered around Pennsylvania industry.  
 
This photo shows track laid to the second tier, with a test train idling on the grade and several cars spotted on the future APU spur to check for clearances.


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« Reply #92 on: Nov 21st, 2011, 9:19pm »
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Looks like a lot of hard work has gone into getting this far!
 
I'm curious how your Central Valley bridge turns out.  I have one to build; construction starts after Thanksgiving.  I decided on the CV kit rather than the Atlas "kit" of about the same overall length.  I thought I needed the challenge!
 


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« Reply #93 on: Nov 21st, 2011, 9:28pm »
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Most of that pile of goodies (including the CV bridge) is intended for the modules. It should be mentioned that the mods are only on a temporary hiatus as we seek a new location to base them out of. The home layout is a way to showcase the hobby to new people interested in helping our cause, while allowing us to test new equipment and have regular operating sessions other than the rare modular meets which take considerable time and preparation to set up.  
 
Thanks for posting, guys!


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« Reply #94 on: Nov 25th, 2011, 1:28am »
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Track laid through tier 2 and on to the first riser to tier 3. The APU spur and local siding is also in service

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« Reply #95 on: Nov 25th, 2011, 1:34am »
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Making progress... on to tier 3. Again, the bracing on the reverse loop is only a temporary solution to support the grade transition.

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« Reply #96 on: Nov 30th, 2011, 9:29am »
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* L fire you are getting up in the HO world. The sky is the limit. Lookin good ! That seems to be one continuous grade going up. Will it all be up and down. Will there be a Ridgetop Railroad running the crest on the hills.
Maybe tying into  a common station at the top ?
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« Reply #97 on: Dec 2nd, 2011, 8:40pm »
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The grade levels out for tier 2, but almost all the mainline running is on a grade, including the passing sidings. It's still not quite steep for properly weighted rolling stock with metal wheels to roll away if cut off from motive power (theory as been tested).

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« Reply #98 on: Dec 13th, 2011, 7:12pm »
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The second mainline passing siding has been laid on the riser from tier 2 to 3, and the third tier is currently being constructed.

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« Reply #99 on: Dec 14th, 2011, 6:54pm »
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Lfire ; Still very interesting. frank

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