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« Reply #20 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 7:45am »
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The same WB hopper train passes CP Linden.  CP Linden is one of the entrances to the CR staging yard.  Yes, that is a DL&W tower...and yes, the Southern Tier is not DL&W trackage.  My father built that model several years ago.  This is where I play the "it's my RR, I can do what I want" card!  The model was too nice to not use.

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« Reply #21 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 7:50am »
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Another view of the train at CP Linden.  The trackage in the foreground in CP Ross (a passing siding) while the track behind is the R&S mainline (Wyoming, NY).  The wood edge covering is not installed here as I have yet to place the crossing protection at the crossing.  I intend to use working flashers.  What would western NY be without a Genesee Beer billboard?

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« Reply #22 on: Sep 5th, 2013, 9:08pm »
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You definitely have a great layout going........I'm enjoying the tour!  
 
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 6th, 2013, 7:08am »
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An eastbound EL passenger train crosses a grade crossing east of Silver Springs.  This crossing will also eventually be provided with working crossing protection.  As I have said previously, I intend to enjoy the freedom to run pre-CR railroads.

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 6th, 2013, 7:11am »
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This shot again shows the duck-under that allows the CR/EL main to make two complete trips around the layout.  Unfortunatley, it also shows the household storage that graces the basement!

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 6th, 2013, 7:38am »
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DL&W E8's passing a DL&W tower, even if it is on the ex-Erie main.
 
The Genesee billboard is an Athern product that originally had an Athern advertisement.  I found the Genesee picture on the net.  It was difficult to find a picture that met the dimensions of the billboard.  What I actually wanted was a Genny 12 Horse ad, but couldn't find a picture that would work.  It' these little things that I think make a layout your own.
 
The line between the U-Haul and the pickup is the R&S at Wyoming, NY.  The crossing protection for the R&S crossing is actual working protection.  If you look above the tower roof, you can see the R&S drop down towards the helix.
 
The switch above the trailing E8 is one of the entrances to the CR/EL staging yard.  You might be able to see a coal train and a freight train (OIBU) in the yard.  You can also see the main drop towards the duck-under at the crossover bridge (the passenger train has just come down from on top of the bridge).


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« Reply #26 on: Sep 6th, 2013, 7:49am »
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The passenger train is approaching Warsaw, NY.  The track behind the train is the R&S main with an industry, Suburban Propane.  I have yet to do a good job of blending the plastic base that the industry was built on into the surrounding layout.  I'll get to it someday.
 
I'm trying to slowly accumulate vehicles for the layout.  You can see a Ford C-series propane truck, a Ford Fairmont, and a God-awful car that came with an old autorack model.  I'll eventually be able to get rid of the awful stuff, but it is hard to find period specific vehicles.  The 1980's/1990's vehicles are not as plentiful as older vintage vehicles.
 
The two tracks in front of the unit are the single track CR/EL main and a passing siding on the "other side" of the "second time" around the layout (does that make any sense?).
 


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« Reply #27 on: Sep 9th, 2013, 7:12am »
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On to the lower level.  The G&W 47 is leaving the "Rochester end" storage yard to head back to Retsof.  This is an Athern SW-1500, early 1980's vintage that I painted and detailed.  My son is big on running pups right now.  The Kodak coal train sits in the other staging track.  The circular wall behind the train is the helix.

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« Reply #28 on: Sep 9th, 2013, 7:16am »
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The "Salt Shaker" is entering the yard area at P&L Jct as deer graze on the grass.  The tank cars in the background are at Jones Chemical on the old Peanut Line in Caledonia, NY.

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 9th, 2013, 7:21am »
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The Salt Shaker is now on the G&W main.  As you can see, the field has been cut and bailed.  Farming is a huge industry along the G&W.  Yes, this is the passing the same location of the Rochester storage yard.  The Kodak coal train sits in the storage yard.

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« Reply #30 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:20am »
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The reason for the layout.
 
This is the model of the former salt mine at Retsof, NY.  My father built this using an article from years ago in RMC and from photos that he and took.  Is it 100% accurate, no.  It had to be scaled down due to space limitations.
 
The switchers are part of my sons "pup fest," so to speak.  The track in the foreground is the G&W main, which loops twice around the bottom of the layout.  You can also see the Kodak coal train in the end of the Rochester staging yard.
 
The freight train on the top level is in the R&S staging yard, south of Silver Springs.


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« Reply #31 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:26am »
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This shot gives a little more of an overview of the salt mine.  The rear of the Retsof engine house is visible to the left.  A mine shaft building is also present to the right of the engine house.  The tracks curving behind the engine house and to the rear of the shaft are a reversing wye.  This wye exists in real life near the real life engine house.  Again due to space, the wye had to be close to the mine.  In real life, the engine house and the mine are not together.
 
You can also now see the headend of the northbound R&S freight in the staging yard.


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« Reply #32 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:28am »
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A shot looking the other way at the mine.  We tried to model the big whompin' salt pile that used to exist at the mine.

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« Reply #33 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:31am »
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A final shot of the mine complex.  It took me quite a few years to put this section together and to add scenery.  Putting it together was like a rubics cube exercise!  Not much scenery here, but a heck of a lot of ballast.

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« Reply #34 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:56am »
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Now that is a great Lackawanna tower. Got to read back to see if you said who made the kit. Then I can try to find one. I am still back there in with the crowd watching.
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« Reply #35 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 3:52pm »
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Frank,
 
It wasn't a kit, my dad scratch built it.  He used an old RMC article as well as pictures we have taken of the ones on the DL&W in the Poconos.
 
Thanks for the kind words!


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« Reply #36 on: Sep 11th, 2013, 7:06am »
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The engine house and salt mine.
 
I was always impressed with the small engine house at Retsof for some reason.  Maybe because it wasn't a modern pole-building.  This building was again scratch-built by my father.
 
This shot shows how I fit the engine house into the layout with the salt mine.  You can also see the wye configuration behind the engine house.


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« Reply #37 on: Sep 11th, 2013, 7:12am »
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The G&W 51 and 47 sit outside of the house.  The 51 is a factory painted Atlas model.  Also seen here is the NE style G&W caboose, built years ago from a kit, and a visiting CR plow (it does tend to snow a little in Western NY).

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« Reply #38 on: Sep 11th, 2013, 7:14am »
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Another view of the Retsof engine house, just because.

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« Reply #39 on: Sep 18th, 2013, 1:38pm »
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Very nice C & F.........definitely have enjoyed seeing this layout!  
 
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