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Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming

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Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming
Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:44 PM

We've moved into our new home in Casper, Wyoming, and development of Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming is underway!

Today I posted the first monthly update on the new layout to my YouTube channel.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 4:03 PM

All right, a new start, again.  Laugh

I think I like the 3rd concept you come up with,  I like that long run on the back wall.

You sure are a good narrator Mark, did you work in radio or something? 

Mike.

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Posted by Doughless on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:57 PM

Great news.  Didn't seem to take long at all to uproot and relocate.  Looking forward to following the build.

Thoughts:

I'd want to be sure that access to the sump pump was easy for future plumbers.  They have a way of damaging things that are in their way.  No offense intended to plumbers in the audience.  Maybe making sure the benchwork is pretty narrow there?

Is the landing for the stairs to right or the left of the diagram?  I'm thinking its to the left. 

Finding a way to get the layout to extend under the stairs (to the right) and loop back from the "storage" area next to the library would add more length.  Looks like you have room to comfortably walk under the stairs and still fit track under there.  Just saying that it looks like there is some dead space near the right side storage area and the stairs that could be used.

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Posted by jim57 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 8:05 PM

Hi Mark:

I've followed your blog in Version 4 in New Jersey, and I'm almost as eager as you to see the ultimate Version 5 in Wyoming.  With regard to your 3 sketches, all feature continuous running, but have one side of the loop crossing the neck of a long peninsula.  This may prove annoying to follow a train while hustling around the peninsula end. 

Version 1 features an extra "blob" at Lovell: might be better use of space to elongate the inner track so as to approach the "G-shape" which seems to be favored by John Armstrong.  It also appears to have rather narrow aisles on the left.

I think version 2 has better aisles.  I wonder whether the track along the wall at the top (crossing the peninsula) could be re-routed out under the peninsula where Casper Yard is located?  That might be a good place to have leads to staging, and allow the through-train operator to more closely follow one's train.

JimW

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:08 AM

Nice to see your at it again! I look forward to seeing your new video, and all future videos on version 5!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:04 AM
Yahoo!!!, I can start model railroading again, even if it is vicariously!!
 
On a more serious note, I hope things go well for you and your wife in Casper.
 
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by selector on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:01 PM

It's good to see you back and getting the boiler hot, Mark. Smile

I need to spend some time thinking about your various layout plans, but can't do that just yet.  Do you anticipate getting at a final plan before, say, the 8th or so?

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:29 AM

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

Mike, I too like the long run along the back wall. The peninsula just below it is a pretty decent length as well. 

Thanks for the compliment on the narration. I was a disc jockey way back in college (1970's), but that probably didn't help much. I put together the video images, then write the narration. I record the audio in small clips that I add to the video, adjusting the length of the stills (and sometime the videos) to match. Some of the audio I have to record three times or more to get them right.

Douglas, the current sump pump drain pipe extends straight up and across the ceiling. I'll be re-routing it to the corner to get it out of the way. I've done a lot of house remodeling, so I'm comfortable with dealing with the plumbing in that area.

You're right - the landing for the stairs is to the left.

I'm "saving" the area under the stairs and to the right for staging and perhaps a branch line that will appear as I progress with plan development.

JimW - A lot of feedback from folks shows a preference for the second concept. I'm not sure I quite follow what you're getting at with rerouting track under the Casper peninsula - can you explain a bit more what you mean?

Isaac, Bear - Thanks! I'll try not to disappoint you! Cowboy

Crandell - Final plan before the 8th? Well, maybe the 8th of July, 2020! You know I would lose races to snails! Big Smile

I do hope to have a plan far enough along to begin construction in early January, but that's presupposing I can get at least some of the floor down. I may start reassembling Casper soon after some of the floor is done. I'm thinking of putting it temporarily on casters so I can move it out of the way during room construction.

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Posted by jim57 on Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:09 PM

Pruitt
JimW - A lot of feedback from folks shows a preference for the second concept. I'm not sure I quite follow what you're getting at with rerouting track under the Casper peninsula - can you explain a bit more what you mean?

Hi Mark:  My thought was to bring the peninsula-base crossing track at the top wall out to the perimeter of the peninsula, thus gaining more mainline run and enabling the operator to follow the train, rather than having to rush around to the other side of the peninsula to catch up to the moving train.  So as to avoid having the return track looping through the same scenery (Casper Yard), it occurs to me that a second level might provide scenic separation, as well as an opportunity for access leads to below-layout staging. I am of course presuming you had not planned a fully multi-deck layout with helixes.  Such a below main-level track might not need to be fully "underground", but could run on a narrow perimeter shelf around the Casper peninsula.

I certainly do not wish to discount your very extensive experience (which far exceeds my own).  Your invitation to share in the  design process is for me a learning opportunity, as I look forward to a similar project once attic renovations are complete.  At that point, I will be looking for tips from you and our fellow forum members.

JimW

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