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RE-Building The CB&Q in Wyoming

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:33 PM

Thanks, Anton!

I only wish I really did know perfectly what I'm doing... Confused

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I finally finished up Part I of the track plan analysis that I started in June:

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:40 AM

29 September 2018

Classification area of the Casper yard is nearly complete, with the runaround track now operational:

The switch the loco is sitting on will lead to the engine servicing facilities, with the one behind it leading to the Standard Oil Refinery tank car loading racks. The far one will lead to the reefer icing facility behind the classification tracks.

I still need to install switchstands on the three switches off the runaround, and Hayes bumpers at the ends of all the tracks.

Once the turntable and roundhouse are installed, I'll be able to get those locos off the classification tracks!

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Posted by selector on Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:02 AM

Looks good, Mark.  I have forgotten the dimensions...how long are the longest ladder tracks?

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, September 30, 2018 4:44 PM

Hi Crandell,

I had to go look it up on the track plan - I just laid track until I got to the end!

The longest yard track in Casper is 11 feet, and the shortest is about 6.5 feet.

Total capacity of this yard is roughly 101 40' cars.

The one in Laurel will be bigger.

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Posted by selector on Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:35 PM

Nice, that's dream territory for me.  My current build, started three years ago, has a 10 foot yard module with about 18" of extension inside of a turnaround curve at one end.  I might be lucky to have an 8' first ladder, but the last one of maybe five will be around 5+ feet.  I envy you your 11 feet, with a longer yard in mind to come!

It find it pleasing that, at long last, you are gaining momentum and enjoying this monumental task.  I still regret the demise of that magnificent helix..................

Are you looking at running a first train by about Christmas, maybe a couple of weeks earlier, Mark?  I mean around a single main loop, or are you building in a more modular way?

-Crandell

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, October 01, 2018 8:50 AM

Yard is coming along nicely.  Are those Fast-Tracks turnouts?

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, October 01, 2018 2:33 PM

selector
Nice, that's dream territory for me.  My current build, started three years ago, has a 10 foot yard module with about 18" of extension inside of a turnaround curve at one end.  I might be lucky to have an 8' first ladder, but the last one of maybe five will be around 5+ feet.  I envy you your 11 feet, with a longer yard in mind to come!

It find it pleasing that, at long last, you are gaining momentum and enjoying this monumental task.  I still regret the demise of that magnificent helix..................

Are you looking at running a first train by about Christmas, maybe a couple of weeks earlier, Mark?  I mean around a single main loop, or are you building in a more modular way?

-Crandell

Crandell,

A few years ago I discovered that I really enjoy yard operations. Once I got the runaround track functional a few days ago, I spent a couple of very satisfying hours sorting the cars that had been placed mostly randomly in Casper. But while I like having the large yard to play in, I think the design impacts the enjoyment more than the size does. Yours sounds like it will do just fine!

It's funny you mention the helix. The October issue of an e-zine published a link to one of my short helix videos. I think that beast is probably my biggest claim to fame! Surprise

I'm building in a modular approach. I probably have the mainline finished about as far as it will go for some months. I'm going to focus on the engine terminal for a bit, and get the turntable in and roundhouse well underway before pushing the mainline on into the "wilderness." It will be sometime before the first loop is complete.

riogrande5761
Yard is coming along nicely.  Are those Fast-Tracks turnouts?

Thanks!

Yes, they are. They're all I use now (except for one spot where I'll use a Walthers/Shinohara double crossover). Apparently, I have a knack for building them. From the first one I built some years ago, I've had less trouble with them than with any of the commercial ones I used for years.

I'm about ready to go back and install all the missing ties under rail joiners throughout the yard. I procrastinate in doing that because I find it about the most tedious aspect of layout building.

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:18 AM

Here's my October layout construction update video:

There will be no video in November. Too much travel and other stuff happening before Thanksgiving.

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, October 07, 2018 4:00 PM

7 October 2018

The turntable and two garden tracks have been installed at Casper, and the table is functional.

Here's a short video of the table in operation:

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:44 PM

Part II of Analyzing the Track Plan is complete and uploaded to Youtube:

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, October 14, 2018 6:52 PM

14 October 2018

My friend Walt came over yesterday and helped me prepare the bench top for the roundhouse floor in Casper. He's using my hot wire cutter to cut grooves in the foam for the roundhouse inspection pits. I took an old yogurt cup, cut a hole in the bottom and trimmed the height until the cutter stuck out just enough to cut the groove to an ample depth. I still need one more roundhouse kit to add two missing stalls.

Today I finally finished up the roadbed for the rest of the A/D track and caboose spur in Casper. I cleared the yard by pulling all the cars up onto the grade.

Once I finish laying the A/D and caboose tracks I plan to finish installing ties under all the rail joiners (ugh!), followed with painting all the yard tracks. Weathering them will probably come somewhat later.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, October 15, 2018 4:32 AM

Pruitt
He's using my hot wire cutter to cut grooves in the foam for the roundhouse inspection pits. I took an old yogurt cup, cut a hole in the bottom and trimmed the height until the cutter stuck out just enough to cut the groove to an ample depth

High tech!!!Thumbs UpThumbs UpSmile, Wink & Grin
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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