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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rod's Thank You

Thank you very much for a learning two years. After 20 years in boxes in the basement I set up and am running a train around the Christmas tree. Many thanks for your tips, patience and shared knowledge about model railroading. Rod Blonde

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Special Card Card examples

Example one.  The left card ROAD NAME  S.R.L.  (SWIFT)
                                             CAR NO.  1861 
                                              TYPE         R 

The left waybill (Deliver side)  CAR TYPE  R
                                                    CITY          LINCOLN
                                                    IND.            HILLCREST PACKERS
                                                    VIA            UNION ICE 
So with the left card set, a Refer. is to be delivered to Lincoln's Hillcrest Packers. But because it is an old type it needs to be iced, therefore it will be first delivered to Union Ice.  The card set will be held at Union Ice on a hook until the next freight can deliver it to Hillcrest Packers.  That freight will take the card set to their destination yard and flip over the waybill to PICKUP and put the card set into the yard card rack, at the back.

The right hand card set is different.  ROAD NAME  B&O
                                                           CAR NO.          829039
                                                           TYPE               HM        
                                                                HIGH CUBE SAWDUST

The right hand waybill (Pickup side)  CAR TYPE   HM
                                                             CITY             HERONS LANDING
                                                             IND.              WOOD MOSAIC
                                                                 HIGH CUBE SAWDUST

In the right hand example a special car, a high cube sawdust hopper is to be picked  up at Wood Mosaic in Herons Landing.  When arriving at the destination yard the waybill will be removed and put into the R (refer) slot, and the car card will be put into the yard card rack, at the back.

You will also notice that pink is to highlight that the waybill is for a pick up.  The blue is for special routing.  And the yellow is for special cars, and the car type is followed with a M. for miscellaneous.  In this way you should always have a car card with blue, and a waybill with blue, or a card car with yellow and a waybill with yellow.

Most car cards and waybills will not have blue or yellow on them. Also, the pick up and deliver sides, of the waybills,  will have the same information.

Sunday Dec. 18 th update

With the system down, we had a chance to catch up with some wiring and landscaping. Also cleaned up for the open house on Jan 4th. We added some missing feeder wires and isolated one lead to the turntable to allow people to add engines by turning off this section of track and then turning it back on after it is on the rails, this will prevent shorts to the rest of the system.
Bill and Jim prepare feeder wires

The wye sub-roadbed is in place

A new lumber truck arrived

A whole lot of trees added in this corner

more tree in this corner

some trees to break up the rock wall

Some of the fascia being painted

New power for the ore train.

Monday, December 22, 2014

First Tuesday of the month

Just a reminder that on the first Tuesday of each month we will have a meeting starting at 8 pm.  If you have any questions/comments/ideas this is the time to talk about  them.  We have two big projects on the go, re switching the cement plant area (which requires the DCC be shut off as feeders are attached) and building the wye.  The turntable also needs to be programmed and new tracks and industries will replace the old Miller turntable.  The 2 car float aprons will be replaced in the near future, 1 with a coal dock, probably the one in Miller as it has a long approach track.  The other one needs an ocean side type of industry, maybe a fish cannery, any ideas?   The layout needs other details such as a couple of city water towers, vehicles and lumber piles to name a couple.
With a new year starting I would reflect on our progress, congratulating everyone on the great job so far.  The scenery looks great, the facia and curtains, when finished will give our layout a professional look.  The track work continues to be improved, and many new structures have been added.  A great job by all.  Looking forward, we will soon be operating using a card car system, any ideas on this are always welcome.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tuesday Night at the Huff and Puff

A card card system is being worked so Glen asked if he could make up a rack to hold the cards, OK he was volunteered to make one up, thanks Glen. A few new buildings have been added to the landscape along with some track modifications. The base for the wye was made up which will replace the two car float docks. One will be a coal dock and the other maybe a cannery.
OL King Coal dealer at Miller

Coastal Oil at Herons Landing

door side of the lift up wye

Harbour extension and junction to left side of the wye

another view of the wye

card racks, great job

Welcome to Wellington Airport

Airport hanger and office

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday night at the Huff & Puff


New airport at Wellington

Turner's Christmas train

elevator add to coaling tower

wire coil loads being cast
Beside the above additions, we are working on a car card system and adding a wye at the end of Miller, to turn trains and connect the Island to the mainland.  This wye will hinged for the fire exit. This wye also meant we could remove the small turntable at Miller and replace it with a couple of small industries. We may also rework the car float area at Miller into a coal dock.
Another upgrade will be to add a off on switch to the front turntable track in Wellington. Then when locomotives are placed on the layout at either Wellington or Elsewhere, it can be done on a dead track and no short out the layout.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dec. 5, 2014 update

grass strip airport being added

changing switch locations in Lincoln

reworking switches at Zorra cement plant

The turnout to the branch line at Miller has been causing us problems so we decided to move it so that there would not be 3 switches in a row. Another problem are the turnouts for the cement plant. They are too high to reach for many of use so they will be converted to remote control. We are also planning to add a manual turntable on top of a swing bridge connecting to a new track to the island part of the branch line. This is still in the planning stage so more on that later, but the small turntable will be removed from Miller and replaced by at least one industry. A car card routing system is almost complete, almost 200 car cards made up with as many waybills to fill them. Glen is building a card rack to hold the cards and the cards need to be checked against the rolling stock to verify the information and add any cards that have been missed. There have been some changes to the railroad to make the car card system work. One example is the elimination of the yard in Herons Landing as the system will not allow for yards between Elsewhere and Wellington. This yard has been converted to one track for storage of a passenger train and 2 tracks for Coastal Oil.