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Friday, October 28, 2016

Tuesday Night at the Huff & Puff

A few revisions to improve our layout were discussed, these will be brought up at next weeks meeting. It was verified that you can push 6 log cars up the hill from Oxford to Pinehurst. It appears there is enough room to add a run around at Pinehurst. A building we already have can be cut down and installed behind the sidings at Shell Oil Refinery in Springbank. Box cars can be sent there to load packaged products like quarts of oil or deliver supplies. This would make use of both sidings there. Moving the cyclone loader to the outside track at the Zorra warehouse would do the same. Elsewhere the trains were moving, pictures below.
Mike's new CN passenger train departs Wellington

A CP passenger leaving Lincoln

Tom guides his freight out of Jutland

Glen pulls hoppers out of Oxford Sand and Gravel

Don brings his freight into Jutland

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday Night at the Huff & Puff

Bought a decoder for my Heisler and took it for a trial run up the logging line, all went well. It took a while so I only got a couple of shots of the other action going on.

Jim at his usual post, making up trains

Owen and Grandpa switch Lincoln

Heisler #3 pulls a string of log cars from the spar tree

The log train moves over the high trestle

On the downhill grade near Oxford

Logs delivered to the sawmill

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Log train

Log train.
The log train will be limited to 6 short log cars. This is because there is no run arounds on the line to the spar tree and the tail 
track at Oxford is only long enough to hold 1 engine and 6 log cars. Right now we only have 8 log cars which make 2 trains
of 4 cars each. One train is left at the spar tree and the other is at the log pond at the sawmill.

The log train run will start by bringing a suitable engine to Miller and coupling onto the log cars at the sawmill. Backing out of
the siding and pushing the log cars through Northdale, and up the logging siding to the switch back at Oxford. They will then
be pulled up the hill to the switch back at Pinehurst. The log cars are then pushed up the hill to Ridgewood and spotted under 
the spar tree, on the empty siding. The return trip is the reverse of the above run.

In real life the log cars would always be uphill of the engine. We could put in a run around at Pinehurst. Then the log cars
would be run around in Miller and then again in Pinehurst so that the log cars would be uphill of the engine, on the long 
climb or descent between Oxford and Pinehurst. On the trip back to Miller, the log cars could be run around in Northdale.
To add to the realism we could have 1 set of log cars empty and 5 finger switch them between sessions. A test run of empty
log cars would be necessary, and is it worth the extra work? 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Club Guidelines

Welcome to the Woodstock Model Railroad Club Aka The Huff and Puff

Guidelines for personal conduct and operation of the layout.

Politeness and consideration for other members is mandatory, remember this should be fun for all.

We have monthly meetings, on the first Tuesday of the month, to discuss anything about railroading, or the club that may come up. This is also a work night to maintain and improve our layout.
Tools and supplies are either the clubs or belong to 1 of the Members, do not take them home. Theft or deliberate damage to the premises, layout or rolling stock will not be tolerated.

Our layout is in a working factory, with a keyed access (held by Larry Brinker or Glen McDonald). Only use the club areas and refrain from wandering in other areas. The factory or owner has no liability for any injuries or loss you may suffer. Help keep our areas neat and tidy. The  lights should be turned off and the doors must be locked and checked, when we leave. 

New members will be voted in.  A new member must be  head height of the lower track level.
Membership is on a yearly basis, starting January 1st of every year. Members who join after
April 1st can have their fee pro-rated. If a member quits the club, no rebate will be available.
If, after a discussion of inappropriate conduct and a majority vote, a member is asked to leave 
the club, a pro-rated refund will be given.

You will be responsible to maintain your own engine and rolling stock.  It is not fair that 
equipment that is not maintained constantly interrupts operation sessions and the enjoyment 
of others. When running a train, it is your responsibility to ensure that the track ahead is clear,
before leaving one town for the next. All trains will be run with care and at a reasonable speed
to avoid collisions or damage to the layout or property of others.

They do not follow proper etiquette.
Guests are the responsibility of the member that brought them. Guests can be asked to leave if

The theme of this CP/CN layout is the steam/diesel era. It is designed to be a small, rural 
railroad, running short trains with age appropriate rolling stock.

The layout is operated using a simple card system, please ask about it so you can become
 familiar with how it works. The towns on the layout are named and arranged alphabetically 
from east to west, from Elsewhere to Wellington. Knowing where the towns are will help you 
enjoy operating sessions.

Please check out our blog, (www, you can comment on the blog, or send 
articles to is an important platform to discuss new ideas and keep up to 
date on the layout.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DM & IR Pix

This is Engine 225 of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range narrow gauge railroad owned by US Steel that hauled iron ore from mines near Hibbing, Minnesota to ship loaders on the Duluth docks at the western tip of Lake Superior. It is a 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone class purchased in 1941 that hauled 44 millons tons of taconite ore and travelled 700K miles before retirement in1961. Its length is 127'8" with a 16' height and a weight of 700,000 lbs. These locos also worked the D & RGW rails in Colorado.

The multi axle tender holds 25,000 gals of water along with 25 tons of bituminous coal and weighs 436,000 lbs. when fully loaded.

This is the wood caboose that completes the display that is on Hwy 2 just west of Duluth close to the entrance of CN's Proctor, Minnesota yard. 

This is a nice remembrance of days gone by when steam ruled the rails. These pictures were taken on Sept.21, 2016.