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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

It seems if we do change Lincoln's location, the plan Northdale 2 is the go to design, not that it is set in stone, but rather a good starting plan. A few members have indicated that they will miss the branch line however. There is a lot to consider about a project this large. It is a good start to have picked a basic plan and any updates will refer to this plan.

With a branch line in mind, we could swap the turntable location, in Oxford, to the siding in Miller, connect the sidings to Allen lumber, making it part of the sawmill complex, and Buckley Mills to the Miller passing track (reducing the load of switching in Lincoln) and put O King Coal and City Services in Oxford. This would establish a branch line which would start in Elsewhere, service some industries in Herons Landing, Jutland, Lakeview, Miller and Oxford and then return to Elsewhere. We could also locate the gravel dock in Lakeview and make Lakeview a branch line only town. This would recreate branch line operations in full. We could make a mainline bypass track in Lakeview.   Adding the branch line back in makes this move more appealing in my humble opinion.

At the end of the session, Peter pointed out that there is only 1 of the 3 branchline trains left. WHAT? With cars like the sawdust cars and the gravel hoppers, and special caboose, only switched on the branchline and these trains always returning to Elsewhere intact, where did they go? I will rebuild the other 2 trains and see what happened to all the designated cars.

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