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Detail photo of the photo backdrop high plains just north (UP west) of Laramie on the way to Medicine Bow, prime ranching country of Wyoming.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:00 PMViews: 134

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Same just west (geographic north) of Laramie. This is one 3 foot section of a planned 18 foot ice dock. Our trains are 17 feet long plus locos, tender and caboose, and we run PFE Specials often with 30 reefers. The Laramie ice dock and yard tracks have been torn out by Allen to widen the bench and make the Laramie yard more workable (ice dock longer to avoid breaking a 30 car PFE train in two parts to ice. See next few photos.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:00 PMViews: 120

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 02

This shows the photo backdrop just west of Laramie during the Laramie yard track reconfiguration. The previous photo showed Laramie in its as designed configuration. Allen added 4 inches to the bench width and extended the arrival tracks to the yard at the cost of shrinking the trackage for the stock yard. He also was able to make full train length tracks on both sides of the ice dock so two trains could be iced at once without fowling up entrance to the Laramie yard, which is one of the 4 main yards on the Wyoming Division. This photw was taken at the beginning of his work.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 12:59 PMViews: 116

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New Laramie Yard 061501

View from Laramie's yard east end with roundhouse and turntable and coal tower. This is the reconfigured and widened Laramie yard prior to the backdrops being completed over Laramie. We did not "design" any yard; we merely scaled the real things down and crammed as much as it on our benches as possible. The reconfiguration was done because we tried to make the Laramie stock yard too large for the model. The real one is very large, but we realized that in 1957 there were no unit stock trains even in season; only a few stock cars could be found on any one train at most. So in making the stock yard smaller, there was more room for AD tracks and the longer ice dock to avoid doubling trains into the classification tracks The yard wraps around a bench end, and the Laramie Tie Treating Plant is adjacent to the yard. Further east is Monolith Redi-Mix.
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 02:39 PMViews: 115

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New Laramie Yard 061502

This is the modified Laramie yard with condensed stub track (edge of bench left) for stock track, and full train length icing tracks (widest gap to left of split ladders. Monolith Redi-Mix cement is on the east end of Laramie just outside of town after the tie treating plant. The route up Sherman Hill from Laramie to the summit (east bound) is left hand running, just like the prototype.
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 02:39 PMViews: 110

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New Laramie Yard 061503

West end of Laramie Yard. Part of the Ice dock is misplaced in front of the backdrop to allow work on backdrop; it should be in the wide space between the tracks. The Laramie yard is nearly 50 feet long, and one of 4 major yards (Cheyenne, Laramie, Green River, and Ogden).
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 02:40 PMViews: 112

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 06

Leaving Laramie and on to Rock River just to the left of the photo. The summer prairie color has some green but is pretty prairie dry. Wyoming gets only about 12 inches of moisture a year, and most of it is snow, so summers are dry.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:00 PMViews: 103

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 07

Just past Medicine Bow toward Hanna, which ramshackle town is shown here. Masonite strip is old US Highway 30, the Lincoln Highway, the world's first transcontinental highway. It was started privately by a wealthy Lincoln motor car dealer in 1912 by Indiana entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher. Formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway ran coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City west to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally through 13 states. It became the backbone of the early US highway system. It followed the origianl UP tracks of the Transcontinental Railroad. I-80 now uses nearly the identical route to the Ames boys knew what they were doing
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:01 PMViews: 112

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 09

Between Medicine Bow and Hanna (left is west on the Wyoming Division).
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:01 PMViews: 180

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 01

With Laramie on the right of the aisle and Hanna on the left and Medicine Bow on the far left we move out across the great plains and that wonderful blue sky with cumulus clouds. Locos are changed at Laramie for lighter power across the level bowl of Wyoming between the Laramie Mountains (the start of the Rockies where Sherman Hill is) and the Watsatch Mountains (beyond Green River toward Evanston). Helpers are also dropped off at Laramie (after Sherman Hill west bound Cheyenne to Laramie), and blocks and cars are switched for either Cheyenne-on-to-Nebraska, or Denver bypassing Cheyenne via the Harriman Cutoff (Track #3--Cheyenne west to Laramie). The arch at the bottom supports the beginning of the OSL Hidden track to Portland, a separate staging yard.
Capture Date: May 9, 2015 12:53 PMViews: 216

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23 Descriptive Photos 051016 10

Hanna and Hanna coal marshaling yard. We model 3 mines, and the Hanna coal job entails being the coal agent (going around the layout as far as Cheyenne to inventory the empty hoppers to be replaced with loads), making up the train with the required number of loaded hoppers, delivering them, either setting the correct number to replace the MT's on spots or leaving them with a YM to do this. Finally, the operator drags the empties back to the mines or Hanna yard. So the job is a coal agent, YM (Hanna), and road crew--fun! The mines are behind the view block to the far left connected to the yard.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:01 PMViews: 106

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Fascia Signs 03

Hanna backdrop, Hanna depot, and the Hanna yard which extends to the left to the 4 x 8 foot mine area.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:30 PMViews: 177

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Details of Hanna depot and backdrop.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:06 PMViews: 178

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This taken from the next aisle from the photo subjects show those subjects, the 3 Hanna coal mines on the end cap of the Hanna bench, and the mains cutting inside that coal field past the Sinclair Refinery that borders Rawlins. The refinery yard has a loading, unloading and storage track and a stub supply track along the mains 1 and 2 plus an alternate main to relieve congestion through the refinery area Rawlins. Beyond the Hanna mines the blue and white buildings of Wycon Chemical plant on the first bench sticks up. Some of the blank Laramie backdrop yet to be covered can be see peeping over the refinery. This illustrates a little mentioned advantage to a mushroom design. You cannot see any tracks beyond your bench. You can only see east and west down your own tracks (and further beyond your own tracks if you turn around and look at the next bench behind you. And of course you can't see the lower level, whose aisle is at the bottom of the space between your own bench and the next one.
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 01:15 PMViews: 116

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Fascia Signs 02

The Hanna coal mines (3 modeled). This would make a fine 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood layout. Wycon Chemical is in the distance on another bench. The Sinclair Refinery is to the left as tracks in front of a detailed backdrop. The fascia map for Rawlins and Sinclair Oil is yellow. The buff line or schematic drawing shows all the locations on the layout. Yes, Wamsutter is on it. The low hanging mezzanine (red iron oxide color) makes it hard to photograph anything like all of even the upper level of the mushroom layout. The mezzanine head room here from the building floor is 96", but it is only 79 inches above the 17" risers needed for the mushroom design. However, one can only walk under it on one aisle, because it runs over the central bench.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:28 PMViews: 191

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