09 Backdrops Signals Scenery by Verryl V Fosnight Jr
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This is the Rock River and Medicine Bow area cut off in the previous photo. Highway US 30 can be seen as the tan unfinished Masonite. We make the land forms from foam supported cardboard strips. They are then covered with Brandon Enterprises Geodesic Foam. Some areas are easier to build up using layers of the pink insulation foam which hot glues nicely without melting. Allen is working on his Laramie yard modification.
Capture Date: May 12, 2015 01:08 PMViews: 129

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Fascia Signs 01

Wamsutter, Wyoming, as in where the Hell is Wamsutter? On our model iI has a stock yard (shown) and a depot and team track to the left. It is at one end of the 20 foot Harriman Siding (center siding). Those are throughout Wyoming on UP's Wyoming Division. Also visible on the fascia is a map of Wamsutter (there is a map of each yard on the layout pasted to the fascia), a pink OS sign, and a compass star sign that shows N-S-E-W directions on the model (west is always left), and a list of the next 3 stops in each E and W direction. So that is where Wamsutter is. Between Creston (E) and Table Rock (W). Aren't you glad you asked? Seriously, in modeling a location as unfamiliar as Wyoming, I try to give operators every bit of help to get around the layout as I can. The 6 x 6" cross section wire tray hinged doors are shown on the front of the bench. All non-soldered electrical joints are in side these wire trays. It was a joy to install the signals and not have to crawl under any bench.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:27 PMViews: 199

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2015-10-23 13.24.08

Ariel view (well, I was obviously standing on a ladder) of Frontier Refinery in Cheyenne before I finished the piping on the pipe trays around and through the area. The track in the bottom is the loading track, and those behind the refinery are service stubs and tracks to the double track small helix down to staging. The third track going to the helix is a turning loop for passenger trains to avoid the need to break a consist.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:24 PMViews: 171

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2015-10-23 13.24.10

Ariel view (well, I was obviously standing on a ladder) of Frontier Refinery in Cheyenne before I finished the piping on the pipe trays around and through the area. The track in the bottom is the loading track, and those behind the refinery are service stubs and tracks to the double track small helix down to staging. The third track going to the helix is a turning loop for passenger trains to avoid the need to break a consist.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:24 PMViews: 168

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2015-10-23 13.26.30

Frontier is a combination of kits (2 on the left and the building), and scratch built crackling towers and other units (yellow). Many household and office trash items were used--Cocl-Cola bottler caps, electrical cable shielding, computer parts, most of which were modified with PVC pipe fittings and pipe, and polystyrene sheet parts. The 24 inch steel scale is not one of the whimsical parts of the model. You can gauge the scale of the refinery by it.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:26 PMViews: 185

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Fascia Signs 04 CROPPED

Details of the track schematic and the yard at Granger. There is a yard map for all yards, and several of the schematics around the layout on the fascias. Since I am building the layout for operations, it is important to post these and other such signs to help operators get oriented and to stay oriented as to where places are in Wyoming.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:33 PMViews: 192

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Fascia Signs 04

More fascia signs. I feel a railroad that has guests in to operate on it absolutely needs frequent signs on the fascia to identify places, define tasks of road crews, map out yards as a guide as to how the yard should be operated (remember UP designed my yards--I only scaled them way down--I trust UP knew what they were doing. My job is to understand why a yard is designed the way UP did it. Other signs should be caution signs (don't miss that junction signs), and compass stars to remind which way is east and which is west.
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Fascia Signs 05 CROPPED

More fascia signs to guide operators. Pink tells road crew where to OS (call in to Dispatcher so he can put your train On Sheet--record it s time and progress), how to OS the first time, and how to OS thereafter. With all these fascia signs an operator does not need an apron to hold a stack of maps, charts, and directions. They are right there in front of him when he needs the information.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:33 PMViews: 176

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Fascia Signs 05

Another OS sign in hard to miss hot pink, and a warning sign in red to take the OSL here (preferred route). But if you miss it 20 feet down the line there is a second red warning "last chance for the OSL" sign. These are about 4 x 8 1/2 inches.
Capture Date: Oct 23, 2015 01:33 PMViews: 183

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New Laramie Yard FROM MEZZ 061503

Composite of Laramie I made to check track plan as drawn vs actual build. Composite is 3 side 95 degree 11 mm lens shots stitched together. As you can see the yard is big. The measuring tape used as a scale reference was stretched to it limit, 25 feet. The case of the tape is black with a yellow locking button on it, and is located just to the right of the first seam from the left.
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 02:40 PMViews: 172

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New Laramie Yard FROM 3RD PLANIT 061503

This is the same composite reversed and inverted that I made to aid me in checking the 3rdPlanIt program drawn map for Laramie POSTED ON THE LARAMIE TIE TREATING PLANT SIDE OF THE YARD i.e., the bottom of the left panel of the composite. The upside down Monolith Redi Mix panels can be see in duplicate because of forshortening of this extreme lens. The drawn map to be posted on the end of the bench on that far aisle had to be flipped end for end and turned upside down to match the view of the layout as seen from the Tie Treating Plant/Monolith side of the bench.
Capture Date: Jun 5, 2015 02:40 PMViews: 295

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