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Winter Invit 2017 Group Photo 05 CROPPED USE THIS

The out of state crew for the Wyoming Division Invitational Meet of Feb 9 to 11, 2017
Capture Date: Feb 11, 2017 03:54 PMViews: 263

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The photos in this album are from the February 9-11, 2017 Wyoming Division Invitational Meet. I had about 30 out of state operators by special invitation for two days of operating preceded by an open house and clinic on the layout and its car forwarding system and a prime rib banquet at Relics in Sedona. Sixteen of my Arizona operators participated, mostly as mentors, but they ran a few trains. The Dispatchers recorded 62 trains on the train sheets Friday and 67 Saturday as we operated from 9 to 4, with a break for lunch. I will only describe the layout in these "Description" sidebars, but not the operators, who are identified in the previous album for the Invitational BBQ at our home.
Capture Date: Feb 10, 2017 12:45 PMViews: 223

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This shows the Speer Wye from the other side of the bench, with Laramie fully shown. The climb up Sherman Hill is against the wall and backdrop to the right. On this HO model of the 1957 Wyoming Division of the Union Pacific (UP) that change in elevation is 10.5 inches over about 50 feet. The building was built for the layout and is 50 x 75 feet with a 7 foot wide x 75 foot long mezzanine suspended (no posts) over the layout for viewing. I missed taking a photo of Jon Schmidt who dispatched Saturday, but you can see him at the Dispatcher's desk on the mezzanine.
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On past Laramie (at the far right) is Medicine Bow and a small yard for coal marshaling of loads from the Hanna mines on the end cap nearest the camera. The benches are a free standing mushroom design with welded square steel tubing legs/bench supports. All track is on spline over the bench tops, except for level plywood stretches for yards. Some yellow car cards can be seen on the lower level fascia above that layer in the gap between the bench sides as they wraps around the end cap with the purple foam insulation scenery supports of the Hanna mines. Part of the Cheyenne steam yard is at the lower left.
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On past Hanna and it mines (lower right corner) is the Sinclair Refinery and Rawlins, Wyoming along the right edge, but hidden under the mezzanine. Then the double track main is through a stretch of prairie, the so called Red Desert of southern Wyoming. Just around this end cap is Wamsutter--surely you know where Wamsutter, Wyoming is, don't you? At Wamsutter is the eastern end of a 20 foot center siding named after Mr. Harriman in the early part of the 20th Century. This "Harriman Siding" cannot be seen but the depot is visible just over the rear view of the backdrop. Below is Rock Springs, which is the next location after traversing the giant oval helix (34.5" inner track radius semicircular ends with 7 foot straights joining them). The Cheyenne classification yard is on the upper level along the wall and staging is underneath it. each level is joined at each of their ends by not only the large helix but a small helix at the end of Cheyenne class and staging.
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This shows how The Arrival/Departure tracks of Cheyenne beside the power house (2 stacks)connect to the Cheyenne classification yard. The passenger trains on the top are stored in a 3 track staging yard. There is a turning loop on the small helix for them. To the east of Cheyenne and down the small helix is staging on the lower level. Staging entered from that end (out of the photo to the upper right) represents Chicago, Marysville KS, KC, St. Louis, Miami--all of which we identify as NP for North Platte, Nebraska. Staging entered from the left on the lower level (also out of sight) is equivalent to going west through Ogden Utah in to staging, which then represents LA or Oakland.
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This looks back at Cheyenne steam yard across the distant end of the photo. Then from the upper left is Sinclair Refinery, Rawlins, the Red Desert, and around the end cap to Wamsutter where the Harriman siding (center siding) starts. It ends at a place out in the prairie called Table Rock for a nearby formation, the double track main leads into the large helix. Out of the helix at the bottom is Rock Springs, which is two benches long, and only part of the west end of Rock Springs, Wyoming can be seen on the lower level. Continuing through Rock Springs is the beginning of another major yard, Green River, Wyoming on the lower level.
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Here are some more operators working just west of Rawlins. The Sinclair refinery is entirely on the photo backdrop, but it is very detailed. A local artist named Kelly Daniels did all the backdrops from old photos he stitched together from the internet. They are printed on vinyl. John Busa of New Jersey made the exquisite Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Rock Springs depots. I have cut away the backdrop to enable a view of the detailed front. We are finally getting scenery down. This brown is Wyoming dirt from the area as is dirt from Wyoming on 15 other layout areas. This dirt is newly laid and has no grass or sage brush yet. The whole layout is Wyoming prairie, so we will plant both trees next week.
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Seth Neumann working the Rock Springs Road Crew job on the lower level and Dave Stoll watching his train on the main helix. Dave has his hand on the small helix immediately next to the Frontier Refinery in east Cheyenne.
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This is taken from the western end of the mezzanine from its stairs. To the far left are the cumulous clouds over Sherman Hill. The coal tower to the left is Harriman, Wyoming on the Harriman Cutoff, the alternate route up Sherman Hill. Dale Junction, where we change the direction of running to left hand running from Dale (just out of the photo on the lower left) west down the Hill into Laramie. The twin tunnel between Dale and Laramie is the famous Hermosa Tunnel, #1 on the UP part of the Intercontinental RR. The Laramie roundhouse is at the end of the upper level, and the Laramie yard is coming towards the camera at the right. Evanston, Wyoming is on the lower level to the right; to the left is Curvo, Utah. The current of running changes a second time from left to right for the climb up the Wasatch Mountains from Ogden (not shown under the fan at the far upper left), and back to right hand running at Curvo, Utah.
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Taken from the same place on the mezzanine stairs this shows Medicine Bow on the top level going into Hanna where the upper level coal mines are. (Rock Springs, a few pictures back, has three big mines in it, so we have coal drags each direction to all the coal towers and power houses and distributors on the http:// Evanston, Wyoming peeks out on the lower level as the tracks emerge from the 5,800 and 7600 foot tunnels of Aspen and Altamont. The models tunnels are 11 and 13 feet long.
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Another view of Evanston west of the Aspen and Altamont tunnels (#2 and #3 on the Transcontinental RR) below Laramie and the Hermosa tunnels on Sherman Hill.
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The scenery blending into the custom photo backdrop is coming along nicely on Sherman Hill. This also shows the west end of the twin Hermosa Tunnel.
Capture Date: Feb 10, 2017 03:20 PMViews: 210

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Another view of the Sherman Hill area and the incomplete scenery. The Dale Fill is shown with the famous Sherman Hillocks. Dale Junction is modeled accurately with the multiple turnouts and crossovers to enable the change of running from right hand coming up the Hill The F unit diesel leads a train down the right hand #2 over the summit near the building's beam (with the backdrop wrapped around it). Track #3, the Harriman Cutoff joins the #1 and #2 mains at Dale Junction. Toward the bottom of the photo is west bound out of Dale and it is left hand running all the way down the west side of Sherman Hill on #2 (the left track going into Hermosa Tunnel) into Laramie. Jus barely visible on a hidden track third level is the Park City Branch that runs from Echo, Utah to Park City Utah.
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Cheyenne Classification yard on right leading to the Cheyenne steam yard. Center is the prairie bench with the center siding (a Harriman Siding, common in Wyoming), Wamsutter, Wyoming, more prairie, the Red Desert, and on east to Rawlins and the Sinclair Refinery tracks in front of the refinery depiction on the custom photo backdrop.
Capture Date: Feb 10, 2017 03:22 PMViews: 202

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