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The photos in this album were taken by Harlan Buzz Lenander of Albuquerque. Buzz has built a fantastic model of the Cheyenne Steam Yard in N scale. He displays it in meets from Cheyenne and Colorado to New Mexico as part of his club's modular layout. If you ever get a chance to see it, don't miss it. It is even more complete than my model of it. Here Dave Stoll is operating at the Sinclair refinery just east of Rawlins, Wyoming. The refinery has limited physical models other than the tracks. Most of it is represented by the fine photo backdrop.
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This is Lenny Wyatt's fine Passenger House, part of the Cheyenne roundhouse for passenger locomotives. Lenny is currently working on the Freight house for placement in the foreground. Lenny scratch built the Passenger House and has just started on the Freight House as of March, 2017.
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Dick Zeren of the Bay Area is operating in Laramie as Yard Master. He holds a one half sheet block card. My operating system uses car and block cards that govern one move at a time. Subsequent moves are added to the end of them after the current move is completed. Thus moves are quasi random, because any operator can forward the car or block at any time just like real freight agents work. This has the added advantage of moves for a given car do not repeat over and over to A to B to C to D and back to A. Additionally, since the system is nearly random, there is no need to "balance" moves east against moves west, and this greatly simplifies setup. Furthermore, cards are disposable; if a card gets separated form a car, we just write a new card in about 10 seconds adding the Road Name, Car Number, Car Type, and Color. Then the car is "routed" by filling in From, To, the loaded condition (Full, MT, LCL). There are no waybills. They are kept in the cabooses where they belong so they are not lost, soiled or torn.
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This is the small coal marshaling yard at Hanna, Wyoming. Note the Yard Limits sign, the compass star with the next few west and east locations shown, and the pink OS notice on the fascia. All instructions on how to operate are on fascia signs and a single sheet Train Order. Operators have no bulky and confusing booklet to carry; they only have to read the fascia and remember where they are headed which is shown on the Train Order sheet. The TO is a written representation of a stack of track warrants from A to B, and on to c, etc. for conductor/engineers. The OS call to the Dispatcher at each pink OS notice on the private phone system is for the conductor/engineer to get verbal confirmation of his clearance to his next destination. A white wall phone is partially visible on the far right of the photo.
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Meanwhile, back in Laramie, east of Hanna, STeve Schiffman, today's Laramie Classification Foreman, who works under the YM, works the west end of Laramie. Car cards and block cards can be seen on the rack below the fascia.
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There are 10 loads of coal on two tracks serving the Cheyenne Yard Power House. The other buildings are part of the Cheyenne Steam Yard. The transfer table connects the steel car shops and tin and tank shops (left to right). In front of them is the Grain Door Shop. We have many of the buildings left to build for this model of the Cheyenne Steam Engine yard. In the foreground on the fascia can be seen one of the 10 switch panels with rocker switches mounted inside 1" diameter tubes that control 69 Tortoise switch machines in the yard. We use manual ground throws for turnouts that are easily accessible, and the electric switch machines for those beyond reach on this 7 foot wide bench.
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This is the next bench east of the Cheyenne steam yard. It holds front to back the Denver Track (on the bench edge), 8 classification yard tracks, a three track local classification yard for cars into and out of the Cheyenne steam yard spots, and a three track passenger train staging yard for storage of passenger trains waiting to head back west through and out of Cheyenne. Out of view at the far end of this bench is the small helix that is the route to staging on the lower level. Trains are made up in staging and come up the small helix and enter Cheyenne through the east yard limits onto the layout. So the lower level staging with ingress and egress from this end represents Chicago, KC, and St. Louis and all points east of Cheyenne. Also not visible on top of the helix structure is a turning loop for passenger trains, and it connects to the three passenger train staging tracks at the back of the upper bench.
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This is the Green River freight yard with a few stub tracks for local spots to switch in that Wyoming city. Note the curved lower level backdrop here which is typical of all of the lower level benches. The space made by the curve outward at the top is the wire tray for the upper level benches above this scene. The whole lower level has its own wire trays below the front of the benches behind hinged doors. Thus both levels have wire trays of about 6 x 6" cross section for all DCC and signal components that might need maintenance or adjustment, such as electronic circuit breakers, current detector loops and boards, signal control boards, etc. Any wires that are not soldered are joined in these trays (i.e., screw terminal junctions). Soldered 10 gauge main DCC buses and 14 Ga sub buses and feeders are distributed under the tracks as twisted pairs following good DCC installation practice.
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Just west of Green River (to the rear of the previous photo) is Granger and the OSL Junction. Further west are the models of the 7,600 and 5,700 foot Aspen and Altamont tunnels. They are in the mountain behind the seating break area of the former photo. After the tracks go thorough these two model tunnels (11 and 13 feet long) they emerge at Evanston, Wyoming, shown here. On the aisle behind Stan McCartney in the plaid shirt are the Curvo tunnels in Utah. On the upper level in this picture is the Laramie Roundhouse and coal tower. \ This photo gives a good sense of the free standing mushroom design of the layout. Operators from this aisle cannot see or be seen from any other aisle. The effect is that only the tracks stretching west to the left or east to the right are visible from any aisle.
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This is a more detailed view of Evanston, Wyoming. The tracks right to left are the coal tower supply track, the west and east bound mains under the coal tower, the alternate main, and an abbreviated two track yard with some industry spots off them.
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Evanston from a slightly higher elevation.
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Cheyenne Yard from Darwin copy

This is a scan from the definitive book on the Cheyenne Steam Yard by Robert Darwin, "The History of the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne." This was the yard as it was in 1943, and I model 1957, but there was probably not much changed in those 14 years as steam was still used up until late 1957. This scan is helpful in viewing the following Cheyenne pictures of our model.
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Back in Cheyenne looking northwest is the coal fired power plant with the yard office to its left. The large building immediately behind the power house is the Blacksmith shop, and the Electrical Shop extends out of the side of the larger Tank Shop/Tin Shop/Boiler Shop building. Beyond that is the Back shop fronting the roundhouses. The Cheyenne depot is shown on the far bench edge with a yellow streamliner taking on passengers. The tracks in the foreground are the Denver track and a 4 track A/D yard. The Denver track is the route from Laramie to Denver. down the eastern slope of Sherman Hill via the Harriman Cutoff (Track #3), through the Speer Wye, and bypassing Cheyenne. Technically this Denver track should be hidden track but is forced onto the bench top by the yellow Tortoise switch panels lining the bench edge. However in keeping with the prototype, there is no communication between the Denver track and the Cheyenne yard, so the prototype plan is followed.
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A closeup of the Electric shop and depot as seen over the Powerhouse roof and between its stacks.
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