14 2018 Fourth Winter Invitational by Verryl V Fosnight...
Verryl V Fosnight Jr's Gallery
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Crew for the Forth Invitational of the Wyoming Division, February 15 - 17, 2018. Guests from states surrounding Arizona and Mentors who are regular operators from AZ.
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Loretta and Jim Betz from the San Jose area.
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L to R: Steve Menker (striped shirt), Dick Zoren and wife Becky (blocked out, so I think), Bob and Betty Butler, and Mike Chipman and wife at the BBQ.
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BBQ in the Sedona Room
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Pete Johnson (brown shirt),
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Sedona view east from the BBQ
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L to R: Steve Menker, Cyrus Nelson, Hans Paar Black shirt)
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Jim Jordan who works several hours a day on the layout while snowbirding from New Hampshire. Dispather's test in the distance.
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The Wyominig Divison is very hard to photograph this shows only about 1/4 of it, that is one half of the upper level. It's that darn mezzanine I designed in that spans the whole 75 foot length of the building . The Cheyenne Classification Tracks are on the right hand bench over staging. The man in the blue shirt is making an OS call to the Dispatcher from Rawlings, Wyoming, and beyond that on the same bench is the Sinclair Refinery. The Frontier Refinery is on the east end of the layout just within Cheyenne just before the tracks enter the small helix down to staging.
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Pete Johnson as Green River YM. Beside him (blue shirt) is Jim Betz who is working the Rock Springs Road Switching job, shuttling freight cars between Green River and Rock Springs around to the left of the far end of this bench. All Rock Springs cars use GR as an AD yard. We made no RS yard, opting instead to have 19 industries to switch.
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The group of 5 operators at the far end are (L to R) Sam Romerstein (Morgan Hill, CA), Gordan Bliss (Houston, TX), Steve Hayes (nearest), Dave Houston (Sacramento, CA), and Dan Castillo (College Station, TX). Gordan came the furthest to the meet, but only a bit further than three men from the Portland, OR area. The two extra tracks beside the mains on the right are a storage track and the approach track for the 186 foot OSL hidden track, which leaves to the right through the backdrop and loops around under the lower level to Portland, a separate staging yard. One of the two passing sidings can be seen under Green River to the left. The two rolls of carpet for the floor are stored under these. The red lines on the floor are the original bench layout lines we painted the day after Thanksgiving, 2012.
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10 year old Isaac waits patiently for an adult operator. Isaac has been operating with us nearly every session we have. His family lives in Flagstaff, but has a second home in Cornville, so he probably wins the award for shortest distance to the meet. You can't tell me there are no kids interested in model railroading. If you let them run trains, they are. We have other kids who operate with us also. See my website at http://wyomingdivision.org/
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Closeup of 4 of the five from two photos ago.
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This is Steve Schiffman's third Invitational, I think. Here he is doing the Rock Springs Road Switching job, shuttling traffic back and forth between our non-prototypical Rock Springs (no yard) and Green River on the next asile to the left. Rock Springs has 19 industries with spots to work plus 3 coal mines, out of which one of our coal drags, or Coal Extras, run. The Hanna-Cheyenne Coal Extra is on the upper level.
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Ross Kudlick and Mike Roque in Rock Springs. Mike was Green River's YM the second day of ops. He was so efficient he probably had time to just hang out in Rock Springs.
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Sam Romerstein, Gordan Bliss, and Pete Johnson. (Morgan Hill CA, Houston TX, and Portland OR, respectively) at the east end of the Green River Yard.
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Charitably, it could said that this shot shows almost1/2 of the layout. This is taken from a landing off the mezzanine overlooking the two helices. The view is down the Rock Springs aisle of the lower level where Dennis Drury (black shirt) is following a train, clipboard and throttle in hand.
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Same sort of view as the last photo, that is, looking from a diagonal across the layout nearly corner to corner. The west Cheyenne industrial area is in the foreground, and Steve Hayes, looking up from the lower level, is working the 13 industries of Downtown Ogden. Downtown Ogden is SP territory; Steve spots and pulls cars from those 13 sets of spots moving back and forth from a 3 track UP-SP interchange yard. UP supplies or accepts the cars from Ogden in UP territory, next door to Downtown Ogden on the lower level.
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The Cheyenne steam yard from the west end (looking east toward the coal tower. The depot is to the left, and passenger trains go through Cheyenne behind it. The tracks to the far right are the AD tracks from the Cheyenne classification yard on the next bench connected to this one and at a right angle to it. Larry Coleman, in the maroon shirt, one of our volunteers is a mentor for this meet. Ogden is on the lower level. Downtown Ogden of the last photo starts beneath the unpainted brass Tower A.
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Larry Coleman has the suspenders, and Nick in his Wyoming Division shirt is another of our volunteers. Nick works 2 or 3 days moving trains that Allen Montgomery has staged from staging to their starting locations for upcoming sessions. Nearly one half of Rock Springs can be seen on the lower level. Here the Bragden enterprises geodesic foam is in place, painted and real dirt from Wyoming sifted over the wet paint. Allen went to Wyoming to collect 15 or so buckets of dirt from various Wyoming Division locations for the layout. Wamsutter is the small depot near the upper right corner. It sits on the Harriman center bi-directional siding which is 18 feet long. the siding turnouts and y turnout is just barely in view at the siding's east end.
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Pete Johnson from Portland is working a train near the Cheyenne Frontier Refinery in east Cheyenne. Behind him is Stan McCartney and his friend. Stan, from Orange, CA has attended all 4 of the Invitationals.
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Phil Kline has just passed Dale Junction and is at the summit of Sherman Hill at the Sherman Station with his train with a turbine on the point. Steve Hayes is taking his train up the western slope of the Hill out of Laramie approaching the Hermosa Tunnels. Note the train between Laramie and Dale is on the left hand track to take advantage of the prototype's better grade of the newer Track #2, while Phil's train is running down to Cheyenne on the right hand track east of Dale. All trains change their current of running at Dale (see 4th photo ahead). The track near the edge of the bench on the right is the famous Harriman Cutoff, Track #3, the 1951 addition to ease the grade up the Hill. The coal tower and line shacks are at Harriman, Wyoming.
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Closeup view of Harriman and the shacks. Note the barbed wire fences and electric lines.
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Across the aisle are the widely separated tracks running down the Hill from Dale to Laramie (with a normally red signal barely visible in the distance. This is Red Buttes that Lenny is scenicing with Allen's dirt and hydrocal over the geodesic foam. A little talked about advantage of a mushroom design is an operator standing on the aisle where the camera is here cannot see the layout except left or right, up or down his own aisle. The next aisles over cannot be seen, nor can those on the lower level (see an operator's head behind Red Buttes. This gives a feeling of being out on the prairie isolated from distant places accessible only by the tracks stretching either direction. Al other aisles are similarly isolated.
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Lenny's Hermosa Tunnel portals on the west end and details from old 50's photos. This is a realistic model of the tunnels. If anything the ground above the tunnels is just this slight. When I first was there, it made me wonder why they dug tunnels; why not just a deep cut? Unless they knew it would be such a great photography spot to watch trains.
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The Hermosa mound with the tunnels (not seen from this angle). This is the switch panel for control of the Tortoise driven turnouts of Dale Junction, the junction between the mains, #1 and #2, and the Harriman Cutoff, #3. Note how the arrows on the right side of the panel show the conventional right hand running, and on the left side the current of running is reversed to left hand running. Thus each road crew approaching Dale has to set his route accordingly. The tiny green LED's set into the panel show the settings of the crossovers and turnouts. As set, the far right turnover is set correctly for a train coming up the Hill from Cheyenne (from the right) but the others are set wrong for a west bound train. For an east bound train from the left the right two crossovers should be reversed for a train to continue down Track #2 per the arrows. And so on for a train from the left and down the Harriman Cutoff.
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The high prairie with a windmill and snow fences. Lenny printed these snow fences on his 3D printer. The barbed wire fence is not up yet, but the cattle crossings across the road are in place where the barbed wire fences should go. Allen did this side of the aisle, and it is just east of the Granite rock quarry (upper left of photo) that produces ballast and other rock for UP construction. Track #3, the Harriman Cutoff, is at the bottom.
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Also between Tracks #1 with #2 and #3 just west of Cheyenne is Wycon Chemical, that turned the Wyoming soda (trona) into fertilizer. Now it is Dyno Nobel, and they probably make more explosives that fertilizer.There is a track for plant supplies wrapping around the end of the plant. The eastern turnout of the Speer Wye can be seen also with the eastern branch curving off to the right toward Denver (which is another name for the main staging if a train takes this route to it).
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Bob Burke, one of our regular operators, throws a rocker switch set inside a panel hole for electrical switch numbered #7 on this panel. that switch operates a Tortoise machine on a turnout identically numbered on an over head map in the next photo. Out on the layout, and out of focus in this photo are numerous posts set inn the "ground" near the corresponding turnout. Bob or another operator can use these three designated items to operate the 60 Tortoise driven turnouts (or crossover pairs of turnouts) on the 84 inch wide Cheyenne steam yard bench. A small part of Downtown Ogden is on the lower level.
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This is the schematic I made from the original 3rdPlanIt drawing of the steam yard. The 60 large red numbers are pointed to the corresponding turnouts or turnout pairs that make up a crossover pair. Most of them are marked with the white numbered posts "set in the ground" near the turnout. These numbers on the map and the corresponding numbers on the posts match the electrical switches correspondingly numbered on a panel. To make it easy to operate, first one should find the turnout(s) to be set on the map. Then using its map number the electrical panel switch is found. To be able to easily find the panel switches, they are numbered in order left to right starting on the first left hand panel and through the 10th panel on the far right (beyond the field of view). Finally the panel switches are set according to the proper illumination of the LED panel lights (tiny green ones set into the panel).
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Right to left, Allen, Ted Ferhenhoff (a regular operator) and two guests are at the main staging yard, making up the next trains to run. Main staging is 15 yard tracks with a single 16th through track. These 15 tracks are divided into 4 quarters of lengths each 17 to 19 feet long, or 15 x 4 = 60 lengths of 17 foot long staging tracks. There is an additional 5 tracks on the joining bench under the Cheyenne Steam Yard. In addition Ogden and Cheyenne have 5 and 4 A/D tracks, respectively, that trains can be staged on. There are also 9 each 18 foot long staging tracks in "Portland" at the end of the 186 foot long Oregon Short Line. We also stage trains ready to start a session around the 1,005 feet of double track main line.
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Another Invitational meet must be about done. The recycle trash can in the layout room is nearly full of cans and bottles, as is the smaller one in the crew lounge.
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Honestly, just a regular winter sunset in Sedona. This view is south south-west from our house across our front "yard." Cathedral Rock is at the upper left and the far mountain is Mingus Mountain. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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At the BBQ at our home. We started off the Invitational Meet as always with an open house at the Wyoming Division HO layout, a briefing on operations on the layout in the crew lounge at the layout, and a BBQ afterward. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18. Hans Paar is in front of the fireplace holding the beer. Mike Cartabiano beside him on the sofa. The view is out the open doors onto the Portales.
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A sllightly different angle from the Sedona Room out the open sliding doors and across the Portales. Bob Ellis, Mr. Passenger Train, is leaning on the pool table, and the clamshell observatory dome is wished out on the observatory deck. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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Fred and Peggy Eisenthal at the conversation bar. Fred is one of our regular operators who mentored our visitors. Peering around the Tiffany Lamp is Cyrus Nelson. The antiques are perhaps 15% of our collection from our restaurant, The Golden Lantern, which was in Loong Beach,CA. We kept our favorite pieces and sold the rest. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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Local friends Mary and Paul Millar on the right with out of state operators and a wife in the Sedona Room. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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Becky Zeren and Jessica Roque on the Portales. We were very lucky to get a bright, sunny afternoon for the BBQ. It was cold overcast the rest of the weekend. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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Lenny Wyatt, Phil Kline, and a supposed friend of Phil's from Portland? Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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Across the View Portales with some of the Sedona Red Rocks spread out for us. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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On the Portales looking into the Sedona Room. Photo by Kim Paar, 2/15/18
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