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22 032412 LorneNoyes 12

22 I bought 1/4" thick sheet cork in 50 foot rolls 4 feet wide and cut in into roadbed with tapered edges. A roll is shown here on a vacuum hold down table I built, a box with a peg board top and a hole in one end for a 6 hp shop vac hose. We cut the cork on a sharp angle to simulate the ballast shape then split the 4 foot piece in two halves so it will bend easily to make the curves.
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23 I also imported 1,000 24 inch T8 florescent light fixtures from China rather than pay the Home Depot or Wall Mart prices. This is the illumination on the cork for the future Ogden Ready Tracks and Passenger tracks at the depot. Both Ogden (now) and Cheyenne have 4 passenger tracks at the depots, because the era is 1957 when railroads were still invested in trying to maintain their passenger business. They did not know it in 1957 but the trend was definitely to airline and auto travel.
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24 This is the main helix, an oval with 39 inch radius ends with 11 foot long straight sides. It was temporarily in this place which is now Laramie, Wyo, before being moved to the end of the next two benches built. Both temporary places were to have operations and to test track and the NCE DCC system. Guy Forsythe is beside the helix and watching is Barry Adico and Lorne Noyes, all who help on the layout and are operators.
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25 An interesting 3 way meet for Operations. Here we find two freights waiting at Dale. Go to the next photo, but first note the elevated spline with cork roadbed. The main bus wires are #10 ga with #18 ga feeders up to the track. The feeders are spot welded to the track with a nice neat and small weld filet and no melted ties. Occasionally at the end of the #10 wire we will go down to #14 ga for a few feet if convenient, especially if we go to a PSX-AR auto reverser or a PSX-4 circuit breaker in the wire chases. In other words the #14 wire is used sparingly and only at the end of a run.
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26 Here is the reason for both freights waiting at Dale. A passenger train is coming over the Hill on track #1 running right handed. Go to the next photo, but first note the train coming up from Laramie (foreground) is on the left hand track, that is, it is running left handed.
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27 In this third photo the passenger train has crossed over to Track #2 to continue down to Laramie running on the left hand (steeper grade on the older #1 track. When it clears the turnouts, either the #3 freight will follow it down into Laramie, but more likely, to space the trains out more, first the freight up from Laramie will cross over to the #1 track to continue its journey to Cheyenne on Track #2 (It will change to right hand running). Thus Dale is not only a junction to join the 3 tracks, but it is one of 4 places on the layout where the current of running changes from right to left (or vice versa). The others are the east Laramie yard limits, up the Wasatch Mountains east out of Ogden at the Ogden yard limits, and then the change back at Curvo, which is two tunnels bored at different elevations years apart with an overpass just west of the west portals of both tunnels.
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28 12 Progress 051013 02

28 In this view the helix has been moved 2 benches to the left after those two new benches were built. The helix has been temporarily attached to those two new benches (far left), and Laramie is now built up where the helix formerly was. These temporary helix movements might make more sense if you review photos 01 and 02. At the far right is the double crossover to change back to right hand running inside the Laramie yard. The kit box is in the middle of the Laramie Tie Treating Plant location (see photo 40 below).
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28A Progress 071913 24

28A In this later photo Laramie is nearly complete. The kit boxes are strewn over the site of the Tie Treating Plant which will have narrow gauge tracks. The round house, turntable, and coal tower are in and at the far west end is the stock yards made from 10 kits. Just this side of that between the 2nd and 3rd tracks will be the 6 foot long ice dock. This photo from the mezzanine gives a good idea of the view from there. On the far bench under the blue uncompleted backdrop are #1 and #2 up to Sherman at the far post. #3 is parallel and a few feet from them. The yellow panel is a Tortoise panel to operate the turnouts at Granite on the other side of #1 and #2. Granite was the ballast quarry for UP and a layout industry to operate. Also in this view you can see how the upper layout is isolated from the lower layer--the upper level and lower level operators cannot see each other, because the upper guy is on the 17" riser, and the lower guy is on the concrete floor, and backdrops are between them.
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30 12 Progress 051013 11

30 This is the other side of the "mouse hole" for the OSL, and its loop under the mains and direction reversal can be seen here. The eventual location for the main helix and "Portland" staging will be where the red cart is. That cart, incidentally, holds my jewelers' spot welder that we use to weld the 18 AWG copper DCC feeders to the Ni-Au track--no cold solder joints, no melted ties, and very small beads of fused material. With the OSL and main staging the Wyoming Division is a truly transcontinental railroad from Chicago or New Orleans in the east to LA or the Bay area in the west and Portland in the Pacific Northwest. We don't plan on running around no Christmas tree.
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31 This is around the same end cap showing the spline and cork roadbed of the OSL. The two mains above it will be mountains with the prototypical 1 mile+ long Aspen and Altamont tunnels just west of Evanston, Wyoming (13 and 17 feet on the layout). These tunnels will be accessible from the upper level aisle to the right or through a hinged hatch at the end from the concrete floor (which will eventually be carpeted) of the lower level. The very thin and rugged hard shell of the Bragdon Enterprises Geodesic Foam makes this easily possible. Also shown are some of my Chinese light fixtures. See me before you buy any--I have lots left.
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32 This is another view of the same end cap looking down from the mezzanine stairs and looking east toward Laramie and the stock yards in the middle. One of the crossings of the Laramie River will be between the stock yards and the ice dock which will be between the 2nd and third track from the right just beyond the stock yards. The Rock River will be bridged in the center of this end cap and Medicine Bow, Wyo is at the right with team track and small stock yard. The foam insulation supports for the Geodesic Foam can be seen with Hermosa Tunnel at the left. Some hard shell is on the left also. The rag on the end cap has no significance whatsoever, but the nature of the true mushroom configuration can be seen well here. Greg White is on the riser elevated 17" above the lower level concrete floor, and the backdrops block the view up and down. Greg, Allen, and I built all the benches up to these two new ones on the right together, but Greg built these two alone.
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33 Progress 071913 01

33 This is Cheyenne from the north of the tracks and looking from the curve at Cheyenne yard and out west toward Sherman Hill to the right and around the next curve in the distance. This also shows some of the buildings in Cheyenne from the other side. Lenny had a lot of trouble with the Walthers transfer table and sent it back to them a couple of times before he got it working, so it is out for repair at this point. Shown here is the full Car Shop on this side of the transfer table (see #39).
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34 Progress 071913 02

34 This is Cheyenne from the same corner looking east along the 4 track Cheyenne passenger staging yard and the Cheyenne freight classification yard. The main helix temporary position can also be seen. When we start construction of our last 3 benches, it will be moved to the end of the open area at the far end of the room for its final and permanent position
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35 Progress 071913 05

35 At the right can be seen tracks #1 and #2 up Sherman Hill, and in the center back down into Laramie. Between them Track #3 can be seen going to Dale at the far right end. Laramie is in the left center, and nearer to the camera is the Speer Wye. The track off the left corner of the wye is the track south to Denver. UP trains get to Denver by leaving Cheyenne west and going down to Speer (effectively the beginning of the Harriman Cutoff) and taking the wye south. If they take the wye west they are technically on the Borie Cutoff which turns into the Harriman Cutoff. We do not model Borie. This layout is not large enough! The shelf up to the right hand wall is built over the concrete floor aisle that serves the lower level bench. The true mushroom character of the layout is not violated by this shelf, since the aisle is still there, and the new upper level shelf over that aisle is still served by a riser aisle. Note that the east route Laramie to Denver (staging) bypasses Cheyenne as in the prototype.
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