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36 This is a good bird's eye view from the mezzanine of Cheyenne from the turntable and over the steam facility. the riser with the small ladder on it is built for the upper level, and the tip of red paint on the floor for the 3 benches to be built can just barely be seen on the concrete floor under the trash can.
Capture Date: Jul 19, 2013 09:49 AMViews: 696

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37 Using my new 11-19mm lens for super wide views, this view is from in front of the restrooms (see 01 in this album for room layout). The staging helix is in the right foreground and the main helix is temporarily at the end of the last benches built, so at this time the complete railroad is from the staging helix, through staging, through Cheyenne on the top, up Sherman Hill, down into Laramie and on to Medicine Bow, and (temporarily) ending at the main helix in the middle of Hanna, Wyoming. After going down the main helix a train returns on the lower level, past the trona mines of Westvaco, past Granger (OSL Junction), through the Altamont and Aspen tunnels, Evanston, Curvo, Utah (2 tunnels and overpass), Echo Canyon through Echo, Utah, and down the Weber Canyon along the Weber River, and into Ogden and on to the main staging. Our next major construction will move the main helix to the painted balloon on the floor under the chair and attach it to the last 3 benches in the remaining space.
Capture Date: Jul 19, 2013 10:32 AMViews: 804

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38 12 Progress 092613 02

38 This shows the beginning of the Ogden Ice dock that will be on the lower level. Allen is building it from 3 kits. It will be about 9 feet long on the layout, but he will have to fit it between two posts that support the upper deck bench, so he has 8 feet of it here. It is a unique kitbash project to make the two 1 1/2" square steel posts part of the ice dock, so we'll have to wait to see how he does it.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:44 PMViews: 803

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39 12 Progress 092613 03

39 Lenny finally got the transfer table working after much hassling of Walthers. This is a view of it from the south of the Cheyenne Steam Yard flanked on the left (west) by the Steel Car Shop/Store House and on the right by the Wheel and Tank Shop and the Wood Working Shop on the far right just before the 90 foot turntable on the east end of the Cheyenne Yard. The brass models in the rear belong on the lower level in Ogden.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:45 PMViews: 763

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39A 12 Progress 092613 36

39A This shows the back side of the Wood Working Shop and the 90' turntable. We added this turntable, which was probably one of the original ones in Cheyenne (probably rebuilt and modernized from the early 1900's), because, like the prototype, it provided convenient, compact access to all the structures from the back side. The 126' turntable is to the left. On the real yard there is a lot of room between this turntable and the wood shop, and a Car Shed and two Storehouses have been eliminated from the model. Even in a 50x75foot building, "This layout is too small!" The Car Shop that should be in this space has been moved to the left and is in back of the transfer table. See #39 before.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:13 PMViews: 762

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40 12 Progress 092613 04

40 This is the Laramie Tie Treating Plant where UP creosoted ties. The prototype is now a Super Fund Site, one of two in Wyoming, and we are modeling both. The roofless 3 bay structure is the boiler and retort building where carts of ties were wheeled into 3 retorts where creosote from coal and oil tar penetrated the wood under heat and pressure. To the far right with 2 tracks into it is the sawmill with its burner next door, and the other buildings are an engine house and fire house with the office on the second floor. The track is HO/00 gauge and will remain electrically isolated from the main HO tracks. Treated and raw ties are stacked between tracks. The roundhouse on the extreme left is Laramie's.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:47 PMViews: 756

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41 12 Progress 092613 11

41 This is Frontier Oil's refinery on the east end of Cheyenne. I scratch built a lot of units and detail around 2 kits and had a lot of fun scavenging parts to incorporate in some rather fanciful refinery units. For example the two wood cooling towers are old computer fans. Yet to be done is the extensive piping that will run around the elevated pipe tray (white on grey posts), and the tank farm surrounding it. The 3 tank car loading dock will be to load and ship lubricating oils and greases and fuel oil throughout the layout area, or at least up to Rawlins where the Sinclair Refinery will be. Naturally, a pipeline supplies both refineries with crude, but the few cars loaded at each will be nice industries for shipments of tank cars all over thelayout.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:56 PMViews: 753

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42 Downtown Ogden Track Plan 092613

42 Is a 3rdPlanIt drawing of the Downtown Ogden area not on 02. It features 13 industries to be serviced by UP which sets out cars delivered to an interchange yard (the three tracks a the lower left of the drawing) from SP (staging) through the main Ogden yard. During an operating session an SP switcher will pull a string of cars out of staging and through the UP Ogden yard at the upper left delivering them to the 3 track interchange. That SP engine will then pick up a string of cars left there from the industries shown and return them back through Ogden yard to staging. This will be a continuous job for a session if we have an operator who wants to do the cycle more than once. The grid is one foot squares.
Upload Date: Sep 27, 2013 06:06 PMViews: 811

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43 12 Progress 092613 14

43 On the right is the downtown Ogden industrial area shown in the previous track plan and looking up the left side is the UP Ogden Yard through which SP pulls cars into a 3 track interchange yard which is just out of the picture at the lower right. Other industries, Sperry Mills is at the right edge of the picture, and a packing plant is in the center. The Ogden depot and large freight house will be against the backdrop further deep into the picture. Actually the 5 left side tracks are what I have called the Ogden Yard, but they will be used as ready tracks in operations and get complete trains from around the far corner in staging. The right hand 4 tracks are the Passenger tracks in front of the station, and the through tracks are down the center.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:58 PMViews: 750

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44 12 Progress 092613 16

44 I interrupted Lenny Wyatt who was working on the Staging-Ogden turnout panel just over the bench edge on the left of this photo. From there the Staging Yardmaster or his designate can control the turnouts from staging, shown in the distance starting at the Ogden roundhouse, from where Lenny is standing looking into the Ogden ready tracks or yard to the right in the photo. Staging is about 45 feet long, and it will be difficult for the Yardmaster to see to the end to verify turnout positions, so we are investigating a CCTV there. Any suggestions as to equipment?
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 03:58 PMViews: 773

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45 12 Progress 092613 29

45 This is the completed Laramie Round House and Turntable. The passenger trains will be forced to go on the inside tracks of this endcap to get the depot on the right hand side, which places it prototypically correctly on the east side of the tracks which happen to run N-S through Laramie. The radius of these inner tracks is still about 32 inches. The town of Laramie is beginning to form in the distance. The freight house is done and the depot is on its way.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:07 PMViews: 743

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46 12 Progress 092613 37

46 Taken from the mezzanine this shows the west end of Laramie, some of the town, and the stockyards for the 28 hour rule. Raymond Kukulsr built this model of the stockyards from 10 Walther kits we supplied him, and they look great. He has built quite a few models of structures including the large gas tank in the left rear of the refinery picture and a grain elevator, and the one in the next picture. the wide space between the two left tracks will hold the 6 foot long Laramie Ice Docks, which Allen is now building along with the 9 foot Ogden Icing platform. Jim Byfield, Barry Adico, and Stan Ramey are building the foam and cardboard strip supports seen here for the Bragden geodesic foam we will use for hills and prairie. Tracks #1 and #2 wind up Sherman Hill at the support post on the wall, around Dale and back down toward Laramie just off the lower right corner and on around Laramie and up and back through Medicine Bow where the 3 kit stock yards is at the left.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:28 PMViews: 765

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47 12 Progress 092613 33

47 Here is a close up of the 10 kit Laramie stock yards with the mains passing behind it. The open wire chase door reveals the back of the lower level's curved up backdrop Masonite. We started out calling this space a "wire chase," but the #10 gauge stranded bus wires pass along on the underneath of the decks directly under the tracks. We use #14 gauge stranded wire for sub buses where convenient at the end of #10 runs, and #18 ga solid feeder wires up through the deck or spline roadbed where it is spot welded to the rails. All other wire joints are soldered, as are most rail joiners. Here there is no spline since we use 1/2" plywood for all yards, changing to spline outside the yards.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:09 PMViews: 744

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48 12 Progress 092613 31

48 This is the Medicine Bow 3 kit stock yards Raymond also built for us viewed from the opposite direction as the last photos. The freight house spur has, inexplicably, a tank car on it. The gently rolling prairie foundation can be seen. Here the track is on spline road base and the small "yard" is plywood. The Medicine Bow picturesque wood depot will be directly to the right in this photo across from these tracks and behind it across Highway US 30 will be the Virginian Hotel, where Owen Wister wrote the first full length novel ever, "The Virginian" ("Smile, when you call me that").
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:08 PMViews: 725

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49 12 Progress 092613 32

49 From the direction now looking back from Medicine Bow towards Laramie (east) the geodesic foam foundation is seen with a cut through low hills. Rock River is just out of sight to the right. The Bragden foam is laid up on a 4x8 sheet of plywood table. On a protective sheet of plastic is laid fiber screen "wire" mesh (window screen), and the epoxy like two part mixture is poured over it and spread with a scrap of plywood, another layer of mesh and more mixture is added and spread. When the two layers set in a few minutes two men pick it up from the end and carry it to the layout and lay it over the foundation. A third guy trims the solid but still flexible 1/8" thick layer with heavy scissors and together they hot glue it to the foundation, pulling and pushing it up to give the desired contour. Even after it fully cures and sets rigid, it can be cut, and/or heated with a heat gun and pulled and bent to vary the shape. The product is expensive, but the savings in time is great.
Capture Date: Sep 25, 2013 04:08 PMViews: 729

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