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95 18 Progress Phase III 051014 01

This is a clipboard with all 4 types of cards on it. The 1/4 sheet cards are Head End Car Cards for the first few (0-6) cars on a train that will be set out as per the cards. The 1/2 sheet yellow cards are Block Cards for a block of cars, and that block is identified by the first car and the last car and the number of cars in the block. The full sheets are a Loco Card that give particulars about the loco on the train, and the full sheet under the Block Cards is the Train Order with instructions for that train. Together they determine where a train goes, where it stops and what work it does at each stop.
Capture Date: Apr 15, 2014 09:40 AMViews: 519

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96 18 Progress Phase III 051014 04

This is Green river from the west end. The mains are the double tracks near the right edge at the top that curve out of the picture. To their right are 3 industry and Depot and Freight House spurs. To their left are 4 A/D tracks and the rest are classification tracks, mainly for blocks of cars being separated for OSL (Jct at Granger to Portland on the next bench to the left) or for LA or Oakland going on past Granger.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:09 PMViews: 515

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97 18 Progress Phase III 051014 05

this shows Green River on toward the end of the A/D tracks (the right hand ladder) and the end of the classification tracks (left hand ladder). Beyond the ladders are the engine servicing tracks and hard to see in this view the turntable and eventual location of the roundhouse.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:10 PMViews: 510

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98 18 Progress Phase III 051014 06

The turntable is installed just beyond the last loco here, and the cardboard cutout for the round house footprint is v8s8boe as the warped cardboard cutout. The rectangular cutouts at the right represent industries, Depot and Freight House. At the upper left corner is the cutout bench part for the Green River and the bridge across it.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:10 PMViews: 506

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99 18 Progress Phase III 051014 07

A better view of the turntable and roundhouse footprint with Green River just to the left of them. One of the 8 lower level phones that connect to the Lower Level Dispatcher is at the left edge.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:11 PMViews: 508

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100 18 Progress Phase III 051014 08

Green River looking the opposite direction (west) toward Rock Springs.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:11 PMViews: 502

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101 18 Progress Phase III 051014 09

Back at the west end of Green River with the tracks flowing into the double mains. Curved turnouts were used, because this is a short bench (about 37 feet long), and the minimum track length for a yard track is 17 feet. That 17 feet plus the ladders at each end plus the engine facility plus the room for the turntable and roundhouse exceeded the 37 feet available for Green River. This is a good example of even with 4,000 sq feet of floor space, "This layout is too small!."
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:11 PMViews: 506

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102 18 Progress Phase III 051014 10

On around the corner to Rock Springs which is 31 miles from Green River in Wyoming. Here there is only about 2 trains between the tow towns. The mains continue on to Rock springs passing several levels of tracks for coal and iron ore mines that are folded from the prototype direction of due north to east-west along the mains.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:11 PMViews: 500

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103 18 Progress Phase III 051014 11

This gets the narrative out of order because this is Reliance 25 miles or so north of the mains, but the folding of the branch line to Reliance was folded to be parallel to the mains on the layout. Here in this alcove we will scratch build the Reliance Coal mine tipple which still stands. A photo of it that I took in 2002 (one of 100+) is next.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:12 PMViews: 511

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104 PDR_2010 UP Coal Co Reliance Tipple copy of 2002 photo by VV Fosnight

This is the topple we are going to simplify from 5 tracks down to 3 (the main part of the left hand half, greatly abbreviate the coal loading end (at the right), and eliminate or greatly simplify the left hand single track, which we don't understand what it was for anyway. I understand all but this left hand portion, and I would appreciate someone cluing me in as to its purpose. I'll teach you about ion engines and electric propulsion if you'll tell me how this tipple part works or what it was for.
Upload Date: May 12, 2014 02:02 PMViews: 520

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105 PDR_2028 from E side

Thisis from the far side of the Reliance Coal tipple. The mines were behind the camera and the branch line into Rock Springs was to the far west in the distance (The line across the photo is the chain link fence around the tipple). After being filled the loaded cars were pulled away from the tipple and into the distance to the branch line which curved to the left about 90 degrees to run nearly straight south into Rock Springs. Obviously to save space, we have that branch line running east-west parallel to the main lines.
Capture Date: Aug 8, 2005 08:50 PMViews: 520

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106 18 Progress Phase III 051014 12

Back to our Rock Springs where the mains run roughly east-west on the right, and this is looking west. This elevated view shows the series of mines on the center to left portion. Remember that these left hand tracks actually run roughly due north. The two 3 track stup yards are for UP Coal Mine #9 (foreground) and Liionkol mine in the middle distance.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:12 PMViews: 513

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107 18 Progress Phase III 051014 13

A better view of the Lionkol mine yard in the middle of the last photo. The cars in two groups are other industries on single stub tracks. Rock Springs Proper is at the end of the left bench and on the right hand bench.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:12 PMViews: 500

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108 18 Progress Phase III 051014 14

Toward the end of the bench with 3 industries on the right and the other 2 on the left. The wye is beginning to be recognizable at the far end. Under this lower level bench is a hinged panel with PSX circuit breakers for the DCC Wiring. The panel is hinged since the OSL Hidden track takes the space usually used for the hinged wire chase doors. The OSL is not visible here at the end of the bench, because it swings wide to the far underneath of the left, end cap, and right benches to have the largest possible radius to go around the bend from left bench to right bench.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:12 PMViews: 506

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109 18 Progress Phase III 051014 16

On the other side of the aisle on the Rock Springs Bench. The OSL curves back into view underneath this bench and out to the edge as hidden track. On the top of this view of the lower level is Rock Springs. The mains are the two middle of the tracks where they all narrow down to 4 tracks. The others are all insustry tracks and leads to them.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:13 PMViews: 499

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