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110 18 Progress Phase III 051014 15

This shows the Wye that left the mains and headed north on the Reliance Branch Line. This photo is a bet deceiving as it sits here. The base of the wye is naturally along the west bound main, and that main is curved at the two wye turnouts to make the 180 degree bend around the end cap of the tow benches. The "point" of the wye is at the upper right, and from it the Reliance Branch bends back on the mains to the left to where it runs parallel to the east-west mains instead of a prototypical north. (Any place you stand looking directly at any bench, you are facing north--right is east, left is west--so the far "point of the wye from this angle is north of the camera. This is a good view of the drop down electrical panel.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:12 PMViews: 502

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111 18 Progress Phase III 051014 17

Looking west away from the wye through west Rock Springs with the mains the center two of the four tracks and industry spurs and leads to either side of the mains. The helix is in the distance.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:13 PMViews: 484

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112 18 Progress Phase III 051014 18

More of Rock Springs with the west main crossover. The Rock Spring west yard limit would be just beyond the last right diverging turnout.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:13 PMViews: 481

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113 18 Progress Phase III 051014 19

Just west of Rock Springs is Bitter Creek, Wyoming and its single sheep loading spur. Beyond it is the main Helix still in Wyoming. The bottom solid shelf of the helix of 3/4" plywood holds the Porrtland passenger train turning loop. By chance the Helix is in the very desolate part of the prairie called the Red Desert, so there is little scenery. It may be possible to put up photo backdrops behind each shelf of the helix.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:13 PMViews: 476

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114 18 Progress Phase III 051014 20

An overall view of the 3 new benches from on top of the restrooms. On the top level left to right is Sinclair Oil (rear) and Rawlins (front) open prairie with the center siding on the right hand bench. On the lower level the west end of the Green River yard can be seen as the curved ladder around the end cap and the area between Green River and Rock Springs (not visible under the right hand bench. The helix is the structure in the foreground.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:16 PMViews: 487

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115 18 Progress Phase III 051014 21

Another view of the right two of the 3 new benches with Rawlins just peeking up from the third new bench to the lower left.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:17 PMViews: 483

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116 18 Progress Phase III 051014 22

Some of Rawlins is seen from a lower angle on the left. On the far right on the lower level is Rock Springs. Cheyenne is the bench and models crossing the ends of the 3 new benches. It is hard to realize that barely 2 years ago we were laying out Cheyenne.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:20 PMViews: 470

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117 18 Progress Phase III 051014 23

Much the same view because it is easier to leave it in than to go back an delete the last photo. Rawlins on the left with Sinclair on the same bench further away, and Rock Springs down below.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:20 PMViews: 463

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118 18 Progress Phase III 051014 24

The wast end of Rawlins on the upper level. Although the Reliance Coal Tipple will be worked from the lower level on the aisle to the left of this plywood risered aisle, the tipple is accessible from this side in case of trouble. (In case of trouble, strike sharply with hammer.)
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:22 PMViews: 474

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119 18 Progress Phase III 051014 26

Another view of Sinclair Oil (foreground) and Rawlins in the rear. Both will be worked by a single operator if one is available. Not much work is planned here. Some refinery pipe and steel and supplies in and some lubricating product drums out and sheep out and Freight House and Depot in Rawlins.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:22 PMViews: 478

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120 18 Progress Phase III 051014 27

Hanna. Our tribute to the 4 x 8 layout we all started on. It is an incomple figure 8 with spurs for supplies in and two mines for coal out. In the distance on the access track is a small 4 track coal marshaling yard. The track wind up hills to show the basin that Hanna straddles.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:24 PMViews: 483

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120 18 Progress Phase III 051014 28

Hanna from the end. The mains sweep around the side on the inside of this upper level bench on the far side from the riser, from which the operator must work.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:25 PMViews: 508

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121 18 Progress Phase III 051014 29

The 4 track Hanna Yard. there is only one entrance to this yard from the mains right by the mains crossover. The crossover is necessary to send coal cars either direction on a main line train, either a Manifest or a Local. The Hanna engineer/yardmaster would either push or pull cars out on to the east bound or the west bound main (respectively, right or left) to be picked up by a waiting main line train. The Hanna engineer is responsible for working cars to and from west bound trains at Medicine Bow farther up these mains to the right. By Rule 251D no train can run the wrong way on a double track main, so a west bound train has to stay on the far main headed this way. A post on the Yahoo Wyoming Division Group describes how the Hanna switcher does it.
Capture Date: May 7, 2014 04:25 PMViews: 508

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998 Progress 033013

998 I have skipped in number to #998 here to leave room for future photos. I am building the Wyoming Division especially for formal operations, for 25 or so people to operate trains in a prototypical manner, that is, as a point to point railroad with freight and passenger revenue as the goal. Also, I love to throw parties. This is my favorite operations photo.
Upload Date: Aug 5, 2013 10:01 AMViews: 693

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999 Progress 033013 02

999 The Wyoming Division Mailbox. Duh...I made it myself. Who would have guessed my dad was a pipefitter?
Capture Date: Mar 30, 2013 01:34 PMViews: 717

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Michael Covey Apr 19, 2014 11:19 AM
A friend of mine was fortunate enough to attend an op session on your railroad last winter. My comments reflect his...Great railroad!
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