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Long Over Due Update

 

I have been promising an update on the Wolf Valley RR for a long time now and it’s long overdue for sure. The last real update has been at least a year ago so let’s get started:

 

Keaton:

Keaton West to EastKeaton East to West

 

 

This area will be a rural /country side community. I have a grain elevator, farm supply store and Stock pens. During our August long weekend I finally decided to work a bit on the layout and got the rest of the sub roadbed and track finished. I am going to try Blue Points to control turnouts here and see how they work out compared to the Bull Frogs from Fast Tracks. After that I’ll wire it all up and the trains can operate this town!!!!

 

Benjamin:

Benjamin 1 Benjamin 3

The only thing running through Benjamin so far is the main line and two sidings. My original plan was to have the main running almost half way in from the edge and give me a little room on both sides of the track for industries. The more I look at it and what I want to do with the town; it just isn’t working out the way I had hoped. Now I’m looking at bring the main closer to the edge of the bench and give more at the back. I am going to put a Gypsum plant in here so that will take up most of the room on the East side of Benjamin and with the current track arrangement there is very little room on the West side of town. I don’t need any gang wars starting in Benjamin just because one side of town has more room than the other so I think I may just nip it in the but before anything gets too far out of hand! Besides those West town boys can be very intimidating when they want to be.

 

Cole:

Cole 1Cole 3

Cole is still a blank. Although in Cole there is a passenger station on the mainline (and it is ready for passenger service), the industrial area will only have access from the second yard lead. The only industry or business that I know will be in Cole will be some form of an oil business. This is because my nephew Cole lives in “Oil Country”. 🙂

 

Yard:

WV Yard 4WV Yard 3

WV Yard 2WV Yard 1

As you know I have been hand laying my yard in ME Code 55 rail. I have been using Fast Tracks tools and materials to do this. I knew it was going to be slower than using flex track but I had no idea how much slower!!! To date I have all the Fast Tracks #6 switches in place on both ends of the yard and well over half of the track down. I have designed and built my Yard Panel to house the DPDT rotary switches that will not only control the turnouts but also show their position on the panel.

Our “Club” was hosting the annual Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders Convention and I was asked to have my layout added to the layout tour. So for the 4-6 months leading up to the Convention my friends and I have worked on the yard a bit almost every Monday night and any other time I had to spare and felt like it. As it stands right now I have about 10-15 feet of the track work to finish, install the Moles for turnout control and then wire it all up. However I am “Burnt Out” of motivation for my yard so I am taking a break from it for now.

 

Open House:

During the open house from the Convention I had a good amount of people through the door. One of the coolest things was having a “Super Star” come and tour my layout.

Littl’ Puddy 2

Littl’ Puddy 3Littl’ Puddy 1

Yup, Littl’ Puddy came to visit my layout. I’m sure he was a little bored after a trip or two around my layout, after all he is a seasoned world traveler who has been all over the world. He has visited some of the finest layouts in the world and he still came visited mine! That’s COOL!!!!!! You can read about some of  his adventures here:

http://www.rapidotrains.com/blog/2013/10/22/the-adventures-of-littl-puddy/

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Mike McGrattan (Puddy’s owner) and Dan Garcia (both from Rapido Trains) came to visit as well. We shared some stories and laughs and most importantly having these fellows come and look at my layout and be even somewhat impressed meant a lot to me. I never thought of my layout as ever having Celebrities coming for a visit. Also a friend from “Out West” who is a CN engineer visited as well. When things slowed down, I asked Mark what he thought of my yard design. He told me not to change a thing and that he couldn’t think of any way of changing it to improve the operations in it. Now I know for sure that the time I put into designing it did not go to waste. Happy Happy Happy!!!!

For now that is all. I won’t promise to make updates more frequently because every time I do it takes me longer to get the next one out. I’ll try but no promises.

See Ya

Al

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