Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tyco flats with containers

Tyco 40' flats have been repurposed from carrying those little pipe sections to carrying intermodal containers. This required grinding off the divider tabs on the floor of the flats. The molded-in tray holds the containers nicely!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Simple Car Cards and Waybills

Simple Car Cards and Waybills

Routing on my layout is by homemade car cards and waybills. 

Each industry or destination is assigned a three letter code. 

The car card (yellow) and the waybill (white) are tucked together in a baseball card sleeve. The waybills can be 2 cycle or 4 cycle - these are 2 cycle - pull it out of the sleeve and turn it over to reveal the next destination. Destinations are written in large red letters for easy visibility. The destinations also appear on the U-channel which runs along the fascia. The U-channel is vinyl molding made for bathroom tile, and has a flange which is tacked to the underside of the fascia. The U-channel makes a handy spot to store the cards.

These two cars have just been spotted at PTC. After the session, one of the housekeeping tasks is to go around and advance the waybills so the next destination is showing.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Cab-eye view at Cascade Pass

Rugged landscape on the Cape Ann. This is as we come around the curve at Cascade Pass heading into a long 3% downgrade to Kenton. Be ready to apply the brakes.

Cable spools and pallets

Some quick yard details … found some clear plastic sewing bobbins at W-Mart. Some grayish paint and a little wire made some nice cable spools. I used some scrap stranded #24 AWG from CAT5 network wire. The pallets are glued up from flat toothpicks.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tight quarters at Marias Industrial Park

Switching at Marias Industrial Park is a bit of a challenge. The park is a simplified version of a John Allen Timesaver layout. It has one entry, and has a mish mash of facing point and trailing point spurs, as well as several industries which share a spur, often requiring moving a car temporarily in order to service the other industry.

Action at Quinn Intermodal

Quinn Intermodal Yard sees a lot of container movement. This yard primarily serves 40' containers, but there are a few 20's stacked up at the moment. The double stack train in the background is being offloaded. Here is an article on how the Quonset hut was scratchbuilt >>

Monday, January 8, 2018

Davis station

The passenger station at Davis is a Tyco kit. It has been painted in the railroad's color scheme, and the roof painted with flat dark grey. The window have been glazed with translucent plastic from a milk bottle, and a light placed inside.