Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.26.14

This morning, I started working on Water Street which runs in front of the Peru Power Plant.  This evening, I worked on installing the last of the fascia on the layout.  These pieces came from the old layout.  I still need to fill in some gaps with putty and apply some new paint, but glad to have the fascia installed.

Looking West at the Westclox Plant.

I started with a base coat for Water Street that will run in front of the Peru Power Plant.

An overall view of the new fascia.

A view from LaSalle Yard (in the down position).

Another view of the tracks with better lighting than last night.

A view from the Hwy 51 Bridge.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.25.14

Tonight, I wired up the area for LaSalle Yard.  I ran out of black and yellow (highly contrasting colors) feed wire.  I had to use all green wire.  I managed to wire it up without any issues except for one track.  It was a quick fix though.  Feeders at this location powers all the tracks fine between the turnouts and the end of the staging out on the drop leaf section.

My girls helped me test the Soo Line freight train that will run down to Ottawa Yard from Dubuque, IA.  This isn't reality, but this is my world.  What can I say?

Sorry for the blurry pic.  Lighting in this area is bad at night.

My test Soo Line freight coming south (east on the Rock) headed to Ottawa Yard.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: LaSalle Staging Nearly Complete

Over the weekend, I completed laying the remainder of the track for LaSalle Yard.  The glue is drying tonight.  I need to add feeders for the yard tracks near the yard ladder.  I don't believe I will need feeders on the drop leaf section.  When the drop leaf yard flips up, I slide the rail joiners down to connect to the yard tracks.  It should make a good electrical contact.  My usual wiring method consists of dropping feeders every three feet or so, or for any section of track between turnouts.  I had never had any issues in the past doing it this way.

I was surprised tonight to learn that the four track LaSalle Staging Yard has a 64-car capacity.  Not bad for a temporary section.  This will help out with my op plan quite nicely.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.20.14

Cut and shaped the remaining track up to the drop leaf LaSalle Yard.  I'm waiting to receive two Caboose Industries ground throws before I glue in place.

LaSalle Yard - Looking East

LaSalle Yard - Looking West

I installed a decoder in the Soo Line GP35 chassis.  I will use the same chassis to occasionally run a Burlington Northern GP30 by simply swapping the shells.  The locomotive runs great!

Added weight to a few box cars.  I added five into service.  I typically add a 1/2 oz to almost all cars if possible.  It seems to help with performance.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.19.14

I worked on various things tonight.  Installed the remainder of the cork roadbed for LaSalle Yard.  Added weight to ten cars or so.  Repaired a turnout on Ottawa's east yard ladder.  Inspected the turnouts glued down last night.  All is well.

I have two more turnouts to install for LaSalle Yard (a crossover), but waiting for two more Caboose Industries throws to arrive later this week.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.18.14

Tonight, I resolved numerous track issues on the layout.  Installed two turnouts and track for for the new LaSalle Yard (up to the point where the drop leaf starts).  Installed part of the roadbed for the new staging yard.  The remainder of the cork roadbed was rolled up.  I had to leave that under my railroad signal sign to flatten it out tonight.  I have two more turnouts to install before heading west across the new drop leaf staging yard.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 08.13.14

Worked on a few things tonight.  I repaired two turnouts.  One had a broken point.  The other point was repaired previously, but sitting up a little high.  Cars rolled across it ok without derailing, but it bothered me.  I repaired it lowing the point rail.  It's all good now.

I found my Xuron Rail Cutters that I misplaced months ago.  It was in a building kit box I was going to work on months ago, but stopped.  Go figure.  Now, I have two pairs.

I'm considering adding a bridge to the west of the Peru Power Plant.  It makes me think of the Highway 251 Bridge that I snapped some photos under back in July.

Here's a stand-in bridge for Hwy 251.  I would try to recreate the actual highway bridge.

Looking East toward Westclox

Westclox and the West Utica Signal Bridge.

An overview of the area.

This evening, my daughter and I worked on constructing the Tomix Substation kit for Peru Power.  It's a Japanese model which was pretty easy to assemble.  I was surprised when my daughter took an interest in helping assemble it.  She learned how to cut the parts off the sprues and trim them up with the Xuron cutters.  She also helped glue the parts in position.  The directions were in Japanese, but we worked off the photos to assemble.  My daughter said this is just like building her Lego kits.  The model is small and unassuming, but I will always remember the night that my daughter helped me construct the kit.  Maybe she will take an interest in model railroading when she is older.  Good times!