Friday, April 25, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 04.25.14

Sand Hopper Re-numbering Project
I re-numbered my first RI sand hopper today.  Super easy thanks to Allen printing off the complete reporting marks for me.  For one, it took me less than 5 minutes to complete.  Not bad at all.  It looks great too!  Thanks Allen!!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 04.24.14

I re-decaled the Bluford Shops Transfer Caboose.  Here are before and after photos.  I think it turned out pretty good.

Since it is a foobie anyway, I just made up any road number.  I like it!  

This evening, I worked on hill that is at the entrance of the PQ plant.  I used styrofoam as the base and then covered with wall plaster.

Before.  You can see the fascia board.

After.  Hill is constructed.  Looking from the mainline into PQ.

Looking from PQ west to the mainline.

Turnout point update.  I've been checking turnout points regularly.  I have only found one that popped loose.  Maybe majority of the problem ones are repaired now.

Inspired by Ron's Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Blog I decided to break out my TrainCat loading platform kit.  I have been thinking about this kit with the construction going on over at PQ.  Tonight, I cut out all the parts.  Hopefully, this weekend, I can work on construction.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 04.23.14 - PQ Plant

I have turned my focus to working on the Philadelphia Quartz (PQ) plant in Utica.  I'm really excited about this project.  It's a pretty neat plant that has a lot of cool aspects.  I reviewed the Bing Map images of the plant.  While I can not model the plant to match perfectly, I believe I have come up with a very good representation of the layout and structures.  Here is the design I drew up.

The plant has a total of 23 car spots:
  • Inbound Silica Sand - 10 spots
  • Inbound Liquid Chemical - 1 spot
  • Inbound Dry Chemical - 1 spot
  • Outbound Dry Chemical - 3 spots (two locations)
  • Outbound Liquid Chemical - 8 spots
This evening, paving crews returned to work at PQ.  Wow!  There is a lot of asphalt to pave at this plant.  I believe I have the first coat completely done.  Now, I'll let it dry a couple of days and then start the sanding process.  The tough part for me will be figuring out what color to paint it.  I'm horrible with colors (color blind).  

Here are pics of the site under construction:

You can see the remnants of the old overpass that was taken out by a tornado the other week.  

I found this interesting.  They unload freight cars and trucks at the same spot.  

I have a lot of sanding to do.

Man, that looks nice!  I can't wait to see the tanks rolling across the lot.

Overhead view of the entire plant.  Hard to believe you can squeeze 23 spots here.
Gosh, I love N Scale!

Many more chemical tanks will be added.  I picked up another piece of PVC pipe today along with some hardwood dowels of various thicknesses.

I have been referencing my own drawing and the Bing Maps I printed throughout this project.

In other news, my good friend Allen in Nebraska (of the blog) hooked me up by printing reporting marks for the 75 or so sand hoppers I need to re-decal.  I can't express my gratitude enough.  Many thanks to Allen for helping me out with this project!

For the crew of the Ottawa Local, I'm happy to report we have a new transfer caboose to be used as a shoving platform.  Why N&W you ask?  I wanted a red one.  I didn't like the RI brown ones offered by Bluford Shops.  The RI (brown) transfer cabooses are foobies anyway.  I figure I will just expand on the foobie idea and make one like I want.  I will remove the N&W logo and reporting marks and replace with the Rock Island logo.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The ROCK 3.0: Progress Report 04.22.14

Hello everyone?  Did you miss me?  It feels like forever since I've updated the blog.  I had a post here and there since there since the Op Session, but no real progress.  Tonight, I re-entered the layout room.


Yep, you read right.  I'm back!  This evening, I started work on the driveway at Philadelphia Quartz (PQ).  I managed to get part of it done before being called away.  It will need to dry good before I can sand and continue on with the rest of it.  Here's a photo of the progress.

If you look closely toward the upper right hand corner, you see the absence of the overpass and expansion of the PQ plant around the corner.  Disregard the mess to the left.  I placed the buildings on the mainline while I was working.