Saturday, September 12, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: The Big Reveal

So, today is the big reveal!! Peoria has come alive!!  Scenery and all!  I had a bunch of trees and telephone poles already made up.  It was a no brainer to go ahead and do a little scenery.  From what I gather looking at Bing maps it is pretty plain in the area.  Just trees, shrubs and tall grass.  Below is some 80+ photos of the new section as well as various updates across the layout.  Enjoy!

Hard to believe that this wasn't here at all a little over two weeks ago!

Looking south at Peoria.  The Rock Island yard is on the left.  The Peoria & Pekin Union (P&PU) on the right.

Looking from above.
RI yard in foreground and P&PU in the background.

Looking north toward Bureau Junction.
P&PU on the left, RI on the right.

The RI Yard in South Peoria.

Looking south at Iowa Junction.
In the foreground, RI on left, P&PU on the right.
Looking up past the junction, (L-R) TP&W, Allied Iron and Steel, Peoria Terminal (no traffic but use as RI lead), Burlington Northern.

Between the RI and P&PU looking south.

Coal off the Chicago & Illinois Midland sitting on P&PU tracks. One car bound for the TP&W, one for Peru Power.

P&PU tracks: one stub storage track, one through track, one additional storage/run around track.

Iowa Junction - Peoria, IL.
Looking from RI main.

Iowa Junction - Peoria, IL.
Looking from P&PU.

TP&W, Allied Iron, BN 

Allied Iron & Steel

TP&W in foreground, BN in background.

The empty lot of Allied Iron & Steel
I need to find some detail pieces to add to this.

Looking north from the TP&W at the BN (far left) joining the P&PU tracks and RI on the right.

Iowa Junction

A satellite view.

Looking South from Bureau Junction.
I didn't get as far as scenicking it.  

Looking east at Bureau Junction

The Atlas snap track used as connectors between the sections.

The drop leaf section in the down position.  Amazing how it all works good when in place.

A few small trees added in front of Westclox.

A few small trees added in front of Libbey-Owens Ford

A few small trees added at Ottawa Avenue

A few small trees added at the Ottawa Silica crew office.

U30C - the pride and joy of OTSW crews

No change with the Ottawa Silica structures.

A few small trees added near the Ottawa Silica water tower

No change with the LOF structures.

Off spot car from the last session at LOF.

LOF sand unloading/storage building.

Future sand dump track at Ottawa Silica

Ottawa Yard

No structural changes at PQ, but after reviewing the station maps it was determined that they unloaded sand on the second track.  I made this change in operations.

New track added to access Utica's storage track in front of Belrose Silica.

Looking down the lead of PQ.

Westclox received some structural support as well as paint since the last session.  Windows were also added.

Peru Power received some structural support since the last session.  Still no roof though.

The overall room with the new Bureau Junction in place.

A panoramic shot from
Bureau Junction looking east and south.

West Bureau Junction.  The drop leaf (LaSalle) yard was moved over by 1.5 inches and track reworked.

A view of the the layout room from West Bureau Junction.

Looking west at Bureau Junction

Drop leaf yard and lift out section to expand the railroad.  When not operating, these are down or removed.