Sunday, September 6, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: Peoria is Alive!!

Today was a pretty lazy day in general.  This morning, I worked on track work at Peoria.  I only worked for about fifty minutes, but managed to get the Rock Island and TP&W lines cut, shaped and glued down.

Took a break to help my daughter with a craft project.  She needed help with the glitter part.  We did this outside remembering what happened last time.  It wasn't much better outside.  My daughter opened the can of glitter.  It was like a Pixie Fairy farted a glitter bomb!  Glitter everywhere!!  Glad we were outside at least.  I still have glitter on me though.  As Bobby Boucher's mom would say on the Water Boy, "Glitter is the Devil!"

Took a three hour nap this afternoon.  That is how stressed we are about finishing in time for next week.  No worries!  We got this!

After dinner, I worked on the layout again for about forty-five minutes.  I completed the tracks through Iowa Junction, the lead down toward the Peoria Terminal Railroad and all of the Peoria & Pekin Union tracks.

Took a break to watch a movie with my kids.

Completed laying the track in Peoria!  Wahoo!  All track has been laid!!  Installed all the Caboose Industries Ground throws (all fourteen of them).  We are rockin' and rollin' now!

Goals Update
So, this is what I need to accomplish in the next 5 days.  
  • Tear down old TV cabinet off wall
  • Construct new Peoria Section and Lift Out piece
  • Install new turnout for Peoria Storage Track off Main 1 at Peru
  • Add ground throws and repair others at East Bureau Junction
  • Add ground throws between West Ottawa and Belrose Silica.
  • Re-work track at LaSalle for Bureau Junction
  • Run new bus wire and attach to new portion of the layout.
  • Lay Track in Peoria
  • Install all ground throws for all turnouts in Peoria.
  • Wire up new track in Peoria.
  • Install Auto Reverser on Wye.
  • Construct sand track trestles.
  • Install new Sand Clean out Track at Ottawa Silica
  • Glue down new Crossover at East Ottawa Yard.
  • Install slide switches at East Ottawa Yard crossover.
  • Drop feeders on new tracks added to original layout, test.
  • Repair three broken turnout points on old turnouts.
  • Paint Fascia and add new labels
  • Install NCE UTP Panel at Peoria
  • Install NCE UTP Panel at West Bureau Junction
  • Add new crossover at East Utica.
  • Add new crossover to access Utica Storage Track.
  • Stage Layout
  • Clean Track 
  • Clean Locomotives
  • Prepare paperwork
  • Clean Layout Room
  • Prepare Fast Clock for op session
  • Photograph and Video updates
  • Prepare paperwork for operating session.

In other news, check this out!  An elevator on a layout.  I love this idea!  


  1. Congrats on completing new track work

  2. Pictures or videos or it didn't
    Looking forward to seeing the ops!

    1. No more photos this week. Waiting for the big reveal on Saturday. :-) I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.

    2. Siiiiiiiggggggghhhhh I supose

    3. Siiiiiiiggggggghhhhh I supose