AWRR Website rebuild

Alan Jul 30, 2003

  1. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    As my AWRR has a completely new layout, I have rebuilt the website to reflect the changes, with links back to the original layout info.

    If you notice any bad links or whatever, please let me know. Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. PF2488

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    Alan,

    No more continuous running ability? I like the curved crossing going into the factory. Looks real nice.
    A question for you though, where did you get those beautiful trees? Did you make them from scratch or are they available in "kit" form?
    I am looking forward to more pictures of your progress.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Garth, the trees were bought at a show a year or so ago. The plant is called sea fern, I think, but have heard it called different things. I glue on ground foam with wood glue to give the "leaves" and stil;l leave a nice see-through look.

    I will look to see if I can find more, as they really look good.

    No more continuous running. Anyway, I most enjoy switching industries and running local freights [​IMG]
     
  4. friscobob

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    Alan,
    Gotta love them Alcos! [​IMG]
    I had an HO layout in Paris (Texas, that is) that was a switching road, around three walls of a 9 by 11-foot spare room. The two RS3s, RS1 and S2 of the Oklahoma and North Eastern were kept busy switching the Frisco interchange as well as the on-line shippers. I could keep busy for a solid two hours running a simulated 12-hour shift (1 hour real time=6 hours scale time), and still get it all done.

    That's the beauty of switching roads- plenty to do, and you can always swap out cars to keep it interesting.

    To help things out, I used a copy of a switch list I got out of Model Railroader (with permission) and used it as a basis to operate my layout.
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yeah Bob, I love switching industries, as every move has a purpose, instead of just running trains around a main line (although that can be enjoyable). With the small space I have for a layout, a switching one is the best option to get a lot of operating potential.

    And yes, AW is all-Alco [​IMG] And now Atlas is to do a C628 :D
     
  6. Beaumont Yard

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    Friscobob,

    The switchlist is a good idea. In the last Model Railroad special (can;t remember if it was MR planning, or Great Model Railroads) There was a layout that the cars to be switched were determined by drawing cards from a deck.

    I have incorporated that to my switching layout with good succes. Just another option to keep the railroading fresh and interesting.

    Alan any used spine cars from your old layout that you want to unload? ;)
     
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Alan-

    Do you have anything repainted in that new scheme? The old green/white looked fine...

    :D

    Boxcab E50
     
  8. RevnJeff

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    Alan,
    I love the new web page layout. Looks good. The layout looks like it should be a fun one as well.

    Like you, I've been rebuilding my web page and working on new color schemes as well. You moved away from green, and I am moving towards it.

    Check out the "What's New" on my web page to see.

    Jeff
    Augsburg & Concord R.R.
    (a fictional shortline in Central Illinois)
    http://www.pegnsean.net/~revnjeff
     
  9. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks good Jeff, the yellow hopper especially.

    The AW locomotive color was white with green lettering, hence the colors on the old website, but I am now changing the scheme to red and silver, which I used on my very first Andersley Western (HO scale) several years ago. As I backdated the layout, I thought i would also backdate the AW to it's original scheme [​IMG]
     
  10. RevnJeff

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    Did I miss what era you were backing up to? Seemed like 60's-70's based on your roster.

    One of the things I liked about starting over was the chance to eliminate some of the design flaws of the old layout and try something new with the newer one. What "improvements" did you make? What caused you to scrap the old and start over?

    Jeff
    Augsburg & Concord R.R.
    (a fictional shortline in Central Illinois)
    http://www.pegnsean.net/~revnjeff
     
  11. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Jeff, I have backdated to 80-90's. This is for Santa Fe, BN, etc. The older locomotives are Alco's of the AWRR. I made the AW an all-Alco road as an excuse to run Alcos in this era ;)

    The rebuild was to eliminate a duck-under to get into the layout (I am not getting any younger, and myt back started to complain!). Also it was a multi-level layout with four long hidden tracks which were a pain to get at should something derail (usually because of operator error).

    Now it is a walk-in layout, and is mainly a switching/short line type of operation. It is also much simpler, so I may actually get it finished!
     
  12. friscobob

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    My last incarnation of the Oklahoma & North Eastern, based on the former Northeastern Oklahoma RR (purchased by Frisco in 1964) was set in the late 1970s, and I had planned to paint one diesel in Bicentennial colors (as was the craze back then). As it is, all of O&NE's power is/was blue with yellow stripes, with the exception of one RS1, an RS2M and a GE 44-tonner in Frisco's black & yellow scheme.

    I've been thinking of dropping the Spring River branch on my Frisco layout, and bringing back the O&NE, modeling a former line in northwest Arkansas so to include pulpwood & woodchips. [​IMG]

    This shot of NEO Alcos swithcing the MP interchange at Corona, KS in the early 1960s has got me to thinking about another paint scheme other than all-blue. A couple of RS3s in maroon & light gray would look nice..... ;)

    Now see what ya done? Got me thinking about repainting as well..... [​IMG]

    [ 01. August 2003, 17:49: Message edited by: friscobob ]
     
  13. BoxcabE50

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    :eek: Model railroading sin! We all know that no layout is ever completed. Quick! Atone for this! Get to the layout, and build, build, build that scenery. All will be forgiven! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] :D

    Boxcab E50
     
  14. RevnJeff

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    As a local expert on sin... [​IMG] , I can assure you that finishing a layout is not a sin. However....finishing a layout is nearly impossible. Not only that, once you get close, you change your mind, tear it out and rebuild. So, you never, ever really finish. In my life, I've only "finished" one layout....a 12"x48" shelf switching layout. But even that one could have had more details added to it.

    Who wants to finish a layout anyway? It means you are done with it. [​IMG]

    Jeff
    Augsburg & Concord R.R.
    (a fictional shortline in Central Illinois)
    http://www.pegnsean.net/~revnjeff
     
  15. BoxcabE50

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    Was the NEO ever an interurban? If not, what RR am I thinking of?

    :confused:

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  16. Montgomery

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    It's looking good Alan - one question on your loco stock. You mention at the bottom of the list an unpowered C30-7 - have you done this deliberately by taking out the motor/gears etc or is there a simpler answer?

    With US outline running so well, sometimes I think there is no need for 2 powered units on short trains (plus it would save money on decoders etc!!)

    Keep up the good work!

    David

    (BNSF and MRL in Yorkshire, UK)
     
  17. friscobob

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    For some time, the NEO DID run streetcars from Miami, OK to the following Oklahoma towns: Commerce, Cardin, Picher, Douthatt, and QUapaw. It also ran to Baxter Springs, and for a time up north to Columbus, KS. The line also had freight motors, as its primary traffic was the lead and zinc mines in the area (Sphaelerite, or zince ore, was also known as "jack", and Picher was once known as the town that Jack built (clever, eh?)).

    In latter years, the wires came down and passenger service ended, and NEO concentrated on the mine traffic. Its final roster consisted of three Alco S2s and one S4 switcher, and all went to Frisco in 1964.
     
  18. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    David, the chassis from the C30-7 was used to repower a Bachmann Spectrum C40-8W so it would run with my other Atlas/Kato locomotives. The C40 chassis was de-powered and used under the C30. On my new layout I only need one powered locomotive per train, so it will get used ok. Although I do not plan to de-power any more locomotives (Unless I need to "steal" another mechanism) ;)
     
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    Hello Alan,I am modeling the Austin Area Terminal Railroad (AUAR) in N scale, a predecessor to the AWRR started in 2000. Do you happen to know any train numbers for the AUAR, or instead, the AWRR? Thanks,
    Bob Burke
     
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