Port of Catoosa Railroad

dalebaker Aug 17, 2015

  1. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Joe,

    We are looking at modular (prebuilt) because after having to tear down 15 years worth of work and the destruction of most of its components, we do not entend to go through that again. We currently have a 3 year lease. We can cover the cost of the lease through the insurance settlement we received with the issue of having our layout ruined during the renovations of the building we were in. We also can fund the purchase of prebuilt modules. The system we are considering is engineered to connect in such a way that they lock together and negate the need for the normal bridge tracks associated with modules. It is a consideration that with the use of modules, we will be up and running again with a layout that will fill the need to operate as a railroad and support railfanning (running round and round).

    It certainly get us back up and going faster and we will be eleminating the issues with making all the modules uniform in dimension and fit.

    We have a plan!

    Thanks for asking Joe!
    Dale
     
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  2. dalebaker

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    Hey guys,

    It was announced this week that barge traffic has resumed on the McClelland Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Guess we will be starting operations back up on the POCR soon!!! With the flooding in April, Bonnie and Clyde the errant barges and removing them from the Lock and Dam at Webber’s Falls, the system has been down all summer. I finally saw a string of grain hoppers on the interchange to BNSF this week as well. We should be seeing wheat coming in on SKOL soon!

    Nice to see things returning to normal. Rail traffic has been slow down there this summer, hopefully it will soon be picking up!

    For those that get Rail Model Craftsman Magazine, this month there is an article on Steve Davis’s KCS 3rd Subdivision Layout in Coweta Oklahoma. I have had the pleasure of operating on it several times and count Steve as a friend. Excellent layout and a great guy! Check it out if you can!

    More posts coming soon!
    Dale
     
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  3. Joe Lovett

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    Dale, thank you for posting. I saw the magazine you are talking about, Steve's layout is pretty neat. Wish I had bought the book, now I have a reason to go to the hobby shop. Ha!!! Didn't realize he is from Coweta, that's just down the road from me maybe less than ten miles.

    Joe
     
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  4. Colt

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    I just wanted to add my comment to say that I have really enjoyed reading through the post about your railroad. We had to have met before at one of the area railroad sessions, as I have operated at the C&S and Steve's KCS. I'll keep an eye out for you to shake your hand and say nice railroad.
     
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  5. RGW

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    C'mon Colt, he'll get a big head, tone it down.....
     
  6. Colt

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    Then why have you not modeled a dock with actual scale water that changes level to the current channel height and floating barges? No forklift and truck movement with a faller car system? Lock yourself in a room with your layout and ask yourself, "What would Miniature Wunderland do?".

    Sorry RGW warned me tone it down so you wouldn't have to buy new bigger hats. All jokes aside, I still say nice railroad, it reminds me of my year of employment on the river at Port 33.
     
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  7. dalebaker

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    Hi Colt,

    In a quick answer to your question, we gotta have somewhere to stand when we work the channel side!!!!! LOL
     

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