Aug 17, 2015
Since its been cold lately in the garage and I'm busy finishing up that work project my MRR time has been limited to some light evening stuff. Here is a string of Corn Products I got to weather a bit.
Great Work Dale! I really like the rust spots you have done on these cars. Very realistic looking for sure.
Those grain hoppers look great! Makes me want to jump my Chicopee Road forward about 10 years so I can run some of those.
Thanks guys, I like the way they came out too. I'm going to go back and add some to the other cars.
I use an alcohol "rust" wash and dust it with powder pigments while it's still wet.
Got to do a OPS Session tonight!!! Its been probably 2 months, I spent a great 2 hours switching and sorting cars..... Gonna do one next week with my son.
I also was able to pick up some nice cars at a show this last weekend. I'll post some pictures soon. I did get a Bluford Shops Transfer Caboose in Frisco Livery. Ive been wanting one and finally figured out how to use one. I have a Frisco GP-15 I bought a while back. It needed a caboose.
I set up for an operations session on the POCR tonight. For those of you that may be interested, here's how we go about it.
Using my high-tech car assignment method I roll the dice 4 times for inbound cars from the BNSF at Catoosa OK. I then roll twice for cars coming in from SKOL on the west from Owasso. I add 2 grain cars to the total. This gives me a total of 14 cars coming in on a session. This seems to work pretty well.
All the cars have cards and freight bills. To keep things random I line them up like they are rolled on the dice. This gives me some work shuttling cars into blocks as needed. The above picture shows the inbounds from the BNSF. I add one of the 2 extra grain cars to the BNSF string and one to the SKOL string.
This picture of the cars from SKOL, they come in from the west and start on the main between Hughes Lumber and Word Industries.
The car cards are clipped to the facisia board above. Cars from both ends will be brought from the stages to two parallel double ended sidings at the center of the layout. There they will be pulled and switched into their industries. Any cars at the industry will be pulled to go outbound. Operating rules are simple, only one industry is pulled and spotted at a time. Outbound cars are brought back when spotting the inbound cars.
I'll post the session soon.
We suffered a bit of a setback on the POCR this week so my plans to move the layout are on hold or possibly will be dropped altogether. I'm considering the possibility of keeping the layout in its present location and adding to it there.
Some of you I'm sure are aware of the weather we had this week in Tulsa. We were one of the homes hit in the Owasso area on Wednesday night by the tornado. Luckily we are not as bad as some of the homes on the damage path but we're pretty substantially remodeled by mother nature. We were in town when it came through and were not there. Our son rode it out in the safe room we had installed 2 years ago.
You will note the car under the porch roof.... We succeeded in lifting the roof and rolling the car out last night. Small victories! I'll keep you all posted on progress.
Wow. Sorry to hear about that. Glad you were not there at the time.
Holy smokes!! Thankfully you weren't injured. It's crazy what kind of damage those storms can cause. That's a very nice house!
So sorry to hear all this Dale, but very thankful everyone is all right. Hopefully your insurer will get right on the claim and get you back on the road to normalcy. M
OUCH. Scary stuff! Glad everyone is OK.
Wow! Scary! Pleased we don't get those in England. Thankfully everyone is ok.
Ouch. I recall having to deal with tornados when I used to live in illinois. Good you have a safe room. Mine was to go under the basement stairs during night tornado warnings.
It's always such a fine line between what gets damaged and what gets destroyed. Glad to see you only got damaged.
Glad no one was injured. "Stuff" can always be replaced... people cannot.
Well I'm still amongst you all!
I want to thank Tom, Michael, Alan, John, Paul and all of the rest of you for the nice pictures and posts on your many projects! You are all giving me inspiration on my furure work. I have decided to go ahead and move the POCR into a more stable environment as soon as we get the house back in shape. I'm having many issues with dirty track in its present location in the garage. So, my son and I will begin the rebuild as soon as practical.
I am in Branson MO. this weekend for a much needed get away from reality with my wife. So, I will be visiting my favorite train shop Monday. I can't decide if I want to consider a new loco or just some nice rolling stock. Anyway, I'll be bragging in a few days on my latest purchase!
I have a good 10 x 12 room to do a bigger layout in and it has closets at both corners so I can put in hidden staging. I will post a tentative track plan photo as soon as I get back. If someone would like to give me thoughts, I will certainly welcome them. The industry I plan to model is grain (2 elevators), steel fabrication, liquid bulk fertilizer, lumber wholesale, warehouses. All these are served by rail on the real POCR.
If you have knowledge of using a track planning software and would like to help, that will be very much appreciated!
Again, I want to thank everyone for their posts and pictures. You all are a great inspiration!!!
Dale, I'm looking forward to your track plan...I too have a 10 x 12 room for the layout, and still haven't settled on a plan yet. Glad you survived, the weather can be vicious.
Good to know things are coming back together.
Well everyone here is my first draft track plan for the new POCR. Feel free to suggest changes or modifications. My goal is to keep the industries to a manageable level and still have enough room for some switching.
Staging is at the 2 bottom corners, the entry door is to the right of the left bottom. There is a closet door to the right of it. At the bottom end of Gavilon East there is a door to the walk-out attic. There will be a lift-out section there. There is room for a 36" diameter helix in the right staging closet that will allow me to go to a lower level in the future if I desire.
The left staging is where trains will enter and leave the layout. Highway 167 and BNSF both cross Bird Creek there IRL so I definitely want to model that. That same line is where the actual interchanges take place.
I'm looking forward to your feed back.
Well it looks like I uploaded the wrong pdf track plan. The one I meant to show had the roads and industries on it. I will put that one up tomorrow night.