Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'm back after a long time :-)
Boy...It's been a long time since I posted here! Something like a year and a half...Needless to say, I've been busy 'workin on the railroad'.
The layout is 90% operational. I just have to install the 'Nicole Street' spur, across the mainline from the shop track, wire up the shop track complex and some new spurs. I have begun painting the backdrop and installing the chicken wire for the scenery base. So far, so good. Some photos for your viewing pleasure...
This is the 'Kelsey Bay' lumbermill complex. The boxcar spot to the right will have a loading shed for loading plywood and lumber, plus unloading mill supplies. To the left is the chip loader. Past the boxcar spot is the lumber loading area for the bulkhead flats. The distant spur to the right will be for Monashee Manufacturing (steel fabricator). My oldest daughter's great uncle owned this facility in Kelowna. Unload coil steel and supplies, load steel products and scrap metal. To the far left is the car barge. More on this later...
This is the car barge, which will service Penticton. The barge might even serve the car barge apron at Trepanier Creek (near Peachland) for the Brenda Mines copper concentrator.
An overview of the Kelsey Bay area. This will be interesting to switch, especially when the Kelowna 'city' yard job makes a long pull out of the yard and blocks the Kelsey Bay 'Laker' tramp job. Oh...and did I mention the common 4-car runaround shared by the city job AND the Laker tramp job??
An overview of the Kelowna shop complex. Note the 'leased' CEFX AC4400CW in Track 1. This is a Kato, with DCC and sound. To the right is the caboose track. This will also serve as a stores delivery track, for OCS materials, like track and ties and so on. Next is the fuel and sand delivery spur. This may also see the 'RIP' (repair) track incorporated with it.Then we have Shop 1, and shop 2 for layover power and local power storage. Above the yard, one can see Kalamalka, which will be the thru staging yard, once the stub staging yard is built. Another sound equipped unit, this a Broadway SD40-2. Needs a trip to the paint shop, since being acquired from the Rock Island Line.
I just got called to work, so I'll have to cut this short. I'll do another post before the weekend is over...