Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yard Progress

No pictures on this update yet; probably have some over the weekend.

I have finished most of the track laying tasks for the classification part of the yard. What I have left to do is to build and lay a crossover from track 5 to 6, finish up soldering the rail joints and then drop feeders.

The yard ladder run around track with it's industry access is next on the list and then I will extend the main line, A/D track and drill track across the remaining space to approach the helix area.

I'll need to cut in some cork since I need to place a main to a/d crossover and sand ramps down to yard level. Hopefully, the cork glued down previously with the latex caulk will come up without too much trouble..

Friday, February 11, 2011


The helix is coming along very well; the subroadbed is complete and once another 30 feet of track is laid, it will be complete.

Some progress pictures follow.

Test fitting the sub-roadbed.

This is a great overview picture, showing how the helix fits into the space and the first circle and a half build. Also in the picture are some #8 Atlas RH turnouts that I modified to give a slight curve to; works pretty well I'd say.

Status as of today; the sub roadbed is complete and the track has just a bit more that half a circle to go.

I purchased a custom helix kit from Ashlin designs; I specified a 34" and 36" radius for my helix. The cost was just a little more than the stock designs offered for HO scale, but I felt that my average rolling stock would look pretty silly and have some performance issues, and with the thought of having intermodal, autoracks and Amtrak Superliners running up and down the helix, I figured I was better off going large to start with and not having to rip it out later.