Sunday, June 30, 2013

Another Fast Tracks Project - Scissors Crossover

So, I needed another crossover before my upper level staging yard as I just know that trains will get put onto the wrong track by the dispatcher or crew and then the schedule would get totally fouled up as trains would have to run back to the nearest crossover so that it would be easy to get trains to either main track as they head onto or off the line.

My original plan was to build a more prototypical take on the Acca interlocking and pull the existing set of crossovers off the line to be reused before staging.

I got out my tape measure and did some figuring and came to the realization that doing that would just about monopolize the space I had, plus impact the ability for trains to have some room between Doswell and the next interlocking.

I decided to slide the cross overs closer to Doswell and make the entire thing a bigger plant versus two separate plants.

As I spun up to make another set of crossovers, I remembered that I had two quicksticks for scissors type crossovers that were included in the kit I purchased. So, throwing caution to the winds, I started the scissors.

I refreshed my memory on the directions from fast tracks and started working. Took me about 4 hours or so of time to finish the build and I have another 30 minutes of staining and gluing the ties on, but it is mostly done.

I kept the camera handy as I worked so I could document the process. Worked pretty good and I've put cork down today so this can hopefully get installed before I leave to head to the National NMRA Convention in 2 weeks.

First half just about done in the jig.

Close up of the switch frogs and crossing frogs.

Little higher view

The seam is here; the protruding ends get filed down before this side leaves the jig.
The completed center section; lots of soldering and filing.

Low angle deflection shot.

X Marks the Spot!

Glad that is done!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Upper Level Benchwork Complete!

The upper level benchwork has been completed and is ready for track.

Homasote is down and painted.

The end of major construction is just about here and the end of tracklaying is getting closer!

This will either be the Bear Island paper plant or the DuPont plant that is in Chesterfield in real life.

Dad did an outstanding job notching the homasote on this corner.

Lots of space!

Doswell getting closer to coming to life

Paint is still wet and shiny in this snap.

Consider the possibilities....

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Work session

Before the this last operating session, a small work session was held. Of course, with pictures being taken on the tablet, it complicated getting this update to the blog.

The last bit of benchwork for the upper level was complete, and the only thing thatremains on that front is to put down the plywood subroadbed and homasote roadbed.

Trackwork into the Doswell junction was worked, putting us closer to having the final staging yard in place so theentire railroad can be used during sessions.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Operating Session Recap

The June session is in the books and it went fairly well with respect to the fact that we hadn't turned a wheel in a session in a couple of months.

The crew were completely retreads; I'm pretty sure this is first session without any new folks to the railroad.

The crew was split 3/3 between local folks from Richmond and the crew from Charlottesville.

Crew Board
 Dispatcher: Yours truly
Dispatcher in Training: Doug B
YM: Wayland
AYM: Don W
Hostler: Mike G
Crew 1: Jerry
Crew 2: Dick
Crew 3: Scott/Bryce

 Pictures of the session follow. For some reason, the camera got turned to medium size pictures, so sorry about the lack of resolution.

Mike G works the north side of the yard and the local industries.

Doug with some drive time on the CTC panel.

Dick is working the DoD depot with F805. Power today is a BNSF Dash 9 GE.

Crew 3 takes a break and gets a snack or three.

Jerry has the southbound auto train through the Acca interlocking.

An SCL E6 is a bit strange to be seen on the point of Amtrak's premier train in the 1990s, but needs dictate operations.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Operating Session On Saturday, Staging on Thursday

Just a quick note to open June; I've got a staging session going Thursday night and then the full operating session on Saturday afternoon.

I will have one additional industry spot available on the upper level, assuming I get the turnout connected up in time.

Progress pictures will be posted later in the week, as they are on the tablet and haven't been uploaded yet.