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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10471 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2009 :  10:16:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I had fun the other night Matt! We got a lot done. I was hoping we would have been operating before the end of the night, but Bruce slowed us up!

Seriously though, you are well on your way now. It's looking good.

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2009 :  10:36:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Long overdue update, thanks for reading.

Have had 2 work nights since last post and we've been moving steadily along. I'm hopeful that I can get the mainline on the 1st level in and running before Christmas. Steam made it over last Monday and got the helix completed. All of the tortoises are installed as well. The last step is to complete the transition out of the helix along the back wall. Bruce-many, many thanks!!!

95% of the benchwork for the 1st level is now installed. All that is missing is 18" coming into the yard, the 20" transition piece out of the helix, and some leveling of a 9' section.

Here's some pics of the trackwork that has been installed out of the helix. Mark laid this out the last time he was here. Immediately in front of the diesel, in the wye to the left, will sit "Rockville Tower" in Mingo Junction. This may change to have another local industry... The track coming at you through the picture will be the "mainline" westward to Columbus(and down the helix) while the track where the diesel is sitting will be the main continuing eastward to Stuebenville (and up the helix).

Looking "Eastward" (or north) towards Mingo Jct. from doorway. Along the front the layout where the turnouts are located will be 2 industries (likely Jefferson Iron (a scrapyard) and American Tube or Ohio Foundry. Along the wall behind the main will be the old Carnegie-Illinois Steel Plant only partially modeled with most of it sitting on a backdrop. The braces that are on the framework are temporary supports for the mainline across the doorway until the next "crossover" is put into place. Hmmm...more to follow.

Here's the view looking "South" into Mingo and to the far right, where the dark brown benchwork is in will be the edge of Mingo Yard. The layout immediately in the front of the picture and the back wall will be the location of the Wheeling Pitt steel plant. I will be modeling the blast furnace and as many of the supporting operations that the space will permit. I have 13'x2' along the front wall and 11'x2' on the back wall. Alot will depend on where the mainline will actually fit into place on the layout-downside of only having an 11' wide room. Other drawback is the potential of truncating the height of the plants taller structures due to a 16"-18" clearance from the upper level.

One last pic to welcome the newest member of the work crew. I'm very lucky to have friends willing to help out in building, offering advice and the occasional kick in the A@#. Thanks Bruce,Mark and Rick!!!!

Rick hard at work figuring out the mill(s). He has no idea we snapped this one of him, till now. Lucky Mark is tall and easy to hide behind.

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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25347 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2009 :  11:07:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Matt,

That is a very ambitious project. Luckily, you have some willing and able help.

I enjoy your updates.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10471 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2009 :  11:30:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some great progress Matt! Sorry I couldn't make it last Monday. As much as I enjoy working at your place, I couldn't pass up free tickets to a club suite at the Flyers Game!

That's a great pic of Rick doing what he does best - planning! He put a good plan together for you that really makes sense, will fit in a lot of what you want to do and provide for lot's of operation.

See you at the next work session.

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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Harsco
Fireman

USA
1202 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2009 :  06:15:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow..what a flattering shot, Matt....the only thing missing is the smoke coming out of my ears as I try to remember where Stuebenville and Mingo are supposed to be located.

Matt's prototype area is loaded with all sorts of heavy industry..steel mills, foundries, coke works, slag dumps, warehouses,...a veritable treasure trove of traffic opportunities. Can't wait to operate!
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hunter48820
Fireman

USA
6105 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2009 :  1:44:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to see an update Matt!! Keep those pics coming as you go![:-eyebrows]


Look out for #1, but don't step in #2!

Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2009 :  6:47:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick-

Did you mean this one?




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Grubes
Engine Wiper

USA
360 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2009 :  8:09:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Matt,

Beginnings of a great looking railroad. Look forward to watching it mature.

Dave
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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10471 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2009 :  12:08:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by prrmatt

Rick-

Did you mean this one?







Good one Matt! That's our man Rick!!!

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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BN_Fan
New Hire

USA
42 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2009 :  11:23:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit BN_Fan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work Matt (and the rest of the team)

Bob P

Visit my layout at:
http://home.comcast.net/~price666/site/
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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10471 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2009 :  7:03:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bob made a post? [:-bigeyes]

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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BN_Fan
New Hire

USA
42 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2009 :  8:25:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit BN_Fan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes - finally had some time to catch up reading posts.
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2009 :  08:49:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone for the comments, always great to hear from you-but the big question remains:

Bob, when are we going to see your layout on here???

Anyone that knows BN Fan, please help us nudge him along to get his layout posted!!![;-xmas]

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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10471 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2009 :  12:44:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I couldn't agree more! I had fun last night Bob!

And Matt, I know I haven't been to your place over the last two worksessions, but am I led to believe by the lack of posts or pictures that no progress was made by SteamNut? I guess I need to get over there and shake things up a little!

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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BN_Fan
New Hire

USA
42 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2009 :  8:25:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit BN_Fan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys for coming out to operate after the big blizzard.

I was very pleased with how it went and spent most of today working on the glitches that came up during the session. Thank you SteamNut for twisting that truck frame straight on the Broadway. Only one pack of car cards left the premises and PJ alerted me that he had them. I even had enough time today to take a lot of photos of the aftermath.

Going forward with those photos I am going to update my web site first. It has only been 4 years since I last updated it. Then the big question - should I open a new topic under construction or piggyback into the SJ Ops forum that Bill set up? I am leaning towards the SJ ops. We can discuss off-line and not jack the Matt.

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