Another Milestone: Upper Level Benchwork Completed!

I reached another milestone in construction this morning, all of the bench work for the upper deck is complete! I’ve started to lay the cork roadbed for Tacheeda, which on the prototype was a small yard where coal trains off of the Tumbler Sub swapped power. On my layout Tacheeda will be the start of the staging tracks, but will also have a section of catenary for the electric GF6 locos that ran on the Tumbler Sub.  I was planning on having a back track at Tacheeda for power to lay over, however room is tighter than expected and with a reverse loop in the picture I’m not sure if I can work these tracks into the plan.

Here’s the North end of Tacheeda yard, which will consist of 8 tracks.

TACHEEDA YARD ROADBED

And a veiw of the yard from the other direction. Notice the grade coming into the yard. This is due to the height of the upper deck increasing to around 62 inches off of the floor. I had to raise both upper and lower decks slightly to allow for my work table to fit under the layout. The extra height at Tacheeda shouldn’t be a problem for operations, since the yard is basically staging for trains.

TACHEEDA YARD GRADE

And around the corner we have the reverse loop that will represent Prince George staging. The loop goes into the furnace room to save me some space in the layout room (priorities people!) Loop is 4 tracks

PG STAGING LOOP

And, over (ok actually below) on the Dawson Creek Sub, I’ve built a passing siding (Groundbirch) and roughed in the location of the Howe truss bridge at Kiskatinaw. The bridge is from Hunterline, and will likely take me about 20 years to build!

KISKANTANAW LOCATION

HUNTERLINE BRIDGE

I’m going to run to the hobby shop this week for some more cork, and plan on doing some steady track work to get the upper deck functional, since its a lot easier to finish the track on the upper level before the last of the bench work for the lower is built.

 

Roadbed in Chetwynd

Yesterday I finished laying down the cork roadbed for Chetwynd yard.

South end of the yard:

CHETWYND SOUTH END

The long track in the foreground leads to the Canfor mill, the stub track will be the Esso spur.

Mid point of yard, diesel servicing tracks and TOFC track in foreground.

CHETWYND MID POINT

The track in the background that runs through the backdrop represents the line from Chetwynd north to Ft St John. On the layout, FSJ will be a 4 track staging yard under a section of the lower level benchwork. The hole in the backdrop will be hidden by the Chetwynd station.

CHETWYND FSJ CONNECTION

And the north end of the yard. The tracks running behind the camera will be the line to Dawson Creek.

CHETWYND NORTH END

Some of my past Layouts

Board, sitting at home waiting for the big dump of snow were are supposed to get…

My first layout after leaving home was a small switching layout that ran around the perimeter walls of my basement. The plan came from a mid 1990’s Model Railroader article in which author David Barrow described a plan for a small layout based on Santa Fe operations. I originally constructed the layout in the basement of a rental home, then moved it to a different home and added onto it. I used 40 and 50 foot box cars and GE 44 Ton locos (from Bachman) to make the layout feel larger than it really was. Few photos of it exist, but here’s what I could find:

Main yard of layout, with diesel shop in the background
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2 Overland GMD1’s switch the yard, I traded these 2 models away years ago…

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An Overland M640 sits with 2 OMI C630’s. All were sold off, and I wish I had kept the M640 as its getting quite hard to find. I did find one for sale recently, but no funds were available to purchase the model! One day I will have the 4744 once again!

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This layout was torn down, and replaced with an On30 D&RGW:

Chama Yard, under construction

CHAMA YARD AUG 29 08 IMG_2

Track and turnouts were handlaid Code 83. Turnouts were built using Fast Track jigs.

Cumbres The hole in the wall was to be covered by a wooden snowshed as per prototype

CUMBRES 1

And I actually had some scenery at Loboto:

DRG 346 LOBOTO IMG_5848 DRG 452 LOBOTO SIDING 1 IMG_5839 DRG 452 LOBOTO SIDING 2 IMG_5845

As I explained in another post, I soon grew tired of the On30 layout and tore it down in favor of a BC Rail layout. The On30 equipment was sold off to finance some BCR motive power and freight cars.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to bcrailnorthline.com a blog on the development, construction, and (eventually) operation of my HO scale Model Railroad. As time permits, I’ll be posting progress reports on the layout construction as well as some prototype and model history.  Enjoy!

 

-Trevor