Friday, April 4, 2014

Early April Update

For just being four days into the month it sure has been busy.

Modeller Visit:
On Tuesday fellow modeller Dan Munson stopped by while in town and took a quick tour and provided some great feedback on areas that have been completed or are currently in progress.

Capital Work:
Wednesday evening proved to be very productive with roadbed going in at Grays Lake and West Grays for the mainline, passing siding, and storage siding. The finalization of industry location at West Grays has really taken shape and should prove to be a very awesome customer to switch and provide a great view block for trains going into and out of East Staging. Enjoy the photo updates - plan to have more this weekend as the flextrack and switches are secured in place.

Looking east at Grays Lake - (L to R) Mainline, passing siding, storage siding. The siding in lower left foreground is the "Grays Industrial Lead" which leads to AmCan Salt, PolyPak, and Suburban Propane. A highway overpass will bridge the tracks in the curve so seperate the scenes between Grays Lake and West Grays.

Viewing west from atop the Cooperative Elevators conveyor bridge we see the (R to L) Mainline, passing siding, storage siding. The foreground switches lead off into staging where the mainline connects to the three track East Staging and the passing siding connects to a continuous run that re-appears at Upper Huron.

Same area now viewed east with the industry and car loading areas visible. You can see the mainline and passing siding which becomes the "long lead" and continues on a continous run track. The break in the backdrop will be concealed with the elevator and conveyor bridge that will cross the tracks.

West Grays has one customer "Cooperative Elevator Co." but there will be plenty of work for the L-GLBU-XX to work daily as the facility will loadout covered hoppers of wheat, soybeans, and corn and load boxcars with dry beans. I plan to have an update later this weekend with the completion of trackwork in this area. GM


  1. Greg-
    I have enjoyed reading your blog. You have a great looking railroad. Can you tell if those silos in the photos above are segments of PVC pipe? If so, what is the diameter?
    Scott Stephenson

  2. Scott,

    Thank you for the great comments. Yes the silos are standard 2 1/4" PVC pipe from Lowes cut 9" tall using a chop saw. My goal was to come close to the Walthers silos in size. They are glued together in 5 silo segments with PVC cement and kept against a straight edge on the non-glued side for 24 hours. I hope this helps.