Monday, June 16, 2014

Mid June Update

Quick update on the "Clair".

After last weekends very successful mini-ops session, I have been in full swing to get it ready for its first full operating session. Not only are the many things happening on the layout but I am also building JMRI Operations as my car routing program.

DTC Signs
Following how the Alaska Railroad dispatches the railroad is broken up into segments that are identified by high visibility green. More on the details behind this setup, but luckily the dispatching board, signs, and cards are ready.
M-BAPH leaving "UPPE" block heading for "LACE" block at Upper Huron.

All three DTC block signs at Upper Huron east switch. As you can see one block ends and the other two blocks (main and diverging) begin after the switch. 

Motive Power 
The lone GP60 on roster MCIS 6051 made an appearance at the Bay Yard DSF while laying over between runs. This unit normally runs the M-GRTO but with the 4 ACe's on the road it now finds itself traveling the network working with SD and GP40-2s.

MCIS GP60 6051 -  yes those are "shoving platforms" to the left of the diesel service facility. 

Capital Improvements
After the operating session closer evaluation noted that the industry run around siding at Bay Yard off the main would make an excellent candidate for 2nd main track through the yard. Capital gangs wrapping up at Upper Huron have now moved down to Bay City / Bay Yard to lay concrete ties and rail.

East end of yard (L to R - East Yard Lead, Main Track 1, and beginning of Main Track 2)

West End of yard (L to R - Main Track 2 *Yellow Tack*, Main Track 1, Bay Yard)

Few photos of M-BAPH passing through Upper Huron. Affectionally known as the tank train as it normally carries a mix of tanks coming out of Dow and empty LPG and Ethanol cars returning to Port Huron.

M-BAPH in the curves at Upper Huron with MCIS 4035 (EMD GP40X) leading.

Tank Cars as far as you can see over the pink waste land.... ground cover cannot come soon enough.

Caught this from overhead - rear of train making its way into the West Siding Switch at Grays Lake. 

Stay tuned for more

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