Between work travels and home improvement time to work on the layout has been at a premium, but a few late nights of work turned out some good results. Follow along as we cover three areas of interest since my last post:
Rolling Stock Acquisitions
Atlas Boxcar - MNNR 1313
Picked this one up at Becker Model Train Supply in New Brighton, MN. while traveling in the Twin Cities area. Figure it's fitting to acquire a railcar that calls the area "home" wherever I travel.
BLMA Models Pipe flat - PTTX 602332
Long story short when you are traveling take the time to check out google or the back of Model Railroader and visit a local hobby shop. It's amazing to see what they in stock.
Right of Way Upgrades
Part of the 2015 MCIS capital plan is detailing mainline power switches. Being we operate with DTMF remote controlled mainline switches, I am using the Details West switch machine as a basis for the GE / Vossloh modern power switches.
All mainline turnouts will have a DW switch machine, solar panel, instrument cabinet, and BLMA N or Z scale radio tower. The passing siding at Grays Lake and wye at Upper Huron will additionally get the Details West switch heaters. MOW plans to have these items in for fall 2015.
Grays Lake Industries
The past few months I have been working on a salt mine mockup at Grays Lake. Unfortunately the scale and size just did not work for the scene and was overwhelming to say the least. Moving forward I removed the mockup and focused on a commodity one would find in this part of Michigan's Thumb... Agriculture.
This facility has capacity for four cars with a one car load out in shed and dock door for spotting boxcars. This customer ships outbound bagged and bulk dry beans.
This customer viewed in picture above will receive inbound plastic pellet hoppers and resin tankcars that will be transloaded in the building into trucks for delivery to their offline plant. I plan to have a two or three car spot that can host either tankcars or plastic hoppers.
Being this part of Michigan is very rural Propane / LPG is critical for homes and businesses. The siding has a capacity to unload three tankcars at once, but is a trailing point switch on the Grays Lake Spur coming off the mainline.
With these three customers and a few others at Gerhard and Buhler (staging) there will be plenty to keep the R-GLBU busy.
Like I said not a lot of work done but enough to keep progress in the right direction.
Thanks for checking out the update.