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MOPMAN Feb 28, 2006

  1. MOPMAN

    MOPMAN TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the responses. Woodie, I guess the party is at my house, the third Thursday this month. Bob, the main actually goes the other way and connects to through staging under Ozark and then connects back to Van Buren. At one time I thought about adding a couple of stub tracks for additional staging under Clarksville but access to the turnouts would have been rather difficult.

    I had a chance to run the "turn" (a combined CJ/Clarksville turn) the other day and although there were no spurs to switch, just getting the cars swapped out and spotting cars along the sidings of CJ yard and Clarksville took a little over 35 minutes. Once the spurs are laid, I'm sure that same local will take about an hour or more to work. That compares to about 50 minutes to run the Spadra turn. The above mentioned times are real as opposed to scale so it appears that I have enough work for the train crews. I did snap a couple of pics of the first run and I will try to post them later today.
     
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    MOPMAN TrainBoard Member

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    As promised, here a a few pics of the first "turn" on the branch. The turn departs Van Buren yard eastbound. The consist has six cars for CJ yard and one car for Clarksville.

    CJ_Clarksville_turn_depart_.jpg

    About four minutes later we arrive at Clarksville Jct.

    Entering_CJ.jpg

    We spot the cars in the yard and put together the cars returning to Van Buren. After attaching the caboose to the returning cars, we take the lone boxcar up the branch to Clarksville. A couple of minutes later we enter Clarksville.

    Arriving_Clarksville.jpg

    After switching the boxcar and picking up the grain hopper, we are ready to depart.

    Departing_Clarksville.jpg

    At CJ we pickup the other cars and caboose for Van Buren. After an eastbound grain extra passes, we will be on our way back to Van Buren.

    GEXE_CJturn_CJ_jct.jpg

    As simple as this run was, it took 35 actual minutes to run the job (without the meet @ CJ) and we handled 11 cars. As I stated before, I expect that time to double when the spur tracks are laid. At that time I will split this turn into two jobs...CJ and Clarksville.
     
  3. N7CZ

    N7CZ TrainBoard Member

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    Nice to see the progress MOPMAN!
     
  4. fifer

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    Looks Good Mopman!

    Mike
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Can't guess what kind of snacks he likes, from seeing those Pringles silos.
     
  6. fifer

    fifer TrainBoard Supporter Advertiser

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    LOL :cute:


    Mike
     
  7. mogollon

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    Mopman-since you haven't mentioned wiring on the new branch, how do you run trains up there? Is it magic or is it done with a hidden string on the nose of that Geep?

    Woodie
     
  8. MOPMAN

    MOPMAN TrainBoard Member

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    I told you guys that one day those chip cans would morph into something and I have an early pic coming up to prove it so lol all you want. They still say Pringles but think grey silos and you get the idea.
    Ideal_cement_overview.jpg

    You can get an idea of the "skyline" of the plant in this early mock-up photo. Raw materials come into the plant at the far end and finished product (cement) comes out the near silos. I'll try to get an updated photo posted soon.

    Woodie, you would not believe the headaches I get after an op session running that engine telepathically.

    More later.

    Jim
     

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