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GaryHinshaw

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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #225 on: August 08, 2020, 01:19:50 AM »
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Beautiful job on the shed, Otto!!  [Nice trains too. :)]

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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #226 on: August 08, 2020, 02:02:38 AM »
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Lol Gary, thank you.
I do enjoy working in 1:1 Scale as welll. A nice break..now if I could find a reasonable decent roofer😬
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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #227 on: October 08, 2020, 08:09:45 PM »
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I’ve been mostly working on other people’s stuff, in HO and 1:1, and so I decided it’s high time to run some of my TRAINS!
Of course, after months of neglect, that required some track cleaning, including getting all 14 tracks and 26 turnouts at the now-you-see-it/now-you-don’t Barstow staging yard cleaned and tuned.
The staging yard is in an unconditioned, uninsulated garage, and with temps up until last week exceeding triple digits, I was a bit nervous about what I’d find when I raised the lids. Pleased to report no damage, just a few cobwebs and evidence of a visiting mouse, nothing a vacuum and a bit of elbow grease couldn’t fix in a hurry. The track is some very old Shinohara, and it seems bulletproof.
The trainroom floor is about a foot above the garage slab, so the yard is about 6’5” off the ground, above a workbench, see pics. Yes, honey, I will clean the workbench next, I promise... :facepalm:
Time to run some trains...
Otto
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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #228 on: October 08, 2020, 10:17:19 PM »
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Otto, I really, really like that readerboard for lack of anything better to call it, that numbers the tracks in the yard for operators and/or dispatchers.
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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #229 on: October 09, 2020, 12:19:46 AM »
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Thanks, Bryan, I think it works well, too. Thanks for your interest.
I should note the  “reader board” is actually just half the interface; typically, it’s only seen on a monitor in the adjacent trainroom, and train crews beginning their 1st District run to San Bernardino can see their assigned train at Barstow, see the track it’s on, and (given a proper clearance card) select an outbound route by punching in a “macro” corresponding to the track number. So as an example, the UP LA Limited sitting at track 14 can be acquired by “macro 14, enter” on the NCE cab and brought out of the unscenicked staging and onto the layout with all turnouts properly aligned, without the crew ever entering the hot garage. The other board, on the layout side, is shown below, and accommodates inbound trains as well. No need for track diagrams, just punch in an available track number/macro.
Fun stuff,
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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #230 on: October 16, 2020, 01:54:26 AM »
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Hopefully someday we get to see an overall track plan. Your layout is magnificent and I'm eager to see how it all works route-wise.

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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #231 on: October 16, 2020, 07:28:48 PM »
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Ditto.
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Re: ATSF Los Angeles Division, circa 1949
« Reply #232 on: October 22, 2020, 02:51:08 PM »
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Hopefully someday we get to see an overall track plan. Your layout is magnificent and I'm eager to see how it all works route-wise.

Thank you @OldEastRR, that’s quite a compliment; appreciated! Your and Gary’s comments almost make me want to start drawing the current plan instead working on the railroad. Almost :D
Eventually, I will, but for now, the original plan on p.2 is generally valid, except for two major additions:

One, I got rid of the helix and extended both the upper and lower decks along an L shaped wall on the left side of the room. The upper deck is only about 9” wide and quite thin, the lower is about 20” wide with tracks toward the front edge for visibility and access. Both have 2.2% grades, per prototype. The upper deck has a short siding at Verdemont, the lower deck passing sidings at Ono, again per prototype. As the two decks come together, they punch through the wall into a small adjacent workshop/paintshop and the mainlines connect via a 180 degree loop. A swing gate allows access to the shop when trains are not running. The pics below should explain the scenario, starting near the abandoned helix and moving along the wall to the shop. This added over 70’ of open running and the two “towns”  missing on the original plan.

Two, the redesigned San Bernardino yards now continue past the Mt. Vernon Viaduct to the west, tracks split at West Yard Tower, and loop around and under to reach LA staging. I’ve posted numerous pics of the staging yards in this thread. LA is semi scenicked, Barstow on the east end will remain unscenicked and only seen via a B&W monitor under normal conditions.
The San Bernardino Yard is only partially complete, enough to allow running through the passenger tracks, but the adjacent A (freight) Yard is yet to get real attention and will be one of the final phases as I contemplate doing it in Code 40😬
Hope this helps, thanks for your interest.
Otto
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