Author Topic: Wellsville Addison & Galeton in 1:29: Shortline Road Switching Layout Outdoors  (Read 4117 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

TiogaTracks

  • Crew
  • *
  • Posts: 133
  • Respect: +329
This week was a big week for the layout!  Facing a deadline, I put every free minute I could into layout construction, and while I fell short of my original goal, I still loved the busy week and was proud of what I had to show for it.

As part of a local railroad history conference, a neighbor and fellow model railroader was inviting a group of local rail history lovers over for a cookout, and wanted them to see my project.  I decided to get it finished enough to run a train, but to do that, I would have to build the ENTIRE raised bed garden, AND lay the track, AND wire it up.

I started the week’s work last Saturday, with an outline of the future garden walls drawn in dirt, and only a handful of cinder blocks to work with.  By Sunday, I placed the first few:

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

Tuesday saw a bit more of the same:

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

By the end of Tuesday, this is what I had done, and I again ran out of blocks.  This day’s work included carefully digging, placing, and leveling some shorter solid blocks to fill in a low spot.

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

But thanks to some family help and the good old parental pickup truck service, I had plenty of blocks to place Wednesday.  Adding two courses of blocks stop the solid block foundation looked great!  And once I used matching bricks to fill in the wide gaps between the blocks on the outer edge of the curve, it looked even greater:

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

I worked well past dark, using the same photo floodlights I originally got for taking product photos during my high school and college days writing for Model Railroad News.  The pace of progress was increasing rapidly!

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

By Thursday, pretty much all the materials were on hand, totaling 75 oversized cinder blocks, about 2 dozen solid foundation blocks, and around 80 brick red capstones.  5 tons of gravel had been delivered, and I still need more.

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

Friday was my deadline, the cookout would start around 6.  I had to borrow some capstone blocks, leaving gaps, but I could lay the entire loop on the raised bed garden.  I moved three or four wheelbarrow loads of sod and dirt that day, to finish rough grading of the straight track between the loops.  I recycled some 4-conductor phone cable and some 2-wire alligator clip test leads to temporarily wire up the railroad with DCC power through 3 feeders, but no auto reversing.  As I went in and out of the house, I always brought 2-4 train cars out with me all afternoon.  By cookout time, I had just connected the two loops, and the old Wellsboro Junction loop was packed full of trains.

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

I made it to the cookout just a little late, and we decided to start the evening with the tour of my layout.  I switched the trains around to put all 17 cars and the caboose behind U25b 2504.  After a little oops where I ran the wrong way through the loop switch and nearly clipped my own caboose, I backed the train clear, my neighbor threw the switch, and 2504 led the very first train down the length of my garden railroad.

The train arrived at the new raised bed garden loop without incident, and unsurprisingly lost electric contact on the bridge (probably gravel dust all over the railheads).  I knew it was going to stall soon for lack of another feeder wire in the isolated reverse loop section, so I count that as a win.  It wasn’t done, but it DID run!  Here’s the train after that first run.

[ Guests cannot view attachments ]

I’m excited to continue making progress!  Next steps are to design the staging yard atop the raised bed garden, fill in the garden bed, lay the yard, and begin permanent wiring in conduit.  Dare I hope I can have the railroad operating as designed by next weekend?  Either way, I think I’ll enjoy the next steps of the construction journey!

-Steven

« Last Edit: August 14, 2022, 11:12:29 PM by TiogaTracks »
Wellsville Addison & Galeton RR in 1:29
Still dabbling in N scale
Restoring a full size 1951 Brill bus