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90% of the time, Wellsboro Junction will be a reverse loop on a long single-track dogbone.  But I will be leaving the switches in place for a couple reasons:

- It’s a convenient initial test loop while I build the rest of the line.
- It’s in the front yard, so it’ll make for a nice place to run a Christmas train.
- This entire dogbone is functionally staging for the rest of the railroad, so keeping the switches gives me a place to set out a couple cars on this end.  The other reverse loop will have storage sidings.
- The real Wellsboro Junction was on a wye, so this adapts the real thing to my planned operations.

The loop is at the bottom-left of this early track plan.



-Steven

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Wellsville Addison & Galeton RR in 1:29
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Restoring a full size 1951 Brill bus

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90% of the time, Wellsboro Junction will be a reverse loop on a long single-track dogbone.  But I will be leaving the switches in place for a couple reasons:


- It’s in the front yard, so it’ll make for a nice place to run a Christmas train.

-Steven

Now that makes perfect sense !  Good idea.


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Will you put a Christmas tree in it?  Artificial, or real cut, I don't know that planting one would be a good idea, long-term, for the railroad.

If you plant to, you might consider putting a length of pipe in the center, before the track is finished, so that all you have to do is put the trunk in the pipe each year.
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One of the core ideas of this railroad is that it’ll evolve and improve over time.  I plan to be in this house for a very long time, so I’m fine with adding a tree to the loop later.  Or pulling up track to pour concrete subroadbed if I get sick of frost heave.  But as far as plants go, the apple trees overhead will somewhat dictate what will grow well here.

Speaking of the apple trees, here are my two decaled coal hoppers hauling in tonight’s harvest of usable deadfall apples.  I had just finished screwing together the Wellsboro Junction loop as darkness fell.

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Next step, harvest more excess gravel from the bus parking pad, and connect up the straight track leading to the rest of the Penn Central mainline.

-Steven
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Wellsville Addison & Galeton RR in 1:29
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Trees, and their roots, would seem to be a bad mix with track.  That's why I was wondering about putting in a piece of pipe, and sticking an artificial or cut Christmas tree in it each year.  You could run your Christmas train for the season, then remove the tree the rest of the year.
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I have the base gravel layer and track for Wellsboro Junction installed.  Lining & leveling with fine gravel is up next.  I think I will put off the cosmetic layer of chicken grit and cement until next year.  I’d like to see how level the track stays before I start sticking anything down permanently.

Here’s how it looked last night, when the supervisor stopped by to inspect:

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Those apples look like the postcards popular a century ago, showing local "giant fruit" (vegetables, fish, etc) on a flatcar!
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As mentioned in the Weekend Update, I’ve leveled and ballasted Wellsboro Junction.



I was having enough fun just running a train, I posed some photos around the Aristocraft freight station.  Enjoy!

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-Steven
Wellsville Addison & Galeton RR in 1:29
Still dabbling in N scale
Restoring a full size 1951 Brill bus