I have been at a stand still for the last few months on the layout. The reason, time. Some of the time was taken up by my failed attempt at elected office, the rest due to work and family activities. Every time that I have tried to go down to the train room to work on anything, I get daunted by mess. The layout space is a mess, with things piled everywhere. To work on the layout means spending an hour cleaning up the layout... Well there's a good soccer game on, so I'll go do that instead (Go West Ham United!).
When I do go to look at the layout, I start seeing things I am unhappy with. I am missing a track in Morton's Siding. The yard at Malone is incomplete. I don't like the drop bridge (version 5) that I built across the door. Any time I am faced with a question mark, like the track arrangement at Morton's, I stop working on stuff and will stew until I figure it out.
Morton's is an interesting area and I have been able to model it with minimal compromise. Except for the track I realized I am missing, every track that was active in 1957 has been modelled. There were a few more tracks, but they were out of service, so I am not modelling things that did not see use. But the space is only 8 feet long. Selective compression has worked ok, but adding this missing track in will skew things badly. And there's the bump out for the track. A small 9 inch protrusion from the layout beyond the bench work to properly model Malone Sand and Gravel's ramp and Baker Gas.
Fitting this all in makes me think of switching back to modeling the Norwood Ogdensburg line, which means this area, and the staging behind, can be all part of the port in Ogdensburg. But if I did that, I have a grain elevator to build, and that takes a lot of space.
Switching to Malone Yard. There is a scale house to build, and track to hand lay for that. Thankfully Pierre Oliver from Elgin Scale Shops made me some turnout points for the working scale track. But there is not enough room to model that in the space allotted. And I need another 10-12 turnouts to finish the yard, which is expensive.
So I thought about looking at other things to model, which is what happens when my mind is in conflict with things. The good news is I keep coming back to my Malone concept as being the best option for the space I have.
I just have to keep trying to push through this blockage and motor on. There are a lot worse things to have issues with than this.
I've worked on Morton Siding quite a bit recently. For those not in the know, Morton Siding is an industrial area between Malone and Malone Junction. During the 1950's, Rutland crews operated a yard switcher known as the "Malone Shifter" which did the switching at the Malone Yard, and all of the trackage in Morton Siding.
Morton Siding is a diverse area, with six businesses operating in the 1950's, and a team track. During the St. Lawrence Seaway project, Malone Gravel loaded 750-series 2-bay hoppers for gravel that was shipped to Ogdensburg. Baker's Gas was at an all-time high in traffic volume.
As you can see here, Morton Siding exists in front of the Norwood staging yard, with a six inch high backdrop between the two areas.
With exception to an unused two-car creamery track that should be located where the white glue bottle is, the track arrangement is exact to the diagrams from the mid-1950's. Close enough for me.
The spur to the left that is hanging out over the edge, is Baker Gas. A small build-out will be located there into the aisle.
Progress has been made. The staging yards are now complete and work has begun on the main line.
The Station is a Rutland Car Shops resin kit for the 16x40 plan station. This station isn't right for Bangor but will do as a placeholder for now.
Started installing sections today.
First the section over the freezer.
Then this section attached to the freezer section. Legs are next and then the swing gate to connect the layout to the existing portion of the layout.
This is the layout plan for this area. Only the section to the left needs to be attached, which I will get to later this week.
After playing with arrangements for my yard throat, I think I am going to have to go with curved turnouts for that area. Joy! I had hoped to re-use some of the turnouts I had saved from before.
Drywall sanding for all new layout areas is done. I'll still have a bit to do when I rip out the drywall around the hydro panel and redo that. But at least most of the drywall is done and I can get started on the new layout. Also completed is the painting of the new areas, a nice shade of sky blue from Home Hardware. A coat of primer, two of sky blue and I am off to the races. I'd be putting stuff on the walls today if it wasn't for the paint still drying.
Addendum: Painted half the second coat with old paint, rest of coat in new paint, two are slightly different. So a third coat is required!!!
Eleven months ago, aka my last post on this site, I finished the staging yard on the layout. Now that layout is gone. Thanks to growing family needs (teenagers) a portion of my layout space has been "repurposed".
Construction of the new layout space is almost finished, with just a bit of drywall sanding left to do (my favourite).
The theme is the same, the Rutland circa 1959, but the locale is now focused on Malone NY and the operations in and through the yard.
The track laying that is.
From one track to 7, with a turn and in 50 inches. Not too shabby.
The section of the Rutland I model is the former Ogdensburg Sub or Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain (OLC). The only surviving section of this line is the 20 mile run from Norwood NY to Ogdensburg NY, which is owned by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority and run by Rutland successor road, Vermont Railway System.
With operations occurring three times a week, it is hard to catch this elusive railroad in action. That was until yesterday when I photographed VTR's 802 (a GP-18) hauling a single car from the port at Ogdensburg to go back to Norwood. The following photos were taken at the grade crossing on Route 37 on the outskirts of Ogdensburg.
One of the challenges with modeling a prototype set in 1959 is that it's 2012. I was born 15 years after the Rutland ceased operations and while I am close geographically to where I model, my interest in the line is less than five years old meaning I am playing a lot of catch up.
The "easy" part has been deciding on a segment to model and getting track diagrams. Thanks to the epic works of Robert Nimke, track diagrams, building plans, ICC Valuation Maps, fire plan maps and other valuable material have been collected into a series of books on the Rutland.
The hard part is how to operate it once you have something built. One of the reasons why I chose to model the segment I did was in part because of the New York Central trackage rights over the line. The New York Central, previous owner of the Rutland, operated a number of overhead trains between Norwood and Malone Junction. After the discontinuance of the NYC's Adirondack Subdivision as a through-route, more traffic went via the rights on the Rutland up until the strike in 1961 ended the Rutland. Those trains were Utica-Montreal runs that carried a lot of cars from Canadian roads returning to Canada.
From Internet I have learned that there was more traffic diverted over the Rutland line in the winter when snow was an issue on the Adirondack line, but that only relates to traffic before the Adirondack Line was shuttered.
From what I have seen, in 1959 there was between four and six NYC trains run, UM-1/MU-2 which was a symbol freight. Also run were two to four extras.
As for the Rutland, in 1959 two trains each way were run. A local from Malone to Ogdensburg (MO-1/OM-2) and the Norwood to Rutland overhead train (XJ-1/JX-2). The XJ-1 handed off cars to the NYC at Norwood and picked up blocks of cars from the NYC to run to the connection with CN(CV) at Alburgh, B&M at Bellows Falls, as well as connecting traffic with the St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain and Maine Central.
The big challenge with all of this is that there has been no comprehensive article written about this. Most of the information is just little snippets. Thus if anyone has more information, please email me.
So long story short, it's been a while since I've posted anything on this blog. Very bad of me but I've been busy working on the layout.
This is the current plan, or close to it. I've changed from modelling the portion of the Ogdensburg Sub from Ogdensburg - Norwood, to Norwood - Malone. It's now a continuous loop layout with a double-ended staging yard, and three leads. The New York Central line through Norwood is now fully functioning. The new configuration allows for more operations by modelling the trackage-rights that the NYC had over the Rutland. By making this change I go from modelling 1-2 trains per session to 6-8 trains. Much better for operations.
I've decided to model three towns, although one is mislabeled; North Lawrence is actually Moira.
I will blog more about these changes and also post some photos as I post more updates.