Building the Pacific
The Permanent HO Model
Rogue Valley Model Railroad
2007 Update -- Major Progress
In 2007 progress on the new layout took major steps forward in
several areas. Late in 2006, the Club held a meeting to discuss
progress thus far and plan work for 2007. The first thing
we learned was that each of us had a different vision of what the new
P&E should be. Some people felt we should continue scenery as
before and not worry a whole lot about it reflecting the scenes between
the Rogue Valley and Klamath Falls. Others believed that we
should strive to make the scenes as realistic as possible, even going
so far as trying to replicate in miniature actual structures and
geology along the route.
One thing that didn't seem to be working very well was giving an a
section of the layout to a member and letting them run with it.
We decided to form "Construction Gangs" to focus on specific
areas: Terrain; Rails & Bridges; Structures; Trees; Ballast,
Soils and Rocks; DCC; Signals, Operating Authority and Grade Crossings;
and Backdrops and Clouds. The idea is to provide for oversight
and collaboration in each of these areas so that each section of the
layout has certain common features (bridges, ballast, lineside details,
etc.) and not become a hodge podge of different ideas of what looked
cool or tickled one's fancy in the Walthers book. It also meant
that some work had to be redone.
The Terrain Gang adopted the philosophy of first considering what the
terrain looked like prior to the railroad's arrival and then creating a
scene based on both the original terrain how the railroad altered that
terrain. Several field trips were made with numerous pictures
printed out. We soon lost our fear of tearing out and
or all of a
scene until we got it right.
With some respectable land forms taking shape, we could no longer put
off the issue of trees. The Tree Gang developed a fairly
efficient system of making trees from dowels, furnace filters and
ground foam. We found that trees really make a mountain scene and
they're not too difficult or time consuming to make. Nearly ever
member of the Club contributed some trees. 500 down, 9500 to go.
The Rails and Bridges Gang determined that since the P&E was a
product of the SP&S's desire to access the Rogue Valley, that
SP&S (GN + NP) prototypes be considered. Delving into
bridge plans and photos, we found that SP&S employed a variety of
bridge styles. These served as guides for major bridges.
Where we lacked suitable examples of SP&S practices, we
referred to Southern Pacific Lines
Common Standard Plans published by Steam Age Equipment Company
for smaller bridges and roadway construction practices.
Signals generated an spirited debate over whether to install block
signals mostly to
indicate occupancy of hidden trackage or to go with a
correct Automatic Block Signal system. The consensus was that if
we're to have a signal system, we'll have one that's done
correctly. Also, grade crossing signals and gates were
considered. Research of model signals, detection and controls and
efforts to set them up on the layout revealed a couple of things:
it's going to cost serious money and it's going to be more difficult
that we thought.
The DCC gang worked out a few bugs in the DCC and the layout now runs
dependably. One of the biggest hits of the year was the inclusion
of sound on locomotives.
Finally, a word about collaboration. The scenes featured below
may be modeling of a relatively few Club Members, but they include the
ideas and input from the majority of the Members. No single
member or even pair of members of the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club
could create scenes like these. It took the work of many.
Click on images
below to go to pages about the specific areas.
Photos by Larry Tuttle .
|A main line
high bridge over a pair of tracks and a creek below.
Or solving a scenery dilema between Derby and Butte Falls.
|The pass at Summit,
the high point of the Pacific & Eastern in the Cascade Mountains.
|The Medford Corporation in
1989 modeled in a tiny fraction of the space of the original. How
it might have looked had the P&E survived.
|2008 brings a major change
to the Pacific & Eastern Railroad. The decision was made to
get started on the Klamath Falls "leg" with a one and a third turn
helix connecting, temporarily, to the Mt. Pitt and Medford Yard
Modules. For a while, Mt. Pitt will become Keno and the Medford Yard
stand in for the P&E's Klamath Falls yard. This will enable
the club to resume operating sessions as well as providing more
prototypical train operations on Sunday Run Days. It will also
mean the end of the loop of modules which had held court on the south
side of the clubhouse for the past five years. Join us as we
build the helix and connecting trackwork.
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