Building the Pacific & Eastern:
The Permanent HO Model Railroad
of the
Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club

The Klamath Falls District
2009 Progress
Part 2
"Highline" swing bridge
While Ed was working on the wiring, other members were busy with various projects.   Larry Tuttle built this swing bridge A to connect the BN  Gateway Sub or "Highline" to the lower level Siskiyou Staging.   This new bridge was built to match the other bridge B which Larry built last year to connect the older part of the railroad with the Klamath Falls District's Keno Loop. 

For our club op sessions, bridge A will not be used since the railroad will be operated in a point-to-point fashion.
Ed shows off his wiring Ed Kleinman shows off the details of some of his wiring.  He's holding soldered connectors to be attached to a terminal strip.  These will power a pair of signals on the SP main.  His right hand is resting on a section of sub-roadbed.  The green plywood in the upper left corner is Lake Ewauna which has been slid away and will be repositioned adjacent to the subroadbed.  Note the furring strips supporting the subroadbed above the lake bed.  Also note the DCC bus runs, two inches apart and stretched taut. 
Dave sands a backdrop joint
All of us were glad when Ed got the wiring far enough along so we could permanently attach the plywood and get going on the low backdrop.  We arrived at a height of 15" above the sub-roadbed as a good height to screen the opposite side of the railroad for average height people.  Rather than frame up a wall with 2 x 4's and lose valuable layout space, we elected to use 3/4" MDF, firmly attached to the framing, with four sections glued and biscuit joined into one continuous 31' backdrop.  Here Dave is sanding one of the joints.  Obviously this needed to be done before trackwork could start. 

February 28, 2009
Lake Ewauna and surrounding yards
A view from the west end of the clubhouse looking down the Klamath Falls District.  The BN cab hop is on a girder bridge "place holder".  In time a scratch built model of the BN's Lake Ewauna Lift Bridge will be constructed and replace this prop. 

From this perspective, the cab hop is heading towards the P&E yard to the right.  It's coming from the BN yard in the distance to the left of the white backdrop.  Track has been laid out on the approximate alignment for the SP main, which the wye off the bridge will tie into, again just like on the prototype. 

February 28, 2009
SP and BN side
This image shows how the SP and BN trackage will be arranged.  The SP main has been mocked up with loose flex track. 

The curved section of backdrop by the water tower was another challenge.  Obviously 3/4" MDF could not be bent to fit the required curve.  Larry came up with a solution of using three 1/4"  pieces of MDF glued, screwed and clamped overnight.  Once sanded and painted it's impossible to tell this didn't start out as 3/4" material.

February 28, 2009
Texum area
At this end of the layout, a lot is going on.  The SP yard ended just to the right of this photo and continues west (right to left) as a two track line.  The MAIN (far track, mocked up with flex track) continues under Hwy. 140 and curls up inside the Keno Loop (P&E main between Klamath Falls and Summit) as a staging track.  The MODOC Line (red trace) curves towards the camera and continues on the outside of the Keno Loop, eventually returning on the far side of the layout as a continuous run loop.  The BN yard ends just of the letters BN and curves to cross the swing bridge A (closed to rail traffic) as the High Line.  Note how this bridge tucks into a recess, partially covered by scenery, so as to maximize the aisle and not snag clothing, etc.  Except for Sunday's it will stay in this position.  This area resembles Texum with Hwy. 140 and the High Line being pulled into the scene.  It also solved problems on how to incorporate two show running options (loops) with real scenes and how the SP and BN exit the modeled parts of the railroad. 
Pelican Yard
Meanwhile, across the lake, the P&E has its major yard and engine terminal.  The BN unit sitting on a mostly white slab is holding down the location of a two stall engine house.   Power beyond it is on the fuel-pad-to-be.  The blue structure is the car shop.   The track going off into the lower left hand corner represents the line into south Klamath Falls which serves a propane dealer.  We'll move the propane outfit to the corner seen here. 

February 28, 2009
Pelican yard mid-point
In this view across the middle of the yard, with Hwy. 140 mocked up on the right, we're experimenting with the backdrop.  Our goal is not just to replicate trackage, but also scenery.  To this end, we're using photos taken in this area and basing our scenes and backdrops.  Compare this picture to the one below. 

February 28, 2009
In real life
Here is our scene again, taken in October, 2008, standing next to the Hwy. 140 bridge over BN's White Yard and Lake Ewauna.  The red box denotes what's been pasted to the backdrop in the above photo. 
Looking back
From left to right, John Powell, John Gerritsma, E. Don Pettit and Dave Spakousky survey the cleaned up Klamath Falls District and mockups. 

February 28, 2009
White Yard looking north
The real life view of this scene, standing on the Hwy. 140 bridge.  The red circle is around the lift bridge. 
Test layout of mill area
Looking the other way, towards Keno, there's a preliminary layout of track for Modoc Lumber and Columbia Plywood.  The two main tracks of the P&E thread their way between the mills.

Photo by Don Terrell,  March 1, 2009
Keno end
Finally, there's this scene where the P&E main dives under US 97 and starts up the hill.  A little farther along than the view in Part 1. 

February 28, 2009
Building the KF District Part 3

Progress continues through cork roadbed, track a little wiring and the first test train.

Photos by Larry Tuttle except as noted

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