Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Joe Cocker said it best!

With a little help from my friends!

Trevor was here today. We spent a couple of hours laying out the track alignment for Clovis.
It's amazing how fast it can go when you have someone to bounce ideas off of as we go.
We also took the time to sort out some of the structure locations and some options for modeling them.
Thanks so much for the time Trevor.
Now I can  glue down turnout ties and and the fun stuff that follows.
We're both feeling real good about where this is going.

Monday, April 23, 2018

An Ice Deck for Clovis

This is what 4'6" of Tichy Ice Deck looks like with a Walthers Ice House in behind for storing all those blocks of ice.
Now I know that Clovis did not have an ice deck in reality, but Trevor and I agree that adding one creates a fantastic option for additional operational options. Extras can be run into Clovis of solid strings of reefers and then they can be distributed around all the packing houses on the branch.
Gotta serve the harvest rushes!
The Ice Deck will handle up to 10 reefers at a time. It certainly makes for an imposing facility.
And it's size dovetails nicely with my desire to have all rail served industries be physically large enough to warrant rail service.
If you're wondering about the colour, it's just an undercoat of Floquil Mud. Once it's fully cured I'll go over the whole thing with thinned flat white, trying to go for that faded, sun bleached look.
And of course weathering.
Lots of coats of paint yet to go!
But with this built we can now determine where the main line will be located, as well as all the other rail customers.
That'll be Wednesday's adventure!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A clean slate

Or is it a fresh palate?
I've scraped off the track that was Aylmer and filled in the minor divots with filler.
This area will become Clovis, CA. The major switching area for the new layout.
The prototype had over 10 fruit packers as well as a few other industries.
Lots of activity!
This scene captures the flavour very well.
A coat of paint over the filler;
and we're ready to start locating turnouts and trackage.
Trevor is coming over Wed. next and we'll have fun figuring it all out