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 Posted: Sun Apr 7th, 2013 06:39 am
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This picture shows the grade crossing next to the general store. In the centre is the yard office for King Midas Flour factory complex. The Y point (switch) serves the Flour Mill and leads back into the main West yard area. The Bantex Box Co can be seen to the left of the grade crossing at the top of the picture.

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The King Midas Redwing milling factory can be seen at the bottom of the picture and the Redwing Milling Elevator seen at the top. The spotted covered hoppers at the elevator give some idea of the length of the siding.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 7th, 2013 06:43 am
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This shows the grade crossing between the King Midas Flour Mill and the Medusa Cement plant’s unloading facility. The Arkansas Feed Company plant can be seen at top right, with the east yard yardmaster’s grounded caboose next door to the right.

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This view shows the east yard throat. The two sidings at the top of the picture are what I use as a fiddle yard. Each siding can hold two trains, usually a longish one and a short one.

The UP geep is seen standing next to the yard master’s caboose.

In the foreground can be seen the shed and loading dock used for loading bagged cement into box cars.

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This picture is taken a little to the right of the last one and shows the team track in the foreground. The middle track is a long siding leading to the Mutual Service elevator and the Farmer’s Coop Elevator. Next to that is the pulp wood loading track with the two tracks of the fiddle yard at the top of the picture.



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This view shows the Mutual service elevator, with the fiddle yard tracks at the top of the picture. I have tried to give an air of spaciousness as I didn’t want things to look as if everything was on top of each other.

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This is the end of the layout with the Mutual Service and Farmer’s Coop elevators in the foreground. The pulpwood siding in the middle of the picture also has a small maroon coloured loading elevator at the right hand side. A useful device for providing extra traffic. Again the spotted cars give an idea of the siding lengths.

 



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A view looking towards the fiddle yard end of the layout.



A view looking towards the opposite end. The layout measures 14 foot by 2 foot narrowing down to eighteen inches wide at the fiddle yard end.

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Hi Peter

Just caught this.
Up LATE as per norm...ARG !

I thought the layout was pretty big from your switching descriptions.

Thanks for taking a flight in your miniature helicopter !
Most revealing layout topography !

Will have another look when eyes are open properly !

Cheers Peter.

Si.

Nice work...
...looks like FUN FUN FUN operations.
( a few more switches than 2 Sisters !...
...2 Sisters; 2 switches ! )



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Peter-

Much better than a drawn trackplan, as you can see the relationship of the industries!

Well done! Did you hold the camera against the ceiling? If so, how did you manage to keep your arms from showing? That is the problem that I had when I tried to get overhead shots.

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