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 Posted: Thu Jul 9th, 2020 06:49 pm
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I've finished the elevated portion of the turnaround.

I've laid out the 2nd half of the turnaround on the granite breeze,
as well as 2 platform tracks and the return track. 

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I've finished laying the depot track: mainline in/out, 
R5 turn-around, 2 passenger loading tracks. 

Note how each joint (and middle of 4' sections) are glued to brick paver. 

Final step will be to bed track with granite breeze. 







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Everything is done :glad: 

Here is a collection of pics with all my engines and rolling stock on display.

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Finished excavating the area for the Ogden, UT Union Pacific depot & yards.

In the top center of this pic you can see a thin horizontal red line,
this is the existing turn-around just outside the tunnels. 

There will be approximately 125' of 0% track between that point and Ogden. 

On the right is a piece of rebar with red flagging marking the location of a bridge abutment. 
This bridge will cross a large bog in the center of the property.

The other end will be approximately 75' distant,
and will be the location of Sacramento, CA.

Sacramento will have track heading East to San Jose,
which will connect to both San Francisco and LA. 

This will probably take several years to complete,
but my 2 Daylights insist I do it.

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Steve,

You have a great backdrop with the forest in the background.
I'm envious of your location.

How well does everything hold from winter? 
Any movement in the track or warping in the supporting timbers?




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Michael,

The main trestle (Omaha yards) is holding up very well.
 
The planks are cedar, and everything has multiple coats of quality paint.
I over-engineered the hell out of it so it's staying true. 

The Omaha depot (aka. the granite breeze patio) was a different story. 

I used plastic stabilizer which created a very nice, hard surface,
but after one Winter it was crumbling and the outside edge was falling down the hill. 

I hope the concrete curb I just poured will stop the erosion. 

I relaid the track by attaching to brick pavers,
and no longer depend on the breeze to hold it in place. 

I am working on a plan to form the track bed from the tunnels to Ogden,
with concrete to avoid the pavers and provide longevity... 

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Hi Steve,

Good to see that the first section is finished.

And you have a big concrete water tower, to refill all the thirsty steam engines!  :2t:


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I would be very afraid of the giants leaving footprints the size of your steamers...

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Hey, I'm only a size 12!

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Finished surveying the bridge abutment locations and elevations.
 
It's about a 55' span, probably do a 10' - 12' - 12' - 12' - 10' trestle. 

This looks to avoid the sinkholes hidden out there! 

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