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 Posted: Sun Oct 11th, 2020 02:55 pm
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Finished removing all slash, short logs and flush-cut stumps to county sort yard. 

Pic on left is from end of trestle looking towards SF. 
Sacramento is just beyond the long log, and will be reached with a tunnel,
underneath the logging path running beside the log. 
SF is the area of brown grass in the distance. 

Pic on the right is from LA looking towards SF. 
Again SF is the area of brown grass in the distance. 

Switching to firewood, need to cut 8 cords before winter sets in. 
If snow hasn't shut me down by the time I've finished,
I will start to skid all those logs to piles at the bottom of the SF hill. 
My wood lot is overflowing at this point,
so they will have to chill on the hillside for a few years.







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 Posted: Sun Oct 11th, 2020 11:56 pm
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I did a quick measurement of rough track distances for the whole layout:


Done:

  Omaha depot:                                                40'
  Omaha yards:                                                96'
       

To do:

  Omaha tunnels thru Ogden to Lucin trestle:     125'
  Lucin trestle:                                                  52'
  Trestle to Sacramento:                                    44'
  Sacramento to Emeryville:                              112'
  Emeryville to San Hose:                                  96'
  San Hose thru San Francisco:                          60'
  San Hose thru Los Angeles:                            100'


Total:                                                              725'




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Steve

Above and beyond the typical concept of layout construction.

Following your progress with interest.




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Ken, 

That's just mainline distance, not depot/yard track. 

I *think* my strategy will be to run past all the yards,
heading for LA in as direct a path as possible. 

This will allow me to run a consist the whole distance in about 2-3 years.
Then I build out depots later. 

That would be approx. 560' @  $8.00 a foot (includes concrete) = $4480.
A lot, but do-able, especially spread out over 3 years.



This is a pic. of the San Francisco depot area taken from Omaha. 
LA and San Hose are to the left and Emeryville and Sacramento are to the right.
 
I'm hoping some judicious tree cutting will give a view of both LA and Sacramento from Omaha
(which is located on the patio directly in front of the house's sunroom).







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All the logs have been cleared from the SP right-of-way. 

Pic. on the left is looking from Sacramento towards LA. 
Pic. on the right is looking from LA to Sacramento.
 
They're predicting a foot of snow on Sunday,
guess it's time to end my outdoor RR activities for the year. 

I've had a very productive season.  :2t:







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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 02:04 pm
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7:00am, -4F.  About 10" of snow. 
Picture taken from INSIDE sun room. 

Looking towards SF,
that horizontal hump in the foreground is the Omaha mainline.
 
We really needed this snow,
I have fires on 3 sides of me at this point... 

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