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 Posted: Sun May 30th, 2021 04:32 pm
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Will there also be a corner for a Jim Findley Memorial?






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Well no "memorial", something far better sir. 

Some of Jim's trains will still be used and oiled and operate here.  

Jim Findley's steel bridge will be here,
you can see it on the cover of the August 1982 Model Railroader.
 
I also have two of his brass engines now,
and one very nice boxcar lettered up for his 'Tioga Pass Railroad'. 


I will have small brass plaques all over the aisleway,
denoting items donated or of historic interest.

There are more things now, than I can list easily.  





Here's a photo of a few of John's friends and operators (I have more),
cars sitting on the curve viaduct in Cross Junction.


From left to right there is ...

- A Gondola lettered for Pete Petersons, 'Trinity Heights & Southwestern R.R.'.
- Next car is a famous NMRA wooden 1967 Lone Star Region boxcar (often photographed).
- A Yellow Baby Ruth car from Jim's 'Tioga Pass Railroad'.
- A hand made wood gondola, from Bill McClanahan's 'Texas & Rio Grande Western R.R.'.
- Then Witt Towers 'Alturas & Lone Pine' boxcar.
- Lastly Earl Cochran's 'UTE Short Line' car.


There are cars from all kinds of other friends and operators. 

I am still missing a few fairly important names,
Cliff Robinsons 'MUT Line' car is a must have... etc.  

But hope to find them someday.    


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I remember reading about the Tioga Pass Railroad in Model Railroader,
and his trials and tribulations in construction. 

If I recall Jim was located in Korea.


I remember Jim sharing one story in Model Railroader,
about installing some switch machines underneath the roadbed,
with the help of an assistant. 

With Jim underneath the layout,
his Korean assistant was to tell him which way the points of the switch moved. 

His assistant proudly proclaimed "They go this a way!" 

Which quickly prompted a conference between Jim and his assistant,
on just which way "this a way" meant.




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'Cross Junction' (which has always given me NIGHTMARES !)  :w:

Can be seen 2/3rds of the way along the top, at the right corner.





Nice work on that area, by the way Randy !  :s: :s: :s: :s: :s:

&   T :cool: :cool:   C :cool: :cool: L   car collection ! !


:)


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Si.

Cross Junction is a bottleneck,
and it was a difficult corner for me to build.





If you look down at the bottom of the photo,
you will see a turnout sitting there on some roadbed,
that is the mainline that runs to Gorre.

Above it is the curved viaduct, where the cars are sitting,
and when you look, you will see  'all 4 levels'  of the track,
which all come together here. 

My room is slightly different in size and shape to John's,
and the trick was, to make all the differing radii's that meet here,
not only function, but still look like John's original.        


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" you will see  'all 4 levels'  of the track, which all come together here "


Hi Randy  :wave:


I hadn't really seen the trackplan as '4 levels' before you said ^^ this ...

... but that kinda does make sense, when you see the 'multi-bridge pics'.





I managed to find this photo with Google Images, of John Allen working on the layout in March 1955 ...

... he is standing right in front of 'Cross Junction', blocking it from view, facing his staging tracks, I think.


:java: :cool:


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 Posted: Thu Jun 17th, 2021 01:26 am
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Yes indeed Si.

And not much level track anywhere on this entire layout,
other than the main yard (in front of where John is standing)
and the engine terminals at West Divide and Gorre. 

Please go to a site I have been involved with for a while now,
as it is run by some real enthusiasts like myself,
who are dedicated to preserving John's legacy and presenting his work. 

There are photographs from visitors there, and interesting stories.

If you go to the legacy photo pages,
click on 'The Slides', and use the arrows up in the right corner,
to navigate through hundreds of fantastic photos of the layout.  

It is my go to reference library.
The photo you found came from these pages. 
 
http://www.GDLines.org


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 Posted: Thu Jun 17th, 2021 01:56 pm
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A recent shot from nearly the same perspective.





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