Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fox Valley Models Wheel Sets Going through Fast Tracks Crossover

This video shows just how smooth N scale trains can go through turnouts when you have high quality wheel sets and precision made Fast Tracks #10 turnouts. Two trains go though a crossover without the slightest bump, almost as if the turnouts weren't even there. The first train is a faster moving intermodal train. Not all the cars have Fox Valley Models wheel sets. The the second set (red) has Atlas medal wheel sets and the first truck bumps a bit going through. If I re-gauge the wheels in that truck, it will do better. That's now on my "to do" list. The second train is a slower moving manifest with 100% Fox Valley wheel sets. Completely smooth.

West Staging Track Installed

I've got the tracks down for the west staging tracks and was able to put some more trains on the layout. The west staging yard is partial in the open in Proviso/Clinton and partially in the staging room separating Proviso from Rochelle. The yard will hold eastbound trains heading out of Clinton and will receive westbound trains. The yard will also serve as interchange tracks for coal trains coming into and departing Proviso. The visible tracks from left to right are

3 Clinton staging tracks
1 Proviso Coal Train interchange track
2 Mainline Tracks
1 Yard drill track

The engines on the plywood are where the east side of the Proviso Engine servicing facilities will be.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Geneva Sub Trackplan

I don't really have a trackplan that I can post at this time. I do, however, have a schematic of the layout that I use on RR&Co software for signals and dispatcher use. Hope its helpful in seeing how the Geneva Sub is laid out and how things will be operated.