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Another winter break over and work on the layout comes to a halt for a few months.
After five years, I wanted to provide a combined layout tour and progress report highlighting how the railroad has taken shape thus far. This has been a large project, but one that has been tremendously enjoyable for me to undertake. Enjoy!
Entrance: The railroad is tucked away behind the basement workshop and is entered in the corner of the room. The entryway is crossed by the mainline exiting Eugene Staging (lowest level; liftout), the mainline between Wicopee and Fields (mid-level duck-under), and the mainline at Summit before Klamath Falls Staging (upper level). Most recently the benchwork in this area has been completed. Fascia work in the future should help clean-up this area visually and make for an attractive entrance.
Westfir: This is the first location on the railroad as the mainline exists Eugene Staging. In the fall, significant progress in terrain and rockwork was made here with the installation of Tunnel 22. All that is left to complete the terrain is the immediate foreground as well as more rockwork in the tunnel area and on the slope in the right hand side of the scene.
Tunnel 22: This short tunnel was installed in 2019 and helps to visually separate Westfir and Oakridge. Seen here is the east end of the siding in Oakridge. The relationship of the turnout and tunnel is close to matching the prototype. Also notable in this image is a demonstration of the various construction techniques employed. Namely the benchwork, wiring, scenery terrain, and backdrops. Hopefully can do something about the bright white plaster soon!
Oakridge Residential: Just beyond Tunnel 22, the mainline and siding take curve into the town of Oakridge itself. Here, where the foam terrain base has been installed, will be a small residential area with a few homes, streets, etc. I am quite excited about the modeling potential in this area and am seeking to capture the sleepy, lived-in feel of this last bit of civilization before the tree and rock dominated wilderness on the rest of the railroad.
Oakridge Yard: The yard was installed and completed a year ago (winter 2018-2019), with terrain forming started fall of 2019. Beyond continuing scenery development, work here in the future will mainly consist of a thorough fine-tuning of trackwork necessary for the high volume of operations that will occur in this location throughout a session.
Oakridge West End: The west end of Oakridge is the gate to the pass, the final flat section of track until Klamath Falls staging. Still to come is completion of the spur to the mill and terrain which will help visually separate this level from staging below.
Salmon Creek: Admittedly a busy scene, special attention will need to be given in scenery development to ensure each element in this location is properly accounted for. Notable are the mainline (closest to the aisle) and Pope & Talbot Mill (bare spline). The mill will be modeled after modern lumber operations against the far backdrop serviced by a daily local from Oakridge. Completion of trackwork and initial terrain forms will go a long way to completing this operationally and visually important location.
Salmon Creek: The mainline cross Salmon Creek itself here over a future ballasted deck bridge. This scene will be significantly compressed, but remains one of the signature scenes on the railroad. After crossing the creek, the mainline enters the helix. Fascia work has begun on the helix to allow for a large hillside that will span from the creekbed up to the exit from the helix above (roughly near the reference photo for the tunnel).
This article first appeared on model-railroad-hobbyist.com
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