Casper Construction Progress Part 3 – 2022 – July through September
9 July 2022
I haven't been updating much because the latest version of WordPress, which is what generates this website, is full of bugs! But I'll struggle through on this update.
And speaking of rock castings, that afternoon I added one on that same repair area. It didn't come out as good as the earlier ones. I learned not to make them quite so big. Not a major issue, though - this kind of stuff is very forgiving. I'll do some repair to the rock and when it's all stained and painted you won't be able to tell it was patched at all. Thank the starts mother nature is so random!
A couple days later I'd added two more rock casting on the mountainside next to the track. The color differences aren't a problem because the rocks will be heavily stained and painted. The grey color is more just to make sure any chipping that may occur won't result in a glaring white spot in the landscape.
For the next several days I was busy cleaning the train room and preparing the layout for an operating session, and putting together the 2nd birthday video, which was all on June 25th. This is the layout birthday video:
For the operating session I had three people besides myself in attendance. From front to back, they are: Kurt, the local friend who has helped out on occasion for two-man jobs on the layout, Dave, the retired railroader from Basin I visit from time to time, and Sean, a younger guy from Greybull that Dave knows.
The layout ran well, and everyone reported they had a good time. Dave and Sean arrived about 10 am, and after a brief tour of my layout we all headed over to see Kurt's creation. After that we headed out for lunch. We arrived back at my place about 1:30 for the operating session. Kurt left about 4:00, and Dave, Sean and I sat around and visited until about 6:00, when they left for the drive home.
There was one casualty - the decoder in my Doodlebug fried when the bug split the switch at Shobon.
Then I turned to an experiment in making sagebrush for the layout. Wyoming has lots of sagebrush, so I'll need a lot of it, especially between Casper and the Wind River Canyon. Following some advice I got from the folks over on the Model Railroad Hobbyist forums, I bought a small block of floral foam and ground it up in a blender.
On July 3rd I posted my latest layout update video:
7 August 2022
I also installed the new decoder and a keep alive in the Doodlebug. You can see a video clip of it in the August layout update, published on 3 August:
16 August 2022
After that it was back to the Worland / Greybull peninsula. I was going to begin building the subroadbed for Worland, but common sense prevailed (unusual in my train room!) and I began working on the Cody branch first, which will be located underneath Worland and Greybull. I cut the subroadbed from sheets of 1/2" plywood, and here I'm laying it out to see how everything will fit. I have a track plan, but real life often forces tweaks, so I lay things out to fit them together before starting permanent installations.
After getting everything arranged laying flat on the benchwork, on the 15th I started raising it to the proper elevations. At the far distance (the curve to the right), the line dives under Greybull and Worland (coming towards the camera) with just under 4" of clearance. It descends on a 2 1/4% grade all around the peninsula.
After ten or twelve hours between yesterday and today, I got the Cody subroadbed finished all the way around under Worland. It ends for now at the spot that will be under Greybull. I'll add the rest of the line back up the peninsula once I'm sure what I want to do there.
The track plan has Powell (the first town on the Cody branch out of Frannie) on a deck below Powder River, but depending on how the clearances look I may move it to under Greybull instead. I think the clearance to Greybull will be too low to work well, but we'll see how it looks once I have the Worland to Greybull turnback curve in place.
10 September 2022
On the 3rd I posted my latest layout construction update video.