Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units

Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Additions / March 2012

Some good news from the purchasing department, two NYC Flexivan spine cars, a 75' PRR F39 flatcar with 2 PRR trailers and a 75' Trailertrain flatcar with 1 NIckel Plate Road trailer and 1C&O Trailer were added to the roster.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Upper Level Work Continues


It has been a long time between posts as the work on the upper level continues. Here are some photos of the work in progress. Some main line, sidings and a reverse section have been added with some industrial buildings being test fit for best location. A lot more to report in the upcoming days so stay tuned.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Upper Level Work Commencing

The 5x26 peninsula has been cleaned of all buildings, figures, scenic elements and trains that I put in place to showcase the progress of the layout and run some trains during the Holidays. I have begun building the upper level of the layout and it now resembles a construction site again. Portions of the lower level will be covered and the track no longer accessible so the Holiday running was good for troubleshooting the track work and making the necessary adjustments. At this point I have installed risers and plywood roadbed to a about 1/3rd of the layout. I had been less than enthused by how the work was going as I ran into some design flaws that needed to be cleared up. Mocking up some solutions has taken quite a bit of time as I work through the progress. I finally came up with a nice solution and the layout is once again moving forward. I should have some pictures of the new work available for the next post.
 In the mean time here are some photos of the layout during the Holiday running.
 A mixed freight travels through the station platform under the upper level mock up.
 NYC GP30s enter the station on the lower level
 Track cleaning cars stand by
 NYC A-B-A Sharks lead a freight through the station. Note the piers to the right of the train that weer used to mock up a proposed elevated rail line.