Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Inverness Yard gets tweaked, but just a little

      I've spent the last week looking over my plan for the main terminus of the railway and decided I required a couple of minor changes to the yard. They're not major changes, but I decided to go with #10 for all turnouts, instead of just the ones that are off the main track with #7 turnouts everywhere else. I think this will not only look far more appealing, but ensure smoother operations of trains throughout the yard - especially with live coal loads as an operating interest.

     I also decided - in the name of operational interest - to add a curved switch next to the Section House and run a short spur behind the freight house (see blue arrow). I haven't seen any evidence this actually existed, but it would make sense. Port Hood, Mabou, and Inverness received enough express freight to warrant their own separate freight sheds, whereas the other stations on the subdivision only had freight rooms as part of their stations.

     Adding this extra track will allow me to spot express or LCL loads without fouling up the only track into or out of the whole yard.

Inverness Yard v2.0

     The other aspect of changing turnout sizes is that it tightens up the spacing between ladder tracks, thus allowing me to narrow parts of my benchwork. Now some of you may be wondering why I would want to do that, and the reason is to add a peninsula in the center of the room.

     The room that the layout is currently being designed to fit in, is 10' wide and 24' long. If I can limit a couple sections of benchwork to 12" wide or less, I should be able to squeeze in the 30" diameter balloon required at the end of the peninsula.

     Besides, if you look at this Google satellite map of Glencoe, you'll see an almost perfect peninsula. The orange line on the map shows you where the old Inverness Subdivision Right-Of-way is located, and the old train station would have been located somewhere within the blue square.

     If I zoom this in for you a little more, the purple square frames the Glencoe Hall, where many a wedding reception has taken place and I've even been to a couple. I have to think Glencoe Station was located opposite the Hall next to the R-o-W, but I have yet to find any evidence to support that theory.


          The last adjustment I made was to add a switch to the end of the last classification track so that it is now double-ended and not stub-ended. It's shown here with the black arrow:

     I still have a few more details to work out yet, like where the coaling tower and water tower belong. They're conspicuously missing, given that the ash pit is marked on the inbound service track. I also find it interesting that the scale and the scale house were included on the c1919 drawing. I suppose the logical place for them would be in the immediate vicinity of the coal bunker that serviced the stoves in the passenger cars, or just to the left of the ash pit. Drop me a line if you have any ideas.

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