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  • Kyle just catching up again. Beautiful backdrop. A very interesting change from the original.
    It sure will be a pleasure following along in the New Year!!
    Jerry



    "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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    • Kyle Happy New Year to you as well. This looks like it's going to be a fun build, or rebuild, so I'll
      be stopping by checking your progress. Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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      • Thanx Jerry
        Thanx Larry C

        First off HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Now for the final bit of business before construction begins. I always do several sketches of the proposed track plan in pencil. Next, I choose which one will be constructed, and do a color rendition in a 1" or 1/2" scale format. If it comes out looking interesting in color, and I think no changes or very minor changes will be needed or made, then I do a larger final 1 1/2" scale rendering. This is usually the one I keep for posterity (should anyone ask or care). Sometimes I frame them and hang them in a strategic spot near the RR, or I will use push pins to attach them to the wall nearby for reference.
        Hope you like it cause HERE IT IS..........................

        Thanx for checking in,
        KYLE CREEL
        SUPT./GM BCRR

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        • Kyle,

          Final layout looks very interesting. A lot going on in that space with nice elevation changes. As I said before, love your layout sketches!

          Happy New Year!

          Scott

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          • Layout design is not a specialty of mine so I can't comment on that.
            Have fun building the layout and I will be happy to watch your progress.

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            • I'm sure this will work out perfectly. Can't wait to see the first pictures of the new part.
              Jerry



              "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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              • Evnin' gents. I have spent the last week sick as a dog with some kinda bronchial crud! NO COVID!!!!! THANK GOD but this S#&@ sucks! I oughta own stock in VICKS after as much NY QUILL I've taken. Oh well at least I've been loopy enough from it not to really care what day it is or was....... Anyways; now down to business. After much discussion with management (we all know who that is!!!!) I've decided she has a valid point. The railroad is fine just the way it is, EXCEPT the radii are too small for my brand new (and expensive) birthday, xmas, valentines' day, fathers'day present MY NEW K-27. Which is why, in part, I'm re-doing the BCRR. Now she fancys that the re-design shouldn't take up so much floor space on MY half of the garage...Point taken. In a way I was gettin' kinda bored with the look of it all, and sorta felt that the prime directive that my bud and co-conspirator MARK and I have always had was being violated. THE RAILROAD CANNOT AND SHALL NOT TAKE OVER THE MAN CAVE!!!! The cave is for playing with trains, BUT also for watching football, star trek movies, listening to music, drinking beer, eating pizza, farting and all other manner of regular guy stuff. ERGO, come up with something better. So I spent all week in my putrid condition running railroad scenes through my head, looking at John Allens' pictures of scenes from his railroad, and studying the previous plans I've come up with. After much consideration I've decided to use the following plan for the re-build.

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                I'll cut the 4x8 section in half. It will have been stripped to the wood, and the removed 4x4 section will be repositioned to the wall at BLACKROCK. Here I will have a real yard with a balloon track (like in Durango), a 4 stall roundhouse, a caboose track, a depot for the TEXAS PACIFIC & SOUTHWEST RR (std. gauge) and still have room for some bldgs. for the town. The other remaining 4x4 portion of the layout that is left in place (having also been stripped to the wood) will have corners cut off, scenery saved, repositioned and re-used and will continue with the canyon scenery all the way to the floor as it goes around the front of the section, and will taper upwards at SCAVENGER; matching the other end of the canyon scenery at the end of the long curved trestle around MT. WILSON next to GRIZZLY. I know it all sounds a little complex and possibly a little confusing, but trust me if I can get it to come together just right, it's gonna look great and I'll have so much more floor space that will really open the thing up. Whadda ya think?????????????????

                KYLE CREEL
                SUPT./GM BCRR

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                • Howdy Kyle,

                  Bummer that you were sick. Hope the crud leaves you soon.

                  I like the plan and have an observation: I would think you will need more than two tracks in the yard to store cars and build trains.

                  Persist!
                  mike

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                  • Looks like a good plan to me. But I think Mike has a good point on the yard.
                    Jerry



                    "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                    • Thanx Mike,
                      Thanx Jerry,
                      I have a method to my madness. I have just enough room in all the sidings and the yard tracks to keep all my cars. This helps me keep my inventory (how much I spend on more cars) in check. Also I'm not a real operations guy, so when I run trains I mostly just like to watch the trains go back and forth from the loop at Grizzly to the new loop at Blackrock. Since both already have or will have KATO spring loaded turnouts and auto reverse units, this allows hands free 'operation'. Otherwise I just shuttle 3 or 4 cars from one location to another. Right now I only have 18 freight cars, so the yard space and siding space is just about right. However this does remind me that I do need to add an MOW track for that equipment. Thanx for the feedback, and suggestions. IT HELPS!!!!!!!

                      KYLE CREEL
                      SUPT./GM BCRR

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                      • friscomike
                        friscomike commented
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                        Great idea to limit inventory. Good luck! ;-}

                    • Kyle first off hope your feeling much better; being sick sucks for sure. The new plan
                      looks promising and build it the way you think it'll work best for you. You're a brave
                      soul doing a rebuild....have fun and enjoy.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • Kyle,
                        Get well! I like your newest new plan, can't wait to see the rebuilding.

                        Scott

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                        • Kyle, hope you're feeling much better.

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                          • Good mornin' fellas. MIKE, LARRY, SCOTT, and RICK; Thanx so much for the comments and suggestions. I ponder them each one for its' applicable merits and try to implement whatever I can; where and when I can. I think it makes the BCRR a better RR. So I went back and added the MOW track, and labeled it and the CABOOSE track. I also labeled the area around GRIZZLY as UNDEVELOPED, even though there are a lot of buildings there currently. Locations will change as the switch from FT. COMPTON to GRIZZLY takes effect. The actual FT. COMPTON will remain but the town name will now be GRIZZLY. I will also be adding another one or two sidings to the place along with the copper topped 'witches hat' depot that has always been at GRIZZLY. I just don't know exactly where it will be located as yet. MT. WILSON has also been labeled for those who are not quite filled in on the earlier 'goings on' with the BCRR project. Some shading to highlight shadows and elevation changes was done and I also 'fooled around' with some stuff in the editing part of my computer (I really know so very little about how to use a computer) that seems to make the pictures look kinda cool, and maybe a little more interesting. OH WELL, hope it comes out OK let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                            KYLE CREEL
                            SUPT./GM BCRR

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                            • Kyle the new layout plan looks quite good. Looks like it been
                              around for 100 years.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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