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  • Awesome! glad ur better!
    Philip

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    • Kyle,

      Liking the latest plan, lots of operating potential and scenery.
      Ron Newby

      General Manager

      Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

      http://cvry.ca

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      • Thanx Larry C, thanx Phillip, and Ron;
        Gonna start removing the bldgs., rolling stock, locomotives and trees; along with all the loose scenery and the bridges and abutments so I can truly say I've begun the destruction part of the re-configuration. That's always been weird how when they start to build/rebuild a highway the signs always say CONSTRUCTION, when really all they're doing is a whole lotta DESTRUCTION. They don't ever get to the CONSTRUCTION part till you start to wonder if the DESTRUCTION part is ever gonna end. Then when it finally does, it doesn't seem like any time has passed at all till they're tearin' it up again!!!!! Oh well, I'll try to document all the upheaval and mayhem as I go merrily along slingin' saw and chisel, hammer and prybar, till all the dust settles and a new clear clean palette is before me. As always, thanx for any criticism, ideas, suggestions, raspberries, comments, or witty repartee.

        KYLE CREEL
        SUPT./GM BCRR

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        • Wouldn't 'cha know it, I messed around and had a week long re-boot of that crap I've had for 4 weeks. Oh well; today I feel 100% for the first time since the first week in January. And there's more good news; I don't have to make the RR any smaller. Management says she doesn't think it really takes up THAT much room, so go ahead and fix whatever I need to. WOW, I don't know if she just felt sorry for me 'cause I was sick or what, but I ain't asking any unneeded questions, just get busy before she comes to her senses or something. I decided to take the opp0rtunity and build something I always wondered what it would be like to build. I'm gonna leave the 4x8 section as it is and just like ancient civilizations I'm a gonna build another RR right on top of it. YEP! I'm gonna remove all the trees, bridges and abutments, and bldgs., and then install supports for the new plywood decking to be attached to. The plywood will have all the areas where scenery "pokes up" cut out so that all I need to do is blend the new in with the old. All the new trackwork will also be installed before the new 'layer' is put into place. This means that one side will have a large marvelous 15 to 18 inch deep by 2 foot wide ravine with a 32 inch long bridge (that's already built) spanning it. Dilapidated will be on the opposite side and have a 54" passing siding along with its' normal two 14" stub sidings. On the 'ravine side' will be Scavenger along with some really interesting and cool bridge and track configurations. Along with all that (wait there's more) I'll still be able to add the balloon track, roundhouse, and all the other stuff I was gonna build at the Blackrock end. On another note; whilst I was going through some boxes during my convalescence, I found 5 track plan drawings; 3 more for different versions of the Grizzly & Dilapidated, and some others for some ideas I had rolling around in my head should I decide not build the G&D. Anyways, I'll post them here for your amusement should anyone care to peruse through them and maybe steal some idea or inspiration, while I put pencil to paper and do the new, above mentioned 'archaeologically inspired' track plan for the new and improved BCRR!
          Thanx so much for your indulgence,

          KYLE CREEL
          SUPT./GM BCRR
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          • Kyle,

            Good to hear your feeling better.
            When you gonna settle down and build? You can sell the plans as art. They do look really good!

            Scott

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            • Kyle, glad you're feeling better and congratulations on the land acquisition.

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              • Kyle,

                Relapse . . . ugh!!

                I enjoy seeing your freehand layout plans. That's the kind of thing my dad could have done; he had training in commercial art.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • Kyle hope your "still on the mend" as my Grandfather used to say. I agree with some of the others your layout plans are excellent and very artsy.
                  "You're brave man Gunggadin" with your approach to the new/rebuilt layout. I'll have to watch this...should be good!!
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • Kyle, wishing you continued health improvement. Congratulations on the new layout. ~mike

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                    • Kyle glad your up and about!!

                      Sounds like your going to have your hands full over the winter months.

                      Looking forward to it.
                      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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                      • OK, here we go!
                        THANX Jerry, Mike, Larry C., Mike H., Rick, and Scott.
                        Now down to business. I've gotten final approval from mgt., so this weekend I'll start policing up the area, and begin the task of removing the parts that will have to removed to facilitate the addition of the new 'layer'. I think 1 sheet of 1/2" plywood should do, as I only need to use it for trackage and right of way and areas for Scavenger and Dilapidated. I'll not go into all the build details, as I covered them in my last entry and there's no need to bore ya'll with it again. There are some significant changes though. The balloon track at Blackrock is gone because I just couldn't justify taking that much space, and the std. gauge interchange track will just be a short section of track positioned next to the yard tracks. Also the caboose track and MOW track will be side by side where the std. gauge track was located on the last version. I will also be able to fit my roll-top desk/workbench under Blackrock, thereby freeing up a little more floor space. The turntable addition at Blackrock will only need to be 30" deep and 4' long. There will also be a 3 stall roundhouse instead of 4, and I'll repurpose the old single stall engine shed into a car repair shop. Even with all the modifications, I'll still have plenty of space for all the current loco roster. Considering the reduction in construction costs and time (my back was sooooo glad to learn of the changes) spent 'destructing' the old layout, I'm even more excited to begin. Here's the new design, I'll post pics of the work along the way. As always suggestions and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

                        KYLE CREEL
                        SUPT./GM BCRR


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                        • Kyle hoping your still feeling well. Your track plan looks well thought out and you certainly know what
                          you want and don't want. Will be following along and getting inspired. Good luck and 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 for checkin' in, and thanx to all of you for the well wishes..OK, I skipped the policing up part and went straight for the jugular! DESTRUCTION TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's a few shots of the area as I was mocking up the new track configuration, and destroying the side of the mountain at Scavenger. I love it when a plan (on paper) looks great; and then you get to building it and it works pretty much exactly like the picture! I only have to make 1 change; and that's from a 60 degree crossing to a 45. No problem. Oh well here's some shots of the damage and luckily no one was hurt. Keep those cards 'n letters comin'.

                            KYLE CREEL
                            SUPT./ GM BCRR

                            The first 4 are pre-destructo mockups; The rest are post-destructo mockups.

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                            Last edited by kyle_creel; 01-29-2022, 02:57 PM.

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                            • And the shots just keep coming..........

                              here's the junk to be 'policed up' ie. trashed; followed up by some shots of the scavenger area mocked up with the bridge in its' new position. It will be at a higher (about 1 1/2" to 2") elevation, as will the whole area, but this gives ya'll an idea of what it will look like...........sort of.......

                              KYLE CREEL
                              SUPT./ GM BCRR

                              The first 2 are the junk, next is the hole in the mountain, followed by 3 shots of what the 'patch' will sorta look like, then the current position of the bridge and the future position of the bridge. A nice wide ravine will be located where that C-16 now sits.

                              More to come........

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                              • Kyle, I know it will look nice when finished, but it hurts the heart to see such a beautiful layout cut up. ~mike

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