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  • kyle_creel
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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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  • elwoodblues
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    Kyle,

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

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  • Philip
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    Awesome! glad ur better!

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  • Larryc
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    Kyle the new layout plan looks quite good. Looks like it been
    around for 100 years.

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  • kyle_creel
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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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  • Rick
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    Kyle, hope you're feeling much better.

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  • CNE1899
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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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  • friscomike
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    Great idea to limit inventory. Good luck! ;-}

  • Larryc
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    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.

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  • kyle_creel
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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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  • TRAINS1941
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    Looks like a good plan to me. But I think Mike has a good point on the yard.

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  • friscomike
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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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  • kyle_creel
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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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  • TRAINS1941
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    I'm sure this will work out perfectly. Can't wait to see the first pictures of the new part.

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  • Rick
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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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