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    Okay,

    Because Tom Fassett brought up that we were using an off-topic post to discuss Galesburg and the BNSF activities there, I have started this post to please everyone.

    Sorry about posting off-topic guys.

    Jack, you have anything to add?

    Still would love to see your pics. May I recommend Atlas Right Track Software for starting to do a track plan. You do NOT necessarily have to have the space right away for a track plan. I assure you, you WILL change it again and again before you get it just right.

    If you get the software, please let me know. I have been using it for some time and can offer pointers.

    http://www.atlasrr.com



    Wolv33

    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



    Wolv33

    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html


  • #2
    Alright. Thanks. I will download it and see what I think of it. I had it once but it told me I needed a printer driver before I could use it. So I deleted it until I could get it. So I don't what the deal is. Thanks again wolv33.


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    • #3

      Jack,

      It is easy to obtain printer drivers too. Just lemme know what you need, if you DO need one.

      Would you like a copy of my track plan? It might give you an idea of the operating area of a double-wide trailer, if you seriously considered one.

      Lemme know when you have the software installed, and I will email you my track plan. Oh, I will need your email. Do you have it over at YardMaster? If not, just go ahead and email me from here. I can send you the file then. Another program that you might consider is 3rd Planit, and I will let you know how that is too. I am getting their demo software today.

      Talk to ya later.



      Wolv33

      CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

      http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



      Wolv33

      CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

      http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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      • #4
        Cool. I will let you know. thanks a lot


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        • #5

          Jack,

          So far, it looks like 3rd Planit will be getting my money in October. I do understand that Atlas is freeware, but this software runs yards around RTS. I have not delved into it deeply yet, but on the surface it looks great and does so much more that just track planning.

          This software allows you to design ANY 3D object, including non-railroad, scenery, buildings, rolling stock, automobiles and trucks (MOW trucks would be useful), motive power, signals, etc. Then it allows you to place those objects on your layout. The software also handles benchwork, scenery, water, elevation, and backgrounds. Finally, you can test run your trains on your layout, look for problems in the track design, and perform operations on your layout, before you even start to lay the benchwork.

          It goes for $99 retail, though I might be able to find a source that will sell it to me a bit cheaper.

          I will give you more feedback as I start to play with it.

          Later.



          Wolv33

          CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

          http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



          Wolv33

          CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

          http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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          • #6
            That might be the way to go. The way you described it it sounds like it has to be great software especailly able to run your railroad before you even start to build it. We might want to take this topic of software to the software forum before we get busted again.


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            • #7

              Jack and everyone,

              I got my Galesburg pics back yesterday. They are great! Got some great shots of the CB&Q E5, the BN executive F9s, a CW44-9, and some BNSF MOW vehicles. I also found the shots that were taken while cruising next to the fuel pad and diesel shop. They are kinda good, but I remembered they were taken from a moving truck, and I was not sure whether I had the right speed of film in the camera at the time or not. Some are excellent, some are not.

              I was amazed to find that in my large collection of shots, I have 3 or 4 that you can actually see the hump and cars in operation! I was like, wow! I must have used the telephoto lens that time. I do not remember doing it though. I still have a few rolls to develop, and those combined with the digital camera makes 1200 pictures I took in 2 days.

              I will post a few if you would like.



              Wolv33

              CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

              http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



              Wolv33

              CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

              http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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              • #8
                I must see the photos of the hump! Please? Please, please?

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                • #9

                  Tom,

                  I will put a couple of them up as soon as I get home from work. I do not have them here with me, and my scanner is better than the one here at work.

                  Keep in mind that these pics were taken from Thirwell Bridge, and not the hump tower. LOL!

                  Later guys.



                  Wolv33

                  CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                  http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



                  Wolv33

                  CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                  http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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                  • #10

                    Okay guys,

                    Here are the pics. I have posted three of them, and they go in this order:

                    galesburg1.jpg shows a string of cars getting ready to hit the hump.

                    galesburg2.jpg shows a hopper going down the hump, with another car in front of it on its way to the classification yard.

                    galesburg3.jpg shows another hopper at the crest and a hopper on its way to the classification yard.

                    As I stated earlier, these shots were taken on the bridge with a long-range lens, but the diesel exhaust makes it very hazy to see. Dust particles also got in the shots, since there was a lot of traffic on the bridge at that time, and the remotes underneath switching cars.


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                    Wolv33

                    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



                    Wolv33

                    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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                    • #11
                      Ah got to love the diesel fumes. Those are good shots for a long range lens though.


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                      • #12

                        Jack,

                        You can actually see what the hump-end looks like if you go to the Galesburg Railroad Museum's website. They have a link there that shows the hump and the tower in detail.

                        It must be nice to be able to get to go to that side of the yard and shoot!



                        Wolv33

                        CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                        http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



                        Wolv33

                        CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                        http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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                        • #13
                          Hey Wolv,

                          I wish i lived near a facility like Galesburg,i think i could make looking at this my favorite passtime.....

                          Have you got any more pics?

                          Erik
                          https://www.shapeways.com/shops/Ngineer

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                          • #14
                            Shoot I did not even realize they had a website. Thanks for telling me about it. That is pretty bad and I even live in Galesburg and did not even know it.


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                            • #15

                              Erik,

                              Are you kidding? I have prob 500+ pics (thirwell bridge) of the yard, and 50 or so off of 4th Street bridge, plus a few that no-one is supposed to go near. I got lucky and got an escort through the diesel shop and fuel pad on our way to thirwell bridge. I also have a few shots of the hump tower and their "no tresspassing" sign way out in the Western end of the yard.

                              Jack,

                              No biggie. I didn't know either till I did a search for the BN/BNSF's yard there.

                              I also know a couple of people that work at BNSF there in Galesburg. I just have lost contact with them in the past years. They are from Oneida.

                              Erik,

                              I don't exactly live up there anymore. I live in Missouri now. It would take me 8 hours to get up there and shoot. Hahaha! I USED to live around Galesburg in a small town called Galva. That small town has its own unique railroad history to it. Now it is just a small town that the BNSF's main to Aurora goes through. At one time Galva had 3 different RRs going through it, on the main. It also had a depot, 3 interlocking towers, a turntable, a yard, and 2 different branch lines.

                              Now I live on UP's ex-MOPAC's Sedalia sub-division. I still see trains, but they are not green and black or orange and yellow anymore...just yellow and gray, black and red, and sometimes gray, blue and yellow.



                              Wolv33

                              CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                              http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



                              Wolv33

                              CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

                              http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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