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Reading Lines GP35 #3647

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Town Names from the real Reading Area...

In a major milestone the JL&T Railroad has had its functional town names added.  I have to paint a little picture about how this came about so here we go...
For those following along with our build you may recall that I have defined the layout as being proto-freelanced and somewhere in the era of the 70's to late 80's (loosely).  The layout and its areas where to be purely fictional, but the railroads servicing it were somewhat prototypical (they actually existed), and I must highlight the word "somewhat" as the RDG has been allowed to live on in my little world past its Conrail takeover date.
So when I decided to change the intermodal terminal to a Paper & Pulp Mill I didn't actually realise but I was making a very good decision for later on when looking at naming towns for the eventual addition of operations & signaling.
One of the issues I faced when deciding to make the layout a purely switching layout and having regular ops sessions was that I needed to have named towns for it all to come together.  I didn't really think about naming them after specific towns because well the layout was never going to be truly prototypical in that respect.  But along came the decision to add detection & signals, so I decided to look further into it.
One of the caveats for naming the towns was that it had to be an area in Reading Lines, Conrail & Chessie System Country.  It also had to have a Paper & Pulp Mill near it, a place to interchange between RDG & Chessie System as well as working in with Conrail too.
I also wanted a portion to allow point to point traveling between two yards representing two major areas with RDG/CR territory and Chessie System territory too.  Hey not to hard right?  I also decided to add it needed a river crossing (as I have one between decks) and to top it all off I wanted to have Reading, Pa as a town in there as a homage to the Reading Lines/Reading Company era that the layout is based on.
So over the last two weeks I have been attached to Google searching Google maps and looking for areas that would suit all of the above givens & druthers I have placed on this project.  And to my surprise I have managed to pull it all off......
So below are the two main system maps that I have been using to figure it all out:
Reading Lines - System Map...
Chessie System (WM) - System Map...

So for those that know the history or the area the RDG & Chessie System (WM) would have interchanged at Shippensburg & Lurgan, so I now had my interchange sorted between two of the RR's on the layout.  Now upon some further research I was able to find that not far from the interchange area there was a Paper & Pulp Mill at York Haven in Pa, so I now had the P&PM sorted and geographically located on the layout.
Next stage was to add the remaining Reading Lines towns along the system and sort out the yard names for the staging and classification yards.  So after a few hours today I've managed to get the map populated with all the towns, I also have one of the yards named and only have the engine servicing facility to name after I do some more research.
So here is the JL&T Railroad - System Map...
Feedback is most welcome and any links to these areas or photos would be greatly appreciated too.
Jas...

Wiring Tortoise Motors & Fascia Push Buttons to a SE8C...

So this is what a Digitrax SE8C looks like with all the wiring from the Tortoise Motors & Fascia Push Buttons connected...


The above SE8C was wired by Noel Purdy one of dedicated and crazy (because he enjoys wiring) wiring crews.  The fascia push button leads are quite long as this allows us to place them in the middle of this section of fascia, once clipped up to the underside of the layout they will be trimmed to length if required.


Close up view of the connections to the SE8C, there is a colour coding standard to the madness in this photo.


First stage completed, the top terminal block has the power feeds (position 1 & 8) connected.  The clipping of the wiring loom to the underside of the benchwork is because I will have storage under the layout and I do not want anything being caught and/or ripped out if the wiring is hanging down.

Jas...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

What do you do when it's cold and raining?

More Switch Machine wiring of course...

Today I managed to route all the wiring that had been ran from the last wiring session.  Because underneath the layout will be used a storage I wanted all the wiring to be clipped to the benchwork, and it fulfils my wiring OCD...


For anyone considering adding switch machines and/or detection & signaling to your layout think long and hard about how much you like wiring.  Because there is a lot of it...


I've kept a consistent wiring methodology to the hook up of the various switch machine & push button wires back to the SE8C's.


Jas...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Industrial Models - O Scale Weathering...

Just wanted to share with you what I can only describe as the most astonishing layout, weathering & detailing I have seen to date...

Don Smith has such an amazing eye for detail, and uses real world photos for all of his weathering & detailing on his O Scale layout and it shows!



I've been looking for inspiration for our layout and the industrial scenes, and I've now found something to reference against.

Don's work can be found here on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/oscaletrains?pnref=story

And on his website here:  http://www.industrialmodels.net

Jas...

Wiring night get together...

So last Tuesday night we had another successful wiring night for the JL&T.  Noel & Dennis came over and we continued work on installing the wiring for the fascia push buttons back to the SE8C's and the wiring from the SE8C's to the Tortoise Switch Machines.


Was an extremely enjoyable night catching up over a coffee and chat and working on the wiring, we have just about finished the centre peninsula.

Hopefully after another session or two we can move onto installing the fascia's.

Jas...