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Old 10-09-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
irontodd
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Eastern Plains - Holyoke, Idalia and Towner (EPHIT) Branch

Holyoke, Idalia, and Towner are all towns in the eastern plains of Colorado. In real like, they spread about 180 miles apart, but I'm calling them neighbors. I'm not going to be modelling these towns in "fact" but rather in name only. Their names simply allow me to have a general concept (and a fun name for my line, pronounced "Eff-it")


The plains of Colorado are generally flat, with some mild rolling hills, and the winds can really pick up, which gives this rise to the planned wind farm.

In my version of Colorado, Amtrak has seized an opportunity to connect North Platte, NE to Albuquerque, NM, and this route passes through Idalia. This route more easily allows passengers from places like Chicago and Milwaukee to reach the southwest part of America.

Idalia is named for Mr. Jack Daniel Idalia, a cattleman who owned a ranch near the town site. the main business in Idalia is still cattle based, with meat, milk and leather products as their main commodities. Residents of Holyoke and Towner commute into Idalia via rail or car to their jobs at the Dairy, Tannery, and Slaughterhouse.

The current rail plan looks like this:


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Old 10-09-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Table

I hope to add some pictures of the constructino of my table/baseboard. I just have to find them. I began construction in February 2016, and used Plywood grid with L-Legs at the corners. One interesting challenge is that I had to build my table with keeping in mind that my son has his own train sets and a boatload of track. I spent a few weekends assembling the table my top height is 4' (48") off the floor, and his takes up the same footprint and sits at about 30". (he's 5 so it works, we can sit on some chairs and run our operations on his table, and mine is a workable height, pretty good visually and pretty good for construction and operation.

Ill edit this post with photos once I locate them.




Drilling the cross members


4x4 square


Framework


Gusseting the modules


Laying out the plywood


In place


Getting the lower level installed for my son's trains

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Old 10-09-2016, 01:17 PM   #3
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I started laying roadbed and a bit of track over the past week and a half.










Here's a quick video of my process
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:23 PM   #4
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very interesting layout. Lots of continuous running
track routes. You will also enjoy some very challenging
switching operations. Nicely designed.

By all means post your as built in our LAYOUTS OF MEMBERS
thread in the Layout Design Forum.

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Old 10-09-2016, 05:05 PM   #5
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I may have followed the track wrong but I don't think you need the auto reversing sections.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:05 PM   #6
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I may have followed the track wrong but I don't think you need the auto reversing sections.
Don helped me confirm earlier this year during my design phase. The crossovers in front of (below in the image) the main central yard necessitate the AR sections. Thanks for checking though redman

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Old 10-23-2016, 01:01 PM   #7
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10/23 Update

Hi guys (and gals?) Here's a 8 - 9 minute update on my progress so far, highlighting my mainline track running.

and a few still shots






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Old 10-24-2016, 03:10 AM   #8
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Very well thought out track plan and some nice track work as well.
Looking forward to more updates.

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Old 10-24-2016, 07:42 PM   #9
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I realized I never thanked Don for his feedback so thanks Don! Thanks also to Magic. I appreciate your comments

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Old 10-25-2016, 08:57 AM   #10
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Irontodd, I LOVE your track plan - it is very well thought out and has lots of nice curves and switching action! Is this an N Scale layout? I think it is by the pics but not 100% sure...
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