Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mountain building around Grants Pass.

With the new bench work completed and the basic trackwork laid, the background mountains were the next to be tackled. Old castings were fit into place and joint compound was used to fill in the gaps. While doing this, the castings fault lines and shapes were continued into the new plaster. When the plaster was almost dry a course paint brush was used to add more texture and rock stratification.  A small stream was cut into the roadbed by the coal tipple and the roadbed for the narrow gauge track to the coal mine was worked on. The deep shaft coal mine will be reworked from the old stamping plant.

The old stamping plant will be reworked into a coal mine.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hole in the wall.

What a great name for a town. However it will be the  town of Grants Pass that will rise from the rubble of Cave Junction. More on the track plan latter. The narrowness of this area required a near vertical wall of rock. This towering cliff was erected from old castings arranged in 3 stacked rows and is only about 4 inches deep. The old background will be updated to match the new mountain ridges. The only part of the town to be depicted will be the railroad yard and 2 factories as is the case in most model railroads. Although there will be a few commercial buildings included.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The port

This is the layout for the track in the port area. The buildings are also in their approximate locations.

Friday, March 16, 2018


The interchange connects the railroad with the S.P., the N.P. and the Smith River Railway. There is a run around and a wye located there also. The interchange yard is just past the bottom of the picture.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Control panel

The back side of the main control panel. It has 4 rotary switches to select which cab is powering each of the 4 main blocks, the cab plugs and a reversing switch for the wye.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Crescent City

All the track in Crescent City is installed and wired. The actual buildings may change. This city is the end of the mainline and has a manual turntable. A small yard will hold rolling stock destined for the port or the interchange with the S.P. The branch line separates from the mainline as the tracks leave town. There will be a rotary switch, and plugs for 3 cabs.