Monday 13 November 2023

Long overdue update

After our last operating session on the GC&SF I decided that it was time for me to finally tackle a job I've been putting off for too long - finishing the river and bridge scene between Big Canyon and Gene Autry. I originally thought that it might take me about two months to get that job done, but then I started having second thoughts about which bridges and abutments to use. And then, well ... there was a lot of 'scope creep'.

Long story short, I'm still working on it. 

Here are some progress pics showing how things look today.

This is a mock-up of the Big Canyon quarry. The hole is where the water pond
will be. I still have more structures and vehicles to add.

The Big Canyon quarry, with the Washita River running along side the
ATSF main track.

The ATSF main track follows the Washita River past the quarry, and then crosses to
the other side of the river. The bridge abutments are in place but the bridge won't
be installed until after the river 'water' is poured.
The bridge abutments and pylons. I'm hoping that once the trees and shrubs are
installed they will screen the place where the river meets the backdrop.

I am currently working on making several of the turnouts DCC friendly before I install pushrods under them. That's going to be a bit challenging as the pushrods will be several inches lower than the turnouts, but I have a few ideas. Then I'll add more detail to the river bed before I pour the epoxy 'river'. I'm hoping to have the bridges and track installed by January so we can get back to operations.


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