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  • October 12, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,369 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Doug Geiger, MMR Photos by the author The next highway type in this series of articles will be a gravel road. As described in Part 1, the site must be prepared such that the roadway is elevated above the surrounding terrain. Foamcor...
  • October 12, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,803 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Doug Geiger, MMR Photos by the author Characteristics of a dirt road include little drainage profile, vegetation within the tire tracks, and some ruts. Although most layouts include some form of streets or roads, few seem realistic o...
  • October 11, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 923 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Richard Vye Photos by the author At the crack of dawn, a sleepy No. 4 American class locomotive is coaxed from its engine house stall toward the first step in her daily journey the turntable. Her two ten-wheeler cousins will be next. ...
  • October 11, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 2,111 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    by Sam Swanson Photos by the author A busy summer day at the gravel producer. Newly crushed ballast has just been loaded onto the MOW flat, and gravel has been placed into the Ford pickup thats parked under the bunker. As cars and truck...
  • October 11, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,028 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Doug Geiger, MMR Photos by the author A prototype sign is painted directly onto a buildings brick surface. Cozad, Nebraska; August 2001. Signs that identify buildings can set the layout in both location and era. Large industrial comp...
  • October 10, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,675 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark Illustrations by Steve Andrews This is Chicago's Dearborn Station. In the left rear can be seen the tower at Grand Central Station with the B&O sign and clock. Across the background run tracks leading into La Salle Street Stat...
  • October 7, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 8,380 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark Amtrak's use of the former Pennsylvania coach yards at Chicago Union Station is shown in this September 1973 photo. Note the servicing platforms between the tracks. On the left is a repair track area. Much equipment is in evidence ...
  • October 6, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 2,275 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Robert A. Clark Chicago's Union Station and supporting facilities continues to epitomize the "big city" terminal complex. On the right of this photo, taken in September 1973, a Penn Central Geep switches container cars of mail into a shed that ser...
  • October 5, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 5,304 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Robert A. Clark This is usually what we think of when we think of a big city passenger terminal. We focus on the station building and the related loading platforms. We forget the backstage facilities needed to make the cars ready. Here is the rail...
  • October 4, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,170 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Doug Geiger, MMR Photos by the author Theres a hatch in this scene; can you find it? Access for model railroad layouts has always been a difficult problem. A good trackplan allows for all the track, especially turnouts, to be within ...