The O Scale Resource

March April 2015

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The O Scale Resource March/April 2015 48 Almost a year ago, in the May/June 2014 issue of The O Scale Resource, I wrote "Filling A Space" and touched on what my plans were for the railroad. I said I was going to start at the top end of the "Widow Maker" hill where the upper level enters into a tunnel, and work my way down and around. I had this idea while sitting and looking at all that needed to be done on the layout. I thought that if I started at one end and worked my way around, I would be able to make some order out of the chaotic mess that lay before me. With that thought in mind, my first step was to build a tunnel. Now, let me state right off that I am an expert at nothing. I look at articles in other railroad publications, look at YouTube videos and talk to other modelers. I'll extrapolate all this information into something I want to try. I have a tendency to go head long into it, sometimes with cataclysmic results, but most of the time it works. Before telling you about the tunnel, I need to mention the track heading into the tunnel. When I built that part, I laid the switch on level ground, and then went back to the grade leading into the tunnel. It was a very steep shot based on the fact that the hole in the brick wall was there, and that was what I had to aim for. That's one of the reasons why the "Widow Maker" is a 4.5% grade. When I built this track into the wall, I thought I could hide this unrealistic "bump" behind trees or something. Every time I looked at this area, I cringed. People at open houses looked at it, and I made many excuses for not fixing the area when I first built it. I do a lot of that – build something that is not quite right, and then ignore it for a while. I always go back and fix it later, but of course, that takes more time and trouble than if I had done it right the first time. So, while I was here, I decided to finally fix the problem. "Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes." Lewis Grizzard Above left shows the top of the "Widow Maker". On the right, is the bend around and over the washer and dryer where the coal mine will be placed. On the far right, you can see the end of the castings we featured back in the November/December 2013 issue of the O Scale Resource. Within the mine area, there will be a run around track off the mainline using switches already in place (located at points 1 and 2 above), as well as, a siding to the mine using the new switch we built in the May/June 2014 issue of The O Scale Resource, By Dan Dawdy

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