Pacific Idaho First Subdivision
Update 7 March 2002
A UP Extra passes through
the quietness of Kemmerer, Wyoming.
a recent extended leave, I completed the new Power Plant for Granger.
included a couple of photographs from a recent train show where some of
my equipment is running on our club n-scale layout.
I was asked by our local train shop to build a small, portable layout for
the owner to take to
- it features Kato Unitrack and Woodland Scenics.
x 3' with Add-on Staging Yard (3 x Stub End Tracks)
concept conceived in January 1999 following my purchase of the "Pocatello
Subdivision" by G. Train Video Productions. Design began in May of 1999;
with construction beginning in May of 2000.
Idaho Subdivision (now part of the Pocatello Subdivision). Locations
represent Kemmerer, Wyoming (MP 38.0), Waterfall Siding, Wyoming (MP 33.3),
Granger, Wyoming (MP 1.0), and Fossil, Wyoming (48.0)
1980s - when LoPac 2000 saw introduction and the Union Pacific still silvered
its Locomotive Fleet Truck Side frames.
to the US Army's constraints on shipping model railroads (it has to capable
of being crated and not exceeding 200 lb.), I chose a simple oval with
scenic divider down the middle. Additionally, I have added a small
three track, stub-end staging yard that allows for a more robust 12 hour
fast clock operation.
for a single MRC Control 20 Power pack - wiring consists of the KATO Unitrack
components for power distribution
L-girder support holding the layout. The layout base board is constructed
in the same manner as Model Railroader's Red Wing Division - a bed slat
design holding a two layer 3/4" extruded polystyrene sub roadbed.
The base board is light yet rigid with the polystyrene allowing creeks
- I cannot say enough about this track. Not only does its flexible
design allow you to refine your plan before a full commitment, but it provides
excellent electrical connectivity. I have not had a stalled consist
yet - even after ballast was applied. The track is super elevated
and features small transition spiral easements. While I can't run
89' TOFC/COFC cars, my All Purpose Spine Car by Alan Curtis looks excellent.
The track is ballasted with Arizona Rock & Mineral's Dark Gray (GN)
Basalt - a spot on match for the ballast in the Waterfall (Idaho) Siding
||#6 along the
Main and Yard Throats; #4 for Industries
1 mile of single track
work, track, and wiring 100%
Structures and scenery 75%
Father and Daughter love those UP Trains!
Yard: 4 x Classification Tracks; 1 x TOFC Ramp; and 1 x Caboose/MOW
Track. Engine Facility includes a Light Repair Shed (not actually
present at Kemmerer, but a loose representation of the Engine Shed at East
Yard, Los Angeles, California. Kemmerer, Wyoming: Features
a Propane Dealer, a Sugar Processing Plant, a Co-Op Grain Complex, and
a Team Track.
Wyoming: Features a coal mine and power plant - provides for loads
in and empties out operations
Contains 3 x Tracks - each capable of holding 2 Six-Axle Locomotives, 5
60' Cars, and a Caboose. Used to represent the rest of the Union
Pacific System - both Salt Lake City, Utah and Green River, Wyoming.
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