Thursday, July 16, 2015

Post Crusade - Project Updates

Now that I have completed my rant series on freight traffic actually having real meaning, I'll return to documenting some completed projects.

My Old ConCor RDCs have returned to their home rails after being decaled for their home road by friend Bob (Ntrainz1).

The local commuters are thrilled!
M409 & M413 glide into Woodbury

Woodbury station area

Commuters returning home through Westville

Edith Avenue in North Woodbury

I got tired of taking pictures of the north end of the rail yard that had a mauve (?, I am somewhat color blind) wall background. My wife wouldn't let me paint the 4th loft wall sky blue because it would clash with the downstairs colors, so I added a "sky blue backdrop". I got one of those school presentation boards from AC Moore, cut it in half vertically, and painted it my sky color. Naturally painting only one side warps the board so it spent some days under weights. I added a 1"x3" lip under the edge of the 3/4" plywood base and then used a 1"x4" board to sandwich the presentation board to the end of the layout. Naturally it was the layout end over the steps so I had to use one of those very heavy ladders that contort to 26 different position. Not elegant but functional and a reasonable cost solution.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Woodbury and Beyond

Although my Camden yard folks will argue with me, I think Woodbury is the heart of the layout. Although not much industry is there, everything came together here. It was the junction of 3 branches that spread across South Jersey. The main line was directed towards Millville and Vineland to the east. The Penns Grove / Deepwater branch followed the Delaware River to the south. This branch grew into the largest traffic generator as it serviced refineries and chemical plants along the Delaware River.  A third branch in the middle went into the rich farmlands in Elmer and Salem. New Jersey had a well-earned reputation as the "Garden State" and it fed vegetables and produce far beyond the Campbell Soup plant in Camden.

A wye connected the Salem and Penns Grove branches with a small yard in the middle. Salem trains used to terminate at Woodbury and drop their cars in the yard to be picked up by trains returning to Camden from the other 2 branches. At one time there was some sort of icing facility in the Woodbury yard but I have yet to uncover any pictures of it. The farms all needed iced reefers (in 1950s mechanical reefers were just beginning to show up) so it gives a big excuse to add operational interest.

Before you arrive in Woodbury, North Woodbury has 2 sidings. One for the Hollaway Lumber Co and another for a pipe company. The pipe company was later replaced with Cornell Steel, a steel fabricating business. I still haven't decided which will be the permanent resident of that siding.
North Woodbury; Cornell Steel and Hollaway Lumber
Woodbury had a bottling plant, a cement mixing spur and a furniture factory spur. I only modeled the bottling plant. The station itself had multiple team tracks to service the Acme food stores and a potato packing plant. Beyond Woodbury (and beyond the actual layout) were all sorts of farms and industries (DuPont, Sunoco, Oil, Shell Chemical) to generate a myriad of service requests.
Woodbury looking west
South Woodbury looking east; Bottling plant on left; yard between Millville and Penns Grove / Salem branches
There was not enough room to incorporate the wye but the small yard will see a lot of action since all the reefers headed for farm country will be stopping there for icing. Any local cars that need to be spotted on the northbound return trip can be dropped in the yard and picked up on the way back.

So I rest my case: the railroad, both real and modeled, exist to service customers and that should be its focus.