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    Default Logan Valley

    I'll try this. The first pictures will be an overview of the layout. It's not a large layout, but as I have mentioned, I really enjoy switching, and this is what the layout was built for.
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    The first picture is what I call Gallatin Junction (Gallatin Gateway) which is at one end of the line. The main line is on the lower left of the picture, which head to hidden staging, and also connects to Logan, at the other end of the layout. The second picture has Gallatin Junction in the foreground, and the town of Churchill in the distance. The third picture is overlooking the yard and engine facilities at Gallatin Junction, and the town of Anceny is in the distance against the far wall. The main line then comes into Churchill and then down grade to Logan. In the foreground of the last picture is an area that will be a lumber mill.

    I'll add more pictures to this post shortly.

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    Amazing, great work and thank you for sharing it!
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    Wonderful job, Montanan, as with all your posts.

    The large poles on the rail cars looked like Ponderosa pine to me. It is neet to see the different diameter materials, just like a real load would look...


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    Looks great! I'm curious about your backdrop-how'd you do it? Also, how high is the ceiling? Is the railroad the NP or the Logan Valley?

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    Very nice! Looks pretty large to me and very nicely done.
    Gary B

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    The backdrop has been around for years, Walthers "Instant Horizons". I think they have been up for over 20 years. I have to get some more to complete the layout as you will see in furure posts. The ceiling is seven and a half feet high. I did lower the drop ceiling so I could put the fluorescent fixtures in.

    The railroad is a freelance railroad. I grew up with relatives working on both the Northern Pacific and the Milwaukee Road, but didn't have enough room to do either railroad justice. The Logan Valley is a short line/branch line railroad. It connects to the NP at the town of Logan, and to the Milwaukee Road at Gallatin Gateway. I had a real good friend who passed away years back and we worked our freelanced railroads together. His road, the Gallatin Canyon and Western connected with the Logan Valley at Gallatin Gateway and went south to West Yellowstone, MT where it connected with the Union Pacific. He had the whole lower level of a building for his layout. Southbound traffic from the NP would be pulled out or Logan, MT to Gallatin Gateway, where the GC&W would take the train south. By connecting to both the NP and the Milwaukee Road, I have the opportunity to have power from both of these railroads show up in my railroad.

    Besides being a bridge line, the Logan Valley serves 4 towns. A railroad need a reason to exist, so by serving these towns, more freight is generated. I tried to tie as many industries together as possible. Cattle loading pens take cattle to a meat packing plant, and meat then heads t either the Milwaukee Road or the NP to points beyond. Lumber from a small logging spur takes timber to a lumber mill (still to be built) and then lumber to industries on the Logan Valley and also points beyond. Grain elevators haul grain to a flour mill in Logan, and then to points beyond.

    This was built as a switching layout and local switching will keep you busy for hours. A switching problem is at every town (on purpose). Instead of having the main line loop through the layout numerous times, the main line passes through the layout only one time, leaving precious real estate for towns and industries to detail. I model the area where I live and with the knowledge of the area was able to come up with a workable plan. The towns are larger than the real ones, but in my freelance world, these towns could have grown with the industries and jobs thanks to the railroad.

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    Hereare a few more pictures showing the rest of the layout, which is finally moving to completion of the main line. I chose to use code 70 rail in HO because I personallt think the lower profile track looks better, especially for a short line railroad. I started hand laying the track, but yeas ago my Kadee spike gun took a dump for the last time and it was extremely difficult to get any code 70 track and turnouts. Thanks to the many e retailers that have come on line in recent years, I have finally been able to get the Shinohara track I needed.

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    After passing through the town of Churchill, it passes the Van Dyke farm and drops down grade in the last two pictures into the Logan, where the locomotive is, or diverges to the left and through the tunnel portal to hidden staging tracks, which also connect to Gallatin Gateway. Trains can also run continuously using the staging tracks. Usually freight cars will be taken from either of the yards and made into trains that would be taken off to either the Milwaukee Road or NP to points beyond.
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    This is the last town on the layout, Logan. It of course is under construction. Unfortunately, it's not progressing as fast as I would like. Too much going on in the summer. We have some of the background buildings assembled, along with some of the businesses in town. A roundhouse and turntable have been started, and some of the building kits for the engine servicing area. The coaling tower had to be modified to fit. The tracks to the turntable haven't been permanently set yet as I am waiting to complete all of the necessary buildings and facilities so the placing can be set so the tracks won't have to be moved. Progress will hopefully improve as winter comes.

    I'll go from one end of the railroad to the other in future posts showing some of the industries and go from one end of the layout to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoker View Post
    Great layout. Really well thought out and executed. I love it up there in MT. I spent a couple summers working outside the park in Wapiti WY, and wandered around all of that area gold prospecting. I should have filed a claim in a spot where I was having some luck up by Cooke City, they probably would have bought me out when that big operation went in there a few years back. Enjoyed a memorable Fourth of July in Red Lodge one year, it snowed even! Well, at least I don't have to shovel sunshine all winter down here in AZ where I am these days and the water doesn't get solid on me when I am trying to pump it through my gear either. Keep your pressure up and your sand dry!
    Just make sure that your A/C is working and cranked up. A good excuse to work on the layout. Stay inside in a nice cool train room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoker View Post
    ...That is $200 a month train budget, right?
    That is until the wife wants a new hair-do, purse, shoes......
    Playing at expert again!!
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