Layout Update 9-16-15
Track, track, track. September saw a lot of track being installed. We're almost 2/3 of the way there
and there's still a lot more to do, but its great to finally see the layout really take shape.
A view of the coal barge, dumper kick back track and car float apron. We were able to reuse some of the detail parts from the old Asbury Park layout. This is jus a temporary fitting to see how it will look later.
Here's looking back at the car float in its slip with the pilings in place.
Bob and Jules start laying out the first pieces of track to be installed.
We started with the 'ugly' home made double cross over track that connects the east bound and west bound main lines. Its actually made up of 4 switches, a 19 degree crossing and two straight filler tracks. It earned the 'ugly' name because it was not the easiest 7 pieces of track to line up and install. I re-laid this cross over 4 times before I was happy with it.
Looking east from the docks to the Jersey City terminal. The was bound mainline is in.
This is behind the dumper (big hole) and the switch to get from the mainline into the coal yard and dock track lead.
These are the two eastbound tracks heading into the Jersey City terminal. The eastbound mainline splits into two tracks, then further splits into eight tracks in the terminal.
Looking back from the terminal end. The large aluminum piece is the straight edge we used to make the track as straight as possible.
The first six tracks installed. The two longer tracks in the center will go through the station into a hidden loop. This will allow us to have continuous running during an open house.
A view from the docks back towards the six tracks in the terminal.
Backing up to the ugly double cross over. The track on the left side of the cross over is the westbound mainline that leads to Elizabethport yard.
Closer to the terminal, showing the eastbound passing siding on the right, and the westbound mainline on the left. The Elizabethport yard will be on the left of the westbound mainline.
Looking back from the terminal, tracks seven and eight have been installed. On the right, the first switches for the yard lead have been installed.
A view from over the dumper.
On the right, the switching lead for the car floats and the switch for the first float have been installed
The beginning of the switches for the coal yard and the switch for the kickback track from the dumper.