It’s been a busy few months of 2016. Between working a temporary job, traveling to attend college graduations of four family members, and publishing weekly blog posts here and on the Resin Car Works blog, I haven’t worked much on my own layout. Work and travel have ended, to it’s time for the annual layout task survey.
The layout has been operating monthly but upgrades are needed in a few areas. The freight house mock up needs to progress. I’d like to feature this as a complete structure so crews can’t look in to see car marks and numbers.
Two locos are the usual power but neither reflect a Baltimore & Ohio prototype. A brass 2-8-0 is on hand that follows proper details of a B&O E-24 class locomotive used around the Wheeling area in 1926. A digital command control (DCC) decoder needs to be installed in the model then paint, lettering, and weathering will be applied. This is a sweet running loco so I should move this along to service.
A Roundhouse 0-6-0 switcher kit was bought a couple of years ago. The model represents a Southern Pacific prototype but can reflect a B&O D-7 class loco by adding and altering a few details. It won’t be perfect but will be close. The model will need a new motor, and possibly gears, before a DCC decoder is installed. This switcher project is more involved, but it needs to be built.
When I moved the layout sections into the current space in 2013, there was a mishap. One rail was caught on part of my SUV interior and the rail pulled away from the ties. I can fix this by soldering PC board ties to the rails. Long time readers know how much I dislike soldering but a lengthy track has never been used for an operating session. I need to suck it up and get this done.
Additional freight cars for the 1926 era are always needed. There are 95 cars in service but 15 cars reflect prototypes built after my 1926 focus year. More of these need to be replaced this year. The upcoming Accurail 36-foot box cars will push many of the later prototype models to storage. Several resin kit freight cars will be added to the fleet, too. All of these new freight cars will be welcome, especially if the previous discussed track is fixed and brought into service for additional car spots. I know my op session crews will be sooooo excited to see another track in service.
That sums up the main goals for the Wheeling Freight Terminal in 2016. There are a mix of easy and difficult tasks, and each one offers a visible improvement upon completion. I guess I had better get moving on these things.
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