November 25, 2009

Updated Track Plan

I did some work refining the modified track plan. Here it is. You can find a higher resolution version by clicking here.


The turn back curve will be 30 inch radius. I made a mock up of the curve with cardboard and decided that punching through the wall into the HVAC closet will create the best scene.

I also updated this drawing with the as-built configuration of track and bridges. The big bridge at Potomac Creek is about 50 percent complete.

I like the fact that I can model a town in this design. In this case, the town will be Brooke. In actuality there was just a church and perhaps a store there. But I plan to add a mill, tavern and a couple houses.

I will depict the town as largely abandoned and now occupied by the Union Army. The blacksmith will be a Union operation for repair of wagon, horse shoes, etc.

The first photo illustrates the mill scene. Since it will be toward the rear of the scene, I may try some selective compression on the structure.

I can't remember where this mill was actually located, but I believe it was someplace in eastern Virginia.




The foreground items shown in the plan at Aquia Landing are piles of supplies such as lumber, barrels, artillery pieces and military stuff. I also read that Haupt had prepared several prefabricated truss bridges for use in the planned drive on Richmond. So I will need to have several of those laying about ready for action.





The Aquia Landing area will be considerably reduced. Fortunately, there should be room for a nice harbor scene. Most of the structures on land will end up being flats. The second photo is about what I hope the building flats at Aquia Landing will look like. Note the track buried in the dirt. A high resolution copy of this photo is available from the Library of Congress. I love to study the details in all the various uniforms and dress of the men depicted in the photo.


The current church at Brooke looks like this, but I am not sure it was there during the 1860s.







5 comments:

  1. Bernie,
    A) Looks great & can't wait to come & see your progress.
    B) I'm 5 miles from Brooke Church and let me know if you want me to find out more about it, or take updated pixes...
    Norm

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  2. First we need to find out if the church was there in 1863. If it was, what did it look like.

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  3. Great update, Bernie. I think the town adds a bit more visual interest and much-needed distance between endpoints.

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  4. Bernie,
    Looks really good. I like how you've chosen to balance a variety of interesting operational possibilities with the scenery. Looking forward to watching this one progress.

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  5. Nice.. I remember a while back when you were debating how to handle the tail of the wye in the old spot. I guess once you get used to the idea of punching into the workroom.. it gets easier to add more..

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