...or "How Bernie Got His Landing Back. "
|A foggy sunrise at the front. One final photo before the WWI layout heads up to the B&O Museum.|
|The Cambrai diorama safely loaded in Dan's vehicle|
Dam Toomey and Travis Harry from the B&O Museum came by today to pick up the Battle of Cambrai WWI railroad diorama. The diorama is fully described in my book, "Model Railroads Go to War." The diorama will be part of the B&O Museum display on the U.S. participation in WWI. The B&O Museum has one of the French friendship boxcars. Hopefully this diorama will help them enhance their exhibit. I am looking forward to seeing it on display.
|Dan and Travis pose by the cleared peninsula|
As I discussed in previous posts, I would like to convert the peninsula to a turn back loop. The problem is that I really need to make the loop track with as large a radius as possible to accomdate my O Scale locos. While 28 inches is possible, 30 or more is much better both visually and operationally. (O scale modelers of modern standard gauge would be shocked by such a small radius. That is the nice thing about modeling the ACW in O scale. It's really like designing an HO layout.)
|Mocking up the loop track. CINCHOUSE thinks this point is too narrow |
and she is much thinner than most of my RR friends.
|Mock-up with bumps on both sides of the peninsula|
The main drawback to this layout with the turn back loop and ridge is that to make the Aquia Landing landing fully functional, I would have to take out PoLA and build the Aquia wharf in its place.
However, If I build the landing on the existing peninsula like in Option 1, then the USMRR and PoLA could coexist. So if I go with the Option 4 then what to do with PoLA is the next decision. I can foresee three possibilities: sell it off in whole or by parts, convert to a FREMO module set or build as a shelf layout in my office. Hmmm, it's good to have options.
I have a few weeks to think about this as I have to finish up the custom model (which is nearly done and will be delivered this Saturday), and I finish the Borax factory on PoLA. But it is good to start thinking about and start work on the Aquia Line again.
|Concept sketch of how the peninsula would look. The ridge is high enough to block my view across it.|