As we close out 2014, I can look back at a great deal accomplished on my HO-scale SP Cascade Line. I got the middle core of the railroad into operation. As expected, those operations pointed to a few track and rolling stock issues, but otherwise confirmed a sound foundation for the railroad. Important as well was the development of the local freight operating scheme, in particular adding a second Springfield switcher.
With the operating core of the railroad settling into functionality, I began expanding beyond that core. Roadbed and track was extended up from Oakridge to the first mountain siding (station) at McCredie Springs. I also began the upper level over this area with Cascade Summit. October and November saw a major milestone: construction and elevation of the roadbed panels for Crescent Lake. The twelve-track staging yard in a reverse loop has been laid at Crescent Lake. Construction literally is downhill from here.
I wish I could report great accomplishments for December. Such is not the case. Occasionally in the life of a project one hits a proverbial “brick wall.” Such has been my case for the past month. Between breaks for the holidays and family activities, I have made little visible progress. Some of this has been “think time,” but much has been taking a break.
I did begin moving the mountain of moving and storage boxes from the basement east wall. This will clear the way for roadbed for the mountain grade connecting McCredie Springs to Cascade Summit. My lifetime accumulation of rolling stock does get in the way at times! Slowing the box moving process is that I have been opening each box to confirm contents listed on the box ends. Several interesting surprises greeted me with equipment I had lost track of.
Boxing Day (December 26) along the basement east wall. This is the area of the remaining mountain grade.
As we recover from various injuries and general exhaustion from the holidays, we wish all a Happy New Year!
August 2015 and the NMRA National Convention in Portland are approaching rapidly!