At the deep end of the hole lies Maxum Petroleum (formerly Ranier Petroleum), a petroleum products distributor. Maxum is switched two to three times a week. There is room to spot 27 cars on these tracks, but there is usually less than 10. There are three tracks East, Center and West.

I measured the frogs and I’ve found my smallest one to date, the #7 frog that switches the the east and center tracks. It’s a 84″ long by 12″ wide bolted rail frog. Further north is a #10 frog turnout that switches between the West and East/Center Tracks.

Oct 282012
 October 28, 2012  Posted by Greg Amer at 3:14 am , , , , ,
May 242012

I’ve been plugging away at finishing the desk and closet. It’s been a good way to stay inside while the weather has been rainy.

  • The big chore was wiring the closet raceways.
  • After wiring I added the lighting; a closet light (for low level lighting while using the computer); day lights; and night lights.
  • I added shelves below the desk. They are mounted on angle brackets. I still need to add edge tape to the front of the shelves. The shelves will store magazines, railroad books and miscellaneous computer stuff.
  • I drilled a hole for computer wires to go from above the desk to below the desk. Mounted a power supply below the desk.
  • I mounted a shelf bracket to the east side of the layout deck. This forces the layout deck back to level.
  • I also cut a larger hole from the main layout to the closet.

I still need to cut, paint and install a back board around the desk. And I still need to make some minor touch ups. But the desk area is mostly complete and I think I can move my computer back into the closet and get rid of this crappy old desk I’ve been using.


Apr 172012



There are quite a few campers, camp trailers and motor homes in the area. I’ll probably model one like the one above.

Some other campers.



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Jan 082012
Track Plan - Industrial Lead 13

Industrial Lead 13

Track Plan Updates
  • Moved Franz Bakery to the west side.
  • Moved the yard to the west side.
  • Rearranged Cargill turnout.
  • Rerranged PCC turnout.
  • Added a smll runaround.
  • Added industry Seaport Steel.
  • Added industry Terinal 115
  • Moved all shelves in to 18″ or 16″.
  • Eliminated Seattle Pottery.


Instead of detailing each iteration of the track plan, I’ve skipped ahead to Track Plan #13. This does stray some from the prototype track arrangements, but I think it’s as honest as can be given the space and desired industries.

I’ve added a runaround and two additional industries to make it more challenging. Seaport Steel is located on the South Leg of the West Seattle WYE. It takes falt cars with steel plates and shapes. Terminal 115 is located in West Seattle, at the end of the Avenue. It takes a lot of random specialty loads; including flat cars with machinery, flat cars with pipes.

I’ve decided it’d be best to keep the shelves under 18″. I had planned on modelling Seattle Pottery on the North side of the Hole tracks, but I decided it would be difficult to couple and uncouple cars with this building in the way. I still have PCC logistics in front of the tracks, but I think I’m willing to live with the difficulty of coupling and uncoupling here, because I ‘ll be mostly pulling and spotting the entire track at once.

I’ve moved the yard so it is next to Seattle lighting and moved the Odom Lead to function as an actual lead track. I think this arrangement gives me the optimum storage space and switching realism. In real life there is no yard and the Odom Lead is adjacent to Seattle Lighting and stubs out at Hanford Street.


Track Plan 03

 Posted by Greg Amer at 2:21 pm  Track Plan  No Responses »
Jan 052012
Track Plan - Industrial Lead 03

Track Plan - Industrial Lead 03

Track Plan Updates

I’ve refined the plan to incorporate an Odom Lead Spur, a runaround. It’d be nice to have a little extra operational opportunity) , an extra industry and moved PCC Logistics North. I’ve added more detail and labels to the plan.


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