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 , , , , ,
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.


Jan 052012
Track Plan - Industrial Lead 01

Track Plan - Industrial Lead 01

Track Plan Updates

I’ve decided to eliminate the runaround and go with a more prototypical track arrangement. Especially “The Hole”.I’ve also changed the name from the fictitious Oriental Lead to prototypical Industrial Lead.

Track Plan - Oriental Lead 1

Track Plan - Oriental Lead 1

I am designing a modern day HO industrial layout. The layout is inspired by my experiences railroading in Seattle. It will feature Seattle industries that I am familiar with and have worked at as a railroad engineer.
What I want.

  1. Lots of Switching
  2. Modern day equipment like:
    • 70-20 Reefers because these things look awesome tagged up and weathered.
    • Pressure Aide Hoppers. I see alot of these.
    • Corn Syrup tank cars. Sweet.
  3. “The Hole”. Cargill’s Seattle Corn Syrup Transfer Facility.
  4. Tractors and Trailers.

Some of the places I’d like to model are:
PCC Logistics Occidental Street
This is at BNSF’s 2nd Ave or Occidental Yard. This place is a dead ringer for the Pikestuff Transfer Dock. It get’s tons of BNSF 82′ reefers. I’ll probably do it with 70-20 reefers or Trinity 64′ reefers.
The Hole
This is off of the Industrial Lead at BNSF Stacy Yard. Cargill’s Corn Syrup Transfer Facility. And Maxum Petroleum. This is a great switching puzzle with lot’s of spots and respots. Hard to keep track of because every car looks the same
Franz Bakery
This is on 5th Avenue on BNSF’s 7th Avenue Lead. It’s a great looking building and gets lot’s of hoppers.
All of these industries are in Seattle’s SODO area. They are all off of different leads and served by different jobs, but all of the jobs work out of BNSF Stacy Yard.
I’ve started with a track plan.


The plan includes the industries I mentioned plus a team track (still working on this idea). The plan also includes a small yard, because I want to have a place to take the cars to. I’ve oriented the plan to share as much lead and tail track as possible. Most of the leads are sufficiently long to accomodate the associated industries full compliment of cars (Except Cargill). The shelves are 20″ deep on the South and East sides. 14″ deep along the West side and 12″ deep on the North side.
The actual construction will be a combination of free standing benchwork and shelves.
Track will be primarily Peco code 83 Flex and #6 Insulfrog turnouts. ME code 70 Flex and #6 DCC Turnouts. DCC control. One block. 24″ minumum radius.
Locos will be goats and geeps and maybe SD40-2 if it runs OK through the 24″ radius turns.
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.

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