americaN module layout - Lauffen 2011

 

americaN module layout - Lauffen 2011

At the Lauffen meeting June 23 to 26 2011, FREMO americaN operated the biggest layout so far: more than 80 m of lenght, with a 50 m main line and two branches. There were 60 engines, 430 cars and 18 cabooses in operation. The time frame was 1975 up to now.

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Dispatcher Stephan

 

This layout tour is starting from Erehwyna Yard to Moonrise Yard. After that, we walk along the branches.

 

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Erehwyna Yard

 

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Camp Curve

 

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Second Street

 

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Details of Second Street

 

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First set up on the americaN layout: this slack preparation plant is part of Haslingen Steel Group (see module Haslingen Steel)

 

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Liquid slack arrived

 

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South King Street

 

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Colorado Cement

 

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View from Colorado Cement to Haslingen Steel 

 

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Haslingen Steel was at the americaN layout for the first time. It has been built to fit at European and US N scale module layouts with FREMO standards. View from west.

 

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Tank spot for steel mill engines

 

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Haslingen Steel is an electric arc furnace. The biggest amounts of products coming in by rail are scrap and burnt lime. Outgoing products are steel as coils, sheets and tubes, and hot slag. On this plant, metal products of other companies are continued to process, too. Therefore, there is a lot of rail traffic inside this plant.

 

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At this side of the shop, the hot slag cars are pulled out.

Scrap is transported into the shop from the other side.

 

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On the west side of Haslingen steel, this control panel is used.

 

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At the east side, this new computer system is in test, and maybe will replace the old panel on the west side.

 

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Enjoying the job as Haslingen Steel yardmaster.

 

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A train with scrap is arriving.

 

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On the right, scrap is transported into the shop

 

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Detail of the scrap processing. Haslingen Steel is operated from both sides. To use all possibilities of internal and external traffic, three operators are needed. 

At Haslingen Steel, the branch is meeting the main line. This starts at Sarah Creek Yard:

 

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Sarah Creek Yard

 

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west of Chatteris

 

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Chatteris, with Four Oaks in the background

 

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looking back: the grain silos of Chatteris

 

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Highway 61

 

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Passenger station of Haslingen Steel

 

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connection to the steel plant

 

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Hawkins, with Sand Pit Junction on the left

 

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Sand Pit Junction 

 

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Aberdeen Industrial Park, a new module. It was operated by a yardmaster.

 

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Details of Aberdeen Industrial Park

 

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east side of Aberdeen Industrial Park

 

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Detail of the scrap dealer

 

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Diesel Service was operated for the first time, too

 

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Emergency Corner

 

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JK Coal

 

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MoPac Bridge

 

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with illustrations of the prototype

 

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The Gap, and Miller's Crossing

 

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Watkins

 

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Yard Extension

 

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Rocky Point. Watkins, Yard Extension and Rocky Point were operated as a unit, and got a yardmaster.

 

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Rocky Point from the east

 

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following the main line

 

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Two Trestles

 

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Fremont Branch with the connection to the main line, which is on the right. 

 

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Interstate

 

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Luketown, from the west

 

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Luketown, view back from east 

 

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Moonrise Yard, the other fiddle yard of the main line. 

Now, we are looking at the branch line from Rocky Point to Trunklaid Valley:

 

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Oil Straight, which I saw for the first time

 

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another new module, Dixie Hills

 

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and Rick's Cattle, which has been in the layouts for a long time

 

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and another new module: Topton Station

 

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another view of Topton Station

 

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Swift Industries, with Calahan Paper

 

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Cobie Steel

 

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Pacific Highway & Lennox Avenue, another new module

 

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Detail: this side of the module is only 25 cm

 

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and the side to the right only 15 cm, which looks really great if you are looking at eye level

 

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the highway

 

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Speer's Ferry, and KT Feldspar

 

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Trunklaid Valley was the terminus of this branch line.

 

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at the car sorting tables


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