Hi all! I'm working on wrapping up the design for the Willamette River Railway. There are a few things I need to do:
1. Finish the port trackage
2. Install the siding for the Power Company
3. Wrap up the drawings and make a final post
Let's start with the port traffic. Normally the LDSIG group is a bit more helpful. I only got a couple of post. Mainly they are big layout snobs, so if you post something small they ignore it. I'll challenge any of them to a small layout design contest any day as I believe the smaller the layout, the harder it is to design. Click on the pictures below to enlarge.
I know that steel comes in and out of this port, and some comes from Japan. Kyle Weismann-Yee of the Brooklyn Sub Yahoo Egroup was kind enough to inform me that Gunderson is a rebuilder of railcars and is a big employer in the area. Let's check them out.
Here is an excellent loading dock! Steel is offloaded from ships and put on special flat cars for use in building ships I believe. Note the great curve, the crane, how the lines are painted and the lights. Simple, but very interesting. It would be easy to model.
A bit blurry, but Google does have some great angles. Note the crane. This is right across the river from the Brooklyn(?) yard. Guard shack, water tower, fence. Great but simple detail.
Ashland Hercules has a plant next to the yard. I love chemical plants! They are interesting to look at and take a ton of different cars including tankers, flats, box and covered hoppers. We'll add them to the list.
Let's take these industries and put them into the port: Gunderson/Greenbrier, Ashland/Hercules and Boyston.