The Pearl River Railroad

... is located in Philadelphia, MS. It was designed and is built in G-scale (1 : 29 proportion) and comprises of 700 feet of track snaking through an area of about 3,000 square feet.

My good friend Steve Blackson from Austin, TX asked me last year if I could give him a hand building this layout and I gladly accepted since it was a change from N- and H0-scale. We were supposed to work on a "blank canvas", meaning that all the preparation would have been finished upon our arrival in May, 2011.

It turned out though, that not all the prep work was done and on top of that, somebody did not get the dimensions right. That meant we lost some 8 feet in one direction and gained 12 feet in another .

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[05-17-2011] [05-18-2011] [05-19-2011] [05-21-2011] [05-22-2011] [06-01-2011] [06-04-2011] [06-08-2011]
[10-05-2011] [10-06-2011] [10-09-2011] [10-10-2011] [10-13-2011]      

05-17-2011

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05-18-2011

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05-19-2011

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05-21-2011

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05-22-2011

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06-01-2011

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06-04-2011

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06-08-2011

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10-05-2011

When we returned to the layout for our third and final stint, we learned that there was some torrential rain in September that had some impact on the trackwork. Almost all track sank in by about 2 inches! Well, no wonder if you get about 11" of rain in one day...

So I had to find the highest spot in the trackwork and adjust the rest to this reference point.

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10-06-2011

The September rain compacted the terrain really well Lachend. And the following sun baked it to almost concrete hardness Stirnrunzelnd.

So Romero, our helper, had a really hard job to break up the surface with a pick. This had to be done in order to be able to lay out the future city.

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10-09-2011

Sorry, no pictures today... Instead, we have a short video clip featuring the first test run over the "City-Loop".

 

Enjoy!



10-10-2011

Only 4 days left to completion deadline and we are on schedule.

The lower mainline loop is completed and ballasted, including top layer.

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10-13-2011

Only one day to go and we are still convinced to make it.

Today, the steel arch bridge and the trestle are permanently set into the layout. No easy task when it comes to handle the 12 1/2 foot trestle without breaking it (again)... In the end, it of course broke in one location and had to be repaired on site without removing it from the layout. Another 2 hours fun for Steve Lachend.

 

At about 8:30 PM I clamped the last piece of track. No pictures exist of that as it was already pitch dark and I had to use a flashlight to tighten the clamps. So we actually were one day ahead of schedule and that made not only the owner happy Lachend!

Anybody got a new back for me ???