East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

April 2008

Jumping Ahead

Once the Tortoise, stationary decoder, and feeder wires were in, the road crew wasted no time loading Dust Mill yard with rolling stock.

For some reason, I decided that rather than continue to extend the track around the corner, I would jump over to the other side of the aisle, and start laying track back toward Dust Mill Yard.

Choosing to jump directly to Cove siding meant having to deal with some electronic issues sooner rather than later, since this turnout is the beginning of a reverse loop.

Dreaded Task Done

Ever since I included a custom curved turnout in the trackplan for the Dust Mill yard, I had been dreading the day when I would actually have to build it.

That day finally came as I extended the mainline around the end of the peninsula from Glade Junction.

I have built turnouts in place before, but few had come out well enough for me to be confident about building this one.

Once the turnout was in, I pushed a variety of rolling stock through the closed and thrown route, adjusting and filing until even short 4 wheel cars would roll smoothly over it.