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2006 Reflections

Well 2006 was a great year on the UCW. The project of laying new code 83 rail was completed and the results have been better than expected. Not only does it look much better than the code 100 but the improvement in operation was well worth the effort.

The Great Basin Getaway, our biannual ops event, was once again a great success due to the participation of a large group of model railroad enthusiasts from around the country who are interested in operation. My thanks to them for supporting our efforts and we look forward to GBG 2008.

2006 Projects

Feb 2006

I have been contemplating a move to a Digital SLR camera for awhile and after much debate and comparison I finally took the plunge and purchase a Nikon D50. As I already had a Nikon Coolpix 950 and 4500 I guess I have become a Nikon fan. Most of the photos on the web site have been taken with these two cameras. Wow! what a difference between a point and shoot digital and SLR. Following are a few shots of Jiggs with new code 83 rail taken with the D50.

Jiggs Depot Eastbound
Jiggs Main Eastbound
Jiggs Main Westbound
Jiggs Yard
JL Kingsley sign printed on inkjet printer on photo paper
Sunshine Grain
Sunshine Grain and JL Kingsley
Sunshine Grain and JL Kingsley
Dillon Mining and Petroleum
Jiggs Yard
Jiggs Yard
Castle Gate OS

Jan/Feb 2006

New Track at Jiggs

After putting it off for some time I finally completed laying new track at Jiggs Yard and the main line from Jiggs Jct past Castle Gate. It was the last yard area to do and one of the hardest to complete as most of the tracks are curved and the OS at Castle Gate, a double crossover, is fairly complex so I have been avoiding this area for some time. Well, I decided, at the begining of the new year, to forge ahead and "Get Er done". Took several weeks to complete and turned out better than I expected and not as demanding as I thought, which is usually the case. I have include several before and after photos of the process, plus a tip on cutting and filling rail gap joints.

Jiggs Yard before code 100 track
Jiggs Yard with track removed
Jiggs Yard before code 100 track
Jiggs Yard with track removed
Jiggs Yard complete with code 83
Tip! After cutting the rail gaps fill them with clear styrene they will vertually disappear!

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