Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 2

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Progress as of January 21, 2007

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This shows the Summit on the left and Hampton on the right and the progress to date.

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I shot this photo to illustrate layout height and over all scale. The tracks are about 58" from the floor and the backdrop is at about 70" here. The front fascias are all 8" tall. To the right of the picture is the "blob" at the South end of Springfield where the Weyerhaeuser Plant is. These areas are the narrowest aisle "pinch points" on the layout.

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This photo was included to show an example of a fascia schematic I intend to use for operating sessions. At the top it shows you where you are on the railroad, over all, to keep everyone headed in the right directions. Mile post numbers are given for dispatch reference points when using TWC or Track Warrant Control.

Progress as of May 2, 2007

I completed some basic scenery in the Chemult area to see how things were going to look. Here are some photographs of this effort...

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SP 9816 North blasts out of the thick Eastern Oregon forest and is about to pass the approach signal at Chemult Junction. To the right is the real approach signal looking Northeast.

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SP 9816 North passes the Junction switch and prepares to duck under the Highway 97 overpass in the distance. (Coming Soon!)The BNSF "Inside Gateway" route curves to the north on the right.

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The photo above is of SP 9816 North passing the Chemult Junction signal bridge at CPVP503. A portland bound stack train in tow. To the right is a photo of the real scene with a North bound Coast Starlight.

A milestone on my layout was reached on 2 June 2007 around noon. The golden spike was driven on the mainline South of the North Fork Bridge. 175 feet of mainline was laid in about three months. The trains glide like glass over the code 55 rail. The "Switching Crew" (our ops group) met at my place on June 3rd and we had a great time going over operating plans. July 18th saw the beginning of the CVP Easy DCC equipment installation.

Progress as of July 19, 2007

My Wife and I didn't like the "Plywood Pacific" look so we took some tan & olive latex paints & sponge painted a texture look onto the entire layout surface. I then painted the areas where track ballast would go a light gray. This took an afternoon and really made things look great. It seals the plywood surface for scenery later and gives a pleasing visual effect until you get some real scenery in place. Note that this was done before track was installed.

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The South end of Summit Siding with a rough signal bridge. (NJ International) I love these kits by the way. I add the signals and walk ways on top.

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I included this shot to illustrate my soloution for bridging the door to the dispatchers office. It IS quite precarious! This bridge is easily removable. I have run over 100 trains across this bridge and have removed it probably 30 to 40 times with not one problem. With the massive amount of insulation surrounding this room there are no problems with the benchwork moving due to temperature variations. So far so good...

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Hampton bridge is finally installed and looking somewhat decent. This bridge does not look as dramatic as the real one, which has several spans, but it is in the right place and fits the bill on the model.

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The wooden approach trestle on the North side of the Willamette River bridge between Eugene and Springfield has turned out pretty good so far. A bit short but it does the job. There is more work to be done here obviously. You can see the CORP connection to the Siskiyou Line (Joe Fugate's layout) swinging off the front of the layout to the left. This would be "Springfield Junction" on the prototype.

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This shows the overall view of the same bridge. Pretty darn close to the real one. It works.

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This is a photo of the key scene on the layout and on the prototype. The unmistakable Salt Creek Trestle. This bridge was quite a challenge to construct on a 20" curve. I lost count on how many days it took. I think it turned out quite nicely and is a dead ringer for the original. I did have to omit one trestle bent, there just wasn't room. Outside of that it is the perfect height and really looks the part. Refer to Ross Fotheringham's photograph at the beginning of this article to compare.

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Here is a comparison view from the "North" end of the bridge

Progress as of November 29, 2007

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This is a closeup of the primer painted and scratch built Locomotive Service Facility located near the throat of the Eugene Yard. I took a modelers licence and replaced the Eugene roundhouse with this modern UP structure. (I know, I know....Blasphemy! I am sure to get grief for this one!) It was patterned after the one at Dolores Yard in Southern California on the new Alameda Corridor.

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This shows an overview of Eugene Yard looking North. The tracks left to right are: Three single ended classification tracks, three double ended classification tracks (that can be used for arrival / departures in a pinch) one dedicated Arrival / Departure track, The Main track, Locomotive ready track and two locomotive service tracks that lead into the shops. The Northwest Container Facility is in the right rear distance. The North end of Judkins Siding can be seen in the lower right. There is a crossover from the Yard lead (Lower left) to the main just out of view on the bottom of the photo. All three crossovers are controlled by paired tortoise switch machines. All other switches on the layout are controlled by Caboose Industries ground throws.


The Oregon - California border at Worden is at the apex of the blob in this view. The towns left to right are: Springfield, Klamath Falls, 13 track Roseville - Portland thru Staging and Eugene Yard on the far right. (The big building at the south end of Klamath Falls is not supposed to be there.)


This shows an overview of the mountainous areas of the layout and the various tunnels under construction. All of the portals and tunnel liners have been hand made from scratch built molds. It took four liner molds to complete the nine tunnels on the model. From left to right you are looking at Oakridge with Salt Creek Trestle in the far left distance, the Wicopee area and Cascade Summit, Chemult is in the far right distance and Hampton is barely visible to the right of the photo.


This was a neat shot looking up from what would be Salt Creek Canyon at one of the many tunnels and plate girder bridge spans. I ended up casting 14 Tunnel Portals from scratch because I could not find a commercially available one. They turned out completely authentic and cost me 75 cents each!

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 1 - Main Article

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 2 - Progress from Jan '07 to Nov '07

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 3 - Progress from Feb '08 to May '08

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - Page 4 - Progress from Jun '08 to Jul '08

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 5 - 2008 Convention Tour

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 6 - Op Session Photos 10 October 2009

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 7 - JMRI Train Detection & Signaling

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 8 - Op-Session Photos October 18th, 2012

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 9 - Web Links

Cascade Subdivision - N - Mark Lestico - page 10 - SoCalOps 2014 May 31st Op-Session

You Tube Video Tour of the Cascade Sub

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