Does ANYONE know what loco’s ran the Casa Grande local in 1984-86? Images would be great, Thanks!
*edit* I have asked on the Espee Yahoo group, and it looks like the locals were typically GP35R’s, most of the photos that I located on http://espee.railfan.net show Tucson painted on the cab and Tom Fassett took many images of them all over Arizona in the mid 1980’s. Tom’s images have the city (most were in Tucson and Phoenix, but Chandler and Eloy were also locations) and month/year on them to help me out. If anyone else has more info, I would love to know.
It appears that the Unkle Pete likes to run at least a pair of GP40’s as the local, and I am assuming that they are based out of Tucson, though they might be closer. I get down to the Sunset Route ironicaly, in the morning, right after dropping the girls off at school, and before it gets too hot (Today, Sept 21, 2010, it was 89*F (31*C) before 8:00am). The Unkle Pete uses UP 1499 (ex SP 7121, ex CSXT 6751, ex SBD 6751, ex SCL 1596, Built as SCL GP40; rebuilt by M-K as SP 7121 GP40M-2 on 6/14/91; to UP 1499 on 10/16/01) and 1369 (can’t find info on this unit, can’t seem to locate it in rosters or images on the web, but I have shots!). The first 4 images were taken on the west end of Casa Grande on 8/17/2010 as different covered hoppers were moved around, CEMEX is closed, and I assume that they are full of plastic pellets (or just emptied)
Today, I took this shot of them pushing 2 hoppers into Arizona Grain…I know, only 1499 and one hopper is visible. AZ Grain has had a HUGE reduction of hoppers in it’s yard, there were 3 before the UP crew showed up. I noticed that there are STOP signs at each of the streets that cross the main and the siding that the Geeps stopped at, and the local did not blow it’s horns as it crossed, I had little time to take pictures as I was driving…more detail shots later.
I am currently planning on using HO cork for the main, and N for the primary passing siding/run-around track, and many modelers have been questioning me on this idea. I have been looking at the roadbed in Casa Grande, and it is elevated more here than in many locations that I have seen. I have railfaned Cajon, Tehachapi, British Columbia (yet another fallen Flag I miss…I might build a BC Rail MLW for fun one day) Tennessee Pass…I like trains, but the main line outside of Casa Grande heading towards Maricopa is high. The road bed out near Sacaton heading out of Tempe/Chandler is even taller, and I think that this is due to Arizona’s history of flash floods. I now have photographic proof why I need 2 levels of roadbed before taking the rails into the dirt of the industries.
Also, does anyone know what the name and type of industry this is? I saw the tank cars coming in, and the tall tanks from the north side, but the horizontal tanks on the west end make me wonder what it really is. I thought that it was a High Fructose Corn Syrup distributor, now, I am not so sure…
Going down track side is part of the fun of planning a layout, details can be the item that makes or breaks a layout….here are some shots from just west of town….looks like BLMA will be getting some good business from me….
The first hurdle of building a layout is planning one. I don’t want to bite off more than i can chew, so I am looking at the “domino” plan of modeling. What ever main idea that I choose, it will be one town, and a pair of 180 degree turns going into a hidden staging yard. I am leaning towards using Atlas code 80 flextrack and custom line switches (#6) . I am going to post the first (and ruled out) and second track plans…..
I am planning to use a pair of GP’s or perhaps a pair of SD9E’s that got stolen from Los Angeles or the NWP for local power. I plan to have three industries on line. Casa Grande has Arizona Grain, which will be modeled with a Walthers ADM (I know, not right) Grain Elevator, Cemex Cement (this location recently closed, so I will need to shoot it before it is destroyed like the Casa Grande Station was [fire]) and the third being a high fructose corn syrup distributor.