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Controller Bay Ore Dock - 9/25/18
Every once in awhile, you walk into the train room looking for a project...  Sometimes you find one, sometimes you look around the layout, think about what should be done, and leave closing the door behind you.  On Sunday afternoon, I decided that the ore dock at Controller Bay was long overdue!  The temporary dock shown in the picture below has been in use for about 10 years.

Planning has never been one of my strong points.  I generally make a sketch and start building.  In the case of Controller Bay, the tracks on top of the ore bins turned out to be about 20 scale feet above the water level and not the 30 or so scale feet they should have been.  Again, planning would have helped but so would another 50 or so linier feet of mainline, to increase the elevation, I didn't have.  Regardless, it turned out the tides in this part of Alaska solved my problem.  On average, the difference between low and high tide on Controller Bay is about 13'.  As a result, it's always high tide on the Alaska Pacific and ships or barges are only loaded during low tide...

Most of my structures are built around a styrene core and the ore dock is no different.  I did a little research on the internet, drew a rough sketch with some measuremts and built the bins out of .080" styrene.  After I came up with a design, I built a simple jib to assemble the 14 bents I needed to support the bins.  It took about 10 minutes to build the jig.  It will probably save a couple of hours of assembly time and keep everyting square in the process.

9/27 - After a couple of evenings work, here is the progress to date.  The large bents in the foreground will support a small office buiding near the end of the pier.  (The building is sitting below the temporary ore dock in the first photo)
 
Other Recent Projects
The Alaska Pacific has gotten by with only one circuit protected block since the beginning.  During the last month, I finally got around to separating the layout into 3 blocks with each block having it's own circuit protection.  These circuit protectors can be set for automatic reset (switch down) or manual reset (switch up).  The lit red and yellow indicate a short.  Just a yellow indicates all clear.  These circuit breakers were salvaged off the late Brian Ellerby's layout.  I think they were made by DCC Specialties.
Finally, I am also getting around to installing the north end staging tracks.  These track represent the line to Valdez.  The picture on the left shows where the mainline passes through the backdrop and into staging.  This view is normally blocked by the Ore Station at McCarthy.  The picture on the right shows the opposite side where the removable staging yard will sit above the desk.
 

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