Recently, we have had a few inquiries about the layout and its trackplan and herewith we post a scanned copy of the RMJ article in response to those requests. The layout has been substantially developed and expanded since the article appeared and eventually, this blog will treat of the expanded trackplan which is an interesting development in its own right. Today's post should provide an initial answer to the question.
The RMJ article had at one time been made available on the internet at: http://www.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/177/12799/november-2003-page-1 Unfortunately, the site no longer reproduces the article. Here is the entire layout tour article with some additional comment. Readers can click on the images for larger views of the pages and pictures.
This cover shot shows No. 11, the Kootenay Express exiting the west portal of tunnel no. 1 at Mileage 19.7. Engine 5120 has been modified since the photo was taken to bring it more into conformity with its prototype. See the post at: http://kettlevalleymodelrailway.blogspot.ca/2014/10/the-passenger-trains-of-dave-hanas.html
The first of the trackplan pages follows and shows Coquihalla summit with its Wye for turning pushers and work trains. To the left of the wye is the entry into the helix. Beside the camera symbol #16 is a line designating the hinge side of the entry gate. The other brown line suggests the leading edge of the gate and its swing line. The caption for photo 9 refers to the absence of "extra flags" which is no longer the case. Extra flags and green flags for a "following section" have only recently been brought into use for our operating sessions. They are a nice detail that is rarely modeled and have the added operational feature of being removable.
Here is the lower level. The Brookmere railyard is very close to the original track layout in 1949, only diverging in length and the end curves. And the location of one switch near the water tower has been slightly altered due to the compression that comes with modeling. Interesting that one veteran railroader spotted the alteration early in his viewing of the layout. But engineman, Dick Brocola, complimented the accuracy of the track alignment and scenic elements saying that they truly reflected his memories of working in Brookmere. We will have more to say on this subject when we treat of Brookmere in depth in a future post. To the left of Princeton town is the helix tub. Entry to the main line helix is from the junction switch at Brodie. Taking the left or normal route the track enters the helix on a 2.2% grade up to the summit at Coquihalla. The track traverses 4 1/2 turns on a radius of 31" or diameter of 62". Most of the topmost turn is visible and sceniced. A train will travel 1.2 scale miles while in the helix. The elevation gain is 22 1/2" from Brodie to Coquihalla. The track that diverges from Brodie junction represents the Merritt sub and travels down on its own one-turn helix below the mainline to two staging tracks.
Pages 34 and 35 were a centre spread that has been stitched together by a follower friend. Thank you Colin. This is an overview of the Brookmere Railyard looking west. The caption continues:
"This division point serves as a base for the pushers and is the crew change point between the Coquihalla and Princeton Subdivisions. The new roundhouse foundation has been poured as part of the plan to rebuild the roundhouse which had been destroyed in a boiler explosion early this year. The modeling in this scene is very close to full scale in all three dimensions."
Various shots of the layout are on page 36, photos 4 and 5 trying unsuccessfully to illustrate the entry gate to the layout room. Photo 5 wrongly denotes the gate as being in the closed position when in fact it is open and in photo 4 it is closed. Photo 3 is not Coquihalla siding but mileage 19.7. Brookmere yard is below.
Shots of Coquihalla summit.
This concludes the article. Thanks to Robert Schleicher and his inspirational model railroad magazine.
Now that I am un-retired, we will think in terms of bi-weekly posts, meaning that the next post will probably be on Dec 12.
Not sure what the future brings but it will inevitably concern detail on aspects of the prototype Kettle Valley railway and our efforts to represent it in scale.