Mind-Changing

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

There’s been a change of scenery on the Eagle River Division, thanks to both my ability to change my mind (a talent most likely learned from my mother?), and the portability of HO-scale structures prior to affixing them permanently to the layout.

What exactly resulted from all this mind-changing?

Cargill Elevator was relocated from Oak Hill to Westburg.  Oak Hill Feed came along with it.  At Westburg, the interchange track and junction with the Rock Island was removed.  (For sale: 1 cheap Athearn R.I. caboose.)

Moving Cargill gave me room to expand the Purina Mills operation at Oak Hill.  A second loading spur (for boxcars) was added next to the bulk-loading track, and 4 additional unloading tracks were added on the “back” side of the elevators and buildings.

Relocating Oak Hill Feed (which has been renamed something else..) allowed room for Picadilly Wholesale to expand by adding a new corrugated metal structure, and Coop Fertilizer moved in next door to the MFA elevator.

Track feeders and tortoise switch machines have been installed but the tortoise machines still need to be connected to power and toggle switches.  The new arrangements have not been tested with an operating session yet, but I am confident they provide additional variety to the jobs at Westburg and at Oak Hill.

Cargill Elevator at Westburg

Cargill Elevator relocated to Westburg

COOP Fertilizer gets new home.

COOP Fertilizer gets new home.

New Drive-In Theater goes in.

New Drive-In Theater goes in on Chilicothe Road.

Midwestern Grain Co. - Westburg

Midwestern Grain Co. – Westburg

Picadilly Wholesale with addition at right.

Picadilly Wholesale with addition at right.

Back of Picadilly Wholesale's new building.

Back of Picadilly Wholesale’s new building.

Purina Mills and scratch-built unloading shed.

Purina Mills and scratch-built unloading shed.

Arial view showing Purina Mills unloading tracks and shed

Arial view showing Purina Mills unloading tracks and shed

Purina Mills Bulk Loading Tracks (2)

Purina Mills Bulk Loading Tracks (2)

Purina Mills Bulk Loading

Purina Mills Bulk Loading – Oak Hill

Mopacmike

Mike enjoys family, friends, music, art, model railroading, trains, travel, craft beer, fine food and wine.

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