The Summit Ridge Railroad

Re-alignment

I spent several weeks looking for a suitable freight depot to go in the pie shop space but every one I looked at was too large or laid out in a manner that would not fit the space. Also, I wanted to stay with Christmas Village type structures and there are very few freight depots in the various manufacturer’s lines. I finally decided to move the passenger depot to the pie shop location and put some other industry on the long spur.

View of the passenger depot spur.

View of the passenger depot spur.

I finally found a freight depot I liked but it was a wood laser kit. I wasn’t sure how it would look with the existing structures and more importantly, I wasn’t sure I could build it. I decided to try my hand at a small laser kit to see how it blended in and whether I had the requisite skills. I decided on a Banta Modelworks Crossing Shanty. It came out pretty good for a first effort and looked okay with the other structures so I went ahead and ordered the Rusty Stumps Fall Creek Freight Depot.

Crossing shanty

Crossing shanty

By mid-May I had a new crossing shanty, gotten rid of the ghastly trees on the ridge-line and relocated the depot. More importantly I knew what all of the structures would be. I also added a Digitrax PR3 screwed to one of the crossbraces so that I could use JMRI to do the programming.

SRRR - Mid-May 2014

SRRR – Mid-May 2014