At the end of February, I worked to locate the first turnout. The first one is the turnout at south end of Reeds to the Reeds Mill(s). This is south of the Reeds depot, and is the turnout before crossing over the “highway” in Reeds. The spur branched to the west, running along the road and then crossing over it to reach close to the mill(s). I keep writing “mill(s)” because there was more than one mill at Reeds. It’s not clear to me if the mill(s) generated lumber or mostly cordwood and/or pulpwood. More research is required.
This spur is important to me at this time, because it is to be the first turnout on the layout. The plan is to install the turnout and then lay track back toward Madrid. Once the track is in place I plan to run a few grade tests to ensure that this grand Sn2 layout is doable.
Another happening the past two weeks is that I decided lock (screw) the roadbed into the benchwork, abandoning the free-floating spline. This is for two reasons: 1) The roadbed continued to shift 2) the roadbed rocked/rotated. Neither situation seemed good for a stable operation.
Here are a few photo highlights from the past few weeks.