Crawford and Cherokee Layout Update

Discussion in 'Divisions' started by rjthomas909, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Bob, your layout is looking great, I look forward to seeing your progress. How long is the mainline now?

  2. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for the encouragement! The space is not quite 20 x 20 ft. From the south of Cherokee to the end of the Weir tail track is about 50 ft. The Lightning Creek Mine is about another 8ft if you count that as "end-to-end". I think that the 15-20 ft between the two towns along the north side gives a good separation and feeling of distance, even though it is not too large of a layout.

    All the best,

    -Bob T.
  3. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Thank you for the information,Bob.

  4. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Well, back from West Point and working on finishing up the wiring for the new Lightning Creek Mine Modules. Should be ready to go tomorrow. To my embarrassment, one of the switch machines was right on the cross-brace of the waffle (lower left). Turns out the drawings don't always work out with track placement on the real thing. The tough part was seeing the wire to place into the turnout throwbar....had to drill a sight hole in the bottom of the waffle. Oh well, I will add a supplemental brace back further and move on.


    Karl's postings of maps for the P&C inspired me to do a bit more research on the area.

    I found an interesting report from 1923:

    Which you can find on Google....

    The 1923 report contains lists of industries and number of persons (male and female) on staff. For example:

    Cherokee-Industry-1923-2.PNG Cherokee-Industry-1923.PNG

    While not complete, it gives me some business names for structures when built. There is also a table for Weir:


    But was disappointed that there is no mention of Weir's brick factory. It appears in the map that Karl provided from near the turn of century, and was operating until just around the year 2000. Strange.

    The report does also include a nice narrative of other industry in the area, such as mines in our beloved Crawford and Cherokee Counties:

    Cherokee-County-Mines-1923.PNG Crawford-County-Mines-2-1923.PNG

    Mine production by county (1898):


    Enjoy. I hope all are well!

    -Bob T.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2020
  5. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Tom asked about the possibility of a continuous-run version of the Crawford and Cherokee. I noodled on this a bit and came up with below. I think it is very do-able. Probably not anytime soon, though. It would allow for a more prototypical snaking track out to the brick yard in Weir City, and room for a yard track there for more car storage, approximately where the prototype had three tracks at one time. The lift-out would be approximately two feet wide. I could probably better align the two ends to make the lift-out perpendicular. I think you'll get the picture.

    Another addition might be a wye off of the Lightning Creek Mine area, back to the main to allow loco turns.


    Hope are all well. Take care out there in Frisco Land.

    -Bob T.

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