Lakeside Route Iron Mountain Extension

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Lakeside Route Iron Mountain Extension

Unread postby RudyardRailroader » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:44 pm

I cloned my already modified Lakeside route, extending the Atlantic Branch south to meet up with the AI double tracks. Historically, the Atlantic branch could represent the Milwaukee Railroad going south to Iron Mountain, Michigan where it met with the Chicago and North Western. The C&NW had a "mainline" that ran between Ashland, Wisconsin and Escanaba, Michigan. There was a parallel branch line between Iron Mountain and Escanaba to service the iron mines in the area. Traffic was combined and made up into road trains in Antoine Yard, from there the cars went east to the docks in Escanaba, while the Milwaukee Road continued south to Green Bay. Back in the day Antoine Yard had a roundhouse (engine house) that was served through some switches and stub tracks (much like the E&LS yard in Wells, Michigan). The lack of a turntable meant any steam power had to be turned on the wye that made up the yard. For simplicity's sake, I added a turntable to save time turning locomotives. Just south of the C&NW crossovers I plan on adding a large industry, most likely one that will take in lumber and ship out auto frames (much like Ford's Upper Peninsula operations back in the day). I'm going to add "Atlantic Mine" on the C&NW Branch to the east where the branch will terminate. The RW&A will have trackage rights to the mine allowing more ore traffic for the docks in Waterton. I am also going to add a pulpwood load-out somewhere along the Atlantic Branch to generate loads for the Ford plant in Iron Mountain, as well as North Adkins Lumber.


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A view of Antoine Yard looking North. The RW&A crosses over the C&NW and continues North on the Atlantic Branch.
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This view is looking west. The C&NW branch will meet up with the double track mainline in about a mile.
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View looking south. The RW&A crosses the C&NW at Grade and continues south to Green Bay.
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The RW&A bridge over the C&NW ore branch, this is looking North toward Atlantic Grain.
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Re: Lakeside Route Iron Mountain Extension

Unread postby RudyardRailroader » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:29 am

The southern extension to Iron Mountain necessitated a .50% grade going from the new Atlantic spur switch to the RW&A bridge that crosses over the C&NW. Engineers then face a 2% downhill grade into downtown Iron Mountain and the C&NW crossovers.

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New grade crossing looking North.
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New switch to Atlantic Grain
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Looking South toward Antoine Yard
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Re: Lakeside Route Iron Mountain Extension

Unread postby wacampbell » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:21 am

This looks like a fun development of the RW&A. Could you post a screenshot of the 2D map view for the area to show better how the new track fits in?
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Re: Lakeside Route Iron Mountain Extension

Unread postby RudyardRailroader » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:22 pm

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