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Orleans Module

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HOTRAK 22 Sep Orléans
ORLEANS / ORLÉANS is a transition module to go from conventional double track to Freemo single track. In so doing, Orléans turns the mainline by 22.5 degrees.
Unloading trestle - overhead view.
At this stage of construction, the unloading trestle is in place. The near side of the mainline, sloping down to the trestle has received a coat of brown / tan latex paint. The knoll / hill on the far side has only a first coat a dark grey. The track is not ballasted, but the rails are painted.
Unloading trestle - overhead view.
Unloading trestle on Ottawa Valley HOTRAK module Orléans.

Ties were cut just inside of rail spikes. The short ties rest on two I beams. Top of rails on the trestle is painted rust. This adds scenic interest, and also stops runaway locomotives.

In this photo, the floor of the quarry or gully is not yet scenicked. Quarry floor is a convenient place to mix paint.
Unloading trestle - plunging view.
Unloading trestle on Ottawa Valley HOTRAK module Orléans.

Because many people operate the layouts, we decided not to add any safety railing alongside the workers' platforms on the trestle. There are projecting long ties that would allow the addition of some safety railing.

In this photo, the floor of the quarry or gully is not yet scenicked. Quarry floor is a convenient place to mix paint.
Unloading trestle - side view.
Unloading trestle on Ottawa Valley HOTRAK module Orléans.

Because many people operate the layouts, we decided not to add any safety railing alongside the workers' platforms on the trestle. There are projecting long ties that would allow the addition of some safety railing.

In this photo, the floor of the quarry or gully is not yet scenicked.


The completed module in operation at a HOTRAK set up.


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