In 2018, I created a track plan for the new version of the Rocky Mountain Pacific in our new back yard.

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This is, at least, a start. We all know that things evolve: we get new ideas, things don't fit as we thought they would, etc.

But, without a target, things proceed rather willy-nilly.

I am not a Windows guy, so my track planning software is from RailModeler Pro, specifically designed for the Mac. It has libraries for LGB and PIKO track.

My track is all code 332 brass. My legacy track includes LGB turnouts with a variety of brands of straight - the LGB library works fine for all those. New purchases are PIKO, so that library comes into play, too.

Why brass track?

While not cheap, it is the least expensive track and I need a lot. I can get away with the oxidation, because this will be exclusively power-on-board (AKA Dead-Rail, even though that is a club name out of Southern California).

I purchased a Santa Fe F7AB set (WarBonnet scheme) from the PebbleCreek Model Railroad Club when they disbanded. I had started on a power-on-board installation into the A unit. I have now finished the installation and have information about it on my site. CLICK HERE to see that page.

Winter of 2018 - 2019, I got some of the track laid in the back yard - starting in the upper left of the track plan. Here is a PCMRC loco doing a test run under AirWire control with battery power coming from the box car. These battery cars were discussed in a three month run of my columns in Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine. CLICK HERE to go to the first article. The columns continue for two more months: HERE and HERE.

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