Class of 1962, BS in Chemical Engineering
Class of 1964, MS in Chemical Engineering
In the last newsletter, I sent a photo of myself and our two Airedales with train cars behind us. Now I’d like to talk about the train layout itself.
Whiskey Flats Railroad: The railroad is in our backyard and has been under construction or revision for the past 25 years. It is “G” gauge track with a scale of 1 to 22.5, as compared to the real thing. There are about 16 engines and 110 pieces of rolling stock ranging from freight to passenger cars. The layout rests on about 160,000 pounds of crushed rock and includes 2,500 pounds of copper ore from Superior, Arizona, and 18,000 pounds of river rock used to create Turkey Creek.
There are currently 900 feet of solid brass rails used to form two large railroad loops and one trolley car loop. For those people who are into rock materials, there are landscape features made from Ajo travertine, Montana travertine, purple quartz, Montana cloud, echo Mt. Green, antique oab, Sedona red strip, Ettawa pink, copper ore, Yavapai Indian coral and petrified wood.
A number of oak log tunnels are featured as well. For those familiar with Central Arizona, much of the materials in the railroad were retrieved from the Bradshaw Mountains, including Ash Ridge, Big Bug Mesa, Spruce Mountain, Turkey Creek, Goodwin, Maverick Mountain, Palace Station, Crooks Canyon, Sedona and Camp Woods.
There are about 30 buildings in the layout, a few of which had turned into tasty treats over the years for the two Airedales featured in the last newsletter. Most of the bridges are metal, with the largest one being the 16-foot Hellsgate Bridge installed before PBS filmed the layout a few years ago for its Tracks Ahead series.