They explored every farfalle-fetched pastability, choosing to regularly meet and have a ball. They attended many souper Italian weddings. Environmentally responsible, they monitored their plant's carbonara footprint. Generously, the pair sponsored several local sports teams, including the Spaghetti-O's roller derby squad. They built an ornate headquarters building, shaped like an oversized handful of spaghettini, though they were originally interested in a "leaning tower of pizza" design. The pair was disappointed to find the CN 'noodle' logo was already taken. Dismissing half-baked ideas, and fending off a plethora of competitors like L.A. Zonia, Fred Achini Alfredo, Ray Violi, Alf Agetti, Lynn Guini, Mary Nara, Vern Iccelli, R.Igga Tony, Sem Olina and Sonny LaMatina, and the "Three-Als" conglomerate: Al Denty, Al Fresco and Al Forno, who eventually tipped their capaletti to them, conceding defeat. L. Beau and S. Bud invested in a world-renowned collection of macaroni art, posting it on their fridges. They considered themselves fridge magnates.
For this summer's porch layout, I give you the L. Beau McAroney and S. Bud Getty Western Railroad.
Serving the pasta factory, this switching layout includes a yard, interchange track, passenger station and railroad offices, and hop track. More about that later...
This layout differs from my past two summer porch layouts (the MMPP&BTCo and the GCL). It's an elbow, partially made from last summer's Greater Cataraqui Lines. This shape uses the front porch planter to support the left side of the layout, negating the use of a table to hold it up - just a selfie stick at right. After deciding on the elbow shape, I tried an early mockup of a trackplan. Front portion of the elbow:
The usual operating pattern involves cars for the pasta plant being moved from the interchange track on the left-side portion of the elbow, to the station. While here, the agent watches the cars to make sure they don't move! The 44-tonner then moves to the hop track, and couples on to the cars after crossing the diamond and reversing to reach the station. Reversing again, it once more crosses the diamond to switch the plant.
I heard a tap on the window. My wife's iPad photo op of my photo op. Fun!
Fellow model railroader and image king Randy O'Brien has been busy - he created a cool graphic for The Pasta Line. Check out the black border in which tiny Trackside Treasures trail!
My graphic pales by comparison, but I decided to give it a GO: