Blue Whale
Module Name:
Blue Whale
Diorama:
 
Owner Name:
NEONS
Sponsor:
Razor / Fearless Leader
Date Built:
2006
Date Updated:
 
Status:
Active
Module Type:
6' narrow inside corner module
Length:
102"
Width:
24"
Skyboard:
12" laminate
Track
Code:
80
Brand:
Atlas
Turnouts:
3 Peco long
Crossovers:
none
Passing Sidings:
6' blue line w/ kill switch
Yard Tracks
none
Industrial Spurs
one - see below
Other Tracks
none
Electrical:
Wire
Connector
110V
Designer:
Razor & Fearless Leader
 
Red
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Carpentry:
Kroutter
 
Yellow
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Track:
Razor
 
Blue
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Wiring:
Razor
 
Other
   
Yes
Scenery:
Fearless Leader, Bill Clifford
DCC Equipment:
none
Powered Accessories:
none
Scenery:
Oklahoma Scene:
Route 66 Scene:
Prototype RR:
Left Side
Blue Whale
Right Side
Blue Whale
Blue Whale
Model Blue Whale
Blue Whale
Blue Whale
Real Blue Whale
Blue Whale
Track Plan
The Blue line has a six-foot long siding that has a spur for Olsen Feeds. The blue line is wired with a slide switch on the back of the skyboard that selects whether the blue main or the blue siding is hot. This allows us to park a train on either track.
Blue Whale
Sign Board
By 1969 the new Will Rogers Turnpike had reduced traffic along historic old Route 66, but new attractions were still being built. One of the most recognizable icons on the Mother Road was the 80 foot long grinning Blue Whale located just east of downtown Catoosa, Oklahoma. The attraction was built on a pond by Hugh Davis as an anniversary gift to his wife Zelta and was intended for family use only. Many locals began sneaking in to enjoy the pond's cool waters and slide down the whale's tail so Davis brought in sand, built picnic tables, hired life guards, and opened his masterpiece to the public. The Blue Whale is still there. Tourists and locals continue to enjoy picnics and take pictures, but the park is no longer open for swimming.
Description & History
Most inside corners are a standard 4' corner with the sky-board on the other side. In order to have large radius turns, the tracks are at the back which require a 4' or 6' transition module on each end to swing the tracks to the rear. We took a different approach and built a one piece, 6' inside corner. This design allows for smooth, large radius turns (29" on the red line and 32" radius on the blue line) without the need for transition modules. The module is a standard 2' deep, but is 8 1/2' long from tip to tip. The narrow depth makes it easier to move the module through a standard width door. This module debuted at the 2006 OKC Train Show.
Industry Details:
Industry
Access Track
Switch Direction
Car Types
Spur Capacity
Olsen Feeds
Blue
ccw
box cars
2