Pointless
Module Name:
Icing Station and Sand Pit (two module pair)
Diorama:
Pointless - includes Icing Station and Sand Pit
Owner Name:
Fearless Leader
Sponsor:
Fearless Leader
Date Built:
2001
Date Updated:
 
Status:
Active
Module Type:
two 6' standard modules w/ non-standard track position at the connection of the two
Length:
6' x 2
Width:
2'
Skyboard:
12" laminated
Track
Code:
80
Brand:
Atlas
Turnouts:
two Peco long
Crossovers:
none
Passing Sidings:
one - blue line
Yard Tracks
none
Industrial Spurs
none
Other Tracks
none
Electrical:
Wire
Connector
110V
Designer:
Fearless Leader
 
Red
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Carpentry:
Rambo
 
Yellow
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Track:
 
Blue
12 gauge
PP-30
 
Wiring:
Razor
 
Other
     
Scenery:
Fearless Leader
DCC Equipment:
UP-5 (on Icing Station)
Powered Accessories:
Wall wart for UP-5, Slide switches that control blue line power
Scenery:
Oklahoma Scene:
Route 66 Scene:
 
Prototype RR:
 
Icing Station
Pointless
Sand Pit
Pointless
Pointless
Pointless
Sign Board
Icing Station: As Americans migrated from the farm to the cities, they no longer were able to grow their own meat, fruits and vegetables. The railroads developed wood sheathed reefers to keep perishables cool as they were transported across the country. The reefers had hatches on their roofs that allowed blocks of ice to be lowered into the cars.

To replenish the melting ice until the cars reached their destination, icing stations existed along side the main lines to add ice blocks. Mechanical refrigeration reefers were developed in the late 1950's and completely replaced the old ice reefers by 1971.

This icing station can handle seventeen 40' reefers at a time.

Sand Pit: Many N-Trak modules are so crowded with scenery and dioramas that they sometimes are overwhelming. This module represents what over 90% of a railroad right-of-way looks like... rural America. And rural America in western Oklahoma means large ranches with nothing in site for miles, not even a farmhouse.

The only thing happening on this module other than western Oklahoma wind and heat is the existence of a sand pit with an idle front end loader sitting in it and a coyote howling from atop the hill.

Boring, but realistic!
Description & History
On this 12' diorama, the blue line works its way to the back of the modules and has a 6' long siding. A switch for the blue main and the blue siding turns power to each one on or off. The switch is located on the rear of the skyboard. The red and yellow lines angle slightly to the rear and spread apart. The icing station serves the yellow line.