As time allows, I am continuing to research and refine the focus of the Cincinnati portion of our layout plans. In recent days, I’ve been looking at what is in the area that I have Sanborn maps for, and getting down to even reading the trackage markings for ownership.
I’ve narrowed the scope of the modeled area of Cincinnati to essentially one stretch of track running through Hyde Park and Evanston. Some friends have been quite helpful in providing links to other sites that have started to help me fill in the picture of where this section of track actually sits, and for that hep, I am grateful.
The overall map above was helpful in causing me to take a 2nd look at some of the Sanborn maps I posted in the last part of this series. After doing so, I cut out several portions and some industries, that I was considering adding, as they fall on either PRR or B&O trackage. More on that another time.
To help orient this map piece, black trackage is N&W, red is PRR, blue is B&O, and green is CCC&STL. The master map comes from this site: http://www.cincinnativiews.net/Railroads.htm
Important things to note are that the N&W enters from the East, runs essentially straight through into Idlewild, then turns North and connects just past where the label for Berry Yard is to the CCC&STL with B&O and PRR interchanges scattered around.
The further I refine this research, the more I start seeing where the model railroad will sit.
This second map shows the area that I have really good Sanborn maps for. It focuses on the industrial area that runs East/West just before the N&W turns North.
Industry wise, starting in Hyde Park, there is a nice mixture of large and small industries, starting with the RK LeBlond Machine Tool Co. and the Hyde Park Lumber sitting “far” to the East, and then entering a stretch that includes no fewer than 16 industries (by my count) that should provide the bulk of our modeled area.
As we move now into some serious focused research and planning, the two large industries in Hyde Park may wind up dropping off as I can in my minds eye where everything is starting to present as a model railroad. Along this stretch, the ‘operator’ would stand to the North side and face South toward this line of industries.
It’s amazing how this is all starting to feel like it’s nearly designing itself. I still have a lot of work to do finding structure photos if they exist, and fitting things into the layout space, but the Sanborn and other maps make that so much easier.
It’s probably time to start looking now at individual industries and deciding what is screaming to be modeled and what is begging to be left off.