Creek Central Track Diagrams
Initial 1/07/2007 Last updated
There has been some minor tweaking of
the track so it was time to update the diagram again.
Dick has indicated that Mill Creek
Central is now complete --- no more major track extensions
------ the railroad is now so big that regular maintenance takes nearly
all available resources. A round trip of the main line plus
a run up the Logging Division can easily take several hours. There
will probably be some additions of sidings and structures.
The image above gives an overall
impression without the details. More detailed images can be
downloaded for more detailed viewing or printing as follows:
8 1/2" X 11" Image:
11" X 17" Image:
22" X 36" Image:
36" X 42" Image:
The 8 1/2" X 11" Image is more than adequate for
viewing --- the image can be enlarged or reduced as desired in a pdf
viewer to achieve
the desired detail. The images can be downloaded and transferred to a USB flash drive and taken
to Staples, UPS stores, Kinkos, etc. to be printed.
users can right click on the link and then the select the
save target as
option to save the file locally).
details are clear when printed on 11" X 17" paper ---- however bifocals or reading glasses
may be required. Our local Staples store
(Mt Vernon, Ohio) can make color copies up to 24 inches wide (~$7/sq ft)
and black/white copies up to 36 inches wide (~$0.50/sq ft); they make great
Stacey Summerhill has put together
some great videos of the track.
The videos are at the following links:
Valley Division Part One
Valley Division Part Two
Block and siding names are embedded in the videos so it is easy to
follow the track diagram. One neat way is to use a split
screen with the track diagram displayed beside the video. Stacey has
added background music so be sure to turn on you speakers. Thank
you Stacey for all your effort and for sharing the result.
Distance markers every 100 feet were
placed on the main line track and also on the diagram. Marker number 0 is just south of McCloy
Lane near the beginning of Clee block. The numbers increase as
one travels in the westerly direction to a maximum of 78 at Bryan Loop.
A C prefix is used on the Clee block markers and a
prefix on the Logging Division markers. The distance markers make it
is easy to compute the round trip distance Clee loop to Bryan loop and
back ---- total distance is about 16,000 feet --- over 3 miles
--- about 25 scale miles. The total distance up
the Logging Division and back is abut 4800 feet including the access via
Doran Wye which adds nearly an additional mile.
The next step was to measure the relative elevation at
each distance marker. These data for the main line is displayed above.
It is no wonder that some of the small steamers are having difficulty
with the climb up to Apex. On the other hand, brakes are a
necessity on the way down to Middletown. This image can be
downloaded via the link below. The image is quite nice when printed
on 8.5 X 11 paper.
Once the elevations were measured it was then possible
to compute the average grade on each 100 foot segment. These data
is displayed above. Note that the grades are for travel in the
westerly direction. The maximum average grade in a 100 foot
segment is a little over 3%. The grade over some shorter segments
is probably 4% or greater. This image can be downloaded via the
The elevations and grades are
very interesting for the Logging
Division and the Mountain Division extension. We
will update this page with that information as soon as possible --- probably