Glen Frazer Free-mo Module - Ramp section
This section is named for the loading ramp on the Maintenance-of-Way (MoW) spur. On the real
Glen Frazer, maintenance crews used this two-level ramp to transfer track maintenance equipment
to and from flat cars. In addition to the ramp and the turnout for the spur to its lower level, this
section features a densely forested hillside, a rock-lined concrete drainage culvert, and wooden
grade crossings allowing railway vehicle access to a storage area opposite the loading ramp.
Below: A westbound BNSF train traverses the Ramp section. The loading ramp is center right. This section has removable
placards to identify the module and its prototype location. Note the oval handhold for moving the section during transport and
setup, and the DCC throttle jacks. At the left end is a recessed DPDT pushbutton that controls the turnout for the lower ramp track.
Right: A close-up of the loading ramp fabricated from scale lumber.
A rail-equipped MofW flat car's coupler fits into the pocket below the
upper track, allowing the car's end to rest against the ramp wall and
minimize the rail gaps when moving track equipment on or off the car.
A simple fence is made from track rail posts and scale cable.
Below left: Wooden grade crossings provide vehicle access to
a small storage area opposite the ramp, complete with stop sign
and chain security gate. Adjacent is a rip-rap lined drainage
culvert feeding into a corrugated drainage pipe running beneath
the tracks. A concrete retaining wall has a safety railing, both
modeled using styrene.
Below right: Tall bushes surround the upper ramp area, made
from painted polyfiber and Scenic Express brand flock. A security
fence made from track rail posts and Vintage Reproductions
brand scale cable runs along the edge of the Ramp section.
Below: The Ramp section offers a nice spot to photograph model trains,
with its wide break in the trees and open area surrounding the loading ramp.