Northern End of the Enfield Canal

Northern End of the Enfield Canal
The Enfield Canal, also known as the Windsor Locks Canal, was built on the west side of the Connecticut River in 1829, to allow commercial shipping past the Enfield Falls, a rapids still visible in the river’s main channel. The canal runs for five miles, from the town of Windsor Locks, at the Interstate 91 bridge, to Suffield, where the abandoned locks at the northern end serve as an entry point for towpath. The locks have not operated since the 1970s. Though some of the towpath is operated as the public Windsor Locks Trail, the canal is off-limits, and controlled by Ahlstrom Nonwovens, a Scandinavian industrial fiber company, which operates a mill complex at the southern end of the canal.

UTC Aerospace Systems Bradley Airport

UTC Aerospace Systems Bradley Airport
UTC Aerospace Systems has a major manufacturing plant located near the main terminal for Bradley Field. The plant was operated for years by Hamilton Standard (later known as Hamilton Sundstrand), making parts for military and civilian aircraft, especially specialty pumps, compressors, propellers, power systems, thermal controls, and life support systems, which included space suits for NASA. This was the company’s headquarters as well, though now, through mergers and consolidations is part of UTC Aerospace, which itself is a subsidiary of United Technologies, a major industrial conglomerate based in Farmington, Connecticut, with plants throughout the state.

Horseshoe Curve

Horseshoe Curve
Due to its location between the midwest and eastern seaboard, and the resource-based industries it harbored, Pennsylvania has many railroad landmarks. The maximum grade for railroads is generally less than 2%, so the hilly terrain sometimes forced the railways to meander dramatically. Horseshoe Curve, in western Pennsylvania, is one of the more scenic and visible meanders. It opened in 1854, and was later expanded to four tracks, due to its location between New York and Chicago, and its proximity to the busy rail yards at Altoona, a few miles east. It now has three tracks, and sees as many as fifty Norfolk Southern trains a day, and several Amtrak passenger trains. It is a popular tourist attraction, a National Historic Landmark, and has a museum on site.

Colorado Model Railroad Museum

Colorado Model Railroad Museum
The Oregon California and Eastern HO layout, covering 5,500 square feet, is the main attraction at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. It is a freelance-style model, based on the actual OC&E rail line in south, central, and western Oregon, between Klamath Falls and Lakeview, in the autumn of 1975.  The single main line is 1,244 feet long, or 20.53 HO scale miles, and there are 15 separate wiring systems. The layout is the vision of David Trussell, who had lived in south-central Oregon and observed the OC&E logging line in action, which in part inspired the layout’s regional focus and logging theme.

Ratcliffe Transportation Museum

Ratcliffe Transportation Museum
This O scale model railroad layout, built by local train enthusiasts Milton Brockmeyer and Willie Ryan, is the centerpiece of the Ratcliffe Transportation Museum. Measuring 80 by 26 feet, the layout depicts the town of Pulaski’s booming commercial district in 1955.

Owens Lake Landscans

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5137 Map of Owens Lake showing current dust control measures. DWP map.

CLUI Video Landscans of Dust Control Measures on Owens Lake, 2017


Zones T27N, T29-3: sprinkler irrigation with intermittent ponds; non-uniform meandering ridges


Gravel Blanket (adjacent to Zone T21): gravel


Zone T1A-4: sprinkler irrigation


Zones T16, T13-3: shallow and deep ponds with islands; curving tillage


Zones T36-3, T36-2: brine; shallow pond


Zone T16: curving tillage


Zone T30-1: managed vegetation; land art; shallow and deep ponds with islands

 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 
a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and with support from the Metabolic Studio.

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Full-Scale Railroad Landmarks

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A Nationwide Layout
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WHILE THE ENTIRETY OF THE American railscape could be considered as a single construction landmark—a nationwide layout—it is usually perceived as specific sites that stand out for one reason or another. 
 

Model Railroad Layouts

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THE THOUSANDS OF KNOWN AND unknown model railroad layouts across the nation range from small modules that can fit in the back of a station wagon, to large fixed garden railroads, with miles of outdoor track. Most model railroad layouts depict fictional landscapes, evoking types of places, or historical periods, or “freelanced” depictions of prototype places. Very few show actual places in a literal way.
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American Railroads

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Shifting Scales
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5340 Horseshoe Curve in Pennsylvania is an important historic rail site, and is visited by thousands of railfans every year. Like many famous railway sites, it looks like a model railroad, when seen from above. CLUI photo

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