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  1. #11
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    Wow, website just had it's 4000th hit. Many thanks to those of you on Trainboard that have clicked to see it. If you have thoughts on improving it, email me. Hoping to have new pics on the NW and N wall phase this weekend. M

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    Michael Highsmith
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    Talking

    Curiousity! Makes us take a peek. See what you're up to! Ha ha! Keep those updates coming!

    :D

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    What a room! Very nice home for your empire! I have never seen Mt Rainier, but it looks great to my uneducated eyes!

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  4. #14
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    Boxing Day

    With all due respect to those who celebrate the real "Boxing Day", the RGW held its own version today as we built and installed 8 boxes along the northwest and north walls of the layout. The pictures below provide a representative sample of how our brackets and boxes form a "bracket sandwich". The opposing box ends are held to the bracket with threaded bolts. The center hole is for running wire through later. Pic 4 gives you a look along the NW wall, including a temporary riser and subroadbed to illustrate our grade exiting staging. The final pic is a pull back shot of the entire area.

    Please feel free to visit the website (link below) for more pics and more detail on our progress today. Thanks for visiting, Michael
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails feb182007 trains 002.jpg   brackets02.jpg   bracket01.jpg   boxesNW01.jpg   boxesall.jpg  


    Visitors Welcome on the
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    Michael Highsmith
    Pacific Northwest Region President
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    Cool

    Those brackets are impressive. I like the modular style construction. Great way to make good headway.:thumbs_up:
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  6. #16
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    Thanks John, I learned the hard way you should design with a move in mind, you never know when one will be planned or unplanned!
    Last edited by RGW; March 19th, 2007 at 05:30 PM.

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  7. #17
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    April 25, 2007 Update

    Construction along the Northwest and North walls moved one step closer to completion with the fabrication and installation of our "curved" box sections. The boxes, while not actually curved, use illusion and the flexible properties of masonite to provide the look and feel of a curved section within the box. In the actual corner of the room, we used 5/8" plywood to form the corner. The corner has no structural requirements, we only need to hang the fascia from it later on in construction. The pictures below provide a couple of views of the finished product and the methods used. For more information, place visit our website by means of the link in the signature section of this post. As always, comments and questions are appreciated. Michael
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails curved box 03.jpg   curved box 04.jpg   curved box 06.jpg  

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  8. #18
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    Michael,
    Forgive me if I missed it when reading this thread. I printed off your track and staging plan and looked at what your doing. I was just wondering if the benchwork in the middle is the transition from staging?

    I do love your layout. Your website is great and the bencwork is awesome. I can't wait to see it all done keep up the great work.

    Lucas
    Sitka, Alaska

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    Thanks Lucas, I appreciate the feedback very much. As for the benchwork, all of the benchwork will play a part in the operation of the railroad. We intend to have switching operations on the lower, middle and upper sections. But the real answer to your question is yes, the SW "blob" is home to our second major staging yard (lower level) and then the line runs along the NW and N walls twice (once outbound, then back again) to gain elevation and ultimately become part of the main level at Black River Jct. That same table section is then the terminus of the point to point, after the line runs completely around the room a third time and ends in Ravensdale, which is also the highest point in the line at 57 inches. Hope that made things clear, if not, let me know. M

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    Back from Hibernation

    After months of inactivity and enjoying the pleasure of watching my two year old grow up (in progress), it's time to get the layout back in forward progress mode. As such, over the last few weekends we have been finishing the base benchwork along the north wall and laying the foundation of our NE "blob", as it is affectionately named. The pictures below will give a solid representation of the blob, the first looking NE, the second due north and finally as you will see it from the front entry, due west. It is at this point that three levels of track will circle around and return to various destinations on the layout. The blob will be a complex work of track support and scenery. It will include scenery windows on the lower and middle levels and they will be situated so that you can see different views from whichever side of the blob you are standing, but you will not see what another person is seeing from their angle.

    Our next update will take us back to lower staging, where the homosote is down, the subroadbed is in place and our first track has been laid. A momentus day in the new RGW.

    For more, please visit our website.
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails NE Blob scaled 01.jpg   NE blob scaled 02.jpg   NE blob scaled 03.jpg  
    Last edited by RGW; January 29th, 2008 at 04:33 AM.

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