2017-2018 10th Annual International Winter Layout Party

ppuinn Dec 17, 2017

  1. ppuinn

    ppuinn Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Brad...4 comments on 2 similar workspaces under my lower deck:

    The surface of one space is a salvaged sink countertop (5.5 ft long, 2ft deep; with a 2ftx4ft sheet of Homasote covering the opening for the sink) supported by 2 salvaged wall-mounted kitchen cabinets--12Dx15Wx30H inch at one end and 12Dx30Wx30H inch at the other.
    1. I had to carefully position the cabinets so there was enough space between the cabinets for my knees or to push in a chair.
    2. I plugged in an extension cord, so I wouldn't have to crawl under the countertop every time I wanted to use the wall outlet behind the workspace.

    The other workspace was initially made with a 15x40 piece of Homasote resting on top of a 15Dx40Wx25H bookshelf, which was located against a wall between a corner desk and a 15Dx24Wx30H bookcase.
    3. I didn't like the low level and that the lack of knee space prevented me from drawing my chair close to the work surface.
    So I took a 24x66 inch sheet of Homasote, supported one end on the desk, turned the 30 inch high bookshelf 90 degrees to the wall to support the other end, and stacked some braces on the 25 inch high bookshelf to support the back half of the Homasote.
    4. This arrangement gave me a long working space as well as great knee space, and someplace to store my wheeled stool when I wanted to use the aisle during operating sessions.
     
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    I've made some progress on a few more job descriptions, mostly re-wording things for more clarity, and incorporating suggestions in the worksheets for assigning cars to specific industries. Still need to add some industry labels on the fascia and some signage directly on the structures.

    Friday, I visited a local train shop and bought some turnouts; ordered some trucks and couplers for 10 ancient TRIX cabooses that I'm going to repair, paint, and detail in P&E, CNW, ITC, TPW colors; got a decoder for a SD 40-2; finally ordered some trucks for 2 broken switchers that have been languishing in my "locos to be repaired" drawer; left a third loco for a hard-wired decoder installation, and a fourth loco for repair or replacement of a loose worm gear; determined that I had irreparably botched the installation of a drop-in decoder (and would need to send the decoder to Digitrax for replacement); and got some MTL conversion couplers to replace some Rapido couplers on an older (used) loco I'd picked up at a train show umpty-leven years ago. When I got home, I realized that I had forgotten to buy 4 UP5 panels to finalize repairs/corrections/re-routing of the Loconet cable (which we'd initiated Saturday 1/27 to eliminate an electrical problem)...so I'll probably go back again on Wednesday or Friday.

    Sunday I worked on upgrading trackwork on 2 of our NMRA division's 10 HO modules. Next weekend, we'll put some ballast, roads, trees, shrubbery and grass on them, and the weekend after that, we'll incorporate them in our hands-on operating display for kids (ages 5-95) at a train show in Peoria IL. If I'm feeling especially ambitious, I might try to build some structures for our cityscape module.
     
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    After I finished the track work, I ran through the card cycles a few times and quickly realized the need for more wood chip gons and shifted my focus to freight cars.. No further progress on the layout, but I did get most of my list completed except for the right hand side of the backdrop.

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    Only minor progress on one of my job descriptions (BN Alley Job), cleaned some track in the BN Peoria Yard and the BN Alley so we can test the Alley Job job description when I finally finish it, finalized installation of 1 UP5 panel but still need to get back down to the train store and get 3 more UP5 panels.
    Spent an hour and 45 minutes traveling to/from Vermont, IL (where our NMRA division modules are stored) on Saturday and again on Sunday to work 10:00 to 4:00 both days on the 2 yard modules and one of the two cityscape modules. The work crew finished re-soldering some re-positioned feeders to yard tracks, installed two crossovers, remounted 8 ground throws in the yard throats and added 4 new ones to the crossovers, and added ballast and some grass/shrubs to the two yard modules. I spent most of my time working on scenery for one of the cityscape modules. A year or so ago, we had put a hill and some trees at one end of the right cityscape module to transition from some sceniced corner modules. One of the other work crew members had ballasted the tracks last week and I had started working on one of the two houses, and a grade crossing. This weekend, I finished putting the road in and got the lanes striped, and put grass and trees and shrubs around the house. Sunday evening I brought the module back home with me and yesterday I added the driveway, tweaked the landscaping around the house, added weeds and grass on both sides of the mainline tracks, and continued working on the grade crossing.

    This is the house on the right side of the right cityscape module...the tree-covered hill behind the house is made of foam and is removable for transporting, and the house and car are also removable. Most of the trees by the house on the flat part of the module, and the driveway and the road are permanent. I still have to adjust the site for the house, so the gap where the house's foundation and the driveway meet is hidden...probably by scraping off the old scenery materials/grass where we positioned the house, sanding the area level, and maybe raising the concrete apron in front of the garage. (I'm not happy with how wrinkled the cardstock driveway turned out, so I may go with foamboard [like the road].)

    This is the grade crossing. The road is 1/4 inch foamboard, spray painted with rattlecan flat gray; the lane stripes are made with colored pencils. I had tried to put in BMLA crossing material, but couldn't get as smooth a transition from road surface to crossing material surface and back to road surface as I wanted, so I cut black cardstock and drew lines on it. The pencils are holding the cardstock down while the glue dries. The drawn lines for the sections of crossing material didn't turn out as nice as I wanted, so I'll probably cut some more card stock rectangles and glue them directly over the drawn rectangles. The far edge of the road (ground foam dirt and then grass) is done. Where the gravel lane by the tracks turns to dirt, I'm going to put some signs and fence posts; and there will be a stop sign onto the road. When the crossing material looks correct, I'll add crossing flashers (probably not working ones, for now) and signal boxes, and a fence along the ROW on the right (aisle) side of the track from the road to about half-way to the far end of the module.

    This week I need to finish the crossing, finish the left side of the road, make a place for the (removable) house-under-construction on the left side of this module, and put appropriate scenery around the construction site. We've talked about putting in a road along the tracks that would extend to the left cityscape module, but haven't made an executive decision, yet. Since we want to have the module ready for our hands-on display (kids and adults get to run trains around an 8x16 foot oval) at a Train Meet next Sunday, Feb 18, I'll probably leave a very lightly sceniced space for the road between the house-under-construction and the tracks.
     
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    Nothing done on the layout since my last post as I have been in the Phoenix, Arizona area for the past week. Did visit a nice Hobby Shop called "An Affair with Trains". Nice selection of N and HO items and they also had a good selection of scratch building items. I picked up some Plastruct structural parts I need to finish the Barite facility. Hopefully within the next few days after getting caught up with things after the trip I can get back to working on the layout.
     
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    Dave what you are describing is very similar to what I had planned to do with that maple top for a second work bench. This existing work bench is quite old and is one of the few things I still have from childhood. It was originally one of the fixtures from the original location of a somewhat famous gun shop called Weatherby's in my home town so I think it dates from about 1945. We had a neighbor who worked there and when the shop moved to a new location with all new fixtures sometime in the 1950's the employees split up the old fixtures between them. He used it as a work bench until he retired in the late 60's and gave the bench to my dad. When I bought my first house in 1981 it came to me and since about 1986 has been used exclusively for modeling and electronics work.

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    Original builders plate.
     
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    Back to normal now after our Arizona trip. Been working on blending the scenery between the Golconda section and the recently added Battle Mountain section. Shown in this first photo is the area around the rear or westbound track. Some rocks, both real and cast plaster, then a layer of sanded grout. Still using a sheet of styrene to protect the back drop. This afternoon I started the ballast for both tracks. First I use N Scale Arizona Rock & Mineral along the edges. When finished this will appear to be older, underlying ballast. After this dries I will use HO scale AR&M products for the top layer.

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    While I was letting the ballast dry I started work on another batch of line side poles. I intend to have poles along both lines on the layout and have been picking up boxes of Atlas poles whenever I can get them at a bargain price at train shows. I make modifications and paint them as detailed in two of my blog posts.

    http://palisadecanyonrr.blogspot.com/2017/03/line-side-poles.html
    http://palisadecanyonrr.blogspot.com/2017/12/line-side-poles-round-2.html


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  8. bremner

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    How many of those middle poles came in each box? I can use about 25 of them
     
  9. nscalestation

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    Yes I can see how you would. These are perfect for PE private ROW areas.

    I have already cut all of the poles off of the spues but as I recall there are 3 spues with 4 poles each in each box that break down as follows.

    2 -normal
    1 - with trolley wire support
    1 - with transformer

    So for the full box of 12 multiply by 3. Answer = 3 with trolley wire support per box.

    I will check tomorrow to see how many I still have that I have not already cut the trolley wire supports off.
     
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    While not quite right, it's close enough
     
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