The M - K & Eastern RR

Graff May 18, 2017

  1. trainman-ho

    trainman-ho TrainBoard Member

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    Well thought out...well planned...well executed!!!

    Those clouds are a work of art! If they are an indicator for what is to come you will have a layout to be proud of!!

    Kudos to you sir!

    Jim
     
  2. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    Progress!

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    The first benchwork is up. The plywood construction makes it both light and strong.

    And here is about a third of the benchwork up:

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    I selected to use 2x2 standing legs because if I'd used wall mounted brackets, it would have been difficult to match the wall studs.
    In any case it's very sturdy.
     
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  3. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    Decisions, decisions...

    I'm planning the subroadbed, and the stations, yards etc. will have 3/4" plywood. But what about the lines then?

    I haven't decided yet if I should use spline or ply subroadbed.

    If I should build with spline, should it be 3/4" x 1/4" pine, or 1/4" hardboard?

    How to fasten it on the risers? And how should the risers be constructed?

    Any thoughts on this?
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Is weight of any concern? (Future portability of the layout?) Just thinking how 3/4" plywood can weigh a fair amount. Then add scenery, etc.
     
  5. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, 3/4" might be overkill....
    I bought some 5/8" plywood to try.
    The spline roadbed is still under evaluation....
    The spruce is strong, but really difficult to work with. My next experiment will be with 1/4" MDF that I sawed into 3/4" strips.
    It seems like a middle road between hardboard and spruce spine.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    What about using Masonite for the splines?
     
  7. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    1/4" hardboard isn't available here, only 1/8".
    And that's isn't really an option.

    Some more progress on the layout.

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    Almost 80% of the benchwork is ready. The ones left to do are the curve sections.

    I've aldo added the first 5/8" plywood roadbed.

    I will use plywood roadbed on the stations and yards. The inclines and upper tracks will be spline roadbed.


    Spline raw material made from1/4" MDF that I sawed into 1" strips.

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    Tracks and turnouts. I laid out some Peco turnouts to make sure the roadbed will fit the plan.

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    Laser cut sweep sticks for HOn3. These are invaluable!

    I got these made by a friend in the US.

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    It might be possible to lay the first tracks this weekend.
     
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The Masonite we use here in the USA, commonly, for backdrops and much more, is 1/8th inch.
     
  9. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    Some more progress today.
    I've glued the cork. It's standard HO cork that I cut off a 6 mm (1/4") wide strip to make it fit HOn3 (16.5mm - 10.5mm = 6mm).
    Now I have to order more cork .... I need about 40-50 yards.
    I've begun on the Spline roadbed.
    I'm gluing it with "No more nails" from Pattex on cartridge (I guess it's like liquid nails?).
    The splines are 6 mm (1/4") MDF, which is cut in 25 mm (1") wide strips.
    There is a need for huge amount of clamps though. Have to find some more, I know I have some...
    Time to make all the curved and Y-turnouts as well.

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  10. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    More progress. I've finished about 2/3s of the subroadbeds.

    I had to check my inclines to keep them under 2%.



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