Building the KY&N: Planning, Prep & Benchwork

GP30 Mar 27, 2020

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    This thread will feature periodic layout construction updates on the Kanawha, Youngtown & Northern (KY&N). The updates may be brief, or may be wordy. Detailed updates may also be found on our blog (link below). Please ask questions, provide suggestions and or general comments, all are appreciated.

    First a brief background: My wife and I bought our current home in June of 2019. It features a 36'x23' basement with full bath as well as a 39'x16' basement garage that is being converted to a play space for our three children. The layout will be a two-deck shelf layout mostly along the walls, varying in depth not exceeding 36 inches.

    The KY&N is an Appalachian coal hauling regional railroad running between Charleston, WV and Cleveland, OH. Passing through cities such as Wheeling and Weirton in WV and Youngstown in Ohio, this railroad also boasts a significant amount of steel industry traffic as well as bridge traffic by the Penn Central between their ex-NYC WV Secondary and their Ex-PRR Panhandle Division and from the N&W between their ex-VGN Deepwater Branch and their ex-W&LE connection near Wheeling, WV. Set in mid winter 1973-74, the KY&N boasts a healthy roster of first generation power with new power beginning to make their mark on railroading.

    For modeling purposes the layout will be based on the southern-most terminus of the railroad at Charleston, WV with significant interchange traffic with the C&O, Penn Central, N&W and the legendary V&O. Representing a stretch of 74 miles, the layout focuses on a stretch of single-track mainline between Charleston and Grantsville, WV.

    For more detailed information about the construction, please visit my blog at: http://kyn-rr.blogspot.com
     
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    September 2019: The basement is unfinished but has had a history of moisture issues. After we bought the house, we discovered the sump pump wasn't working. After replacement of the system the basement has been dry and without any obnoxious smells and has remained dry all through the winter and spring to date. I was still hesitant to build full 2x4 studded walls and completely finish the layout area of the basement should any issues arise in the future. After consulting my dad, who has built houses and taught carpentry at a trade school for 30 years, he suggested Tap-Cons to attach vertical boards to the wall and mounting the back of the benchwork to those, thereby leaving much wall space accessible to some extent.

    The wiring on the main level of the house had previously been upgraded with grounded outlets and fixtures, but the basement was still original ungrounded wiring and outlets from the house's construction in 1962. So the first things to be done are to work on wiring and attaching the vertical 2x3's to the walls as time permits.

    Lets have a look at the lower level track plan:
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    Upper Level Track Plan:
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    I have considered a helix at Elkview instead of the nolix design and that is still a possibility but I have time to decide one way or another. It would allow a little bit more room for the industry at Elkview and an extension of the mine at Wills.

    Here is an example of the 2x3 vertical boards attached to the masonry. This will be in the middle of staging to the lower right . I am going to replace the basement windows with new vinyl hopper windows before the benchwork goes up. This is wall is 50% above grade, so I am going to use 1" foam board between the boards to help keep this corner warm. Backdrop would eventually cover the boards and the foam, obviously.
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    After putting up beaded paneling in the kids play room, I had a lot of scraps left over. I ripped several pieces into 1" strips, these will be perfect for spline roadbed eventually.
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    Last Sunday 3/22, everything is closed, including church! It was so nice and warm, I managed to find an hour or two and cut some old used plywood into 3-1/2” strips for benchwork later. [​IMG]


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    I spent about an hour wiring up two temporary light fixtures using basic, single bulb fixtures until I’m ready for LED fixtures. These are part of all new wiring throughout the basement and general space lighting. Hopefully I’ll have the rest of it completed enough in the next couple weeks to get this part of the basement connected to a new breaker.
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    “It ain’t much, but it’s honest work!”
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    Long time since Ive updated. The basement in the bathroom now has stud walls and a door way and the electrical has all been updated. [​IMG]

    My wife wanted her own space in the basement, so that required an adjustment to the track plan and two more stud walls, which is in progress. I’m allowed to start benchwork as soon as her room is ready.

    Progress has been slow this summer between work, painting the house, building a new deck and camping. I can finally see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.[​IMG]


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