Central States & Western Railroad

CentralStatesandWesternRR Jan 30, 2019

  1. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Hi everyone,

    Introducing my screen name's namesake railroad. The Central States and Western Railroad is fictional and loosely modeled after a shortline in the Ozark's.

    Statistics
    • Main line: Single track
    • Operations: Point-to-point or continuous
    • Industries: Grain, small factories, Class I interchange, tourism
    • Space: 12' x 9'
    • Construction: Single level, sectional, foam on hardboard
    • Electrical: DCC
    • Primary Cities: Romeoville, Newton, TBD
    Description

    The Central States and Western runs on a segment of the old Rock Island approximately 30 miles in length. CS&WRR interchanges with a class I at Romeoville (I've yet to think of which line). The main yard is in another large city (I have yet to name).

    The layout is built in a basement room with finishes, walls, and a ceiling. It doesn't get AC in summer but I try to control the humidity. It's built in 3' x 3' segments that are not interchangeable.

    You're joining me in this project at the two and a half year mark. Let's take a quick tour!

    Tour


    Starting off in the N/W corner is Netwon. Newton has 5 online industries right now and might have a 6th. There is one spur that is incomplete.


    My most recent work was "ballasting" the track here. McVicker Tool and Die occasionally gets supplies but their track is so worn down it's any wonder the railcars stay on!


    Here's a better shot. The overpass is my attempt to spilt up the scenes a bit more considering I have limited space.


    To allow continuous operations, I have a bridge. Normally it's down but it rises if you choose not to duck under. This will also add more interest in operations.


    Romeoville has just been started. I only have space for one industry, a scrap yard.


    The pair of tracks for that is seen here. There's also an interchange with a Class I here, that track runs behind the scenery. The track in the foreground will lead into the other room where the main rail yard will be. This is now the S/W corner of the room.


    The mountain takes up nearly two sections and the entire S/E corner.


    The grain silos are the most complete scene and bring us nearly all the way around.

    The N/W corner contains a lumber yard and factory. I'll have more pics of them later.

    I hope you enjoyed the tour. I'll continue to keep updating this.
     
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  2. in2tech

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    Nice, a Youtube channel by chance? Would love to see a video.
     
  3. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

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    I love this! How did you do the clouds?
     
  4. PRRFAN

    PRRFAN TrainBoard Member

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    Very nice!

    Carl
     
  5. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing how they look with a backdrop. They are pretty easy. I took paper lanterns and combined them into a cluster. Then I glued stuffing all over. I have battery lights but they are tricky to turn on I never use them. Maybe if I can figure out how to build a reed switch switch.


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  6. CentralStatesandWesternRR

    CentralStatesandWesternRR TrainBoard Member

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    I’ve been thinking of that, maybe sometime soon.


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  7. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Decided to install the power lines for the lumber yard. They still need actual power lines but the extra detail is nice to have.

    IMG_9222.jpg



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  8. astrotrain

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    Nice job and love the scenery.
     
  9. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Decided that the road needed some shoulders so I used some gravel. What do folks think? I haven’t glued it down yet. I think it’s too bright and will need to be dulled down with some diluted India ink.


    I still need to add a piece of craft foam over the tracks as there’s a switch there. I don’t remove the adhesive on the back of the foam so it can move where I’ve done this before. IMG_9249.jpg


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    Been awhile since I last did an update. Started laying out the foam for Romeoville, named after my cat. [​IMG]

    Added the tunnel portals to the mountain and decided to extend it a bit rather than make another portal larger. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Plaster work is my least favorite activity, although ballasting might be worse.


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