River Harbor Belt Line

Colonel Dec 1, 2013

  1. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This will be the start of my new build the River Harbor Belt Line, a switching layout. The area is fictional but will be serviced by fallen flags of UP mainly MoPac, Texas Pacific. I will model two eras operating in the 50's with steam and also 80's with GP9, GP15 and GP38-2's

    Here is a design of the layout and benchwork, the track will be Peco code 83 with peco electrofrog switches. The control system will be NCE DCC and all locos will be DCC + sound

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    The layout will be in my garage approx 5.5 metres (18 feet) X 2.7 metres (9 feet) with a detachable cassette

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    All going well the bench work will commence in May 2014 although i have been busy purchasing locomotives and rollingstock and track for the build
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You've abandoned the original plan, and started over again?
     
  3. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Had a rethink and shortened the top length and actually removed the port at this stage. It is still an option in the future however this design has lots of switching opportunities for two too three operators.
     
  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Today I tested my new spray booth by spraying dullcote on previously weathered cars. I am really happy with this booth it has a filter and fan and is easy to assemble and disassemble when finished

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  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Please tell us more about your spray booth!
     
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  6. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The E420 Airbrush Spray Booth will extract overspray away from you and your work and the filter the air.

    • Powerful air extraction.
    • Multi-layer air filter.
    • Quiet Operation.
    • Folds up for easy storage and transport.
    • Includes turntable
    Extension hose kit ducts spray fumes to the outside.

    • Hose extends from 0.7 to 1.7m
    • Flat exhaust outlet easily fits into windows or door gaps.
    HS-E420K.jpg Cost is approx $150 US
     
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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Interesting! Wish I had know about this a couple of months back. I just ended up building my own booth... Oh well.
     
  8. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here are some of the buildings I will be using on the layout although a couple will be modified

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  9. StickyMonk

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    What is that building at the bottom? Looks kind of what I need to make a building flat at one end of my layout. I find that easier than making a back scene...

    Looks like it will be an interesting layout to operate.
     
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  10. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Matt,

    The building is a walthers
     
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  11. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I can sense you gearing up to make a start on your new layout Paul. Time will fly once past Christmas :)
     
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  12. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks great! Lots of fun ahead.
     
  13. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Alan and Flash, yes all going well we will be in the new house in April.

    All switches have been ordered, I hVe gone with Peco code 83 electrofrog. The switches will be operated using caboose industries spring loaded ground throws so no motors to keep it simple.

    Have enough on the roster to run either a modern era or steam era but most of the time it will be modern circa 1980 with Gp9, Gp7, Gp38-2, Gp15 and Sw1
     
  14. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Today I weathered a number of cars and this GP15-1

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  15. Flash Blackman

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    Now that is really looking good! More grimy black around the turbocharger on the top for exhaust streaks. Maybe just use chalk for that.
     
  16. Shortround

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    Where could one purchase this spray booth?
     
  17. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  18. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes needs some grimy black, will have to apply some
     
  19. RGW

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    This is great stuff Paul. M
     
  20. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks really looking forward to building the new layout, all going to plan it will commence in April
     

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