1. William Cowie

    William Cowie TrainBoard Member

    Olympics? We don't need no stinkin' Olympics - we're N scalers!! :D Unlike some swimmers and gymnasts, all we got was gold at OUR Chantilly Games! [​IMG]

    My basement is half empty from all the moving crud, and I begun planning for my duelie layout (part switching and part run-around). What did you guys do this week?
  2. Scott Stutzman

    Scott Stutzman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I worked on getting a couple SP AC4400's painted. Here's # 378.

    Number 146 is awaiting touch-up, Should be done soon!
  3. Rob M.

    Rob M. TrainBoard Supporter

    Well, I just created my own thread for my work this weekend, since SNFF wasn't started yet:


    I finally got basic scenery completed on my "shuriken" module, and posted a few pics, including this one:

    Of course, by the time I finished my post, SNFF had been started. Murphy's law is in effect... :)
  4. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched

    I've been working on some new photo's of the JJJ&E.

    Here is a panoramic view of the long 2% grade to the St. Albans tunnel on the JJJ&E Railroad. The Broken Tree division of the San Marino yard lies on the plateau above the four track mainline. The town of San Marino (pop. 325) is located in the background.


    This second photo shows the Fish Pier in the Monterrey River Basin on the JJJ&E. The St. Albans tunnel is in the background.


    Here is a view of the St. Albans tunnel on the JJJ&E.

  5. randgust

    randgust TrainBoard Member

    Week three of The Walls of La Posada!

    Converting the mockup boxes to walls is, uh, well, er, boring. But I'm getting there. It doesn't photograph well, because to see detail everything else darkens out.

    Each wall has a strathmore exterior, 1/16th Basswood reinforcement and edging (including around all windows), another layer of strathmore on the inside, and the cut-down Grandt Line windows glued to the INSIDE finished wall to the correct, deep, 15" manonry walls covered in smooth stucco. This was designed to looks like a Mexican Hacienda that got converted to a hotel. I'm working off a blueprint of the floor plans, and the portions I'm building are to full scale size.




    The website with the real buildings (not mirror imaged like the model) at:

    Here's the front view that's closest to what I'm doing (again, I'm reversed)

    In these photos the semifinished walls are all just sitting there like a card house at this point - nothing is glued up together at all. I've designed this thing to have an interior viewable THROUGH the backdrop (someday) which added lots of design problems here. Hey, I knew this project would take forever. It's not dissapointing me!
  6. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

    I really need to get out and take some new photos. Here is one from about 8 years ago. Today, I rode my bike through what used to be this field where I set my modules up to take this photo. It is now a subdivision with lakes and two story homes.
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  7. jmwinfield

    jmwinfield TrainBoard Member

    Looking good so far, Randy! Can't wait to see the finished project! :D

    RED ROCK TrainBoard Supporter

    Hello all. I had time to weather a couple of cars this week.
    Both are MDC cars. First is an incorrect waffle style for Southern (NS) but until we get a correct model I'll live with it.
    The next is a lightly weathered RBL. [​IMG]
  9. William Cowie

    William Cowie TrainBoard Member

    Nice work, Scott! Here's a pic for some more inspiration...

  10. Curn

    Curn TrainBoard Member

    I added a mountain and mining spur to my 2'x4' layout. My 2-8-0 can just barely pull 3 cars up the 4% grade. Here is a picture and track plan.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  11. tc1

    tc1 TrainBoard Member

    Most have probably seen this, but I wanna post it again. I really like this engine so far.


  12. atsf_arizona

    atsf_arizona TrainBoard Supporter


    That La Posada project looks great, thx for keeping us posted.

    I'm still recovering from Chantilly.

    Posting here couple of the Chantilly photos, these from Marc Sisk's beautiful "Pipestone Pass" NTrak module:

    Looking down-track:


    What the module looks like:


    As most of you know, Chantilly photos by me are at:


    Thx for sharing, all, take care!

    [ 16. August 2004, 00:35: Message edited by: atsf_arizona ]
  13. sitchad

    sitchad TrainBoard Member

    Well, didn't build anything new but added some new power.

    SP C-630 up front of a C-628 past the fuel dealer.


    What's this, steam on the lines. Nice place to watch from the canoe.



    The Bachmann fact sheet says to break the Mountain in for a couple of hours. I can't wait. This is gonna look nice pulling a string of 40' refers.

    That's all for now. Great work everyone.

    John, wanted to thank you for all the Chantilly pictures. They are wonderful. I hope next year to be able to attend.
  14. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched


    The SP 4-8-2 Mountain looks great on your layout! :cool: [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Enjoy steam!!! :cool:
  15. DarylK

    DarylK TrainBoard Member

    Here's the first of four houses that I am trying to replicate in Rochelle. There ar 12 houses total that are represented on the layout. However, rather than scratch build all twelve to represent actual houses in Rochelle. I used kits for most of them and am scratch building only those that are clearly visible from the railroad park. The idea is that people will recognize the four scratch built houses and assume the rest are actual representations as well. One of the four that I am scratch building is the gift shop. (Its next as soon as my order for more grant line windows come in.)

    I didn;t bother building the windows to match exactly, but just used Grant line windows in the same locations.





  16. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

    Progress has been extremely slow this week. I've been in one of those pauses, thinking about the details... The only tangible progress being cutting and gluing three blocks of foam:


    Next week I'll file away about 80% of that added material to arrive at the final terrain. Upon studying this photo of the prototype and USGS topograhpical maps, it became apparent that despite the flatness of the rails and roadway, there are actually two subtle hills shown in the photo.


    The give-away is the way that the telegraph poles rise and fall as you look down the line. That adds modeling interest, and I'm going to try to capture it on the module. The locations of the foam blocks indicate the high points. I'll file away most of that foam as well as additional foam to provide the ditches and dips indicated.

    EIDT: I should add that the view of the module is 180 degrees off from the view of the prototype. The large steel ruler is actually where the road is. I'll try to put better photos in my module construction thread as work progresses.
  17. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Great stuff all!
    William, Where'd you take that shot of the SP ACeez?

    I am making a trip down next weekend, if you'd like to hook up with me!
    I plan on getting shots of the WB summer Ski Train, either in the South Draw, Rollinsville, or Tunnel 1. I'm also going to be in the mtns friday nite, trying to get some last light of the day shots.
  18. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Here's my minimal offering:
    D&RGW side-dump car in UP's Cheyenne yard:

    And my first ever upper & under shot of a BNSF train crossing a UP train!
    It's a crappy grab shot, light and composition are all jacked, but it's better than nothing!
  19. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

    Heck, why not both? :D :D :D

    Hats off to Puerto Rico Basketball Team for kicking our Caboose!!!!!!!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Nice to see the N-Scalers going for the GOLD tonight as well. Watching the bast of both worlds at the same time...
  20. NS

    NS TrainBoard Member

    Have not done much on the layout lately. Did take these pictures on the way to a birthday party. I thought Kannapolis, N.C. was kinda far from home for BNSF.

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