Somewhere on the Rio Grande...

bubule Dec 30, 2010

  1. bubule

    bubule TrainBoard Member

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    Hello all !!

    I'm new on this forum, so i dont know where is the best place to post my presentation ...

    My name is Jean-François but my friend call me Jef or JF.I'm 29 year old and do model railroad since 17 years.

    I'm working on an N scale layout 8'*6' called the Turtle Field Railroad. It's a monolithic open grid bench work in plywood. Control of trains is made by a DCC station and trains roll on peco code 55 tracks. The scenery represent a "possible" junction station on the D&RGW.

    The Turtle Field town:

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    A small video :





    I started construction in year 2003 and it's still in construction.

    Here is the frame work :


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    The track plan is very simple, but le layout is designed to be upgraded in futur. The goal of this plan was to run long trains in small place and to broke the oval traditional shape of small layout :

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    There is a small classic DC control pannel to drive turnouts with push butons. A small industrial PLC switch the trunouts to the desired position :

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  2. Grey One

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    Very nice! Great video.
    Your plan "style" is called a "folded dog bone" versus an "oval" or "loop to loop" or other. It's an excellent way to keep things moving through lots of terrain.
     
  3. jagged ben

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    Cool to see the Rockies being modeled in France. Show us more pictures! :)
     
  4. bremner

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    Looks good Jef. Just a little advice, to us SP fans, that one GE loco looks a little odd. The SP tended to run them out on the road as mainline loco's, not as a local engine. They liked to use SW1500's, SD7/9E's, GP9E's and GP35E's in pairs for locals. Here is a picture of the two GP9E's that were used in Anahiem, CA (near Disneyland) as local power in the late 1980's. I watched them pull 10 car trains.

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  5. bubule

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    Thank's a lot for the pics and the details !! My layout is designed to fit era from 1950 to the end of the seventees. But when i like a newest loco i buy it and roll with it.

    It will hurt some purist but i enjoy it ... :tb-embarrassed:

    I think you will enjoy better with this sort of power ? :tb-biggrin:

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  6. bubule

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    In another style i have this ... i know it's a litle bit heretic ... but so good to see too !!!

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  7. BoxcabE50

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    Excellent. You rule your railroad. So have fun!

    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    Boxcab E50
     
  8. CraigN

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    Welcome aboard Jef.

    The layout looks great! You do very nice work.

    You just need to get some stuff dirty!

    Craig
     
  9. bremner

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    exactly....the only clean SP locos were new or in passenger service.
     
  10. bubule

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    I have only one engine and one car with dirt ... this one :

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  11. gregorycarlson

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    Welcome to Trainboard JF!

    Really like the landscaping in the photos & video, big fan of Rio Grande myself.

    Would like to see some additional photos.

    Have a happy new year!
    Gregory
     
  12. bubule

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    Thank's all !!!

    So more pics :

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    details of the grade crossing :

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    And a video to show you how does it work :

     
  13. Puddington

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    Bonjour J.F.

    Bon pour vous voir avoir fondé cet endroit ! J'ai apprécié la visite mon ami "Little Puddy" fait à vous. J'admire votre travail merveilleux Je soulève un verre de Bordeaux à vous mon ami.

    Veuillez envoyer plus d'images !

    Merci JF

    Mike


    This gentleman has a fantastic layout and hosted our "around the world" boxcar "Little Puddy" (the dirty white car) while it was in France......his work is world class and I am proud to have had him host Little Puddy !
     
  14. jagged ben

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    Great operating grade crossing. We have one at the club that works on manual buttons, we really need to automate it.
     
  15. bubule

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    Hey Mike !! It' nice to see you here !!!

    It was a great pleasure to welcome Lil' Puddy on the Turtle Field rails ... she is a terrific car ... and so lovely !
    Does she come back to Peterborough ?

    Merci Mike, pour vos agréables remarques sur ce fil, je léve aussi mon verre à votre santé !!

    back to topic :


    Here is details of the freigth depot of the rail/road transport company (it's an AMB laser kit) :

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    And some details too, on passenger station. The buiding is from Bar Mills scale models, and platform is all scratchbuilt (wood and plastics for frame and brass rods solded for hand rails) :

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    And a video with a F45 Athearn with soundtraxx cruissing in the rocks :



    It's really a great model, work nice !!!
     
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  16. bubule

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    Two more videos :



     
  17. bubule

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    Here is a video during the test of the track laying. You can see 2 EDMgp40 and 3 alco C628 haulling 38 freigth car.



    This S curve is designed as a video and photo spot :

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    On this shot you can almost of the town scene on my layout.

    The warehouse in the bact is own by a joint venture D&RGW railroad and it's road transport company the Rio Grande Motor Way. You can see the two logos on the rigth of the building

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    This buiding is a fully scartchbuilt model. It's made with styrene sheet and rod. The interior is detailed. The forklift is a with metal kit from GHQ, painted with CLARK colours.
    The two ford C truck are fron athern and have been only wheathered. It a great model.
    The 48 foot road trailer is a deluxe innovation one, repainted and fit with Rio Grande decals from microscales. The ground is made with plaster mixed with wood glue (for a berter resistance to shocks) witch have been handly scarved and painted with acrilics.

    The two dumpster are NJ interational brass model (with working doors !!) and ned to be loaded and dirted.

    Here is some details of the contruction:

    The interior :

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    The struture :

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  18. bubule

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    The grid is made with Gold medal chainlinks barreers :

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    The corugated walls are made with evergreen styrene sheets :

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    Details :

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  19. bubule

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    And finaly the lifter fully scatchbuit with wire and styrene :

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    The roof work :

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  20. Seated Viper

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    Don't worry about being regarded as a heretic. If we still burned heretics at the stake, I'd have been roasted long ago!!!

    Regards,

    Pete
     

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