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As mention in my other layout thread. I have started a new layout it occupies a area 11' x 18' roughly.

Here the basic plan





The layout is support off the wall by double slot bracket from Lowe's, but I am sure these are available at other home improvement stores




I created some short L-Girders to support the benchwork.










Fast forward here is the basic benchwork finished





Backdrop painted





There more progress. I will post more soon.


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You have been a busy lad. very nice benchwork

In "N" scale you are going to have some nice long runs

Is it going to be Steam or Diesel.

Don

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Dwyane-now youre cookin'...great progress. When you hold the golden spike ceremony, let me know. I may not have any N scale, but I love the old T & P.

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Nice workmanship on the benchwork.

With N you can create mainline railroading in a more reasonable space.

Problem with me is that I can't see the cars and locos.

Do they have wheels?


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Dwyane,

The benchwork looks great! I like the way you used the shelf brackets for support and create storage under the layout.

I'd use that for the Chiso if the apartment management wouldn't be so against it.

Once you get further along it may be road-trip time.

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Looks good. How exactly are the L-girders attached to the bracket arms? I see a couple of nails in place along the bottoms but I'm assuming that the 1x4 framework holds it all together once in place?

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Paladin wrote: You have been a busy lad. very nice benchwork

In "N" scale you are going to have some nice long runs

Is it going to be Steam or Diesel.

Don

Both....

A local hobby shop did a special run on T&P F7 A/B Units

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Dwayne wrote: Looks good. How exactly are the L-girders attached to the bracket arms? I see a couple of nails in place along the bottoms but I'm assuming that the 1x4 framework holds it all together once in place?
Two dry wall screws up thru the bracket into the L-girders. Yes the frame work holds every thing together. I could have use less brackets but I want to add wire shelf's later under the benchwork for magazine storage and other stuff.

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more progress...

I like using ceiling tiles for subsurface over the plywood base.




















This is one of my favorite glues for the ceiling tile




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Looking good
Are the ceiling tiles for sound insulation.
Have you a plan for lighting.

I am pleased to see you are using some pre-loved timber

Don

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Looking good Dwayne. :rah:

Power Grab is a favorite of mine as well.

I like that things can be repositioned for a short while and then it sets up quickly, depending on the application of course.

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Paladin wrote: Looking good
Are the ceiling tiles for sound insulation.
Have you a plan for lighting.

I am pleased to see you are using some pre-loved timber

Don

Not for sound insulation, but should help.  I like the way they carve/shape for scenery.

I have recycle most of my old HO Layout benchwork and some of the ceiling tiles that were salvageable and soon all the electrical stuff.

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Dave D wrote: Looking good Dwayne. :rah:

Power Grab is a favorite of mine as well.

I like that things can be repositioned for a short while and then it sets up quickly, depending on the application of course.

Dave,

I believe it was one of your post is what got me hook on Power Grab

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More progress - track laying

Printed out 1:1 plans of some of the areas to start with








Then on to laying roadbed and track























Some uncoupler magnets








Switch machine modifications for the thick sub-base, add 1/16" brass tubing over the 0.032 music wire








More roadbed and track




















So this is were I am at today, if your interested in more detail.

You can check out by blog http://kdrail.blogspot.com/ were I have been documenting the progress for the last 3-4 months.

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Excellent.  It looks like you will have a fine railroad with nice long runs.

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Looks very nice, and I like the way you cleaned the benchwork for better pics!! :2t:

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Thanks Guy's for all the encouragement.

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Dwyane,

All those great shots of your benchwork and track almost make me want to change over to "N" scale, almost.

They are right that it looks like you'll have some good long runs. I got to operate an "N" scalle railroad down in Houston once that was really fun so I know it's possible. Hope you plan for operations rather than just running trains.

One other thing you have over me by a mile, laying track. Flex goes a bunch faster than handlaying.

Thanks for all the posts.

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Weekend Update - All the track and switch machines are installed to either side of the bridge area. Here a couple of photos of layout as of today.











I also spend some time cleaning up the room this weekend. I have the new flooring and that needs to be installed, been considering doing that while working on the bridge and put some thought into the electrical/DCC power and control aspect of the layout.

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Looking good.  The track work looks superb.  Now, if it were me, I would get some kind of temporary bridge installed SO I COULD RUN TRAINS,:glad: then I would work on the final bridge.  Again, that's just me.

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I got started on the 150ft. Pratt Truss Bridge Kit from Central Valley Models. I have also added the walkway kit.

Here is were I am at after three evening of work


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Nice looking Train room and layout Dwayne.

Stay cool and run steam....:cool::cool:

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After a 2 month hiatus from the layout. I finished assembling the CV Bridge



Then started the installation



Working on the bridge abutments now and installing track feeders

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Dwyane-it looks like you are "back in the saddle", nice bridge work. Keep us posted and try to run a train today.
Woodie

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Completed of installing the Bridge and associated track each side, so the Mainline is complete and the Golden Spike as been driven.





Other work was installing the Boosters along with power wiring, also got comm. wiring from the command station to the first two booster and the wireless working. With a couple of jumpers I got to run a train for a short distance.





Also had my first group local N Scale MRR to visit the layout Saturday.

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Glad to see trains running.  Now the fun begins.

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I have been working on components for my control panels

First - Relay board to control staging track power




Second - Diode Matrix board for Staging Turnout control





Some progress on the front panel layout



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Slow work on the layout, but some progress. Still working the first control panel and staging switch machine controls

More panel wiring



Staging Control Wiring - Diode-matrix and track power relays



Switch Machine Termination wiring to CAT 5 push-down block.

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OK, it been awhile since I posted here, so here are some photos of the layout as it is today
























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Very nice Dwyane...I'll bet you're spending a bunch of time operating rather than messing with pesky scenery right now! LOL
I know how it is.

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Awhile back I build this Walther's Ash Tower





Today, I installed it and position the service track for it and the coal tower and sand house







Added a little ballast around it




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No progress this last week on the layout, so here are some photos of the turntable and roundhouse base build
































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Very nice turntable, hard to believe this is N scale...fine workmanship.

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Hi Dwyane.
You have done a really cool job with that turntable and bridge. Well done.
Rod.

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Thanks Woodie and Rod

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Tonight , I will post some photos of the roundhouse build, if anyone would like the plans their in PDF format just PM me.



Did not take any photos of the frame builds









































Not be able to find proper size smoke stacks, I drew up a 3D model and had them printed at Shapeways



 

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I started drawing up the coaling tower over last couple of weeks that I am going to build for the layout.

This is a photo of the prototype tower



Suncoast model make this tower in HO and O but not N, at least I have not found any so building it is the path forward.Here the drawing I started couple weeks back



Today I got around to cutting some of the pieces, others are going back thru design and/or to 3D printing due to their small size.

First up the coal unloading pit, I am building this up in multiple layers of .06" taskboard.



Next are the piece for the main tower and base from .06" task board too.



Planning some assembly tomorrow to see how it goes together.



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Today, I got around to assembly of the unloading pit and the two tower main structures.
I am happy with the unload pit but may redo the towers due to an small error on my part.











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Interesting use of ceiling tiles, I never would have thought of that...

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Great scratchbuilding in such a small scale!

What is going to make the turntable turn?


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Herb Kephart wrote: Great scratchbuilding in such a small scale!

What is going to make the turntable turn?


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manual push by large hand

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So it will be a Fingerstrong .... Jose.

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Today I got time to laser cut the parts for the coal station platforms. Sorry for the lousy photos, but I did not check them before assembling the parts.

First up the top platform





Temporary on top of tower





After assembling the first top platform. I drafted up the remaining smaller platforms and cut them out.



After a little assembly time all platforms for both towers





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Hi Dwyane.

AWESOME work on the turntable & roundhouse.

Can you tell me what you used for the turntable girder sides ?
Are they parts of a bridge kit or such like ?

I bought some girder sections, as a kit recently, for turntable sides.
I like what I got, but your sides look pretty cool as well.

All the best.

Cheers.

Si.

:moose:

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Si. wrote: Hi Dwyane.

AWESOME work on the turntable & roundhouse.

Can you tell me what you used for the turntable girder sides ?
Are they parts of a bridge kit or such like ?

I bought some girder sections, as a kit recently, for turntable sides.
I like what I got, but your sides look pretty cool as well.

All the best.

Cheers.

Si.

:moose:

Si,

A Atlas or Kato girder bridge, I dis-assembled.
I can not remember now.



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I have not finished the coal tower, but I have work on a couple other project this year.

Thru-plate Girder Bridge (laser cut from 0.02" laserboard)









Bridge abutments laser cut from 1/16" taskboard





Next up a TOFC/Team Track Loading platform (in progress)










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Herb Kephart wrote: Great scratchbuilding in such a small scale!

What is going to make the turntable turn?


Herb


The large hand...

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And not a drop of excess glue showing-

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Hi Dwayne

Please excuse my ignorance for missing the section of the forum out, this is brilliant. Given me ideas for a future project...lol :P

I did do N gauge many years ago, this was my scale as child but English prototype.

The Laser jet works well for this scale, looks like a must have tool for this scale in these days and standards if you wish to scratch build. I know a lot of work goes into the cad side but the build part must be a lot easier, plus you can make as many runs as you like.

Well be watching this thread :pop:

All the best cheers Dan

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Clean up the layout room today, have not work on he layout in a couple of months. Here are photos of it's current status (not a good photographer)

































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Man...that is ONE FINE LAYOUT you have going! Really nice trackwork and structures in place. I need to get to Fairview sometime to see it in "the flesh". Thanks for telling us the story, please continue.

Woodie

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Got some pretty neat projects there.
For some reason 'task board' is unfamiliar to me, so, not knowing what it is, or having known and forgotten, I went and looked it up,
Found:
"Taskboard is an ultralight wood fiber board. Being light weight, it is extremely easy to cut.

Taskboard is rigid, stays flat, and won't curl when dry. Yet when sprayed with water on both sides, it becomes pliable and can be formed into 3D shapes.

Architects prefer Taskboard when laser cutting since edge-burn is very light and can be sanded off. Laser surface etching also produces superior results.

Taskboard is available in Basswood-toneā„¢ and white. Basswood-tone has a more distinct wood texture. White is better for forming 3D shapes and smaller radii."

http://www.taskboard.com/

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Wow Dwayne, that layout is great!

Thanks for the reference to taskboard and the link. I think that stuff may work in my Silhouette Curio cutter. It looks like very useful material.

OUCH! looks like shipping is prohibitive on the stuff. But, there is a store in Salt Lake that I may get to in a couple of weeks.

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Thanks guys

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I have only just come upon this layout all I can say is WOW.
Superb work in a small scale.

Regards Peter M

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Thanks Peter

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Wow, incredible layout mate
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I forgot to come back here and comment on the taskboard. I did get some at the bookstore in Salt Lake. They were closing it out and I got 10 sheets for a buck a sheet. I haven't used it yet, but I think it may become the backscene material for my layout.

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Here a little update as of Jun 26, I have not work on the layout since.

If you did not notice in the previous set of photos above, there is a bridge missing.



It's been a very long project for me in replacing this bridge. The original bridge had issues and the approach track had vertical alignment issues causing uncoupling. Today I finish this project  that was started in Sept 2015.

Here are some photos of the project









3D Printed bridge shoes



Paint and weathering completed





Install completed waiting on glue to dry



Trains running again






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Hi Dwyane, that bridge looks great! And so is the rest of your work.
Hard to believe it is N scale.

Alwin

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NICE!


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Yes, that is some damn fine modeling and when you consider it is 1:160 scale, it gets even more fine. As we say in Tejas (well here anyway)..."finer than frog's fuzz!"

Excellent workmanship.
Woodie

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Thanks Guys

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A most impressive bridge, good job! It seems to be handling the load nicely too. :thumb:

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Thanks Ken

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