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 Posted: Fri Oct 17th, 2014 12:40 pm
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Hello Gents,

I usually post in the On30 forum but I also dabble in N scale so I thought I'd start a new thread on my current project here.

The Pagosa & Southern is a 1' x 6' switching layout set in 1950's Colorado. It occupies a shelf above my workbench and uses cassette staging to bring trains on and off the layout.


Larger version: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-POo5qxLROA0/VECPB8xOBwI/AAAAAAAAFHI/izYnEie82SU/s1600/PagosaSouthern_shelf.jpg

Trains enter the layout from cassette staging on the left to switch the industries and the interchange in the fictitious little town of Wolf Creek. After the switching chores are done, the locomotive swaps ends with the caboose on the run-around track and departs back to staging.

To date, the simple box frame shelf is installed, and all of the track and wiring are complete. Control is DCC. A backdrop that wraps around three sides of the layout is in the works, along with a valanced "lid" with integrated LED strip lighting. The goal is for a diorama-like shadowbox presentation.



Motive power is mostly leased from the Rio Grande and takes the form of Alco RS3's or EMD GP7's. I've mocked up the town with some temporary models from old layouts but since this shelf is right at eye level most will be replaced with more detailed structures in the future.



An overall view of the shelf layout above my workbench. You can have a lot of fun on a small switching layout like this, and I've already been running trains and shuffling cars around. Once the staging cassettes are finished, the layout will operate with a car card system.

I'll update this thread as progress continues and I'm happy to answer any questions. There's also more about the P&S and how it has evolved on my Thunder Mesa Mining Co. site: http://thundermesaminingco.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-new-plan-for-n-scale-pagosa-southern.html



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Nice layout, can't wait to see scenery! I'm sure Salada will want to see this.

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Thank you, James!



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This morning's project was taking the green plastic shine off of a Kato Truss Bridge. I primed it flat black and weathered with acrylics.



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 Posted: Mon Oct 20th, 2014 05:40 pm
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Yes James -- I'm watching !!!

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There's a new post today on my Thunder Mesa blog bringing things up to date on the Pagosa & Southern. Lots of info on making floral foam rocks and a new scenic material called foam paste. http://thundermesaminingco.blogspot.com/2014/11/foam-scenery-on-n-scale-pagosa-southern.html



Hope you'll check it out!



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Great work man, that's awesome. Say, is that backdrop a photo or a painting? Also, where did you get the picture from?

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Thank you! The backdrop is from a photo I took near Red Mt Colorado.



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Very nice indeed

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Great stuff Dave.

Reminds me of my 15" x 7' switcher...

...a ton of fun !

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