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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 06:53 pm
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I am "starting over" for the umpteen time with another layout but this one is "it". Some may remember the old Mogollon Railway shown here on Freerails, what was supposed to be my "forever" layout. But things change and this time it will be for the way better. No longer unrestrained in the outdoors, this time I am using my living room to house the Gila Rim area of New Mexico. Maybe not as large as before but better because it will represent all the things I have learned from many years of playing with and building model railroads...narrow gauge in particular. Freelancing has been the cornerstone of my efforts for a long, long time but now I will try to replicate an obscure and almost forgotten railroad as best as I can. Yes, I am following a prototype this time; one that I have loved and cherished (??) for more than half my lifetime.

My Mogollon Railway operated what was really rolling stock from the Silver City, Pinos Altos, & Mogollon RR and after I dismantled the layout, this is what I had to work with. The "job" was half done to begin with, I just needed a layout to be able to run the locos and cars upon. Simple idea. Most everybody here would consider an indoor layout to be the way to go, why would someone build a "small scale", detail oriented operating railroad outside. At the time, I had no alternative. No space to build a layout inside, just a back yard  with all the problems Mother Nature could supply. The years of writing about my adventures are related here on Freerails and I won't bore everybody with the particulars here. So, here now is the story of how the Phoenix is rising in the comfort of a living room.

I will relate some history of the SC, PA, & M as this thread rolls on. But I thought some would like to see what I obsessed about and what I am doing about that obsession.




Here is the photo that fired me up as a teenager (just a coupe of years ago). This is "hairpin curve" on the SC, PA, &M with cabless Shay #4, some ore cars, and their wonderful little caboose.  I first saw this photo in Fredric Shaw's "Little Railways of the World" back about 1960 or so. It has appeared several times in several places-this one is part of an article Keith Pashina wrote for the NG&SLG (Gazette) and it is also shown in Duane Ericson's "Silver City Narrow Gauge" book (reviewed here on Freerails-the book thread). This photo is credited to Steve Westrum. Anyway, this is what got me all fired up...you just gotta love it!




And here is what I am starting the layout with-"hairpin curve". This view is simiar to the real one shown above. Built on blue 2" styrofoam with a 17" radius curve, there's a cut out shown where the small trestle will be. Of course I don't have the room to replicate the approaches to this but will do the best I can. This peninsula is 4 by 5 feet and the rest of the layout will be attached to the walls of the living room. The line will continue over the fireplace mantel, past the windows, on to some mines (also built from prototype photos). The living room will still be useable for lounging and watching TV (the back shown) which can be moved around to suit. There is another unusual practice (for me), the use of cork roadbed to support the handlaid track. When I have drawn a better track plan, I will post it so the track plan can be seen properly. Across from this peninsula is the Commanche smelter operation...to the right of this, with a 4 foot walkway between the pieces. This makes the living room very "intimate" and has the seal of approval by my train buddies and my sweetie Pam. What could be any better?!

Well, here it is. There will be plenty more to show.   



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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 07:46 pm
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You got permission to stick that in the living room  -  where did I go wrong ??


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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 07:52 pm
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Michael...I don't have any "live ins" and I own the house. Guess that makes the difference!!! LOL



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Now I'm officially jealous... Jose.



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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 08:42 pm
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Woodie I agree with everyone else. You are crossing over into territory many of us modelers have dreamed of-but dared not speak even with baited breath:

Bringing the layout into the living room.

You have set precedent. I will inform the wife that it is now normal to have a layout in the living room!



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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 09:18 pm
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Guys, I have been most fortunate in that my late wife alowed me to build a layout in the "spare" bedroom and my new "partner" thinks this is a great idea also. I am a lucky man indeed.




My partner with one of her hobbies...grandkids! 



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Back to work! I thought some might like to see what is under "hairpin curve".




The curve peninsula sits on top of this nice old display case which will show off the equipment that I can't (or won't) use on the SCPA&M. This case was shortened about 12" by cutting off it's legs...making it just the right height! Clean up still to be done but you get the general idea. The peninsula is strengthened with a 1" by 2" pine frame and is held up on the other end by a 2" by 2" cleat attached to the wall. Why of course, a level was used to make sure all this is right and it is strong enough to...hold up a railroad.
The facia is tempered Masonite and will be painted to match the display case/bookcases used as support.





Here's a view of the case itself. I installed LED lights and will re-do the shelves. The kitchen is to the left (more mess) and a lift out section will go across the doorway to more layout.

I am using a pair of great old timey bookcases with fold down glass to support the smelter right across the room, a 4 foot walkway separates it and the dispay case/peninsula. I couldn't have found anything better than these pieces of furniture. They are the right height and when the layout facia is painted, the layout will have a "finished" look. Just what I want for a living room.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 9th, 2014 07:51 pm
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Woodrow , fellers..

Yay..I like the furniture../ layout supports..



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Hi Woodie

Looking good !

I like the model display case.


No doubt this will be revealed in due course...

...but thought I'd ask.

Your trackwork on the Moggy, had an amazingly...

...I was gonna say 'realistic' look to it...

...but that aint kinda what I mean.

In the photos, it just looked VERY 'right' !

Now you're 'strict proto.'...

...is the new track laying going to have a different 'look'...

...or was the Moggy's based on what you know of the Silver City track ?


It might seem like a strange thing to say...

...but on some layouts, I hardly even notice the track.

I'm guessing lumber was at a premium there...

...so they musta told the dudes to space the ties out a bit !


I'm sure it'll be great however/whatever you do.

Looks like with the major grade laying going on 'down South'...

...we wont have long to wait before a few rails are spiked !


All the best.

Cheers.

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Like to know your secret Woody we have two living rooms and I'm sent to the top shed miles from the house!!!!!!!!
Just not fair terribly jealous!

Dennis :bg:

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