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While I'm poor as dirt (artist life) I've wanted a train for some time as I love odd old locomotive models.

After discovering the idea of Pizza Layouts I got hooked on the idea of building one.

I bought an cheap Power Model engine and some flex track to play around with ideas and after seeing a few I settled on the idea of a double circle over and under track. I knew from experimenting my engine would go around a pretty tight turn so I started to look for something to build on.

I found the local Ace Hardware (online store too) has 11" and 17" plywood circles precut ! So armed with little knowledge I set to building.

I had read I needed about 3" clearance to pass under and I had seen Woodland Sceneics 4% foam inclines to climb 3" inches.
What I didn't know was the inclines are supposed to be end to end over a EIGHT FOOT AREA and not stacked on top of each other over a 28" curve.

Ignorance must be bliss, because my little Engine with caboose it tow chugged its way up the incline and down again.
Now having read more about it, I'm a bit shocked it worked at all as this may well be more than 4% at some point.

Anyway the testing worked, so now I'm chipping away foam to make clearance and basic shapes before I start scrounging for money to get plaster sheet and carving plaster. Then I'll set the track and do some trees and such to fill in around (my wife's) figure mountain.

After that I hope to get a Porter engine or Something to make a custom engine and shorty cars to make an odd little train.

More photos as I progress :) feel free to comment on the insanity of it.

Well I was going to add a sketch, but need to figure out how to have more than one photo in a post . :doh: (see sketch in below this post)

Engine I think would be a rusty open cab Porter 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 or some simular oddball looking engine. I love a lot of the ones I've seen people build. The cars would all be scratch builds in basswood with Logging Disconects for trucks as they look like they would be pretty easy to build onto and have nice detail in the trucks.

If anyone cares to donate parts and bits to this poor artist to help make the train or scenery building, you would have my heart felt thanks.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 20th, 2015 05:56 am
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Hi George

Nice topping on your pizza !

Some crazy loggers & miners around these parts...

...manage as much as 10% !!!...

...but don't say I recomended it.

( yer might need a tow from a passing mule or two ! )

Cheers.

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Neat! What gauge it is? Don't forget that scrap foam will work just as well... maybe better than the commercial stuff. You can cut it to fit what you need and it is FREE.

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It's HO scale right now, though I've thought about On3.
Yes, I have scrap foam from a TV shipping box for a possible mountain for the figure to sit on.

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I have thought about a powered tender. But I think some of the issue is this engines motor isn't set in the center.



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Here's a rough sketch of the somewhat silly mining train I want to build for this layout. I'm thinking Hobos and Hillbilly types for miners that are more interested in playing cards and drinking than mining.

If anyone cares to donate parts and bits to this poor artist to help make the train or scenery building, you would have my heart felt thanks.

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Wow that's some grades and track laying.

Like the sketch.

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With the grades that you have, I think that a power tender might be necessary to pull the proposed number of cars.

Our friends in England seem to use power tenders frequently.

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Herb Kephart wrote:
With the grades that you have, I think that a power tender might be necessary to pull the proposed number of cars.

Our friends in England seem to use power tenders frequently.

Herb


Thanks Herb, that's been my thought too. The cars would be pretty lite being un weighted and bass wood, but there's enough of them that the extra power would help.

If not a powered tender, maybe a powered Ore car so the extra power could be in the middle of all the cars spreading out the power.



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Shoulders wrote:
Wow that's some grades and track laying.

Like the sketch.

Cheers Dan


Thanks Dan :)



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