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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 01:24 pm
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A trio of photos from an elevated vantage point with the BS route roughed in using Paint on the pc. The bridge across the ravine is highlighted in red in the lowest photo.







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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 01:35 pm
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Unless you want to call your Station "Achenbach" ( John Armstrong Style ) I recommend to have all access areas at a level some 12"..20" lower than the tracks. Your back will be grateful later on - it is no big use in having your layout at shoe-level.



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 02:46 pm
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good old marking pain good for marking every thing looks kike a fun project



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 02:50 pm
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Raising the line entirely doesn't appeal to me in the least. That's the point of indoor layouts on benchwork. Having the steam up area beside the patio elevated and the remainder of track at ground level was the intent.

When I bought this house just shy of four years ago the backyard was a barren, desolate place. Aside from the trees, it was bleak and uninviting. Typical of what most USians want as their lives are spent indoors in front of televisions becoming fat and lazy. The previous owner pretty much smoked himself to near death and financial ruin with that approach. That's not for me.

In less than four years the backyard has gone from this...



to this...



The front yard from this...



to this...



During the past four years I was lucky if I was home a total of 80 days per year because of my job. During those four years I've vastly improved the yard, excavated tons and tons of buried concrete, reshingled the roof of my home by myself, remodeled the bathroom and accomplished a million other things. My wife calls me a machine.

A little bit of bending down isn't about to slow me down, even as I age. They say that only the good die young. Considering that, my current age of 50 is my infancy as I'll never die. :P

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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 03:34 pm
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You can always sit like a Buddha on the patio paving for steaming duties and train one dog to bring water and fuel for the loco, the other dog to bring Caronas and Fireball for the engineer.

Don't get them mixed up as the op session progresses, however---

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Herb... now I know why we're friends. We think alike. Being home now all the time is going to lead to greater intake of Fireball. I'm gonna need a really well paying job. :)



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 07:36 pm
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I am with you i got layed of /retired about3 years ago is still don't watch tv or smoke i have messed around with building bench work that didn't go far or train cars and kept the yard with a garden in the back



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Surprising how much I can accomplish being an unemployed bum... :)

Completed adding all the additional blocks along the patio, building the retaining wall and adding fill. Even added some Vinca (periwinkle) to the top of the small hill that sits in the middle of the south loop.





The ravine is about 18 inches deep and 24 inches wide at the opening and narrows to about six inches wide at it's head. Overall length is about eight feet. I placed my unfinished Bachmann Plymouth on a board about where the bridge will be located.



The south loop will have an approximate radius of 72 inches. The north loop which goes around a pecan tree will be greater as it isn't  restricted by geographical features (the driveway and patio) that limits the south loop's radius.



Hopefully get started on the track soon. All handlaid of course. :)



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 11:25 pm
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The wife unit goes up to Regina, Saskatchewan (Canuckada) to visit her daughter next week for five or six days. I might extend my "retirement" until she comes back which could mean I get some significant track put down. :)

Ever heard of pecan oil? Essentially it is an oil extracted from pressed pecans. I have about half a dozen mature pecan trees in my backyard as well as a massive laurel oak, a few post oaks, a handful of silver maples, redbud trees of various sizes, a few red cedars and an old apple tree. Or I do until a tornado rips it all out deposits it between here and Kansas. ;)

As I've been working on the layout I've been contemplating the "reason" for the BS (aside from my just liking model trains). Typically many modelers playing with narrow gauge trains are into some sort of mining operation. Being me... I desired something different. That's where pecan oil fits into the grand scheme of things. The BS's primary revenue source will be the Sciurus Carolinensis Pecan Company. It will be located at the foot of the pecan tree centered in the middle of the north loop of the BS. BTW, some research online shows that a liter of pecan oil runs about $25-$30USD. And I let the squirrels have it all each fall. :Crazy:





In my mind's eye, an short string of three or four small tank cars are shuttled in and out of SCPCo. during an operating session and brought down to the siding beside the patio (need to think of names for towns and geographical features). From there the product is unloaded to be shipped to the fictional big world beyond the land of BS to be used by fine culinary establishments the world over. Empty tank cars are returned to the SCPCo. to be refilled. An occasional boxcar could make the round as well bringing in supplies or machinery used to pick the pecans and extract the oil. The beauty of the idea is that tank cars look the same empty or full, unlike a skip or gondola filled with rocks.

That's the preliminary basis of the BS existing. Subject to change of course. And improvement. Nothing fancy or convoluted like a mining operation.

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 Posted: Fri May 15th, 2015 01:18 am
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don't forget pecan pies



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