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The tale of the Caricature Creek Logging Co.
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Hi railway modelling friends! My name is Gary and I'm from London, Canada and I've just joined the Freerails community. In my introductory post in the new members forum I promised to open a thread about my adventures in building a modest ON30 layout that I've dubbed Caricature Creek Logging Co. Where did the name come from? Well from my perspective all model railways are an expression in caricature -- some, like mine, perhaps moreso than others :) -- so figured I'd just put that right out in front and get it out of the way!
My personal interest in model railroading leans more towards detail and scenery and less towards prototypical operation, which is one reason I tend to favour the larger scales like O, and specifically ON30 which to me represents a good compromise between detail and what's possible in a modest space. If I really wanted to run trains I'd probably go with N scale.

As empty nesters, I have access to a couple of bedrooms and an unfinished basement if I wanted, but thought it would be smarter to keep my first real layout to a small 2x8 shelf format that will fit on the wall in my small main floor home office. I started the project "in earnest" in January and don't expect to finish it before the end of the year as I still work full time and have other hobbies and distractions during the spring and summer months that eat up my time, so a room filling empire would be too much of a commitment right now.
As for a modeling theme, I've decided to create a somewhat imaginary early 1900's logging railway loosely based on the old Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound railway that ran through Algonquin Provincial Park, one of our favourite Provincial parks here in Ontario. To be sure, this railway was not a dedicated logging railway, but did transport lumber out of the park. What I've decided to do is to remake the Algonquin logging theme around a switchback loosely based on the Gum Stump and Showshoe design. 

Anyway, over the next year or so I'll post my adventures, which will be slow and measured since this is all new to me. The internet and great forums like freerails are great sources of information, but in the end you have to get your hands dirty and be willing to make mistakes. I'm finding the trick is to be honest with yourself and be ready to say "good enough" and not let the details bother you too much. Yes, I've already torn out some sections and redone things a couple of times, but at some point you really need to just move on.

So, if you're still reading here's my story.
Gary

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As a small 2x8 shelf layout I wanted to build most of the layout in the basement then when most of the shell and scenery were finished, carry it upstairs and mount it one the wall in my office using simple adjustable shelf brackets. To keep it simple, I opted to build the entire layout as one continuous entity rather than, say, 2 - four foot modules which add to the complexity of construction. It was important to keep it as light as possible to eliminate the need for any underlayout supports because I still need to use the area under the layout for storage. I made sure that I could transport the entire section, backdrop and all, from the basement to my office. 

The basic construction is 2" extruded foam underlaid by ceiling tiles to reduce the noise when running trains. (I've previously built two Christmas layouts on extruded foam and found the trains to be very loud -- the ceiling tiles are an attempt to reduce the noise while not adding much weight and still making it easy to punch feeder wires through the base.) The original plan was to building the "frame" and backdrop out of 3/16" foam core, laminated in sections where necessary for strength. But experience showed the 8 foot long 2" extruded foam w/ceiling tiles flexed too much and I worried about the scenery shell cracking when transporting so decided to build a very modest wooden ladder frame using 1x2" pine, braced by 1/4" plywood being one side sanded pine which not only serves as the front facia but the backdrop as well.
I've just finished completing the shell (more details later) and laying the track, and the layout has zero flex and only weighs 38 lbs. -- mission accomplished.
Here's the result:

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Hi Gary and welcome here. I have some bad news for you:

don't expect to finish it before the end of the year

this is a pie in the sky. A model railroad is NEVER finished.

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pipopak wrote: Hi Gary and welcome here. I have some bad news for you:

don't expect to finish it before the end of the year

this is a pie in the sky. A model railroad is NEVER finished.

Jose.
 So true Jose but I can still dream, right? ;)

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I can still dream, right?

Yep, this is how projects happen...
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Hi Gary :wave:


A good tip if you have that 'year' target in mind...


DON'T build up a kit-stash so high that you can't see over the top of it...


...like Jose and I have done ! ;)


Benchwork looks like a winner.

Pretty daring going for the 1-piece construction.

Good move if you can manage it though.


:moose:


Si.


As for prototypes...

...the Freerails moto seems to be...

...there's a prototype for EVERYTHING. :bg:



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Layout planning.

I've build a couple of small roundy-round Christmas ON30 layouts and found that watching trains run in small circles holds little interest for me -- I really enjoy DCC sound and like to start/stop and switch a bit so a shelf type switcher seemed a logical choice.
So I was looking at shelf switching logging layouts that would fit within 2x8 feet and started looking hard at Chuck Yungkurth's famous Gum Stump & Snowshoe which was originally designed for a 1x6 foot HO layout. 

There's not a lot of room for scenery but it provides some switchback operation which dovetails nicely with logging railroads. But to make it work within an 8-foot ON30 layout, I'd have to make some design changes due to the grades.


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Gary the drawing had to be taken out as it is from a copyright publication

If you want to Post a link to it elsewhere on the web that is fine

:f:

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The Gum Stump & Showshoe


:cool:


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Yes of course Eddie, my bad.
Thanks Si.

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The Layout.
I'll have to jump ahead here and post this "aerial" view of the layout in its current state because it's the best shot that illustrates the track plans -- I don't use CAD programs or drafting tools to make precise layout plans....what works for me are a set of L/R/Wye turnouts, some flex track and lots of pins. :) 



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