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 Posted: Sun Jul 29th, 2018 09:36 pm
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As promised, some photos:

First, the painted and buried in "dirt" track:





OK. 
Why so big? 
Sheesh. 

Anyway, It looks better in the photo than in person. 
The scenery off to the left that looks OK is a perfect accident. 
I collected the sad looking texture from around the layout and just pile it up here.
Doesn't look to bad here.
 
There is just a small patch of scenery done as an experiment. 
There for the razor blade wrapper in the back ground and the expanse of bare plywood.

And now for the ballast:





I am pleased the result. 
Though I do need to get around to getting the handrails back on the GP-35.

It is my intention to cover the bottom of the backdrop, including the gouges and screws, with foliage. 
We will see how that works out.

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Even though it is cool in the basement, by the time I get home from a hot day at work and settled, the motivational level is extremely low.

Plus, my calendar right now looks like I am a Russian novelist trying to conserve paper. 

Sheesh.

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" my calendar right now looks like I am a Russian novelist trying to conserve paper "


Hi Reg  :wave:



Tee Hee Hee.  :P

You're right ! ... They can't chop the trees down fast enough, when those damn Ruskies pick up a pen !  ;)



I am amazed at just how much progress you have made Reg, all things considered.  L:

For sure it is a great move to get the basic ground cover down as quick as you can.

It magically transforms things towards 'finishedness'.  :cool:



The track looks real nice, with the GP-35 appearing to be 'at home' on it !  :thumb:



:)



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Hi, Si:

Yes. 
Even getting a small patch of ground cover down makes a difference. 

I learned some lessons.  
My first thought was to put the ground cover down before ballasting the track thinking that the ground was there before the track. 
I am reversing that thinking. 
The rest of the ballast will go down before ground cover. 
It was difficult shaping the ballast with the ground cover in place. 

Before much more ground cover, or ballast, goes down, I need to complete the turntable. 
That is probably just a few hours work. 
Then I can go crazy with ballast and ground cover.

I am also changing the "switch machines".  
I like the clever little springs, but they do present some challenges.  
One of which is helping "newbies" figure out how to throw a switch.  
It should be obvious, but it isn't.

So I am going to go with ground throws. 
I was resisting them because, in order to function, they have to be larger than scale, especially in HO. 
But I have some nice ones that were originally purchased for an O scale layout years ago. 
That layout was still born and the ground throws are still in their originally packaging.
HO ground throws work great in O scale. 

Another change I am probably going to make is to bite the bullet and order the turnout building jigs from FastTracks. 
I am just not completely happy with the commercial turnouts, but I really want to be able to speed up the turnout fabrication process. 
I think FastTracks will do that, and it will be a wash in terms of cost.  

The PC board construction should stand up OK to the ground throws. 
If you will recall, the SwitchMaster switch machines tore apart some purchased turnouts built on PC ties on the On30 layout.  

Besides, I want to decide on the final track configurations in a somewhat organic fashion. 
So I might not know if a turnout is going to be left or right hand until I mess with positioning a bit.  

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Given my "scene library" concept, this paint scheme may be in my future.





I haven't painted anything to any great extent in a long time and this is a complex scheme, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

I hope I can find the decals somewhere.

The Puget Sound & Pacific is a short line that runs from Chehalis (or is it Centralia, I need to check) to Elma. 
From there it branches to Aberdeen and Shelton.
The branch to Shelton continues on and serves the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and Submarine Base Bangor.  

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Funny, you must have taken the PS&P shot lately,
because I passed through Shelton on my way to Bremerton on Sunday and saw that exact lineup sitting there...




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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2018 05:36 pm
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Lee B wrote:
 
Funny, you must have taken the PS&P shot lately,
because I passed through Shelton on my way to Bremerton on Sunday and saw that exact lineup sitting there...


The shot was taken on Labor Day.  I was running an errand to Toziers.

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Got some ballasting done.  

It is kind of tedious.  Not enough for photos, yet.  

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Hi Reg
Nice set of power and good to see railroad operations in Shelton. Is this the power that switches the Sierra Pacific mill or are they laying over between runs to Bremerton 
Progress on the Henderson Bay  layout is great. Wish I had something to report on mine but hot weather and visits to grandchildren in Edinburgh have slowed things. Weather is now back to normal English so might see some movement soon 
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Alan:

My observations are that this power makes the run to the shipyard and the sub base, switches the SP mill and makes the run from Shelton to Centralia. 

The PS&P uses leased six-axle units for the run from Centralia to the Port of Aberdeen.  I see a lot of BNSF units mixed in with a few others.  Saw a CSX unit the other day.  Most of those trains are unit trains of either grain or auto carriers. I am not often in a position to grab photos, but will try and do better. 

A lot of my modeling activity is impinged by grand children events.  Wouldn't change it for the world.

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