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 Posted: Mon Mar 11th, 2019 08:20 pm
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I built my On30 turnouts completely from scratch.  

I don't want to spend that much time this time around. 

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The beauty of the "Scene Library" concept is that one can change eras, or even railroads,
by having a collection of rolling stock and other details that can be changed out at will.

As an example, the years have passed on the Henderson Branch and the GN is no more.
Now it is part of a larger operation, the Burlington Northern.










Actually, this is thoroughly staged.  None of these locomotives are DCC yet.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 29th, 2019 07:42 pm
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Hi Reg

Really like the photos of Henderson Branch in the early 1970’s.

One of the good things about building a smallish layout and without too much townscape,
is the ability to change eras if desired without too much additional work on the scenery.
 
As I said on my Diesel Logging Thread, I am planning on operating three time frames.
The early 1960’s with some steam and first generation diesels, the mid 1980’s and the early 2000’s.

I am running the 1960 timeframe at present,
but am planning some hopefully minor changes at the mill to bring in the other time periods.

I have lokeys, cars and motor vehicles which I can use,
so I am planning some operations later in the year.

The issue with later time frames is ensuring footboards on lokeys,
and running boards/high brake wheels are removed,
as this was mandated in the late 60’s/early 70’s.

I guess that means your photos were intended to be just after the BN formation in 1972,
as some of your cars still have roof running boards.

Look forward to seeing more.

Alan
 
 

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Alan:

Roof top running boards and cabooses forever!!!

I tend to not get quite that deep into the weeds.
If I am having fun and it looks OK, I am happy. 
I am not going to run any locomotives more modern than GP-35. 
I really would like a GP-30 or two. 
In GN, of course. 

I have set the GP-18's incorrectly. 
They are probably ex-NP units since they have the dynamic brakes. 
The GN GP-18 photos I have seen lack dynamic brakes. 
My memory (not to be trusted),
remembers NP hood units all running short hood first.

I do want to dip into the steam era.  
That will involve some earlier rolling stock. 
Most of my freight cars are post steam in construction and livery. 
Not to mention a couple of appropriate locomotives. 
I might do that library in NP rather than GN. 
I love the old wood NP cabooses,
and the NP locomotives tended to be a bit less distinctive. 

It just isn't possible to "fake" many GN locomotives,
by changing a few details and adding GN lettering.  
The belpaire fireboxes and vanderbilt tenders are just too distinctive. 

GN brass is cost-prohibitive.

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I started work on a new caboose yesterday. 
I have an ancient Athearn steel caboose kit and some GN decals.

The caboose is not EXACTLY like a GN steel caboose,
but close enough for right now.  

Epic fail. 
I have had the decals (and the kit) for more years than I care to think about. 
I could not get the old decals onto the caboose. 
They kept breaking apart.  

I guess I need to buy some fresh decals.

Second epic fail. 
I have two Bachmann GP-35's, both with drive system issues. 
I decided to tear one apart and "dummy" it.  

Right!

I could not get the gears out without destroying parts of the trucks. 
Since I would prefer to make the "dummy" operation reversible, I gave up. 

I will see if I can determine what is causing the drive problem,
fix that, and put the thing back together.
 
Not sure what I am going to do with it. 
Converting to DCC would be a major undertaking,
including some pretty serious machine work to make room for the decoder. 

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Hi Reg  :wave:



I really like a lot how you've got this looking ...

... & you 'claim' to be no good at scenery !  ???





I actually like the simplicity of the scenery & how it I suppose puts a focus on the trains.





Much as I like drab & rusty ol' narrow gauge ...

... my HO stash is fairly colourfull & moooodern !  :P






:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:



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Thanks, Si. 

This is the best looking scenery I have ever done. 
It still needs some work and detail.

The "secret", if you will, is keeping it very simple,
and blindly following Woodland Scenics suggested processes,
and using their products.  


I will eventually add a very small amount of weathering to the rolling stock. 
Most of the weathering will consist of a very light coat of light to medium gray paint,
airbrushed along the running gear and lower parts to suggest a bit of mud splattering up. 
Very light. 
And really, the main purpose will be to bring out the detail in the running gear. 

Some locomotives may get a bit more,
like some black lightly airbrushed around exhaust stacks. 

I think that the rusty and broken down look is pretty cool. 
And the artistic ability to achieve that look in a convincing fashion is very impressive.
But my observation is that most well-run operations feature well-maintained equipment.  

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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2019 09:18 pm
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Hi Reg
 
I agree with Si that your scenery looks really good.
I especially like the layered effect of the trackside undergrowth,
which looks very realistic to me.

Your comments on the use of Woodlands Scenics material is one I agree with.
I have tried other brands, but none give me the feel I want,
and although they might cost more than others,
you can be sure they will work consistently together
 
The other point you make around weathering  
“ My observation is most well run operations feature well-maintained equipment” 
is very much how I feel.
I think we see too many models of what John H and I referred to as “rolling rust buckets”,
which unless they were a week away from closure,
would not pull a train or get out of the shops.

Lumber companies relied on efficient transportation to make a profit.
I would say the last comments apply particularly to lokeys, cabeese and some other stock.
Log cars were a somewhat more abused,
but even they needed to be ready to haul timber big or small.
 
I think the attached photo by John of switching at Simpson’s Fir Creek transfer in the early 1980’s,
shows this with their SW1200 in great condition.
The log cars less so but still not weathered beyond useful
 
Regards
 
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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2019 09:21 pm
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Even at the end of Steam,
if the company expected useful work from their equipment,
then weathering was not excessive.

The attached Pacific Coast Shay is nearing the end of its days,
on the Englewood railway on Vancouver Island, but still looks good.

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