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 Posted: Thu Aug 1st, 2019 04:02 pm
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We had a space under the stairs that served my Dad, and then me, as a darkroom. 
We had to schlep water from the kitchen to the basement and prints got rinsed in the kitchen sink. 
But there were no windows in the stairwell. 

My dad had an enlarger and we were printing from 2-1/4 square negatives. 
My Dad had a high end Rolliecord while I was shooting with the somewhat down market Rolliflex.  

There was a hiatus in darkroom work for me starting from my entry into the US Navy,
and extending until after I graduated from college and acquired a home with a basement. 
In which I built a formal darkroom.  

I lost my darkroom when my first wife and I divorced.
Haven't had one since. 

I was a working pro for a few years in Seattle and Alaska. 
The transition from amateur to pro spoiled photography for me for quite a few years,
coupled with the rise of digital photography. 
I sold all the pro gear and purchased a Nikon D3, but I haven't gotten the hang of digital.  

There is also the time factor. 
My deep involvement in photography resulted in me being somewhat remiss in my family duties,
and was a contributing factor in the divorce.  

Too soon old, too late smart.

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Progress on the layout continues.  

All the track for the branch line is laid and the pigtails for the wiring are in. 
The next step is to connect the pigtails into the power bus and install the ground throws.

I will have photos as soon as I clean the construction detritus off the layout.

Then it will be back to construction of the logging operation. 

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Some definite progress has been made. 

All the track to the east end of the layout is down, wired and painted. 
Ground throws still need to be installed. 

But that hasn't stopped me from running a "first train",
from the west end (LeBam) to the east end. 
I haven't settled on a name for the east end yet.


Here is the first train departing LeBam.





Photos are brutal. 

I obviously need to clean the surface of the pond. 
And I haven't gotten around to painting the splice on the bridge. 

Now the layout is functional, I can probably put all the handrails back on this GP-35.


Here is the train passing through PeEll.  No scenery beyond LeBam, yet.





Approaching the throat at the east end.





Yes, there is still some left over On30. 

This bit is in an awkward location and I haven't had to remove it yet.   
It will need to be gone when I start laying out the town I have planned.


Arrived!





The two turnouts in this view will eventually lead to the mill and the logging company's engine facility.


Another view.





The paper showing under the roadbed is a turnout template. 
I glue those down as the first step in laying out the final track alignment. 
It will be trimmed before ballast application.


Here is the mill and log dump pretty much in their final locations. 
Once I get the log dump completed (very close),
I will build the engine house and start to work on this scene.  





The scenery in the mill area will be roughed in (scenery is never complete),
before I start to work on the logging line that branches off the main line at PeEll,
and before I start work on the town.

Painting the rail was the last step last night. 
I used the airbrush this time.  First time I have tried that. 
It worked really well, except I tried using the little paint cup, rather than the bottle. 
I won't be doing that again.  I kept spilling the paint out of the cup.

Following rail painting I remove paint from the top of the rail with a file. 
It is the only time I use a file to clean track. 
I also dress any rail joints that need it at that time. 

After the file, I go over the track with a Bright Boy,
and then apply a VERY LIGHT coat of graphite. 
The graphite is the best trick I have ever learned in model railroading. 
Do it once and you won't have to clean track or wheels for a very long time. 
How long?  I don't know yet.

I use artists' graphite that comes in a square stick.  


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One more.

The operational concept for this layout started out based on the Raymond Branch of the Northern Pacific.  
However, as it developed I was far more attracted to the configuration of the Aberdeen Branch of the Northern Pacific
(now the Puget Sound & Pacific).  

That branch takes off from the north-south mainline at Centralia and travels west to Elma.  
At Elma, the line branches. 
One branch continues west to Aberdeen.  The other branch goes north and east to Shelton. 
From Shelton, the trackage, owned by the U.S. Navy from this point, continues north to Bremerton Junction,
one line going into the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, the other continuing north to the Bangor Submarine Base. 
The PS&P operates the U.S. Navy trackage and serves other industries along the way.  

You may also note that, among other liberties, I have chosen the Great Northern over the Northern Pacific. 
Though sometime in the future I may, using the scene library concept, operate the layout as NP.

Rather than trying to cram all that into my limited space,
the layout covers the line (using the "real" railroad's place names),
from Centralia to Elma, and treats Elma somewhat like a division point, with transfer tracks at each end. 
The real PS&P's main base is Elma.

I have chosen to use two place names from the Raymond Branch,
because because they are just too good to pass up.  
The western terminus, Henderson, is in honor of my close friend, the late John Henderson. 
I don't have firm names for the east end or the Bangor extension yet.  


This is pretty much the extent of the trackage at the east end,
except the coming logging company facilities.





The spur on the right is the "transfer" track. 
Cars coming on and off the branch line are spotted here.  

There is a similar arrangement at the west end. 
LeBam is the west end of the layout, but not of the railroad. 
There are two spurs there. 
One for cars destined further west for Henderson,
and the other destined north to Bangor (tentative location name).  

I plan a card order system. 
A typical operating session starting at the east end, will commence with switching the mill,
and then making up a train of cars destined for points west.  
Once in LeBam (there are no industries in PeEll)
it is a passing siding and the branch to the logging company's reload.
Cars will be switched to industries in LeBam or to one of the transfer tracks. 
A train would then be made up of cars heading east.  

Variations include two trains, one starting at each end and meeting in PeEll. 
Of course, there will also be logging trains, exercising trackage rights from the mill to the reload. 

While the layout can keep one person happily occupied for quite awhile,
a peak operating session could employ up to six people (which would be very crowded). 
An engineer and brakeman for each of the main line calls (4), 
an engineer for the logging operation (1) and a dispatcher (1) for a total of six.  
Oh heck, why not throw in a passenger run (RS-2 and combine?) and plug one of the yards.
 
You don't need a lot of complex trackwork to have interesting operations.

With just me and no real switching operations,
just run a train east bound, swap the engine and caboose and return,
took about an hour.  
That may decrease somewhat once I have uncoupling ramps all installed,
and have tuned up the couplers on all the rolling stock. 
Right now I mostly use a manual uncoupling tool. 

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Wow, looking great so far, Reg!







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VERY NICE! 

Ops are the thing for me. 
I like to have something to do. 

I like the thought that you have put into the ops side.
 
Thinking ahead in operations,
helps to guide me while I am planning.




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I have never been enamored of trains going round and round in circles.  

I once did a very simple layout that consisted of about 10 feet of point to point "mainline",
with a runaround at each end. 

Conversely, every time I have attempted to build a layout with any kind of complexity,
nothing ever got finished.

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" You don't need a lot of complex trackwork to have interesting operations "


Hi Reg  :wave:


Your railroads ops. plan seems to me  :dope:  ... a work of GENIUS !  :brill:


:java::pop:



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Yep. 

The genius of the real thing.


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Hi Reg  :wave:


The genius of the 'real thing' indeeedeee !  :old dude:



I do like the kinda 'long sweeping' train & track effect ^^ you're getting in HO scale Reg.  :thumb:


The scenery is looking like your B&W photos, with COLOUR added ...  :shocked:

... I love your spacious looking 1:1 photos in B&W ...

... & for the best of both worlds, the models in COLOUR !  :cool:



:)



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