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Alain Feypel
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Good evening,

Here is a little overview on my current layout which is a growing project (but never planned to grow).

The mining section will come on the next part of the layout here is just the logging section.

It is H0, DCC, track is Peco code-100.

Rolling stock is Bachmann, Rivarossi, Bowser and Walthers proto.

It isn't an ultra detailed layout because of maintenance reasons.


Here phase 1:

























Phase 2, adding 2':















Phase 3 adding the engine stall (1' more) and some minor track changes,
as well as the green sheds disappeared and some background buildings were added.















Here with backdrop.










Phase 4 : Making the logging section bigger.














 
The next addition will be the other wall of the garage.


Here the most important thing: The geared locomotives.

These are the current ones.

All except the 3-truck Heisler are kitbashed or scratchbuilt.





Here my 2 cabooses or is it cabeese and my rusty tank cars with the hopper that feeds the locomotives.










Alain


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WELL DONE!!! 

That layout looks beautiful and you clearly have developed your own style. 

You don't necessarily need ultra detail, just need to capture the texture and color.

--James



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Very, VERY nice!

We can stand many more photos of your layout. Keep us drooling...

Woodie



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Hello Woodie,

What about some clear shots of the geared locomotives?

#4 Rivarossi 3-truck Heisler (nothing special about this one)





#1975 is a Superheater.





#1 a 4-truck Heisler.
It never existed but there was surely someone thinking of one back in the day.
This one is no more on the layout (for now) because I needed parts for something very, very special.





#13 4-truck Shay.
This one is the most often modified locomotive I have and my favorite one.
It is based on the Hassinger and the El Paso Shay.





#114 2-truck 6-axle Shay.
Heavily modified Bachmann Shay.
It is based on a Willamette drawing.





#14 The Davenport Geared Duplex, my latest creation.
Maybe someone noticed this one in an earlier picture and thought it is a Garrett.





I can also post a few links to videos of the locomotives if you wish.


Alain


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Alain, Very cool! 

Having worked out near Konnarock, Virginia I was very happy to see a Hassinger locomotive! 
It is a very seldom modeled operation. 

East coast loggers don't get much play in the press. 
I don't think the 4 trucker ever worked down this way, but it is fabulous none-the-less.

Nicely executed modeling.


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Thank you for the compliments.

Yes, the Hassinger Shay never looked like that.
To get nearer to the prototype I would have to change the cab first.

I based my model just on it, like the 2nd truck sits more under the frame of the locomotive,
and the tender does not have this overhang over the 3rd truck,
it has more or less the look of the El paso Shay.

I mixed things I like from both.
Resulting in what I build.


Alain


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Very well done. 

I wish I could do scenery that well.

Reg



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Thank you Reg.

My methods for scenery are very simple.
Ground cover is jointing mortar mixed with different colors, mostly brown, anthracite and dark grey.
Then some Woodland Scenics green over it with some tea for dead leaves.
Crushed dry cigars also do the tricks.
You can also use dried leaves in autumn.
Moss is found in the garden, stumps as well as car loads of trunks are fir tree branches.
I also use the jointing mortar as ballast.

You simply put it where you want it, thick enough to get coverage,
then with a spray-bottle at about 1' distance you spray on the mortar,
this gives the structure but it must not be soaken wet or it will look awful.

This works also like that for ballast just clear the rails before spraying.
After it has dried you just have to go all over the place with you water/glue mix.
Also here not too much in one pass or it will look wet or like ice when dry.

Alain


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Hi Alain :wave:



GREAT to see you Posting on Freerails ! :bg:


The locos look fantastic on the layout !!


ACE photos. :!:





Def. gotta know a bit more about this   C :cool: :cool: L   steamer !



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Si,

I think it would be better to post about this steamer in the scratchbuild section?


Here already a link to see it in action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ9znQBKNTs


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In addition to a wonderful layout Alain, you have manufactured some stunning locos.

This really is superb work.




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I agree with you Doug. Really fine!

Woodie

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Thank you.
As you like my locomotives i will post info in the scartchbuild section of my favorite ones.

Alain

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2018 flew by like nothing.

While waiting for car parts I made little but some progress:


First making a big mess.

I removed everything from this end of the layout because I wasn't too happy with it.

I also wanted a larger engine shed.
 




Because the foam here was too destroyed I opted to remove and replace it.










Track waits to be weathered.





Here some pictures of the extension to the other garage wall. I had already some track in place here.
Even after a good planing I removed the track 3 times because it didn't feel right.
I am going to put some mountains here with a switchback, when I get the time.





This little liftout connects both parts. When it is not in place the last or first 5 feet of track are unpowered on both sides.





Preparing for landscaping.





Some rocks.

 



More scenery.

 



Finished scene.

 



In this location I changed the route a bit by removing and relocating turnouts.

 



Some ballasting.

 



Finished result.

 



I haven't done more than this,
except that I shimmed the front truck of my Davenport Duplex.

Meanwhile I also own a blender,
so I can hack moss, cigars, leaves and other stuff in tiny pieces,
to use as ground cover or rotting leaves or bark.
I wish I had it earlier.

More to come when time allows it.


Alain


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Hi Alain  :wave:



2018 flew by INDEED !  :shocked:

Where did it go ?  :us:



Alain, you are a BRAVE man, to rip out, what you have already done ...  :w:

... that's hard !  :f:

But ...

... somehow it looks like it was worth it & came out of good experience.  :)

Not that what WAS there was bad ...

... ideas change though & in the longterm, you just gotta go with a feeling.  :thumb:





I love this simple, but REALLY well done little section.  :old dude:

Your ground-cover is AWESOME !  :cool:

The impression of the logging-road, with dozer is great (I love anything YELLOW and diesel powered !)  :P



Got any CAT close-ups ?  :bg:



I hope 2019 is a good year ... Don't keep us holding our breath for an update !  ;)



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



Si.


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Really looking good.
 
I have started using colored sanded grout as my base ground cover. 
Pretty much the same as your approach with mortar. 
I have also started using the Woodland Scenics stuff. 
My attempts at using raw materials have always been less than satisfactory.

I love your locomotive roster.  

The logging part of my layout, operationally, is secondary to the common carrier branch line. 
But the mill and timber company engine facility will probably be the most dominant scenic features.  

Reg


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Wow, nearly October and I only get to post now.


After I got my parts in February I could finish my engine.
Not even 1000 miles later it cracked, and I had to get back to the starting line.
Getting a replacement vintage Ford engine is not an easy task.

After I finally solved my engine problems I got back to the layout.


Trouble was not far away,
and the Davenport had some trouble dragging connecting links on the ground.

After having solved one issue another thing stopped working.
This all lead to reworking the trucks completely, and finally I machined my own ones.


So here is what I did with the layout.
Still there are some things missing but this section is about 95% done.






























Here again I tried some new things with the ground cover,
and I finally got the look I always saw in magazines or on Internet pictures.

I will post about the Davenport in its section.


Alain


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Alain

Great photos of both your layout and conversions.


Added a photo of a rebuilt standard gauge 3 truck SHAY, to a 2-6-0+0-6-2T,

a conversion which was done in Brazil during the late 1930's.


Perhaps you may need a road engine to get the log's to the mill.  :us:


Attachment: Shay-Kitson-Meyer-Oestes.jpg (Downloaded 63 times)

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Ahh...

How weird is this?

Seems they had some capable guys in their shops.



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Gerold

As a side note,
two other 3 truck SHAY's were rebuilt into Pacific's.
 
One of which is in a museum in Brazil.

Second one was scrapped after a boiler explosion in the late 1940's.


Kit bashing and scratch building has been going on for a long time in the prototype world.

:bow:  :bow:


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Alain:

What are the flats?

Reg



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Reg,

What do you mean by flats?

The logging cars?

Alain


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Ken C wrote:
Alain

Great photos of both your layout and conversions.


Added a photo of a rebuilt standard gauge 3 truck SHAY, to a 2-6-0+0-6-2T,

a conversion which was done in Brazil during the late 1930's.


Perhaps you may need a road engine to get the log's to the mill.  :us:


Yes, I know this picture.

I remember, that several years ago there was a discussion about this one,
some people arguing it is (was) a Mason Bogie.

OK on first sight someone could see some similarities.

The Shay locomotives site has a note,
that it was an experimental locomotive and never entered normal service.

Nevertheless it is a nice engine.

Alain


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Alain Feypel wrote:
Reg,

What do you mean by flats?

The logging cars?


The building flats.

Reg


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Sorry Reg for the confusion.

Those flats are one industrial building front, I found on the net 2 years ago as a free download.
I just used it multiple times by removing windows, mirroring it or adding trees without background.

Then printed the pics on 300gramms A4 paper and glued to the wall.

At some places I will add a tree, to hide the separation line that appeared when the glue dried.
I think they look much better than the buildings I had previously installed, and they take less space.

Alain


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Alain:

That is cool.  I have a situation where that would work well.

I guess I have some googling to do.

Thanks

Reg

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I can mail you the files if you want.

Alain

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That would be great.

rhearn4@gmail.com

Reg




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