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 Posted: Sun Sep 8th, 2019 11:56 pm
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I am going to be traveling for the next couple of weeks on a late summer vacation,
so I thought I better wrap up the construction of the base of the shelf layout for the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.
Time also to give you guys a break for a while from studying Blue Styrofoam.

When I was an HO modeler I learned the joys of L girder construction in making a strong support for my model RR empire.
I found in my experimentation on the On30 mini layouts,
that the L girder construction using aluminum L girders could give the foam boards tremendous strength also.





What I do is attach them along the edges of the blue foam board using Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive for Projects.
This is a strong adhesive that is compatible with Styrofoam.

I temporarily screw the channels in place, but have found that once the glue dries,
the screws can be removed and a strong bond has been achieved.










This layout design element ( LDE) that I am calling Linville Depot is 11 feet and a half inch long.

Once all the channel is in place the entire LDE can be picked up and turned up on its side easily,
to allow access to the undersurface for wiring etc.
 
It is then placed back on the wire shelving and snuggles right into place.















Now I have an expanse flat blue terrain to begin some modeling on.










One of the things I've always wanted to do was to blow up a neat track plan to full scale,
and use it to establish track lines and changes in topography.

On this project I thought I would give a local printer the chance to blow up Iain Rice’s track plan for the Linville LDE.
The image is quite pixelated but I can readily see where the track lines are supposed to go.

I also found that Iain’s track plan is 1 foot and a half inch shorter than the width of my Railroad room.
You can see where I split the plan to allow for a longer mainline run.










So now the passenger cars have a place to show up at Linville Depot.





I'll be back at it in two or three weeks and hope to show some more progress.


Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom


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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 02:02 am
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Howdy Doc, have a great time and get back to work soon.
Are you going to see any trains?

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Overlaying the track plan in 1:1 scale for the layout is brilliant.

There's no way to second-guess the use of the plan that way, for sure!

I'm really looking forward to your progress.

Us On30 ET&WNC guys gotta stick together (considering how few of us there are)!




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Thanks Lee and Woodie for the kind comments.

I had hoped that I was not boring everyone,
with a weighty discussion about re-purposing blue insulation foam.

I have never been able come up with my own original track plan,
in all my years of model railroading.
I've always used printed and publicized track plans.

Getting the plan to fit my layout was always tricky,
and I ended up with too tight curves and tight turnouts. 

So on this project I wanted to get the track planned right,
and in particular, with wide enough curves to handle passenger cars.

I had read about people using blown up track plans to 1:1,
and thought to give it a try.
 
I will use a point to push through the plan into the blue foam,
connect the dots and draw out the track line with a Sharpie.
 
I had toyed with the idea of gluing roadbed and track directly to the track plan,
but decided against this.

I will also trace out topography from the plans,
and get to work with the hotwire to cut the curves and angles of the topography.

Lee I am following your lead in this foray into On30 Tweetsie modeling,
and cannot wait to get to your level of modelling of our favorite railroad.

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More work on the Linville layout design element (LDE)

I've had a little more time to work on the Linnville LDE.

This is what I'm shooting for in the next few months:















I placed the 1:1 track plan on the blue foam shelf layout.
I used the turnout templates from PECO and pushpins to trace out the track lines.





I then connected all the little dots with a Sharpie pen, and then had an outline of the track and turnouts.





I also used the same technique to map out the roads and geographic outlines of hills and railroad crossings.





It looks like the On30 models of ET&WNC narrow gauge rolling stock will fit nicely.















Next I cut out Blue foam forms for the foothills that surrounded the Linville Depot.
They are stacked like wedding cake and will receive carving of rocks and sculptamold ground covering soon.





You can get a good idea of how the nearby logging lines will connect to the Linnville LDE.





Thanks for looking.

All ideas, critiques and input greatly appreciated.


Dr. Tom



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Tom,

I can't wait to see your take on the Linville depot.
I wish someone would make a kit of it, as it was (and still IS) a neat little structure.

I'd bet the people at the museum in Newland would love it if such a kit existed too,
as they own the depot now and had it moved there.

Interesting you're using the wartime black-painted ten wheelers,
as you are modeling the time before they went to the 'anniversary' green and gold paint jobs.




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Doc,

Thanks for posting those photos of your aluminum and foam bench work. 

Planning on doing something similar on my next extension.






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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 08:54 pm
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Thanks Mike.

It makes for a strong light weight layout.

It is fun to pick the whole thing up and work on wiring "underneath".

Doc Tom


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Hi Lee,

Hoping to do a styrene scratchbuild of the little depot. 
I have gotten a few articles on making plastic look like chestnut siding.

Yes, from my understanding the locomotives were black in the early 1920s.
I hope I have this right.

Right now I have number 11 and number 12 in my roster.
This planned layout is so small I probably won't need many more locomotives.

The ET&WNC historical society has been very helpful in getting me plans of the depot,
and a general idea of the layout of the depot in relationship to the town of Linville.

I will have to pay a visit over to the restored Depot in Newland to inspire me further.

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Doctor G wrote:
Hoping to do a styrene scratchbuild of the little depot. 
I have gotten a few articles on making plastic look like chestnut siding.

Yes, from my understanding the locomotives were black in the early 1920s.
I hope I have this right.

Right now I have number 11 and number 12 in my roster.
This planned layout is so small I probably won't need many more locomotives.

The ET&WNC historical society has been very helpful in getting me plans of the depot,
and a general idea of the layout of the depot in relationship to the town of Linville.


Do you have Johnny Graybeal's "Along the ET" book,
that discusses all the ET&WNC depots (volume 3)?
It's a great series of books, well worth the money:

http://tarheelpress.com/ETWNCmain.html

The one on the ten-wheelers (volume 2) is excellent as well.
I'd have to look at mine to see if the engines were black in the 20s or not.
That's the problem with b/w photos!


As you're modeling the Linville area,
getting a Linville River # 9 isn't tough from the era when ET&WNC had re-lettered her.

I have found a set of dry-transfer decals that has numbers,
that are a perfect match for the road numbers on those ET&WNC engines,
I did up my own #9 like that.

I later found out that there are solvents that can remove the Bachmann lettering,
but I'd used very fine sandpaper to remove the factory road number.
Looking at my Flickr photos, I just realized I have no photos online of the side of my #9.

In your case, though, you'd need to re-letter then tender as Linville River as well,
and nobody makes gold lettering decals for anything ET&WNC related, sadly.




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