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Having been dis-satified with my HO layout, so I have return to N.

I started at looking at a along the wall shelf layout but due to a possible move. I am going portable.

My first layout was a 2'x4' N scale layout this time I am going door size 36x80 as I happen to have one.

I have not decided on a plan yet but I have start the basic benchwork.

I like the height of my HO layout at 50" so this one will be about the same.

I started with a door and added 1x6 sides. Then salvage some legs from some old modular frames I had stored.








Also I found a piece of 1" foam.





Now on to planning

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Good lookin start man!

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I see you have started out with a blank canvas, all that remains now is the creation of a pretty picture.

Sounds easy.:Hmm:

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I've often thought about doing a scenery intence N scale. You can do a real nice layout with the size your working with. Before you go to far though I might think about scenery elevations and take advantage of the foam board, especially if your thinking about any rail bridges over lower rail tracks.:Brilliant:

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How about something like this:



A friend of mine drew it up. Oh, that was you.

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I think the original was 32 x 60. You could just stretch it out.

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Thanks guys for all the comments

Don.. It always sound easy ..until you start.

Lynn..That's been one of my issues I get ahead of myself with track laying not thinking of scenery and etc.

Bob... I am think less is more today..I have print out full size prints of a couple of plans and were not happy with them.


Still plugging away....Later Guys

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Exactley:glad:

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With a size/shape like that, I would be thinking center backdrop and 2 distinct scenes.

I like country so one side would be a branchline going past a farm, with a couple of sidings, one for the Grain Co-op and one for the stock loading ramps.

On the other side you could do either the yard or an urban industrial area, gotta have a place to process the grain and stock. :)

Personally I do not like layouts that are all track with no room for structures or even scenery.

 

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Here's were I am at today. I have decided on an track plan. I am now on to scenery and terrain.






I am think about shorting the view block on the right and adding a small curve tressle bridge, raising the terrain behind the bridge and populating with trees and shurbs maybe a small creek under the bridge....What do you think...



Here are two structures I have for the layout









Here are couple I am considering






Hope I can make these look as good as the photo's

Still searching for a lumber dealer/supply structure

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I like the track plan. There is a lot of room to add scenery.

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I also like the track plan.

A small trestle would add to the scenery. If you leave the veiw block as is, short trestle on one side and a very short tunnel  ( say 2 or 3 inches )on the other the train would disappear no matter which way you run. Giving a means of passing through the veiw block.

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Dwayne, I too like the new track plan and your idea of putting a trestle around the right end would make a great focal point on the layout. Good job my friend. :rah:

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Dwayne, I like the look of the plan as well I wonder what if you lined up the road on both sides at an extreme angle with some sort of obstruction to block the view use a mirror and you could make it look like the road went thru the other side? Just a thought , Pat

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Thanks guys for the comments and ideals....

In the spirit of Bob's Spring Challenge of "FINISHING SOMETHING"


I have had this on the shelves for more than 4 years maybe closer to 6???





So I have decided to incorporate it on the layout...Present plans is in the straight section in the upper left... this bridge is 12" long so some shorting will be needed.

I need to add more thickness to the layout so I have started adding some ceiling tiles over the foam.

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A little update...

First the tressle bridge is out it just didn't look right.

Couple of shots of were I am at....










and here the divider, just need to cut the past thru holes





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Looks good Dwyane. You should have some buildings that you can use.

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Trebor wrote: You should have some buildings that you can use.
I need to get started on putting some of those kits together....

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Well I was telling Bob earlier today at work ... that my son is moving back home (got this news last nite) ... so my new layout will either find a new home or be stored...so far I have not been successful with the CEO on acquiring new space...

Maybe I just need to get rid of this addiction to running roundy roundy and do something like Bob's Pine Creek....... or maybe something that can sit on the dining room table and be stored over my work area.

Stay Tune..... Same Freerail Time ... Same Freerail Channel....................................

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The solution is simple Dwayne, raise the layout about 6" and let son live under it. :)

If you make him comfortable, he will never leaveuntil you are :old dude:.

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Another of lifes little obstacles.

I am sure you shall overcome.

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I am determine to find a place for this layout..........

So here are some of my latest work on it.....


















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dwyaneward wrote: I am determine to find a place for this layout..........
Hey, if I can have a model railroad in a Kenworth... surely you can find the room in a non-mobile structure. :P

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Sounds like a man on a mission

GO    GO    GO  :thumb:

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Go Dwyane Go!

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Dwayne:

It looks like you're making great progress with your layout. The Walthers GoldenFlame kit is one of their better kits.

It was one of the first kits I built for the JJJ&E almost nine years ago. It goes together very nicely. I modified the roof line about two years ago and changed it's name to Williams Coal.


Stay cool and run steam.....:cool::cool:


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A little progress.... Been thinking about turnout control..

I am using Peco Code 55 track and turnouts with electric frogs. If I have not mention before I will be using DCC.

So I dug thru my boxes of parts and came across these salavage from an old switching layout.





A little carving of the ceiling tile for a pocket to mount these





A few test fit ...





and few trashed linkage.... I'm there....now just five more to go.








I am planning on gluing a thin cover over wire link and switch pocket



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Dwayne, any progress is better than nothing, I have seen a system like yours before but in that application the builder sleaved the wire inside a piece of tubing to prevent it from binding after scenery was applied. Have you tried the thin material method before and has it worked well for you in the past? Pat

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I remember those. Last time, didn't you run those under the layout?

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Pat --- I have not use this method before so I guess I see how this works.

Bob-- Your right and yes I did....Here a pic



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Looking good Dwayne. You made a good choice by using DCC for your N scale layout. You'll never look back. What DCC system are you going to use?

Stay cool and run steam.......:cool::cool:

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PSG,

I have been a user of EasyDCC for a while, CVP http://www.cvpusa.com/ is based here in the DFW area.

I actually have two EasyDCC systems (1) that is portable, and another that is used on my HO layout that I am in the process of dis-mantling.

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Very nice looking layout Dwyane!! :thumb:

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Woo-Hoo...Got my train room back..........

:glad::glad::glad::glad:

More to come..................

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dwyaneward wrote:
Woo-Hoo...Got my train room back..........

:glad::glad::glad::glad:

More to come..................


Right on!
I'm really into this layout you're building and am looking forward to seeing more..!

-Cody

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dwyaneward wrote: Woo-Hoo...Got my train room back..........

I guess that means you kicked the kids out. Glad to see you're back at it.

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I have started again...
Room has been clean up ...
Layout back up and I got started on installing the rest of the turnout controls today. PIC's soon...

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Got all of the slide switches install for turnout control.

And got some track install















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Quick Update ...

All track laid, track feeder in...on to under the table wiring.

one question ..  I got a spool of 16ga zip cord this should be big enough for my main buss wire???












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I would think that 16 Ga. would be fine Dwayne.

I know of a fellow who ran an DC powered O scale layout for years using telephone wire which has to be what....26 Ga. or so?  and he never had a problem.


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Lookin' good Dwayne!
The backdrop in place adds a good deal of realism to your trackplan, hiding the loop. I'm looking forward to seeing the scenes progress.

Also, good idea putting the uncoupling magnets under the grade crossing. I tend to forget where they are and think that'd help me remember...

-Cody

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Dwyane,

Are you just using regular magnets for uncouplers? How well do they work? Is there any special way to set them down?

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Trebor wrote: Dwyane,

Are you just using regular magnets for uncouplers? How well do they work? Is there any special way to set them down?

Bob,

I am using these from Radio Shack center under the track

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103429

So far they work great..

No special way to set. I just create a pocket thru the cork and into the ceiling tile so the magnet's are flush with top of the cork roadbed. I presently have not even glue them in place so I can make side to side adjustments.

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acousticco wrote: Lookin' good Dwayne!
The backdrop in place adds a good deal of realism to your trackplan, hiding the loop. I'm looking forward to seeing the scenes progress.

Also, good idea putting the uncoupling magnets under the grade crossing. I tend to forget where they are and think that'd help me remember...

-Cody

Thanks cody...

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Hotshot wrote: I would think that 16 Ga. would be fine Dwayne.

I know of a fellow who ran an DC powered O scale layout for years using telephone wire which has to be what....26 Ga. or so?  and he never had a problem.



WOW teleco wire for O scale...Then I should be OK for N scale

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I'm just assembling my baseboard of 60"x32", and I saw that excellent plan on page 1 of this thread by Trebor (N scale), and I nearly "kidnapped" it, but on second thoughts I stay with the one I'll stay with the one I already have.

 

Dennis

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pointstaken wrote: I'm just assembling my baseboard of 60"x32", and I saw that excellent plan on page 1 of this thread by Trebor (N scale), and I nearly "kidnapped" it, but on second thoughts I stay with the one I'll stay with the one I already have.

 

Dennis

Howdy Dennis.

Welcome to Freerails

Would have been ok my me....I found it in an old MR mag....

Start a new thread here and post your plan and progress.

 

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I got the Electrical done, couple of photo's (sorry for the out of focus shot's)








Here how I am connecting by DCC system to layout a 1/4" audio jack





Here a couple of photo's of my portable DCC system











Oh it's wireless too





Couple of train photo's









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That looks like good progress, very neat and tidy too!!

Phil

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It's been awhile since I have posted anything on this layout, not much has happen.

But I did start the first structure for this layout.

AMB Transfer building





I plan on this being a Lumber dealer

more to come.

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dwyaneward wrote:

But I did start the first structure for this layout.

AMB Transfer building

I plan on this being a Lumber dealer

more to come.

Hey Dwayne,

Man that looks like a great little kit!

It could be used for a lot of different things!

It could be bashed into an engine house or maybe even into a sawmill.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. :thumb:

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WOW!  Scary but that building is almost a perfect match of a antique barn right here in Castle Rock.....not too far from the UP line either!

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I got a bonus tonight working on the kit. I did not notice went I started this kit, but there were two complete structures in the box. I guess the mfg slip up.


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Sweet..I think they call that a windfall. :rah:

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Photo Update







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That's looking sweeet Dwayne.

The more I see of it the more I like that kit.

Keep up the great work! :thumb:

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Where I am at today, while waiting on paint to dry







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Excellent work, Dwayne!

Phil

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Thanks All,  for the Comments.

Latest Update ....I missed placed the roofing material that came with the kit , so I used some stuff from Paper creek











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Quick Update...

My kid's are moving back home so I have had to pack up the layout and put in storage....not sure what's next.......later

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Sorry to hear that Dwayne.

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Your building is really looking great, I've heard alot of good things about the paper creek products and you just proved it true.

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 Here's to hoping you get chance to continue this project soon Dwayne:thumb:

Best wishes,

Phil

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Well it's been a while since I posted anything on this project.

I have found a home for this project and any future projects.

Here photo of my new hobby room with the door layout setup, there is more to do to the room but for now is usable, until I get more funds to finish the room.








More on the room and future plans can be found here : http://kdrail.blogspot.com/

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Good start and nice size room. Keep us posted

rich

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Nice space.
Next time you are passing could you please drop in and tidy up my layout room, suggest you allow about 7 or 8 days

Don

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Paladin wrote: Nice space.
Next time you are passing could you please drop in and tidy up my layout room, suggest you allow about 7 or 8 days

Don
Don,

It may be awhile, last time I was in Australia was in Feb 1999.

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Since the last time I work on this layout was 2 years ago I need to figure out were I was.

So I pull out the structures I was working and found some damage to this one



It has been fix and moving on. I need a rail side loading platform for it.

I decided to kitbash a Heljan Kit, using the two end pieces and ramps





Here the results so far, need to paint it



 

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Finished the Loading Platform...I really need to learn this digital camera stuff..sorry for the out of focus pic's







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There will not be any more updates for this layout, as I have move on to a new N scale 11' x 18' layout.

I have query the local Model Railroader's in the Dallas-Ft Worth area to give it away so it find a good home. 

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