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 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 03:08 am
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Scott G
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I'm in my mid 40's and I've been wanting to build a "real" model RR layout since I can remember and thought why not now.

I've been arm chair RR modeling, watching everything I can on YouTube, reading voraciously, and filling my head with way more amazing ideas than is probably good for me.

I've got a pretty decent space, and was thinking of doing something along the lines of the attached JPG below.

I'm finding it very very hard to narrow down the era, and region of my future model. I've been mostly leaning toward steam era or maybe transitional, while I love seeing peoples contemporary layouts, they just don't have the "romance" I'm looking for.

I love Joey Ricard of trackside scenery's modeling and put Appalachia in the running for region, I'm from South Central PA, so there is a lot of inspiration around here too. Maybe some light passenger service with some local freight, and a great yard to practice my switching and sorting.

I started out thinking I'd model N scale but a few test model and I realized my eyes aren't what they used to be, so I settled on HO for my scale.

Some simple operations would be nice but I'm planning to have at least one loop for continuous running, just because sometimes I think it will be fun just to stand back and watch trains go by.

I'm teaching myself SCARM I'll try to post a render of the plan so far in the layout planning thread.

Can't wait to join your obviously dedicated and knowledgeable community!

I've done a preliminary sketch of the space and possible bench work, I'll try to attach a jpg of the diagram. It's already been through a few modifications based on some suggestion I got from the guys on MRHmag.com forum.

Glad to be a new member of the community, looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 03:37 am
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Hi Scott,
Looks like I'm first to roll out the Welcome Mat. Welcome aboard. Please feel free to chip in when you can.

Please remember the only "dumb" question is one that is unasked. The inmates here are pretty helpful and inventive when it comes to answering questions.

That looks like a pretty good outline plan to begin with. I look forward to watching it develop,



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Welcome to FreeRails! I too am learning SCARM, I've found a few very good YouTube videos on it, and they really helped me kick start my designing. Unfortunately I have much, much less room than you do, so I'm thinking of doing a TOMA module approach from MRH magazine. Design and build one module at a time that I can switch out or add on to as I see fit, no regard to any other plan other than my own layout. I like your floor plan as it is layed out in your drawing.



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Looks like you have done considerable planning- but remember to do anything necessary to the ceiling before the layout is started. Many have neglected this and wished later that they had installed lighting. etc. before the layout got into the way.

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Scott G wrote:
I'm in my mid 40's and I've been wanting to build a "real" model RR layout since I can remember and thought why not now.

I love Joey Ricard of trackside scenery's modeling and put Appalachia in the running for region


Some of you aspects are very similar to mine. I am putting the finishing touches to what I'm referring to as "the initial build" of a layout I've dreamed of since I was a little kid. It's my first real layout, so I know exactly what you're thinking of.
I'm 46, so I get the 'acceptable mid-life crisis' deal!
Looks like you have a decent space for your layout, I'm looking forward to seeing more once you get going with the build!
Just be sure to always do a little every day. It adds up.



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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I am really excited about getting connected with other like minded train nutz, for some reason the people in my life just don't find it all as fascinating as I do, can't understand why! LOL

Good reminder Herb - the room is fully finished, with recessed lighting, I'll probably have track (how appropriate of a name is that) lighting. I think that's the best option.

Criss I've been planning a TOMA build too, others have suggested it and it does seem to make sense from bot a logistical and economic angle.

I've incorporated a few of the ideas I've been getting on the MRHmag forum, I'll attach a new rendering I did tonight. It shows just the layout, and some of the very preliminary track plan I have been tinkering with.

I'm still struggling to narrow down the exact era (steam or transitional at the latest) and locale. Chriss I've really been fighting the urge to do the west too. I even went so far as to play around with cobbling together a back drop image. I'll attach a much reduced img of it to another post.

Thanks again - Scott

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Chriss,

Here is a backdrop I made on a whim the other day when I was "SURE" I was going to model the west, the original is 288 x 24 inches. If you think something like this would be useful to you let me know I love doing them. Like I said this was a first draft, kind of a test if you will. I gave up somewhere around time to put the clouds in. Have any of you all ever said "darn there are just too many trains and not enough time!"

Scott

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Hi Scott.

Another welcome ! ... From Blightey !
I am an 'honourary' American !

WOW ! ... Love that backdrop.
I want one !!
Is that Clint Eastwood in the bottom-right ?

" I am really excited about getting connected with other like minded train nutz, for some reason the people in my life just don't find it all as fascinating as I do, can't understand why "

Scott, this is the place to find the nicest nutz around !
Freerails means I get U.S trains in London 24/7 !!

None of your friends in the layout room ^^^ have bald heads !
I guess you're not fibbing about your age then !!

:moose:

All the best

Cheers

Si.

Start a Thread today :moose: !
You never know where it may lead ...



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That backdrop is a work of art--and I'm highly impressed.

I think that you will do well building your railroad, with that sort of talent.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 08:09 pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys. There will be at least one bald guy with the remaining hair going grey, on all future plan diagrams. LOL

Herb thanks for the kind words on the backdrop. Here is a link to a much larger file (about half original scale).

https://flic.kr/p/Mk7z5x

You can click on the down arrow in the lower right corner and download a larger format to really have a close look. :)

Maybe someone could use it who know. I could probably make some alterations if someone like it. I cobbled it together from about a half dozen image, there are a lot of repeated section and blending one bit into another. It probably still needs some more blending work, but these things are background after all and the 3d scenery in front would distract from any minor imperfections I think.

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