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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 09:08 pm
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Here are a few more pictures of when I was working on the layout a few weeks ago.

















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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Last weekend I relayed the passing siding so it is much closer to the main line. 

Originally I was thinking of putting a station platform between the tracks.

But I changed my mind. 







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 Posted: Sat Nov 11th, 2017 12:19 am
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Howdy Phil...man, that is really coming along!
I miss being outside but the older I get, the more "home-ified" I get.
I have a double car garage (phooey at the cars) that houses my little shop and new layout (built with much of the old layout).
If you ever get over here around Rockwall, we're only 8 miles up the road, drop by.

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Phil,

How are you planning to handle drainage for rain water? 
Or, do you plan on covering everything with plastic sheets?

I have a few depression areas on my layout, and even though I plan on covering it with plastic sheets,
I'm confident that Murphy's Law will come into play and it'll rain unexpectedly,
so I need to drill a few holes for the rain to drain through.

Or, maybe a small lake or two might look nice.





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Mike,

The plan for this layout is to not have too much scenery or fragile buildings. 
It will mostly be a place to switch cars.
 
Things that are on the layout will be able to withstand the weather. 
Also I don't anticipate too much trouble with the rain. 
The layout dries pretty quickly. 
I have had several rain storms on it lately.
 
More of an issue is leaves as they are falling now. 
But I can blow them off. 

As the layout morphs it may need to be covered.  But not right now. 
I am even thinking of some Styrofoam scenery covered with a thin shell of cement.

Thanks for the interest.



Woody,

Thanks for the invite. 
I may take you up on that some time.

Also interested in your latest layout.






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Phil,

You might want to consider coating your track with UV protection. 
Rust-Oleum makes a spay can, and I think Krylon makes some also.

Even though my track is buried in ballast and dirt I did give it several coating of paint.
Helps give the ties a weathered appearance and hopefully any problems down the road.





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Michael M wrote: Phil,

You might want to consider coating your track with UV protection. 
Rust-Oleum makes a spay can, and I think Krylon makes some also.

Even though my track is buried in ballast and dirt I did give it several coating of paint. 
Helps give the ties a weathered appearance and hopefully any problems down the road.

Thanks Michael,

Yes Painting the track is a good idea.
I did paint some of my track on the layout. 
I should have painted all of it.
 
Now the layout has been up for about 1 1/2 years. 
Not much has changed.
I did not run it much at all last year. 

Some of the track that I pinned down in the center of the ties,
bowed on each side like a potato chip due to the weather I guess. 
I will be re-doing some of the track and adding ballast soon.

I have been busy with fixing and repairing equipment etc..
and also with the DFW O scale club layout.
We will be taking that to a show in Oklahoma City at the end of this month.
Both Traction and our mainline RR layout.




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Hi Phil, good to see you still have an outdoor layout.
Sad news about the track though.
I think Peco is the only brand that has an effective UV stabilization in the nylon base. Painting yours might be the only solution.
Hopefully the wood rot I suffered with the crosspieces at the board joints wont reappear for some years.
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