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Nortonville Phil
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Over the last few weeks I have been laying track on my new out door layout.
It is attached to my privacy fence in my back yard.
I am using AHM Rivarossi sectional track and also Atlas Flex and switches.
Some of my main inspiration came from the layouts of Woody Greene and Bob Comerford.



































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Phil,

Looks like you're making great progress!

Will you be using track power or BPRC?

Keep the photos coming.


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Hi,

I plan to use both types of control.

I experimented with some older 27 MHz equipment about 7 years ago. 

And it worked.

I have a 2.4 GHz Tx. and Rx. I plan to use now.



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Hi Phil :wave:



Lookin' good ! :)

I love the idea of an outdoor line.

I think you guys in Texas & California perhaps have a better climate than England though. :P

I guess you are more up against heat rather than damp & rain. :cb:



Interesting construction Phil. L:

Is that roofing-felt that you have used over your benchwork ?



Am envious ... BIG ! and   v  e  r  y   l  o  n  g   t  r  a  i  n  s   by the looks of it ! :cool:



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Well...it shouldn’t blow over in the wind!

What do you anticipate for issues with weather? 

How bout creatures that roam?

Even though I don’t have to clean the rails as often now that I’ve gone BPRC, I still clean them once or twice per year,
cause the dirt and grime still gets on the wheels and could pick up a piece of ballast that might cause a derailment.



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Excellent work Phil!
You can't beat outdoors in Texas...unless it's 15 degrees and iced roads.
But still, it's in TEXAS!

Woodie



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One word of caution when building outside;

Never drop anything on the ground or it will be lost forever!  :bang:

Just ask me how I know.



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Si. wrote: Hi Phil :wave:



Lookin' good ! :)

I love the idea of an outdoor line.

I think you guys in Texas & California perhaps have a better climate than England though. :P

I guess you are more up against heat rather than damp & rain. :cb:



Interesting construction Phil. L:

Is that roofing-felt that you have used over your benchwork ?



Am envious ... BIG ! and   v  e  r  y   l  o  n  g   t  r  a  i  n  s   by the looks of it ! :cool:


Actually I am getting a large bit of inspiration for this layout from folks living and building these layouts in the UK. 

There are even people running OO and N scale outside on this type of construction.  


Yes I have put roofing paper and felt over the wood base boards. 

These I recycled from previous club layouts that have been torn down.


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Bob,

I am not too worried about creatures on the layout. 
It is 4 feet off the ground. 
Anything else such as insects no big deal.

I do anticipate the heat of the summer causing rail movement though. 

This is an experiment. 
Will update as things happen.

I have already extended the yard an additional 4' and will be adding another 8 feet of mainline track as well. 
One other change in the basic yard, will be to move the passing siding closer to the main.


Thanks for the interest.


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Hi Phil :wave:



Yes of course, garden railroading in the UK is VERY popular indeed !

Even in the smaller scales.



Perhaps I should learn to love Wellington-boots, Gore-Tex & fleecey things ...

... and have a go one day ! ;)



My Dad always told me of a pretty cool & BIG ! clockwork O-Scale layout, his neighbour had, when he was a kid.

Lots of invited parties & fun running ol' stuff like Basset-Lowke (typo?) outdoors.

( hopefully NOT in the pouring rain ! ) :shocked:

Hot soup probably available though. :P



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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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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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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.

Woodie



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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.
cheers
Bob C


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