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 Posted: Wed Jul 14th, 2021 06:37 pm
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Larry Cypher
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This is my first time posting a Thread in this Forum,
so we'll see how it goes.

The Caz Coal & Wood Railroad is a shelf layout,
measuring 80 inches by 16 inches,
made from 1x4's and green 1 inch foam.

This is my first layout in about 35 years,
and here is the reason for the layout:





More views of the Shop and water tower:










After building J.D.'s Machine Shop,
I wanted a place for it, without setting it on a shelf to collect dust,
and also to showcase more detailed buildings.

Here's the base for the layout I started a few months ago:





This is going to be an "old school" build using DC,
along with HO scale track, and chassis with On30 tops added.

Everything will be scratchbuilt, including two On30 critters for motive power,
and the layout will be split up into 3 electrical blocks, with a simple track plan.

This build is just getting started,
with lots to do and hours of fun to be had.

Regards, Larry


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 Posted: Wed Jul 14th, 2021 07:19 pm
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WOW, I'm impressed!








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Photos of my layout: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53587910@N05/albums/72157668176638961
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 Posted: Wed Jul 14th, 2021 09:46 pm
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Thanks Lee, much appreciated.

Larry



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 Posted: Thu Jul 15th, 2021 01:48 am
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Hi Larry  :wave:


WELCOME ! again to Freerails.  :thumb:

The 'old skool' ROCKS !  :pimp:


Models ... NOT micro-chips !  ;)


Program a steam engine ?  ???

Sorry, the keyboard melted on top of the boiler !  :shocked:





Looking very good indeed Larry.  :thumb:


I am intrigued by the lil' 4-wheeler ...

... that has appeared ^^ on the shops rails.  L:


:java::moose: :dt:


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 Posted: Thu Jul 15th, 2021 01:09 pm
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Thanks Si.  :moose:

The little flat car actually started life as Gn15

The ends will be converted to On30,
which will make it a scale 12 ft x 6 ft.

The perfect size to carry materials in and out of the Shops.


Larry


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To showcase J.D.'s Machine Shop,
I wanted it front and center, on the left end of the layout.

Because there would be a lot of 'dead space' behind it,
I decided to add a hill with a slate rock face.

This is made of stacked foam, which was carved and painted.





The logs and stumps,
were made from small sticks from my back yard.


The pine trees were scratchbuilt from dowels,
and cheap furnace filter, cut into squares and then rounded.

They were cut in 4 different sized squares,
which were glued to the trunks, and spray painted a coffee color.

When dry, the tops of the branches received a coat of cheap hairspray,
then a coat of fine green flocking sprinkled over the tops.


The ground covering is a mixture of dirt and sand, along with real rocks.
Then weeds and briars are made from scenery material.





Here is another view of the same area, with some more details added,
as well as the Steam Hammer Shop.





Here is the corner,
detailed with some rusted junk, and a scratchbuilt outhouse.

The old boiler tanks were made from pieces of 3/4 inch PVC fittings.
The pallets were also scratchbuilt from scale 4x4's and 1x4's.

The track was hand painted,
and the brown ballast was added, along with a few weeds.


Larry


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Been working on the left end of the layout for a few month's now.

The foreground, in front of the tracks,
is going to need some thought on how to proceed.

Although I do have a few ideas rolling around in my noggin.





Here is a closeup of the Steam Hammer Shop.


The boilers and most of the machines, are from Crow River,
with the needed assembly, painting, and weathering.


Also both shops are constructed from scale 6x6's and 1x6's for the walls,
the insides are stained with maple stain, then weathered with A&I.

The outside walls were painted brown sparingly to show a worn look.
Floors are 12 x 4's stained in the same fashion, weathered and made dirty.


The furnace was scratchbuilt using card and scale 6x6's.

The "fire" was made using ballast glued in,
and painted with bright orange and yellow paint.

The stack was made from a piece of soda straw.
The "hot" metal on the door, was painted plastic from the parts box.


The foundry crane was scratchbuilt using laminated 12x4's,
along with some bits from the parts box.

The crane actually pivots, from the furnace to the Steam Hammer,
by the use of metal pins on each end.


The piping for the Hammer, is aluminum painted and weathered,
along with all the fittings painted brass.

The concrete pad under the Hammer, is a piece of foam core,
painted then weathered.

The leftovers on the Hammer plate, is wood ash,
to look like bits of metal from hammering.


Of note, the right hand wall has been replaced with a newer version,
and the front and right corner have been left open to show the interior.

Now it's on to more fun stuff.


Thanks for looking.

Larry


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I learned this trade 45 years ago,
so it's nice to see all that vintage machinery.

(no, we didn't have open belts to drive the lathe and drill press)


I think the placement of some of the machines isn't perfect,
for access with large pieces to work on, like drilling holes in a beam...

However I understand that space is at a premium,
and the belts can't go in every place.




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 Posted: Sun Jul 18th, 2021 03:24 pm
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Gerold

That must have been quite an experience,
to work with a system like that.

Thanks for your insight and comments.


In hindsight I probably should have made both Shops bigger,
but being new to "overhead systems" I wasn't sure about size.


Originally the Hammer was supposed to go in the main Shop,
but there just wasn't enough room to do it justice.

So I opted for the second Shop just to house it,
along with a forge furnace and crane.


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 Posted: Sun Jul 18th, 2021 03:48 pm
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Moving right along.

I've added a real backdrop to enhance the look of the layout.

:glad:



 
This was made by Faller,
and is printed on a plastic sheet.

It was suggested to apply with wallpaper paste,
but that was not an option,
since the layout may need to come down someday.

Instead I used Command strips to hold it in place,
which will come off easily without damaging the wall.

The backdrop went up in three sections.
and the seams were glued using white glue,
which worked out pretty well.

This made a big difference,
in the overall appearance of the layout.

So it's on to more fun stuff.

:bg:  :s:

Thanks for looking - Larry


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