A closer look at the layout.

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  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I got a few closeup photos of the layout. The more I look at this the more I can't wait to get started.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    There's a lot of mountains and bridges.

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  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    A couple more bridges.

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  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    That's some rugged terrain Ray. I sure like the bridges
  5. Ray Marinaccio

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    Looking up one of the valleys.

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    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    The mine scene.

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  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Fantastic! how did you do the viaducts?
  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Robin,
    I haven't counted the bridges yet , but there's a lot of them.
    I have noticed a few that will need replaced.
    The terrain sort of reminds me of the Achen Back mountains.

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    Jon,
    The viaducts are an old Atlas product. This is all as it was when we got it.
    The largest section is infact Susquhanna Valley Ry. from the Atlas Book Nine N scale Model Railroads. and it was added onto from there.

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    Here's another view of the viaduct.

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  11. nalmeida

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    Get some colour on it, fast :)
  12. Jon Grant

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    How's the electrics on it. Make sure things run ok, before touching up the scenery.


    Jon
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    Looks like a lot o TLC went in to that lay out Ray.

    A great project, looking forward to the "Restoration".
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    There's a wise idea...but, oh, boy. That's a LOT of track cleaning to do. :eek:
  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    look's great, keep up the great work. :) :)
  16. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    My son and I tested the wiring today and to our amazement most of it works.
    It's all wired using the Atlas common-rail method with Atlas selectors and controllers and mostly MRC powerpacks.
    Switch machines are controlled by what looks to be the old Acme (no joke) switch controllers manufactured by the Acme Model Engineering Co. .
    I remembered seeing their ads in the early 70s MR
    Some connections will need to be cleaned and I want to replace the 2 cheaper trainset powerpacks to match the other 7 MRC powerpacks. I already have one I'll donate to the cause.
    We did clean some track and ran a locomotive, but didn't clean enough track to run a complete circle.
    It took a lot of rubbing with a Brightboy to get it clean so I suspect getting all the track clean will take awhile.
    One of the first things to be done will probably be designing and building new legs. Then reinforcing the benchwork on the main section to eliminate a small amount of flexing that is causing some cracks in the scenery.
    Some of the track work will need replaced where the sections joined. This shouldn't be a big deal.
    Once that is done we can demonstrate working with plaster and other scenery techniques.
    This layout brings back memories of Model Railroading in the 70s.

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  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Ray,

    That is an amazing layout for sure, and yes, I think a lot of work on it was done in the 70's. That is confirmed based on the cars and locos that were with it. I'm only guessing, but I doubt that it had trains run on it in at least ten years.

    Sounds like you're making a lot of progress quickly. I hope you get at least one section working in time for the Prescott show in August. :thumb: :thumb:
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    Neat! is it all brass track? hehe I used to just sand paper mine, took 5 minutes and then the track was CLEAN :D It was a small layout :(
  19. Joepomp

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    I love the bridges!
  20. TR-Flyer

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    Ray,
    If you don't plant a road runner and coyote somewhere on that "Acme" layout, i think you're missing a WONDERFUL opportunity.