A silly idea that's working for me

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  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I built most of my layout before becoming a member of the Gauge and benefiting from the inspirational photos and the vast experience here. So, I've been gradually going back and making improvements over time. Sometimes I have a little trouble focusing on where to work on the 12 X 20 foot space.

    I had this idea a month ago to make a sign that said "Improvement Area" and place it on a portion of the layout, leaving it there until I was happy with how things looked. I decided to start with my engine service area and kept the sign there, which actually did help me stick to focusing on that scene. I added details and reconfigured things a bit. I just moved it to a river side scene that needs help. :)

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    Ralph
  2. railroader9731

    railroader9731 Member

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    very interesting as i find my self wondering from spot to spot on our 14x3 layout. ill have to try that:cool:
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Grand idea, I'll take about four dozen for my layout, or perhaps one six-foot wide one.:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Oh never mind, I don't think there's any doubt about what's happening on half my layout.:eek: :eek:
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    If it works, it isn't "silly". I think your idea is great. :thumb:
  5. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

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    Great idea! I just printed one out, and pasted it on my forehead. :)
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    sign1 This was one of the first posts I read this morning. Great way to start the day! :mrgreen:

    Ralph
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Good idea... and you should give us the "before and after" pictures too! ;) :D

    Andrew
  8. scubadude

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    I need one for the door of the train room! sign1
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'll see if I can find a couple of illustrative ones.....
    Here's one from a couple of months ago:
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    and here is an updated picture of the scene:
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    I moved a couple of structures and made subtle improvements like adding a staircase to one, some weathering to the roof of another. I put some little posts in the ground as guards for the road leading down into the area and railings along side the road passing by. I added hoses and other details to the sanding towers. I also made a ramp leading to the old Pennsy box car storage shed.
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    Ralph
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looks Great Ralph. Poor PRR Boxcar though.sign1
  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    The good news is that the PC and the KP&W, which share the facility, will never get around to painting it so its heritage will remain visible until the rust takes over! :)
    Ralph
  12. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

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    While I see the improvements in the second set (well done!:thumb:) Both look great!
  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Ah that is good. Speaking of the PC Ralph. For the longest time there was a MOW Passenger Car for the PC sitting here in my town for, I don't know how long. But a couple of years ago they finally removed it. Never got to take a picture of it. But there for awhile I couldn't figure out what Penn Central was until I asked around about it. sign1
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    No kidding!? How about that! Can't be too many of those around. Was it in MOW yellow? Glad you got some background on the PC...the railroad people love to hate. :)

    Ralph
  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Yes it was. It used to sit along the old PRR Main Line that is now a branch line leading to a coal cleaning plant.
  16. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I'm not THAT old, am I? Oh the pain, THE PAIN!!!...I can remember Pennsylvania GG1s under wire...:oops::mrgreen:

    Nice work, Ralph:thumb: