Building a Traction Layout

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by interurban, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. zedob

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    :D I AM joking.:D
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    croak croak croak


    I love it thanks zedob, I had a sneaky feeling when I mentioned frogs some ones imagination would run wild :D :D :D

    You must have drawn those great pictures ? If you did you are very talented.

    May I save them and use them? :D
  3. zedob

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    Thanks. When you asked about sending frogs, the Crate-o-Frogs popped into my head and I couldn't help it.:)
    Go right ahead and use them, I still have 80 yrs to sue you. sign1

    If you want, I can upload them in their uncompressed original size and give you the link.:thumb:
  4. interurban

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    It`s OK zedob They are fine as they are. :thumb:
  5. zedob

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    Enjoy.:)

    Wow, I had to add more characters to post. Bare min 10.

    I figured it'd be atleast 1 minimun. Eh, learned another near useless thing today.:D
  6. interurban

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    I just had a look at your NEBS Modular Wall Sytems
    web site zedob , they do look good.


    Now do you own the biss??
  7. zedob

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    Oh, you mean the "Hollow Tree"!? Yes, I own it and thanks for the compliment.

    I've been wanting to try it for years, but it wasn't until I had the proper mixing equipment for bubble free molding and casting. I have a peeve about bubbles and due to the fact that almost every modeler today owns a digital camera, I just can't see having a scene ruined by some smooth, scale bowling ball size hole in the stone wall in the background.

    Cut stones have splitting/fracturing drill holes along with lifting holes. The top-sides have also been worked to represent a chisled and dressed look. Nobody modeled them, so I did.

    Also, alot, but not all stone walls have a slight lean (1-5 degrees)to them, which is easy enough to model using the other manufacturer's walls, until ya get to a corner. It creates a compound angle which is not easy to cut out of a sheet. I figured it would be best to address the corners first, then build to it.

    I did alot of research by looking at actual abutment stones up close and found out that simply casting and breaking off stones did not cut it for me (pun intended):D . I don't care for carved stonework, it just doesn't look right to me, so I use the fracturing method. However, that's where I diverge from the other manufacturer's techniques. I end up working the stones over quite a bit. Loupes don't cut it, so I have to resort to staring into a double barrelled microscope. It IS tedious work, but well worth the effort. I also like to do high density pen & ink drawings, so it fits right in. :)



    Plus, I didn't like the idea of having to cut up large walls. Instead, I decided on the "build-up" concept, which is a lot more flexible.

    I'm not planning on leaving my day job to do this, but it is thought provoking, model railroading and fun.:thumb:
  8. interurban

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    I had time this morning to play around with the street I will be putting in as this will be the main area for that type of interurban operation I have to make sure I get it right as pictures will be taken many times here.
    So Here are a couple of pics of what I played with .

    I am off to buy paving stones now :)

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  9. zedob

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    Chris,

    Looks good.

    BTW, was it Railcraft that made girder rail at one time in the mid 80's? I know ORR had/has the turnouts, but I have a sample I had ordered from a manufacturer that has no label on the envelope. I don't think it was ORR because I seem to remember that it was from somone else.

    Any ideas?
  10. interurban

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    I can not help you there.
    BUT I will try and find out from my many contacts :D
  11. zedob

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    It must have been ORR. I haven't found anything yet to indicate it was an other, but I did find this link, which you probably all ready have, but others might not.

    http://www.customtraxx.com/

    Thanks
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    :thumb: :thumb:
    That is one Link I did not have Thanks.

    I did a search too and found no Railcraft rail products,
  13. interurban

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    Here we are again , If you like street-trackage I am putting a section in now.

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    I will post more when the cobble stone is scribed in.

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    So you don't even put in guard rails? Sweet :thumb:
  16. interurban

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    The guard rails would go on the curves Bob, to much hassel involved in that detail :rolleyes:

    Btw have I ever told you ,,You have a very nice wsbsite depicting you great modeling? NO? Well I am telling you now friend!! :wave: :wave:
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    Thank, Chris, the kudos have been passed on to my beloved, who does all of that HTML stuff...I just do the pictures. :thumb:
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    Things have been a bit slow re modeling , but I got "at it" for a while last week.
    So ,,,

    I needed to give my self three tracks at the back of the L/O , this meant scratching a three track bridge.
    reason for this--- one main line will be for my traction, but as I have a main line for steam/desiel , the need for a long by pass would enhance my small operation.
    so this is what I did,

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  19. interurban

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    Balsa wood is a handy matériel.
    The atlas one track bridge was cut up for the ends.
    I have the brick wall mold, so when the scenery is in it should set this off nicely.

    Lots to do yet before I have operation and overhead up.

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  20. MilesWestern

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    I was thinking about you and your layout this morning, and wondering what you've been doing...we haven't seen you in quite awhile, where have you been? :confused: