Engine Terminal build

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by RonP, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Well I want to write an article for my site but seeing as i can do it here incrementally then do it up in full later, I think this will be good.

    The layout is actualy a small module for my future permanent layout. This is a module but not to any standard other then my own. So the size is 2'8" X 9'3"

    The design is loosely based on the terminal in this months MRR design.

    The benchwork came via a stack of skids put out by a neighboring business. Only the clean ones of course, it is a pool place so they were big skids. To make it easier to pull the nails I soaked the skids with the hose. That did the trick beeeautifully.

    From the first to last pic here took 3 days.

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  2. nachoman

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    Looks like sturdy benchwork! What are you using for the top?

    PS, I also used mostly salvaged wood or wood I got for free. :)

    Kevin
  3. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Yeah i call it my scratchbuilt bench :twisted:
    Skid planking It has been glued and screwed. I intend to take advantage of the uneven surface to add realism. I have a whole load of shims from my career stairbuilding they will be perfect to build up the levels where i need them too.

    The old boys will cringe I know this, but I have a knowledge of wood and its variables and am confident this will work out for a long time to come.
  4. nachoman

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    You may want to seal up the surface of the benchwork with latex paint prior to any ballasting/scenery just in case the wood decides it wants to swell or curl when it gets wet. After one bad experince with swelling subroadbed during ballasting, that's what I do.

    Kevin
  5. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    Recycled wood for benchwork. I love it. I did almost the same thing too when building up my benchwork.
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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    I am using grey primer from a can, do you think that is sufficient ? :eek:
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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    A little farther then before. I had to stop as i need to finish a DPM modular so I can fit the tracks to it.

    When I update my site it sends out an email. If anyone is interested in following the more detailed build can subscribe here.

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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Working with a switch and animation machine. I am going to hook this baby up to both my coal tower and water tank in the future.

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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Well this is a DPM modular kit they are very kool kits. Advice read the instructions and and dry fit the pieces so you have time to realize all the pieces arent the same size. I have some masking to do to hide some of my mistakes.

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    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    looks like a great start ron!, the one shown in MRR was pretty sweet,im sureyours wil be just as cool :thumb:

    quick Q though,how easy are those DPM modulars to build? i think ill be using a few of there walls to build the late 1800's style brick forge shop for my steel mill .--josh
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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    These are the last pictures of the back shop till we gets it to the paint booth.

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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Comments are welcomed I am no expert in any way what so ever. It is the comments why I even bother posting these.

    The modulars are awesome. Once you start it is very easy to see the variable that are possible. Just make sure to size up the pilasters correctly some of mine are wrong, but it didn't really effect things as I intend to muck it up good in the end.

    Take a look a Drwaynes gallery, allot of those are modulars. You can see the different kits window styles.
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    WoW Ron....Looks very promising...!! :thumb: Those modulars show a lot of potential for coming up with just the right configuration that's needed.
    I thought you were going at this by yourself, though...I can see you're counting with some expert help..!! :mrgreen:
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    Thanks Gus, even the kids need some time trackside.
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    loco service faccilitie

    very nice ron i really like it keep up the good work
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    Lookin' good, Ron. :thumb::thumb: The DPM modulars are lots of fun to build and limited only by your imagination (well, and the state of your finances, too!) :p;):-D:-D

    Wayne
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    Thanks guys,

    This week we are going to fine tune the switch machine and complete the water tower with a working DCC controlled spout.
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    Working on allot right now.
    Lets start with the coal tower.

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    Scratchbuilt this baby this last week I will finish it off with making a mold for the spout and animating it. Full build details here.

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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Taking a little time to refine the design to be my own. This picture is a little out in left field but bare with me here. Also if it doesn't look prototypical that don't matter as I can pull a script of how it would work in a blink of an eye.

    Can someone assist me with idea's and advice as to the placement of signage signal towers and general cleanup of the idea.

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