Enough of planning already!!!!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by wdsrwg, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. wdsrwg

    wdsrwg Member

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    Well, good news, bad news and ugly news.

    The good - the chaulk works extremely well for the roadbed. gives time to adjust and sets up strong to hold it in place. no movement and lays evenly.
    :thumb:
    The bad - tape dosen't work so well when you have to move the track even a little.
    :oops:
    The ugly - I tried rubberized double sided tape and as I pulled a section of flex up to adjust slightly it destroyed the track! Well, I destroyed the track but the tape help!!
    :curse:
    This was not the industrial tape I had used before. Seems that has a value of around $1.50 per FT. To much to use for this project and way to much to smuggle.

    I will now take the advice given here tonight and just let the balasting hold it down and use nails where needed.
    I do have several hundred tacks of various sizes and shapes, toothpicks for the heavy shaping and any other piece of sharp junk I can find to keep this thing together!!!

    With 547 miles behind me today and a lot of headaches I shouldn't have laid track tonight but hey, I know what won't work!
    :D

    Russell,
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    After several hours of shut-eye I repaired the damage from last night.
    The chaulk really does work well on the roadbed and comes up without
    using a pry bar.
    I am off on my lines a hair and needed to do some real delicate work
    to cut a piece of flex to fit. (2 3/16")
    I am using wired connectors ever 4-5' to speed up the timeframe of wiring.
    I know the purist won't like it but by the time I lay the ballast they will be
    un-noticeable. (is that a word?) :rolleyes:

    Another 400 mile day today but the weekend is here and I should have the
    entire switching area done tomorrow.

    Hey Lynn. Did you call my train shop guy?
    He is even on me now to get a train running! :oops:
    Word for word what you have been telling me!
    Got to see one of the new marklin steamers run dcc and that was worth
    the drill sergent lashing. :D

    Geez, I gotta go!

    Have a great day all! :wave:
  3. 91rioja

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    Isn't the latex caulk a wonderful thing?!?!? I went through the same thing; put down roadbed and had to pull it right back up! No muss, no fuss, and I could even reuse the roadbed!
  4. wickman

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    Nope but it sure sounds like you got the RR itch bad sign1
  5. wdsrwg

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    Big Itchy Rash all my life!
    Grew up around them in various locales.


    Chris, That may be the best part of it.
    Lay it down pull it up and no problems.

    Gotta go,

    :wave:
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    A few pix from a couple hours of track laying.
    Hope all had a good weekend.
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    Alright,
    They didn't post again!:curse:
    Been a long weekend, I'll do it tomorrow.
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    Here's a few from yesterday.
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    LOL... K I'm waiting give me a hauler when the pics land announce1
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    Lets try again eh!
    These are from 10 or so days ago.

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    Now I don't feel as dumb this morning! :D
  12. wickman

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    Great start. I think you made the right choice with the foamboard it opens up so many other options for scenery. I had posted as well with the buildings cut in :wave: Now that you figured how to post the pics it'll be nice to see more .:thumb:
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    These are earlier.
    Just had to show how much
    of a mess I can make when I
    really try! :rolleyes:

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    Most recent pix.
    You think it looks bad now just wait, it'll really look bad when its done ! :D :D :D

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    Lynn,
    The foam board is a must with the realm I am creating.
    This is step one of five sections, the industrial switching yard.
    There will be alot of ditches and the such when completed.
    I chose not to go with ws risers on this section due to the
    fact that I needed to create a odd grade % and didn't want
    to bash those pretty modules. :D

    Thanks for the reply and as always, your expert critque is
    much appreciated.

    Russell

    Dang its hot outside~:eek:
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    I spent the last several days just walking different rails and
    have come up with this amount of ballast from the through
    line on this section of the layout.
    Question; does this look like to much for a newly balasted road bed?

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    YEP:D
    it always will when you first put it down. just like the real thing does.:)

    But,, if you Paint your rails inner and outer with rust paint and let stain get on the ballast near the rail both sides, after adding some grass grow here and there, it will look like its been there a while .
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    Thanks Chris,
    Thats what I thought but we are our own worst ctitic sometimes. :D
    What have you used for weathering the track & roadbed?
    I was looking at various chaulk's and a coat of dulcoat or equivalent.
    Then I viewed a video where they used the air-brush.

    So many choices, so little time!
    hamr

    Russell
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    One of the areas I am using as a model.
    CP line (Tomah/La Crosse)
    Very old mainline but has been updated and well maintained.

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    One more then I gotta do something today! :rolleyes:

    There are various forms of transportation in our
    little corner of the world, here are two ways for speedy
    delivery other then trains. :D

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