Finally, got some progress made!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by trainsteve2435, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

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    Hello everyone, just wanted to let you all see what i have gotten done lately. Please let me know what you think!:wave:

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    And one more!

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    I think you're off to a fine start. Keep us posted please. :thumb:
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    Looks like it will be awesome when finished-looking forward to the progress photos! John R
  5. LoudMusic

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    It's a bit on the flat side, but I bet it'll be a blast to watch big trains roll around those sweeping curves. Good to see you making progress. Thanks for sharing :)
  6. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Great Progress Steve!!!:thumb: :thumb:

    Cant wait to see more progress and keep on posting those pics as you go :D :D :D
  7. trainsteve2435

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes, its a bit flat now, but im planning on a bridge or two and some nice western mountains. I still have a whole other side to do something with, anyone have any ideas? Also, i was thinking of useing some Woodland Scenics risers i have to add some elevation to it, so please, any and all comments are welcome. As of now i have no track plan, im just tacking track down with pins until i get it about right or i like it, wich ever comes forst. Thanks!
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    What about some heavy industrial buildings??
    • ADM Grain Elevator and Red Wing Flour Mill - For your covered hoppers and boxcars (Make them seperate or one industry complex)
    • Coal Mine - For those coal cars I saw there
    What other rail cars do you have??
  9. trainsteve2435

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    Josh, thanks for the ideas. Im planning on running Tankers, grainers, cement hoppers, probably some reefers and maybe some dry box. I have the walthers big concrete plant, but it takes up so much room. Any more ideas and suggestions are welcome, because i really need help!:cry:
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    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    R you talking about the Medusa Cement Plant or the Blue Star Ready Mix (I have them both) or the Valley Cement (Giant Complex one)

    R you wanting to do Modern Era??
    1. North Island Refinery (Walthers, I know it is retired kit but they can still be forund on e-bay if your wanted one) and some storage tanks. - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3705 - Tank Cars
    2. Interstate Fuel and Oil - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3006 - Tank Cars
    3. ADM Grain Elevator is a great kit and I also have it - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3022 - For the Grain Hoppers
    4. Red Wing Flour Mill (also a retired model but as the other can be found on e-bay) - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3026 - Reefers and or dryboxs
    5. Petersons Tool Speacialties (Also have this one) - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3091 - For Boxcars
    6. Magic Pan Backeries Building (Have this one too) - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-2915 - Hoppers and boxcars/reefers
    7. Valley Growers - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3096 - Grain Hoppers and boxcars
    8. Heritage Furnature (Backround Building = Smaller) - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3164 - Boxcars
    9. River City Textiles (Backround Building) - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3178 - Boxcars
    10. Imperial Food Products - http://walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3184 - Boxcars/Reefers
    These are only the Walthers building kits I have came up here. Hopethis helps you get some ideas!!:thumb: :thumb: :D
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    Steve:wave:, GLAD to see your making progress!!:thumb::thumb::D . i like how you put a divider blocking off the staging tracks:thumb: . NICE 8-40C UP TOO!!:D cant wait to see more progress pics!:thumb: :D -Deano
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    Fantastic start, I wish I was that far with a larger layout! :thumb: good work!
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    Thanks everyone for the positive comments, they really help! I will keep you posted as to my progress with more pics as soon as i make some more progress. Thanks again!:wave:
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    Wow that some building going on! The whole thing looks pretty accessible. Does that small partition go around the whole layout or just where pictured? Is that a staging yard behind the partition?
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    Hello Herc Driver, the partition is just where pictured right now, it is in fact seaperating the hidden stageing yard. The yard is accessable from both the east and west directions. I can walk around the entire layout with the tightest pinch point being 2.5' from the wall. I was wondering, how would be the easiest way to create a overpass or bridge scene with the type of benchwork i have? My benchwork is constructed of 1" x 4" open grid tables on 16" centers, topped with 1/4" plywood with 1" extruded foam on top of that. Im thinking of creating a small river scene with either an open deck trestle or something. Anyone have any pictures or suggestions? Thanks!:wave:
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    Trainsteve, just curious as I can't tell from the photos - how is the partition mounted?
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    Fluesheet, the partition is mounted into the 1" foam as well as the 1/4" plywood. This is what i did..... I marked where i was going to put the partition, then i got out my trusty circular saw, set the blade depth to just a hair over 1-1/4" depth and cut on my marks. The blade width is a perfect 1/8" and that makes for a very nice, tight fit of the 1/8" masonite partition. After all was set into the groove and the heigth measured at all points to ensure it was all level, i used clear latex adhesive caulk to go all the way around the front and back side of the partition where it meets the benchwork. After it was all done, i could stand on it and it wouldnt give, its rock solid, and it didnt even require any additional braceing for support. Thanks for asking!:wave:
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    OK, I took someones advice and added a double sided back drop to the peninsula to divide it into two seperate places, i think it actually looks better than looking at one big open peninsula. I need to paint it yet, but maybe tomorrow. I sat my concrete plant in there, but it just doesnt want to fit right, anyone have any ideas? Thanks everyone, for your input.:wave:

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    That is such a cool Concrete plant!!
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    Usually, with open-grid benchwork, the technique for making a bridge is: Plan the location ahead of time, and make that grid section lower.