layout progress

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  1. wickman

    wickman Member

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    ok guys as here's is the final plan :eek:
    By the way the grey matter is roadway ( yes I know what it looks like )
    the perimeter rail starting in the lower left is a 3% grade going up then leveling off at the top left inside then declines from the top right to just below the sawmill then there's a 2% grade rail inside of that doing the same . And lots of bridges :)
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    Here's the below bench staging yard
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    What will run this layout
    - Digitrax super chief 5 amp with 3 controlers tethered
    - I have On Guard reverse mods for the staging yard and main level reverse loops
    - 42 tortise switch machines
    - all peco turnouts with springs removed
    - bd20 block detectors for the hidden staging yard and decline to staging yard
    - Kadee Delayed Uncouplers
    -Atlas Turntable with motor
    -DS64 Stationary Docoder turnouts
    -AHD-PS4 two controls, will give power for 4 power districts

    This is the already made mountain tunnel that will hide the stageing yard decline entrance
    It's a left over mountain from the previous layout
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    And the mountain where the mine will be placed it will have to be modified a bit as the mine tracks are going to change
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    fsm 170 super sawmill
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    cimarron mine
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    Here's the actual mine that I have 75% completed
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    rollin sawyer chemicals
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    jeffries point
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    campbells richmond barrel manufacturing
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    majestic hardware and feed
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    dpm papa wheelies
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    dpm harlee and son
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    icing platform john allen design
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    emporium seafood
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    duffys coal foxrun diorama
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    freight depot
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    campbells ayer's chairs factory
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    barnstead lumber and starkeys coal
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    Here's the update on whats been accomplished.
    Next step is to print out the main bench plan and start laying it out.
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    For any who are thinking I bin working hard making all the structures here's the actual lineup
    Built already by me
    cimarron mine

    Kits that I own that need to be built
    fsm 170 super sawmill
    campbells richmond barrel manufacturing
    campbells ayer's chairs factory
    dpm papa wheelies
    dpm harlee and son
    DPM's Schultz's Garage Kit
    DPM's 'Skip's Chicken and Ribs
    DPM's '1st National Bank'
    DPM Robert's Dry Goods
    DPM's Small Town Garage Modular Kit
    Slash & Sawdust Burner kit
    BAR Mills miracle chair company
    BAR Mills earls oil
    BAR Mills mooneys plumbing
    BAR Mills majestic hardware and feed
    BAR Mills wicked wandas

    stuffysbrewery
    rollinsawyerchemicals
    jeffries point
    icing platform john allen design
    emporium seafood
    duffys coal foxrun diorama
    barnstead lumber and starkeys coal
    Ebay purchase of finished scratch build
    freight depot
    forestlumber
    :)
    And as far as I've gotten I cleaned up best i could for time available.
    Tortoises are installed on all these turnouts.All the drop leads are soldered on and dangling below,tonite I hope to run the main level buss wire.
    Then I get to run some trains for a bit. By first of next week the rest of the flex track and roadbed will be in.
    This pick is of lower right area entrance to staging is connected and path to where incline will go is shown
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    well you know ...helping specs
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    Shows the passing siding and on the far left will be the spur to mine and tunnel and up the incline
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    The run over to the left loop and industrial area
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    arrows depicting turnouts to industries installed
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    end of reverse loop and beginning of passing siding
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  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Wow wickman, that looks like it is comming along great and at a steady pace. Good job :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    I like those buildings you got there. They look pretty old and good.

    Keep us posted with more pictures as you go.
  3. Scoobie

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    Wickman, that layout is insane:thumb: looks like you have your work cut out for you. How long have you been working on it. It looks great:thumb: . What are the dimensions?
  4. wickman

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    sheesh I posted wrong plan I'll repost that one . Thanks guys the dimensions are in a kinda 16' by 16' area actually you can see the numbers on the plan to get better idea :wave:
  5. mr. bubbles

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    wow! that looks like a nice lay out. poat pics when its done
  6. wickman

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    MR Bubbles when is it ever done LOL
    But I will be sure to post progress pics.
    I have this on several sites and whereever I find its just wasting space I will be sure to discontinue posting . I've always gotten good advice and appreciation here:wave:
  7. Herc Driver

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    Wow that's impressive! Great looking buildings.
  8. wickman

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    Bin a busy weekend and as ussual it took me twice the time to learn something than a normal person , but got it done no matter.
    Spent the weekend figuring out the staionary decoder setup. I also soldered all the feeds to the edge connectors which then slip onto the tortoise switch contacts.
    Figured out a bit of a board setup and also made up a couple positive and negative power bars to feed the ds64's and what ever else will need the power off the dc power pack.
    So here's a few pics its not quite as organized as I like but its a good start and will be mounted away from the super chief with one loconet coming from the super chief loconet to one of the ds64 loconet plugs then all the ds64 's will be changed together as shown.
    The computer will also have a loconet connection , the puter makes setting up much much easier.
    Before you say anything all those wires which are connected to the tortoises will have to be stapled up under the bench work in an orderly fashion of course.Its a beginning.
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  9. UP SD40-2

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    wickman, WOW! looks like you are coming along GREAT!:thumb: you do some VERY impressive modeling!!:thumb::D i cant wait to see more progress, keep the pics coming!:thumb::D -Deano
  10. wickman

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    Thanks much for the compliments .
    One foot in front of the other is baby steps for me :wave:
  11. wickman

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    I got the darn ds64's figured out finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy . Here's hpw it had to be hooked up with a seperate power supply although it could also be connected right to the track power.
    The ds64's each putting out 4 addresses ( 4 addresses = 4 tortoise switches) also needed an individual board address ( this took some reading) There are 11 ds64's with starting address of 1 and last ds64 has address 44 .:wave:
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  12. wickman

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    Thanks Russel I do like the risers and have tried cookie cutting on my last layout and it was very easy to do but the risers are more precise .o I'll have some new progrees pics in the next couple days I just finished installing the incline risers and I have the roadbed glued down . It's going to take me a bit of figuring to see where the bridges will go I gotta be careful with this part as I'll have to cut into the risers and I don't wannna goof up . My old layout started as a 5x9 and it grew somehow . Here's a link to the old layout . I tore it up in Jan. of this year for this layout.http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=18618 I think you'll appreciate what I had done on the old one. I thought I did well for my first time.:wave:
  13. Gil Finn

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    The forrest lumber mill looks good, is it kit bashed?

    All those pics are verry nice.
  14. wickman

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    Busy weekend ,I finally got the risers installed I decided to use the 2% risers rather than the 3% although I may find a place for the 3% risers down the road ,along with the track I even ruffed in 3 bridges the low profile bridges just need the low sides attached I made these for the previous layout.
    I used loctite power grab to attach the risers to the benchwork I then put plaster cloth on the top surface of the risers this will keep the ballast from falling through the cracks , then used powergrab to attach cork roadbed to plaster cloth top , then used the powergrab again to attach rail to roadbed . I had to install the big truss bridge before securing the track so well I was at it I added 2 other bridges.
    The main line is pretty well done I just need to add the industrial spur tracks to the turnouts which are already installed , well except for a couple .
    Woohoo almost time to cut in the diaramas and start on some scenery. Darn almost forgot the wiring, oh well had a moment.
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    wickman Member

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    Here's a bit of an update to what I've been upto I also included a few pics of items madmike threw in when I purchased a bunch of his diaramas and other scratch builds
    here's one of a few real nice water towers
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    Over all 2 diaramas in place
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    no diarama here just couple steamers with odds and ends in the background of scratch builts
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    the rail has to be put in place for these guys to get to work ( turnout is already in place)
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    I cut the benchwork for the river and I will complete a couple more bridges
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    My son and I had a few minutes so we tried to envision the new mountain \tunnel The mine will be propped in front and I will be using bragdon molds for the rocks
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    Another of the watertowers and thinking the Tannery may have found a new home
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    Rail to the chemical factory
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    Barnstead equipment
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    Stuffy's brwery waiting for its rail
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    Another of mikes creations
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  16. ratjag

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    Hi wickman, :wave: :thumb: NICE,especially the buildings, some of us over the pond in the UK wish we had that space!!! I'm quite lucky to have an understanding wife who also likes trains and has allowed me to take over the dining room:D :D . I have a 12 x 8 HO US layout under constuction. Can't wait to see more pics of your progress, puts me to shame! :cry: :thumb: :thumb: :D :wave:
  17. Southern4449

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    Hi Wickman,:wave:
    Your layout is coming along very well!!! :thumb:
    I love some of those buildings you have..:D
  18. wickman

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    Thanks guys for the kind words. I wish I caould find a way to get my wife interested in the layout building. I think once we get a chance to run some trains I may be able to talk her into running a train :wave:
  19. Clerk

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    WOW Wickman. That is quite a layout. Looking real good.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  20. wickman

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    Here's the most upto date pics from the layout . The base plastering and shaping isn't completed but you can get the idea.
    This is the mountain from the old layout the portals have to be made they'll be done using Darryl Huffman's broken rock method.
    I'll be using Bragdon molds on those nice smooth surfaces and woodland scenic ground coverings.

    The top left of the mountain over the portal will be built up
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    Toward the corner I built up the right sides to hide the decline to staging
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    Will be an old lost town area on the hill
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    You can see where the bridge will give vehicle access , the vehicle bridges you see in any pics other than under the rails are not the bridges that will be used
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    Waterfall area, where the scissors are is going to be a small lake
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    the road travels up along the side of the rail over a bridge and to the seafood restaurant
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    Created another tunnel to the left of the mine area
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    I removed the diarammas to do the messy plaster work and not break anything off the models.
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    These portals will also be utilizing the broken rock method
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