Missabe layout progress

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Kevinkrey, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

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    I wanted to keep it simple, so no grades, but as it turned out our basement floor is uneven enough that I did get a decent size grade.sign1 I would like a double level, but no way to build off of our uneven cement walls.:cry:
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    Ditto!

    That means that train is longer than my layout :rolleyes:
  3. Kevinkrey

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    The train is 10' long. Me and my buddy were testing the size of the train, that is how long the trains I run will be, except for the miscelanious road freight (MRF) which strarts in Two Harbors and runs to procter twice a week.
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    Looking very good--

    Kevin, your layout is going to be great. I really like your trackplan and that long line of cars looks very realistic. I wish I had that much room for a layout. Can't wait to see your bridges----nice job---JR
  5. Kevinkrey

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    Slowly but Surely

    This weekend I layed some 20' of cork and 16' of track. I could not lay anymore track because I need to place switches but I have none. My friend came over after school and after our bowling league on saturday and gave me some help (he likes to help because he had to dismantle his own layout:cry:). He wanted to see the trains run so I plugged in the DCC and ran some trains, I have not done that in a while so it was fun. Here is one pic of the new cork roadbed, I like the gradual bends, like the real Missabe. The other is of the first train to run, and yes, I know it is a Sante Fe. My DMIR locos are going to get decoders on Tuesday when I order some switches at the hobby shop.
    Thats all for now, thanks for looking.:wave::thumb:

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  6. nkp174

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    Your gradual bends help to increase the size of your layout...in the eye of the viewer. Right angles play a major role in judging distances...so your gradual curves (instead of straight track) help to create the illusion that your layout is larger than it really is.
  7. Kevinkrey

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    I have laid a quite a bit more track lately, no good pics of the mainline, but I have laid what will become Iron Junction. There are also two pics of my new 2-10-2 #509, I bought it from JR switch. I also gor a PRR SD45 which is a littlle tempermental sometimes but I really do like it.

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  8. zachary

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    nice work its looking good
  9. Kevinkrey

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    Thanks,
    Comments are wanted everybody.
  10. jr switch

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    layout progress

    Kevin, the layout is really shaping up! You've got the room to have plenty of industry and forrested areas also. The 2-10-2 looks every bit as good as I knew it would on your layout, I'm glad your so pleased with it. As for the SD45, I know what's wrong with it at times. On my small test track, all it had to do was run a little and look good. On your layout, it has to work for a living. It will be fine, it just has to get it's priorities in line. Thanks again Kevin, pleasure doing business with you, enjoy--------JR
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    Your 2-10-2 has a much nicer paint scheme than the picture of the survivor I posted. I presume that your layout is rather quiet with cork roadbed on foam.
  12. Kevinkrey

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    It acctually is not as quiet as I would like. might hace something to do with the fact that every train has 160 plus axles.sign1
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    That's the type of noise I like! I prefer metal wheelsets more for the noise than for their excellent rolling qualities! NWSL's brass wheelsets are the best.
  14. CRed

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    That's a Bachmann Spectrum,eh?I had one,they are pretty nice engines although a bit generic and if you're the rivet counter type I'd re-number it atleast.The prototypical #509 is far different,but others in the 2-10-2 group look a little better.
    DMN #509

    DMIR #500

    Anyways,looking good so far.

    Chris
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    Here are two pics of a taconite train and the steam at dawn (I can imaginate right?) and the Two Harbors yard Ladder I made tonight. I am making great progree these past few weeks.

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    I'm no expert on the DM&IR...but the picture of the 509 appears to be later than the picture of the 500. It would also only be minor surgery to add the feed water heater. Athearn's 2-8-2s for NKP were like that...accurate for the 1920's...but in need of serious re-detailing for the 1950's era which 99% of all NKP fans model. I only changed the headlight and added illuminated number boards for mine. Most USRA models are accurate for as-built...since they were identical. Things changed rather quickly as railroads altered them to fit their preferences. The biggest changes to me are the air reservoirs and the feed water heater on the 509 in the picture...
  17. CRed

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    You are right and I wasn't trying to be too critical of the engine because I've had one and they're pretty nice engines,especially for the price Kevin got his for.I also know it's very hard for manufacturers of stem engines to be prototypical for every road,especially engines like the "Santa Fe"type because so many roads used them and had them built or modified to the way they wanted them.It would be impossible for Bachmann to make every single prototype of the 2-10-2 and even if they did the cost of the engines would be a lot higher,there's brass for that.

    Anyways,how about a couple pics of my new Kato SD38-2 then?

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    Nice work Kevin,can't wait to see how Taconite Harbor turns out:thumb:.

    Chris
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    Think Tapcons!! Check with Fastenal (look in yellow pages for nearest location) A few bucks will make short work of fastening to those bad walls.

    Taconite Harbor???
    You'll need some North Shore Mining Locomotives........Tac Harbors a pretty big complex........Might want to really compress that one sign1
  19. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Man that loco is good lookin'! I've always like that arrow scheme.
    Ralph
  20. CRed

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    Man,you don't want to know what I thought the word after "think" was at a glance!sign1

    I think he mentioned he was doing Two Harbors and Taconite harbor,if he is he will have to compress everything for sure.I wonder if you could even do it in z scale without doing that.:p

    Clyde Iron Works!:thumb:A leading player in logging,mining and construction during the first half 20th century.It's going to be an Eatery/Brewery/Sports Complex soon,atleast they're keeping most of the buildings including the oldest one,the large wooden stables.

    Chris