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Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by CPRSD40-2, May 22, 2003.
Oops, here it is!
That looks fantastic. So much capacity to store trains - I am envious. I have to remove trains in order to run others.
BTW, what height is the upper level? I was wondering whether or not short guys like me would have trouble viewing it!
WOW. That pretty much sums up what I got to say!
Are Kato SD90's the same length as SD80's? If not, how much longer are SD90's? (scale model)
WOW! What a layout. That train waaay over there looks so small.
I got the track laid last night and ran some trains on it. Here is a shot of Field, first looking west...
This is looking east...
This is the east end of Golden,
Going around the corner...
And looking a the west end of Golden...
And here is the finished upper staging yard, I only had 4 pieces of flex track to lay, so it didn't take too long, but now I can run a train from the lower level staging yard all the way to the upper staging. I'll make the first trip tonight!
Wow, that is sweet!
One comment: is the terrain in Canada, in the area you model, allow that much straight track, or it is really curvy? Not to be a nitpicker, but it seems as though this pic:
is about 20-30' long, and arrow-straight... I know what the Rockies does to railroads, they take the route of least resistance, and straight often is not that route...
It isn't straight for the most part in the Rockies, but that picture is going to be the yard in Field, and it is straight except for the curve on the east end, on the layout and on the real thing. The track on the rest of the upper level is full of curves.
Speaking of your straight sections, you do an excellent job of laying them dead straight with no "kinks". Do you use a straight-edge against the rail (like I do) to get such perfectly laid track?
I am really enjoying watching your pictorial progress Mike. Keep up the great work!
Great progress Mike. This is an absolutely magnificent layout and am looking forward to the scenery that will go with it.
hemiadda2d if you ever get the opportunity to drive from Calgary to Vancouver you will see some long straight sections of track between the different ranges of mountains and of course the wavy ones too that make Alberta and BC such interesting places to visit.
*extracts foot from mouth*
Sorry, I didn't recognize the yard area... Doh!
I wish I could take a trip to BC.. One of these days, a visit to BC; maybe with the Amtrak Rail Pass, taking a month off, and ride the Empire Builder, the California Zephyr, the Southwest Chief, the Coast Starlight, and a couple eastern trains--maybe the Adirondack.. I would love to see the Pacific Northwest! And a the mini version, on Mikes' layout!
Thanks guys, Gavin, I use a 4 foot metal ruler placed along the side of the ties, that keeps the track straight, then where there are 2 tracks I use a piece of 3/4" plywood to keep the spacing the same. You don't have to be off by much to have a problem 20 feet down the line!
Not sure if it was asked (This one HUGE thread), but...
Your track looks aweful close to the Fusebox.
If you ever have contract work done an Inspector is liable to be
Other than that...
Looking COOLER by the pic.!!:thumb:
Here are the pictures of the first full trip over the layout. I decided to take the trip with a unit grain train, I started out with 3 units so I wouldn't have to stop in Calgary to add more power, and I had clearance all the way through, didn't even stop to do a crew change in Field! Sorry for all of the pictures!
Here is CP SD45 #5490 leaving the lower staging yard.(SD40-2's # 6003 and 5741 behind)
Just leaving Brooks...
Going around the bend...
Going through Bassano...
Entering the East end of Calgary...
The west end of Calgary...
Going through Exshaw...
Going through Cathedral...
The lower spiral tunnel...
Going through Field, scooped the stack train!
Coming into Golden..
Going into the upper staging yard...
And here is the time, 29 minutes 23 seconds.