Our Layout (Info and pics to share as goes up)

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by grandpacoyote, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. grandpacoyote

    grandpacoyote Member

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    Zedob,

    Thanks, yeah, it was a mess wasn't it... I'll never be able to figure out what goes through the minds of teenagers *chuckles*.

    The Mianne Benchwork is great stuff very well made hardwood... all Poplar I believe.

    I use 3rd PlanIt and swear by it. It has a very steep learning curve but well worth sitting down and learning; I had no CAD background at all when I stared this although I had taken a few years of Draftsmanship back when such was taught in High School, but after learning the program it was fairly easy to get just what I wanted and how. I'd never use another program for track planning.

    Peace.

    Coyote
  2. grandpacoyote

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    Herc,

    Hey thanks man. There is nothing better than praise from your fellow modelers, appreciate it a lot! :)

    Peace.

    Coyote
  3. grandpacoyote

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    Willie,

    Yup, was out of touch while we got that all done, boy the room almost broke my back but the benchwork went up in just two nights and then a further night to lay the table top/sub-roadbed.

    Mianne is a company out of Attleboro Massachusetts they are a arm of the Foley Woodworking company from what I gather who are professional cabinet and furniture makers... they make a fine product, here is a link to them for you : http://www.miannebenchwork.com/default.htm

    I'll look for your PM when I finish up my replies.

    Great to hear from you again.

    Peace.

    Coyote
  4. grandpacoyote

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    Rick,

    Thanks... well I got to admit that red did grow on you after awhile but the OL said it made her feel like she should put a red signalman's lamp in the window and get a feather boa! :D

    Peace.

    Coyote
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    John,

    Thank you Sir, it has been a great trip so far. I can't wait to get some track down and see some trains run! :)

    Peace.

    Coyote
  6. grandpacoyote

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    Triplex,

    That is high praise indeed sir. I am very humbled, thank you.

    The OL and I have been working on the track plan for about a year plus some now and we have gone through many revisions of this plan (20 something plus all told) plus quite a few earlier plans that never worked out of fit what we needed or wanted.

    Those red walls were an eye sore but now we are cooking with gas. :)

    Thank you again for your kind words.

    Peace.

    Coyote
  7. grandpacoyote

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    Ed,

    Will do sir. Hope to have some pics after Christmas of the foam going down. :thumb:


    Peace,

    Coyote
  8. grandpacoyote

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    Cannonball,

    Thanks, I'm with you, it is a vast improvement over what it was and an added bonus was the OL got the guest bathroom remodeled at the same time since it's right next to the Train Room :)

    I think the colors will work well also.. the OL's suppose to be doing our cloud work for us I think it's going to make it look even better! :D

    Peace.

    Coyote
  9. grandpacoyote

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    Ralph,

    Thank you sir. The 3D renderings are a function of the program I used to make the track plan with - 3rd PlanIt, it is a great program and has the ability to even let you run trains in scale on your plan in that 3D environment so you can check various clearances and get a good impression of how it will all look. It was well worth the -very- steep learning curve.

    Peace.

    Coyote
  10. grandpacoyote

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    Russ,

    Yes sir that is correct the more brightly yellow highlighted area is a drop down bride/gate to allow access into the center of the layout.


    Thank you for the advice that sounds very interesting I'll look into it... would you happen to have or know of some photos or plans for the sort of swing gate you are talking about? Confucius is quite correct that a picture is worth a thousand words, at least when dealing with this ol' dog. :D

    It's a bit hard to see even in the 3D renderings but all the access to the staging yard is from the two closet doors that have had their doors permanently removed now... the doors are wide enough and there is just enough "in" space to allow good reach through out the staging... as far as narrowing the benchwork 'm stuck with its width now since it is all Mianne modular design. But I have tested out the space and measured it with my actual arm to get a feel/see on it and I think it should work.

    You have a good point about tracks 6 and 7 in there, the truth be known I am absolutely Yard Design ignorant, just can't seem to get the feel for it, and I put those in there in an amateurish attempt/hope at having a small area to fool around with in terms of switching...

    If you have any good advice on it I'd love to hear more. :)
    I always welcome any input or advice I can get from my brother and sister modelers who know far more than I do.

    Thanks again.

    Peace.

    Coyote
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    :D wow so far that looks amazing from over here. cant wait till the modeling starts :D
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    There was an article in Model Railroader a few years ago about making a swing gate to enter the railroad. I don't remember the issue, but if I put this up here, one of my fellow gauge members will probably chime in with the issue in question. Essentially if you cut the hinge end of the gate square with the rest of the benchwork and then cut the other end at a slight angle with the long side on the same side of the gate as the hinge and the short side toward the front of the layout, then when you open it the gate will swing away from the layout without interferance. If you have both ends of the gate cut at 90 degree angles, the outside front corner will hit the layout and not allow it to open.

    On the staging yard, if you leave off the last turnout and allow the inside track to just continue straight on from the previous turnout to come out to the corner at an angle to the benchwork, that last track will be as long as the other tracks in that staging yard.
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    Russ,

    Is this what you mean sir?

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    Peace.

    Coyote
  14. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW Coyote, That is some GREAT progress. Nice trackplan too, I like it. Can't wait to see some more pictures and progress:thumb: :D :thumb: :D :D :thumb:
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    Coyote, WOW! :thumb:

    I envy the way this layout is coming together, not to mention I'm bias since you're modelling my favorite prototype. (Although, your layout is in desert-ed Arizona... I decided to model an ATSF branchline outside Chicago where there's still greenery, although I could have saved a fortune on trees! Haha.)

    The benchwork looks great, and a wonderful use of the closet as a staging area.

    I just want to say it's looking good, and us teenagers have many things running through our minds. Fortunately, my mind is 98% girls, 2% trains, and nothing else.:rolleyes:

    Please do keep us updated, I can't wait to see the modelling come to life.
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    I'm 37 and married. My mind is still nothing but girls and trains. :D
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    Joesho,

    Me either! :) I'm hoping to get the foam in after Christmas and then get going on it.

    Peace.
    Coyote
  18. grandpacoyote

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    Josh,

    Thank you sir. That is high praise indeed... I've been following your work and you do incredible work!

    I might put up some pics later of some small modeling work I've done; it's alright but nothing compared to some of the excellent stuff I've seen over on your threads.

    Thanks again. :)

    Peace.

    Coyote
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    Trainwhiz20,

    Thanks for the kind words :) It's always great to meet a fellow ATSF nut... don't worry you might have saved money on trees but you'd have wound up spending the same amount out on correct looking rocks, and sagebrush *chuckles*

    I'm very happy with the benchwork.... it cost a pretty penny but it was well worth it... The Closet is working out really nice, I'm using the benchwork in it as a temp work bench right now while I put the layout together and I have a good long, deep shelf there too left over from the closet and a pole I can put back in to hang what few trees I make as they dry.

    :D No insult was meant on the teenage mind comment... just the color of that room was not my wife or mines idea. *laughs* My oldest son who's now out of the house had a different set of percentages his was 50% girls, 34% music, 10% art, 5% figuring out how to get out of doing what I asked him to do, 1% listening to his old pop. :D

    Peace.

    Coyote
  20. grandpacoyote

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    Yes but the older we get the more the percentages move from one side to another :D

    My OL swears if it tips over to 51% Trains or more over Girls (read her) she's cutting the hobby off at the ankles. *laughs hard*

    Peace.

    Coyote