Red Letter Day

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by DeckRoid, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

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    Hi all

    I was working last night on my layout, not really paying attention to the overall picture, just the matter at hand when I realized that I was cutting, fitting and laying my last piece of track. For a while, at least.

    I stopped what I was doing and took a look around the layout. I had to take a seat and just marvel at what this meant. "Now I can start my next step: Scenery!"

    I was wowed. I came in and told the wife about it and she gave the Blank Stare of Oh, That's Nice Dear. I tried to explain it. That I had been working 5 to 10 hours a week since July on this and that it meant I could now start doing serious scenery.

    She didn't get it.

    I then gave her a run down of what I had accomplished thus far:

    Built benchwork, which was no easy task since I had no power tools when I started.
    Found a layout that I wanted to base it on, then tweaked it here and there to suit my garage.
    Wired the thing for DCC, even though I am now only running DC. Leave myself some growing room. Xmas is comin', or so the TV tells me.
    Hung a masonite sky around 1/2 the layout.
    Cut and laid 88 feet of track on foam roadbed.

    Then she asked about my abnormal trees that I had been building while watching football on Sunday. I told her those count as scenery, but only in the cursory sense, since they are along way from being planted... you know, Prep Work.

    So while I think of last night as a Red Letter Day, my wife says she will join in the happiness when the layout is finished. Which prompted my inner voice to ask, "is a layout ever truly FINISHED?"

    Not that I'm telling her that! :thumb:

    George
  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

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    Woohoo DR!!! I know the feeling of which you speak. Having the track done is a huge accomplishment, considering everything it takes to get to that point as you mentioned.

    Now, post some pics so we can see what you've done!!:thumb:
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Right on:thumb: That's always a great feeling of accomplishment. But,:needpics:

    Loren
  4. w8jy

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    Congratulations, George! Now you can move on to the really fun stuff. Every phase of constructing a layout brings different challenges and frustrations, but in my opinion, the toughest part is laying and ballasting the track.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Congrats on the golden spike moment! My wife has the odd superstition that I'll "complete" the laout and then drop dead! So, I've assured her that I'll always leave a tiny unscenicked portion just for her peace of mind. :)
    Of course, as you've noted..."is a layout ever finished?"
    Ralph
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Well done. Of course, you want to run the layout for a while to get the bugs out and confirm that it's what you expected.
    My experience is that as soon as I finish ballasting, my wife finds a new house to move into.
  7. myltlpny

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    Congratulations! I still have a couple of pieces of track to lay in an area without scenery yet. I just don't know how I want to lay out the town. As you get the terrain in, the layout will really take shape. Let the fun begin.:thumb:
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    The corollary is that once you finally build modules, you'll never move again...! ;)

    Andrew
  9. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

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    Good one Andrew! Very witty!:mrgreen::mrgreen:
  10. DeckRoid

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    You asked, here they are. My camera skills are still not great, so please bear with me. I am doing some heavy reading today online about my camera and how to do better.

    You can see the mountain in the corner. I am putting a crossover under there so folks will be surprised when the train goes in one tunnel and out the other one. You can't see it, but yes, there is a door just in case something happens.
    layout1.jpg

    Down this area is going to be the cattle yard/loading area. I have started to play with some different ways to make a pen and fence. Thanks to Wayne, Andrew, rlundy90 and others! Also, hanging from the rafters is a blue back drop. It's not quite blue sky-ish, but when it is down, it looks nice.
    layout2.jpg

    aaand last but not least, is this area. I am thinking of adding some space on the inside for a town. I am putting my station between the spur and the main line and have been toying with how to make a crossing with basswood strips.
    layout.jpg

    Yes, I have ballasted some. I wanted to see how hard it would be. It took me 2 hours to do 2 feet on the first try. I am getting better, but still not as good as some in the club. Holy cow, those guys just M O V E right along.

    George
  11. jesso

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    Congratulations! It must be a great feeling! Have you put an engine on and let it run yet?
  12. DeckRoid

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    Many, many times. I had to be sure that this is the layout. You can see where I ripped up parts of the previous layout. I would send a train around the layout while working on other parts. Isolators come in REAL handy for that.

    I let my sante fe passengers run around it for an hour last night, just to ensure longer stock can get thru.

    Now on to painting and building a mountain!