TBA Railway construction started!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by seanm, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. seanm

    seanm Member

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    Finally!!

    A corporate move required I dismantal my layout and and move into a new home. That was 2 years ago and I am finally ready to start buinding a new layout in the garage.

    I am a veteran N-Scaler with lots to learn. I plan on posting updates as I contruct the new layout in this thread.

    Here is the current plan.

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    Details about the plan are in the Track Planning section. Look for TBA listed there.

    I have completed the basics of the benchwork, skyboards and lighting. No valance or skirt yet and no ply or track yet. Very soon!

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  2. jesso

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    Wow! It is looking great! Will be watching with great interest!
  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    AWESOME Sean!!! Im going to be watching this thread for sure!!! Look forward to some more pics of your progress :thumb: :mrgreen:
  4. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    What a great start,

    Good job on getting the backdrop done first too. Now thats good planning.
  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Looks like an awesome RR..!!! That's quite an undertaking...

    Just my $2.00 (inflation...:mrgreen:)- I presume those are incandescent light bulbs....I have 3 things against them....HOT, EXPENSIVE, and EYESORES. I had a set-up similar to yours and wound up tearing it down and installing fluorescents - better lighting at a fraction of the cost...Trouble was I did this with most of the benchwork & trackwork done...so I was on the edge of disaster happening (I even had to STAND on the layout to get to a spot...). You're still at the point of being able to do it (if you were to do it...) without much trouble.

    Good luck & keep us posted..!!! :thumb:
  6. seanm

    seanm Member

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    Gus,

    Good point! Actually I used what I had on hand from the last layout. I do plan on converting over to compact flourecent bulbs. I don't particularly like flourescent long tubes because of the flat lighting... but I agree these bulbs do get hot and cost a bit to run. I will convert them all over to compact flourescent once there is a big sale (happens a couple otf times a year) I need about 30.
  7. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    WOW! That is a ton of track in that yard!
    Just imagine the hours you'll spend switching! :twisted:
  8. seanm

    seanm Member

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    Cannonball,

    Yes, it is a very large yard. I had a short time where I belonged to large club with a huge yard and had a GREAT time switching and making up trains... That is why I included it. Plus it gives me the space to buy more rollingstock!! I built a layout just before I had to relocate that had a large curved yard and I REALLY liked the look of it. I expanded it a bit as I have a little more space and am looking forward to it!
  9. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Now thats ALWAYS a good thing, it was the same for me, i started work on my yard and relized, whoa, i wont have nearly enough rolling stock to fill it, so i went on a rolling stock shopping spree and now i have to much rolling stock to fill the yard lol

    Large Yards are very fun and they also look really cool. My yard is going to be a medium to large sized yard when i finish it.

    cant wait to see some more pics Sean :thumb: :mrgreen:
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    Looks like quite a project. I'll look forward to watching it grow. :cool:
  11. Biased turkey

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    Looking great SeanM, I admire you for tackling such a big project.
    Now just pray for not being relocated by the company you work with.

    Jacques
  12. seanm

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    Finally some track is down! Lots of building clutter in the background.. :oops:

    I have started with the lowest level of the layout. This is a small staging area where I can have 3 or 4 trains made up and waiting and two through tracks. I modified the plan a little (see the first message n the thread) and it allows constant running of two trains, one passenger ad one freight, and switching the yard or any of the local switching areas.

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    I am using Atlas C55 and have used it in the past. It works well, but is a bit more delicate to work with. On long runs I solder two 30" pieces together before laying the track. If I lay these two tracks on a curve I put the presoldered joint on the curve. Always easier to attach tracks on the strait sections!

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    I actually hooked up the Digitrax and ran a train back and forth a little this evening. Very gratifying!!

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    The helix is double track and will be aprox a 1.7% grade... 22" outside radius. To make sure the grade is constant I figured out that 3/8" in 24" is about 1.7% (Hope the math is right this time)... I put a 24" level on a level table and lifted one end 3/8". I then got a line level (little guy) and put a tapered shim under in leaning the opposite direction. Made the line level level!! I glued the line level to the shim and now I have a 1.7% level I can use to make my grades constant!! Easy and cheap!

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    I am hooking the 1/2" ply sub road bed together with biscuits and glue. Works really well and make an almost seamless transition.

    Next step is wiring and switch machines. Here is a series of pictures on how I am Sung Atlas HO twin coil switch motors under the sub roadbed.



    Thats it for now! More pics as I progress.
  13. SD90

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    Great progress! I'll be watching this thread!
  14. seanm

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    [​IMG]Got side tracked when I realized my staging yard would might be a problem in the making with too many S curves I moved the switches to the other side and have the through tracks at the back. Mave the helix up two turns and now only need 1/2 more to be up to layout height and I can start working on the main.

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    Chaged the plan some what as well. (see back a few messages).