*** EDIT EDIT EDIT *** I'VE MOVED THIS TO TO MY BLOG *** PLEASE VISIT ME THERE Hello all! It has been 15 months in the making, but all negotiations for the Right of Ways have been completed; financing has been procured from a group of investors willing to fund this endeavor. All land has been surveyed, and ground is being broken as we speak. I wish to introduce the long awaited (and much overdue) Merrimac Subdivision of the Norfolk and Western Railway. bounce7 The line will run from the interchange at Cambria, through the town of McCoy, ending at the mine at Merrimac. Industries served will include a freight depot at Cambria, a brewery, mill, food distributor, printer, and propane reseller at McCoy, and the mine at Merrimac. Current power to be seen on the line will be all diesels, but the investors have determined that the first run on the line will be a special train, a J Class 4-8-4 Steam Engine, to take part in the inaugural ceremonies. This date has yet to be set. Here is the track plan I am going to be using. It is a basic point-to point, with an optional swing gate to allow for continuous running. I would like to thank everyone at The Gauge who has helped me along on this journey. It is finally time to build. The track will be Code 83, with a mixture of flex and sectional. The minimum radius is 22”, with most at 24”. There will be a mixture of #4 and #6 turnouts. The elevation of the line is going to be flat from Cambria to McCoy, with a slope rising up across the New River to the mine at Merrimac. Two weeks ago, I started working on the bench. It is denoted by the red lines in the track plan. It is built from 1” x 4” wood, and is 18” wide. The height from the floor will be 48”. On the top of the bench, I will be laying a double layer of 1” extruded foam as a base. In the area where the New River will be cutting through, the height of the bench work has been reduced to 36”. This time, I built it in sections that could be removed, if needed (this was a mistake I made on my last layout). Each section is bolted to another to form a very sturdy bench. A view of the incomplete Cambria area bench. A view of the West side of McCoy bench. A view of the East side of McCoy bench. A view of the New River Cut bench. A view of the Merrimac Mine bench. I am planning on also using ½” extruded foam at 16” tall for the backdrop media around the Cambria, McCoy, and Merrimac sections; I’m planning on leaving the section by the window open for now. Welcome to my railroad’s new home. Check back in often to see the latest accomplishments. Oh, and Nazgul, you will be happy to know that during the bench work building on the 25th, I injured my thumb with the drill, so I’ll be off the golf course for a while cry: I cannot grip the club like I need to yet:cry: ). The thumb is fine, no major damage.