The old N-scale layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    These are photos of the layout my son and I built about 7 years ago. It's a little rough and in need of some work. Once I figure out how to deal with the sagging problem, we plan to do track work and redo the scenery.
    Moving it to Arizona took it's toll on it.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

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    Another angle

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    The Dewey Express arrives home.

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    CR # 6241 rounds Bradshaw mountain.
    This SD45 and cars were custom painted.

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  5. Ray Marinaccio

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    The Auto train rolls into Dewey.

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  6. Tyson Rayles

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    Ray that's a nice looking layout, well worth putting the effort into fixing it back up! :cool:
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah Ray, a few hours of effort will certainly be worth it. Maybe a renewed interest in N scale, eh????? How big is that?

    Glad to see the Dewey Express was able to make it up Yarnell Hill..:D :D The "express" part is usually on the way down.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Don
  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Thank you Tyson, And yes, Don, I think I got bit by that N-scale bug While I was visiting the CSRR. Thats ok though, Jumping between scales keeps model railroading fresh for me. (and keeps me busy)
    Isn't that area around Yarnell a heck of a place to build a railroad. And that was the easiest route!
    This layout is 2 1/2' x 5' . It's the only one we brought with us to Az. I sold one HO layout and dismantalled an Ho and 027 layout.
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    As others have already said Ray, a worthwhile project to get this neat layout operating once again
  10. SD90

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    I'll say it too, it has potential! Looks good.
  11. Gordon M. Craig

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    Ray:

    You mention sagging-- I built a layout on a hollow-core door, and before I had run it very long, the cars came rolling out of the yard onto the main. Sure enough, the thing was sagging. So I'm using styrofoam on wood frame now for my construction, and Kato Unitrack for roadbed.

    You've done a great piece of work! If you work out the sagging problem please post your solution!!

    Gordon
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    An Auto-Train?...man, you ARE old aren't you?:eek: :p :D Break out the scenic stuff, that layout's a keeper. Took me back to my N-scale daze with those pics.
  13. Ray Marinaccio

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    Thanks Gordon.
    Your plan sounds like a good one. I've never used the unitrack but heard nothink but good things about it.
    I used 2" foam and a wood grid benchwork on my new HO layout , it is working out great.
    this old N scale layout is mostly wood and when we moved from a damp climate to a dry climate it dried out and bowed so bad the track was buckling. I was thinking of turning it on it's side and wetting it down then clamping it to a srtonger benchwork untill it dries, then spraying the bottom with expandable foam to give it added support.
    Not sure when I'll get to that , seems I've got a lot of irons in the fire right now.


    That Auto train is a real blast from the past , isn't it Shaygetz.
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    Yep, I keep my eye peeled for one of the Athearn ones...a U-boat with purple running gear, what a sight.
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    From this photo you can see why I urge people to start with a good sturdy benchwork. This was built with left over 3/8" plywood from a doghouse project. There just isn't enough support lengthwise, I didn't notice the problem before because it was supported by the table it was sitting on.

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    I wonder if a pair of the old L-girder rails from the Linn Westcott days of modeling would straighten it out...maybe 1x6 capped with 1x4 about 6" in lengthwise?