Trucklover's Shelf Layout Thread

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TruckLover, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Got the Foam!!!!

    I made the trip down to the San Diego Lowes yesterday and bought 10 sheets of the 2'x8 Tongue and Groove 1" Foam Insulation Board. They had 12 of them, but 2 of them were badly damaged so i just took the 10 good ones lol.

    I started cutting them down into 4'x18" sections to fit on my shelf's. I glued them down with Liquid Nails Projects Adhesive and layed out some buildings and trucks on the foam to give me an idea of where i wanted the buildings

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  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Layout Construction Started

    I started construction last night on the section that had been glued down with Liquid Nails. i have layed a few tracks down and glued them to the foam with WS Foam Track Glue where they are needed for the Industrial Buildings. After i get all the tracks in the right places, i will lay down the roads and yards for the truck docks on the buildings. Many spots of the roads and yards will require inbeded tracks in the asphalt so i will need to do this as well.

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  3. Kevinkrey

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    Looking good!
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    jbaakko Active Member

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    Darn Josh, you came all the way down here, and didn't manage to tell me you were here!? You could have stopped by!
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    lol, a GP40-2! It seems so out of place, lol. I love the industrial section. I only wonder if you mainline is supposed to pass through there? that looks like a tough spot in that last picture to get a good radius in.
  6. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Thanks Kevin :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    lol well im sure i will be back down there soon :mrgreen: I hadnt realized that the Lowes was right next to Padres Stadium!!! i was just there mid summer for a game i went to with my girlfriend and her family lol. I was like whoa, theres the stadium i was at.... and then theres Lowes lol
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    sign1 I know thats what i was thinking when i set that loco on the tracks, but i have to use smaller locos in the industrial areas cuz i have to use #4's coming off the mains to get into the tight areas, all well, just another excuse to get some smaller locos hehehehehe :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  8. Russ Bellinis

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    The smaller locos will work well in the industrial switching areas and are prototypical for the U.P. as well. U.P. has sold off a lot of their Gp38-2s and Gp40-2s, but a lot of them are sold off to leasing companies, leased back to U.P. and still in U.P. paint with the leasing company patch below the window on the cab. I've also seen the U.P. use some of their newest mainline power for local switching duties. In Orange County on the Santa Ana branch they must use older smaller power I think. I don't think some of the tracks down there will handle big power. If you are modeling some BNSF branch line or industrial areas, they use all older 4 axle power from chop nosed Gp9's with custom cabs (I'm having a "senior moment" right now and can't remember the name of the Santa Fe shop where the chop nosed Gps were rebuilt and given the name of that shop). They also run a lot of Gp30's (rebuilt to Gp35 specs internally), Gp35's, Gp38-2's, and Gp39-2's. I think they also run a lot of exBn gp power, but I'm not that familiar with BN power. By the way, most of the BNSF Gp power units I see in industrial switching here in So Cal is still painted in blue & yellow warbonnet.

    I knew as soon as I hit the "submit" button the name would come to me. They are called "Topeka Cabs" and were built in the Argentine shops if my memory is correct. they look a lot like a stock EMD cab but are about 6 inches taller with a steeper rake on the roof slopes on each side.
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    Scratches head...

    Qualcom? Padres play at Petco downtown now. Have for a few years. Yeah, it is a block away from the Q...
  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW SWEET, Thanks for all the info Russ!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Thats definitely going to help me out in picking out new smaller locos for switching my industries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  11. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Thats what i had thought, i member he Padres Stadium being more downtown area....

    ahhhhh gotcha, i did not know that there were 2 stadiums in Sand Diego :oops: :oops: sign1
  12. Russ Bellinis

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    I should have added that the U.P. has not disposed of all of their 4 axle power. I've seen Gp40-2's and those peculiar SW's with the high bulge on the front of the hood used extensively in Orange County.
  13. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    I think i have a GP40-2 in UP already :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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    Hey josh, your layout is coming along great! I love the industrial district! Great job.
  15. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Blue Star Ready Mix

    I built and completed the Walthers Cornerstone Series Blue Star Ready Mix building. This building as well as the Walthers Cornerstone Series Valley Cement, Red X Cement, Medusa Cement, ADM Grain Building, Bulk Transfer Conveyor, and Black Gold Asphalt Hot Mix Plant are going to be combined in one GIANT complex along one of the walls on my layout. It will be serviced by both rail and trucks. Some of you may have seen my thread about how to get the decals in the Blue Star Ready Mix Name..... but i need logos for all the buildings above, train cars which will include Open Hoppers and cement Covered Hoppers, and trucks which will include Dump Trucks, Gravel Trucks, Cement Trucks (both 10-axle and 22-axle Bulk Cement Truck Trailer Trucks) and a few other random trucks and pick-ups. Im hoping that i can get someone to custom make them all for me of i can somehow do them myself lol


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  16. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Thanks Sawyer :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I just ordered another one of the Lauston Shipping Buildings to fill in some more of the open area lol
  17. Russ Bellinis

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    Josh, you don't really need rail cars with cement company logos. Most cement is hauled in short covered hoppers owned and operated by the railroad with a railroad logo. The Cemex plant in Victorville ships product out by the U.P., but they occasionally receive switching help from the BNSF. When I took the tour during the NMRA National Convention, all of the cement hoppers in the Cemex yard belonged to the railroads.
  18. Triplex

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    Even ex-ATSF GP60s and GP60Ms are used on locals.

    Ex-BN GPs include GP38-2s, GP39-2s, and GP39E/M/Vs (rebuilds from GP30s and GP35s). They're also rebuilding GP50s (the ones they haven't sold off) into "GP25"s.
  19. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    I've seriously been considering modeling one of these GP30 rebuild units, even though it is outside the realm of what i usually model.

    lol, they must feel like half the train they used to be...:p
  20. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Thanks for the info Russ, i was only going to put logos on the hoppers cuz i have seen others do the same, but you are right, its not very prototypical lol. I think i will just stick to BNSF and UP logos on the cars :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: