I'm actually working on the handrails for the large signal bridge that towered over this junction right about where the F7B's fuel tank is in the top picture. I tried gluing styrene rods to make these handrails, though I feel they are nowhere near straight enough. Anyone ever try to keep styrene rods absolutely parallel? If so, how did you do it? With a jig? Or did you toss the plastic and use soldered brass wire? Not sure how to proceed here.
I'd definitely go with brass wire soldered together. Much stronger is case of an errant sleeve.
I think you'd be a lot better off soldering the railing together. In the end, if it's not straight, you can always heat a joint to straighten it, and building a jig is easy with wood, and nails. It will also stand up to more bumps and such on the layout without falling apart.
thats so awesome!! Do you have to do the artwork yourself?
I did my own artwork using a free vector based drawing program called Inkscape. I learned how to use the program on youtube. The etcher can do the artwork for you if you can supply a drawing of what you want, but I don't know how much that would cost you.
Mark, Thanks! I know there are a few narrowgauge fans around, so always good to get a thumbs up. The lights are kind of low, so none of the deficiencies show. Those purchasing parlor car tickets are complaining about having no seats, despite the free open bar. Amazing what some consumers demand these days!
Got a good deal on some distressed plastic, so built some steel loads.
To facilitate more traffic through staging, I converted all its tracks from the power-routing of DC days to full-time power as I ready the layout for an ops session next Sat.
I like your load. I've got a couple of 62' mill gons - I'll have to look for some Evergreen stock to make some of those.
The trains in your staging look more like mid-1960's to eary 1970's freight trains - you aren't slippin, slippin, slippin, into the future ... (sorry, couldn't resist the Steve Miller Band lyrics!). I'd like to see more photo's of those trains, pretty please?
Now that I got some bencnwork going up, my first phase is a staging yard. I'll try to get some photo's going in the coming weeks.
Tbird, your photohost is blocked at work while I check during my lunch break so I'll have to view when I get home later.
I am a bit late, but have been offline for a few days.
This is a Jordan wedge plow I am working on. Jordan built about a dozen of these in the early 60s. They differ from the Russell in that they are all welded, not riveted, along with a few other things. I started with a Walthers Russell and smoothed it all out. The cupola was lowered, the rear end was cut off to be modified. The plow itself will have a Canadian style nose flanger added.
Next is an EL SD45-2, I changed the horn to a proper one (Leslie SU3L), of which the only proper one made is the old Custom Finishing one. Now it has the correct low profile, tilted stance.
Just a few progress photos on the 2014 Penn central layout room construction. Not much to report this week as the builders had a lot of snow to deal with and did not make a lot of progress. However, these photos show some new details.
1st, a picture at the top of the stairs in the layout room, showing where the master light and power switches will be. These will have indicator LED's to show each switch status, on or off.
2nd, a picture from the workshop below, showing the wiring that is going up to the layout room. There will be aa large number of lights up there, spread over 4 circuits and the light fictures so wired such that if a circuit goes out, no portion of the room goes completely dark. The main panel for the layout room will also be down here. In the layout room, below the top of the benchwork, there will be outlets every 10 feet, wired like the lights so that no area of the room will be without working outlet set. Each set of outlets will be on a 20A breaker.
Lastly, a picture looking up into the roof trusses, showing the now complete structure with K-truses and longitudinal truss right on the centerline of the roof, stringers, and the battens for the sheet rock.