First post on February 10, 2014. (consolidated photo's into this topic)
Wife and I began with painting the train room which was formerly a tv room. The in the middle is one of the bench-work modules in the process of being built (2x8') to go against the back wall with the small windows. I plan on fitting 11 parallel staging tracks once it's moved into place and the homosote is mounted. Not a big room but I had no space really at all for the past 15 years so pretty good all things considered.
Restored after PB broke hot linking.
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2021 7:58:24 GMT -8 by riogrande
Finished painting the train room proper. Bench-work is going up now, have three modules assembled and plan to go get some lumber as to do a 4th for the wall left of the windows. Only track planned so far is the storage/staging yard on the bottom level under the windows. Once the two outside modules are in place, I'll put down the wood and Homosote sandwich.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2019 6:31:35 GMT -8 by riogrande
Finished ladder on the left end of the staging yard and then plan get other end of the yard ladder figured out and laid. Have a mix of several curved #8 Shinohara and a few #6 left hand Atlas and Peco to build that. Miniumum radius in the staging yard is 32" should handle most equipment and going for storage lengths ranging from 20 feet max down to 12 or 13 on the shortest tracks.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2019 6:31:16 GMT -8 by riogrande
Thanks Gary. Keep the faith. I was an armchair modeler of sorts for over 15 years by necessity so it's been a long time in coming. During that time I collected, researched, dreamed, refined the collection etc.
This is just a "boring doughnut" simple layout to muck about with until I hopefully can move into a little bigger basement in a few years!
No new pictures but I took time to connect the drops to the bus using the "suite case" type connectors. They seem to work pretty well as long as the wire is the right size and you are careful to clamp them closed evenly. Right now I'm just using a DC power pack to test the various sections of track - did a little switching in the process which was fun. I'm just using an old Walthers Trainline F40PH (DC version) for testing power continuity.
One thing I've discovered is that a Walthers code 83 #8 curved turnout does not route power all that reliably to the diverging rails - I fiddle with the bronze wiper under the points to improve it but ultimately I may have to do some sort of power feed to the rail using maybe a Tortoise relay feed or something like that. The Atlas turnouts all work well but the Walthers and Shinohara are all the older, pre-DCC friendly type.
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2016 4:51:13 GMT -8 by riogrande
Thank you. I've some experience with track work but a total noob at scenery but I'm having fun so far. Still got a good deal of cardboard webbing for the "open" side of the layout. Will be re-inserting a section of bench-work so it will be back to duck-under "fun" but I got some rubber mats to put down to make it easy on the knees to crawl under.
Vertical clearance is about 7 1/2 inches above the rails to the plywood above. Definitely a compromise to avoid helixes which I really couldn't justify for the small layout, but needing to keep grades from being too extreme. Grades are still 2.9% but being a mountain RR Rio Grande always had plenty of power.
Jim,Looks like you're making good progress. Wish I could say the same about my new Slate Creek ISL. At least the lumber is stacked and ready to go. My brother in law and my son is going to do the carpentry work since I still have limited use of my right hand.
Larry. Engineman Summerset Ry.
“Shut one’s eyes tight or open one’s arms wide, either way, one’s a fool.” Flemeth-The witch of the Wilds..
Larry. I hope your bro-in-law and son can get your bench-work up soon! I'm happy to have the carpentry work 99% done.
Yesterday I finished the cardboard sub-scenery between the tracks and the river bank and the other side of the river bank. I also started putting in more plaster cloth but only got a little in before it was time to make fajita's for supper.
Corner before filling in with cardboard strips.
End is filled in now and river banks.
Started adding plaster cloth to area after cardboard in.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2019 6:33:26 GMT -8 by riogrande
Have been adding some plaster over the plaster cloth in recent weeks but have found it sets up almost too fast so will be trying some things like ice cold water to slow it down more and go back to it. I have mixed some dye with the plaster but not for final color but just because some recommend it in case it chips, there wont be any white showing through. I'll probably find some light sand colored latex as a scenery base color and then apply color washes and some scrub brush etc. I've started making some scrub brush from paint stripping pads per Rob Spangler's method using spray adhesive and AMSI ground foam in Eucalypus and Sage colors.
Yesterday I took a break from that added most of the hardboard fascia and a couple coats of paint to my Walthers ADM grain elevator - it needed paint to cover the putty work done especially on the seams on the silo's which otherwise would be kind of ugly. I'll try to get some photo's up soon.
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2016 6:58:37 GMT -8 by riogrande
Post by tiecounter on Jun 24, 2016 13:25:38 GMT -8
First, thank you.
Your sequence of photos explaining the benchwork and your progress inspired me to rejoin the forum as a member after being away a long time. Additionally, your photos of your two-level benchwork helped me see how to solve the problem of sub level staging without a helix - a problem that I couldn't sketch my way out of! With that solved, I spent the weekend finally tracking down the materials to begin my benchwork.
Similar to you, I top each level area with 1/2 ply and homasote - your "sandwich." Hopefully I'll [remember to take pictures as I go and] find the courage to post as you have.
Thank you again so much, and I look forward to continuing to follow your progress.
Ken Weidner modeling NS 1995-2006 in HO, including the entire NS GP60 roster
Last Edit: Jun 24, 2016 13:25:57 GMT -8 by tiecounter
Welcome back Ken. Sorry for the late reply, I had visitors from England the past several weeks.
This is the first chance I've had space to build a layout in quite a few years so I've decided to photograph many steps along the way. I'm glad it is helpful to see the progression and may be of help to others.
Now that guests are gone and hopefully things will settle down so I can get back to work later this month and in August.
My room of only 10x18' really didn't have enough space for a helix so I went with 2.9% grades and a nolix. So far it seems to be about as much as I can realistically fit into this space. Hopefully in a few years I'll be able to move to a place with a bit more layout space but until then, this is all I have to work with.
Please do feel free to post photo's of your layout work! BTW, here are some photo's of progress from June that I hadn't posted here yet:
Finished 99% of the plaster cloth last week:
Took a break from scenery and added tracks for engine and caboose area and a industry lead on the right side - a Pike Stuff 2-stall engine house is planned for the right two most tracks:
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2017 17:22:54 GMT -8 by riogrande