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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 12:57 am
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They look great, and although it is tempting to throw track and scenery on it, patience will pay dividends later...



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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 01:45 am
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I don't see no crooked ties neither! Work is progressing quite well, before long trains will be running. That tape & spray paint track plan really does the trick, makes for easy tie location and flex track could be laid the same way. BTW-how are you going to throw the switches, and the 3 way? You can use a nice PSC O scale harp stand but if you want to throw the switch with it, you need to stiffen it up by soldering a piece of steel wire to the lever. The cast brass is too soft to hold up very long in actual operation. Of course, the stand could be working and the switch thrown with knob & rod or a servo, etc. Whatever you come up with should do the trick.

                                             Woodie



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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 02:33 am
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Thanks, Duane. Yes, but hard to resist surging forward when one is 'in the mood'.

Woodie...when you consider how long ago I actually started this venture... Well...stellar time has moved faster. Maybe in another two years trains will roll. I hope for sooner rather than later.

As to throwing the switches I'll use the PCS  harps for eye candy but more than likely use knob and rod to actually move them.

On to the next phase. I roughened up all the ties I have laid thus far.

I like to use a razor saw with fairly wide teeth for this...



I just rack down the ties, some harder than others to get more grooves, until I like the way they look, more or less.





Then I use a steel brush...



...to do a little cleaning and finishing.



Easy-peasey.

It doesn't look like much, but the results, once weathered in, are pretty decent.

Next. Weathering or 'staining' the ties. Then, on to laying track, starting at the 3-way switch.

 

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Nice work, and I'm impressed with what you've done with your limited space. I've been shamed into doing SOMETHING for a layout. If you can do all that with the space you have, I have no excuse. Let the planning commence.



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James, once you get rail spiked you can run trains.  All that ballast and scenery and crap can wait until everything has been tested and derailment free.  That means running trains.  I like the way you distress the ties.  I have used the same method on my layout.  Keep up the good work and you'll be running trains in no time.



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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2011 09:01 pm
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Sledhead,

Actually, I feel like I've got quite a bit of space next to some people, not near enough compared to others. No basements here in Texas, no garage attached to my apartment.

I took a hard look at the area I have. It's 14' down one wall, 12' across the room (curving around the bay window space), then about 8' available up the other wall. That's a pretty good run for apartment living. For now I'm content to just work on the first section.

This first section is about 8' long. It's 18" wide most of that length, narrowing to 14" for about 30" where it contacts the wall by the closet door.

I keep getting shamed for not having something already running since I've been talking about this and working on and off for at least two years. Some of that time was spent building ore cars and starting but never finishing other projects.

I actually took time to build the grandkids a tabletop HO railroad. That was taken apart when I moved last year.

I keep wishing I could just retire and work on the Chisos but that ain't gonna happen anytime too soon (like never!).

But I will encourage you to build something. It does not matter if it ever gets finished. You'll learn valuable lessons. And you'll still be way ahead of all the arm chair guys who have been planning their railroads for the last 20-odd years and never built anything.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 02:18 am
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James-all should know that EVERYTHING you want in 1:35 scale HAS to be scratchbuilt! No green boxes and fancy structure kits. So what if it takes years, you will have immense joy in that time building cool stuff. As I have said, if Bachmann ever comes out with a 35n2 loco, I will get into airplanes or rebuild old MG's. I don't see that happening, along with r/c....they just don't know what's good!

                                       Woodrow 



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 07:21 am
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Another huge benefit of starting a layout is it helps prevent interest drift. Without a tangible railroad of some kind, I have a hard time staying interested in any particular railroad. It really sucks to spend all that time detailing and building rolling stock, tweaking it to get it to sound and run great, and then setting it on the shelf to look at. It's a real buzz-kill.

I don't have QUITE the space you have, but I do have a garage with room for a 10x10 L shaped shelf. If I make it out of foam, I figure I can set it up in the living room as a temp layout and running warmer climes.  Yep, I'm gonna do it.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 10:42 pm
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I agree. My problem lately is that I spend more time on gun forums and shooting competitions than playing with trains.



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W C Greene wrote:
James, as we discussed the other day, I think that you should make some 1/2" or 3/4" plywood squares that would attach to the tripods and then give better support to the sections. I decided to do that on my layout and finally have now made the move to actually do it. I think the squares could be attached to the tripod camera mounts with some screws or maybe nuts & bolts and then if tou want to hold the foam sections more securely, get some drywall screws to go through the plywood into the foam undersides. If you do this, please post some pics so others so inclined or reclined can follow along. Now, git back to work!

                               Woodie


Just to add up what Woodie said, you may get high quality from Micro fasteners, they have lots of fastening accessories that you will be needing-whether its bolt, screw or nuts... Google them to see their products! hope this helps! :glad:

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