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I have been modeling in N Scale since 1969 and after building and operating several layouts and several house moves later it was time to start over. This new layout started life in October 1994 and is based loosely on the Santa Fe in Kansas and Oklahoma during 1986.

The room was ripped apart as to the previous layout and all walls were lined as too the ceiling. The ceiling was lined with industrial grade 5 ply so I could mount my lights and valances anywhere they need ed to go. All corners are curved to give the effect of the layout just going on.

The room is 20ft x 14ft (first version as it was extended much later)

The layout is built on L Girder left over from previous versions with cabinet grade 5 ply for the road bed. Track is weathered ME code 55 with ME #6 turnouts highly modified. The main line sits on two layers of 3mm cork with the passing sidings on 5 mm and the industrial lines on 3mm.

Tortoise switch motors are used on all turnouts with the frog wired for good electrical contact.











I'll add more stuff as days go by.

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Looks very nice Rod. I like the black facia

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Here are a few more constuction shots





Very early on in constuction. Please excuse the images they are scanned from negatives.

Augusta before any scenery.








Better images are not to far off. Thats it for today.

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Looks good, cant wait for more pics

I really like the track plan, simple with plenty of operations but also some good runs

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Hi Cody

I have been trying to download some of the later images however I have used my Cannon 400D for most and the images are too big for the forum to handle so I will get to make some smaller to post. The track plan above is how the layout started. In 2009 I obtained permission from my financial controller (missus) to extend the shed. It is now half as big again 20 x 20 in total and a lot more room for my operating crew (11 guys) to mingle in.





Flynn yard was moved out with the new wall and the town of Guthrie was built.

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Here is the completed town of Augusta. One of two main yards as the railroad is operated point to point.








I painted, decaled and weathered the Kodachrome units.

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This image is at the Right hand end of Augusta where the trains head to

Udall.


Now under the highway


and the elevator at Udall. All of the stairways were etched by a good friend.




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This house sits between Udall and the town of Winfield.











The two bay hoppers are sitting beside Winfield Cement waiting to be picked up by the local that will take them to Hackney or Guthrie and return with empties.

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If you don´t mention before, I think is H0. Amazing work!! So, you have now two layouts? N and 0n30?

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Rod,

Awesome layout. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

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Awesome undertaking, and progressing nicely!


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Thanks for the comments lads.

Lucas this layout has been underway since 1994 and is almost complete except for about 5 buildings that I need to scratch build.

I needed something else to do so chose On30 in another shed so yep two layouts.


Here are a few more images of Winfield.

 




The Winfield station is a laser kit however all of the stumps holding up the right hand end of the building were added.







The building in the background was kit bashed  from a building by Walthers.

Most of the towns are only 30 cm (12 in) wide.

I'm hosting one of my monthly ops sessions tonight and running with a fast clock for the first time so that could be interesting.
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Well the clock worked but my timetable didn't work as I would have liked so back to do some more work on that over the weekend.



Fitzpatrick Plastics was scratch built using plans published in MR way back in the 80's I think. I had to alter the plans to suit the site







The cantilever signals were designed and built by a good friend using brass etchings, they match the SF and SP almost perfectly.


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Now we are heading to Hackney. The curves from Winfiled to Hackney are superelevated.






The Mc Farlane Ready Mix plant at Hackney is scratch built and the mixers are die cast kits from G.H.Q.

 




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This small building was scratch built from a building I had seen during a rail-fan trip to Ransom, following the Santa Fe main line West from Chicago.




Most of this elevator at Hackney was scratch built. The bins were from Rix.







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Heading into Ponca from Hackney.







McMurray co-op has had some kit bashing as too Farmers Union 




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Now we head for Red Rock. The barn was scratch built.




The Gas station is from Showcase Miniatures, Joe did the Mobilgas decal for me.




These two buildings were scratch built, the loading ramp is a kit.



The Farmers Co-op elevator at Red Rock is also scratch built.




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Great work bud!! Still can´t believe this is N scale!!! :2t: Great trees too.

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Thanks Lucas.

 All of the trees are from Scenic Express. I purchased a large box of them many years ago from Bragdon when I was able to visit a train show in San Jose I think about 1996. The ground foam is from SE also. My ground cover is mostly from Carrs an english company that I blended to get away from Woodland Scenics to try something dfferent.

We are now entering Perry. Perry used to be Guthrie before I did the extention to the RR room back in 2008/9. Guthrie is now around the corner on the new penisular.








One thing I regret not doing is putting in service tracks beside the tracks in some places for road crews to service turnouts,signals etc. After following the SF all the way from Chicago to Oklahoma on one of my visits, I noticed just how many there were and it would have been a nice addition.

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We are now continuing the journey to Guthrie. This small concrete bridge is from BLMA.



The barn is scratch built. once I had completed the build I set fire to it with a gas stove lighter and quickly put it out so as not to completely destroy it. The windmill is an etched kit made be a friend who sells them as kits.







That's it for today.

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Rod,
The barn reminds me of a very similar one I read about making in a model railroader magazine a while back, but nonetheless, very very cool models and layout :thumb:

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Hi David

Spot on that is exactly where I got the inspiration from. The one in MR is HO scale so had to do a bit of juggling, however it was fun to build.
This is Guthrie. This is the new peninsular that was built as a result of extending the room. I decided to keep this peninsular shorter so my operators had more room to move about whilst waiting for their next train. I also wanted to disguise the end of the backdrop a tad.
The square grain bins and the grain dryer are scratch built. The main elevator is from Walthers with more scratch built detail parts added. The grain dump area has lots of scratch built bits and Guthrie Feed is scratch built. The piping is all scratch built. The Guthrie Feed building was also inspired by an article in MR.









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Rod,

These photos are awesome  :thumb::thumb::thumb:

This is the type of layout I wanted and got off-track with my current layout maybe next layout.

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There is ALWAYS a next one, isn't there?


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Thanks Dwyane

Don't forget there is over 40 years of N Scale railroading that has gone into the design and constuction of the SFRSD. And Herb is right there can always be another layout. I think this is about my 7th attempt from very humble beginnings.

This is the station at Guthrie with the country store and grain supplier. The station is from Walthers.




 The road is still under constuction.






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We will now head to Flynn Yard. This is the end of the line during an operating session as the SFRSD is operated point to point from Augusta to here. There is a duck under that connects to Augusta East for continuous running.









The Auto plant is built up using MDF as a base with styrene sheet laminated over the top attached with super glue. It was very quick to do and very cheap for such a large building.

The loco servicing at Flynn is arranged so when trains that arrive the locos are moved to the service tracks behind any that are already in place. This allows me to have the crew take out serviced locos. These are controlled by car cards for each loco.

Con Agra is a kit bash of another Walthers kit.







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Do you make that passenger train a regular part of your operating sessions?

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Cody.

The pass train is what I call my directors special. The head honcho's of the SFRSD want to know how the RR is operating so from time to time the train is run as an extra. It has priority over all trains running on the day.

Every now and then I will run it just to p#ss off my mates, it is a lot of fun as they have to clear the tracks to let it through. There is usually a lot of moaning and groaning from around the layout.

There are no other pass trains on the RR as the era that I am modeling 1986 had none in the area.

Once a year on the RR anniversary I will invite my operators to bring one of their favorite trains, it is amazing to see what turns up. I shudder sometimes but what the heck we are supposed to have fun.

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This is Augusta East. This scrap yard was added when the extension to the shed was completed also. It is served by the local switcher that arrives from Augusta.
They were built is a way to hide the hole in the wall when standing in front of the area.
All of the buildings for the Augusta East Scrap were scratch built.


The truck has had a heap of details added by a very good friend. The bumper, grill fuel tanks and mirrors are all built by him as too the trailer which has a brass etched chassis like the truck. The bumper, grill and side mirrors are etched stainless steel.








The oil distributor was inspired by a site in Guthrie when we visited. It s mostly scratch built except for the tanks, they are from a Walthers HO kit.




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This is the facia at Augusta. The panels to the left and right are for the toggle switches for the turnouts.

I run an Operating session once a month where there is usually 10 to 11 of my mates around ready to operate the RR.

You can see a row of car card folders. These hold all of the cards for each train once they are made up.
They have the instructions of what to do for that train.




There is also a linear line drawing of the entire RR at each town to show the guys where they are at.

I have car cards for all cars each has a photo of the car for quick and easy recognition for the crew and for each loco so they get moved around the RR.




As soon as the locos arrive their cards are put into the "in for service" box for me to move at a later time.

If you haven't operated your railroad you are missing a whole lot of fun and enjoyment.

Rod.

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Here's a view of the Town of Guthrie with Flynn on the right. Sorry about the quality of the pic.




I got the S / hand carpet tiles for a $1 each makes the room a whole lot better.

Hackney from the entry door.




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In July 2009 I converted (with a lot of help from two close friends ) the SFRSD to DCC. It took the three of us just on 13 days to completely rewire the railroad. All of my DC town panels were reworked to remove all of the DPDT switches, remove all 18 home made throttles that were made with friends help way back in 1996 and drop all of the track feeders to the ground to get ready for the new bus wires that were to be installed.







I chose to go with the new Digitrax Duplex radio system as there is a great circle of friends all using the same system and the railroad has never looked back. It also helps not having to purchase lots of throttles as the guys bring their own on ops nights.




The layout was divided into 4 separate sections each controlled through OGCB's With all the work done we only had one pair of track feeders on the wrong bus wire. A great job done.

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Here is a view of the area around Augusta East and Augusta both on the left with Hackney to the right. This view of the SFRSD is from the entry door.




The screen is being set up to run a fast clock using decoder-pro.

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To each his own.

These pictures are a good testament as to why I went to Radio Control with Battery power (NO Wire) if I ever saw one.

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I chose to go with the new Digitrax Duplex radio system as there is a great circle of friends all using the same system and the railroad has never looked back. It also helps not having to purchase lots of throttles as the guys bring their own on ops nights.




The layout was divided into 4 separate sections each controlled through OGCB's With all the work done we only had one pair of track feeders on the wrong bus wire. A great job done.

Rod.

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Nice layout most would think it was HO if you did not tell them otherwise.
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You are very kind Rich. When I started to build the SFRSD in 1994, DCC was still a way off so went with block control and radio certainly would not fit in N scale loco's then, golly it's hard enough to get decoders in some of the older units I own even now.

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I have been neglecting my SFRSD for some time whilst working on the Lost Creek so yesterday I did a little weathering on two Locos.

Both are Athearn one a FP45 the other an F45 both fitted with factory installed sound decoders.


I also added the roof air conditioners and radio stands.


I Thought that they looked too new so to satisfy my train crew who are due next Friday I thought is should make them look like they had missed the wash rack a few times.







Sorry the images could have been a lot sharper.

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What is your weathering process for your locos? I also model N scale along with ON03 and was just curious how you got such great results with such a small scale?

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G'Day Cody

Good to see that you are into both N and On30. For the weathering on these two Loco's I used a very thin wash consisting of:- odourless thinner's and a very small amount of burnt sienna oil paint and just let it run down the sides of the loco with a bit of help from a soft small brush. As this was drying, (and it takes a while) I added a very small amount of burnt sienna and black weathering powders and rubbed them in along the top. Where I put too much and it is easy to do I just wiped it off with a piece of paper towel. Just remember less is best as you can build it up to the amount you desire.

I didn't but I would suggest you find a web site that has a pic of the model you want to weather and just try to copy it. You will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is once you get started and the plastic look of say a box car turns into something real looking.

If you have not done it before start with your oldest car and have a go.

Have fun Cody

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Thanks for the quick response! Doesn't sound to bad, I will have to give it a try, Have plenty of old locos and cars sitting around.

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I have had instances where cars will derail on the SFRSD without apparent reason on some of my turnouts. All of my cars are weighted and all have been retro fitted over many years with MTL 1030 trucks.

Several of my friends have switched out the axles on their cars and replaced the Pizza cutters with the new MTL Medium Flange 33" wheels.

So I have taken the plunge. I purchased 648 axle sets, painted each of the wheels with Tamiya Red Brown or Rail brown using a Micro Brush and started to get ready to install them.

I went to each of the smaller yards in turn and did the cars in each of these (to keep them in the correct location with the car cards).

Yesterday two of my mates came for lunch (thats always a good way to bribe anyone) and we switched out the remaining 93 cars axle sets.

Now all I need to do is put them back in place and get ready for my Ops session on Friday night and see how these perform.







I also did a bit more weathering over the weekend, here's just one of the cars completed.




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The cars look great! I have another technical question for you. What sound boards and speakers do you use for your sound equiped locos? And how do you like the performance on them?

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Hi Cody

First of all I must say that the new wheels sets have been well worth the exercise, hardly a derailment except where I need to do some adjustments on a couple of turnouts that are not working as they should. So if any one is having trouble with their cars and using Pizza Cutters make the change.

I have three brands of sound decoders.

MRC in my SD40-2's and two FP45's, the Arther's locos that came standard with soundtrax in my FP45 and F45 and two older U Boats Kato U 28's that have had Locsound decoders fitted.

The MRC were plug and play well sort of but are not too bad for sound, better than not having any sound at all.


The Soundtrax in the F45's are absolutely fabulous and so to the locsound.

The locsound had to be hard wired and a lot of metal taken out in the fuel tank area to fit two very small speakers face down. They do sound very good.

If Soundtrax made them to fit every model I would go that way in a heart beat.

Trust this helps Cody.

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Yeah it does help. I heard to stay away from the MRC's and I was leaning towards the loksound or soundtrax but more towards the loksound due to price. Thanks for the info! Might have to try those wheels also.

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Nice stuff Rod.. :apl:
it good to look back over the years of the SFRSD.
I must get around to weighting my rolling stock also..

 

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Car weight always helps operation--

Even in 1/48 O scale!


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Very nice layout... I'd love N if I didn't drink so much coffee..

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I have an empty spot for a building at my town of Guthrie. Before I did any more work on the Lost Creek I thought I should do something about it.

This is what I have done thus far.










There is another small building to go on the left side which should be completed today. If the weather is not bad I might be able to get it painted also.

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Nice Work Rod, :thumb::thumb:

Looking forward to seeing them completed

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Put the roof on the larger shed today along with making the small open air shed that is to fit on the left.







I then set to work giving them a paint job. First spraying them all with Tamiya grey undercoat. then several washes of Roof Brown, Burnt Sienna and Rust. Once this had dried a light wash of old white topped of the painting.

I will wait until they are installed in their correct position at Guthrie before I decide if they need any more painting.




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Awesome Rod :thumb::thumb::thumb:

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I think they look just perfect as they are!

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Thanks for the kind words Guys

I got to set the new buildings for Guthrie in place yesterday and put some gound cover and trees down this morning. Hope it all dries before my operating session tomorrow night.







This an overview of the right hand end of town.



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As I said before, Awesome scene, Rod :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

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The dirt road going past is a perfect accent.


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Thanks Dwyane and Herb.

I had a lot of fun building these three and made a good old mess by spilling my liquid cement all over my workbench in the process. First time for everything they say. I'm blaming these new fangled child proof screw lids, well that's my excuse. I have a wooden base that I made many years ago but this new bottle didn't fit so you guessed it.

The layout room still smells of the damn stuff.

happy modelling

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I love the field sense of the scene!!! Those buildings are very nice!

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And... still can´t believe this is N scale!!!!!

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I decided after fluffing around inside for a few days I needed to get and do some more work on the SFRSD.

The main street of Winfield has been laying bare for years the buildings were completed ages ago as too the street and paving. So having convinced my friend to finish off some street lamps for me I set to and tidied up the street a bit.




The Winfield Cement plant backs onto the rear of the right hand side buildings. It too was very bare so it has had a bit of a spring clean.




 And another area just past the underpass at the end of Augusta was in need of some work.




and that's about it.

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Nice scene, Rod :thumb::thumb:

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Rod , That is a fine looking layout !!!

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I have needed to finish the buildings at Flynn for some time. I had some Walthers modulars that I had assembled many months ago and they did not fit the original area that they were intended for.

So a repaint using a wash of Box Car Red followed by a wash of diluted india ink, a bit of paint on the window sills and they were ready for Flynn.




I gave all of the roofs a wash of Rust All which really makes them look a lot better.




A bit of brass tubing painted silver then flat black followed by a wash of Rust All and the jobs done.




Some ground cover right up to the bases of the buildings to make then sit in the ground and Flynn is now almost complete.

Rod.

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As always Rod, you do great work :thumb::thumb:

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Rod-excellent work, it's hard for me to believe that it is N scale! Are you sure that it is 1:160 or is it 1:48 in reality!!!

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Hi Woodie
Apologies for my tardy response been workin on the railroad. Thanks I enjoy working in N Scale as it is second nature to me after so many years.
The move to a computer type dispatcher started in earnest on Monday the 1st. Two good friends came over for three days and we got both Digitrax BLD168's installed and all tracks needed to be detected done by Thursday afternoon. A long way to go.


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These two images were supposed to be with the last post, gettin old I guess.







This coming week should see more done hopefully.

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Work has continued well in my quest to have the CTC panel operating before the end of November.
The detection wiring is complete and now phase 2, the wiring of the turnouts that will be controlled by the dispatcher has started. My friend John has pre-wired the 4 SE8C cards ready for hook-up tomorrow.
I have also repaired and modified an old desk that will serve as the dispatchers desk with two monitors so that the track plan can be spread out over the two of them. This should eliminate some crowding of the panel.



Work under the layout recommences tomorrow.
Rod.

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Wooow, that´s a real dispatcher desk!! Op sessions should be nice there!! And... how´s the 0n30 layout?

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Hi Lucas
Thanks yes I must admit I am looking forward to running the SFRSD with a dispatcher it should be a lot of fun and keep the trains under control.

To be honest with all the work that is going on on the SFRSD I have not done a thing on the Lost Creek for months.
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[img]">One of my very good friends has been working his fingers to the bone developing my two dispatchers panels.
This is about version 5 with lots more to go as he adds each new phase. Needless to say I am very happy.

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It's been a while since my last post. I did not believe that we needed to do so much wiring to get detection, turnouts and signals to run off the new CTC panel.

This part is now complete just need my young friend to come do all of the computer programing and then we are up and running again.





This is an early version of the panel lots more to add.

Rod.

 

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I have also completed some scenery updating along the edges of the track between Udall and Winfield.







The original scenery was laid down about 10 years ago so with all of the new meterials now available I thought it was time for an upgrade.

Rod.

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Rod,

Nice looking CTC panel and the scenery too.

Now I need to go a little bit of topic.

I noticed in your last picture a green tractor. My father-in-law (RIP) was a farmer. He hated green tractors (John Deer). His other son-in-law was a salesman for John Deer. The on going joke was "Why do they paint John Deer tractors green?" Answer "So they can hide in the hedgerow while the red tractors get the work done."

And before anybody tells me that they, John Deer, also has yellow colored tractors it's because that is their construction line product. That's so they can hide among the Caterpillar's.

Bernd

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Well Bernd--

I've always liked the green and yellow tractors best--but I liked the joke!

BTW- at a car meet recently I saw an ORANGE JD--owned by a local JD restorer--so I know that the color was correct
It had even been on a page of a JD calender- a small thing--an LI I think. Probably a very early entry into the industrial market. Too dark a color to hide amongst school busses.. Whats the poor thing to do?



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Hi all. Now that the work to install my CTC panel is finished I thought I should get back to do some more scenery.

This is the completed CTC panel and desk. All of the signals and mainline turnouts are now under the control of the dispatcher. Switches in the town panels can be switched only when the crews are given permission to do so by the dispatcher.

Should be a lot of fun.




This is the work I have done to install the retaining wall at the side of Grain elevator at the end of Guthrie. Styrene sheet plus some rusted rail, a new roof and a few weeds finishes this area off as it was a very bare area before hand.




That's it for today.

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I like the scenery, but computers are enough of a problem when the use is necessary--I sure wouldn't want one involved in a relaxing hobby endevour.

But, whatever you're happy with.

Please continue--I'm sure that most of our members aren't Luddites, like myself.


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Great layout, as stated before if they didn't tell it was N scale I would say its H0

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Rod,

That a nice loading area there


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Hi All Trust you had a good Christmas and enjoying the New Year.

I have slowly been adding more ground cover to older sections of the SFRSD. One area in particular really needed some additional work around a small culvert and creek area. A friend had just used Magic Water that came out loking very good so I thought I would give it a try also.

This is a before shot of the culvert that is to the right of the town of Red Rock.





So with a few very hot days here in Melbourne 41.7 C on Monday I spent just a few hours in the early part of the day adding scenery material to the creek after letting several coats of Magic Water set up for about 24 hours.

This is the after shot.





Appologies for the out of focus bit at the front. But I must admit this Magic Water is great to use. No odour and no colour just clear like water. It does creep so watch where you put it.

Rod.

 

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Nice work , Rod :2t:

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Man, there are some exceptionally good modelers here. Nice work on the culvert and stream.

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Hi all
Well it has been a long time between drinks. Seems like we have been so busy this past few months so not much has been done on the SFRSD. Our 13th National N Scale Convention has been and gone and it was a big success. Over 170 delegates from all over Australia and 6 from the USA including Jim Younkins and his wife, John Benny and his wife and young Craig Martyn from BLMA. Craig was our guest speaker at our Saturday night dinner and seemed to enjoy the convention. Check out his Blog at BLMA.com along with his Facebook page for some good pictures of the convention.
You might like to check out a page of images by one of the delegates D Bromage at http://goo.gl/iu8a7
The weather has turned very cold here so I need to get to do some stuff in the house.
Rod

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LOTS of talent on this BB. I grew up in So Cal and always loved the ATSF. NICE work!

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Just finished weathering a couple of second hand cars for the SFRSD.

the covered hopper.


and my box car.


Tried a few new techniques to see how they would work out.
Need less white on the hopper next time.
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Got to do a bit of scenery on the Santa Fe RR last few weeks. I repositioned all of the relay sheds and added new switch motors. I modified some of the sheds to look more like the old concrete versions.
I also assembled a Showcase miniatures truck and stuck it on the RR beside a cantilever signal that is being removed from service.
Having trouble getting images today?
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Decided to get off my backside and get some more work done on the SFRSD. The weather has been very hot here over 40 degrees C for quite a few days so I have done some work inside weathering more of my rolling stock.
But first here is the signalling maintenance crew preparing to remove an old cantilever that is no long in use. (well it was put in place just for the scene) This was supposed to be added to my last post but what the heck.




The truck is from a Showcase miniatures kit, the cantilever is a brass etching made by my good friend Vic.

This is a typical scene around most of my signals and turnouts.
Relay houses, battery boxes, turnout motors and gas bottles that fed gas to heaters to stop the turnouts from freezing. This scene is at the entrance to Hackney.




I have also been doing the weathering on some Difco side dump ballast cars. I have been using my air brush to fade the cars, oil paint washes and Pan Pastels a lot more and really enjoying the way these work out.

This is how they look straight out of the box.


And now weathered as they should be.





There is about four different applications of dull coat, thinned oil paint and Pastels to get this effect.

This is the view of the inside when the load is removed during my operating sessions.




To add variety some of the trucks were painted during the weathering process with my airbrush others were painted with Tamyia Red Brown with a small brush. The couplers got a shot of rust as well.

I have enjoyed doing these so much so that another lot of ballast cars are in for the same treatment but only different.

Have fun
Rod.


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Nice work Rod,weathering is just great- enjoy the 40 odd degrees we get it all of the time in western Queensland where I'm currently working

Dennis:2t::2t::2t:

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Nice weathering and work Rod :2t:

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Hi Rod, many, many thanks just pure awesome, now that is a huge N scale layout, you like the grain silos I see, would like one some where on my layout.

Yeah that is the trouble with DC all that mass of wiring and DPDT switch's, I plan to use Rotary switches to switch four throttles.

What brand DCC did you buy, I am looking at changing to DCC too, but need one that can switch to DC.

That loco I posted is DCC and will run on DC.

Love your control panel on two LCD screens, an option I would love to move into one day.


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Tony.
Thanks for your kind comments.
I chose to go with Digitrax full radio (duplex) for my DCC stuff. Most of my friends are into N Scale and use Digitrax so it was a natural for me to choose this path. Lots of help when needed and I did not need to purchase a lot of throttles as the guys bring their own on ops night. Digitrax also has a full range so that also assisted my choice as I went into signalling and block detection using their accessories. You can run your DC trains on DCC track. Check out the Digitrax web site.
Three other mates use NCE and that is also a good system.
Rod.

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H I Rod, no worries what's the measurements of your layout it is pretty awesome for a N scale layout.

Yeah someone was telling me with Digitrax you can have the choice of witching to DC. I am not sure if I will put decoders in all my locos, got 40+ and 4 are duel motors.

That's the trouble with DCC all the hidden costs, I will most probably have to get a boaster amp for my layout as it is 54 feet long HO scale, do you have one for yours.

One of the members in another forum I am in just bout a NCE system and he is happy he went that way.

I will check out Digitrax web site out, the a big con if conning my wife is the big problem. Would like to get the layout finished first, did you find my posting in the 00 garden railway section, under Tony M.

Winter is still hanging around up here in QLD had 2 degrees this morning but nice days, be like that all week.

Tony: :apl::wave::glad:

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The SFRSD occupies a two car garage size that was built as a shed ie no doors for a car to use. The layout inside measurements are 19.6"x 19.6'in. It is this size because I added internal stud walls the old part lined with masonite on the top half and plaster on the lower. The new bit is basically the same just used 4 mm MDF top and bottom. The ceiling is industrial grade 5 ply and insulated as too most of the walls. The floor has second hand carpet tiles. So its pretty good except on 40 degree days and very cold ones.
You do not need to add decoders to all you fleet straight away. Mine got done over a time.
Rod.

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Hi Rod, that is a very good size N scale layout 19'6" x 19'6", wish I had a shed to put my layout in only have the pergola, which takes up nearly the back of the house and car port.

We can get 48 degree days, most days are 43 degrees and can't do anything in that heat outside.

I don't plan to rush into going DCC as yet.

Tony

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Hi Rod

How's the work on the layout going ?

Just been looking through the Thread.

As a former 'N'er, I do miss the idea of LONG trains !

WOW ! ... Big space.

I see 'long train fan' Tony gives it the AWESOME and THUMBS UP rating !!

:moose:

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Be great to see some recent Pix. Rod

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Hi all,
As a reminder of how good Rod's layout is can I point you to http://www.freerails.com/view_post.php?post_id=57801 My visit to Rod's was back in Easter 2013, when Rod graciously hosted an open-house on both of his layouts for the layout tours part of the Australian Narrow Gauge convention. For a revisit to more good modelling have a look at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4108&forum_id=17 Rod's layouts are featured on Page 6.

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Rod's Layout has been sold, dismantle, relocated and under new management.

more info here http://santafesd40.blogspot.com/2016/03/what-next.html

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Hi all,
Thanks for the update Dwayne. It is good to hear that the SFRSD layout has found a new home, has dodged the dumpster bullet and now has a ongoing life in a new location.

It truly was one of the most magnificent privately-owned N-scale layouts that I have seen. I hope my photos did it the justice it deserved.

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Hi Si, pure awesome 38x38 feet in HO scale, I can do the length but not the width in a square shape, mine is an "U" shape layout, length 54x24ft stage two 56X47feet.

Planning the second station building modelled on GSR's East Perth terminal where the famous Indian Pacific ends her four day journey across Australia Via Adelaide.

Sad to see Rod had to see his layout, good news everyone can still run trains, in it's new home.

Rod not all lost are you having a private courtyard you could build an outdoor layout off the fence line.

A slight set back on my layout construction, I had basic surgical procedure on Wednesday, local hospital and had an issue with the anaesthetic, has up set my asthma, take a couple more days to get over it.

Tony from Down under.

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Looked at 'an old favourite' this morning.  :old dude:

I hadn't remembered Oztrainz had been a visitor on a previous 'Australian Narrow Gauge Convention' tour.  :P

Looks like a good 'en to visit John.



I do really like the    s   p   a   c   i   o   u   s   n   e   s   s    of N-scale with some 'elbow room' ! 

A great simple by very effective looking landscape for the trains to run through !  :thumb:
















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