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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 07/06/2010 :  9:53:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joe, Mark, Rick, Andy & Eric,

Thanks for the positive comments. Not moving at the speed of light like Mark or Rick, but it's getting there.

I was kind of vague on the update but last month Bruce & Bob (BNFAN1) made it over. We got the upper deck mostly in while Bruce got the Digitrax system, booster and auto reverser all hooked up. It was while we were putting the upper deck in that I realized that I need one more level on the helix. Of course, came to this realization after I cut down all the remaining helix pieces and thus had to start from scratch for this next level. I have since completed getting this additional turn in place. I am now starting to lay the track on it to get onto the top deck. I have also repainted all of the homasote on the upper level, at Mark's suggestion, black. I'm now all set to get the upper level completely in place(roughly 8' to go) and get track down. Hope to have another update soon.

Thanks again for following along.

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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2010 :  9:46:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by dlwrailfan1

Matt,

You moved some of the light fixtures. How does this fit into the plan?

Eric

Good eye Eric. Actually had to turn the light fixtures to run lengthwise with the room because they would interfere with the future valance. It would become more of an issue on the side closest to the helix. The room has a 2'x10' bumpout due to the entry way on the main level in my home. The light fixture there would really be tight if at all possible.

I think leaving them in perpendicular, as seen in the original shots, would be too close and would look unbalanced and throw the room "off." IMO, the room looks cleaner with them running lengthwise and will "stretch" the room.

Thanks again for following along. Hope all is well.

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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2010 :  8:19:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not an update on the layout here but found this on-line interactive article in my hometown paper the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that I'd like to share. If you were ever interested in learning about the steel industry here's a great review that's well worth the time. Enjoy!!!

http://www.post-gazette.com/slides/Carrie/index.html

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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10483 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2010 :  9:38:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great link Matt! Thanks! But what about an update on the layout? Please don't tell me there isn't one???

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2010 :  10:13:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Long overdue update. Despite a lack of updates on the layout over the past 5 months,things are continuing to move along, slowly but in the right direction.

The upper level is now completely in. Benchwork finished and corners are all cut in. The only "gaps" are where the bifold doors are for entry into the room, a small 12" section where an overpass will go, and the final section to tie into the helix (was taken out due to recent HVAC project). The bus line has been run and ready to tie in the feeders. Started tackling building the Walther's Blast Furnace as well. &^#$&%$*%&!!!!

One significant change on the layout is that Weirton WVa will be moving off the layout possibly into staging. I'm doing this due to the lack of space I have and to remain focused on Steubenville. I also will be using modeler's license to blend the operations in the area between both the Panhandle Division and the River Branch out of Conway that ran almost parallel to the Panhandle. Should be a blast seeing it all come together.

And the biggest milestone for me personally is that the mainline roadbed/track is 99% complete. Due to space limitations of the room, I had to compromise a little on the upper level mains-they are largely kept to the front of the layout. The roadbed is the Woodland Scenics Foam 24' rolls. Very easy to work with and went down rather quickly. My only mess up was being too liberal with the glue. Didn't see it when I laid the roadbed, it showed up the next morning after I applied the weights to hold it down overnight. Not to mention a little shifting in the roadbed here and there. This is where my "novice" really shows. Nothing a little extra weathering can't handle.

And one final acknowledgement out to Bill Neale who has been extremely helpful getting me pointed in the right direction with research on the area and the history of the RR ops for Steubenville/Weirton. Many, many thanks Bill!!!

Here's some pics with a couple comments. Thanks for taking the time to read, enjoy!!!

This shot is looking towards the left as you enter the room. "Towards downtown Steubenville."


The shot below shows the view from the far right corner in room opposite of the helix. This shows the overview of the main as it will progress through Steubenville.



This pic below is a close up of the "far end" of the above picture. The gap in the benchwork is where Washington Street in Steubenville drops below the railroad. I will be ordering the twin span bridge hopefully tomorrow at the LHS weather permitting.


The pic below is the view from the opposite direction, taken from "Washington Street" You can really notice the difference in the benchwork colors-black on the upper and brown on the lower level. The black really does make a difference. Thanks for the tip Mark.


This is the same view taken from the corner, about 10' back from the previous position. Here you will see my attempt to cut in some local industry tracks as well.


Thanks again for reading along.

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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2010 :  10:28:52 PM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Its looking real good, keep it up. [:-thumbu]
P

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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10483 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2010 :  2:50:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Matt, you've made some terrific progress! I can't wait to see it in person.

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2010 :  2:24:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
P & Mark,

Thanks for the comments. Mark, going by what you guys are saying to get the main in and the rest will follow. See you later in the week. Thanks again.

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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2011 :  9:58:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Quick update on some of the progress that has been ongoing. The kids sports and coaching has been eating up a good bit of the free time for the past few months, but some things are getting done. Just a quick preview primarily of the location of the local industries that will be located in Steubenville, Ohio and the yard for the coke works. The layout will be the Panhandle Main and River Branch lines blended together through modeler's license. Thanks for taking the time to read along.

This area will be "north" of Washington Ave. in Steubenville. Prototypically, this section was part of the Panhandle Division.

Looking southward towards Washington Ave.-to the right front will be "Chicago Wallpaper" and to the left of the main along the wall will be "A&P."

Opposite view looking north from Washington Ave, to the right, "A&P", to the left-"Chicago Wallpaper", following the siding on the left of the main towards the aisle (orange gondola in rear of photo) will be "Central Sewer & Pipe." The area behind the locos in the rear of the photo will be the future location of Steubenville Yard and some other local industries, Ohio Foundry, Steel Svc., Armour, and a team track.


The next 2 photos look south from Washington Ave., still in Stuebenville.

Along the wall to the left, front to back, 1st will be "Louis Berkmann Co." In the middle will be "Bates Building Materials" and to the rear of the photo on the left will be "Guy Johnston Lumber." In between the lumber co. and the mainline will be "Jefferson Iron & Metal."


Looking in the opposite direction, north- the gondolas are sitting on the siding for "Jefferson I&M", to the right, "Guy Johnston". Also, you can see in Mingo Yard on the level below, the yard is almost full of cars. There are approximately 180 cars are on the layout and it's empty!!!


The following 2 pics are of the future coke works and yard. There never was a coke facility located on this side of the Ohio River, modeler's license here. Coke was produced in Follansbee West Virginia and shipped across a steel company owned bridge over the Ohio right onto the high line for the steel works. If I only had more room...

Overview of the area sitting south of Steubenville. The open area to the immediate left will be the location of the Coke Works. In the middle, strings of coal hoppers is the yard, and to the rear right will be the future location of the chemical by-products plant.

Close-up of the yard. Each track holds 10 hopper cars. There are 3 tracks here to hold cars for the coke facility.


Here's two quick pics of where I needed to open up the area for Mingo Creek which on my layout is south of the yard on the lower level.
Before on the left and after on the right.


Here's the beginnings of the power of the layout. The Digitrax Super Chief System and Booster.


And finally, one last pic of the most recent additions to the locomotive roster, courtesy of the Mrs. for my birthday. A Stewart C628 and the Athearn Genesis, Penn Central, ex-D&RGW F7 A/B set.


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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  07:20:36 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
The locomotives look great. You have a good Mrs.
P

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jbvb
Fireman

USA
3116 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  07:47:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I know how club-owned layouts work when they're this size, but not so much about how you do it at home. I'm watching, as I can't think of any private layouts within 50 miles which would be even close to empty with 180 cars on them.
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Harsco
Fireman

USA
1202 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  07:58:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great update, Matt....now comes the great "gondola hunt" to start filling in the roster!
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MikeMc
Engine Wiper

USA
170 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  10:37:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit MikeMc's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lots of good progress. A couple questions...

About how far along percentage-wise do you think you are in laying out all the track? Do you wire it all as you go or come back later to drop feeders, etc.? And are the turnouts all ground throws or will they be controlled another way?

Never knew the PC had ex D&RGW F units like that - pretty cool!

Mike McNamara
Delran, NJ
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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10483 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  6:42:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow Matt, you have been making good progress! I can't wait to get over there and finish up wiring in those breakers for you and get you up and running.

Mark

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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2011 :  9:34:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Red P

The locomotives look great. You have a good Mrs.
P



Absolutely!!! She did really good this year. [:-eyebrows]

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