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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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jbvb Posted - 04/05/2020 : 10:12:54 PM
George, I agree. I spent today doing this to about 30 inches more of it, for east of the baggage crossing.

One minor problem is that Model Memories had applied some kind of coating, presumably to keep the brass bright. This made it harder to solder to. If I'd been patient I could have asked them how to remove it chemically. Instead I got out the Bright Boy, source of the few bent hairpins visible near the RH post.

While blackening it (not very well, see above re: coating), I noticed the reinforcement bulked up the fence in a good way. If I need fence close to the edge of the layout or in a place where operators reach but both sides are visible, I'd use DA flat bar or K&S 1/32" brass angle. That would improve realism a lot. But I had the .020 wire on hand and the back of this is invisible.
George D Posted - 04/04/2020 : 6:59:55 PM
That fence looks very fragile, James. That's going to be a nice scene when it's done.

jbvb Posted - 04/04/2020 : 6:19:42 PM
There is indeed a convention, which the Hub Division is hosting Columbus Day Weekend. By which time we all hope very much we won't be in crisis mode. But actually, the layout is getting the benefit of "Do your farming when the weather tells you to" and the suspension of most of my other volunteer and recreational activities. I could have finally bought cable, or streaming video, but no, not me.

No crowd of RailRun operators last weekend, maybe visitors and operators in October. Or maybe Tour de Chooch visitors after Thanksgiving. Someday...
Orionvp17 Posted - 04/04/2020 : 5:37:45 PM

I've heard something about some convention up there somewhere sometime, so maybe there is....
wvrr Posted - 04/04/2020 : 4:13:41 PM
You sure are working hard on the layout, James. Is there a convention coming up?

Orionvp17 Posted - 04/03/2020 : 10:40:08 PM
Looking good! Keep the narrative coming, too... helps things "come alive."

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 04/03/2020 : 10:09:16 PM
Thanks, Frank. Pete and Dave, my attention has been elsewhere, but a few days ago I got my shipment from Model Memories.

Bexley station is on a sharp curve with bi-directional double track, and a quarter mile from the West Portal of the single track Bexley Tunnel. So a pedestrian overpass and inter-track fence are de rigueur, lest most trains crawl through at Restricted Speed per Rule 107. Years ago I'd bought some of MM's etched brass 'Hairpin Fence', so with the platforms and baggage crossing finished, I measured and purchased enough for the whole job.

MM uses thin brass, and I do operations. So after soldering the pieces together, I reinforced the whole length with .020 phosphor bronze wire (Tichy) soldered on the hidden side of the horizontals. I also soldered .020 posts to the verticals. This is the test assembly in its drilled holes, tomorrow I'll blacken and paint it.

I bought a fence/gate pack too, but the gate turns out to be scale 9' 9" long. If my platforms were as wide as many prototypes, this would have been OK. But considering how to get a baggage cart turned 90 degrees and through a gate without dropping a wheel to the ballast, I made my crossing 14 feet wide. Once I have both segments of fence in, I'll scratchbuild a 16 foot rolling gate.

The stairway to the left didn't fit Bexley Tower, so I found a home for it connecting the inbound platform to Chipman St. And of course, the photo shows how badly the platform needs sweeping.
Frank Palmer Posted - 03/19/2020 : 7:14:39 PM

James nice progress.
deemery Posted - 03/19/2020 : 2:20:05 PM
I got mine from Amazon.

Orionvp17 Posted - 03/19/2020 : 12:02:28 PM
Tamiya has a spray flat finish that has been recommended on the Forums. Good stuff, but needs a well-ventilated area, and yours might not fit that description.

Please let us know what you decide!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 03/19/2020 : 11:31:02 AM
Interesting, though I don't know if it would be available any closer than the big art supply place in North Beverly, MA. I've tried a widely available FolkArt acrylic matte but found it ineffective. When I can airbrush, I've found that Scalecoat clear flat is extremely effective - one coat and the shine on a Bowser boxcar is completely gone. But you do need to dig the ground glass out of the airbrush after.
deemery Posted - 03/18/2020 : 11:12:22 AM
James, consider this stuff to flatten the shine on your stones: http://usmrr.blogspot.com/2020/03/crisis-mode.html I tried it, and REALLY like it. I brushed it on, but Bernie thins it 50% and airbrushes it.

jbvb Posted - 03/17/2020 : 10:39:00 PM
Thanks, Mike and Michael. For a while I was working on 28 Winter St., then I shifted to landforms. Things went slower after our school closed and we had both my stepson and a girl from down the street here (her mother works in an O2 mask plant and there's no way they're closing that down). But tonight I tried out a couple of new views.

Looking from the US 1 overpass across the Pond St. spur to the Winter/Washington/Strong St. area. If I do it right, I'll have a long shot where the aisle is invisible. Note 28 and 32 Winter St. both have foundations, and 32's has been lowered a couple of scale feet.

Looking from High St. near the City RR underpass toward US 1 and the main line. The low area next to the City RR will be a kettle hole pond. Newburyport is built on a glacial moraine which provided several. My model is on the opposite side of the City RR from the prototype's.

Tomorrow morning we're plowing a field but probably time for the layout after that.
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/01/2020 : 08:47:02 AM

Good photo. Your scene is very railroady.

By the way, “DynaCompuTronAMatics” doesn’t show up on Google but does on DuckDuckGo. If we all used “ DynaCompuTronAMatics” in a post it would probably spread as fast as electrons.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 03/01/2020 : 08:20:26 AM
Good looking scene!

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