|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 06/12/2012 : 02:00:55 AM
Most of this spring I've spent my hobby time on procurement and planning. My layout is about 23 years old and needs some love. It needs its scenery refreshed, a good cleaning, buildings repaired and track maintenance. All of which has been delayed by the knowledge that I wanted to change a few things to ease maintenance, improve running, improve presentation and be more correct for my time period. The biggest change to make the layout correct for my time period will be to replace all turnouts to stub points. But here is what my current track plan kinda looks like;
The layout layout currently doesn't have any Three way switches on it. This drawing was a planning sketch that most accurately shows my original layout.
This is what I hope it will become;
As you can see the most obvious change is the orientation of the turntable roundhouse. But also the passing track at Beaver Hill has been moved so that the south turnout is reachable for maintenance. The same reasoning lead to the log dump entry being moved.
This next view won't impress any of the fine craftsman here but it show me testing these drawing on the layout to see if they would actually work. It appears that they will;
The next step is to see exactly how much room my new turntable will take. So I will now take time to build it and escape the mud bog that planning can become. I'm using Freshwater Models' Sellers Turntable kit. Here's a progress shot;
As this kit is no longer made and Dave and Craig have already ran detailed building treads on this kit (which I have found very helpful) I'll just share progress shots here and then.
Any and all comments are welcomed.
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||Posted - 05/24/2013 : 10:12:48 AM
That's right, Bob! Make me feel guilty for making -no progress- on my own 6-stall Model Masterpieces CM Roundhouse project. Your's is looking -very good-.
||Posted - 05/24/2013 : 10:05:38 AM
From the same vantage point of the last posted picture I did a Mock up to see how closely the model would match my "vision";
I'm very pleased with the results (other than the blurred image). The roundhouse's flat roof really opens the view nicely I think.
Comments always welcomed.
||Posted - 05/09/2013 : 04:44:16 AM
Bob, I have had the same choice between staying frustrated or removing some previous work, and chose the way you did. Frustration is harder than removal, especially when you know you'll be able to rebuild better than the first time.
||Posted - 05/08/2013 : 2:03:37 PM
Now it really is in the building phase! I have not seen closeups of your landscape before and I must say it looks great even if you have teared down stuff beside.
That landscape looks very like the lanscape I saw in a photo of Roseburg Roundhouse Oregon. See photo below:
||Posted - 05/07/2013 : 8:53:00 PM
Carl and Marty, thank you, I appreciate the encouragement. Marty, it was hard to take it down. I just focused on the frustration it was giving me and the vision of the new one.
And the vision is getting brighter as the pieces fall in place.
||Posted - 05/07/2013 : 4:44:26 PM
Way cool Bob, must be hard to rip it all out..
||Posted - 05/07/2013 : 2:55:57 PM
Congrats on the new track Bob!
And I totally concur with your opinion on MR-if I pass by it on the rack-
I leaf thru it in seconds....and put it back.
||Posted - 05/07/2013 : 03:16:26 AM
The First *NEW* track!
It's the one in front of the water tank .
If there's a rule carved in stone for model railroaders it's "do not install a turnout out of easy reach". This track replaces a turnout that was not only not in easy reach, but totally out of reach. This turnout was a constant pain in my back and a major driver to me wanting to rebuild my layout to eliminate it.
Now it's eliminated. I did this now because I could reach it easily without the water base in place.
Once upon a time there was this excellent magazine that each month had excellent information on how to build models and layouts and even how to operate them. Then Model Railroader went down the Kraper.
Part of their quality legacy was the 'L'girder system for bench work. Here is how I used it. shown now 'cause when the water goes in (hopefully tomorrow) it will be hidden from view. By-the-way this bench work is over 20 years old and it has been through two 6.5+ earthquakes.
||Posted - 05/06/2013 : 11:35:54 PM
Thank you Håkan, They are unique. The Central Pacific pioneered and was the chief user of these cars. When the Central Pacific started building the T.C. they had one Traditional stock cars with Iron bar doors, most of their freight cars were ether 30' flats or 25' combination boxcars but without the end doors. The end doors started showing up in the 70's. It was built in two versions, the outside braced version that the V&T used (and Rio Grade's Kit is based on)and the sheaved style that I used. In the late 70's when the Central Pacific wanted a ventilated Boxcar for fruit they adapted this basic style but put vents rather than doors in the end. As far as I know These cars were used only for fruit and maybe dry goods on the way back. These cars are not up to my current quality standards but I will keep them. Let us remember that I built these before we had ANY kits available for cars built before 1890. Also I needed 8 cars not just one. I'm so grateful that today we have Rio Grande, BTS and Alkem making kits for us.
||Posted - 05/03/2013 : 5:34:40 PM
Thanks Bob! Looking good, that is quite a unique car. I have never seen a similar one before.
||Posted - 05/02/2013 : 6:28:34 PM
Here's my combos.
The End. oh!, But I used Baker Trucks from (now) Bitter Creek.
||Posted - 05/02/2013 : 5:46:09 PM
Carl & Håkan
Håkan,in answering your question from your tread;
The original frame;
After razor Saw;
The walls up;
here you can see some of the added detail and door before paint;
The doors are from a AHM/IHC Ventalated Box car.
Which is the same car I kitbashed my first combination boxcars or combos sd they're called on my road as they're used for everything but grain, not just fruit. I'll have to take some decent pictures of one, but basically I toke 1.5'off both ends and replaced the ends with a new cast end (my mold). The end door were also cast by me.
||Posted - 05/02/2013 : 3:17:22 PM
Hi Bob, I answered on my own thread before I read yours. That's the same cars I saw on Yahoo Early rail. They look fantastic with very nice weathering! Quite a different look to them compared from the box.
On the lowest picture in the left corner there seems to be a ventilated boxcar? What make is that or have you scratchbuilt it?
||Posted - 05/01/2013 : 9:58:55 PM
Those cars are really nice!
Keep up the good work on early rail...as I told masonamerican on his layout thread, we need you guys to keep this category alive!
I check you guys often...
||Posted - 05/01/2013 : 7:41:33 PM
I built 4 cars. I wanted mine to look like they were influenced by Central Pacific practice but built locally using hardware bought from San Francisco. This meant the Dead-blocks had to change to Buffer-blocks and the the C.P. used bar stock in their doors.
So the first picture shows the new ends and the second a side view which also shows the B.C. trucks that are now available from http://bittercreekmodels.com/