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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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Orionvp17 Posted - 01/10/2019 : 12:15:14 AM

Best wishes for a complete, speedy repair!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 01/09/2019 : 9:45:56 PM
Sorry, Pete, but the circuit board is of limited interest by itself, and Azatrax hasn't updated their website to show it. I'll email and see how things look for the W. Springfield show. The pretty photos will come when I get around to the prototypic "SPRING SWITCH" sign beside the track and on the fascia.

Meanwhile, people who know me and my layout well might want to sit down before clicking through to this picture:

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The rest of the story: My son's regular job had a slow week, so he asked if I needed anything done. And I decided to deal with the part of the attic floor that should have had shimming or underlayment before the original linoleum installation (note open cracks lower left). The floor should look a lot different Friday.

This is the first time my work table had been moved in at least 10 years. Alas, picking through the pile of swept-up debris didn't reveal any useful lost parts, just a #72 drill and my first attempt at an HO adjustable window screen (didn't fit).
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/23/2018 : 10:42:04 AM
Sounds good to me, James! Need photos, etc.!

Tour well!!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/23/2018 : 10:33:15 AM
Bulletin Order #53, Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 23, 2018. Newburyport: Spring switch in service at end of double track, MP 37.4 Eastern Route. Normal direction is for movements from single track to Westward Main Track. Movements on Eastward Main Track between Merrimack St. (MP 37.37) and Merrimack Drawbridge must not exceed 20 MPH.

Talking with John Parsons of Azatrax at the K.C. national convention, I commented that the D2T I/R turnout controller was almost what I needed to model a Spring Switch. We exchanged a few emails and he sent me a prototype. I've still got some wiring to rearrange for manual control, but not with Tour de Chooch looming. John gave me permission to post about it last month, but I don't see it on azatrax.com yet.

If you don't know what a 'spring switch' does on the prototype, or why I've wanted one since 1974, I can explain after the Tour.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/22/2018 : 10:38:09 AM
Nice "first project," James!


in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/21/2018 : 9:28:40 PM
Here it is today, though looking at the photos I need to make the yellow more 'creamy' and bleached for a realistic look. This will also ease the somewhat overdone 'mud splash' on the lower walls.

jbvb Posted - 11/21/2018 : 9:20:24 PM
This summer I finished a structure I'd begun 16 years ago. Just now someone asked me for a picture to clarify a detail on the prototype, and I realized I hadn't taken any. Here's my first "Scratchbuilding in Styrene" clinic with everything except finish and detailing:

jbvb Posted - 10/03/2018 : 2:56:09 PM
Bumped because I rediscovered a post about fixing up Con-Cor P-54 coaches.

Thanks, Ted. Pete, Newburyport in that era was pretty safe: bar fights but gunshots only in hunting season, an occasional B&E but no muggings. Some domestics got reported, most didn't.
quartergauger48 Posted - 09/24/2018 : 1:45:53 PM
That is a nice shot, JBVB'...
Orionvp17 Posted - 09/23/2018 : 8:42:04 PM
OK, I'm cool with that. As long as you stay safe down there!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 09/22/2018 : 10:58:42 AM
Thanks, Pete, Mike & Dave. The same shot in 'daylight' isn't pretty - unfinished scenery, the ceiling looming over, fluorescent tubes in the background, so I'm pleased with my inspiration. And Pete, at that hour of the night, most of the 'not so outstanding citizens' in that neighborhood were either in Jake's, or the Flying Yankee next to the station (24 Winter St., 3rd or 4th down on the scratchbuilding list).
deemery Posted - 09/22/2018 : 10:28:35 AM
That sounds like a really effective fix in Bexley Yard.

Michael Hohn Posted - 09/22/2018 : 10:19:12 AM

Your photo is almost abstract in its contrast and simplicity. Very nice.

I wish I could have been in Mahwah; I considered attending but had a conflict.

Orionvp17 Posted - 09/22/2018 : 09:57:08 AM
Good call on the tracks, James! Your operators will no doubt be pleased.

As to the photo... Cool! Very cool! Like!

I need to get things to where I can photograph something and be pleased with what I have.... Yes, I could begin to see "The Vision" come alive in my head when the guys were over the other night, but that's al in "my head" and no one else can really see it....

Just be careful wandering around in that area at night. I hear there are some folks who aren't what you'd call "outstanding citizens" lurking around up there....

Nice pic!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 09/21/2018 : 10:23:14 PM
Thank you, Pete and James. One of the things I'm looking for is color photos of Lynn, Malden, Medford, Somerville from before maybe 1975 (when many started getting re-sided with aluminum or vinyl). I need them for my backdrop in the urban part of the layout. Do you have any neighborhood shots?

After I got back from Mahwah, I sat down to fix a problem with Bexley Yard that bedeviled some of my operators:

I'd built Bexley with a block boundary in the middle (purple line across the body of the yard above), so switching could be done from both ends simultaneously. When I installed power districts, this became a district boundary too. But operators didn't have a reflex for their loco stopping in the middle, particularly when it made the PSX-1s at each end of the yard feep simultaneously.

Here I've added new gaps at the fouling points and independent feeders to each body track. So locos can run the whole length of each track, and only get feeped at by one PSX when a turnout hasn't been lined.

And finally, I had an arty inspiration:

I stopped at Jake's on my way home from second shift at Towle, but I didn't stay long. When I got to Strong St. the 'Theater Train' was sitting in the station. I set my camera on the roof of a parked car and tried a few time exposures - this one came out OK.

The home signal was 'three red', but there was nothing inbound from Portsmouth at this hour of the night. I asked around the next day and found out the draw was stuck.

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