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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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BurleyJim Posted - 02/21/2018 : 9:36:03 PM
Originally posted by jbvb

Today was going to be an 'electrical projects' day, but the first one took much longer than I'd expected. However, it's in service:

It took all day because 1) some parts I'd bought got 'put away', so I improvised with what I could find AND 2) I made a couple of punch-down errors AND 3) high-end Category 5 cable is stranded and you can't play 'double-punching' games with it. I couldn't get continuity on all pairs so I had to solder a splice.


After A couple more years and those 'put away items' get lost forever. I can spend a day looking for that 'special place' I stashed something! Keep up the good work!

jbvb Posted - 02/21/2018 : 8:32:48 PM
Michael, I must confess that there were months of thinking about this track, and a computer drawing, and a full-scale cardboard template before I committed to the arrangement I built.

Frank, once you've built several turnouts with the jigs, I expect you'll get a feel for how the layout and tolerances work. I don't think it will be too difficult to step out on your own at that point.

Today was going to be an 'electrical projects' day, but the first one took much longer than I'd expected. However, it's in service:

Adding this RJ-45 'keystone jack' box lets operators with wired throttles reach any part of the north half of my layout. To preserve a 'clip up' plug orientation, I screwed what was designed as the cover of the box to the underside of the layout frame.

It took all day because 1) some parts I'd bought got 'put away', so I improvised with what I could find AND 2) I made a couple of punch-down errors AND 3) high-end Category 5 cable is stranded and you can't play 'double-punching' games with it. I couldn't get continuity on all pairs so I had to solder a splice.
Frank Palmer Posted - 02/19/2018 : 10:48:46 AM
James, well done.

I just started building Fast-Tracks O-Scale switches from the template for our O-Switching Modules, but someday I'd like to explore with some radical design.
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/18/2018 : 11:09:39 AM
James, I probably should have known you have the Civil Certificate. You’re obviously very comfortable laying out fairly complex track work and getting it done in short order.

jbvb Posted - 02/18/2018 : 10:06:32 AM
Thanks, all. Jim, Mike, I got Civil back in 2015, including my earlier 'bits of rail' diamond as a feature. Perhaps this is in the same vein as me signaling the layout after I got the Electrical AP award...
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/17/2018 : 11:42:04 PM

Looks terrific to me. I am thinking along similar lines as Jim regarding the AP.

BurleyJim Posted - 02/17/2018 : 10:19:18 PM
Smells like 'lobstah', but looks like Filet Mignon! The Civil AP in one shot!

MarkF Posted - 02/17/2018 : 7:41:23 PM
Nicely done James!
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/17/2018 : 08:51:31 AM

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 02/17/2018 : 08:39:30 AM
Thank you, Jerry and Pete. Yesterday I finished the track and power wiring. And of course, ran a test train to deliver the high priority load of meat so residents of Newburyport and vicinity could have their Saturday roast:

There probably will be a little tune-up as I play with this area, but construction of Downtown Newburyport will now shift to roads, foundations and landforms.
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/15/2018 : 12:41:13 AM
Nicely done, James.

in Michigan
TRAINS1941 Posted - 02/14/2018 : 11:08:49 PM
That is some beautiful track work!
jbvb Posted - 02/14/2018 : 10:32:21 PM
Thank you, Pete, Michael, Rob and Mark. I'm continuing to work on track. Last night I got two turnouts filled in and the 3rd ready for its guardrails.

For better looks, I started gapping the area with a razor saw. It's harder to see the gaps themselves, but as usual, there are marks in the ballast and a couple on the ties in the diamond. Win a few, lose a few...

Today was warm (50F is warm for February in NH) so I got the points ready and silver brazed the point rods:

The only above-the-roadbed work that remains is 4-5 feeders. Switchstands and wheel stops will come with the scenery. But I have three mechanisms to build. Because the pushrods come out below 'water level', they're going to be a little different than any I've built before.
MarkF Posted - 02/11/2018 : 11:19:44 PM
That is some impressive looking trackwork James! Well done! And for what it's worth, I agree with Pete. Do it the way YOU want to and besides, if anyone questions it, you DO have photos!
robchant Posted - 02/11/2018 : 7:20:06 PM
Hi James,

The crossing looks great, and so does the section house and the flowing track work in the photo above it. Every time I see hand laid track I want to give it a try.

Take care,

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