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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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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,
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/11/2018 : 6:50:47 PM

I agree with Pete. Fine piece of trackwork.

Orionvp17 Posted - 02/11/2018 : 6:36:55 PM
Nice work all around!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 02/11/2018 : 6:05:31 PM
While I was thinking about the Swift spur's diamond, I worked on structures. Then a relatively warm day (for Feb. on the NH seacoast) came along. It was clearly time to airbrush (which needs an open window in my attic):

I had been working on the Newburyport Section House that I started at a Hub Division clinic last year. I installed the roof permanently, then some interior framing and the rafter tails. Then it was ready for a couple of colors. It complements the rest of this scene nicely, but my phone camera was more flattering - lens closer to the ground and it overexposed the sky so much I didn't need to edit out the backdrop-ceiling joint.

Then I finished up the diamond. The way it worked for me, Tim Warris' method is rather fraught with opportunities for serious mistakes. Of course, rotary tools with cutting disks are not milling machines, and I could have been more thorough about holding everything in place while I soldered. It looks like it will operate OK, but I'm not sure if I'll build the last three diamonds this way - depends on whether I can find a non combustible work surface I can drive pins or nails into.

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