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masonamerican Posted - 12/10/2011 : 06:01:09 AM
Hi All,
below there are some pictures of my layout the freelanced California Railway & Navigation Company with its subsidiary Smith-Kingsley Logging Co. It is set in Northern California around 1890-1895. It connects the small sea harbor Innsmouth with the inland terminal Dunsmuir where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The main reason for its existence is transporting goods from Innsmouth Harbor to Dunsmuir for transport east. Connected to it is also a subsidiary logging company which operates its own equipment but uses the C.R.&.N.Co right of way.

This is my first layout since I was a teenager and I started the layout about 2 years ago. Before that we lived in an apartment so then it was only building of houses and rolling stock. It occupies roughly 4x4m (13´x13´) in my basement. The benchwork is L-girder and the track is ME flextrack code 55 and 70 which lies on plywood+cork roadbed. Turnouts are made with Fast Tracks jigs and their laser cut turnout ties. The trains are controlled by Roco’s DCC system. The maximum grade is 2% and the minimum radius 24´´. To get a long mainline I have separated the two end stations by about 12´´ vertically and let the mainline do a double turn via a helix before it reaches Dunsmuir. Much of the track will be hidden from view to avoid a spaghetti bowl kind of look.

Scenery which I just have started with is of the conventional kind with plaster cloth on a support skeleton. The plan is to finish the scenery in 4´ segments and gradually work my way from Dunsmuir to Innsmouth which will be finished last. Scenery has been hard to make and at the first part at Dunsmuir I have tested a lot. I hope the scenery gradually will be better and better as it comes along.
Trees are a combination of homemade and commercial. As the railroad is modeled at its peak and fairly new most of my buildings only have a light weathering to show the passage of time. My engine house for example is only about 5 years since it was built so it has not got that dilapidated worn look yet. The depression is many, many years ahead. Also the management is keeping everything in good working order.

My freight cars are a mix of for example Labelle, BTS, Alkem Scale models, Central Valley, Rio Grande Models, Silver Crash Car Works, Art Griffin and old IHC, AHM cars that I have modified.
The passenger fleet which I about to rework with better paintjobs and more elaborate decals consists for example of Westwood, reworked Model Power cars, and GEM (brass).
The locomotive fleet is just as diverse and consists of a lot of brass Balboa, PFM, Gem, Ken Kidder, NWSL (Shay). Some kits I have assembled from Arbour models kits a 2-6-0 and a 4-4-0. Also I have some commercial RTR locos from Bachmann and Roundhouse.

Please excuse the disorder on the photos as I’m using the part of the layout which I’m not building on as storage for the scenery stuff. I staged some of the buildings for the photos and the Engine house is not finished but it all hopefully gives a view how it will look when finished. There is also a lot of detail work to do but the scenery has to be somewhat complete first.
I hope you will find my description and photos of my layout of interest and that I haven’t bored you to death. Comments are always welcome. Thank you,

Best regards

Dunsmuir on the right with the helix below

Dunsmuir on the left and on the storage mess that is to become Innsmouth

Spagetti bowl trackage for the time being

Yet more spagetti bowl but the 2 first tiers will be hidden behind the foredrop.


Dunsmuir again. Sorry some of the trees has not yet been planted.

The unfinished engine terminal at Dunsmuir with my Arbour 4-4-0, a Roundhouse 2-8-0 and the Arbour 2-6-0.

The turntable (Diamond scale) with my Arbour 4-4-0

The unfinished engine house with the Arbour 2-6-0.

The Dunsmuir station with my Ken Kidder 2-6-0 and a Balboa 4-4-0

Dunsmuir station again

My trackplan
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Michael Hohn Posted - 11/21/2020 : 08:34:33 AM

You achieved incredible detail. And your painting is similarly excellent.

That was quite a ship in its day.

masonamerican Posted - 11/21/2020 : 01:44:19 AM
Thanks Tyson, Greg and Bill!

Greg R those ships are beautiful. At 2 1/2" they seem to be 1/600 or 1/700 scale.
Too many hobbies. I got a bit carried away building on the Spray schooner model. I found on Thingiverse a 3D model of the ship and thought I try to print it as small as possible without loosing much of the details. 1/900 seemed possible.
I have started on the rigging. The masts are made of brass wire and soldered together for strength. The ratlines will be printed and the standing and running rigging will be thin thread. No blocks though.

Thanks Bob, well it could but its a vessel from the 17th century so it would look a bit strange. Perhaps a ghost ship

Scott its a french vessel Le Soleil Royal from about 1670. Its a first rate ship of the line. It was a very large ship for the time:

CNE1899 Posted - 11/17/2020 : 9:47:42 PM

Love the ship! I can appreciate the small scale. By the way, is that a ship of the line?

railman28 Posted - 11/16/2020 : 7:24:24 PM
I love the little ship Håkan, Can you use in you harbor to force perspective?

Greg Rich Posted - 11/16/2020 : 6:15:07 PM
That ship is incredible. I think you have been flirting with another hobby.
Have you given any thoughts to rigging and sails?
I happened upon a couple of very small sailing ships at a museum near me. these were about 2 1/2" long. I wonder if the guy who built them can still see?

Greg R.
Bill Gill Posted - 11/16/2020 : 10:16:46 AM
Greg said it: incredible paint job.
If you had a large scale british railway diorama that ship could almost be an admirality model seen through a naval dept window.
Ensign Posted - 11/16/2020 : 09:42:34 AM
Håkan, your 3D printed ship looks incredible!
I can't believe the level of detail it has, and what a beautiful job of painting you did on it.

Greg Shinnie
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/16/2020 : 08:11:53 AM
Neat ship!
masonamerican Posted - 11/15/2020 : 4:45:38 PM
Thanks Greg!

Thanks Greg R for the tip on the book. I'll see if I can find it.
And thanks Scott for the information link.

There has been little progress on the Spray. I found some small wooden blocks (3 and 4mm) in UK which arrived yesterday. They look very nice and I hope they will come out as nice as Gregs.

This is very off topic
I got sidetracked these couple of weeks when testing my new 3D printer and printed a small naval ship in 1/900 scale. It came out so well I decided to make a small sea diorama. Here it is nearly painted. Compare the size to my thumb.

That was very off topic. Next time will be trains again.

Happy modeling!
CNE1899 Posted - 10/27/2020 : 1:59:48 PM

I was doing some research for the CNE, and came across this sight. I thought of you and included this link in case you have not visited the site.


Greg Rich Posted - 10/14/2020 : 8:08:17 PM
Now that your boat has a name, she has a personality.

She is a tight, trim little vessel. I am looking forward to your rigging. It can be challenging, but also very rewarding.

A how-to & reference book on ship's hardware & rigging that I have found to be very helpful is named,

by George F. Campbell, M.R.I.N.A.
Printed by Model Shipways Co. Inc

This book is written by a ship modeler for aspiring modelers and is replete with diagrams and drawings.

I have seen copies for sale on the internet.
Good Luck to you my friend

Greg R.
Ensign Posted - 10/14/2020 : 2:29:18 PM
Håkan, I see that your shipbuilding skills, are as goods as your other modeling talents that you share here with us.
I can't wait to see her in the water!

Greg Shinnie
masonamerican Posted - 10/13/2020 : 6:28:22 PM
Thanks Guys! I’m glad you like it.
Thanks Mike its tuff to find good reference on Internet for the time period.
Today I ordered some rigging thread and some tiny wooden blocks
from a source in UK. Its hard to not go all in on the rigging but I’ll try to
find a good enough level. Otherwise its all ship modeling and no trains.

Bill Gill Posted - 10/11/2020 : 10:47:58 AM
The nameboard on the stern looks good and I think the typeface works really well.
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/11/2020 : 08:49:38 AM

Your vessel has beautiful lines. The font looks good to me. I’ve sometimes faced the dilemma in modeling of deciding between guesswork and inference in the face of incomplete knowledge about a prototype or accurately modeling a well-documented prototype as a stand-in. I’m sure your decision is a good one.

Excellent work.


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