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Tyson Rayles Posted - 01/20/2007 : 8:53:49 PM
Some here might remember V1.0 and V1.1 or V2.0, for those that don't a quick look back.
THEY SUCKED!
O.K. they weren't all that bad. V1.0 was L shaped down two walls with an L shaped pennisula into the center of the room. Problem? the room is only 9 x 11 and also has to house other stuff as well, one couldn't hardly move in there. For V1.1 I got rid of the pennisula, better but still a lot to maintain and the room was still crowded. Sadly I live in a low population area where there aren't many other people interested in model trains so the need for a larger layout that could keep a half dozen people (like they could fit in that small of a room with a layout too )busy was crazy.
Speaking of others interested in trains here there are only 7 I have found so far, 3 are Lionel collectors with no interest in layouts or operations, 3 are into HO but just want a layout where they can run the trains while they watch. They want to get into the modeling part but not the operation part. And the last one isn't sure what he wants , one day it's HO the next N, he might want to get into operations then again maybe not. He does like to come over here or go down to the museum and watch em' run. May be a moot point as it looks like his company may transfer him.
Anyway V2.0 was a 30" by 8 foot. It ran fine but most of it was salvaged from parts of V1.1 so the track plan had been kind of predetermined. The operation was fine but the track plan wasn't the most eye appealing. When I decided to go for V3.0 I made a set of wants and don't wants or "givens and druthers".

1- 28 inches wide so if I move it will fit thru the door
2- Very little track following the edge of the benchwork
3- Represent at least 3 R.R.'s
4- Represent this area and what the real railroads did to earn a living here
5- A higher level of "good enough" in my modeling

That said I have decided on a size and track plan which I will try to post soon, for now how ever I will leave you with this post of my pristine wiring practices.

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Tyson Rayles Posted - 05/07/2018 : 07:48:43 AM
Wow, 6 months since I last posted? Over the winter I started bowling again and now that the weather has started warming up (finally ) I have also started playing golf again. I do need to get back on the layout and finish up the last 3 feet of scenery. I did have a train club meeting here last Sat. but we mostly just sat around talking.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/29/2017 : 9:09:45 PM
Thanks guys!
dwyaneward Posted - 11/29/2017 : 11:49:16 AM
Great scene Mike
BurleyJim Posted - 11/29/2017 : 08:02:55 AM
Looks like you created a very believable scene. Terrific.

Jim
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/29/2017 : 07:09:50 AM
Thanks Frank!
Frank Palmer Posted - 11/28/2017 : 4:09:46 PM
This is excellent Mike.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/28/2017 : 3:26:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks! George I can't take credit for the fence. It's a etched stainless steel product made by Gold Metal Models, all I did was spray it with dull-cote. They only make it in N scale however.
Carl B Posted - 11/28/2017 : 08:29:49 AM
Excellent scenery once again Mike!
George D Posted - 11/28/2017 : 08:27:12 AM
Good looking scene, Mike. How'd you do the fence?

George
Philip Posted - 11/27/2017 : 9:49:50 PM
MarkF Posted - 11/27/2017 : 8:49:43 PM
Very nice scene Mike!
Dutchman Posted - 11/27/2017 : 6:02:43 PM
Very nice scene, Mike.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/27/2017 : 5:07:51 PM
Next on this list was Murphy Oil:




Which now looks like this:











LynnB Posted - 10/31/2017 : 3:30:29 PM
Tyson Rayles Posted - 10/31/2017 : 1:38:05 PM
Thanks Mike, must be the Halloween thing. Sorry Lynn, my bad. They are Chooch castings part# 214-9840 in the current Walthers catalog on page 847. $11.99 for a package of two.

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