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Larryc
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Posted - 11/08/2016 :  5:59:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that Fall is here, I thought that it would be a great time for a new layout. The inspiration for this came from an older layout that I found on-line some time ago called "Vulcan Iron Works". It was fantastic looking with a heavy industrial theme and a rather complex track plan. Although my track plan is much simpler, I hope to create the same type of feel.

The layout measures 31 x 12 inches and is made on 1 inch foam with a pine board frame which makes it very portable.

It's set sometime in the 1950's in the city of Troy, New York. Hence the name, Troy Tuit Works. People often say that "when you get a round tuit (to it)" you have something good.

Here are a few pics of Troy Tuit Works:



This time I did things a little differently; I tested each piece of track before laying it to make sure that it carried current really well. Each track is wired separately and along with the "sector plate", the critter runs very well. The only problem is that I end up playing trains instead of building; but I guess that's a good problem to have.



This was a quick cardboard mock-up to get a feel for the size and proportion of the buildings. The building with the doorway is the loading dock area while the back wall is actually the factory. The other one is the office. There will be another building at the other end to serve as a view-block, but I haven't decided what that will be just yet.

That's as far as I have done and I'll post more pics as I progress with this project. Any comments or suggestion are welcomed.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 11/08/2016 :  6:10:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm looking forward to seeing this develop. My in-tuit-ion is that it's going to be a fun ride.

Mike


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Bernd
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Posted - 11/08/2016 :  7:01:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Larry,

Sounds like this could be from the Carl Arendt collection of small layouts. I'll be popping in once in while to follow the progress. What scale is this going to be?

And speaking of "Round-tuit's" May I present you with one.



Now you officially got a "round-to-it"

Great work. Love to see more.

Bernd


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BigLars
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Posted - 11/08/2016 :  7:26:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm watching, love a good Micro build.



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Larryc
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Posted - 11/09/2016 :  1:53:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated. Bernd this is going to be done in Gn15 scale. I usually use the 1/2 inch = 1 foot version. Also thanks for the "round tuit", which reminds me of a humorous story. After being married a short time my Wife would ask me do something and my reply would be "when I get a round to it". Well one Christmas guess what present I received. Wait for it ...... yup a "round tuit". Her reply to me afterwords was " now that you have your 'round tuit' no more excuses". Well needless to say I got the message loud and clear and have not used that phrase since.
There are a lot of ideas floating around in my head for this layout, so I'll use some of them as I go along. I'll keep you posted.



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 11/09/2016 :  7:48:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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on30vince
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Posted - 11/12/2016 :  6:08:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll be following your build.

Vince



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Larryc
Engine Wiper



Posted - 11/14/2016 :  4:28:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Time for an update. Nothing screams, at least to me, industrial more than concrete. So I started on the left end of the layout where the two buildings are going to be. Here is a pic of the process:



Being that the sector plate track is mounted on a paint-stirrer-stick, this meant that the rest of the track would be mounted the same way for obvious reasons. So in order to bring the concrete up to rail level, I had to devise a way to accomplish this. By using sheets of balsa wood, which is easily cut with a hobby knife, and two layers of cardboard I was able to bring the concrete up to rail level as illustrated by the picture. The top layer of card was misted with grey spray paint until the card was completely covered. By misting on the paint, and letting it dry between coats, I was able to avoid the card warping or curling. Everything was glued into place with white glue. Here are a couple of shots of the finished product:





I still have add some cracks to the concrete as well as weather it some; but I'm quite happy with the result and the inset track look. My thinking is to add concrete in front of the factory and in between at least a couple of the tracks, but we shall see. That's about it for now. Will post more pics as I progress.











Edited by - Larryc on 10/17/2019 1:36:50 PM

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  07:31:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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k9wrangler
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  10:05:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do they also make About Toits? I could sell them some extras I have. They're laying all about my layout.

Karl Scribner
Sunfield Twp. Michigan
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Larryc
Engine Wiper



Posted - 11/15/2016 :  1:53:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
K9wrangler....At Troy Tuit Works we only make the "round tuits", but you could try your luck on e-bay they may take some off your hands and your layout.


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Larryc
Engine Wiper



Posted - 02/04/2017 :  09:13:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To my amazement I've had a major warping problem with the back wall and also an issue with the pink foam being in two pieces. So my only option was to do a wee-bit of a do-over:



First off I cut a new single piece of foam-core for the back wall and re-enforced it with three pieces of eighth inch plywood glued and screwed to the frame. This is keeping the wall straight. Secondly I pulled up the track and put in a new single piece of pink foam into the frame. Also I pulled the track off of the paint stirrer sticks and glued it directly to the foam. Of course I also had to redo the sector plate. All in all I think that this arrangement will work out much better.

The buildings are all made out of foam-core glued together awaiting for the finish. The factory loading dock and office are on the left end of the layout and the sand house is on the right end of the layout. Also the craft sticks, which are glued to the foam, are the same thickness as the track ties so that the card-stock can go right to the rails. When this is finished it should look like concrete. That's where I'm at to date, any suggestions or comments are welcomed.




Edited by - Larryc on 10/17/2019 1:50:16 PM

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 02/04/2017 :  12:40:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to see you are back on the right track again!


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kumard
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Posted - 02/06/2017 :  12:33:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Foam core is nice material to use at this scale since it is self supporting. Btw I remember the Vulcan Ironworks layout. I have several pictures of it on my computer. I'll be very interested to see how this turns out. Keep up the good work.

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/06/2017 :  08:33:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good progress, Larry. And yes, sometimes we have to take one step back before once again taking a step forward.



Bruce

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Larryc
Engine Wiper



Posted - 02/06/2017 :  4:52:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the feedback guys. Yes Vulcan Iron Works was a great looking layout. Even though my track plan is much simpler, I want to achieve that same industrial feel. Being that this is going to be a long term project, I was eager to take care of any problems even though it was a step backwards for a short time. Hopefully I'm back on the right track now. Will post more pictures soon. Thanks for looking.


Edited by - Larryc on 02/06/2017 4:56:03 PM

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