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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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jbvb Posted - 01/21/2018 : 10:11:00 PM
Thank you, Mike and Pete. Mike, the Eastern Route only has 51 hand-laid turnouts completed of the 68 planned; the rest I've built are/were at the Tech Model RR Club and the Hub Division's modular wye junction.

And the thread was bumped by me editing my Table of Contents on page 1 during a conference call discussion of governance changes by people who haven't read the Corporate Directors' Guidebook (ISBN: 978-1-61632-874-0).
Orionvp17 Posted - 01/21/2018 : 9:02:51 PM
Looking good, James!

You might save some Springfield budget for strip wood-- there should be lots available.

Love seeing Actual Progress!

in Michigan
Mike Hamer Posted - 01/21/2018 : 8:58:25 PM
James, what great progress since I checked in quite some time ago!
It's so wonderful to see the young children enjoying the railroad.
Kudos to you on being such a great ambassador for the hobby in your neck of the woods.
Over 100 turnouts! Wow!
jbvb Posted - 01/18/2018 : 11:53:31 AM

The tie gang working the City RR job has finished up, stain is progressing. Once I get ballast applied, the rail gang will reappear.

I do long for the days when I could stop by Northeastern Scale Lumber in Methuen, MA and buy the wood I needed off the shelf. Shipping on my recent order was $10 and I could have bought three times as much without filling the box. This tie job used up almost all the stock I bought, but it will be a while before I need any more: I haven't decided how much of the in-plant GE track will be girder rail in pavement and how much will be open.
jbvb Posted - 01/11/2018 : 11:12:39 AM
Thanks, Jim and Mark. I've been working on roadbed, to the point that last night I started on ties. But no photos yet.

I also put the Eastern Route into the NMRA's 'Layout Directory' with about a dozen pictures. Many have already appeared on RR-Line, but now readers who are NMRA members can find me another way. Those of you who aren't NMRA members, if web search doesn't do the job, feel free to ask.
BurleyJim Posted - 12/17/2017 : 10:18:44 PM
I sure like the way those turnouts look.

MarkF Posted - 12/17/2017 : 9:40:54 PM
Looking good James! Great progress.
jbvb Posted - 12/16/2017 : 3:25:28 PM
Thanks, Frank & Pete. Mieke, I haven't trimmed the plywood edges of that module down to their final elevations yet. The river portion will be marked at exactly level and about 1/4" above the river bottom. Then I'll take it outside to cut - more room to work and less sawdust in the layout space. Once I've built the bulkheads and riverbank (if I've done it right), I'll be able to pour the Enviro-Tex river 'water' right up to that edge without drama.
miekec Posted - 12/15/2017 : 5:14:47 PM
Why do you need to do the river bottom before laying track? Do they interact?
Orionvp17 Posted - 12/15/2017 : 11:43:49 AM
Originally posted by Frank Palmer

Looks like you're moving right along. Looking forward to the progress photos.

Me, too!

in Michigan
Frank Palmer Posted - 12/15/2017 : 11:01:51 AM
Looks like you're moving right along. Looking forward to the progress photos.
jbvb Posted - 12/14/2017 : 8:49:31 PM
Thanks, Pete and Mieke. The customers have all been there quite a while (in the model world), but up until recently, they were switched differently: The 44-tonner based in Amesbury's 1-stall enginehouse worked Newburyport when it came to exchange cars with the east- and westbound locals.

I chose Homasote for the terminal portion of the City RR - A friend gave me more than I'm ever likely to use, and this portion ran on flat, filled land next to the Merrimack River. I'll cut what ditches I need with a utility knife.

Before I lay any more track, I have to establish the river bottom (probably plywood). Then I'll take this module out to the barn and trim the fascia boards. Then I'll screw it to the L girders and it will be ready.
miekec Posted - 12/10/2017 : 6:28:21 PM
Looks like progress!
Orionvp17 Posted - 12/07/2017 : 12:13:53 AM

This sounds like a chicken/egg question! Which came first, the customers or the FTSB?

But I do see visible progress here, and I'm all in favor of Visible Progress! Bravo!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 12/06/2017 : 10:40:13 PM
Hope they had fun. The NEMTE had more kids than last year, mostly on Sunday. We'd tried ticket giveaways on local radio stations and got a good response.

Mieke photographed me explaining some aspect of the B&M to a teenage Tour de Chooch visitor. I made the Eastern RR logo up, working with my Thai friend Nid, who designed and printed the shirt I'm wearing.

And tonight I got the last pieces of City RR baseboard cut. But track may take a while - I plan one last op session before I redo the car cards and Freight Train Symbol Book to reflect the new customers.

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