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BigLars Posted - 05/09/2014 : 6:57:15 PM
I made a comment that if you do not have a railroad running or were looking for a change of pace you could easily get a 2’ x 3’ cork posting board on sale for around $10.00 and put some spare track down and be running in a few hours.

Why did I suggest 2’ x 3’ cork tack boards? Well this is my story and I am sticking to it:
• The cork and underlying material holds track spikes like a champ (practice hand laying track).
• You do not need any power tools to build bench work. It is small enough to store under a bed if you have no room for a layout.
• You can move it easily to the coffee table and run trains.
• The layout will fit in the trunk of a car even my 2 seat SLK.
• You can get 11” radius curves down that will allow you to run a lot of small HO or ON30 drives and cars.
• I have built a mini and a micro layout on these before and they have each lasted 5 years and are still running.

Here are the rules.
• Must use a 2’x3’ (approximate) cork board to start, keep it intact or slice it dice it any way you want.
• A train has to run on the layout when finished.
• The layout needs a purpose to exist, industry, theme park ride, etc.
• It must hold the interest of a 7 – 10 year old for a half hour of play time. Yes, this is possible; I know it to be true. The children should be able to drive it and throw a switch but tell them no touching the trains or structures. I suggest a loop with a couple of switches or cool automation.
• It must be operational by Thanksgiving 2014 (Giving the finished layout to a child, hospital or old age home for the Holidays earn extra special bonus points).
• I would like to keep the scale to HO or above to make it a real challenge. (bonus points for new gauges / scales invented)
• If you model someplace then model someplace else for the challenge. I model the Yukon that means I have to model something like Arizona, North Carolina, Cuba, Europe or something.

Sample of said board.


I buy mine at Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off on line coupon they put out every couple of weeks.

So let’s go, I know two ON30 guys who want in other than me.
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Rick Posted - 11/27/2018 : 10:28:27 AM
Thanks Jerry, Larry and Michael.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/26/2018 : 3:49:54 PM
Masterful use of plaster cloth, Rick.
BigLars Posted - 11/26/2018 : 3:27:39 PM
Keep at it Rick.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/26/2018 : 2:31:21 PM
She'll be coming round the mountain!!

Hey buddy that is fine progress you making there. I guess an Eagle Rare neat for that update!!
Rick Posted - 11/26/2018 : 1:12:53 PM
Thanks Larry.
Ron, you make any progress?

I got most of the plaster cloth on.
Just a little more on the other portal entrance and then a light coat of spackle.

BigLars Posted - 11/18/2018 : 4:53:49 PM
Nice to see you back at it.
Ron "Elwood Blues" is also starting one of these. I gave him the cork board a few weeks ago.
Rick Posted - 11/14/2018 : 09:15:00 AM
Mike, Jerry and Mike, thanks for checking in.

Micheal, that's why I'm leaving the back open.
It's more than wide enough to get my hand in.
Thanks for the observation.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/14/2018 : 07:14:55 AM
Good to see you building Rick!
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/13/2018 : 3:40:50 PM
Well I'll be!

There is a mountain in your future and we get to see it.
Well done Rick looking forward to the plaster...
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/13/2018 : 3:08:39 PM
I like it, although having a turnout in a tunnel might be interesting.

Rick Posted - 11/13/2018 : 1:55:46 PM
Finally a little progress to report on.
I've framed out the shape of the mountain side using strips of cardboard.

Next step is to cover it with some plaster cloth.
BigLars Posted - 04/17/2018 : 8:51:00 PM
Nice start!
Rick Posted - 04/17/2018 : 09:50:20 AM
Nice start Dan.
danielb Posted - 04/17/2018 : 08:21:48 AM
Nice try, Mike! :D
Tyson Rayles Posted - 04/17/2018 : 08:08:31 AM
Just think of what you could do in that space in Zn3 Dan!

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