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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/07/2019 : 10:44:57 AM
Originally posted by Pennman


Getting back in touch with your progress, it seems that you are enjoying your time designing and building, making it work, etc. AND, I am enjoying watching. Looks good.


Thank you, Rich. Nice hearing from you.

Pennman Posted - 10/07/2019 : 05:48:34 AM

Getting back in touch with your progress, it seems that you are enjoying your time designing and building, making it work, etc. AND, I am enjoying watching. Looks good.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/06/2019 : 9:06:27 PM
Originally posted by Guff

It's fun to see your layout grow and develop. You're creating a fine time period replica!

Thank you, David, itís fun reading your comment. I much appreciate it.

Guff Posted - 10/06/2019 : 6:34:47 PM
It's fun to see your layout grow and develop. You're creating a fine time period replica!
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/06/2019 : 6:14:01 PM
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

Mike that is some fine modeling. Love the scale scene!

Thank you, Jerry. Iím pleased you like it. I know I am biased but the more I worked on the gate, office and scale the happier I was with the whole coal shed. Sometimes itís the small things.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 10/06/2019 : 2:11:24 PM
Mike that is some fine modeling. Love the scale scene!
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/06/2019 : 11:43:59 AM
Thank you, everybody.

Bob, planning the what and where of structures is in preliminary stages right now and Iíll keep what you say in mind.

Andre, youíre right that the wye will be good for operating my layout. In fact it will become essential to operations and essential that it operates well. By the way, we met a young fellow from Arkansas at a cocktail party last night and we discussed the beauty and geology of the Ozarks.

Frank, I like the theory of track planning. You can do a lot of moving turnouts and bits of track around without actually committing to one plan. It becomes reality when the Dremel comes out.

Carl, thank you.

Pete, yes I do have a bunch of stranded rolling stock, donít I? I havenít quite decided if that turnout will be replaced. In any case, once Iíve ballasted track and scenicked the other end of my layout (Auburn) Iíll move all those cars out. The big hook will be needed for stranded rolling stock.

Bill, I guess the first thing Iíll have to do is truncate or remove that track. . . . Once Iíve finished my theoretical model railroading.

Bill Gill Posted - 10/06/2019 : 10:10:22 AM
Looks like a good plan, Mike. It will be a bit of interesting trackwork if the new leg of the wye crosses that long straight track.
Or will that other track be moved?
Orionvp17 Posted - 10/06/2019 : 10:09:56 AM
This is fascinating, Mike, but you need to crank it up a notch before that new-fangled Interstate Commerce Commission that President Cleveland started up awhile back gets wind of this and the lawyers start asking why all those cars are suddenly isolated and therefore not available.

Very nice work, good ideas here, and eye candy to boot!


in Michigan
Carl B Posted - 10/06/2019 : 10:05:40 AM
Looks good to me Mike

Frank Palmer Posted - 10/06/2019 : 09:23:17 AM

Track planning and re-planning, the fun of it all.
OK Hogger Posted - 10/05/2019 : 11:17:33 PM

Another fun thing to watch in Mike's thread!

I can visualize a wye there, too! It would not only add to the visual interest, but it would be fun to use during operations.

railman28 Posted - 10/05/2019 : 7:57:29 PM
Interesting plans Mike. Wyes are certainly easier to build than turntables. IMHO wyes looks better with structures in the center.
I look forward to seeing how you develop this.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/05/2019 : 5:48:13 PM
Going in Many Directions for a Couple of Weeks

I gave this update a title because it sums up my model railroading activities recently.

To provide a setting for my structures and trains I've been ballasting track and spreading dirt, grass and trees. I decided I needed to be able to turn my locomotives in Auburn, and so I installed an Atlas turntable temporarily:

I couldn't see building one right away.

I'm rethinking the other end of my layout, which was once Auburn, but will now represent a small town in the lumbering region of Pennsylvania . . . probably. Here's the current track configuration:

You can see I removed a turnout that I needed elsewhere.

I'm considering a wye for turning locomotives, similar to a couple of small towns on a Lehigh Valley branchline.

The paper track template shows one leg of the wye. Existing track would form another leg. Much of the current track would be retained.


Michael Hohn Posted - 09/26/2019 : 08:20:51 AM
Thank you, Kris.

There was a lot of guesswork, of course, but I was aiming for general impression. Sounds like I may have succeeded. I appreciate your comment.


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