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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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Orionvp17 Posted - 12/05/2019 : 10:46:40 AM
Originally posted by jbvb

Thanks, Pete. If you think this deserves a moment before that august group, I could certainly bring it, burn marks and all.

I do indeed, and if the New Solderer is interested in joining the group, he's welcome! Seven weeks to go....

in Michigan

[edit]: I just posted the First Call for the meeting to the B&M "io" group.
jbvb Posted - 12/05/2019 : 10:40:21 AM
Thanks, Pete. If you think this deserves a moment before that august group, I could certainly bring it, burn marks and all.
Orionvp17 Posted - 12/05/2019 : 09:32:24 AM
Those should last a day or three! Nicely done all around.

Are these headed for Springfield?

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 12/05/2019 : 07:55:59 AM
Thanks, Mike.

About 25 years ago, when I was doing scenic details for my Rowley module, I needed two crossbucks. For a module, they need to be tough, so I made a jig for code 100 rail and .015 brass. I used brads and followed B&M Standard Plan K52:

Last year I'd researched how many I'd need for Newburyport, and my stepson wanted to learn to solder, so I got out the jig. He's made two, but with everything handy I made six more for Ihrie St. in Bexley (three sidetracks cross it, 50-60 feet apart). I believe Massachusetts law would have required a pair of crossbucks for each.

I might need two more for the GE River Works crossing. But I don't have photos and they may not have been required as it was private with a GE watchman.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 12/02/2019 : 10:02:16 AM
Nice progress!
jbvb Posted - 12/01/2019 : 8:20:57 PM
Tour de Chooch action report: ~60 visitors (48 wrote in the Guestbook). Adjusted one turnout during cleanup Saturday night, all performed well Sunday.

Need to figure out why one or two paths through Draw's diode matrix doesn't get enough oomph - fix will be complicated if it's due to mismatched switch machines.

- BLE E-7 decoder lost its marbles twice, cured by tilting one side's wheels off the rails.

- MRC tethered throttles lost their marbles a number of times, cured by unplug/replug.

- One passenger car developed an intermittent shorting problem through one main line turnout, need to investigate before it grows and melts a wheel's insulation.

+ Fixed truck swing on Ron G's combine.

+ Wound down after last visitor by starting to re-stage the railroad for the next op session.

- Won't be getting a N2 refill in tomorrow's weather, so no airbrushing till late in the week, if not the week after.

Orionvp17 Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:49:33 PM
So noted, and thanks. That said, I think it might be beneficial for me to consider the signals, track fences and walkways due to space limitations that I have, but that are not present on your railroad. Might be an interesting learning experience for the Operators, too....

In other news, Chooch well! May the weather cooperate!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:27:24 PM
Rule 107 says "Trains must run at Restricted Speed when passing a train receiving or discharging passengers at a station, except where proper safeguards are in place". So the operating department will complain about delays until I get the inter-track fence installed. Because Bexley has two outside platforms, Rule 107's clause "They must not pass between it and the platform at which the passengers are being received or discharged unless the movement is properly protected" doesn't apply. Station signals were used at single-sided stations where the combination of sight distance, speed limit and traffic density created a risk. Newburyport as I built it would need one eastbound, but the prototype's sight distance didn't require one. They'd be easy to do with a commercial photodetector with one SPDT contact.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/29/2019 : 10:55:53 AM
Any thoughts on the wooden walkway across the tracks? Seems to me that there was something similar up in Wilmington and in other places. This would be a scheduling issue, and would require the "occupancy signals" on both sides of the station, which might make an interesting diversion for your operators. I need to figure this whole process out....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/29/2019 : 07:49:09 AM
Thanks. Right now, there is no inter-track fence, so they have to stumble across the ballast. Eventually, there will be a pedestrian overpass scratchbuilt after Winchester MA before the grade crossing elimination. One end will be at the top of the stone steps built into the retaining wall at the left end of the canopy. The other uses stairs built into the Baggage & Express building I did a couple of years ago. There will be either 1 or 3 board baggage cart crossings with gates in the inter-track fence.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/28/2019 : 9:42:31 PM
Nicely done! Good fixes on the warps, too.

As to the outbound tracks, how did the commuters get across the inbounds on the way home? I have a number of places where this is likely to be an issue, and a lot of my LPs are lawyers, so....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/28/2019 : 9:28:34 PM
Thanks, Mike, Pete & Russ.

This week I made progress on two Bexley-area structures I started for TdeC. The first is an automobile (and other freight) unloading platform for beside the Bexley Freight House area.

Fairly simple except that 1) it was going to be much easier to build out of place, and 2) I decided to use up the warped Revell 1/32" plywood I had on hand. First problem solved by a 1/4" hardboard base. Second problem solved by laminating 2 of each part with opposing warps. With the posts it has ~40 pieces.

The second is a platform shed for commuters waiting by the inbound track. I'd found 3D printed support columns on Shapeways several years ago, but I hadn't worked out how to do the curved platform realistically:

At 30" viewing distance, I didn't do any framing under the .040 styrene roof, but I did do the front edge as a series of straight segments. I hope to paint it tomorrow. I will deal with protecting the station entrance when I find the EF17 kit box with the front eaves Mieke held off applying.

Meanwhile I'll think about the outbound track. Typical B&M practice was either a smaller canopy or none. It was uncommon for commuter stations to have more than a half dozen people waiting on the outbound side. The outbound shed will also be in the way of uncoupling and rerailing.

My wife is working on a couple more kits for this area, but they may not make it onto the layout till into December.
slimrails Posted - 11/21/2019 : 11:33:06 AM
What a great house build, James. I reminds me of the colonial era houses that I would see back in Madison and Guilford CT.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/21/2019 : 09:53:16 AM
Nicely done, James! Planting Season can wait... this looks good as-is.

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/21/2019 : 12:14:44 AM
The asymmetry of the house gives it a certain charm. Very nice.

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