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masonamerican Posted - 12/10/2011 : 06:01:09 AM
Hi All,
below there are some pictures of my layout the freelanced California Railway & Navigation Company with its subsidiary Smith-Kingsley Logging Co. It is set in Northern California around 1890-1895. It connects the small sea harbor Innsmouth with the inland terminal Dunsmuir where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The main reason for its existence is transporting goods from Innsmouth Harbor to Dunsmuir for transport east. Connected to it is also a subsidiary logging company which operates its own equipment but uses the C.R.&.N.Co right of way.

This is my first layout since I was a teenager and I started the layout about 2 years ago. Before that we lived in an apartment so then it was only building of houses and rolling stock. It occupies roughly 4x4m (13´x13´) in my basement. The benchwork is L-girder and the track is ME flextrack code 55 and 70 which lies on plywood+cork roadbed. Turnouts are made with Fast Tracks jigs and their laser cut turnout ties. The trains are controlled by Roco’s DCC system. The maximum grade is 2% and the minimum radius 24´´. To get a long mainline I have separated the two end stations by about 12´´ vertically and let the mainline do a double turn via a helix before it reaches Dunsmuir. Much of the track will be hidden from view to avoid a spaghetti bowl kind of look.

Scenery which I just have started with is of the conventional kind with plaster cloth on a support skeleton. The plan is to finish the scenery in 4´ segments and gradually work my way from Dunsmuir to Innsmouth which will be finished last. Scenery has been hard to make and at the first part at Dunsmuir I have tested a lot. I hope the scenery gradually will be better and better as it comes along.
Trees are a combination of homemade and commercial. As the railroad is modeled at its peak and fairly new most of my buildings only have a light weathering to show the passage of time. My engine house for example is only about 5 years since it was built so it has not got that dilapidated worn look yet. The depression is many, many years ahead. Also the management is keeping everything in good working order.

My freight cars are a mix of for example Labelle, BTS, Alkem Scale models, Central Valley, Rio Grande Models, Silver Crash Car Works, Art Griffin and old IHC, AHM cars that I have modified.
The passenger fleet which I about to rework with better paintjobs and more elaborate decals consists for example of Westwood, reworked Model Power cars, and GEM (brass).
The locomotive fleet is just as diverse and consists of a lot of brass Balboa, PFM, Gem, Ken Kidder, NWSL (Shay). Some kits I have assembled from Arbour models kits a 2-6-0 and a 4-4-0. Also I have some commercial RTR locos from Bachmann and Roundhouse.

Please excuse the disorder on the photos as I’m using the part of the layout which I’m not building on as storage for the scenery stuff. I staged some of the buildings for the photos and the Engine house is not finished but it all hopefully gives a view how it will look when finished. There is also a lot of detail work to do but the scenery has to be somewhat complete first.
I hope you will find my description and photos of my layout of interest and that I haven’t bored you to death. Comments are always welcome. Thank you,

Best regards
Håkan


Dunsmuir on the right with the helix below


Dunsmuir on the left and on the storage mess that is to become Innsmouth


Spagetti bowl trackage for the time being


Yet more spagetti bowl but the 2 first tiers will be hidden behind the foredrop.


Dunsmuir


Dunsmuir again. Sorry some of the trees has not yet been planted.


The unfinished engine terminal at Dunsmuir with my Arbour 4-4-0, a Roundhouse 2-8-0 and the Arbour 2-6-0.


The turntable (Diamond scale) with my Arbour 4-4-0


The unfinished engine house with the Arbour 2-6-0.


The Dunsmuir station with my Ken Kidder 2-6-0 and a Balboa 4-4-0


Dunsmuir station again


My trackplan
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railman28 Posted - 06/25/2020 : 11:33:49 PM
Bump!
masonamerican Posted - 02/22/2020 : 03:12:03 AM
Thanks Andre, sorry its way to infrequently. The MP3 players I bought on Wish. They cost about $3 a piece. Here is a link:
https://www.precisionscaleco.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/HO-Steam-WOP.pdf

Jaeden the bracket was 31307 and the headlight 31633. See page 80 in PSC catalog:
https://www.precisionscaleco.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/HO-Steam-WOP.pdf

Håkan
Willow Creek And Western Posted - 02/17/2020 : 1:49:50 PM
hello Håkan, by any chance do you know the part number for the headlight/bracket that you used on that 4-4-0 that I asked about?

Jaeden
OK Hogger Posted - 02/11/2020 : 08:35:47 AM
Håkan:

Good to see you posting, even if infrequently!

In the future would you consider some pics and possibly the names of the MP3 players you used/etc? I had hoped to have a few sounds about the layout at reduced volumes, perhaps your methods would be what I could use, too.

Andre
masonamerican Posted - 02/10/2020 : 5:16:36 PM
Hi Jaeden, I have not worked much on the layout at the moment. The only thing I’m working on is sound effects based on sounds from Fantasonic.
I’ll place them at four locations, a sawmill, a stream, a town and last at my unbuilt harbour. The sound is great and I have placed it in cheap Mp3 players together with small 3w speakers that will be placed at the site. The sound will simply go on when the power is turned on.

The headlight bracket didn’t come with kit. Its from Precision Scale Co.

Håkan
Willow Creek And Western Posted - 02/07/2020 : 1:53:11 PM
nice looking loco!! Did the headlight bracket come with? on page 19 and 20

Jaeden

Willow Creek And Western Posted - 02/06/2020 : 8:41:06 PM
Any updates on the railroad?

-Jaeden
masonamerican Posted - 12/24/2019 : 3:32:25 PM
Thanks Guys! And very sorry for the late answer! To much RL at the moment and too little time to sit at the computer

Bob, I mix about 3:1 with Gunmetal against Stainless steel.

The test drive after painting went well. I'll soon post a video of it chugging along.

I also take the opportunity to wish everyone on the forum a Merry Christmas and I hope everyone get lots of modeling time from their loved ones

Håkan
jbvb Posted - 11/26/2019 : 5:39:52 PM
It looks very good. Good luck with the operational test.
Bill Gill Posted - 11/26/2019 : 3:43:56 PM
Håkan, Looks really good. Hope the test runing goes well. Sorry to hear your Alps printer isn't doing so well. Any possible replacement ideas on the horizon?
( I have a friend working on an American Civil War era layout and at some point he will be looking at getting his locomotives painted and decalled.)
railman28 Posted - 11/26/2019 : 1:32:33 PM
I don't know how I missed the finished shot. The engine really looks good. About what ratio of metalizer paint did you use?

Bob
masonamerican Posted - 11/24/2019 : 5:34:23 PM
Thanks Russ, Mike and Greg for the kind words! Not enough time this weekend to test it yet. I hope to test it in the week.

Thanks Andre, its a brass Ebay find. I could not find any marks on it and after examining it I think it is a one off scratchbuilt job. Except for drivetrain and the drivers. It looks like a cross between a Brooks and a Baldwin mogul.

Håkan
Ensign Posted - 11/24/2019 : 10:57:34 AM
Håkan, you are indeed a master when it comes to bringing these colourful looking steam engines to life.
Excellent work on this newest one!

Greg Shinnie
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/24/2019 : 09:49:45 AM
Håkan,

Certainly a handsome locomotive! I love the paint job and choice of colors.

Mike
OK Hogger Posted - 11/24/2019 : 07:41:13 AM
Håkan:

What a beautiful engine. The paint and lettering is fantastic. I love it's lines, too. I must refresh my memory and reread your previous posts to learn what model you've used to create this engine. I just may have to build me one "one of these days".

Thanks for the update!

Andre

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