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Nelson458 Posted - 08/20/2017 : 3:01:26 PM
I have only recently, after some 5 or 6 years, started building a small layout. Although I am not much into operations, I do enjoy a little switching, and have found Peco insulfrog turnouts just the ticket for me, easy to throw the points, very little wiring. In fact, I might have gotten a little carried away with their turnouts . My 5' by 10' layout, is more destined to be a large diorama than an operating layout. And that was my intention.

Soooo, that being said, I have always wanted a small facility for the engines, nothing big, an engine shed (rather than a roundhouse) and machine shop, coaling station and a source of water. Ever since I built Sierra West's engine house, I thought that might be just the thing for this layout. Since that shed is HOn3, it won't do well here, besides, I have plans for that later.

So I set about planning the actual size of the shed. I already knew from the beginning what I wanted, and where, I just hadn't gotten the track set up and everything 'sized' so it would fit. It will be about 13.5" deep, contain 3 tracks, and one off to the side. I'm building it on 3/16" ply, it is pretty flat now, but after I glue stuff down that might change, so I am going to re-enforce the bottom with some sturdy hardwood. The layout sits on 2" foam, so I would need to cut into that for the added strips underneath.

The engine shed will be built very similarly to the Sierra West model, board by board on a framework of 6x6 stripwood. Or maybe 4x6. The roof will be peaked in the center, and the right hand stall will be set back 4.5" which will be used for small engines.

So far, I made a simple cardboard moch-up to see how it fits. I am glad I did, as the two r/h tracks didn't line up like I wanted. I had a short l/h turnout leading into those stalls and open area, and replaced it with a medium length 'Y' turnout. That proved to be much better. Sometimes a simple change is all that is needed.

So here are a couple of pictures, a birds-eye view and a sketch of the front of the shed. I hope to start on the project soon, but with an upcoming trip to Colorado for the show, not sure how far I will get before the next weekend.




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Nelson458 Posted - 12/08/2019 : 5:36:39 PM
Just a few more shots of the finished three (minus lettering). I decided to make a scenic backdrop to showcase some cars and trains. I already have a large curved steel trestle I made from Micro-scale (I believe) parts, that was used on a previous layout. So I am going to use that with trees behind and some small business, maybe, in front. No pictures yet, I've just cut and glued some pink board down, and trying to come up with a backdrop.










Nelson458 Posted - 12/08/2019 : 3:22:27 PM
Bernd, I didn't know there was such a thing

Mike, and not to forget the scotch...

Thanks KP. I am sure I wasn't the first to come up with such an idea, but it works pretty well.
hon3_rr Posted - 12/08/2019 : 2:54:48 PM
Great gluing trick/tip.
Michael Hohn Posted - 12/08/2019 : 10:09:51 AM
Thatís a pretty neat idea. Iíll give it a try, although not after too much coffee. Too many spots of glue.

Mike
Bernd Posted - 12/08/2019 : 08:37:32 AM
Ah, the old glue transfer trick.

Nice tip Tony.

Bernd
Nelson458 Posted - 12/07/2019 : 9:11:36 PM
Well, I have the cars finished, I didn't get the shot of all three. I still have some decaling to do. I have ordered some transfers from Clover House, and I hope the lettering is white, if not, well, I may have to make changes.






While I am here, I discovered a trick to space holes on grab irons or stirrups.

The photo's describe the details, but I thought you all might be able to use this. I used glue, but I imagine you could also use a dark paint, except that might show if you did it on the side of the car.














Nelson458 Posted - 12/06/2019 : 12:10:56 PM
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Originally posted by slimrails

Wow, Tony, that beat-up car siding came out great. How soon before those cars just fall apart?



Hopefully, never
slimrails Posted - 12/06/2019 : 11:45:37 AM
Wow, Tony, that beat-up car siding came out great. How soon before those cars just fall apart?
Nelson458 Posted - 12/06/2019 : 11:39:00 AM
Added some door detail and roof walks.















Next, some end details, I think
Nelson458 Posted - 12/06/2019 : 11:19:10 AM
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Originally posted by Pennman

Tony,

Looking back a few pages, I thought I made a comment or two, but I am mistaken. Sorry to make you think I gave up. Your model turned out great. I like the green paint color on the building.
The backwoods train cars look great too. I did something similar by making my own boxcars like you have done. Great minds think alike.

Rich



Thanks Rich. And no, I didnít think you gave up on me. Thereís many a time I visit sites without leaving a comment, so I never gave it much thought. But thank you for posting
Pennman Posted - 12/06/2019 : 05:46:57 AM
Tony,

Looking back a few pages, I thought I made a comment or two, but I am mistaken. Sorry to make you think I gave up. Your model turned out great. I like the green paint color on the building.
The backwoods train cars look great too. I did something similar by making my own boxcars like you have done. Great minds think alike.

Rich
Nelson458 Posted - 12/05/2019 : 1:18:52 PM
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Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Tony,

Youíre doing a fine job. You might claim inexperience building cars but we all know they are just houses on wheels, with floor, sides, and roof. In fact some railroads called boxcars ďhouse carsĒ in the late 19th Century. Youíve followed a cardinal rule in building any structure: lots of bracing.

Mike





Thank you Mike, and for the history lesson.
Michael Hohn Posted - 12/05/2019 : 12:04:03 PM
Tony,

Youíre doing a fine job. You might claim inexperience building cars but we all know they are just houses on wheels, with floor, sides, and roof. In fact some railroads called boxcars ďhouse carsĒ in the late 19th Century. Youíve followed a cardinal rule in building any structure: lots of bracing.

Mike

Nelson458 Posted - 12/05/2019 : 08:45:55 AM
Making a little headway. I have fitted in the roof using some 1/16" basswood siding, it was handy and the right size. After cutting to size, for a tight fit, I scribed down the center to 'pop' it a little to get the angle.
I kept the angle constant by first gluing down a 1/8" long piece of 4x4 stripwood on top of the framing in the center, just inside of the end siding, then gluing down the roof over that. Then I added an extension to the roof ends, keeping it flush with the top of the roof and after I sanded everything flat so nothing stuck up.
I attached some 'trim' below the roof line, first the 1x6, then 1x4 stripwood, then came back with some tarpaper. The paper I used was some 'tissue'(DURALAR Clear .005 9X12 sheets I bought off Amazon for $11.50 a pad of 25) paper I have that is sandwiched between the sheets of the clear plastic sheets.
I painted the tissue paper (I cut about a 4x9" piece) a grey charcoal color, cut into about 1/2" strips when dry, glued them down and weathered it a dark brown pastel color (using Rembrandt soft pastels).















Nelson458 Posted - 12/03/2019 : 8:58:28 PM
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Originally posted by George D

quote:
Originally posted by Nelson458

quote:
Originally posted by George D

The cars are looking good, Tony. It's interesting to see the way you're putting them together.

George



Thanks George, Iím sort of winging it as I go on these as Iíve never done any before like these.





I haven't either, Tony. That's why I'm so interested in seeing the cars come together.

George



Well I hope I donít disappoint you. I just put the roof on this evening, not complete there either, but Iíll post again soon.

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