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Grubes Posted - 11/04/2018 : 10:08:01 PM
Welcome to the beginning of my Wild Horse Island RR. thread. I’ll be posting on the construction and the progress of my new venture. I’m experienced in N scale (please see my “Eastern Shore in N scale thread on this site,”) however, this will be a bit of different path. In the past I’ve hand laid all of my track using Code 40 rail, Fast Track products and wood ties. For me, realistic looking track is key which is why I’ve surprised even myself by using Kato sectional track for this new layout.

I ‘ve made this decision for a number of reasons. Although I had no issues with derailments and I feel my track looked good, the super-detailing wasn’t really apparent without looking very close and the fragility of Code 40 rail required a lot of work to ensure smooth running. Additionally, I never found a good way to throw the switches as drilling a hole in an N scale tie frequently resulted in the tie breaking under the stress of Tortoise switch machines. Finally, I didn’t feel like building hand laid switches this time.

I also felt it would be a fun challenge to make the Kato track look as realistic as possible. In creating the track plan, I thought that a combination of paint, concrete pads that decreased the appearance of rail height, and good scenic work might provide the realism I required.

My track plan started as a variation on Iaian Rice’s Chesapeake Harbor RR (picture attached). I found his river entrances as a bit small and not realistic so I began by widening the overall size of the waterway. I also reduced some of the track as his plan would’ve required custom track work. My goals were to have a layout that interested me for operations and, unlike my previous layouts, provided constant running - a big reason for my tearing down my previous layout.

I wanted to hide the oval layout look by widening the river and using some scenic modifications, and by having the river divide the two areas of concentrated track, providing a natural reason for connecting the two sides with an oval.

The overall dimensions and track requirements are:
60” x 30”
12 turnouts
Kato Unitrack to include Kato electrical connectors
Foam base on plywood with plywood frame
Digitrax DCC system

The theme is a small harbor, again on the Eastern Shore of Maryland/Virginia. The name, “Wild Horse Island RR” comes from the island of Chincoteague in Virginia, a national wildlife reserve which is home to a herd of wild horses.

The railroad will serve a small harbor that has survived because of seafood trade, the handling of containers and hazardous cargo that can’t pass through certain areas in the region and because of the local grain industry. The railroad connects with CSX to the north and NS to the south and I originally included an interchange track for both. My initial track plan is below. One of the major advantages of Kato track (as opposed to handlaying) is the ability to easily move track around and experiment with track placement. As you’ll see, my final track plan is very different than my original and the benefits of easily configurable track helped significantly.

To increase my motivation, I purchased a Scale Trains NS GEVo ET44AC. This will be one of the engines used to take harbor traffic south and I intend to eventually buy, super-detail and weather an older Geep as my main engine for switching the harbor. It will probably be lettered for the Eastern Shore RR as I still have that railroad in my heart.

#8232;In the next post I'll show my final track plan and explain why I made the changes.



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Bill Gill Posted - 06/14/2020 : 08:09:34 AM
Thanks, Dave, it's looking very marshy.

After a lot of experimentation with my first efforts messing things up more than fixing things, I finally got close to what I had been picturing. Dave
Can you tell us what you did for that effect? The water looks terrific.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 06/14/2020 : 07:35:36 AM
mark_dalrymple Posted - 06/14/2020 : 01:47:02 AM
Looking really good, Dave,

Cheers, Mark.
Grubes Posted - 06/13/2020 : 9:57:00 PM
Appreciate all the feedback. Bill, let me see if I can put together how I created the water. Have to confess I do a lot of trail and error but do have some basics.

I've started creating and placing the marsh grass mats. They're static grass on acetate and right now, not permanent. After I finalize the placement I'll start with the acrylic gel water layer.




David J Buchholz Posted - 06/01/2020 : 12:48:32 PM
Looks like swimmers would come out with legs full of leaches. That's actually a compliment. Nice Job.
railman28 Posted - 06/01/2020 : 12:43:46 PM
Mike said it well, very uninviting waters. But very realistic marshland.

Bob
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/01/2020 : 12:08:35 PM
Dave,

You make the most uninviting water I’ve seen on a model. And your photography enhances the look. Excellent work.

Mike
Bill Gill Posted - 06/01/2020 : 09:25:06 AM
I really like the aerial shot of the water!
If you get a chance can you post the photos and how you made the water
(both what worked so well and what didn't) here:
http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52751&whichpage=1
Dutchman Posted - 06/01/2020 : 09:16:29 AM
I like the look, Dave.
jbvb Posted - 06/01/2020 : 08:58:15 AM
I like it too.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 06/01/2020 : 06:58:09 AM
The low angle shots look really good.
Grubes Posted - 05/31/2020 : 10:47:28 PM
Although I liked the initial water look, I felt it gave the impression of too deep a channel and the water looked too clean. After a lot of experimentation with my first efforts messing things up more than fixing things, I finally got close to what I had been picturing. i think the water now better reflects the area I'm modeling with a shallower murkier channel and sand bars.

I'll be putting marsh grass over a lot of the area which is my next step.







Tyson Rayles Posted - 05/25/2020 : 07:51:09 AM
railman28 Posted - 05/25/2020 : 12:13:01 AM
I really like your Nueva Laguna a lot. It is really going to be sharp.

Bob
Grubes Posted - 05/24/2020 : 11:02:52 PM
Would like to thank everyone for the encouragement. Much appreciated.

Have not had much time to work on the layout but have gotten a bit done. The scenery is roughed in and I've started painting the water. Have an the initial paint down but think the channel is a bit too blue for a marsh/relatively shallow waterway. I probably will add some brown and see if it looks a bit better. After that, I'll apply a gloss coat of acrylic. The sand banks need touch up and I have to build the marsh areas. At least it's not pink foam. A long way to go before any train running.

And yes Scott, I would like to build a ship model once I have every thing put back together, get the trains running and the details added. It will probably be a fishing trawler.





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