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Dutchman Posted - 01/01/2021 : 09:43:05 AM
Lengthy description of the choices available to members in this year's "So Many Choices, So Little Time” Challenge can be found at this thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53446

This thread is where participants can discuss which of the choices he/she is choosing, comment on other members' posts, post progress photos along the way, or even document the entire build.

Final photos of your project(s) can be posted in this thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53471

We hope that we get great participation in this year's Challenge. We all have many options from which to choose!
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Michael Hohn Posted - 03/01/2021 : 09:45:53 AM
During the second week of January I started a Challenge project under criterion 8: “Tackle any project on your layout: benchwork, trackwork, scenery, electrical, etc.” So, I've been ballasting track and in one place adding track on my home layout. I completed that project yesterday; what can I say, I'm not always a fast worker. Also, much of my model railroad energy was consumed by helping our local model railroad club move to new quarters. It struck me as a little ironic that I'd spend time at the old club location taking up track and then come home and work on my own track.

I've not been posting updates because, frankly, showing photos of ballasting in progress pales in comparison to the fine projects on display here. But I will show the results.

Here is the first section. I ballasted the track with a light-colored limestone ballast. That track represents the New York Central; the previously-ballasted track is Lehigh Valley Railroad. I did not ballast the spur because I'm undecided what exactly I'll do there.

The diamond where the NYC crosses the Lehigh Valley:

Here is the second portion of my layout that I ballasted, with a feed mill in the foreground and farm in the distance. I did touch up the missing bit of ballast after I took the photo.

And the third section, where I added a track to staging and ballasted track to about where the caboose sits.

After ballasting I cleaned the track, painted shiny bits of track such as rail joiners, and ran trains to check for any problems. Except for the spur, that completes trackwork on my layout.

Michael Hohn Posted - 03/01/2021 : 07:18:17 AM
Glen, you have shown excellent craftsmanship building your bridge.

Tom, I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your new layout.
TomPM Posted - 02/28/2021 : 11:48:30 PM
Major milestone has been reached. All the foam is down.

Next: Laying Track!
Glen Haasdyk Posted - 02/28/2021 : 10:41:11 PM
Good work everyone. I haven't been able to check in for a few days due to back issues but I'm doing better now.
I did finish up my bridge. Adding approach bents and retaining walls for the ends.

I'm not sure if I'll start another project for this challenge. I'm thinking of starting some scenery work on the new layout instead.
George D Posted - 02/28/2021 : 8:34:16 PM
Here's the link, Mike. http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53646

Michael Hohn Posted - 02/28/2021 : 5:38:14 PM
Very nice, Mike.
mikethetrainman Posted - 02/28/2021 : 5:33:41 PM
I have started my second challenge project. It is a coal dock. Here are a couple of photos.

It is on a separate thread on the main page. T. Frisch Coal Company. I haven't figured out how to add a link to it.
Larryc Posted - 02/28/2021 : 09:44:40 AM
Bruce awesome looking bin!! Looks like you could park a Mac truck on that thing. The rest of the structure should look just as impressive.
Dutchman Posted - 02/27/2021 : 11:14:46 PM
Thanks Mike and Rob. Rob, Campbell included that very fine sand in a plastic bag in the kit.

robert goslin Posted - 02/27/2021 : 9:53:32 PM
Looks great Bruce. the addition of the tie rods to hold it all in is a nice touch.
What did you use for scale sand ?
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/27/2021 : 7:52:42 PM
Excellent job on the bin, Bruce. You’re making good progress.
Dutchman Posted - 02/27/2021 : 6:52:37 PM
The Campbell Sand House kit is really comprised of three distinct 'structures'. The first, the sand bin, is done. I'm now working on the second, the drying house.

mikethetrainman Posted - 02/27/2021 : 5:03:37 PM
Thanks George and Bruce it has taken a long time for me to get where I'm happy with my metal roofs.

George your covered open area is really looking great. I really like what your doing with the shingles. The tar paper patch work looks great. I like your idea of using a toothpick for the finial.

Bruce the sand bin looks great. I like the color of the wood looks great.

Larry thanks.
Larryc Posted - 02/27/2021 : 3:01:30 PM
Mike great job on house. The metal roof looks fantastic.

Bruce I remember seeing those old Campbell kits years ago. Be interesting to see what you do with it.

Rob the addition adds tons of character to the building. I really like the detail on the gable end.
robert goslin Posted - 02/25/2021 : 5:32:46 PM
Thanks Bruce, Mike & George.

Nice work Bruce. Could fill in as the Alamo.
Very solid looking, as I guess sand would put a lot of outward pressure on the sides.

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