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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/17/2016 :  4:27:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Oak Grove RR is a project I actually started back in July of 2008. At the time it wasn't intended to be a layout or even On30, it just sort of evolved into that. It's not very big by most standards, just 8'5" x 46". But it started out just 24" x 16".

This is where it is, as of this morning.

It started with this back in '08, the machine shop.

The machine shop has a detailed interior.

I have a thread on the "Startin' from scratch" forum (from back in 2008-'09)detailing this build.

My plan now is to go back in time and retrace the steps that lead up to the building of the layout. Of course I am not going to try to do that in one posting. But over time until I catch up to where I am now. So bear with me.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/17/2016 :  4:41:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the link to the original shops thread. For those who are interested.


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Posted - 05/17/2016 :  5:56:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrell nice looking. That machine shop photo right on great picture.


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Bill Gill

Posted - 05/17/2016 :  6:02:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrell, Nice work.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 05/17/2016 :  6:20:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Great idea. Looking at the photo of your layout, I have lots of questions, but I have the feeling that you're going to answer them along the way.

Your machine shop looks wonderful.


Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie

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Posted - 05/17/2016 :  7:34:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like a fun ride! Put me down for a ticket please ...


Chambers Gas & Oil -- structure build
Quality craftsmanship with a sense of humor!

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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/17/2016 :  8:04:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Gentlemen!

I should have said I haven't been working on this since 2008. I finished the last phase/module/building in early 2010. They've been sitting on a shelf in a spare bedroom, collecting dust, until I resurrected them earlier this year.

We'll get into all of that later.

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Posted - 05/17/2016 :  8:10:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Nice looking machine shop Terrell, looks like this is going to be quite a ride, one I will be on.

Ron Newby
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Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

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Posted - 05/18/2016 :  07:10:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Machine shop is a keeper for sure. And I like the layout too. I will be following along with your build.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/18/2016 :  09:22:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Guys!!

While I have a little free time, phase 2 of this project was adding on to the rear of the machine shop. The addition was later to become the wheel repair shop, which also has a detailed interior.

And it's still only 24" x 16".

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scott robertson
Crew Chief

Posted - 05/18/2016 :  09:24:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit scott robertson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice subtle track and building detail and the blending of scenery color. Scott

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Posted - 05/18/2016 :  11:12:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice looking layout.
Thanks for the pics.

As you think, so will you be.

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Wburg Pete
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Posted - 05/18/2016 :  4:22:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice! Looking forward to more photos.

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Posted - 05/18/2016 :  4:56:12 PM  Show Profile  Send CieloVistaRy an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Keep the pictures coming! Some very interesting structures you have there.



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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/18/2016 :  6:43:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Moving right along. Phase 3 was building this Blacksmith shop.

But in late 2010 I did something I swore I would never do, I sold it. I made an exception for a couple of very good friends. That's ok, it gave me the opportunity to build another one in early 2011.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/18/2016 :  8:04:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Almost forgot. The original shop included Smitty.

He started out as this.

Before he went all to pieces.

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