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danielb
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Posted - 01/03/2017 :  09:09:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning everyone,

Over the last 18 months or so I've been working on a portable HO switching layout designed to take to shows.

The layout started out initially as an Inglenook fed from a sector plate, with the addition of a kickback spur from one of the fork spurs.

Here is a trackplan of the layout in it's initial format - known then as West Allen Street:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxJ0XCy-hiT6d1BCZFFSbG9sVGM


The layout was built on a budget of 200, that was to include locomotives and rolling stock, but not the DCC controller or tools used to build the layout.

That said, the cost of the DCC locomotive could have equally gone to the cost of a DC controller and a DC locomotive, which makes the total cost still perfectly feasible.

All locos and stock were purchased second hand at train shows to keep the cost down.

The first incarnation of the layout was successfully built to the stated budget, including 2 DCC fitted locomotives (Athearn CF7 and Bachmann GP40) and 10 freight cars - all Athearn blue box.

It was exhibited at the Trent Valley North American Modellers exhibition in 2015 in this first incarnation.

Since then, the layout has been improved upon and expanded - the cheap ground cover (sand used to represent gravel) was dug up and the whole thing redone with DAS modelling clay painted to look like asphault and packed dirt.

This - plus expansion of the locomotive roster and freight car fleet - was completed ready for the layout's second exhibition at Mansfield Model Railway show 2016


After this, and the purchase of a small fleet of gondolas at Mansfield (they were a real bargain - 20 for 6 Blue Box gons!) I decided that the layout needed more operating potential, and wanted an industry to make use of the gon fleet.

Thus came the plans for the first expansion of the layout - Thawne.

Scrap yards are overdone, IMO, so I decided on a stone masons, with large blocks of stone brought into the layout in gondolas, unloaded into the factory, and stone products shipped out in gondolas, boxcars and bulkhead flats.

One of the main issues I had with the original layout format was loading cars onto the sector plate, due to the narrow gap between the backscene and the factory on the kickback spur which was used as a view blocker to hide the sector plate itself.

As such, the first requirement of the extension was better staging. This evolved in the form of a single spur (made from the old sector plate!) attached behind the backscene on the extension, with train disappearing through the backscene to reach it.

Naturally, the stonemasons would be fed by kickback spurs and sit in front of the hidden staging.

In addition to the single spur feeding the stonemasons, another curved spur was added to the front of the layout to act as a locomotive stabling point and caboose track. This track also proves useful when switching the masons.

Unfortunately during initial testing of the track layout, it became apparent that the curved spur was not long enough to fit my longest locomotive on it, so a small extension was added to the front of the layout to correct this.

The idea of the curved spur was to represent an older industrial branch that was no longer rail served, and has been abandoned.

Future plans for the layout include a new extension on the left end of the layout including a coal trestle and a heavy travelling crane to serve the Handy Co. metals factory. After that is finished I have an idea for a third extension moving from the locomotive stabling/caboose track on Thawne.

Below is a link to my Google Drive folder with a couple of hundred pictures of the layout through it's various incarnations. I would appreciate any feedback you could give me. :)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxJ0XCy-hiT6QjJ6MGRTY1YybWs?usp=sharing
-Dan

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George D
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Posted - 01/03/2017 :  10:59:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely detailed layout, Dan. Keep us posted on the extensions you have planned.

George



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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 01/03/2017 :  12:25:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dan, I've really enjoyed looking at the photos in your Google Drive folder - you've really captured the essence of a run down, dirty industrial area. Very nicely detailed with trash, garbage, track buried in the ground, and lots of overgrown vegetation. Beautiful! The trash dumpster is very nicely weathered! Love the weathering on the ATSF boxcar, too!

I especially like the building sided with corrugated siding - excellent blending of different weathered panels. What product did you use for the corrugated siding?

Al Carter



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danielb
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/03/2017 :  12:46:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks George, thanks Al!

George - I'll try and get some photos of my progress posted up as and when I get there. The metals factory extension has the track laid and the wiring done, I was working on the scenery for it, but I stopped for a while to work on my N scale stuff.

Al - the corrugated siding is from the Clevermodels.net $40 texture pack - there are loads of different colours and states of weathering in there. I just cut individual panels from various different colours and glued them over the top of their free Silver City Tools kit.

The garbage bags - in case you were wondering - are just tiny squares of 'Cling-Film' filled with sand and tied up into a tiny baggie with thing wire strands taken from leftover layout wiring, then painted black. :)


-Dan

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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 01/04/2017 :  11:14:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Dan,

Clever Models has some neat stuff, and I've downloaded a few of their textures, but not this one. I'll have to give it a try. Neat technique on the trash bags, too!

Al



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CavalryTrooper25
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Posted - 01/04/2017 :  11:19:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Can't open it.
No Google account, will not open one, but still want to see your pics, etc, etc.

Horse




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danielb
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/04/2017 :  12:26:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cavalry Trooper - it should be visible whether you have a Google account or not. Strange that it's not working for you - I'll see if I can fix it.

In the mean time, I've got a progress update which you should be able to see as the images are hosted on Photobucket.

Following on from the post yesterday, here are some work in progress photos of the next extension to the layout.

It will fix onto the end of the inglenook part of the layout, to the middle spur which feeds the loading dock for the Handy Co. Metals factory.

The spur that feeds the travelling crane will be where the Handy Co. load/unload larger cargo, as well as a gravelled "team track" for them to unload various other components.

The front spur feeds a coal unloading trestle and general merchant which are a seperate industry to Handy Co.

The switch is hand built, although probably not very well - it's only the third switch I've made, though the second one was the 3 way that replaced the sector plate on the extended layout.
















Last of all, here is the general plan for Ramon Blvd, the next expansion which will project from the current locomotive stabling spur on the front of Thawne.



-Dan

Edited by - danielb on 01/04/2017 12:33:39 PM

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danielb
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Posted - 01/04/2017 :  12:34:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@CavalryTrooper25 - try this link - I've tested it when no logged into a google account and it works for me:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxJ0XCy-hiT6QjJ6MGRTY1YybWs?usp=sharing


-Dan

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CavalryTrooper25
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Posted - 01/05/2017 :  2:15:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by danielb

@CavalryTrooper25 - try this link - I've tested it when no logged into a google account and it works for me:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxJ0XCy-hiT6QjJ6MGRTY1YybWs?usp=sharing



Got it now!

Thank you

Horse




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danielb
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Posted - 01/10/2017 :  10:36:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Over the last few days, I've been working over my lunch breaks at work to build the coal dealership office/warehouse building, which fits onto the Handy Co. extension board between the coal trestle and the retaining wall. The freight door on the second floor connects with the wooden bridge which is attached to the coal trestle (see photos in previous post).

I decided to add a ground level loading dock and freight door for transferring freight from rail cars to motor vehicles. It will need trimming to allow it to fit flush against the retaining wall, but that can wait until the building gets planted onto the layout.

Enough waffling on from me, here are the progress photos:













Hopefully I'll have more progress to show in a couple of days, as I've got a small tool shed planned which I'm hoping I can knock together in a couple of hours. :)


-Dan

Edited by - danielb on 01/11/2017 1:33:12 PM

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Bill Gill
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Posted - 01/11/2017 :  07:56:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work, Dan


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Dutchman
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Posted - 01/11/2017 :  08:21:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like your portable switching layout, Dan. Nice modeling!


Bruce

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danielb
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/11/2017 :  4:28:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks chaps. :)

Before I left for work this evening I snapped a couple of shots of the warehouse/office building in place on the layout. Clearly both the canopy and the loading dock will need trimming down before it will fit in place correctly.

That, plus a small shack are on my lunchtime to-do list today.





-Dan

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danielb
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/12/2017 :  12:30:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today's progress on the layout has been to build a yard office for the Handy Co. facility. A detailed step by step build thread can be seen in the Scratchbuilding section of the forum.

Here are the finished photos - the building does need some steps for the front and rear doors, but those will be my project for tomorrow. :)









-Dan

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danielb
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/17/2017 :  07:26:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Progress report - I've been working on a trackside cafe to go at the front right of the Handy Co. board, as there should be plenty of opportunity for details - filth, grime, trash, etc around a back alley diner.

The structure itself is pretty much done, it just needs further work bedding it into the layout and then detail parts adding once the rest of the scenery is done. :)

[url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3fC][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3fC]IMG_20170114_203302[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3k7][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3k7]IMG_20170114_203247[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZRT][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZRT]IMG_20170114_203234[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3sm][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/Q2q3sm]IMG_20170114_203222[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZY6][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZY6]IMG_20170114_203209[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr

Lastly, here's an overall shot of the progress:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZDP][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/R8eZDP]IMG_20170116_160414[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/147655492@N07/]Dan Beresford[/url], on Flickr


-Dan

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 01/17/2017 :  7:57:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Interesting switching turntable idea and nice detail.


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