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    We've been in our house for 22 years now. As I was doing projects on the house, I would need to get lumber for certain projects. Well, every time I went and got wood for the house projects some lumber followed me home for the layout to be. I started with a sheet of 4 X 8 3/4" plywood, a sheet of 4 X 8 1/2" Homasote and many board feet of clear pine for an L girder subbase. That got put in the corner of the basement approximately fifteen years ago. Today I needed some wood to build a couple of drawers for the kitchen cabinet. I found four 12" X 3/4" X 8' clear pine layout on the old layout under many other layers of assorted material. The layout wound up as a horizontal storage space. So I had to get everything off to get at those boards. While doing that I thought I could use this as part of the limestone quarry layout. So I cleaned it off to the point where I had place a sheet of plastic over it to protect it. Glad I did, the mice had a field day. Unbelievable that they carried sunflower seeds from the garage all the way back to the other side of the house. But I digress.

    Here's a picture of tabletop with everything cleared off.

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    As you can see, they made a mess on the tabletop.

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    Once took the plastic cover off I discovered my missing HO/O scale Ax-acto ruler, a couple of NS track sections and on Shinohara #6 turnout, plus several survey maps of Rochester Junction of the Lehigh Valle RR. and some cork roadbed.

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    I had taken the original map and ran it through a copier to enlarge it. I've got all the survey maps from Rochester Jct to Rochester yard, An old friend of mine and I found the original survey maps at a train show many years ago. I had planned on building LV's Rochester Junction when in the house. As you can see it never materialized. So, I disassembled it to move it where it will be part of the quarry railroad.

    And if folded up like an accordion when taken apart.

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    And unfolded.

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    All back together again. Note to self: next time mark the legs to where they are attached, Yup, I had them on swapped around. The layout will have a final resting place on the other side of the steel column once I get that bench and headboard move out of the way. I probably should have put this in my other thread on Basement Redo.

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    The layout is quite a bit taller than the site of the rock crusher. That's why it needs to go on the other side of the column so that there will be a gentle grade to get up to that level. There will be more to come. I'm going to do more rearrangement tomorrow. I'll continue this in "The New York, Vermont & northern Rwy. thread here: https://railroad-line.com/node/39637/page25

    That's it for tonight. See you tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas to all of you.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

    Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

    New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

  • #2
    Glad to see you making progress.

    Bench work is the favorite part of my layout construction..........wiring, not so much.

    John

    GULF COAST & WESTERN

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    • #3
      Originally posted by john_holt View Post
      Glad to see you making progress.

      Bench work is the favorite part of my layout construction..........wiring, not so much.

      John
      It actually feels pretty good an is inspiring me to get something running.The whole once side of the basement is getting a redo.

      Bernd
      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

      Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

      New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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      • #4
        Bernd,

        You actually amaze me with all of the projects you have going on all at the same time.
        Inspiration in itself is a great word, but more importantly may be workaholic comes to mind.
        Repurposing the old layout looks like you may have the project well in hand and a great start to
        something truly unique. I will be following your progress with great interest. You keep us on the
        edge of our seat with all you show and your posts are quite informative. Thanks

        Rich

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pennman View Post
          Bernd,

          You actually amaze me with all of the projects you have going on all at the same time.
          Inspiration in itself is a great word, but more importantly may be workaholic comes to mind.
          Repurposing the old layout looks like you may have the project well in hand and a great start to
          something truly unique. I will be following your progress with great interest. You keep us on the
          edge of our seat with all you show and your posts are quite informative. Thanks

          Rich
          Well Rich, I do have many projects going on at the same time. Keeps me from being a couch potato. I wouldn't say workaholic, I'm more inspired to do this because I ran out of horizontal storage. The spot the layout was at is now a shelfing area. I had the shelfing material laying around for to many years. I'll have some pics of what I replaced the layout with later. The older layout will fit in nicely with the projected HOn30 quarry line. I have a couple of other modules I started, one in TT gauge, and the Gum Stump & Snowshoe module, plus a third that will be the home for the HOn3, that' 3-foot gauge lumber and coal part of the layout.

          Now here's the perfect layout for you Rich.

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          The layout is 6 feet long by 1 foot wide IIRC.

          I'm sure the posts are not that interesting to a group that likes to build kits or scratch-build buildings. That's one of the things about a DYIer. They like to do everything and then get nothing accomplished. That's why I haven't got anything running in the 22 years in the house. Time to start building a layout to run. Watch for further progress pictures in the next day or two.

          Bernd
          New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

          Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

          New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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          • #6
            I look forward to seeing your progress.
            Curt Webb

            Freelanced PRR Bellevue Sub

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            • #7
              This will be a thread to follow.
              Bernd, have fun building this layout.
              Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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              • #8
                Looking forward to the new build.
                Jerry



                "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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                • #9
                  Ok guys, a couple of last photos and I'll switch to my thread in the Mid-Scale Model Railroad Forum to continue the expansion of the HOn30 portion of the layout.

                  Curt, Rick, & Jerry glad you're following along.

                  So today I finished up assembling the shelfs and started moving "crap" around.

                  A picture toward the shelfing going up. That cabinet in the foreground is the bottom half for the oven to sit on. The wife's been patient with me these last couple of days while I was rearranging this part of the basement so I can get started with the layout. I just told here I just couldn't work in this environment of horizontal storage anymore. I needed to get those shelfs up. She believed me.

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                  All that stuff behind and to the left of the pole needs to get put somewhere.

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                  It'll go right here once all the shelfs are installed.

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                  Ok, it all got moved. Now I can start planning on getting the layout built.

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                  Ok that's it for this thread. I'll continue in the Mid-Scale Model Railroad Forum LINK: https://railroad-line.com/node/39637/page25#post1020976

                  See you over there.

                  Bernd

                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                  Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                  New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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