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  • #91
    As I have already mentionned in several other topics, I've been working on the rebuilding of the layout for a few weeks now. I've started with the very mountainous area just to the right of the Alexandria Mining Complex. Despite my first intention of building everything on modules, I decided to make an exception for this place since I think there would have been a lot of wood wasted. Here are two shots of the work.

    The third shot shows the bridge that will span the big fall between the Alexandria mine and the Grand Central. I built it ten years ago using plans by Harry Brunk in his book published by Benchmark "Up Clear Creek on the narrow gauge".

    The area described by the two shots above will require two more big bridges, plus a smaller one. I also plan to have one or two snow sheds. Plus a number of houses between the two tracks.


    • #92
      That's a major facelift project you have going there Frederic. I'm not sure if I could tear everything apart like that. I'm sure it will turn out better than the first when you're done though.

      Is that homosote your using on the subroadbed? Didn't know you could get that in europe. I lived in The Netherlands for 2 years and never saw it there.

      Very nice bridge as well. Look forward to seeing the other bridges when you're done.


      • #93
        Wow!!!!!! Frederic,

        You have made some significant progress on what I am sure will be an outstanding layout once everything is completed. :up: :up:

        As others have mentioned it takes a lot of guts or something else to rip apart what was a magnificent layout to build one that I am sure will be even more impressive.

        Looking forward to future updates.
        <img src="" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.


        • #94
          Hi Frederic, I must be a slow-learner as I haven't been over to this section of the forum in quite a while. You can very well imagine my surprise to discover your gorgeous layout and then learn that you are dismantling it to make a new and improved one! It's already 'improved' in my books - phenomenal in fact! :up: :up:
          Mike Hamer

          Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


          • #95
            Frederic, I am sure that the first steps in this task were the hardest to make, now your fun and experience can take over in what I am sure is going to be a very enjoyable and rewarding process for you. I am certainly looking forward to watching and learning as this journey proceeds. Extremely impressive as always.



            • #96
              Wow, what a major undertaking Frederic! Should be real nice when you get finished though.


              • #97
                Frederic, very well done and great "step-by-step" of your modification/renovation. Awesome modelling.

                Thanks for sharing.

                Du modelisme de haute gamme. Bravo! :up: :up:


                • #98

                  That is some outstanding work, nice senic effects.


                  Richmond Va.
                  Something for everyone in the model railroading community at,


                  • #99
                    A very ambitious undertaking, Frederic, but I have no doubt the revised area will be better than ever. And your bridge is outstanding! I really like it. :up:


                    • Frederic,

                      Thank you for sharing your bridge photo with us. I have been an admirer of Harry Brunk's work for many years. To see one of his models done by such a superb craftsman as yourself is a definite pleasure. It does look just right for your scene.


                      It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!


                      • Frederick.

                        All I can say is WOW! The scenery, track plan and models all look fantastic!

                        Tom Johnson


                        • Many thanks to all of you for the kind appreciations. I hope I'm able to do what I have in mind...

                          James, sorry for answering a little late to your question. The green material I use for the subroadbed is not homasote, but an insulating material we use here under parquet. It's about 5mm thick (0.20") and I use a double thickness to be able to install Kadee magnetic uncouplers, that require more than 5mm. My friend Alexander Zelkin who lived in Canada and the USA for many years consider that it is not as good as homasote, but it's not so bad. Personnally, I think it's OK. It's relatively strong so it keeps the spikes very well, yet it is easy to cut and glue (although a bit messy).


                          • G'day Mate

                            I started to write back to you offline but time gets in the way.

                            Did a bit more on the mine today and need to ask a few questions.

                            The stairway size ( treads & stringers ) seems too big... did you reduce yours...

                            Have the original S scale plans here, which I up sized to 1:48....

                            I few more questions next time..... good to see this thread again... it is what finally got me building the mine.....


                            cheers mate


                            " Stay Motivated in Life "



                            • Hello Mario,

                              I just checked out your link. That is an incredible model! The detail is fabulous.


                              It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!


                              • Mario, sorry for not answering earlier, but as I mentionned on other topics, I have had a serious computer problem last weekend that left me without internet access at home.

                                I don't remember reducing the size of the stairway, but on the other hand since the mine was going to be displayed in a relatively far distance, I built it only 20% bigger than HO scale instead of 36% which would have been the 'normal factor' to go from HO to S. So the whole building is smaller than it should be, and when you put S scale figures near it, it gives a very satisfactory feeling.

                                I'm not sure tis really answers your question, but at least it gives a hint.

                                Your own model of the mine is really impressive.