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  • The Depot (at Carendt)

    1/10/16 I have renamed the thread as I want it to fit with the branch line universe of my next layout 'The Town'. I hope there is no confusion. I'm looking forward to showing the next episode of this story.

    Hi everyone.

    I just joined the forum and this is my first post.

    I came back into the hobby via a website by a gentleman name Carl Arendt. Sadly he died a few years ago but shortly after I decided to take the plunge and build my first model railroad. As such I've called it Carendt and it is dedicated to Carl.

    It's not finished but I wanted to post some pictures taken from angles that will no longer be possible once the cover goes on. I will have more pictures later and a description of how I created certain parts.

    It was definitely fun but hard work and stressful at times. I'm taking a break from starting a new layout for a few months.

    It's loosely modeled on the Soo Line somewhere in the upper-midwest (Great Plains).

    I’m waiting for the photo backdrop to arrive and be installed and then I’ll be starting on adding the correct rolling stock.

    The building are a mixture of scratch-built and kits.

    The track is hand-laid with spikes.

  • #2
    That is a very, very nice layout. I love the that you added the power lines

    to your poles. Those are the kind of details that make a layout stand out.

    Great job. [^] BTW welcome to the forum. Glad you joined. Let's see some more of your great workmanship'... 8D



    • #3
      Really nicely done.
      -- KP --

      Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.


      • #4

        Welcome aboard. This is an excellent tribute to our friend Carl. Your modeling is first class and I hope to see more of it.


        • #5
          Thanks all. Comments much appreciated. I'll have the new backdrop and cover in place shortly and will post some more pics at that time.

          This mini layout was really a confidence builder for me. Before starting I didn't really know how to do anything or how long it would take or how much time I would have to devote to it (only 4 hours a week as it turned out). I had to cut plenty of corners in order to get the thing finished within a reasonable time. However I learned a whole lot in the process and look forward to applying those lessons to my next effort.

          The Soo Line rolling stock is being painted and weathered over the few weeks and will replace the NYC loco soon.


          • #6
            Kumar, Welcome to the forum.

            Really nice layout, and also wonderful photo's.

            Do you have a track plan you could show us ?

            Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
            Regards Rob

            Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

            My current build.



            • #7
              Nice work, Kumar. And good thinking to get some photos before those views are lost. Welcome to the forums.


              • #8
                Welcome to the forum Kumar! Your modeling and photography are excellent and we all hope to see more of it. Is this HO scale?


                • #9
                  Welcome to the forum. That is very,very nice modeling. Looks very realistic; you can almost "hear" the the movement in the layout.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                  • #10
                    Very well done.

                    Jeff S


                    • #11
                      Your scenery ranks with some of the best in the hobby. Very nicely done.

                      John Elwood


                      • #12
                        Hi Kumar, and welcome to RRLines!

                        Great looking start to your layout in honor of your friend Carl.

                        You have really captured the look of a mill that has been added on to over the years as business grew.

                        I love all of the grasses & weeds everywhere, just like the real thing.

                        Keep up the great work!

                        Greg Shinnie


                        • #13
                          Very nicely done.
                          It's only make-believe


                          • #14
                            Welcome aboard, Kumar. Thanks for posting the pictures of your beautiful layout. I too would like to see the track plan.

                            Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


                            • #15
                              Thanks again everyone.

                              I spent quite sometime looking at pictures in the Morning Sun color books to try to get the track looking somewhat realistic for a soon-to-be-closed meandering country branch line in the Upper Midwest. I'll say more about the track another time. But in the meantime:

                              Here's the track plan in diagram form.

                              and here is a top down view of the layout (when still on my work bench from a couple of months ago) showing the overall plan and buildings.

                              More updates to come.