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  • #61
    I have two more LV gons to assemble and decals for 2 or three more LV boxcars.
    Dave Husman



    Iron Men and wooden cars

    Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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    • #62
      Incredible work. I’m anxious to get things moving on this next layout so I can start building structures and rolling stock. Maybe my favorite part after research.

      R

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      • #63
        I have created an entry in the "How To's" on my web page about building the helix on the new portion of the W&N:

        https://wnbranch.com/how-tos/building-a-helix/


        Dave Husman



        Iron Men and wooden cars

        Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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        • #64
          Dave,

          Looks like someone was burning the midnight oil and a lot of scrap paper on this one! Good job!!

          But, I think the LP on your trains may think they have entered a "time warp"!id="Impact">

          Greg R.

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          • #65
            Latest venture is my passenger staging area, Reading Outer Station.

            I originally was just going to put a couple staging tracks near Birdsboro to hold passenger trains, but on the prototype the freight trains terminated at Birdsboro and the passenger trains went on into Reading, so I decided to move my passenger staging to the lower level. The station at Reading was a train shed on all three sides of a wye. I realized that I could use the trains shed to mimic the narrow opening of the staging area.



            I laid the track, painted the city of Reading on the backdrop. I still needed to hide the transition between the backdrop and the physical layout. I decided that since there was a freight yard next to the leg of the wye that was used by the W&N Branch trains, I would put a string of freight cars to simulate the yard.

            I photographed (several times to get the right angle) strings of freight cars. I then resized the pictures to about 60% of actual size, to create perspective, printed them, cut them out and glued them to the back drop.

            The car pictures:



            The scene with the "yard" in place and a mock up of the train shed, with the LED light I will use :



            Next step is to start working on building the ornate portal of the train shed:


            Dave Husman



            Iron Men and wooden cars

            Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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            • #66
              Dave,

              I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done. Ingenious!

              The train shed portal is going to make a very striking model.

              Mike
              _________________________________________________

              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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              • #67
                What Mike said!

                dave
                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                • #68
                  Looks great Dave. They sure knew how to build fancy structures back then. I look forward to seeing how you handle that.

                  That Helix is really impressive.

                  :up:
                  Regards Rob

                  Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                  My current build.

                  https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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                  • #69
                    Nice technique! I like how you will be in the platform as the train pulls in.

                    Scott

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                    • #70
                      I started working on Birdsboro, the northern terminus of my layout, in November, with the goal of laying 18-20 switches by the end of December.

                      Here is a picture of the yard at the end of November, wit the switch templates being laid out to finalize the track plan.



                      By Dec 1 I had all the ties in place.



                      Christmas Day I finished laying the track I needed to make Birdsboro operational and to allow the temporary staging to be removed. The work included 3 #6 switches, 3 curved switches, 1 #5 3way switch, 16 #5 switches, all in code 70. 16 ft of main and wye in code 70. 4 staging tracks (32 ft) in code 70 (24 ft handlaid) and 22 ft of yard track handlaid in code 55.

                      Other useless statistics, about 3000 track ties, 750 switch ties, 4200 spikes.




                      Dave Husman



                      Iron Men and wooden cars

                      Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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                      • #71
                        Nice looking track work, Dave.

                        George
                        The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                        • #72
                          That's a great display of energy and focus, Dave.
                          James

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                          • #73
                            Dave, how do you drive the spikes? Do you drill pilot holes, or just push them into the ties? (I can't say I've had much luck just pushing the small spikes into wood ties without a pilot hole...)

                            dave
                            Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                            • #74
                              I use what I call a "pick". I take a 3/4" long piece of 1/4" dowel and drill a 1/16" hole i down the center. A 1" long piece of 1/16" dia brass tube is super glued in the hole. I get a #8 or 9 embroidery needle and solder it into the brass tube. I then use that to punch a hole in the tie and drive the spike into the hole. The time you lose punching the hole you gain in being able to spike 95% of the spikes on the first try.

                              I used "regular" needle nose pliers when I drove ME small spikes and bought Micro Mark spike driving pliers also. They worked great with the small spikes. When I went to ME Micro spikes, I bought a pair of the Micro Mark fine nose pliers and found they were easier for me to use. YMMV.


                              Dave Husman



                              Iron Men and wooden cars

                              Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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                              • #75
                                Thanks, that 'pick' is a great idea.

                                dave
                                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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