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  • #16
    Good progress! In that tight a space, it might be useful to switch to house wiring stuff like wire nuts; once assembled and tested the wiring could be pushed up into the hidden area and maybe retained with staples if it won't stay on its own.


    • #17
      Very neatly done.

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


      • #18
        Well I kind of fell off the face of the Earth (or at least the forum) for awhile, but I'm back (I think).

        I have continued working on the layout in Casper. Progress is slow, but there is progress.

        I'll be posting some current state photos in the next day or five.


        • #19
          Here's a shot of most of Casper yard as of mid-February (last overall pic I took):

          About that same time, on the part of the yard behind the camera, the eastern end of the yard, I actually started some scenery ("saints be praised!"), with the help of a friend. It isn't much yet, but it's something:

          And that has since expanded a bit to the west:

          Progress on the Chicago & North Western line located above the Casper yard has also continued, with some scenery there:

          (yes, the track is supposed to look like that). Once Casper yard is moved into final position (it's on casters), you'll never see this angle. You'll only be able to get within about three feet, looking straight on perpendicular to the direction the track runs.

          I've assembled and weathered several new freight cars and halfway completed a 6' icing platform (you can see part of it in the far left of the top photo). I also completed assembly of the decades old Campbells HO Loading Tanks:

          I finished (except for painting, weathering and lighting) eight of the Walthers Oil Loading Racks:

          And I'm currently working on scenicking the extension of the CNW line in the photo above behind the camera, leading into the town of Hudson, WY, and am also in the early stages of ballasting (and re-ballasting) Casper's classification tracks. Here's the latter:

          I'm also in the middle of assembling another decades-old kit - Model Hobbies' HO Feed Mill. That will become Rocky Mountain Drilling at the far east end of Casper yard.

          And that's about it for now.


          • #20
            Great progress. Nice to see your enthusiasm.
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail


            • #21

              Even a little scenery makes a layout come to life.

              Everything looks very well done. I like the large size of the yard and industries.


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


              • #22
                Good to see your progress.


                • #23


                  • #24
                    Thanks Karl, Mike, James and Tyson!

                    I just returned from a train show in North Platte, Nebraska. The local (Casper) club attends every year, and this year five of us made the almost-400-mile trek. Several of us had stuff to sell, as well as the club itself.

                    I sold some switches and other miscellaneous trackwork, plus some older diesel locos and rolling stock kits. I made enough to purchase a brand new BLI Consolidation in CNW livery. That will make a nice addition to my CNW stable, which until now has consisted of one Spectrum ten wheeler. One or two more similar locos will be all I'll need for full operations on the Lander branch of my layout (if I ever get far enough along to hold operations!).


                    • #25
                      Nice work Mark. I like your dirt road crossing the tracks.


                      • #26
                        Thanks, Glen!

                        I just posted my latest layout update video to YouTube:



                        • #27
                          I've spent the last several weeks ballasting my classification yard tracks, in between working on a new set of bookshelves and the latest episode of my YouTube series, "Building Casper," about how I designed and built (well, am building) Casper Yard. Speaking of which, here's the latest episode, uploaded today:



                          • #28
                            And Part 2 of the Casper Yard design was uploaded to YouTube this morning...



                            • #29
                              While the forum was on vacation, I was not. Work has continued on The CB&Q in Wyoming.

                              The past couple pf months has been spent mostly in ballasting Casper yard and installing the last of the tracks in the engine terminal. Ballasting takes a lot of time, but I've discovered that it's not something I hate doing. In fact, it's very relaxing to spend an hour or two ballasting. What's wrong with me?!?

                              Here's the main classification area as of July 2nd:
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                              More recently, I finished ballasting the industrial area, including the Standard Oil Company loading tracks behind the engine terminal. Here 0-6-0 number 545 is spotting a string of tank cars at the racks:
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                              I still have to ballast the engine terminal itself, but otherwise ballasting for the yard is finished. Basic "dirt" is in everywhere in the yard, including the engine terminal.

                              I also installed the backdrop behind Casper yard - a photographic panorama I put together of Casper Mountain. That came out surprisingly good, though I don't have a really good photo of it posted anywhere yet.
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                              All I need to do before I can tuck Casper back into it's corner permanently is complete a bit of scenery on the CNW track on the level above Casper. Then I'll finally be able to start building the mainline both directions out of Casper.

                              Most structures and detailing will be done in Casper at my leisure in the future, using the Topside Creeper to reach the areas toward the back of the yard.
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                              • #30
                                Nice work Mark. Good to see someone's been busy the last 3 months. Excellent progress
                                Regards Rob

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                                My current build.