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  • Tom,

    Cool, kinda like plugn play! Pays to save parts off the layout.

    Scott

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    • Tom,

      Regarding the engine terminal, sometimes it's best to abandon an idea if it's never going to work out. And what elements you do include on your layout should be fully realized, such as what you're doing with the passenger station by adding a third track.

      That's neat being able to incorporate the cement plant diorama.

      I do think I'd be inclined to start the curves in the mainlines further back so you could have nice sweeping curves rather than the curve-straight-curve alignment. Am I making sense?

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

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      • Originally posted by Michael_Hohn View Post
        Tom,

        I do think I'd be inclined to start the curves in the mainlines further back so you could have nice sweeping curves rather than the curve-straight-curve alignment. Am I making sense?

        Mike
        I looked at doing that but I would loose space that I need for the city and an industry or two. In addition another problem has crept up. Where two of the foam boards come together one has warped and has created a depression. I currently placed some old business cards under the track to keep it level. After a good deal of thought I have decided I am going to remove some of the foam board and make a creek, a gulley, a gap; basically something that will have to bridge the area. I prefer the bridges to be on straight sections so I will need to do some adjustments.
        Last edited by TomPM; 02-19-2022, 01:09 AM.

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        • Time to put down the roadbed. At this stage I will not being attaching it to foam as I need to make sure there are no problems with the track once it is on the roadbed.

          First area to be done is where the third track passes the passenger platforms.





          Roadbed is down. I did cut out for the platform foundation.







          For the next industrial siding I chose the Golden Valley Canning Company. I made cardboard mock ups of the footprint and used them to figure out where the structures will go.




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          • That should make an nice little industry in a prominent position, Tom. That siding should hold 2-3 cars?
            Bruce

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            • Tom,

              The simple cardboard mockups are a good idea.

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

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              • Thanks.

                I have fallen behind on updates so there will probably be several posts over the next few days.

                Started working on extending the roadbed along the third track.



                Going around the curve.



                The other side of the curve and the Power Plant siding.



                The third track and the switch to the Power Plant siding



                The Power Plant tracks and the cannery tracks.



                Another view of the curve and Power Plant tracks.


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                • Be prepared for a lot of photos as I had a really good weekend a few weeks ago.

                  It started with putting down the roadbed for the inside track. At the Water Tower Diorama because there were switches near a portion on the outside track was done.





                  Going around the curve.





                  Next I decided to glue down some roadbed and track. I had to do both because flex track was involved and I needed the track to keep the roadbed aligned.





                  I also determined what I could put in this corner. It is the O. L. King Coal Dealer. I made cardboard cut outs of the buildings. I do need the kit to determine the height of the coal trestle and thus what grade will be required.



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                  • Good progress, Tom. In the 3rd photo, the left-hand turnout on the innermost curved track might cause trouble. Could you substitute a right-hand turnout?
                    James

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                    • Originally posted by jbvb View Post
                      In the 3rd photo, the left-hand turnout on the innermost curved track might cause trouble. Could you substitute a right-hand turnout?
                      Thanks.

                      I am not sure. I will have to look into it.

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                      • The next thing I decided to try for the first time is adding feeds to the track. I purchased some pre-soldered rail joiners to use. This is in anticipation of future DCC installation.



                        This is how I installed them.



                        I installed the rail joiners.



                        I used an awl to start a hole through the foam board.



                        Next I used a long screw driver to poke through.





                        I then inserted a Evergreen tube into the hole.



                        I inserted a section of the wire into the tube.



                        Next pull the tube and the wire through the hole.







                        The finished feed.



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                        • I finished the roadbed for the outside track and the siding to the Cement Company.



                          Along the Cement Company



                          Around the curve.



                          Connecting to the previous laid roadbed. I did not do the siding for the Coal Yard since I still need the kit in order to figure out a few things with the layout of the buildings and coal trestle.



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                          • Tom,

                            Nice progress! That O.L. King coal building looks like a nice little kit.

                            Scott

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                            • I now decided to work on the coal yard.

                              Here is the kit.



                              The parts pile



                              The parts for the coal trestle



                              Assembling the coal trestle







                              Test the coal trestle out on the layout.



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                              • Next is assembling the shed







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