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    Ok, so I've decided on another project and it will be a multi year build. After finishing JD's Machine Shop I figured that I needed to do something to incorporate JD's into, instead of just putting it on a shelf to collect dust.

    This project is a 80 x 16 inch shelf layout which will give me plenty of room for the Shop plus other future projects as well as room for scenery. The object is to do the best work possible and not worry about how long it will take; hence the multi year approach.

    Going "old school" on this build using Ho scale track which has been ordered and should be here by April 20th. I have a box with a bunch of rolling stock and some engines. The chassis will be used with O scale tops. Everything will be scratch built including a couple of Critters for motive power. This approach will give me that "narrow gauge" feel as well as being purely fictional so whatever I like goes.

    The layout will have 3 turnouts with a simple track plan. As much as I would like to post the track plan I can't since it comes from MR. After I get the track figured out then I can post a photo of the layout track. It will run on DC, none of that DCC stuff, and the turnouts will be thrown using switch-stands. Also there will be 3 blocks to the track so 2 Critters can be on the layout at once.

    So here is "Caz Coal & Wood":

    The name is from a nearby village just north from where I live. Went with coal & wood, and not lumber, so a sawmill wasn't needed and also that was the fuel used years ago to heat homes in the winter months. The frame was made with 1x4's with a foam top which is green, yipee no pink. From the back edge of the frame to the front edge is 16 inches; so I will run the scenery right up onto the front edge. The legs are scrap lumber and the layout is level going both ways. The frame sits on top of a chair rail with metal clips made that attached to the back of the frame and goes in between the wall and chair rail. That way If I ever need to take it down it's just a matter of lifting it off the chair rail. With the legs added it is very solid and strong. The foam panels were glued into place and a few blocks added underneath for a little extra support.

    It's not much to look at for the moment but it's a good foundation for the CC&W Railroad. Even though it's flat there is plenty of foam left over which I intend to use to do some scenic elevations to break up the flat look.

    Of course I had to redo the bench before starting a new project. With the layout over the bench I have plenty of room to work; just need to get some better lighting.

    Other than figuring out the track plan with some old track, I really can't do too much until the new track, turnouts, and rail joiners arrive.

    Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

  • #2
    One comment!! Looking forward to this new thread and adventure your going on!!

    "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


    • #3
      Jerry thank you for your support!! I'm also looking forward to this new adventure.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


      • #4
        Excellent, years of fun to follow along with.


        • #5
          Planting soon?



          • #6
            Larry it's going to be an adventure for sure; enjoy.

            Philip not sure about "planting" just yet but I may start some of the roughing in of the elevated areas while I wait for the track, etc. to arrive; at least behind the Shop.
            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


            • #7
              Very exciting seeing you start this new layout.

              Have lots of fun building it.

              Will the farm you built be part of this?
              Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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              • #8

                I’m looking forward to watching you build your shelf layout. It will take time and effort, but you’ve obviously planned out an achievable goal.


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


                • #9
                  Larry, really looking forward to your new layout. Will be a very nice place for your excellent structures.

                  And I like your attitude, that it will take as long as it takes. We all seem to be in such a rush these days.

                  Relax and enjoy.

                  Regards Rob
                  Melbourne, Australia

                  Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                  My current build.


                  • #10
                    Rick thank you; it should be a lot of fun. No the farm actually has a new home with my oldest cousin who was very interested in it, being a depiction of our family history.

                    Michael thanks. That was my goal to keep the project manageable while achieving what I wanted.

                    Rob thank you. Now that I'm retired from work my days of rushing are over with. It's time to enjoy life for a change.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                    • #11
                      Larry, I totally agree about taking time to enjoy what you are doing. I started my layout 14 years ago and have never lost interest in it. I tell people if I die before I finish it I won't care, but if I finish it before I won't know what to do with myself.

                      Just enjoy the build and be sure to keep us up to date on progress.



                      • #12
                        Larry, good start on a pre-plan and creating a “blank canvas” to work on. This should be fun for you, and for us as you let us know how it’s going.
                        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                        Cedar Swamp
                        SW of Manistique, MI

                        Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


                        • #13
                          Larry, can't wait to see your layout plan. mike


                          • #14
                            Roland that's my take my time and have fun. So I guess the question for you a layout ever really finished?

                            Karl thank you. I will be posting my progress on the build for sure. All the different ideas I get from everyone is a huge help.

                            Mike thank you. When I get the new track and stuff I'll rough out the track plan then I'll post a few photos.
                            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                            • #15
                              Thought I would share an update on the new project:

                              The machine shop is going on this end of the layout, but there was a big dead space behind the shop so I decided to elevate the area behind for a small house. The stacked foam was what I started with.

                              The foam was cut and gone over with a wire brush to look like layered rock. The foam was painted a dark grey and allowed to dry. Then a wash of raw sienna which was wiped off to get into the holes and cracks. Lastly a white wash and brushed on then wiped off to do the same thing.

                              This is the first time that I've attempted to do this with foam. Will add some greenery on the rock later on. I would like some honest feedback on the look and how to possibly improve the it. The Shop goes in front of the rock and a small house will be on the hill at some point.

                              Any suggestions/comments would be great.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad