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  • #46
    Scott thank you. After some experimenting with the foam, and to get the look that I wanted, I soon discovered NOT to break the face of the foam. If I had wanted more of a northwest look then a knife would have been used with a stabbing motion to carve the foam. I went by the rocks in my area for the color. Chittenango Falls is a nice place to visit and you went to S.U....cool.

    Usually I use a white glue to hold down the track directly on the foam. This time however I have some foam cement that I will use. I'll run a bead with a caulking gun down the center of the track then spread it out with a putty knife and pin the track into place until dry. By the time the ballast is applied the track should not move at all.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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    • #47
      Larry,

      Good track plan. It appears you will have enough to keep somebody busy for a while, although I don't see a runaround. Don't you feel you need one?

      The scenery is progressing well.

      Mike
      _________________________________________________

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

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      • #48
        Everything looks good but I have to agree with Mike. A runaround would be nice to have for switching from one end to the other.

        Roland

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        • #49
          Looks like you'll have trains running soon.

          How do you plan on wiring the track?

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          • #50
            Nice progress there Larry and thanks for the heads up on the tracks used.

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            • #51
              Michael and Roland good eye catching no run-a-round track. When I was thinking about building a layout, first one in many years, I had looked at a few track plans before this one caught my eye. I liked the simplicity which would afford me lots of room for the important stuff. Although I did notice no run-a-round in the plan.

              So I came up with a solution; I'll try to explain my logic. By having the Shop spur and the middle ladder track on the other end setup as separate electrical blocks, then I can park an engine, or in my case a critter, at the end of the each block. The right critter will actually serve the left end of the layout and visa versa. The layout will have about 9 cars on it at any given time. By using the 2 critters along with the blocks I will be able to dig out any car and place it anywhere on the layout. This approach may not be prototypical but it will work. Hope this makes sense. This layout will keep me busy for a very long time.

              Rick at some point trains will be running. As far as wiring goes; most likely solder wires to the end of one track per block and run under the layout to a "bus strip" which will be wired to a small panel with spst switches for each block then to the power pack. Using the K.I.S.S. method for the wiring.

              Yannis thank you and your welcome about the track info. Thanks for stopping by.
              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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              • #52
                Looks good Larry. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun running trains.

                But first you'll need a engineers license!!
                Jerry



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

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                • #53
                  Jerry thank you; I'm sure running trains will be lots of fun. Maybe Rick can hook me up with an Engineers license.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • #54
                    Larry,

                    Your layout reminds me of a "shunting layout". http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzl...trackplan.html

                    Scott

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                    • #55
                      Scott thanks for the link. I checked it out and your right it sort of does look like mine. Going to be tons of fun.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • #56
                        Looking good Larry. I like the new rock formation. :up:

                        Bernd
                        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                        • #57
                          Bernd thank you. Since the layout is flat I thought some added elevations would detract from the flatness. Probably more rock will appear as the layout progresses. Thanks for stopping by.
                          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                          • #58
                            Those structure interiors are amazing, just make sure to litter the floor with a lot of debris from those tools!

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                            • #59
                              p51 thank you for your nice comment; much appreciated. Will most likely add some more metal shavings to the Shop floors as I get them.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                              • #60
                                Larry,

                                Your operations plan makes perfect sense to me. Minimizing the number of turnouts saves a lot of room.

                                By the way, do you glue track down with a water-soluble glue so that you can easily make changes later? I noticed that you use white glue for ballasting.

                                Mike
                                _________________________________________________

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

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