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  • Nice job Larry. I think you have an idea there setting it between the two pine trees. It will look right at home.

    If your done with buildings what will be next on the RR??

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


    • Jerry thank you. Yes I'm pretty sure the Office is going to end up between the pine trees. The coal bin will be made narrower
      so that it will fit the area as well.

      Probably the next steps will be finishing up what little bit of scenery that still needs to be done; then move on to making up six
      or so On30 scale flat and box cars. After that maybe updating a few of the early made buildings.

      I do have a small diorama in mind that I would like to build sometime in the near future just for a break from the layout; we'll see.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


      • TRAINS1941
        TRAINS1941 commented
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        Sounds like a plan!!

    • Interesting choice for the roof.
      Nice colors on the roof.
      Only concern is that it doesn't look water tight.
      Removing one of the trees and moving the office back sounds like a good idea,
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      • Rick thanks. I have already removed the one pine tree, which I will use some place else on the layout, and the Office
        fits nicely. I may have to run some 1x4's over the joints to make it look water tight like an engine shed.
        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


        • Heck yeah!


          • Larry, I like that!


            • I like what you’ve been doing, Larry. I’m a bit behind in perusing the treasures found in so many place on the RR-L. Quite a log that boy’s fixin to split. I saw a young fellow trying to get ahold of on that relative size with a Bobcat this morning. It was almost as big as the machine…

              I like the look of the roof but wonder if some battens between the boards might keep the rain out. But then, it never does rain on the layout. I’m sure it says so in your Artistic License somewhere in or around subsection 3.6.8a

              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

              Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


              • Larry,

                Fine looking office.

                I like the idea of situating it among the trees. If you remove a tree, I suggest that you snuggle it next to the office, out of line with the rest of the trees.


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


                • Philip and Dave thank you.

                  Karl thanks. Yes the Artistic License is in full force on the CC&W; although I'm going back and
                  add battens to the Office roof just for arguments sake. About the only time it rains is when I
                  spray a 50/50 mixture fo glue and water doing the scenery.Lol.

                  Michael thanks for the tree suggestion; hopefully there's enough room with the coal bin going in; we'll see.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                  • Larry,

                    The office really looks good! Nice scratch build. I like the look of the plank roof and the roofing varieties.



                    • Scott thank you so much. I figured as in the real world, different roofs on buildings would not all
                      be the same; plus I get to learn something new to boot.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                      • It's been five months since I posted anything on the layout; time sure does seem to fly but the break
                        from it got the juices flowing once again.

                        I had lots of time just looking at the layout while working on the Repair Shed and realized that the left
                        end, which I started first, didn't look nearly as good as the right end that is slated to be finished. That being
                        said I've made an "executive" decision......I'm going to redo and upgrade the left end.

                        The place I'm going to start is the Machine Shop. "Not to toot my own horn" but I think my skills have improved
                        to the point where I can do a much better job to make it look as good as the right end of the layout. Matter of fact that
                        entire area is going to get a revamp.

                        So with the Machine Shop being the first man up here's what I've been working on the past few days:

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                        The new J.D.'s went from 36 ft to 46 ft in length which will fit nicely in the same spot that the current Shop now enjoys. However the water
                        tank will need a new home which I have already figured out. It also went from 24 ft deep to 27 ft deep but will be a little lower
                        at 15 ft high from 18 ft high.

                        The foundation is made from scale 3x12's which were cut and glued to a piece of thin card. Once the entire floor is assembled
                        it will be quite strong. Also I grained, colored, and weathered some 2x12's for the floor. Now it's time to get to work.

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                        The flooring was colored using the following formula: black chalk, liberal amount of clear alcohol, A&I, and a scraping of dark
                        tan chalk immediately worked in with a soft brush. Just about every row was put in with two or more pieces to create joints
                        as opposed to making each row all one piece. There are a few holes in the floor but didn't want to over due it.

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                        Here is another shot of the floor. Nails holes were added at each joint even though they don't show up that well in the photo.
                        Also I added some "scrapes" on the floor at the joints. The vibe I'm going for is an old, well used floor with dark worn areas. I
                        want people to hear "the floor creek" when they look at the Shop.

                        With the extra real estate I hope to make the Shop look much better without having the machines cramped together. Also I
                        want to add some details that aren't in the original. Next up is starting to construct the back wall and this time add details
                        before I glue the building together. As always thanks for stopping by.

                        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                        • friscomike
                          friscomike commented
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                          Larry, have fun rehabilitating the left end of the layout. That sounds like a lot of fun. The shop floor looks terrific.

                      • Are you planning to use belt-drive for the machines, or will this be sufficiently modern that each is powered by electricity?

                        What I did when planning a machine shop was draw a floor plan for the space, then set the machines (or at least a template for each machine's footprint.) I tried various combinations until I liked the result, in particular drawing in the belt line shaft. Don't forget to leave space for the machinists to move around, and for at least some materials storage.

                        There are great photos on-line from the EBT's machine shop. Bill Gustafson's book on the Sierra RR Machine Shop is The Reference to get if you want to do more research.

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


                        • Four car garage and were still building on! Sweet start Larry!


                          • Larry, first of all it's nice to see you working on the layout again.
                            And I agree with you that your modeling has gotten better.
                            You're off to a good start with the floor.
                            Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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