THE New and Larger BO&W Layout

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Monday, April 6, 2020 7:55 AM

Grade to the top level is now complete.

Added more wood screws in strategic locations.

Ballast test.

Laying track. Electrical drops are starting to be installedm and tested.

 Using the Beep for testing of continuity.

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:52 AM

Looks good! YesPirate

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:29 AM
On my previous layouts I had a terrible time getting the track connecting a lower level to a higher level smooth and consistent. My solution was in a YouTube video where an O gager constructed a 2” change in elevation. However, I needed to create a grade for an elevation change of 10.25”. Big difference! After cutting the OSB, I started building the grade creating a downward grade of 2.5%. Every 20” the grade went down ½”. The risers were spaced accordingly and down it goes.

Temporary risers to start the process.

Base plate spans the joists and the risers located. 

More risers located and attached the base plate. Then the module flipped over.

Flipped over and ready to slide in place. The riser marked special ended up under a splice in the roadbed and was cut 7/16" shorter. 

In place and the roadbed is sloped at 2.5%.

Construction continues. 

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Monday, March 16, 2020 3:09 PM

dbaker48

Gosh Darn!!!  That IS really looking

fantastic!  CTT should due a in

progress/build feature on this layout

activity.  Fantastic job !!!!!

 

Thanks Don.  One of the items I changed was the bracing. The knee braces used on the legs always get in the way when storing items under the layout. I don't know why everyone believes the brace needs to be so long. If you are using 2x2 or 2x4 for legs and the leg is not over a certain length you do not need those long braces that get in the way. I'm now at a point where I need to do some final squaring of a few pieces.  BTW, remember the acoustical tile ceiling? NO ECHOS!

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Posted by dbaker48 on Monday, March 16, 2020 2:42 PM

Gosh Darn!!!  That IS really looking

fantastic!  CTT should due a in

progress/build feature on this layout

activity.  Fantastic job !!!!!

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Monday, March 16, 2020 11:36 AM

Thank you fife and Chief. We are getting there one piece at a time.

And we are in the air all around the room.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:42 AM

Grits will glob it up. Surprise  Good job.

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:48 AM

Buckeye - Wow!  That benchwork looks like it could take a direct hit. YesCool

But...can it withstand GRITS? Ick!

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Saturday, March 7, 2020 6:36 PM

Moving on up. Track marked and removed. Outlines cut with saber saw.

Ten inch risers were cut on the chop saw.

A jig was made to install the riser to the 1x2.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Sunday, February 23, 2020 1:09 PM

Fife....When I started I didn't know how many O-42 switches I had when I drew the mainline plans. They were buried in the basement. My old plan did not show my engine yard because it was freelanced after construction. Most likely, I'll add several spurs. I have two engine houses somewhere packed up in the basement. In fact, there is room for a roundhouse on the left side perpendicular to the tracks now shown. Keep those comments comming. It makes me think. IdeaBig Smile

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, February 23, 2020 5:30 AM

I like the nice long passing sidings you have, for "start and park" operation.  I encourage you to sacrifice one (closest to the return loop pylon), and put in a couple of industrial spurs.  This will allow some switching opportunity later on, and adds interest.  I have 2 small yard areas, and wish I had room for another.  This allows me to run 3 trains continuously, and hand over a peddler freight to a crew to switch a consist out, with drop-offs and pick-ups.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:22 PM

A few changes as we lay the track.

 

 

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Friday, February 21, 2020 7:21 AM

Moving forward with track alignment to determine saw cut locations. Ninety nine percent of the table tops are complete. 

 

Penny....After wiring, I'll most likely be storing vast quantities of stuff beneath the layout, when it will not be in the way. 

Also a comment was posted somewhere about the skinny legs under the layout.  I wouldn't let him do a cartwheel, but he wanted to.  Now you know how I will clean the layout. He works cheap, too.

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:05 PM

Seems to me you'll have plenty of storage space under the table....Whistling

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:32 PM

fifedog

Looking good, Buckeye.

Is that next room for future expansion?

 

Future expansion?Confused Laugh Laugh  Laugh That is the store and work room. My trains are still stored in there along with the lawn mower, an extra bed, Christmas decorations, a doll house, a couple of tables, bicycles, etc. I've got enough space for a double decker train layout. This time I have adaquate space, if I don't gain 20 pounds to walk around the layout. In fact, the work cart can go on the outside, too.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:58 AM

Very Nice Buckeye.  Its great to see your step by step progress.  It satisfies my vicarious need to build a big layout.  Keep up the good work.

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:41 AM

Looking good, Buckeye.

Is that next room for future expansion?

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:53 AM

The main table is completed with all the joists installed. A benefit of L girder construction is the attachment of the joists. Screws are installed upward and into the joists. First OSB board placed but not secured.

OSB Boards installed and squared with Irwin clamps. After squared, temporary wood screws hold in place. The adjoining tables are not connected to the main table at this time. 

Track is being used to determine where the OSB will be cut for the different layout elevations. I hate Realtrax, but it is what I started with 15 or more years ago beforre Fastrack appeared on the scene. I really wished my dealer had told me about Gargraves and Ross. 

This is my main control point for laying out the track.  There are other control points, but everything is measured off of this point. I can't overemphasize the use of the stringlines. 

The main table is at the bottom of the photo and now OSb has been added perpendicular to the main table.  Those are LED can lights and they really light up the room.  Notice the additional control points and string lines

Have a good day.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:50 AM

Wow !

Just the bench work alone is a work of art !

Can't wait to see the layout !

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:19 PM

Thank you Paul.

Building L-girders.

Forth table.

Last table

First joist @ 16" centers.

Gusset bracing.

I love Irwin clamps. When I built the orginal BO&W all I had were C clamps. Sigh

7th and 8th grade shop class plus good tools really helps.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:02 PM

It looks like you're taking the time to build great bench work. Should make for an excellent layout !

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Friday, November 15, 2019 7:11 PM

 

 

Third table done.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, November 10, 2019 10:58 AM

Looking good Buckeye

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:42 AM

The progress has slowed due to my surgery, but there has been progress.  

Levelers with a non-mar finish.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:22 AM

cheapclassics

Looks good.  Will be nice to see it as it progresses.

Mike C. from Indiana

 

 
Thanks Mike. As displayed on my former layout, Garrett, Indiana, the home of the Railroaders, will again be prominent with water tower, station and billboard. As a kid, I loved visiting Garrett to watch the B&O passenger trains stop for crew changes. 

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Posted by cheapclassics on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:26 PM

Looks good.  Will be nice to see it as it progresses.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:32 PM

Thanks Jim. 

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:01 PM

Looks great Buckeye!

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 6:02 PM

V8Vega

Do you operate your trains or mostly loop running? If I was starting over I might not have any switches.

 

 
When guests visited my former layout, they would operate the trains with a CAB-1 or LC+ controller. As the late Chuck "Blueberry" Mathews said, "When you operate Buckeye's layout, you really run the trains." I believe in the video below, the oldest grandson and I were running the trains and the youngest grandson was amazed we didn't crash.
 
 
Normally we ran three trains, but on occasion we had five short trains running using cruise control.
 
Roy please remember I use POT bearings on my bridges, too. Laugh

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