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The M - K & Eastern RR

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The M - K & Eastern RR
Posted by Graffen on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:19 AM
Hi all. I'm currently renovating a room for my layout.
It's 22' x 16' and will have coved corners.
My layout will be a freelancer Colorado narrow gauge in HOn3.
I've drawn the track plans for it, and I can't wait to start building it.
To prepare, I've been doing some city planning for  one of the towns, called Twin Peaks (work name, yet to be decided)
Main Street, the town will be 8' long.
The station will be regauged to HOn3.
 
 
 
The street will go upwards in the back and turn into suburbs.

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Posted by Graffen on Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:38 PM

The track plan for my new model railroad.

6.5 x 4.5 meters in size.

 

 

This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:

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Posted by fender777 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:42 PM
Nice buildings their. I like it.
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Posted by Graffen on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:18 AM
My goal is to build a 30's Colorado narrow gauge railroad and not let it be a caricature even though it's freelanced (protolanced?). Someone else said it was nice that it features real structures and not something that looks like a Wild west movie set.... My guess is that the bigger prospering towns in Colorado during the pre war years was actually being expanded and renewed? Anyhow, I find it nice to do something a bit different.

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Posted by rrebell on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:49 AM

Pre war years were bad, great depresion still on the forefront.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, May 19, 2017 2:34 PM

Hello all,

Graffen
This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:

The photo looks like Central City in the 1870's to 1880's.

My wife's Great Grandfather was born there. The Great Fire of 1874 destroyed many records including his birth certificate.

He had to petition the state government to prove he was born!

In the link I provided take a look at the census data on the right side of the page. Unfortunately these numbers contradict your perceptions of the polulation growth in Central City and many other mining centers of Colorado.

The town we live in; which was based on hardrock mining- -gold and silver, went from a population of 297 in 1900 to 127 only 20-years later in 1920, according the U.S. census data.

Today, Central City has survived by adopting limited-stakes gambling. The downtown area has retained it's original look with the casinos taking over the abandoned store fronts. 

A photograph taken today of Central City would look almost identical to ones taken in the late 1800's and very much like the town you are modeling.

Keep up the great work and keep posting photos of your progress!

Hope this helps.

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Posted by Graffen on Friday, May 19, 2017 5:49 PM
Well, I guess they built the city to look that way in the turn of the last century? Then it should look right the way I imagined it. Even though they had some decrease in population... Which is a good thing. Then I can make some delapidated buildings and still be somewhat realistic.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, May 19, 2017 7:09 PM

Hello all,

Central City is one example of how the architecture outlasted the population, unlike other boom to bust towns in the gold country of Colorado, which I believe is what you are modeling.

My wife and I visit Central City frequently. There are few if any dilapidated buildings within the city center. 

The placement of your structures evoke the feeling of walking down these streets today.

In a freelance pike there are no constraints. The purpose of my feedback was to give a first-hand perspective of some of your premises, not to constrain you to historical accuracy.

Visiting areas like this, along with other locations in Colorado, are amazing and provide great modeling inspirations.

Keep up the great work!

Hope this helps.

 

 

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Posted by Graffen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:02 PM

Finally some progress!

I've actually managed to clear out the space for the layout.

The room as it looked...

 

Insulation and moisture barrier installed.

 

Sheetrock... We all love to do some sheetrock and mud and sanding, and mud and sanding....

 

I rounded two of the corners. I made a backing from two layers of 1/8" hardboard.

 

I used 1/4" sheetrock that I wetted and bent to shape in the corners.

 

The backdrop is now the next step (almost..)

I need to install the lighting first.

I painted a test piece just to see the colors and tonal values.

 

It needs to be toned down a bit though.

More like this test:

 

I've ordered the carpet and all the LED light fixtures, so it's finally getting there. 

 

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Posted by Graffen on Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:55 AM

Let there be light! 

First LED strip in place in the train room. There'll be double rows, the other angled 20 degrees to the wall. 

Fill lighting will be with LED spotlights. Can be okay in the end.

The switched power supplies I use are from Mean well, 12 V and 18 Amps.

They are adjustable between 11.4 V and 12.2 V.

 

The LED strips are rated at 12 Watt per metre and are 5 metres in length. 4800 K in temperature.

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Posted by Graffen on Friday, April 06, 2018 4:19 PM

Installed the second LED strip today.

The light level will probably be okay when I can install the outer LED strips as well.

I have to build the valance first, so it'll be in the right places.

My plan is to have the valance about 2-3" outside of the layouts edge.

The LED strips has a 40° light angle and will be mounted 20° inward so it will light straight down at the front, and towards the backdrop.

 

 

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Posted by Graffen on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:46 PM

Started the backdrop painting. One wall is sky painted with clouds.

The backdrop is 60' long and 4'6" tall. I use regular wall paints.

I will wait a bit to paint the landscape until after I've started the benchwork.

 

 

 

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