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Rafter-suspended displayout design and testing

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Rafter-suspended displayout design and testing
Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, June 01, 2018 6:13 AM

My rafter-suspended displayout (i.e., display+layout) is taking shape. This morning I am testing HO track, cars, and DC locomotives. Several issues have been found like couplers striking the center of a cross track and a few loose rail joiners. Haven't installed any turnouts for testing yet. After this weekend's Maritime Federation of Railroad Modellers Annual Conference in Truro, Nova Scotia, more doors will be installed to extend the displayout even further.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, June 01, 2018 11:34 AM

Interesting. I like the path of the tank car train, basically going over the layout in three paths.

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Where will this be displayed?

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, June 01, 2018 11:45 AM

Just my basement hobby for family, friends and fellow modellers to enjoy. When the doors are all in place the area will be more than twice this, that's when the track plan grows with turnouts, yards, sidings etc. The foam and vinyl grass are just a temporary base.

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:12 PM

Just curious, not seeking to bash you or anything, is your ultimate goal something realistic, or is it going to be a fun train setup? Looks neat either way!

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:02 AM

BNSF UP and others modeler

Just curious, not seeking to bash you or anything, is your ultimate goal something realistic, or is it going to be a fun train setup? Looks neat either way!

 

Artistic would be a better word. It's all freelance with a lot of old school modelling and unique approaches to almost all aspects of the hobby. My benchwork, or lack thereof, is only the beginning. My theme is Nova Scotia minerals, mines and quarries throughout time so there will be a lot of geology and trains servicing those, and related industries.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:37 PM

A third line has been added and tested. All of these lines will be interconnected eventually. Lots more doors (table tops) to install, more lines to lay down, then a drawing will be made of the entire HO track plan with turnouts, sidings, etc. added.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:50 PM

The minimum area I have to work with is 15'x35'. Nine doors (tables T1-T9) have been installed so far. No rail has been laid on T1-T4 and one third of T5. Another nine doors will be installed in the available working space.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 6:26 AM

Four lines tested for adequate curvature, smooth running, and DC operation. Industries in the three central areas will be a coal mine, barite mine, gypsum quarry, and scrap metal yard.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:51 PM

Clearing out basement floor space for the next door (table T10) in my drawing. DCC trains will pass over the DC tracks on a viaduct from T4 to T10.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:54 PM

The viaduct will be made of West Jeddore spruce driftwood and Victoria Harbour birch (from my Bay of Fundy property) that I collected myself.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 6:52 PM

Door 10 solidly in place. Tomorrow I will be able to start the DCC viaduct. You can see how all the basement stuff (been throwing the junk on the curb side) can be stored under the suspended doors.

 

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Sunday, June 03, 2018 8:11 PM

Looks stupendous! Can't wait to see what it looks like when it is done.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:08 PM

BNSF UP and others modeler

Looks stupendous! Can't wait to see what it looks like when it is done.

 

At ground level it's big. Using all 18" curves (except two so far) so I need the space.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:55 PM

Main section of the DCC viaduct will be 10.5' long. Working on that this evening.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:33 PM

All set up for cutting the lumber for the viaduct.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:35 PM

Bark from the West Jeddore driftwood is removed using my belt sander. The logs are squared up as well.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:44 PM

Lumber is cut using a vintage mitre saw.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:45 PM

From driftwood logs ...

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:47 PM

... to driftwood timbers.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:43 PM

Time to bring the equipment in the house. Gonna be dark soon. Lots of wood to work with.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:58 PM

That was a lot of fun for me. Now I can relax at the kitchen table, make some coffee, put on some music, and enjoy the designing phase.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:01 PM

Finer cuts to the load-bearing timbers.

 

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