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GPM&C Ry
Posted by -E-C-Mills on Sunday, March 06, 2011 1:36 PM

Welcome to the build thread of the:

Granite Peak Mining and Chemical Railway

My small HO scale layout.  From time to time I'll drop photos in here to share showing the progress.  Just for fun.  Hope you enjoy.  Eric.

First, here is the track plan drawn with Turbocad v7.1.

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The plan features three scenes on a single 24" radius circle, a bridge scene, a city scene, and a mining/industrial scene.  The mountain in the middle separates the scenes so you don't notice too much that the track is just a circle.  The era is steam, 1920s to 40s.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Sunday, March 06, 2011 1:58 PM

The first thing I built was a model of the model, years ago.  The scale of the model is 1-1/2" = 1'.  This version is 4' x 4' with the main radius at 21".

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Monday, March 07, 2011 11:44 PM

Here are a couple of the early photos showing the benchwork.  I wanted this to be light weight and portable.  Much of the layout is supported by lots of cardboard.  Like a very heavy duty box.  Took these a long time ago in the late 1990s (BDC before digital cameras).  I have been working on this very slowly for some time.  Too many other things going on, cars, kids, trips, work on the house...

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 10:02 PM

The micro-engineering steel viaduct took me awhile to build.  A little tricky with the curve.  The non tower spans are also shortened.  Here it is being installed.

I tried making pyramidal footings out of plaster and then embedding them into the hard-shell scenery.  But I could not get that to work.  So I ended up cutting out the scenery underneath.  Then glued pine footings I cut on the table saw, to a segment of plywood also glued to the benchwork.  Then, the scenery was redone.

Here is the bridge being epoxied to the footings showing how I kept the curve alignment and kept the top of the bridge even with the road bed.

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, March 11, 2011 11:28 PM

The GPM&C celebrates its first inaugural run.  The celebration was witnessed by some of the construction gang as a coach bringing in the dignitaries arrived at the future site Chrysolite Metals at Jobyna.  Said one of the crew "we'll be old and drawing our pensions by the time this thing is done".

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Micro-engineering bridge track.  Central valley ties and curvable switch kits.  Code 83 rails.  Mat-board and card-stock road bed coated with varnish before ties installed.

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Posted by Colorado_Mac on Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:07 PM

Pretty slick.

Sean

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Posted by Sir Madog on Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:24 AM

Erik,

that is an awesome little layout you are building. It is sure another demonstration of the fact, that the fun of model railroading has nothing to do with the size of a layout!

Keep those pics coming!

Ulrich     

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Sunday, March 13, 2011 11:31 PM

Thank you Sean and Ulrich,

Someday the room this is in now will be a full layout, part of an addition I built on my older house.  But for now, there's too much junk in there!  Meanwhile I want to see this one through, and see how it comes out.  There is actually plenty of modeling for me to do!

Eric

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Monday, March 14, 2011 9:57 PM

Here is the mock up of the town of Jobyna (named after the silent movie actress Jobyna Ralston).  The factory is Faraday Electric Motor Company.  Maybe a bit too tall but I'm stuck with it.

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Posted by Mike Kieran on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:47 AM

What an amazing layout. It's a shame that Carl Arendt passed away. This would have been a great layout for his website.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, March 18, 2011 10:12 PM

Thanks Mike.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, March 18, 2011 10:33 PM

Here is the control panel and a typical switch machine install.  This transformer is the same one my dad bought in the 1970s.  It was saved from the 11x17 layout he built, and I helped as a kid.  We dismantled that layout in the 80s.  The switch machines are also leftover from that and I have kept all these years, along with the DPDT toggle switches.  Still work great.  Old school!  (actually these ore cars are from the 80s too, which I recently refurbished and put KayDees on)

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The switch throw mechanism I make from the spring wire the machine comes with.  After bending the "L" for the points, I pass the wire down through the hole, then bend it towards the switch machine.  I then tape, using metal duct tape, a looped copper wire so the rotating mechanism will not bind.  Seems to work ok.  Anyway, that is what that odd looking metal duct tape is for.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Monday, March 21, 2011 8:21 PM

The Basement of Faraday Electric Motor Co.  I got some Bachmann workers as a gift and since, well, lets just say, they probably wont be too visible in the basement.  There is an arc welder cluster of LEDs on the left corner (from modeltrainsoftware.com).  There are some bass string parts, a boiler from a dowel, and a dynamo from a button battery, and a barrel and other junk.   Warm white LEDs and resistors from ebay.  Anyone care to identify the mysterious blue machine?

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Posted by Lake on Monday, March 21, 2011 9:49 PM

Wow, this is looking really nice.

Now I find out that I should have kept some of my old bass stringsSleep

Next I will find out that cardboard can be used in the making of mountains.Sad

Ken G Price   My N-Scale Layout

Digitrax Super Empire Builder Radio System. South Valley Texas Railroad. SVTRR

N-Scale out west. 1996-1998 or so! UP, SP, Missouri Pacific, C&NW.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, April 01, 2011 10:14 PM

Yeah those bass strings have those potentially useful brass thingys on the ends ;)  Of course, old guitar strings are as useful like piano wire.

And the strange blue thing is an old operational amplifier shipping package.  Kind of have cool fin looking things.  Anyway, junk for the basement not very visible.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, April 01, 2011 10:35 PM

So here is the main floor of Faraday EM.  We have a bit of a mix of eras of tools, some belt driven, some more modern but, oh well.  The green lathe and drill press in the center of the production floor is from Roco and has nice detail I think.  The floor is basswood scribed with a drafting pencil and stained.  The walls are cardstock spray painted flat white.  The file cabinets I made out of balsa wood and scribed with the pencil.  Painted with brown acrylic.  The chair and desk are cardstock.  Artwork stolen from the internet and printed on the printer.

The main floor consists of an entry for workers (center), a reception area (right), the forman's office (behind reception with the desk), the stair well ( in the center), the bathrooms, and of course the main shop floor.  Just trying to give an illusion that there is stuff inside the building.

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, April 15, 2011 10:47 PM

Micheal Faraday is one of my favorite scientists.  Not from a well off family (you typically had to be well off to get educated and do science in those days), he educated himself and in a roundabout way, ended up working for a chemist in his laboratory.  He went on to develop the theory of the electromagnetic field, diamagnetism, induction, and the laws of electrolysis.  He invented the electric motor.  So for this I named the company, Faraday Electric Motors.

Here we see progress on the masonry.  Borrowing a little from the techniques of Bob Brendle ( "Brick Walls With Character" , Railroad Model Craftsman, Vol 69, no 2, July 2000) I did not do near as good a job as he did!  After spraying the interior walls black (to absorb interior lights) then some white, the outside was airbrushed with oxide red acrylic.  Then, random bricks are painted with either lightened red, and darkened red.  I think doing this alone does quite a bit for the building.

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Bob uses a different technique for the mortar than I did.  I diluted some acrylic white with isopropyl alcohol (2-propanol) :) and dabbed it on.  Mostly, the white settles into the mortar lines.  Here you can see the difference between a treated and untreated wall.

 

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After the mortar treatment everything gets a mist of cheap flat black spray paint.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, April 29, 2011 8:54 PM

The basement for Faraday EM is cut in.   Construction of the south east side of granite peak.  The profiles are glued in with adhesive caulk.

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, May 13, 2011 12:19 PM

Plaster work. 

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I like this little stainless steel spatula tool (below) you can get from science supply companies (Fisher or Cynmar).  The square end is great for making the sharper edges of rocks.  Small enough to make lots of little random details.  Then I use an old paint brush for stippling and blending while the plaster is still wet.  After the plaster sets I use the x acto knife to trim and further carve in rock like shapes.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, June 10, 2011 11:27 PM

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Monday, August 01, 2011 9:41 PM

Mostly done with the background plaster colors and textures.  Getting ready to set the building.

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Sunday, October 30, 2011 4:08 PM

Setting the bridge abutment for the future roadway overpass.  Aligned with the street center line.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, November 18, 2011 9:43 PM

Bad engineering on my part.  I should have used a full plywood X spanning the legs.  Instead, most of the weight is transferred to the centers of the 1x2 rails.  The 1x2 s are now sagging under the weight.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, November 18, 2011 9:48 PM

Tightened things up a little with some plywood ribs.  Still enough clearance to get the N scale layout out from underneath.

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Posted by lone geep on Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:13 PM

Good job! Looking forward to further updates.

Lone Geep 

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Posted by 304live on Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:19 PM

really great work!

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:01 PM

Thanks, I appreciate that.

eric

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Saturday, December 03, 2011 8:59 PM

Finished the majority of the last switch.  This time I built my own frog.  Not real pretty but it works.  My circular layout design really required me to hand lay my own turnouts but I wasn't confident I could do it.  So, I chose the CVT turnouts because they are at least partially curvable if you follow the instructions and not cut all the webs.  So, the track flow isnt quite as elegant as I imagined in my track plan.  But I think after building a few of these kits, I could hand lay any switch now or at least modify the CVT switch to do about anything I want.  Maybe on the next layout LOL.

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Saturday, December 03, 2011 9:06 PM

 

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Posted by -E-C-Mills on Friday, December 09, 2011 11:31 PM

The coke and limestone receiving bins for Chrysolite Metals.

 

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