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Georgetown Branch Update

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Georgetown Branch Update
Posted by skray775 on Friday, December 21, 2012 11:08 PM

Hello members,

It has been a while since I did anything to the rail road and actually contemplated tearing it down.  Instead I decided to focus on a few modifications and finishing off the bench work and fascia once and for all so I could clean up the room. 

More details on the web site http://georgetownbranch.blogspot.com/

Kelly

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Posted by UPinCT on Saturday, December 22, 2012 7:08 AM

kregan

Hello members,

It has been a while since I did anything to the rail road and actually contemplated tearing it down.  Instead I decided to focus on a few modifications and finishing off the bench work and fascia once and for all so I could clean up the room. 

Kelly, looks like you have a beautiful room and the start of something special.  Makes someone like me stuck in the basement  jealous.  Why did you contemplate tearing it down?

Derek

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Posted by skray775 on Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:34 AM

Thank you Derek,

Since I had not worked on it all year and being in a messy state I thought maybe I should just take it down and let the family use the space for something else.  I decided to either finish the bench work so the room would look nice or remove the rail road all together.

One of the big changes was to remove some staging tracks I had running down the hall wall in the second picture on the right.  It made the entrance to the room look nasty and it looked like an afterthought which it was.

The second large change was to cut back the depth of the upper valance over the second level in the second picture. It was about 6" deeper then the second level so the lights would help light the extra deep lower level. As it turns out that was not needed and just made everything look out of balance. After those modifications I ended up replacing all the fascia that had been mangled over the years.  I switched from 1/8" the 3/16" masonite to reduce wavyness in the long straight sections of benchwork. In the next few days I will finish painting the fascia and be done with it.

Kelly

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Posted by skray775 on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:23 AM

All painted and the divider was added between scenes at the tunnel.

I also started to add Bridge #13 and the stream that ren under it.

Kelly

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Posted by skray775 on Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:20 AM

Tunnel side of the fascia divider.

Kelly

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Posted by UPinCT on Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:45 PM

Looking very good Kelly!

Keep the updates coming, it is looking excellent.

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Posted by jmbjmb on Sunday, December 30, 2012 2:26 PM

Beautiful room and I love the way the benchwork floats off the wall.  Wish mine looked half that good.

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Posted by skray775 on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:57 PM

It has been a while since I posted an update to this and while the layout sat quiet for the summer I have done a fair amount of work to the railroad since the weather has turned cold.

In Georgetown I have finished laying all the tracks and poured the entire yard in plaster / cement pavement, pictures of this will be posted soon.

Below are a couple of pictures of the raised E.C. Keys Warehouse and the coal trestle area below it. For now the warehouse is a cardboard cutout that is pretty close to the real thing.

Everything was still soaking wet when I snapped the pictures and I had not add the ballast in the first picture. The Coal trestle area is to clean but once the trestle is built and installed I can go back and dirty/weather things down a bit.

 

 

Kelly

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Posted by HO-Velo on Sunday, December 08, 2013 8:20 PM

Wow, that is a nice layout room and your lighting valances and fascias are beautiful.  Must be nice working in the warmth and comfort of your house.  Well, best don my sweater and watch cap before heading out to the garage to work on my layout.

regards,  Peter

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Posted by rgengineoiler on Monday, December 09, 2013 8:27 AM

Gee, how could you possibly even consider tearing this down.  What a fantastic area to have with so much future looking forward.  So many of us are stuck in small bedrooms, dingy basements, crowded attics, cold garages or even sheds and you were thinking of quitting?  Wow!  Listen, your work and planning looks to me from your pictures like someone with and area that could end up as a beautiful railroad empire.  Keep going for it Kelly.   Doug

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Posted by skray775 on Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:39 PM

Thanks guys,

Over the years my taste in modeling has changed from operation to enjoying watching trains roll. That leads me to second guess my choice of track plan and prototype. 

Does ever modelr suffer from that affliction or am I just lucky? LOL

It is nice to work in a warm room, I guess I'm spoiled! 

 

Kelly

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Posted by UPinCT on Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:47 PM

Like I said last year, Looking Good Kelly!

Keep posting in progress pics!

Derek

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, December 13, 2013 2:06 AM

kregan
Does ever modelr suffer from that affliction or am I just lucky?

Gidday Kelly, I suspect more of us than would like to admit it, suffer from the same or similar afflictions.Smile, Wink & Grin Just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Keep up the good work. Thumbs Up

Cheers, the Bear.

"One difference between pessimists and optimists is that while pessimists are more often right, optimists have far more fun."

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Posted by skray775 on Sunday, March 02, 2014 10:00 PM

A little junction scenery and backdrop paint.

The main line at the Junction is non functional. I plan on staging a passanger train on the main to help hide the transitions into the backdrop.  A road bridge will span the hills in front of the staging entrance.  The B&O used an old turntable for the bridge so I am on the lookout for a suitable doner.

At another location I tried to blend the road into the backdrop.  It turned out a little dark but not to bad.  I need to add some trees around the road to complete the scene.

E.C. Keys

Kelly

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, March 02, 2014 10:20 PM

Kelly:

I think the road on the backdrop is actually a good colour because it is shaded on both sides by the trees and the trees overhang the road. It will be darker in appearance because of the lack of direct sunlight.

Nice work all round.

Dave

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Posted by skray775 on Monday, March 10, 2014 8:54 PM

Thank you Dave!

Kelly

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