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The Breitenbach - Rosenheim Railroad Version II

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The Breitenbach - Rosenheim Railroad Version II
Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, October 02, 2016 7:15 PM

I used to have a pretty large N scale lyout that I recently had to dismantle because I needed to take away some of the layout space for other purposes. Now I'm starting a new layout again, this time a German themed H0 scale layout. I'm still at the stage of layout room preparation but I can at least post the track plan:

A PDF file can be accessed here.

If everything goes as planned I should be starting work on the railroad in about a week.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, October 03, 2016 6:52 PM

The reason for dismantling my N scale layout was the need to create the 2 rooms at the left of the track plan. One of them I need for my work, the other one is going to become my new model railroad workshop:

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 4:07 PM

Today is the day when construction of the new layout actually begins! I originally wanted to move my work shop first but most of the stuff is hidden under a pile of benchwork and lighting fixtures so I've decided to rearrange the benchwork and lighting first and move the work shop later when I can find everything again. To remind everybody how the room looks like today I took these pictures:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 5:13 PM

Because the city of Rosenheim is going to be built on a freestanding peninsula I need a deeper sky background behind it. Therefore I had to add horizontal supports going down to four feet. In the second picture you can see the future background leaning against the wall.

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 4:57 PM

I attached three sheets of tempered hardboard:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, October 06, 2016 2:57 PM

I've connected to he old N scale background. Now we will wait for Hurricane Matthews and see for how long we'll lose power. It might be several days before I'll be back...

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 07, 2016 10:12 AM

It's stormy outside and raining because of Hurricane Matthews but so far we've been lucky with no damage. We still have power, sometimes flickering a bit but otherwise ok. I'm not doing any real work today, I don't want to damage my expensive lab equipment with power surges and such but I decided it's safe enough to work on the railroad Big Smile!

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 07, 2016 2:02 PM

The hurricane is on it's way out:

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 07, 2016 3:38 PM

I managed to get a piece of the first new peninsula in place! This peninsula was part of the G&AM Allen Mountain and so it's only 5 feet wide and also not long enough. I will have to cut up one of the other peninsulas and add a piece to get to the full length.

 

 

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Posted by Bis on Friday, October 07, 2016 3:44 PM

Glad you made it through the storm OK. They are nothing to fool with, been there done that.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 07, 2016 4:41 PM

Bis

Glad you made it through the storm OK. They are nothing to fool with, been there done that.

Yes, it's no fun! I remember the 2004 season with 3 hurricanes. We lived in Ormond Beach at the time, weeks without power! That's why we live in central Florida now...

It's coming together like a giant puzzle! I can reuse all kinds of parts from the old layout, good planning Big Smile!

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, October 07, 2016 8:42 PM

Michael:

That's going to be quite the layout! Thanks for posting your progress.

Glad the storm didn't do too much damage.

Regards,

Dave

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, October 08, 2016 3:29 PM

Before I can continue rearranging my peninsulas I have to make room. I have no choice but to start carrying all my supplies and tools into the new model work shop:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, October 09, 2016 4:17 PM

I took a break from moving stuff and gave the new background a first coat of primer:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, October 09, 2016 5:09 PM

Here's a look at my work shop, already overflowing with stuff frown...

 

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, October 09, 2016 9:12 PM

michaelrose55
Here's a look at my work shop, already overflowing with stuff

Far too tidy!!!Wink

"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 hon30critter on Sunday, October 09, 2016 11:20 PM

Michael:

I'm seriously envious of your layout and workshop space! However, I agree with JaBear - the workshop is too neat! Please put a bunch of useful stuff in a cardboard box, shake it vigorously, and then dump it on the table. It will immediately resemble what the rest of our poor souls' workbenches look like.

Seriously, after looking at your workshop I realized what I could do with my own workshop space. I don't have quite that much room to work with, and I have to accommodate a computer desk and printer in the same area, however I could certainly make better use of the available wall space, and the computer desk and workbench could be a lot smaller. Right now I have an ancient section of kitchen wall cabinets surrounded by a bunch of helter skelter shelves and a couple of plastic drawer units, plus a ton of boxes piled under my workbench. Hmmmm!

The biggest challenge will be getting rid of my computer desk. It is a huge oak commercial office desk with a side extension. It has to weigh over 200 lbs! I think the only reasonable way to get it out of the basement would be to take a sawsall or chainsaw to it!Smile, Wink & GrinLaugh

Dave

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:12 PM

I put on a second coat of primer yesterday and the first coat of sky blue today:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:02 PM

Today feels like Christmas again, they shipped me a bunch of freight cars which I ordered because they were on sale - I paid an average of $12 per car which is really good for imported German models!

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:15 PM

I removed all the old benchwork that I won't need anymore. Filled my pickup twice! All that dry wood will make a nice fire tomorrow!

Now the room starts to look a little better:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:34 PM

I made some minor changes to the track plan again:

Here's the PDF!

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:35 PM

I've combined several existing pieces to make up the Rosenheim peninsula. Besides one missing corner piece it's now complete, 25' 3" long and 6' 3" wide.

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:57 PM

I started to work on the next peninsula (still need a name for this town...):

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:02 AM

I didn't post anything yesterday because I had server issues but today all is well Smile! I'm cleaning up the train room and in the process I'm getting rid of a lot of stuff. Now you can almost see the final shape:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:22 AM

I'm off to a good start today, the mail man just delivered a new electric locomotive:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 3:43 PM

This is the last bit that still exists from the former G&AM layout, the Barnesville yard & passenger station. Now it's going where the rest of the N scale layout went...

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:40 PM

...and now it's gone. This is now really the end of the Georgetown & Allen Mountain Railroad!

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, October 16, 2016 4:35 PM

I've cleaned the old background and painted it sky blue again. Now it's all ready for a new railroad!

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:17 PM

Today I have started experimenting with laser cut roadbed again. It was such a success with my N scale layout that I won't be using anything else ever again.

Because the taskboard I'm using doesn't come thicker than 3mm I will have to use two layers to get the necessary thickness. So I designed a lower layer that has markings for 2 single track pieces which then have markings for the ties to make straight track installation easy. Two additional lines centered under the rails help with drilling holes for feeder wires.

In the pictures all the pieces are just lying there, not glued together so they might be a little off but it shows the idea I believe.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by hardcoalcase on Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:28 PM

I can only imagine the look on the face of the store manager at your local big-box home improvement store when you arrive! "Ka-ching!"Big Smile

Looks like a terrific layout in the making!

Jim

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