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Georgetown & Allen Mountain Railroad 5.0

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, May 01, 2017 5:14 PM

I made it around the next corner almost into the Georgetown passenger station. That will take a lot of CAD work next.

There will be no news for the next week or so because we're visiting Germany. I hope you all can cope...

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, May 07, 2017 7:18 PM

Just a short note: we made it back home, and work on the G&AM will continue tomorrow Smile‚Äč.

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, May 08, 2017 5:25 PM

I'm still jet lagged and a little slow but I managed to cut out some subroadbed:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:30 PM

It's always a good moment when the first piece of plywood goes up in it's final position:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:16 AM

One of our dogs woke me up early today so what could I do after the dog did it's business? I went to the layout and did some work Big Smile!

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 4:16 PM

I have reached the eastern staging area:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:36 PM

I've had a busy afternoon and added another 30 feet or so of subroadbed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fender777 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:42 AM
Wow what a space. I could not imagine having to lay that much N gauge track. Looks good.
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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:39 AM

I need to lay the hidden track that leads to the staging yard first before I do anything else at the front of the bench work. I started early this morning and glued down the roadbed:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:20 PM

I took a few minutes of my lunch break to paint and seal the roadbed. Now it's ready for track!

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:14 PM

This afternoon I started to lay track. The mainline is now connected to the leftover staging yard from the previous G&AM:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, May 12, 2017 5:30 PM

I've laid all the hidden track and arrived at Gustavsburg:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:21 AM

I started this morning by cutting out the opening for the turntable and the openings for the inspection pits inside the roundhouse.

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:25 PM

This afternoon I drilled holes for 29 switch machines, glued down a lot of roadbed, and painted it as well:

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:26 AM

I've glued down and painted/sealed the rest of the roadbed. 

The turntable/roundhouse area:

 

 

The mainline along the edge of the Georgetown peninsula with 6 additional switch machine openings drilled:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:01 PM

As I'm using a tighter center to center distance than usual in N scale I have to cut many turnouts to make them fit:

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:25 PM

Half the mainline made it all the way through the Gustavsburg station:

 

 

 

 

A 40" radius looks nice in N scale:

 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, May 15, 2017 6:41 AM

 I only wish I worked half as fast as you did. Even if I had all that prep done with the benchwork, there's no way I'd have that much roadbed and track down in this timeframe. I need to do better, or I'll never even get to the second deck of my design even though I am working in a much smaller space (and using HO which fills it up much faster). Of course now that it's finally a reality that I can do the basement demo and rebuild to get the space ready, I suppose I better get back to work on my plan.

                              --Randy

 

                              --Randy


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, May 15, 2017 5:16 PM

The main line now runs through Gustavsburg and into the Georgetown peninsula crossing the big river:

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:03 PM

I've finished laying mainline track as far as the roadbed goes. That includes the crossovers for the two industries that will be served by the mainline in this area.

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:11 PM

I couldn't resist, I had to see how a nice, long freight train will look on the mainline. The train consists of 5 diesels, 40 freight cars and a caboose. It's about 13' long Big Smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:15 PM

Today is my wife's birthday so I spent the day with her. I still managed to sneak away for half an hour to get some plywood for the layoutSmile:

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:21 PM

I worked a bit at Gustavsburg today and added the next station track, the first one that connects straight to the branch line. And what would the branch line be without my famous doodlebug!

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, May 19, 2017 5:32 PM

Today I added more track to the Gustavsburg yard:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:12 PM

The Gustavsburg yard is almost done:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:44 PM

Gustavsburg is complete! All the track has been laid, only the roundhouse track will have to wait until I get around to building the roundhouse itself.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 PM

Nice progress Micheal!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:22 PM

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening doing the CAD work for the Georgetown passenger station. Today - while I was working - the laser was running producing all the necessary roadbed parts. Here's the result:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's amazing how much space you need for a halfway realistic station even in N scale!

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Posted by fender777 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:20 AM
That is going to be one nice yard. Also this place is dead. I guess not many come here anymore.
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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:51 AM

Actually, if you look at the "Views", lots of us stop in, when we see Michael has an update.

Just not a lot to talk about, until wireing, trains running, and scenery.  For me it's the scenery that I will be following.

Mike.

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