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Posted by Motley on Friday, December 13, 2019 6:41 PM

thomas81z

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Finally have an update. As you guys know I waited more than 4 weeks for the backdrops, and now the city backdrop is being returned. Ordered another backdrop from Railroadbackdrops.com.

So I am finally able to start laying track.

 

 

  just wow with the rockies for your background ,so roster wise what are you modeling transition or mordern era ?? 80 to present ??

  

I am modeling modern era, but I have never owned any 1950s era trains before, so I will swap them out from time to time. Duel era.

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Posted by thomas81z on Friday, December 13, 2019 6:26 PM

Motley

Finally have an update. As you guys know I waited more than 4 weeks for the backdrops, and now the city backdrop is being returned. Ordered another backdrop from Railroadbackdrops.com.

So I am finally able to start laying track.

 

just wow with the rockies for your background ,so roster wise what are you modeling transition or mordern era ?? 80 to present ??

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Posted by Motley on Monday, December 9, 2019 5:50 PM

Finally have an update. As you guys know I waited more than 4 weeks for the backdrops, and now the city backdrop is being returned. Ordered another backdrop from Railroadbackdrops.com.

So I am finally able to start laying track.

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Posted by Motley on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:07 PM

Update on the backdrops. I still don't have them. Its been over 3 weeks now. Damn. I called Backdrop warehouse, and they are behind. Apparantly when I placed my order, they recieved a lot of other orders at the same time. Just my luck.

They told me my order was being printed now, and will ship on Wednesday. So I should have it by Friday.

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Posted by Motley on Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:52 AM

SPSOT fan

Nice to see the track plan starting to come together, even if the track can’t quite be laid yet!

It’s good to hear that you able to get some of those structures built while waiting to lay track! That will save you from having a bunch of sidings without indust once the track is laid!

 

 
Thanks! Ya building the structures is fun. And shopping for equipment and structures is fun too. I also have the 3 Power Plant structers completed.
 
So far equipment I have aquired is: BLI S4 4-8-4 GN, D&RGW SD9, UP 1943 SD70Ace. Passenger cars, and some rolling stock too.
 
Next week I will be ordering BLI E7 A/B PENN & Penn passsenger cars!!

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:20 AM

Nice to see the track plan starting to come together, even if the track can’t quite be laid yet!

It’s good to hear that you able to get some of those structures built while waiting to lay track! That will save you from having a bunch of sidings without indust once the track is laid!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by Motley on Friday, November 8, 2019 6:01 PM

Well I've been in a holding pattern. I can't install any track until I get the photo backdrops. Here it is Friday and its been two weeks since I ordered them. Hopefully I get them by Monday, I'm really itchin to lay track and run trains.

I laid out all the track for Coors, Mountains, and left side where the power plant will be. I thought I could make room for the Oil Refinery, but I can't make it work. Only have like 10" of space between the backdrop and mainline. So I will go with the Frac Sand facilty (I already have the kit).

In the meantime, I've been building structures. Almost finished with the first Coors building. And doing a lot of shopping. I finally found some D&RGW equipement! Got some BLI SD9s coming in the mail.

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:52 PM

I have been working on laying out the track and see how things will fit.

I started with Coors on the right side. I will only have room for two tracks there (trackplan had 3). I am using the Walthers Superior Paper kit (already have kit and currently building it) for the main building. and its 20" x 12" size. Using the ADM grain elevator kit 10" x 13", and the modern warehouse kit which is 20" x 12". I know that is a lot of big buildings, but I have to because its Coors!

This is the upper right corner where the coal mine will be.

I will be ordering the photo backdrops tomorrow. I cant glue any track down until I install the backdrops.

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Posted by Motley on Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:24 PM

I got all the foam installed. I'm starting to lay out the track. Going to start with the right side where Coors will be.

This is very exciting!

This is where Coors will be

This is the top side where the mountain scene will be.

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Posted by Doughless on Monday, October 14, 2019 2:21 PM

Motley

 

 
Doughless

Nice progress.  .Now you'll be able to see the trackplan come into reality, and will probably make adjustments once you start laying things out.

 

 

 
Thanks Douglas. Right now I'm working on getting all the foam down.
 
And I need to order all the backdrops. Ouch thats gonna be around $1000 for 5 10 ft backdrops.
 
Yes indeed my other layout I know had a lot of changes when laying track. The only thing I'm concerened about is the yard tracks, and I'll have to use some curved switches on both ends. Probably end up doing the yard section last.
 

Michael, seek out others advice, but you might want to do the yard first, not last.

I always think its best to start with the most congested area of turnouts, then work out from there.  Simply adjusting the angles a little bit can have some dramatic changes into what will fit and what wont.  I think yard tracks look best when they are perfectly parallel for a long length, so I would probably start with that.  Otherwise, you might be forced to fit them in after other things are laid and it might not look right.  JMO.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Monday, October 14, 2019 12:22 PM

Nice to see some progress on your layout. I too can’t wait to see you get some trains running. I really love these threads on people’s layouts! See people make progress is really cool!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by Motley on Monday, October 14, 2019 10:55 AM

Doughless

Nice progress.  .Now you'll be able to see the trackplan come into reality, and will probably make adjustments once you start laying things out.

 

 
Thanks Douglas. Right now I'm working on getting all the foam down.
 
And I need to order all the backdrops. Ouch thats gonna be around $1000 for 5 10 ft backdrops.
 
Yes indeed my other layout I know had a lot of changes when laying track. The only thing I'm concerened about is the yard tracks, and I'll have to use some curved switches on both ends. Probably end up doing the yard section last.

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Posted by Doughless on Monday, October 14, 2019 10:28 AM

Nice progress.  Now you'll be able to see the trackplan come into reality, and will probably make adjustments once you start laying things out.

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Posted by Motley on Saturday, October 12, 2019 5:17 PM

Well I FINALLY finished the benchwork. Took a bit too long, I wasn't putting a whole lot of time into it. Could have finished a couple weeks ago.

Nevertheless. I am happy benchwork is over, its a lot of hard work. lol

Foam will be down in the next couple of days, then I can get some trackwork done!! My goal is to have the two mainlines completed in 2 weeks. I wanna runs some trains already!

  I made sure to give myself plenty of room to duck under the entrance here.

 

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Posted by Motley on Friday, October 11, 2019 12:09 PM

Doughless

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Doughless

Shows up fine for me.  I use Google Chrome.

 
 

Douglas, Hey I got a question for ya. Can I paint the foam with latex paint first, will it affect the latex caulk from sticking to the cork roadbed?

 

 I'm not the guy to ask, since I've never used foam.  I hear that paint sticks to foam fine, but I'd use a flat finish.

I think ultimate adhesion by anything you stick to a painted surface is only as strong as the adhesion that exists between the paint and the surface.  In this case, the critical bond is the paint to foam.

That won't affect how well the caulk sticks to the roadbed, which I don't think is your real question.

The paint to foam bond might be a good enough bond for laying caulked roadbed onto the painted foam, but I think most would suggest to lay the caulked roadbed straight onto the foam, then paint around it at some point.

 

 
Ok thanks, I'll just wait and paint the foam later.

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Posted by Doughless on Friday, October 11, 2019 9:39 AM

Motley

 

 
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Shows up fine for me.  I use Google Chrome.

 
 

 

 Ya probably most people stil use internet exploder.

Douglas, Hey I got a question for ya. Can I paint the foam with latex paint first, will it affect the latex caulk from sticking to the cork roadbed?

 

I'm not the guy to ask, since I've never used foam.  I hear that paint sticks to foam fine, but I'd use a flat finish.

I think ultimate adhesion by anything you stick to a painted surface is only as strong as the adhesion that exists between the paint and the surface.  In this case, the critical bond is the paint to foam.

That won't affect how well the caulk sticks to the roadbed, which I don't think is your real question.

The paint to foam bond might be a good enough bond for laying caulked roadbed onto the painted foam, but I think most would suggest to lay the caulked roadbed straight onto the foam, then paint around it at some point.

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, October 10, 2019 2:05 PM

Doughless

Shows up fine for me.  I use Google Chrome.

 

 Ya probably most people stil use internet exploder.

Douglas, Hey I got a question for ya. Can I paint the foam with latex paint first, will it affect the latex caulk from sticking to the cork roadbed?

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Posted by kasskaboose on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:56 AM

On my current 2nd layout, I don't have a duckunder and love it.  Being able to walk with hands full and not worry about crashing into anything is invaluable.  I can't imagine getting older and having to crawl down to the layout.  Many prob won't bother ducking under either.  Again, if that's fine with you; it's your layout!

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Posted by Doughless on Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:09 AM

Shows up fine for me.  I use Google Chrome.

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:10 AM

Ok I have no idea whats up with Google photos. I just signed up for flicker. (screw google).

Can you guys see this now?

 

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Monday, October 7, 2019 10:10 AM

SeeYou190

 

 
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his will mainly be standup layout, but at times will sit and relax and enjoy that too. The reason why I lowered the track height from 42 to 40 is because of the long reaches in some spots.

 

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I am a proponent of lower layouts. As we grow older, there is always the possibility that standing can become difficult. It is easier to stand at a lower layout than sit at a taller one.

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-Kevin

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I'm considering keeping my new layout lower, and providing chairs. My aisles are plenty wide......and my scenes will be 3' to 4' deep in most places.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 7, 2019 9:06 AM

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his will mainly be standup layout, but at times will sit and relax and enjoy that too. The reason why I lowered the track height from 42 to 40 is because of the long reaches in some spots.

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I am a proponent of lower layouts. As we grow older, there is always the possibility that standing can become difficult. It is easier to stand at a lower layout than sit at a taller one.

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-Kevin

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, October 5, 2019 7:10 PM

They are links to Google photos.  I use google photos for other things, maybe that's why I can see them in chrome, and some of them in Firefox.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:46 PM

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I can't see the pictures from your posts on September 16 and 17. All I see are "do not enter" signs...

 
 
Sum Ting Wong

 
I can't see those photos, either, but there's no indication, other than Michael's text, that a picture should be there...no partial code or any symbol showing on my screen.
 
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Posted by riogrande5761 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:37 PM

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I can't see the pictures from your posts on September 16 and 17. All I see are "do not enter" signs...

 
Same here.  I used to think the photo host was blocked a work but I get the no entry symbol on my Android phone at home. 
 
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Posted by SPSOT fan on Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:17 PM

Uhh, just so your aware I cannot see your picture, only a “Do Not Enter” kind of sign. If you could fix this I would like it very much! Smile

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by Motley on Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:57 AM

I'm on the last section of the benchwork. Yaaaaah finally!

But I ran out of wood, ooops. Now I need to get more before I finish. I will be getting the foam down tomorrow.

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:29 PM

Still workin on benchwork, but I'm getting close, possibly next week will be finished.

I made some changes on the main layout trackplan. I have room for a 3 stall roundhouse. And I added a small passenger station on the left.

 

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Friday, September 20, 2019 1:20 PM

I can't see the pictures from your posts on September 16 and 17. All I see are "do not enter" signs...

I'm beginning to realize that Windows 10 and sound decoders have a lot in common. There are so many things you have to change in order to get them to work the way you want.

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:56 AM

Another update. I think this will be the final version. Ok so I had to move the coke oven and quench tower to the top side. Because where I had it I wouldn't be able to reach the tracks over those structures.

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