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Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, August 23, 2021 10:32 PM

23 August 2021

I finished ballasting all the industry tracks in Casper. The only thing left is the engine terminal, and since I can get to that easily from the front of the yard, I may not get to it for awhile. Everything I needed to work on from behind the yard is now complete. Final detailing can be done from aboard my Topside Creeper as the mood strikes.

I moved beyond my "disaster" (I started a thread about that a few days ago; it's now resolved) to finish the Standard Oil Refinery loading tracks. Oil dripped and gushed (and everything in between) onto the tracks over a period of many years as cars were loaded, so the tracks needed to have an almost black, slimy semi-wet look to them. I think I accomplished that, for the most part:

So today, after the second track was dry and I removed the weights, I set the loading racks back in place and spotted a few cars alongside. In this shot I caught 0-8-0 number 545 spotting a second cut of cars on the right hand track.

And here's a view looking down that track at the oncoming string. That track is pretty disgusting looking. I sure wouldn't want to work out there every day!

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Posted by richhotrain on Friday, August 13, 2021 7:00 AM

Pruitt

Last night I applied dirt to the remaining area on the west end. Here's part of the engine terminal after a brief downpour (sprayed water to activate the plaster to affix the dirt):

I kinda like the way this looks, but I have no idea how to keep the after rain look.

I like the way it looks too. I wonder if a light, shallow application of Envirotex Lite would work? Might be worth a try.

Rich

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:27 PM

Thanks Dave, but I sure feel like the proverbial tortoise in my modeling speed.

12 August 2021

Basic scenery in Casper is now done. And I mean basic - dirt has been applied everywhere. Foliage, structures, and all the details will come over time. 

Last night I applied dirt to the remaining area on the west end. Here's part of the engine terminal after a brief downpour (sprayed water to activate the plaster to affix the dirt):

I kinda like the way this looks, but I have no idea how to keep the after rain look.

This evening, with the dirt dried and solid, I removed the tape from the tracks and vacuumed up all the plaster debris. Here's an overall view of the west end:

A closer view of the Standard Refinery's oil loading tracks (behind the roundhouse), followed by a view of the turntable and lead tracks.

I have to say that overall I'm pleased with how things look at this point.

Now I just have to clean out plaster from between tie ends where it seeped under the tape (an easy job since it's just Plaster of Paris) and I'm ready to ballast the area.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, August 9, 2021 10:24 PM

Pruitt
The real "if" is IF I ever get to the point of actually operating the layout!

Mark, you are a prolific modeller. I know that you have a long ways to go but I'm sure you will get there sooner rather than later.

One thing I like about your approach to the layout is that you are doing the scenery (at least the basics) as you go. You won't end up with a plywood paradise. When the final track is laid your layout will look like a layout.

Dave

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, August 9, 2021 4:23 PM

Pruitt

The real "if" is IF I ever get to the point of actually operating the layout!

Well now, there you have it.  Yes

Rich

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, August 9, 2021 1:02 PM

Doughless
Chapstick on the tops of the rails before rattle can paint.  Pure genius! 

In all fairness, that tip came from a post on the "other" forum.

hon30critter
If you produce videos of the same quality about how you operate we will all be in for a treat!

Dave

The real "if" is IF I ever get to the point of actually operating the layout!

9 August 2021

I got the Casper backdrop posted a couple days ago. It's a bit bluury in this post (camera and photographer are both a bit depth-of-field challenged), but it gives you an idea of how it looks:

Here's a shot of another part of it:

I actually was able to successfully solder wires to one of the 0402 LEDs! 

And yesterday I applied a plaster layer to the entire engine terminal. Today or tomorrow I'll add the dirt, tyhen the entire west end of the yard is ready for ballasting.

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, August 5, 2021 9:38 PM

richhotrain
Looking good, Mark. If you eventually enjoy operating this layout as much as you seem to enjoy making the videos, you are in for a real treat.

Hi Rich and Mark,

If you produce videos of the same quality about how you operate we will all be in for a treat!

Dave

 

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Posted by Doughless on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:35 PM

Chapstick on the tops of the rails before rattle can paint.  Pure genius! 

- Douglas

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 9:13 AM

richhotrain
Another nice update video, Mark, at least once you get past that lime green shirt.  Laugh

Rich

LOL! Thanks!

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 7:01 AM

Another nice update video, Mark, at least once you get past that lime green shirt.  Laugh

Rich

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 10:13 PM

3 August 2021

You're right, Rich - I really do enjoy making the videos! Thanks for noticing!

The videos are actually very useful too. They keep me motivated to work on the railroad. All month long I'm thinking "I need to get something done or I won't have anything to put in next month's video!"

Speaking of which, I just published the August layout update:

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 6:18 AM

Looking good, Mark. If you eventually enjoy operating this layout as much as you seem to enjoy making the videos, you are in for a real treat.

Rich

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, August 1, 2021 3:50 PM

1 August 2021

I just published the latest episode of Building Casper...

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:40 AM

Pruitt

 I got a test print of a couple sections of the backdrop, and while part of it looks good, other parts look terrible! Resolution is very poor in some areas, so I'm trying to improve them by using different shots I took that same day. I spent hours doing that yesterday, and so far the results are not promising. More work over the weekend, then I'll try another test print Monday.

 

 
 
I have the same challenges with parts of my backscene.   One minute it looks okay then the glaring mistakes are all to see.
Just got to carry on until it is right.  Smile
 
David

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:29 AM

Thanks Dave, but I got a test print of a couple sections of the backdrop, and while part of it looks good, other parts look terrible! Resolution is very poor in some areas, so I'm trying to improve them by using different shots I took that same day. I spent hours doing that yesterday, and so far the results are not promising. More work over the weekend, then I'll try another test print Monday.

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, July 16, 2021 10:38 PM

Pruitt
The last few days I've spent putting together the backdrop image file for behind Casper:

Hi Mark,

Your ability to create fantastic backdrops is amazing!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:23 AM

hon30critter
Your track work looks pretty good Mark! Using a camera to identify any alignment flaws is a brilliant idea.

Thanks Dave!

Using the camera is just my innate laziness coning through, finding the easiest way to do something.

15 July 2021

Here's an overall view of the west end of Casper from a few days ago, showing all the freshly-painted and cleaned track. The two tracks on the right are the oil loading tracks, and are basically black at this point, as the ground and ballast will be. On the left side there's quite a bit of black, to represent ground in coal dust in the engine terminal, but nothing like the oily area in the refinery.

The last few days I've spent putting together the backdrop image file for behind Casper:

This was stitched together out of 40 or 50 photos in Affinity Photo. The colors actually do shift like that on the right end of the mountain.

A closer view of the center of the backdrop:

The switchbacks are the road up the side of the mountain. It's been there since the 1930's at least, although the original road was much narrower and not so prominent on the side of the mountain.

This backdrop will be about 13 inches high by 29 feet long.

I may tweak things a bit more before I get the whole thing printed. The right end, after the color shift, is a bit higher than it is in real life.

I'm going to get a single-sheet test print done to make sure the image is acceptably clear before I shell out a hundred bucks or so to get the whole thing printed.

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:50 PM

Pruitt
I moved everything I could away from the area, and shrouded what I couldn't move with painter's tape or paper towels.

Covering things up is obviously the right thing to do. When my old club was painting the backdrop walls around the layout they didn't bother to cover or remove anything. There were several structures and some locomotives and rolling stock on the layout. They all got a light sprinkling of sky blue!Bang HeadGrumpyAngryCryingSad

Your track work looks pretty good Mark! Using a camera to identify any alignment flaws is a brilliant idea.

Cheers!!

Dave 

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:46 PM

8 July 2021

I finished installing the remaining tracks in Casper yard - the second turntable lead and the coal delivery track. Here I'm checking the alignment of the new switch and the tracks using my cell phone. Yeah, looks serviceable...

And with the installation of those tracks complete and all the missing ties at track joints replaced (I hate that job!) I was ready to paint the track.

I moved everything I could away from the area, and shrouded what I couldn't move with painter's tape or paper towels. Then I sprayed the tracks with brown.

In the next day or two I'll be adding a black overspray to the area - lightly near the yard ladder, and getting progressively heavier over towards the turntable, where a moderate layer of black will be applied. Behind the roundhouse, the Standard Oil Refinery loading tracks (pictured below with just the brown coat) will receive a very heavy coat of black, to represent the years of oil spillage at this location.

When I add the dirt to these areas I'll be coloring it with more and more black tempera paint to simulate the coal and oil that have been ground in over time, to match the variegated ballast.

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, July 5, 2021 12:03 AM

4 July 2021

I finally got started laying the last tracks in Casper yard. The second turntable lead - the one that runs through the coaling tower - went in today.

The commodities / service track for the tower, ash pit and sand bin will be installed in the next few days, then I'll wire both tracks and start basic ground cover and ballast for the entire engine facility.

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, July 3, 2021 6:23 PM

Big Smile LOL! Thanks Rich! It took me a minute to understand your comment. When I'm done gluing a section, I use the paint can opener (or a screwdriver or an Exacto) to mark the end of the glue. By the time I wet the next few inches, it's hard to see where the glue left off.

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Posted by richhotrain on Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:02 PM

Mark, before you even begin to ask for help, I found the source of the short. It is that paint can opener that appears at 1:42 of the video.

You're welcome!

Nice video, as usual.

Rich

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:03 AM

Thanks Bear! Hard to believe it was a whole year ago already I got the new layout started!

3 July 2021

I just posted this month's layout update video...

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, June 27, 2021 5:53 PM

Happy B-DayHappy B-Day Big Smile

"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 Pruitt on Sunday, June 27, 2021 9:23 AM

Hi Douglas! A discussion of the cement plant main building is easy - I bought it at a train show already assembled and painted a few years ago. Cost maybe $20. I will talk briefly about fleshing out each of the industries as I further detail each one, though.

Thanks for the interest!

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Posted by Doughless on Sunday, June 27, 2021 7:21 AM

Mark, thanks for the update.  Looking forward to following more progress on the rest of the layout.  Also wouldn't mind seeing a few minutes discussing the assembly or detailing of the cement plant or any other structure you might build.  I enjoyed the loading racks.

- Douglas

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:36 AM

Thanks, David

The corrected and re-posted video is now up:

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:30 AM

Mark.    I agree with Chris.  You have such amazing skill.

As for errors.   Funny how the person taking pictures etc.  sees the 'obvious errors'   yet others do not.

Well done.

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:20 AM

Thanks Chris, I'm blushing! Embarrassed

If I was that good I wouldn't have to reupload the birthday video again because of an editing error!

I use DaVinci Resolve for video editing - the free version. It's very powerful and does not plaster a watermark on the videos until you buy it. It takes a bit of time to learn how it works to get started, but I think it's well worth the time. Within an hour or two you'll be creating decent videos. The program is very comprehensive, including special effects generation, audio editing and mixing, video clip color adjustment and so on, but you don't have to master most of it at the beginning. I'm learning new stuff about it all the time. You can probably tell in my more recent videos that I'm getting more proficient at using some of it's more advanced features.

(Corrected video should be up in an hour or so).

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Posted by ChrisVA on Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:07 AM

Mark,

You have an amazing skill stack from MR benchwork to handlaid track to well-done YouTube videos with professional narration. You're living the dream, man! Question: what software do you use for YouTube videos? Something I am interested in developing some skills in as well.
Excellent work!

 

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