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Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming

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Posted by Pruitt on Friday, June 25, 2021 11:43 AM

Thanks, Dave! You're too kind.

25 June 2021

I just posted (twice, I had an erroneous copyright claim for music that I changed rather than wait for resolution) the First Birthday video of my layout. It was one year ago today I started rebuilding The CB&Q in Wyoming!

NOTE: This video was deleted. It had some timing errors that needed correcting, and was reposted in a reply just a little bit below this one.

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:27 AM

Hi Mark,

As usual, another good video. I hope that a lot of newbies (I hate that term!) find their way to your You Tube channel and to your thread here. They will learn a lot in a very short time.

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:59 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Dave, Bear and David!

17 June 2021

I just posted the latest episode of Building Casper - episode 5. This is part 1 of construction. In it I talk about construction of the three sections of benchwork that underlie Casper, plus I go over how I construct backdrops for my layout. The episode ends at the point where tracklaying is ready to begin.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, June 7, 2021 4:48 AM

An interesting set of films Mark.  Thanks for posting

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, June 7, 2021 12:13 AM
Thanks very much for taking your valuable time Mark, for producing that series of videos in addition to your regular build updates.
Much for the Bear to ponder over regarding the future layout.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:50 PM

Another good video Mark!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:12 AM

I just posted my June Layout Update video:

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, May 31, 2021 8:54 AM

Thanks David

Rich, the yogurt acts as a binder for the ballast. I use the blueberry flavor because it adds some realistic texture to the ballast. Big Smile

Actually, I put the diluted white glue in that container. I have another one I put the alcohol in.
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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, May 31, 2021 6:35 AM

Pruitt

Mark, what role does that yogurt play in your ballasting techniques?

Does it replace white glue or merely add to it?

Rich

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, May 31, 2021 4:49 AM

That is some ballasting, Mark.   It looks really good.  Well done.

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, May 30, 2021 11:13 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, Dave!

30 May 2021

During the odd moments between editing videos this past month, I've been ballasting Casper yard, beginning with the east end - the classification yard and icing tracks, mostly. As of a couple days ago I was finishing up the mainline in this area.

Quite a stark difference between the mainline and the yard tracks. The mainline will be toned down some once the ballast has been weathered. The yard tracks won't tone down much, but weathering should kind of tie them all together.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:33 PM

Another great video Mark!

Lot's of people will learn an enormous amount from your videos!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:52 PM

Thanks Dave.

Whoever said you need any knowledge to critique something? Lots of people (many of whom will critique anything or anyone!) sure don't think so! Big Smile

26 May 2021

The conclusion of the Planning series for Building Casper is now posted on YouTube:

These three videos were a lot of work. I spent well over 60 hours producing them, especially the animations (crude as some of them are).

Maybe I can get back to working on the layout now.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, May 24, 2021 9:23 PM

Hi Mark,

Watching the Casper scene evolve was very interesting. You have put into words the process that I think many of us have gone through as we developed our layout plans.

I don't think that I have enough prototypical knowledge to critique the last version. Nothing stands out as being a fatal flaw. It all sounds good to me.

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:58 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Dave! A good yard doesn't have to be big, it just needs to support the layout and the operating scheme that's used on it.

A car and paint shop are an element I never even thought about. That will make for some interesting switching moves, and also gives a reason for some rolling stock to have that "fresh out of the box" appearance!

24 May 2021

As promised, Episode 3, Planning Part 2, is now up on YouTube:

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:19 AM

Hi Mark,

That was really well done! Your points were well explained.

I was pleased to learn that I have managed to get all of the features into my own yard and engine facility that you mentioned, although each of them is considerably smaller than what you have been able to achieve. I will only be handling one or two cars at a time, but that's what I came up with in a 5'4" x 12' layout with continuous running.

I don't have a roundhouse, just a two track engine shed, but all of the other engine service bits are there, plus a car shop/paint shop as well.

Eventually there will be a separate much larger visible staging yard off to the side of the layout. It will have some scenery on so it won't be too boring.

Keep up the good work!!

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:16 AM

22 May 2021

Finally, after nearly three months, the Planning episodes of my YouTube series "Building Casper" is nearly done. Part one is "in the can" and has been posted on my YouTube channel. Parts two is nearly finished, and will be published in two days. Two days after that, part three (the last part) will be published.

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:24 AM

Thanks Dave!

8 May 2021

Ballasting is proceeding in Casper yard. First I taped over the tracks

Then I applied plaster and dirt over the cork underlayment

Then I pulled the tape up. It left an impressive looking debris field!

Ten minutes with a vacuum cleaner took care of that, and tracks are ready for ballast!

Ballasting started yesterday afternoon. By this evening, I should have most of the ballast in place on the classification tracks. Then a day or so to glue it all in place and I'll be ready to move into the yard ladder.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, May 3, 2021 8:48 PM

Great progress Mark.

Your friend did a magnificent job of weathering the steamer!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Monday, May 3, 2021 2:59 PM

I just posted my latest layout update video...

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, May 1, 2021 9:40 AM

Thanks guys! I'll pass the compliments on the loco on to the guy who did the work.

Selector, the gloss medium is a great idea! I may try a bit of it on the tender to start with.

ChrisVA, Rocky Mountain Drilling is a very old Model Hobbies kit - their HO Feed Mill. It's pretty basic, but I'm adding an interior floor (because I'm leaving one set of warehouse doors open), probably an interior partition or two, and adding lighting to the structure. 

As far as tips on the weathering job goes, all I really know is that he uses an airbrush, and he hates steam locomotives! He's a dyed-in-the-wool diesel fan. But he sure does a great job on the steamers! And he doesn't charge an arm and a leg - he enjoys doing them, so he works for the cost of materials for club members. He's about to get whole pile of locomotives to do Smile, Wink & Grin!

Scott, I'll let you know what I think of it, but it will be awhile. Right now it has almost no place to go except back and forth in the yard or on the CNW track above the yard.

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Posted by Lakeshore Sub on Friday, April 30, 2021 3:30 PM

Mark, 

I will also be curious to see how you like the BLI Consolidation.  Been thinking about getting one in CNW livery also.

 

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Posted by ChrisVA on Friday, April 30, 2021 2:21 PM

Is Rocky Mountain Drilling a kit or scratchbuilt?
Great weathering on the locomotive - any tips on how he does it?
Thanks!

 

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Posted by selector on Friday, April 30, 2021 11:15 AM

Yes, that is very realistic, Mark.  Nice job. I have thought, once or twice, of very carefully painting over the weathering with some gloss medium to simulate water overflow here and there on both the tender deck and sides, and of course on places on the steamer.  This would require some thought, a careful touch, maybe micro-brushes, and possibly the Mod Podge should be very slightly thinned...I'd have to do a trial.  But, with the fine weathering and some water evaporating still visible on parts of this fine locomotive model, you'd have something truly spectacular.  

Well down the road, of course.  You have miles to go before you begin to think of projects like these.

Still watching... Cool

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Posted by Pruitt on Friday, April 30, 2021 8:43 AM

30 April 2021

I've continued to work on Rocky Mountain Drilling. Here I've set in place temporarily on the layout.

 I still have to add tar to the roof, add the chimney and the loading platforms. I also need to complete the weathering, of course.

Nathan, our local club president, weathered this switcher for me. It came out good! He'll be getting more of my locos to do.

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:29 PM

Thanks, Dave! After it's been run in a bit I'll ask a guy at the club to weather it for me (I'm a bit reluctant to tackle that myself).

27 April 2021

I've been working on completing scenery into the corner on the CNW line over Casper. Track has been ballasted almost to Hudson, and I'm ready to remove the wax paper over the backdrop and begin the final detailed scenery.

This month I've also been building Rocky Mountain Drilling. I'm about half done, I think. Here I've installed half the tarpaper roof.

This is a very old Model Hobbies HO Feed Mill kit.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:17 AM

Pruitt
then spent most of it on a new locomotive - a BLI Consolidation in Chicago and North Western livery.

That is a nice locomotive!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:42 PM

richhotrain
Mark, I am having a difficult time determining whether that is your normal relaxation position or your lean-to position when working over the layout.

Rich

Rich, It's so comfortable I've taken to sleeping up there! Sleep

hon30critter
I am curious to find out how long you can actually lean on the Topside Creeper before it starts to get uncomfortable. 

Dave

Dave, the creeper is not very comfortable from the git-go, but part of that is probably because it feels a bit precarious to be up on it. That will pass as I use it, but I don't think it will ever be my choice for relaxing while watching TV! But I think 15 minutes at a stretch working on the layout will be fine. We'll see.

20 April 2021

I spent this past weekend at the North Platte Nebraska train show with a few members of the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association (the Casper Train Club). I made several hundred dollars selling stuff I bought years ago and now won't ever use, then spent most of it on a new locomotive - a BLI Consolidation in Chicago and North Western livery.

Meanwhile, I've resumed ballasting Casper yard, finishing up the second section today. The ballast is still wet on the inside tracks.

I did the track with the turnout before I went to North Platte, and I'm pleased to be able to report, with the ballast fully dried, it still works! Will wonders never cease!

I've also continued to add dirt in the area east of Hudson, but I don't have a shot of that. Maybe in a few days.

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, April 12, 2021 5:54 AM

Pruitt

Mark, I am having a difficult time determining whether that is your normal relaxation position or your lean-to position when working over the layout.

Which is it?  Smile, Wink & Grin

Rich

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, April 12, 2021 5:51 AM

Pruitt

Rich, I'm thinking you meant the failed plaster aspect. Otherwise, I guess I know what you think of the road!

Yes, that is correct.

Glad to learn that you got that plaster to work.

Rich

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