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Version 5 of The CB&Q in Wyoming

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:18 AM
Gidday Mark, the latest video update can’t have been to long, as neither Her-in Doors and I were bored after viewing. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed in an enjoyable to watch manner.
 
Cheers, the Bear, and Her-in-Doors. SmileSmile

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Posted by Pruitt on Saturday, October 9, 2021 9:20 AM

Thanks Dave, Ed and Bear!

Ed, you should post pictures of that block structure when you get it done. I'd like to see how using screws works to put it "in" the scenery.

9 October 2021

I've started building the area into Powder River. The skyboard went in a couple days ago. Splicing in the new section was bit tricky, but I got it done:

Here it is after smoothing the splices and refreshing the paint. The paint's still wet in this shot.

And in the last couple of days I've extended the pink foam subroadbed a bit and installed some new cork roadbed.

In this "aerial" view you can see the new roadbed curving off to the right, and you can also see how it used to curve to the left behind the roundhouse when Casper was part of version 4 of the layout in New Jersey.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:03 PM

Well, it only took 8 hours, but I got caught up on your last year of posts and videos. My only consolation is that it took more hours for you to make your videos than it did for me to watch them--not that was a great chore or anything. I actually enjoyed the journey.

It almost made up for the lack of progress on my own layout--almost.

Good work. I look forward to see more--albeit in smaller chunks. 

 

Chip

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:59 AM

SpaceMouse
Well, it only took 8 hours, but I got caught up on your last year of posts and videos. My only consolation is that it took more hours for you to make your videos than it did for me to watch them--not that was a great chore or anything. I actually enjoyed the journey.

It almost made up for the lack of progress on my own layout--almost.

Good work. I look forward to see more--albeit in smaller chunks.

LOL!

Thanks for the kind words, Chip! I hope you managed to get some decent rest watching all those videos. They're a good cure for insomnia!

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:24 PM

20 October 2021

I was out of town for most of the last two weeks, but I did manage to get a few things done before I left, and after our return Monday night.

More foam subroadbed went down, and late October 9th I placed roadbed leading from Casper and into Powder River siding.

Yesterday I laid the track...

...and today I wired it up and ran one of the Casper switchers out and back with a boxcar in tow to test the new alignment.

Seems fine to this point!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:20 AM

Looking good, Mark.    The 'train of cans'  is rather unique.  Laugh

 

David

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:13 PM

28 October 2021

Work is progressing. I extended the subroadbed past Powder River and towards Shobon, transitioning from foam to 1/2" plywood subroadbed.

My friend Nate also finished weathering an additional three steamers. Here's my newly aged Santa Fe type. I added a layer of Bragdon's weathering chalks - dark browns - to dust up the loco a bit more.

I also built the first section of benchwork for the Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis. There's something exciting about pristine new benchwork just waiting for more railroad, isn't there?

Here's a plan view of the benchwork for the entire peninsula. The section in the photo above is on the right - the roughly 89 inch long section.

Finally, today I finished laying the Powder River siding. It's long enough to hold eight stock cars. That should provide for a decent sized set of stock pens, and also make small but not ridiculously short trains.

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Posted by Pruitt on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:01 PM

3 November 2021

I just uploaded my latest layout update video on YouTube:

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:58 PM

Hi Mark,

Another great video and lots more progress! I appreciated the part on laying cork for the turnout. That will be part of my next step on my layout (that is - whenever I get the gumption to go back to work on it). I have never done it before. You made it look quite easy.

Do you cut your own plywood strips? I couldn't handle a 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4" plywood these days if my life depended on it. I used to pick up 4 cyl. engines! My how times have changed.

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, November 4, 2021 9:55 AM

Hi Dave,

And thanks!

I do cut the strips myself. I get my wife to help me put the plywood onto a couple of 2X4's on saw horses, then use a Kreg circular saw jig to cut all the strips to the exact same size. After that they're easy to handle!

I know what you mean about times changing. I'm finding that my ability to move heavy things isn't too impacted as I age, but everything protests a lot louder for a couple days afterwards.

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:27 PM

9 November 2021

The last few days I've been busy building the rest of the Wind River Canyon / Thermopolis benchwork.

In all the shots above, the canyon, with benchwork-to-ceiling scenery, will be on the left side. Thermopolis will be on the right.

Here's a view looking the other way from the Shobon end. It shows how the peninsula fits in with Casper. Closest point is the curve around the roundhouse. There will be about 28 inches of aisleway there.

There something innately wrong with clean benchwork, isn't there? I'm going to have to hurry up and start adding track!

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Posted by wickman on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 8:11 PM

You sir have all the right ideas, I love your creativity.

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:56 PM

[EDIT] Well this is weird. All the images are showing up as broken links in the thread, but if you click on them the picture opens up just fine. It wasn't doing this yesterday, but now the entire thread is like that. Is anyone else seeing this? Any ideas as to why?

18 November 2021

The last nine days I've been busy working mostly on the Wind River Canyon side of the new peninsula.

I've installed subroadbed for the CNW line through the turnback curve at the end of the peninsula and part of the way back towards the far wall. Roadbed also is going in. In this shot, taken a coule days ago, the roadbed has almost reached the turnback curve.

The roadbed has now been extended around the curve.

I also started laying track for the CNW line. It starts out at the Shobon turnout with Peco code 70, and after it goes through the first curve and is out of sight it switches to Atlas code 100, of which I have a healthy overabundance (as in nearly eight scale miles of overabundance!). Here's the Shobon turnout and the CNW line going off on the diverging route.

Here's the transition point from the Peco code 70 (on the right) to the Atlas code 100. This was pretty easy to do. I was wondering if I'd have to go through a double transition, from 70 to 83 to 100, but it wasn't necessary. The test train runs over this just fine.

After adding feeders to the new track, of course I had to run a train over it! Here's a short train at the Shobon switch:

And here it is partway up the hill. The loco had no problem at all with the grade. BTW, the track looks squigglier than it really is because of the camera's position. I'm only worried about functionality of the track here, since all this will be hidden (someday).

And today I started plotting out the alignment for the visible Burlington track through the Canyon. The curves the rulers are clamped to are 70" radius.

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, November 19, 2021 12:20 AM

Hi Mark,

I'm beginning to repeat myself, but your progress is amazing!!

Dave

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:46 AM

hon30critter
Hi Mark,

I'm beginning to repeat myself, but your progress is amazing!!

Dave

Thanks Dave!

23 November 2021

I posted a short video on the first trains on the newly laid tracks through the Shobon turnout yesterday...

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:04 AM

Excellent, Mark.  Bow The real Shobon doesn't look as good.  Laugh

 

David

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 11:00 AM

NorthBrit

Excellent, Mark.  Bow The real Shobon doesn't look as good.  Laugh 

David 

Doggone it, David, I was about to say the same thing.  Super Angry

Rich

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Posted by Colorado Ray on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:10 PM

The superelevation looks great.  Well worth the effort you put in doing it.  Your videos are always entertaining and informative.

 

Ray

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:10 PM

Thanks David, Rich and RaySmile I appreciate the comments.

Ray, I think the superelevation adds a lot to the overall appearance. Using layered masking tape makes it easy and pretty quick to do. The long curve at the entrance to the canyon (the first curve after the Shobon turnout) was the longest, and it probably took all of 20 minutes to add the tape.

30 November 2021

Things are continuing to move along. A few days ago I pulled the Burlington power district buss wires into the peninsula. 

I added subroadbed for the Burlington's turnback curve at the free end of the peninsula (that's the lower one):

Then I laid new track almost up to that curve. I had to stop because I need to extend the subroadbed and roadbed into Thermopolis in order to superelevate the turnback curve, which means I have to detail out the track arrangement in Thermopolis, which I haven't done yet. I may take a road trip to Thermopolis in the next few days (it's about two hours from here) to look for ideas.

Meanwhile I completed laying the CNW turnback curve track, and ran a train from Casper to the end of track to test it out.

And today I finished running the buss wires and feeders to all completed track. Red and green wires are for the Burlington power district, while white and black are the CNW district wires.

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