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Some layout progress

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Some layout progress
Posted by riogrande5761 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 6:31 AM

It's been a while since I've posted any layout progress photo's, much due to spending non-work hours on home projects, most recently installing a french drain and a large number of tree's and bushes.

The staging tracks have been completed and the main yard Homasote surface installed and leveled and ready for track laying.

First the support structure for the upper level, giving about 10 inches of headroom for staging.

Shelf brackets and threaded rods were used this time to improve staging access and visibility.

 

Most recently the mainline cork roadbed has been installed.  It took 2 boxes of 25 Midwest cork roadbed plus some pieces I saved from the last layout:

 

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Posted by trwroute on Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:00 AM

Impressive, Jim!

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:53 AM

Jim, that all looks great. An inspiration to others. Thanks for sharing.

Rich

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Posted by wickman on Thursday, November 11, 2021 11:27 AM

This is amazing , have you got some ideas on scenery and structure placement?

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Posted by nealknows on Thursday, November 11, 2021 5:54 PM

Outstanding Jim!! Thanks for sharing and keep posting you progress!

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Posted by Colorado Ray on Thursday, November 11, 2021 6:20 PM

Looking great. The open grid benchwork looks like a sculpture.  Did you use dimension lumber or sawn plywood.  If it's dimension lumber where did you find such nice pieces?

I can't wait to see your scenery.  I thought your last layout really captured the Colorado feeling. 

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Posted by NittanyLion on Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:13 PM

What did you paint the walls? 

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, November 12, 2021 8:45 AM

Colorado Ray

Looking great. The open grid benchwork looks like a sculpture.  Did you use dimension lumber or sawn plywood.  If it's dimension lumber where did you find such nice pieces?

I can't wait to see your scenery.  I thought your last layout really captured the Colorado feeling. 

Ray

The lumber was dimensional 1x2, 1x3 and 1x4 clear pine lumber I picked though from Lowes.  I re-used some lumber from the old layout too.  Three of the open grid sections were re-used, two of them in their original 2x8 form.

Lumber afficianado's often say the lumber at big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot is crap, but I found if I picked though the stacks I could find enough straight/true pieces to build the layout from.  I bought a batch at a time to build with.

The subroad bed is 19/32 OSB, which seems to be alright.  I used it on the last layout and it worked well.

I plan to do scenery similar to the last layout, hot glue and cardboard strips overlain by plaster gauz and a thin layer of plaster over it.  I'm going for the western Colorado and eastern Utah canyon and hills look.

 

NittanyLion

What did you paint the walls?  

The walls were painted with Valspar eggshell Clear Blue Sky (color card).

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, November 12, 2021 11:26 AM

Jim.  The timberwork is pure artistry.   Well done.

Thanks for posting 

 

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Posted by NorthsideChi on Friday, November 12, 2021 1:55 PM

Agree, the framing craftsmanship is outstanding. Looking forward to seeing more progress. 

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, November 12, 2021 6:38 PM

Other than wood shop way way back in Junior High, I am just an ameteur.  The frames were laid out to fit a scale drawing in managable sizes.  The layout previous to this one was in a 10x18 room around the walls and was built with only a saber saw and cordless drill.  Since then I obtained a compound miter saw and circular saw.

Some earlier progress photo's are here:

https://atlasrescueforum.proboards.com/thread/3737/jims-layout-topic-blog?page=5

 

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, November 12, 2021 7:05 PM

I particularly like the curve 'solution' going past the pillar, which I remember you discussing here what seems like years ago...

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:22 PM

Overmod

I particularly like the curve 'solution' going past the pillar, which I remember you discussing here what seems like years ago...

 

The pillar was something I knew I would have to deal with and I wanted it behind the track. When I drew the scale drawing, it wasn't quite in the right place but i was still able to route the mainline around it.  I am not sure at this point but I think I'll just wrap it with wax paper and build scenery around it.  There are a lot of places on the D&RGW where canyon walls are pretty close to the tracks and have rock lide fences.

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