Latest progress on Chugman's Layout New Pictures 12/14/2017

Hi Art,

The layout looks great !!  Your layout and whole room is one I use as a model of how it should be done!                          That Topside Creeper is very cool and a must have for you older fellows ... I've been thinking of getting one myself but I hope to keep most everything within reach on my new layout.. 

   One thing I noticed and I have to mention is you have to start working neater...clean as you go is a concept I recommend to keep your work area clean and organized!! πŸ˜‰

Hope to see you at Dupage .. last meet before the holiday.. still by the snack bar around 10:am??

 

 

RD

Live the Dream,

Own the Best!

LIONEL!!

RD posted:

Hi Art,

The layout looks great !!  Your layout and whole room is one I use as a model of how it should be done!                          That Topside Creeper is very cool and a must have for you older fellows ... I've been thinking of getting one myself but I hope to keep most everything within reach on my new layout.. 

   One thing I noticed and I have to mention is you have to start working neater...clean as you go is a concept I recommend to keep your work area clean and organized!! πŸ˜‰

Hope to see you at Dupage .. last meet before the holiday.. still by the snack bar around 10:am??

 

 

Hi Rich, probably be closer to 9 as I have to get home in time for church.  Topside Creeper will allow you "young" guys to reach old age.  

I have been working on my river valley area lately.  I discovered that in order to continue shaping the sides of the valley I had to complete things on the sides.  I am running the plaster up to the bottom of the retaining walls and I did not have them done yet.  But before I could add the retaining walls, I had to build a highway underpass in the retaining wall.

Here are some pictures of that process.  I made a cardboard template of the curvature on the single track so I could cut the right contours for the sides of the underpass.  

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The next pictures show the Masonite installed on both sides.  I made the underpass 4" high and 5" wide.  It will be an old two-lane blacktop that connects with the road bridge running across the river valley.

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The last pictures are after I have sprayed a coat of aged concrete on the retaining walls.  I have also plaster up to the wall on the right side of the valley.  Now I can continue to work on the plastering in the valley.  I have to paint and glue strips on the top and joints to finish this section of retaining walls.  Later I will do some additional weathering, add vines and grass, and some advertising posters in selected spots.

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Now I need to get back downstairs and get busy.

Art

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Art, 

The layout looks great and it sounds like you're having a bunch off fun!! I missed you at DuPage on Sunday but I did run into your son Jim. Hopefully he passed along my holiday wishes to you an yours... keep up the updates ..I really look forward to seeing them!

 

RD

Live the Dream,

Own the Best!

LIONEL!!

Art, wonderful work there! It's nice to see things progressing right along. The way you describe as you go along makes it sound so easy. I know when I get to that point I will be looking back at a lot of your post! Thank you for the great update!

Mike

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Art

Outstanding work and very well explained, this layout was always one of my favorite's. Would love to go for a ride around it ( HINT HINT) a video when you have a chance, after all it's Christmas time

Keep up the beautiful work

Alex

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Thanks for all the comments and encouragement.  I will post a new video soon, but with two bridges out it will be awhile I'm afraid.  This was one of the reasons that I was procrastinating so long was that I knew when I started working on the river valley I wouldn't be able to run trains for awhile.  I'm going to have to remove the highway bridge also in order to access the area and to replace the center support.  I originally thought the water in the river would be higher and didn't detail the bottom two inches of the support.

Art 

Thought you might like to see some progress pics on a small problem that was solved yesterday.  I have a highway bridge that crosses my river valley that is made from two old Lionel single-track truss bridges.  The valley is 8 inches deep and I used Scenic Express bridge piers and stacked them to reach 6 inches.  The remaining 2 inches I originally used two pieces of scrap wood to make up the 2 inch difference thinking that the river would be high enough that it wouldn't show.  I now realize that they will show and had to do something to conceal or replace them.  I thought of coating them to look like a poured concrete base, but decided to make an extension out of 2 inch pink foam.

The first picture shows the wood scraps on the bottom.  The second the foam after I rough cut it on my band saw.  Next picture after I carved the brick work with a pencil.  Then I glued it on the bottom with Elmer's Wood Glue and the last picture after it has been painted.  I not completely satisfied with the painting and may have to touch it up a little yet.

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This is one of the many little "details" that need to be done to complete the river valley.

Today I am going to take a break from this area and work on retaining walls.  I plan to start adding the trim strips to the walls I have recently done.  I looked last night and I have about 65 feet of retaining walls to build that haven't been started yet.  The only way to tackle that is one piece at a time.

Art

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Looks good Art, seams like a nice easy fix! Did you just use a pencil for carving out the brick pattern? Did that round the edges of the brick pattern? Either way it looks good!

Mike

5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

You know,  a video of the building process of this layout with all the pictures you have takes would be easy. From beginning to end would be awesome. The final chapter would be a ride around the layout from the engineers perspective. That would be a best seller. 

Gene

 

 

mike g. posted:

Looks good Art, seams like a nice easy fix! Did you just use a pencil for carving out the brick pattern? Did that round the edges of the brick pattern? Either way it looks good!

Thanks, Mike.  I just measure the size of the bricks that I want with a ruler and draw lines with a pencil for the mortar lines.  I then round each brick with the same pencil.  Paint a coat of concrete color and then go back and highlight individual bricks until you are satisfied with the result.  On a small project like this, it is fun; but on a large one it can become tedious.

Art

Art,

As usual,  another great posting and project. The bridge work looks great.

Thanks for explaining how you accomplished it. I will have to try that technique.  I always learn something new from you. Appreciate the pictures showing your steps.

Thanks for sharing you great railroad and its progress.

Tom

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