I've been gluing the ballast in the yard for the past several months, and when I do that the mind does wander a bit. I've decided that I can in fact add the coal tower that I wanted to do from the beginning. I will need to widen the benchwork by about 8" If you refer to the track plan at the start of the thread, I'll be adding an Atlas #5 right turnout to the freight track along with some flex track for the new siding. This will add some height and visual interest in that area. Pictures to follow.

Andy

That is terrific work and thanks for sharing it.  When I lived on LI I was on the Ronkonkoma  line (change at Jamaica).  That was before they electrified out to there.  

Just curious if you have an estimate about how many pounds of ballast you will need for the whole layout.  

Ed

 

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I keep watching the progress and I'm amazed. Are you doing a Jacobson area? Had to ask being oyster bay. I'm still planning on doing the Port Jefferson branch someday. Mike

Port Jeff branch? You mean the 'Mountain Division'

Andy, your layout looks amazing! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your progress!

-Tom

Port Jeff branch? You mean the 'Mountain Division'

Not a misnomer.  The Wading River extension ran along a high fill in the Rocky Point area, giving a long-distance view from above the tree tops.  The trains left from a short siding along the Pt Jeff Station platform east of the old station house.

I'm currently building the freight dock kit from Dennis Brennan. I've built the frame for the dock and ramp. Next I'll add the decking. This is my first attempt at building a structure of any kind. I'm happy with the results so far. I'll post more when it's complete, and then when it's in place.

Andy

 

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I recently installed some girder bridge sections to span the main line East, and also what will be a two or four lane road. I spray painted the sections a flat gray, then used some Pan Pastel powders for some weathering. I will add more weathering when I do the scenery around that area. For comparison, the second picture shows a closer view where the left section is weathered, and the right section is not. The bridge abutment under the track is temporary, and will be replaced by something with more visual interest.

Andy

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I added the fascia to the layout. Next I'll paint it a flat black, then I'll install some switch controllers and toggles in the fascia. I also extended the benchwork slightly in the Locust Valley area. This will allow me to model the Nassau Suffolk Lumber office and a little extra scenery. 

Andy

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Hi 645,

Good eye. Yes this is "only on the layout". As you know in reality, the Oyster Bay branch runs north and east away from the main at Mineola. I bent the branch line over the main to get the best use of the space. I have a much larger run for the yard and staging area where it is now. I had to use selective compression in deciding what to model. I was going to go with Roslyn instead of Locust Valley, but changed my mind at the last minute. Locust Valley just seems to be a better fit. 

Andy

 

 

 

645,

I was after the look of the girder bridge in Mineola that crosses over Jericho Tpk. You're right, it does look similar to Divide. I wish I had the room to include more stations on the layout. East Williston, Roslyn, Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, and Mill Neck, would all be great additions. All are architecturally unique, and filled with history. 

Andy

Looks good but I made the same mistake. Certain engines, cars (hy Cubes, Trailers, GG1's & cranes along with high cabooses with stacks won’t fit under the overpasses. Had to make adjustments as I collected other items.

Thanks Mike. Steve, you're the first person to mention the lack of clearance under the girder bridge. Good catch! I actually did that on purpose. My thinking was this: since the majority of trains would be on the branch line (upper track), I wanted the grade they would have to travel on to be minimal. It is roughly 1.3%. The lower track under the girder bridge hits the wall just a foot after the bridge, so no big deal. It was more important for me to have a smaller grade. 

Andy

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