Just an FYI -

I'm using 2r track on part of the sidings of my next build. Looks much better in spots where power units don't need to operate. You might want to think about that when you do some sidings.

Layout is much more realistic than that other toy one that posts every 5 minutes on here. He seems to think he's the only one that ever made a layout before.  OK I guess if your not a period modeler.

Thanks Bob, I’m happy with this fleet. This is what would be seen in that era (1948-1955). Thanks Steve, I appreciate the kind words especially from someone of your caliber. I’m doing a lot of these tasks for the first time, so there will be a need for a redo every now and then. Thanks for the idea about the sidings, I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the kind words Scotie. That must have been an interesting location to live, very busy, but fun. I’d like to change the paint scheme on the RS-3 to the orange ends to match the other diesels. I’d also like to get rid of the Dashing Dan logo on everything. I wouldn’t mind making one of the engines Goodfellow gray. I think that’s sharp looking. And to have the right paint on the passenger cars. I think the Tichy scheme on the C-Liner is pretty nice too.

Andy 

I’m working on the long retaining wall between the grade and the industrial area above. As with the small wall I recently posted, the wall and vertical pieces are 1/8” Masonite (hardboard) and the cap is 1/4” MDF. I’ve already glued the cap on, and today I’ll glue the vertical trim pieces in place. Then I’ll break all the edges (lightly sand) to get it ready for primer. The paint will adhere better than if all the edges were sharp. After that, I’ll spray paint it with the textured Desert Bisque I’ve been using and install it. Then I’ll give it a dark wash. It’s all one piece, and measures about 81” in length. The last picture shows where the wall will be installed. After the wall is in, I’ll put some basic ground cover down. 

Andy 

 

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STEAMFAN77, Andy, I began at the very beginning of your post, from an empty room, to where you are at this time, Amazing. I like your bench work, your trackwork, your use of Signals, your Turntable, (is it a Millhouse?) Your sidings, your ballasting, your structures/buildings, and your fleet of motive power. What Control System or systems are you using? Lionel or MTH? It appears that your using Atlas O track, which turnouts are you using?  Thank you for the pictures as they allow us to share in your progress of a fantastic layout. That’s why I really like this OGR Forum. Happy Railroading 

Wow, Larry, thank you for the kind words. Good eye, yes, it is a Millhouse turntable. I’m using both MTH DCS, and Lionel Legacy. I’m using Atlas track and most of the turnouts are Atlas too, but where there are curved turnouts or the four way track in the staging area, I opted for Ross turnouts. I’ve learned so much from you and members like you. There are a lot of firsts for me when I started this layout. I’d never done many of these tasks until I built this layout. The benchwork, wiring, ballasting, buildings, and scenery are all firsts for me. I had an N scale layout on a 3’x7’ bench some years ago, and an HO layout when I was a kid, but nothing this large and with this much detail (the layout is 21’x32’ in an L shape).  I’ve always been a big fan of the Long Island Rail Road (I grew up in Mineola), and certainly enjoy the history of the LIRR, and the Oyster Bay Branch.

Andy

I installed the long retaining wall and put down some basic ground cover. I made this wall the same as the small one I installed recently, because they are one continuous run. The last picture is an overhead shot, and shows how the two walls meet towards the top of the picture. I’m glad I finally got an opportunity to do this project, it’s been a long time coming. Thanks for looking.

Andy

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Very nice work on all of it - retaining wall, ballast, ground cover, railroad right-of-way, upgrade and s-curve. I grew up near Mineola and rode the LIRR as a youngster, so I'm waiting to see your completed version of Mineola Junction and Nassau Tower. Your power plant model is superb.

MELGAR

I finally got around to addressing the lift out section on my layout. I wasn’t happy with the fit, and decided to go with a hinged lift up section instead. I used some hinges I had hanging around, mounted on 3/4” blocks of plywood. The shiny track sections will be painted, ballasted, and then I’ll put down some ground cover. I’ll also paint the blocks to help them blend in a little better. 

Andy

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Andy, 

  That looks like you did a pretty nice job. the fact that its on a curve did not make it easier for you. One thought...maybe you can disguise your hinges with gluing piles of railroad ties as though the railroad was renewing ties and piled them in those three areas. 

Tom  

I installed a short retaining wall on the other side of the lumber yard property. To the left of the notch in the wall is where the lumber shed will start. The first few pictures show the wall installed, then show it with some ground cover. The last two pictures indicate where the office and shed will be. The shed will be 8" wide by 16" long. The office and shed will be built sometime in the future. 

Andy

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Hi Dave,

The gray surface that is flush with the track height, and where the lumber shed will sit is Masonite spray painted flat gray. I'll do some weathering once the shed is built and installed. The material between the rails is joint compound dyed with black paint. Hope that answers your question.

Andy

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Andy,  the quality of your modeling is top notch.   I just discovered your layout thread and really appreciate the detail and regularity of your progress posts.   I would love to see a layout plan with room dimensions so that the track work photos have a bit more context.   If you did post a plan please provide a link.   Or perhaps an overview video?   Thanks in advance.

Ken

Ken,

Thank you for the kind words, especially from someone with your talent. My first post on the first page gives some background. My room is 21 feet by 32 feet. The track plan is attached to my first post, but I'm also attaching it here. If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them. 

Thanks,

Andy

 

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Ken,

Thank you for the kind words, especially from someone with your talent.? My first post on the first page gives some background. My room is 21 feet by 32 feet. The track plan is attached to my first post, but I'm also attaching it here. If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them. 

Thanks,

Andy

 Andy,

Thanks for sending me the .PDF of your awesome layout.   I have a much better understanding now of the layout pictures you've posted.   You and others like Norm C. and Craig Greathouse have inspired me to complete/improve my scenery.   I especially appreciate that you are modeling real locations in O.   Part of the reason I've been reluctant to finish my scenery is that Realtrax simply doesn't give me the scale look I want to see on the bridges and trestles that exist in Harpers Ferry.  I'll be switching to Atlas O once I enlarge my train room (still working on getting a permit from the zoning commissioner (wife) ;-).

Here is a 1931 Harpers Ferry Aerial:

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This is a RR-Track 3D render of my future Atlas O plan:

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Ken

 

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Ken,

In the planning stages, it took me a while to decide on the type of track. I chose Atlas, and I’m still happy with the decision. As far as the layout, a lot of these tasks are the first time I’m doing them. But through the talent on this forum (you included), books, videos, I’ve been exposed to many different methods and ideas. The only thing holding me back is my own abilities or lack there of. And believe me, not everything I’ve done has come out so wonderful the first or second or third try. But I’m persistent if nothing else . I think your new plan is great, and I look forward to seeing your progress. I hope you get approval from the zoning commissioner! 

Andy

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