A few more Vids of the F7s and an MTH FM Trainmaster. I am still in the process of converting the 3rd Rail CNR U2g to PS2. Should have it going in the next couple of days, I hope.

 Layout wise, I'm happy with the current track plan and need to wire all the turnouts to the AIU. 

   Then, hopefully back to some scenery...

Al

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  Here are a few pics of projects I'm working on.

   I decided to paint the scratch built CPR caboose, built from Evergreen styrene and pvc pipe(roof). Still more details to add on.

   I have also repaired the 3rd Rail CNR U2g. This entailed resoldering tender handrails(and removing incorrect piping from tender sides). Also, I figured I would rework the valve hanger assembly to closer resemble the prototype. It still has a glitch in the upgraded PS2 I installed from another loco, but that's another story.

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 Just finished re-assembling an MTH Crossing Tower, after re-painting. Lots of detail that's hidden comes out after the detailing. Also, working to get this DCS issue resolved now, with the CN Northern. 

 Hopefully, get back on track with layout building. I will be cutting out another access location, as well, so I can get where I need to be when it's scenary time.

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  Mark, it's always important to be able to run a train, no matter what stage of construction a person is at. 

   Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at you and it's nice to know one can retreat to the basement for train Runnin therapy, when needed.

 Last year was tough and I had the layout in a mess(more of a mess lol). No trains were able to run and it was overwhelming at times, where I just didn't have the energy or time to get things goin again.

 No matter how big or small your layout is, make sure at the end of your work session, you can RUN A TRAIN(if possible)

 That's my soapbox speech for now

 Have Fun! This is a Great hobby

Al

 Well, I'm happy to say I just started a new full time job this week, so not much happening on my RR till today.

 I am starting on the TT and roundhouse and and starting with the Roundhouse construction, combining 2 Atlas kits.

   Took about an hour or so to unpackage all of the parts ALL wrapped in plastic(potential rust issues?)

   Anyways, I have started by painting the 2 main colours I have chosen(see pics)

 Gotta go and start Masking parts and paint, so I can hopefully start construction

   Thanx for looking!

Al

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 Just finished up painting the base colours for the Roundhouse. Ran out of paint for the bricks, so I went with good Ole red primer(pretty much exact match). All windows, doors, gutters a roof are painted flat black.

   I will probably paint the mortar lines on the walls(since I've gone this far).

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  Yet another update on the Roundhouse build. I have applied the mortar treatment to all the walls and have started to cement together the stall floors. I am going to glue only the front and back section for now, in one stall modules.

 I am using vice grips to clamp the joints flush together after applying cement.

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  I have been busy working my 1st week at the new job, so layout work has been somewhat delayed, mainly the Roundhouse construction. While still in progress, I decided to run trains(since I was out of glue and paint).

 It was time to run one of my Selkirks, so I have posted a few vids of #5931, pulling a time freight along the recently revised lower mainline.

Al

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 New job has been super busy and when I finally get home, with the intention of "workin" on the layout, it just hasn't been happening as much as I'd like to. Extending the wiring on Fastrak switch controllers is a PITA as it involves workin under the layout. Not much fun with all the surprises in gettin older(you know)...anyways, I thought it would be fun to run some CP steam around the layout . Just to relax and imagine 12 of the new CPR Lionel box cars, in trains all over the layout. Enjoy!

 Al

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   Hello Mark,

   No Woodlands Scenic here. I couldn't afford it...lol. I used 3" 4' x 8' Styrofoam from Home Depot that I cut into various widths for risers and grades.

It has been great to work with, as I have re-arranged the track on numerous occasions, re-locating grades etc.

  I think I'm finally getting to where I'm happy with the track plan and getting ideas for mountain placement etc. I will be purchasing another 4x8 sheet of Styrofoam for mountain construction

 Al

albertstrains posted:

   Hello Mark,

   No Woodlands Scenic here. I couldn't afford it...lol. I used 3" 4' x 8' Styrofoam from Home Depot that I cut into various widths for risers and grades.

It has been great to work with, as I have re-arranged the track on numerous occasions, re-locating grades etc.

  I think I'm finally getting to where I'm happy with the track plan and getting ideas for mountain placement etc. I will be purchasing another 4x8 sheet of Styrofoam for mountain construction

 Al

Albert

How did you cut the Styrofoam to set the grade?

Keith

albertstrains posted:

   Hello Mark,

   No Woodlands Scenic here. I couldn't afford it...lol. I used 3" 4' x 8' Styrofoam from Home Depot that I cut into various widths for risers and grades.

It has been great to work with, as I have re-arranged the track on numerous occasions, re-locating grades etc.

  I think I'm finally getting to where I'm happy with the track plan and getting ideas for mountain placement etc. I will be purchasing another 4x8 sheet of Styrofoam for mountain construction

 Al

Al,

My assessment on WS as well!  I'll look back through your topic as I forgot the beginning!  lol  Thank you for the tips!

Al,

I see back on Dec 31st a guy named Mark Boyce wrote this,

"This is the first I have seen your layout build topic.  You have made great progress.  I like your method of building track risers out of foam.  Also, I am glad you got a new job even though it does tire you out.  Thanks for sharing."

After reviewing what he was referring to, I agree with Mark!  I like your method a lot.  I have a shop vac, but need a table saw as I plan to build a new 12 x 12 layout next year.

Thank you for sharing!!

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