Well, its been awhile since I have posted on this forum. Last time, I had designed a layout, that I could run Big Articulateds on, in a small space. I've had a change in plans and decided to model the late steam era on CP "somewhere" in the mountains.

  Basement is too small(common complaint among all of us), however it does force one to become more creative in what DO have, as opposed to what we DONT have.

   Ive had trouble loading the file, but it downloaded as a pdf file. Hopefully, you can see it without any issues.

Look forward to comments

Al

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Hey Albert,

How's it going? No pretzel? Too bad.

 

Anyway, I opened your attached file and it's blank. No layout, no anything. You saved a fresh start.

 

Just click on add attachments, then point the file chooser to the location where it is saved on your computer. It's My Documents by default, click on it, and click ok.

 

On our end, we have to right-click it and "save target as", then open it with SCARM after it lands.

 

I am interested to see your new idea. The pretzel was cool and was borrowed by a few forum members. You have a good eye and imagination for making a lot happen in the space that have.

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  I guess I had to wait a spell to finally have it say "Success"

 I hope this is it, I had to scan it and reformat? I don't know. Hopefully this works

Al

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  I think this plan has a little more interesting operating, as trains have to go up and over. I was thinking to two trains operating on the mainline and maybe switcher for around the yard.

  Minimum is O72 with O84. Scenery....well, lets say very mountainous terrain.

 Grades should be OK( 3%?). Atlas TT and two roundhouse kits(I had to do it)

   I have some of the other plans that evolved from my original pretzel layout to this one, I case anyone would like to see them posted.

  I will see If I can post my crappy basement plan as well

Al

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I really like both designs actually but before I comment further where would you be able to stand next to the layout and what are your thoughts on access to the center yard in the event of a derailment? 

 Yes there would be an access located beside the yard. Didn't really get that far on where that would be located. May have scenery on door that swings down?

  Lots of ideas for sure. Presently trying to ensure I have enough table top for this plan

Al

I really like all of the plans
I'm building a medium size --- roughly 10x20 --- layout now
Access to center without cutouts is a problem
Something similar to what you are doing is on my radar

Are any of the track plans standard Atlas, etc ?
Thx
Joe S

Good Luck
Well since my last post here I was laid off from my job and just recently started construction. I did post last week on the "what did you do to your layout today" thread.
Here are updates in my construction using 2" foam board(cheap). Things are coming along rather well so far.
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Nice to see it's coming alive!

 

Sorry about the job deal. That sucks.

 

The foam technique may really have been the simplest way to deal with building these grades and elevations.

 

Nice work.

Cool --- nice seeing the layout come alive

Did not know you were using Fastrack --- looks great

 

Joe S   

  Layout is basically 16'x 8' with an 8'x 8' off one side. Its all I can really fit in my basement unfortunately. On a positive note, it makes things a little more manageable without having "too much" layout(if that's possible)and I can probably get things done.

  So far I haven't installed pop ups yet for access and I've been crawling on top of the layout to get at the hard to reach places. That's why I made the bench work out of 2x4 for framing and 1/2" plywood top.

   It seemed easier to do foamboard as opposed to the "cookie-cutter" method of grade work, as mentioned by Carl.

  I did have to eliminate the one siding on the top main where the reverser loop was, due to actual space constraints. It looks like the grades will be tolerable with most of my motive power and the fact that freight trains will be only 8 or so cars in length.

  I will be constructing some bridges and trestles so it wont look to closed in, down the road. Priority is to get trains running and then pick and choose what I feel like working on.

   Al

Here are a few pics of recent progress. Almost done completing the mainline trackage, probably by the end of the weekend. Drilled holes for all the wire drops on the switches and I will neeed to drill more when and where I decide to add power connections to the track. I will be soldering 2/18 awg stranded cable for these.
   Soon time to get out the hot wire and do some basic carving. Then buy some tan coloured paint for the flat surfaces and some grey for the vertical surfaces. I purchased a can of expandable spray foam to fill gaps at various locations as well and will post some pics of this after
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It is so cool to see it come alive. You didn't say much about making the basement area into a train room. I recall the early photos. You put a lot of time into that.

 

You may want to start running with one connection for track power. If the train slows in an area, check the track tabs first. Mike of Lionel has a "continuity with FasTrack" video on youtube that shows how to slightly bend the track tabs.

 

If that doesn't fix it, then add a drop.

 

If 18awg is what you have, that's fine, but 16awg is tried and true.

 

Thanks for update.

Great progress, Al.

Your home made method of elevating the track is brilliant.  How are you notching the risers so they become flexible in the curves?  I'm guessing it's just a saw or box cutter slice 1/2 way through every inch or so.

A guy could go broke doing it all with Woodland Scenics foam.  Hopefully you find using foam helps quiet Fastrack.  I look forward to your impressions once all is up and running.  I might just rethink doing mine using your method.

 

Bruce

 

 

Well, I have finally been able to run some trains on the layout! I have had to "blast" some additional clearances out on curves at various locations when running my CP Selkirk and heavyweight passenger cars, with my hot wire soldering gun. All and all I'm happy to say the 2-10-4 will haul 4 MTH heavyweight cars up all the grades with minimal slipping. I built all my custom bridges with 1/4" mdf board so all track sub road bed is able to handle the weight of the trains without relying on the support of just the fastrack.
   In response to Bruces query on the foam construction, this how I went about it.
First I purchased 2" and 3" foamboard in 4'x8' sheets. For the risers I ripped them in 7.5" widths on my tablesaw. With the blade fully extended I could not cut all the way thru so I would have to flip and turn the sheet around to cut all the way thru.
    Once ripped into the appropriate width, I proceeded to cut the "slots" along one side only at approx 1 to 2" intervals.
Of course you need to adjust the blade depth of the cut so there is still atleast 3/4" of material left. This will allow the sheet to bend at whatever your desired radius is.
   You may need to make the cuts closer together if you require tighter radius bends.
I need to state you should be very confident in using a table saw as it can be dangerous repetative work and a table saw is unforgiving if you are not cautious.
   All track was laid out on 2" foamboard sheets which covered my 1/2" plywood table top. With the track laid out I traced out the upper routes with black marker. With the risers cut and easily bendable to curves I could now use white glue to affix them to the base foamboards.
I used 3" nails placed along the marked lines to hold the curves in place while the glue dried.
Hopefully this helps those who might want to try this method of construction as it is quite fast once you have all your risers precut.
    One negative is that cutting the foamboard on a tablesaw is MESSY and it gets everywhere so have a shop vac handy lol.
Al

I thought about the mess made by using a power tool to cut foam.  Best done in an enclosed space where you can confine and trap the debris.  That is, unless a winter scene is what you're modeling...then let'r rip!

 

Gotta admit, notching out foam to add clearance has to be the easiest form of adjustment.  Not so much when working with wooden supports.

 

Bruce

Well, it's been a while since was had a chance to work on my layout. Finally started a new job in Nov on a 6 month contract in construction of new headquarters for Imperial Oil(Exxon) here in Calgary. Lots of walking which has not left me with much energy to stand around working on my layout lol(gettin older). Anyways, started working on an additional spur for a mine and tunnels on the one end of my layout.

 Purchased a "handy pak" of 1 1/2"foamboard(2'x 4') from Home Depot to start. I also stocked up on another bottle white glue.

   With my trusty soldering gun converted to hot wire duty, I started carving out and adding supports for the new mine area. I recessed the area by 1 1/2" to accomodate the spur track off the Main, which also inclosed the lower main loop as a tunnel. 

 Here are a few pics showing the latests modifications

Albertstrains,

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.

Here is a recent video update. Yes I've finally had the time now to work on the layout again now that I'm unemployed. Test running trains (MTH at this time) and workin out some bugs. 

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Hi Al,

I will soon beginning a new layout. Though it will be set in freelanced California, much of the scenery will be based on my visits to the Canadian Rockies. Neat to see someone else doing a similar layout! 

 I've been busy on my layout, de-cluttering, organizing things I haven't had the time to do til now.

 I have wanted to have a place for the small coal mine spur on the top level and have decided to move it the the opposite side of the layout...lol. This will require partially covering the top of the 2 track siding on the main level. This will allow me add more bang for my buck.

 I have cut 2" strips of foamboard at 5 1/2 and 7 1/2" widths , build the upper mine addition.

 Here are some pics showing the progress

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 Ok, I've been busy on the layout(feels great) and have the upper mine area ready for more mountain elevation now that there is a good solid base.

   I also cut out an access by the station area and am planning a river gorge area where the arch bridge(s) are.

 I am going to cut out the plywood where the ravine will be to add another 4" of depth.IMG_20160702_200044IMG_20160702_200052IMG_20160702_200809

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Looks great --- please keep pics/updates coming

Your layout is actually making me think that Lionel Fastrack is / could be an option down the road

  Been workin on detailing a few MTH buildings and scrath-building CPR style telegraph poles. I went to Micheals a putchase the materials which were pretty cheap, even in CDN dollars(under $25).

 5   3/16" x 36" wood dowels

1   bag of match sticks

1   small container of beads

   I can give more instructions how I did it, let me know

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Hey Al; looking good. That gorge is going to be great. Nice use of those arch bridges to make it happen. Overall I really like your track plan and your use of foamboard for all elevated track. And it should be nice and quiet. I need to bring my VL Bigboy over soon so we can make sure your clearances are adequate. It will find any tight spots for sure!

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I was busy during this past weekend re-locating my main grade so I could add another line to complete a full loop on the main level.

   Here is a quick vid of the new line

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 I've been busy working on detailing a few structures and repairing/modifying a recent ebay purchase that was damaged in shipping(3rd Rail CN U2g). 

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 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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The F-7's are nice! One of my favorite color schemes.  The layout is build is moving along. The gorge/valley change will look good.

  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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Al, the CP box car coupled to the caboose, did you letter that one yourself ? I don't know of any manufacturer doing a car with that CP lettering scheme. 

Canadian 

     Pacific

         Railway

 

 

 Hello Arthur, yes I ended up repainting a few Atlas 40' boxcars with the gothic "Stepped" lettering. They are my favorite, but nobody has produced these in single or 6 car sets.

   I used CDS lettering after spraying them with red oxide primer

 Al

 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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Al, looks great!!  Good colors!!  I am always cramped for space, so I can see myself using my car hood as a table.  Good thing I drive a 2004, won't mind if I put a blemish on it!

  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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 I have been doing some wiring, mainly an MTH terminal board IMG_20160910_223543IMG_20160910_223534and Fastrack controllers.

   Another, older short clip showing the backside of the layout on the new main. Notice the "clickety clack" after the engine passes.

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!

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  Busy at work, but I found some time to run a my CP P2e Mike. Painting a 4 bay hopper and 8000 gal tank car into CP 50's colors(black). Just a short video of the Mike on the point of the Dominion.

Al

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  Quick update, been busy at the new job so not much energy to work on the layout but acquiring some additional GN power.

  Lastest addition, an MTH R2. Here is a short vid of the break in runs

Al

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Albert, it's a hobby. You do what you feel like when you feel like it.

It's coming along. Thanks for updating when you can.

 Reality can play havoc with train time for sure.

 New job is going well and life is somewhat returning to normal.

 I have had time to rework the east yard and get rid of some of the reverse S curves on the ladder. Also, worked on bridges

Here is a quick vid

Al

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Al,

Glad to see life is getting back to normal.  The layout is looking very good!  Two very nice locomotives!!  How do you like working with the Woodland Scenics risers and the white Styrofoam?  I take it that is what you are using.

   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

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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

Albert

How did you cut the Styrofoam to set the grade?

Hello Keith

 If you check some of the earlier posts in this thread, I go thru how I laid out the grades and curves. I have a BlackBerry so it's a real pain to figure out how to re-post the earlier pics of the layout..lol

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

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!

Mark, not a problem I've done a few times in the past as well lol. If you have access to a table saw and are safely able to do it yourself(and a good shop vac), you can easily build your grades and curves for cheap $$

Al

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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Hi George

 The Atlas TT and 2 roundhouse kit bases are on the layout. I will try show them in the next video

Al

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   I have done very little with my layout, other than tweaking the grades and re-aligning track.

   My main project has been the coaling tower, which mostly finished now. Here are a few vids and pics of some trains

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Al,

In the second video, the CP reefer just ahead of the THB boxcar, did you letter that yourself ?

Haven't seen that car done by any of the manufactures, maybe one I missed ?

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Al, not the THB boxcar, got that, who's car is the CP reefer coupled in front of the THB boxcar ?

Thanks.

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  Do you mean this one? I did up this Atlas reefer with CDS transfers

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Al,

  Yes, that's the one. I didn't think any of the major manufactures made that car, very nice. Thank you.

Art         

 I have a few more freight cars that I will be repainting. They are waiting for decals or transfers to be ordered before I start.

   Here is another quick vid of 3rd Rails latest P2g Mike, pulling freight up and down the grades....

Al

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Al, that is a great looking locomotive. If it wasn't for 3rd Rail, authentic Canadian steam would be just about nonexistent. On a Canadian note, thanks to Beth Marshall at Public Delivery Track, she tipped me off that Golden Gate Depot had an eight car "The Canadian" passenger car set available. Had been searching for this passenger set, thought they were all gone, warehouse find, UPS delivered today.    

Arthur

 Nice score finding those! I'm looking for a set a well, hopefully some overdue $$ owing to me will show up soon. How much was the set?

Al

Al

The set was $2,000.00 plus shipping. Fortunately they take PayPal, so PayPal credit gives me six months to pay it off, my 2017 train budget was just about exhausted but this was a must.           I guess you are aware of the Canadian Toy Train Association ?   http://www.canadiantoytrains.org/

Art         

Finally purchased a new Samsung  phone and decided to take a few videos and pics of recent rail action on the layout.

   I have installed the roundhouse tracks with power but threw a belt on Atlas TT motor.....arrrgh. So that will be my next project.

  I am having to run additional  feeders to the station tracks as I'm losing TMCC signal, which can be annoying.

   Other than that I still have 8 more switches to wire up under the layout. I keep putting that off tho. Lol

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Al,

Very nice photos and video.  Yes I have heard the Atlas belts can be a problem.  Looks like Morris the Cat isn't phased by the trains.

   Well tonite i decided to run some trains and blow off some steam from another crazy day at work...lol

 I havent ran my Weaver G5a #1200 in a while, so......on the tracks it went and coupled up to an MTH set of passenger cars. Only able to pull 4 cars up the grade, which i think is pretty good.

   It is a great running and looking loco for sure.

    Kali is my resident smoke inspector

   Here are few vids of the action

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I have been working on repainting some 90s vintage Lionel NYC heavyweight cars into CPR. 

  Money has been tight even though I have been fortunate enough to be working full time but with adult kids living at home and my daughter going to university.....its been a struggle. 

I haven't been able to purchase the GGD heavyweight cars yet so in the meantime ......here is my progress 

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 Well I did manage to apply transfers to the baggage car last night. 

  Hopefully I will finish the rest up tonite....

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 This weekend was all about painting and lettering the 4 car passenger set and prepping a bunch of freight cars for lettering to CPR.

   These have been on my to do list for a while so i decided to get at it.

     The  passenger cars were lettered with Black Cat decals and the freight cars will get CDS dry transfers

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Great looking heavyweight passenger cars, I like the look more than the MTH cars.

If you want outside braced CP boxcars you have to do it yourself, I'm a bit surprised Atlas hasn't done the outside braced boxcars for the CP.

Al, your railroad is doing the CPR proud !   You have an excellent stud of motive power, too !

Remember the days when Canadian Pacific described itself as the world's greatest transportation company? They had the railroad, an airline and steam ships, plus a string of hotels. 

  I like the look of the Lionel Heavyweight cars better than the MTH ones as well, Arthur. Unfortunately, these cars did not have the interiors, so I opted to install "blinds" on the windows which helps in hiding this fact. I would like to find some diaphrams to install on the cars, but probably too expensive if available.

   Better scenario would be to find some later version Lionel cars with interiors and diaphrams lol.

  Mark, I wish I was around back then to have seen things back in steam days.....oh well.

 My next project is repainting an MTH Royal Hudson(Im on a roll lol)

 Mark / Arthur

Thank you for the comments. There are a lot of CP and CN steam era cars that have NOT been done, other than by Weaver, which are nearly impossible find now. It seems that buying other roadnames and re-decorating is the cheap way to go for me.

   I am hoping to purchase either a K-line 18" CPR passenger set or 6 of the new Lionel CPR Box cars

Al

Al,

I would have liked to see the steam days too.  Born in 1956 was just a little late for the B&O and other Western Pennsylvania railroads.

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Funny thing about being so old that steamers were commonplace . . .all we wanted to see were diesels! 

Steamers? Bleah! a dime a dozen! 

Yep, that's how it was for a train watching kid in the early fifties in Canada. I recall trying to get around one stopped at the station before it started moving. Got a shower of cinders in my hair for my trouble. I actually had hair! 

How things change! 

It was 1960 for me.....but lots of excursion steam in Toronto when I grew up there. 

    I didn't have a chance to see CNR  # 6218 run but was on the 2nd trip of 6060 after its return to service and had the chance to ride behind her on a few more trips after that.

   As for CPR steam #1057, #136 and #1201 were just a stone's throw away from the CN roundhouse just east at CPs John Street roundhouse.

   I would hang around on weekends at the both facilities and learned as much as I could 

   #1201, I had  the great pleasure of crawling inside its boiler with a pneumatic needle gun for a few hours while it was under going restoration for operation.

   Also outside in storage were #5361 and recently departed Royal  Hudson #2839(off to the USA for fantrip service 

  Good times and great memories....

Al

 

 I  managed to apply transfers on one of the gondolas tonite. Not a visually spectacular car but will certainly add to the theme of my layout.

  Here is a before pic of the Royal Hudson that is getting the new makeover......already have part of tender lettering removed.

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Hello Arthur

  I  see you have received your Lionel CPR box cars and are installing Kadees but you didnt post a pic of what they look like! lol Please post a pic when you have a chance to. 

Al

albertstrains posted:

Hello Arthur

  I  see you have received your Lionel CPR box cars and are installing Kadees but you didnt post a pic of what they look like! lol Please post a pic when you have a chance to. 

Al

Here are some shots of the new grain cars . . .

Packaging . . .

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Out of the box . . .

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And with Kadees and weathered a bit . . .

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Hello Arthur

  I  see you have received your Lionel CPR box cars and are installing Kadees but you didnt post a pic of what they look like! lol Please post a pic when you have a chance to. 

Al

albertstrains posted:

Hello Arthur

  I  see you have received your Lionel CPR box cars and are installing Kadees but you didnt post a pic of what they look like! lol Please post a pic when you have a chance to. 

Al

Sorry, Albert. I thought you meant me. Didn't know Arthur had received these cars.

 

Terry Danks posted:
albertstrains posted:

Hello Arthur

  I  see you have received your Lionel CPR box cars and are installing Kadees but you didnt post a pic of what they look like! lol Please post a pic when you have a chance to. 

Al

Sorry, Albert. I thought you meant me. Didn't know Arthur had received these cars.

 

Terry, Albert did mean you, I didn't install Kadees on my CP car, he got us mixed up with all the replies being posted. Good to see the Canadian railway interest.

 

  Hello Terry / Arthur

  Sorry about that Guys! I got my wires crossed somewhere Lol.

  Terry - Nice job on the cars!

     I am hoping to purchase atleast 6 of these for my layout.

Al

 I have a few days  off from work and I have been working on repainting the Royal Hudson . Alot of details needed to be removed first. With that done the painting could begin. I did add some brass channel to fill in behind  the cab steps.

 Decaling will tomorrows fun!

  Here are a few pics of the progress 

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 I have a few days  off from work and I have been working on repainting the Royal Hudson . Alot of details needed to be removed first. With that done the painting could begin. I did add some brass channel to fill in behind  the cab steps.

    Another detail I will be adding is a back wall to the cab. The big opening at the back is a big distraction to me so I will be filling it in.20170731_22092320170731_221600

 Decaling will tomorrows fun!

  Here are a few pics of the progress 

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albertstrains posted:

 I have a few days  off from work and I have been working on repainting the Royal Hudson . Alot of details needed to be removed first. With that done the painting could begin. I did add some brass channel to fill in behind  the cab steps.

 Decaling will tomorrows fun!

  Here are a few pics of the progress 

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Albert, who's Hudson, MTH ?

 Here is an update of what has been happening.....mainly painting and lettering rolling stock that have been on my to do list. Apparently  now is the time lol. Royal Hudson is just about complete but working on the cab windows.

  Here are a few pics 

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 Hello Arthur

Yes they will be all CP. I am doing one 40'  wood Reefer in passenger service livery (maroon). I am waiting for decals for my 3 outside braced box cars and need to find two more sets of decals or transfers for my gondolas.

   The CP reefers were the latest ones from MTH but came decorated for CN.

    The colour was too light of grey for my liking so I painted them up in CPR.

   They are supposed to be 8 hatch reefers as well but oh well.....

Al

   Recent update, I have made some bridge abutments from mdf and have most of the custom bridges in place now with solid footings. Not too exciting but necessary ....

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Nice texture on the stone piers. Very exciting...it's a detail that will make the whole scene in that area.

  Thanks for all the comments on the abutments..looks like I will be making more for the remaining bridges.

    I picked up a bunch of Weaver telegraph poles off day 'bay and they just showed up today at my door. I was going to scratch build these but I can't make them look this good and would probably drive myself nuts trying to lol

  These are a dead ringer for the ones I remember seeing along the mainlines during my youth.

  I will be painting/detailing these as well 

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 I have managed to detail 30 telegraph poles thus far. insulators painted white for the most part. I will be painting some insulators with Tamiya clear green for some variety.

  Here is a pic of the "bouquet" as of tonite 

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Foam mountains don't look like much at first, but when finished can look great!  Are you going to cover them with sculptamold or another product?

Hello Mark

   I have more foam to install before I start fill cracks etc with yellow expanding foam insulation(spray can).

     I will see how that looks before I start going at it with the hot wire cutter. 

    Yes the foam looks pretty lame at this stage of the game.  Most important is to ensure clearances in the tunnels and build in access as I go along.

   Al

Al, I have used the spray foam myself.  Yes until you get farther along with cutting and shaping, the mountains can look very 'abstract'! (How do you like that word to make it look like you and I know what we are doing?)  LOL. Carry on; it will look great!

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  20171203_21512320171203_21522720171126_21532220171203_21500420171203_21482620171203_213914Greetings All

    Finally had time to get back to working on the layout. The "canyon" line I have had envisioned for some time. 

  Figured I better get at it. Here are some pics of the work

Al

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That's a deep canyon, Al!  What kind of bridge are you going to have holding up the track!

is the cat the construction inspector?