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I've finally started benchwork on my new and improved Harpers Ferry layout.   We moved to another house a couple of years ago.  I built my first Harpers Ferry layout in my previous house.   See my old layout videos here: The new house has a 13x29 unfinished room in the basement which will be the home of the new layout.   This layout will eventually be about 26 x 13.   I plan to build it in 2 phases.   The first phase will include Harpers Ferry and a Point of Rocks loop.   I've been planning this layout in RRTrack ever since we moved.  It improves on my last plan with larger radius curves (a O-72 loop) and Atlas O track (versus MTH Realtrax).   Here is the phase 1 plan and some initial benchwork pics:

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Hi Neighbor!

thank you for all this work in sharing your layout!  That is a very impressive video for the benchwork (still have to watch some others).  What a great area to model.  Our Leesburg troups have hiked all over that area and my boys and I would take the train from there to DC union station every chance we got.  Go over to the museum in Brunswick.  I think it has so much great history at Harpers Ferry along with Point of Rocks.

I am a recent convert from HO to O (trying to do both) and currently only have an oval to run my EM-1 and the capitol limited on but am trying to expand in my basement and planning a larger layout in our loft in NC that is being built.  Just got a hold of the book on building O gauge layouts from here on the O gauge site and that was good information.  I did L grid benchwork for HO and have done 1x4 and birch plywood on 2x4 48" saw horses for the oval.  Your approach is much more in line with the book (compendium of backshop articles I think it is, dont have it with me to reference).   This is all new to me so your videos and work are very helpful in figuring out what a next step layout in VA will be.  Thank you for all the work it takes to share this!

BTW are there any clubs in out area?

I blocked out some time and got some help on the layout benchwork over the weekend.   Here is a my latest video that details the 'modified L-Girder' technique that I'm using.  Also, I added some overhead LED lighting bars to the train/storage room.   Next step is to buy 4x8 sheets of either OSB or Plywood.   I know ply is the best but also more expensive choice.   If you have used OSB please let me know your pros/cons.   As always, thanks for watching and please show your support by subscribing and liking.

Ken

Hey thanks all for your helpful comments and encouragement.   I'm documenting my progress with videos in part because most other layout builds don't show benchwork construction.   I may go with OSB since I won't be making grades with cookie cutter (planning on using Woodland Scenic 2-3% flexible grades).   Cost is a consideration as well.   My joists are 24" on center and I know 1/2 inch OSB will span without sagging.    I plan on gluing and screwing decking to joists.   Also thinking I should get my masonite backdrops painted sky blue AND mounted BEFORE decking gets in the way. 

@Mark Boyce posted:

I'm glad you are finally able to start building the new Harpers Ferry layout!  I'll look forward to seeing your progress!

Mark, thanks in part to you selling me that great Western Maryland RS diesel I'm thinking the phase II extension should be Cumberland.   Would make since it is 'up river' from Harpers Ferry.   I am also glad to get this layout going.   Been suffering train withdrawal since I haven't run trains in months (took down temp loop to make room for layout last winter).

@Obsidian posted:

Mark, thanks in part to you selling me that great Western Maryland RS diesel I'm thinking the phase II extension should be Cumberland.   Would make since it is 'up river' from Harpers Ferry.   I am also glad to get this layout going.   Been suffering train withdrawal since I haven't run trains in months (took down temp loop to make room for layout last winter).

Ken, I’m glad you like the RS3!  If you have room, an extension to Cumberland would be great!  If I had room, I would run an extension down the mountain and along the Potomac to Cumberland from the other direction!  The Cumberland station would be a great model.

Latest progress video (Episode 3).   Last (Harpers Ferry) table has been raised onto legs and joist added to form Potomac river shore.   These tasks would be nearly impossible without some help and I'm lucky my son is around to give his dad a hand.  Bought a few 4x8 sheets of 3/4" OSB for decking over 4th of July weekend.   Will feature in next video.  Wife thinks I should have had room finished with drywall before starting.   But then the room would have been "too nice" for a model train & storage.   This room is perfect, no windows, hvac & farthest from stairs with a single door.   I'm enjoying sharing my journey with you, please feel free to ask questions or comment.

@Juniatabilt posted:

Harpers Ferry is one of my all-time favorite places.  Looking forward to seeing your work unfold, Obsidian!

My favorite rail fanning location.   I love that the track layout has changed multiple times, thats why there is 3 bridges.   The fact that they picked up and moved the station to its current location, just like we do as modelers when we change the plan to make curves broader & safer.   I'll tell you a secret.... I'm looking forward to recreating the 'stretched rope' derailment that happened a few years ago on the Shenandoah sub.   My original plan had O54 curves on the Shenandoah sub but I used O72 for bigger engine compatibility.  I plan to include a trestle section through town.   Here is a video of the accident:  https://youtu.be/CQWw

@Robbin posted:

Hi Neighbor!

thank you for all this work in sharing your layout!  That is a very impressive video for the benchwork (still have to watch some others).  What a great area to model.  Our Leesburg troups have hiked all over that area and my boys and I would take the train from there to DC union station every chance we got.  Go over to the museum in Brunswick.  I think it has so much great history at Harpers Ferry along with Point of Rocks.

I am a recent convert from HO to O (trying to do both) and currently only have an oval to run my EM-1 and the capitol limited on but am trying to expand in my basement and planning a larger layout in our loft in NC that is being built.  Just got a hold of the book on building O gauge layouts from here on the O gauge site and that was good information.  I did L grid benchwork for HO and have done 1x4 and birch plywood on 2x4 48" saw horses for the oval.  Your approach is much more in line with the book (compendium of backshop articles I think it is, dont have it with me to reference).   This is all new to me so your videos and work are very helpful in figuring out what a next step layout in VA will be.  Thank you for all the work it takes to share this!

BTW are there any clubs in out area?

Howdy neighbor.   Would like to have you then perhaps when I'm running trains, your troop come by.  Hiking to Maryland Heights above Harpers Ferry is on my to-do for this summer.   I want to take some panoramic photos that may become backdrops.   Let me know if I can help with your track plan design.

Ken

@Obsidian posted:

Latest progress video (Episode 3).   Last (Harpers Ferry) table has been raised onto legs and joist added to form Potomac river shore.   These tasks would be nearly impossible without some help and I'm lucky my son is around to give his dad a hand.  Bought a few 4x8 sheets of 3/4" OSB for decking over 4th of July weekend.   Will feature in next video.  Wife thinks I should have had room finished with drywall before starting.   But then the room would have been "too nice" for a model train & storage.   This room is perfect, no windows, hvac & farthest from stairs with a single door.   I'm enjoying sharing my journey with you, please feel free to ask questions or comment.

Great video, Ken........I love hearing about your technique!

Peter

Latest progress video (Episode 4).   Added OSB decking/table top and laying outer loop track.   As always I appreciate your questions and comments.   Thanks to all who recommended OSB.   Other than its weight it is working out good so far.   As always, please like the video and subscribe if you haven't already.   I've heard 'If you build it, they (in this case FedEx) will come.   Now that I am building a minimum O72 layout, I couldn't help but buy a MTH Premier articulated engine.   Will do a unboxing/test run video soon.   Going to have to make sure bridges are well supported since this thing weighs a ton ;-)

@Mark Boyce posted:

Looks great!  I forgot how wide the Potomac River is on your plan!  The bridges over it will look great!

The railroad bridges over the Potomac are the most dramatic aspect of the location.   My previous layout river was about 3 feet.   This one is 4.  Still not even half the scale of prototype.   I plan on making/contracting the original Bollman Truss bridge that will be in front.  

Latest progress video - Episode 5   Outer loop has been laid and partially test run.   I'm going to try to avoid the temptation of running trains since I would need multiple connections to run reliable.   Next I need to build the Potomac riverbed and get backdrops in place.   Right now the table tops are resting in place and can be moved so I can easily access backdrop 2x4 supports.   Can any of you eagle-eyed viewers tell me the name of the viaduct I plan to model?   Hint, B&O ;-).   As always, I really appreciate your comments and questions.

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@Mark Boyce posted:

Your progress is looking good, Ken!  Are you planning to model the B&O Thomas Viaduct?

Ding, ding, ding!   Right answer.   Yes, I will have a viaduct that will resemble, albeit not nearly as long.   When the I get to that point in scenery I plan to swap out the existing O81-O90 curves (with short straight in middle) with a 108-99 curve track.   That curve is one of the first features visitors will see when they come through the layout room door.

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