Some years back a fellow Forumite, Jdevleerjr, started a topic of the same name for the 3 Rail community that I've long admired followed and participated on. Recently OGR management suggested it would be great idea if there was a similar topic for the 2 Rail community, which would be better served on the 2 Rail Forum of course and for a number of obvious reasons, which I completely agree with.

So with that being said... I am going to begin this one. I will continue to add content of my layouts progress and hope other 2 Railer's will as well. Please feel free to post what you've been doing on your layouts, whether they're under construction or completed. Photos and videos are optional but always great to see. 

I'm currently working on this section of my layout installing turnouts, 2 down, 3 to go. This is the east end of an interchange which will service a flour mill, grain silos and and several other industries.

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Thanks!

John

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Thanks Anthony.

The grain silos at this location are medium sized. I have a lot of work to do on them yet but I have been able to cast the roofs and foundations. I cast those in both Hydrocal and resin to see which I prefer and decided to use the Hydrocal ones for the base and resin for the tops. I'm currently working on making molds for the rest of the parts, although they have taken back seat to installing bench and track work. My layout is based loosely off the ATSF mainline in Western Kansas/Eastern Colorado in the summer of 1995, but my grain mill is based loosely off the Ardent Mills facility in Chester Illinois, which so far I only have a cardboard mock up of.

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John

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Great thread to start up. The turnouts look great. 

All I have to contribute are two blobs on a stick! I’ve tried every method and I cannot make trees. These are poly fiber on armatures from the back forty. I’m actually looking into getting some custom made.

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Gentlemen, this will be a great thread to review, O Scale is really nice. Santiago, your Sante Fe diesel runs so smooth. Happy Railroading 

Great work everyone, and a good idea for a thread! 

Recently I've been operating my layout with a remote Engineers while I take the Conductor/brakeman role.  This afternoon I worked for about 90 minutes with an Engineer about 20 miles away in Southern Ontario.

Earlier in the week the remote Engineer was in Melbourne, Australia. Here's a quick video with the Aussie Engineer. He's about 10,000 miles away.

We're still learning about the video and audio settings in Zoom to improve the quality but the DCC side of it has worked very well. It's not perfect by any means, but still a lot more fun that not operating at all because I can't invite crews over at the moment.

Pete

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Santiago,

I missed the video. I just went back and watched it. Not just a smooth runner but gorgeous locomotive too. That warbonnet scheme is hard to top.

Great thread to start up. The turnouts look great. 

All I have to contribute are two blobs on a stick! I’ve tried every method and I cannot make trees. These are poly fiber on armatures from the back forty. I’m actually looking into getting some custom made.

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My eyes aren't what they used to be. To me, these trees look great. Maybe I'm missing something?

I think that custom building can be like cooking. When I started cooking stuff, I lost some of the enjoyment of just eating it. My senses were dulled from cooking it.

If you are making it, you sense more of any flaws. I have to feel that's what you're seeing and saying here?

I'm having trouble conveying what I'm thinking here. I don't think some store bought products are this good.

BTW, thanks for starting this great thread!!

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Happy Sunday all!

Thanks to those of you who contributed so far!

Santiago those E’s are spectacular. 

Malcolm, I agree with Joe and think those trees look pretty darn good, I’d purchase them. 

I was able to get the ties for a couple more turnouts glued down today, making progress.

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Shot on my freemo module ... kit built Tennessee Pass station with the Scenic Limited 

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models are 

Key L-105 3700

Joe Fischer MoP full baggage 

Artista figurines 

Builders in Scale kit that was available in the 1980’s 

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Another from the week before, the tower is a scratch build to the drawings of the CB&Q coaling tower at Denver and tank the same. Here L77 rolls north out of Burnham for assignment at a North Yard along the Q service tracks near 20th. 
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@jgtrh62 posted:

Thanks Anthony.

The grain silos at this location are medium sized. I have a lot of work to do on them yet but I have been able to cast the roofs and foundations. I cast those in both Hydrocal and resin to see which I prefer and decided to use the Hydrocal ones for the base and resin for the tops. 

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John

John,     They look about 100 times better than the standard solution of hacking off chunks of 4" PVC pipe!!!

Simon

Thanks Simon, I wanted to model concrete slip form type for my grain silos. I am working on the molds for the silos so the cardboard tubes are just place holders for the time being. 

@John Sethian That scene is fantastic, hard to tell it’s not real.

John

 

I have almost completed (just a couple of wires to go)  neatening up my DCC electronics. I built a wooden cabinet to house them. Whenever I can I try to use stuff around the house to save money on the layout build. The former owner of the house left some shelving that was in the way of the future layout so I took them down and made a box out of it. The top white switch turns on the DCC system.

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I was able to finish a little more scenery. I have one side of the layout about done except for figures and vehicles.  I painted one cotton field and planted another one.  I m researching a IH cotton picker now but I think it will be a scratch build to get one.

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I was able to finish a little more scenery. I have one side of the layout about done except for figures and vehicles.  I painted one cotton field and planted another one.  I m researching a IH cotton picker now but I think it will be a scratch build to get one.

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Fabulous work of blending the road into the backdrop making it appear to go on forever.  NH Joe

Santiago - Superb setting and equipment. Pretty sure I spotted Jack Delano from the Farm Security Admn/Office of War Information, with camera in hand on the station platform!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend all!

I haven't made as much progress as I'd like to have in recent weeks but finally was able to get all 4 turnouts powered this weekend. I still have lots of tweaking, scenery etc., to do though.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!

John

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I converted a MTH SD45 to 2 rail. I forgot that I was going to order pilots from Thor on the forum. I put in my shims like I used to do before they were available. I've had this engine laying around waiting for conversion. I installed scale wheels years ago. Then it just sat here. There's a couple others still on the shelf waiting for conversion.

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@jgtrh62 posted:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend all!

I haven't made as much progress as I'd like to have in recent weeks but finally was able to get all 4 turnouts powered this weekend. I still have lots of tweaking, scenery etc., to do though.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!

John

John,

Nice work brother. Track work is important and I know you want to make sure those trains are running well. I will patiently await more scenery work.

Dave

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