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Hello Capetrainman!

I've purchased a supply of foamie but I must order a thicker supply for I am not satisfied with the two mm thickness to pair up with my 1 mm thick styrene sheets. 

I have this question for you experienced gentlemen. Regarding the width of the streets and roads, what is your normal width in inches.  And when you order car striping tape do you use the 1/8th width tape?

Thanks so much guys for your interest in helping.  I've begun to layout my streets and my foamie pads with the Woodlands scenic buildings placed on top as a dry run.  I'm doing this on a 4x8 plywood sheet in my shop and not on the layout as yet. The design,  Its coming together quick this way.  I have planned for this day to come for a long time.  Sometime this month the design I wish and the downtown streets will look like Olive Hill.

@Seth Thomas posted:

Hello Capetrainman!

I've purchased a supply of foamie but I must order a thicker supply for I am not satisfied with the two mm thickness to pair up with my 1 mm thick styrene sheets.

I have this question for you experienced gentlemen. Regarding the width of the streets and roads, what is your normal width in inches.  And when you order car striping tape do you use the 1/8th width tape?

Thanks so much guys for your interest in helping.  I've begun to layout my streets and my foamie pads with the Woodlands scenic buildings placed on top as a dry run.  I'm doing this on a 4x8 plywood sheet in my shop and not on the layout as yet. The design,  Its coming together quick this way.  I have planned for this day to come for a long time.  Sometime this month the design I wish and the downtown streets will look like Olive Hill.

Hi Seth...glad to hear your project is on the way!  My South Main Street is 9  1/2" wide...the width will accommodate 2 travel lanes and 2 lanes for parallel parking.  As a test for width, I put 4, 1/43 autos on the road appropriately spaced to come up with a width that was functional. For lane striping, I purchased 1/8" auto pin-striping tape in white and yellow from one of the auto supply stores.  1/8" is not exactly in scale, but I found it easier to work with and the appearance to me was adequate for the job...and the price was inexpensive.

I'm not able to post a picture of the road right now, but many of my pictures posted already show the roads with striping applied...good luck!  You'll hear many other options for sure...

@Seth Thomas posted:

Hello Capetrainman!

Thanks so much guys for your interest in helping.  I've begun to layout my streets and my foamie pads with the Woodlands scenic buildings placed on top as a dry run.  I'm doing this on a 4x8 plywood sheet in my shop and not on the layout as yet. The design,  Its coming together quick this way.  I have planned for this day to come for a long time.  Sometime this month the design I wish and the downtown streets will look like Olive Hill.

Seth- Assuming a typical lane width of 10', this would scale to 2.5" at 1:48 scale.

A lane marking of 6" = .125" (1/8").

Bob

@ScoutingDad posted:

Matt, I noticed the Marklin HO catenary wires and thought they could be powered from the far end. I now have about 40 feet of the wire and am trying to decide whether to tinker with a short powered section. Nice job on the posts and wire supports. I'll have to checkout the Marklin hangars.

My personal thought on working catenary is that it is overkill. Catenary is a great idea, but, just to allow your electric locomotives to run with their pantographs up for visual effect. Visitors to your layout will have no idea as to whether the power to the locomotive is coming from above or below. You will be the only one who knows that.

@railhead53 posted:

Mark, thanks.  It has been a while and it is good to be back and working on another railroad.  This one will be much smaller than the last, but I am having fun with it.  Bill B.

Bill,

While I really liked your last layout, I think smaller can be better.  While I would like to have a longer run, a twice around roughly the perimeter of my 11x11 room will keep me busy for many years.  Some modelers who are around our age perhaps bite off more than they can chew.  IF someone has help from other modelers, then a larger layout can work, but if a person is doing it by himself like I am, smaller works nicely.

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Randy - I may end up just having a non-working catenary, but I am an engineer at heart and I enjoy dabbling in something like this and enjoy the challenge of getting it to work. Heck I might even try two rail if I don't have to mess with polarity issues. Lighting passenger cars would be a challenge however, a battery or supercapacitor with LED lighting would probably work fine - another engineering challenge.

Mark B - I tend to agree with the smaller layout to a point. I would love not to have to do any type of lift ups, outs, aways to access my layout. But with the desire to have at least some track with 072 curves, geometry otherwise requires arguably 15 feet for a dog bone type pattern. That tends to push a layout to 10x15 minimum.  Next layout I am thinking roughly 15x20 max - of course that kind of space is hard to find in homes today - living rooms, kitchens and main bedrooms are off limits - zoning permits would be denied. Still thinking about the Black Diamond layout as a basis but that is 14x36.     

Good Saturday morning guys.  Just before Easter I’m the chief bottle washer, the one making trips down stairs to the garage frig, and the best potato peeler in town.  Carol is the greatest cook in town even though she suffers from MS.  

So with the kids coming from Charleston Easter the layout downtown design is on hold. We have the grandson some next week and we cannot wait!  He an I have catchup to do in the train room running HO and operating the Gantry Crane.  He has not seen the tunnel covered nor listened to the whistle as the engines enter an exit the portals.

I have  enjoyed your bridge lift video Mark and watched the progress of the brick building Mike.  I think the beginnings of the 48 club members is a great way to learn of all the neat designs guys!

So sometime after Easter the downtown Olive Hill may come alive and thanks to Bob and Capetown the streets will be striped and scaled properly via the 1:48.  


@Mark Boyce posted:

Bill,

While I really liked your last layout, I think smaller can be better.  While I would like to have a longer run, a twice around roughly the perimeter of my 11x11 room will keep me busy for many years.  Some modelers who are around our age perhaps bite off more than they can chew.  IF someone has help from other modelers, then a larger layout can work, but if a person is doing it by himself like I am, smaller works nicely.

Hi Mark, Well stated.

"What did you do on your layout today." Me, nothing. Stuck. More fun to take photos of a wreck than to work on the layout. I am struggling with Layout design. What, makes an Oval Loop track interesting? Two loops takes 4 switches!! Taking inventory of track, switches and X crossing. Carpet was easy, no planning needed. I put out a layout and let the kids show what was fun. (Miglet, he said, sometimes kids are tired of trains.) "What sorry **** is This?" lol

What makes a 4x8 OVAL interesting? THAT'S, what I did on my layout... nothing... yesterday... nothing.

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Nice to see all the great projects going on. Been busy outside but made a little progress this past week.

Built the raised platform for the background building I recently completed. Got the retaing walls weathered and installed. Tried Chris A's weathering mix, like it, 👍Thanks Chris!

Tried a new method of making vines on the walls using Jute twine as my base. Pretty pleased with it and will experiment some more. Still waiting on LEDs to complete the lighting and then a little more details and plant it on the layout.

Have a Good Easter,

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Scott, the raised platform looks great! Your right about Chris A. and his methods, He is a great teacher and is willing to share!

Well today I started a new building bash! LOL I have a Menards service building that I got 2 of and I had already used the door opening for my BNSF Engine shop! So the rest is free game. I am making another flat for along the window on the track that will be going outside one day! Here are a couple photos for your enjoyment! LOL

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I am working on the doors and lighting. But tomorrow I am going to go to work with the wife for Easter so her employees can have the day off!

I hope you all have a great Easter and find time for your layout and trains! Remember Grandkids love trains! LOL

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Scott, the raised platform really looks great!  I like the jute creeping vines!

Mike, Good start on another kitbash!  What will it look like when done!  We are all in suspense.   

Ray, that Union Station scene really looks great!  The entrance to the underground really looks great!  I love those, though I have never seen one in person.  Yes, I stay away from big cities.  Did you #D print the great looking railing?  I loved those.  Now everything is solid concrete in the form of Jersey Barriers.

While thinking of starting some scenery on the long grade on my layout, I decided I had better level and mount the backdrop to the wall first.  It looks just the same as it did before, so I didn't take a photograph.

B&O Fan, I really like how you incorporated that stunning flat atop the retaining wall diorama, gives me some ideas. The vine idea is very creative and well executed. Please let us see when you place it on your layout.

Mike G- I have been really enjoying your kit-bashed flats. I'm getting ideas for an area of the layout where I only have about 5" between the wall and the track. Obviously I can't use full size buildings. Though I plan to try my hand at some scratch building, I'm sure your ideas will create some variety.

Strap Hanger-The station and scene looks great!

Dave

Morning guys I hope you all have a great Easter Sunday with the family! My wife and I will be spending the day at the store so our employees can have the day off with there family's .

Ray the station looks Amazing and I love all the taxi's waiting to get some fares!

Mark the scratch building will just be a small loading dock for some mom and pop company! LOL Not sure yet!

Have fun today guys!

I had placed my backdrops on the layout, but hadn't fastened them to the wall so I could adjust the height once the track was in. Yesterday, I screwed most of the the backdrop into the studs. This covers the 'big' wall (11 feet) and the coved corners to the windows on the two adjacent walls.  I only have some smaller sections to do.  Now I don't have to worry about it shifting anymore.  Once, we heard a boom, and I found the large section had tipped over partially knocking down some tools.  Nothing was damaged fortunately.

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Miggy - I had to go back before page 1000 to find your Fortescue reference.

The cars are all modern and mostly MTH Premier with a couple of Atlas tossed in. I realized I do not have a single ICG freight car, thought I had a couple box cars. The MTH cars are pretty good rollers, but it is down hill at that point so gravity helps. I had an MTH Premier Husky Stack, that car would go downhill on most any slope, no incentive needed. Nothing I have rolls as good as that one did.

My post war are in a box. I pull them out for my Christmas round the tree layout along with my RailKing stuff.

@ScoutingDad posted:

Miggy - I had to go back before page 1000 to find your Fortescue reference.

The cars are all modern and mostly MTH Premier with a couple of Atlas tossed in. I realized I do not have a single ICG freight car, thought I had a couple box cars. The MTH cars are pretty good rollers, but it is down hill at that point so gravity helps. I had an MTH Premier Husky Stack, that car would go downhill on most any slope, no incentive needed. Nothing I have rolls as good as that one did.

My post war are in a box. I pull them out for my Christmas round the tree layout along with my RailKing stuff.

Jeff, thanks for the little video. It's really nice to see some of your layout and also to see that all of what happened on your layout means I am not the only one that has these problems!

Mark and Mike, I think we all have operational challenges from time to time. In this case I just happened to capture the problems during filming. First time I've had a coupler let loose, and that was after several loops around with no issues. 

My biggest ongoing issue is with a couple of switches that decide to throw partway causing derailments. Switch lights show good, but not really. 80% of the time they work fine. One in particular is in a difficult location to get to being about 12 inches out of reach. I have a pop up there but that is only for major layout surgery, takes a while to get lighting wires out of the way and buildings off the deck.

I got some footage of the layout, but the lighting is not good enough so the video is grainy. I have to reshoot. A couple of the views are from angles I cannot possibly see which makes the shot more special.

Here is a short clip - I think the motion correction is causing the frame to creep up, the camera is not moving.

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