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Bob, Things are really looking good! Once you get that on the layout you will have to put together a MOW crew to keep the weeds down! LOL

Kevin, great scenery and I love how the folks are railfaning! LOL Great little videos, Thanks for sharing!

Gerhardt, that is one impressive bridge @ 40", I would almost make some kind of safety arm that swings out under it while in use. I would hate to see those little wood screws give way and your big boy tumble to the floor!

Well guys I am a little PO'ed and I need some more advice. As most of you know I purchased my first steam engine. With the advice of many folks here I waited till I got a battery replacement before even getting it near the tracks. Well they came in yesterday and I was so excited like a little kid, I was going to run my first steam engine with smoke, bell and whistle!

I put the battery replacement in the tender, set the engine and tender on the track, hooked them both together, powered up the track, added engine to my DCS system and let it sit there for a few minutes. Started it up and man it sounded great, whistle was wonderful, so I started down the track chuffing away. 6 feet later DEAD ON THE TRACK!

So my question to you all is now what do I do?

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Started some scenic work on a little corner of the layout that is more of a nook but ideal for  a wooded rural cabin scene. I have a Woodland scenics Rustic Cabin which is the right size for the area. So far i have created the forest back drop and the water on the ground from images i found on the internet and printed locally. Probably will raise the cabin a bit to create depth . Will be adding trees and foliage to embellish the scene. It gives a nice impression.

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John, wonderful looking trains! I would say something about the Shelf's but cant really see them! LOL

LIRR, looks like a great start! Its nice to see the little things that folks do to add just a little detail !

Well guys, it started today. I started dismantling the section of the layout where the city was to get ready to change things up. I will have to do one section at a time as I dont have all the room to store all the trains stuff I have! LOL here are a couple photos!

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@Mark Boyce posted:

Good start, Mike!

LOL Thanks Mark, it's going to be slow going as I have to clean all the ballast off the track and track bed. Then I have to go slow to try and get the roadbed up so I can use it again. But it's a start!

Tomorrow I will continue working on taking up track and cork and laying out the new loop. I hope to get that far if I can!

Updating my lake house layout with switches from Great Lakes last weekend and cork roadbed from Carlton Hobbies this weekend. It’s a slow process to be honest.  
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Busy weekend with honey-do's.

I did squeeze in a little layout time and started on the permanent ground cover for the yard. I cut the baseboard for between tracks two and three. I will wait on the area between track one and the main. I have to put my Lionel control tower, water tower, and passenger station back in place first.  On the mock up I thought the "ground" was too smooth and flat so I went back to my old cabinet making days and distressed the boards. I put it face down on my driveway concrete curb and whacked it with a hammer.

I painted the pieces with a mix of black and brown acrylic and will spray them next. Once they are on the layout I will start on the ground cover.

Bob

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Andrew, Looks like you have a nice start, since you can make sure you take the time and enjoy the time you are able to spend with your day and your trains and layout. Soak in everything as I am sure he has alot he can teach you! Have fun with him!

Bob, looking good, it's amazing what a hammer and curb can do! I am sure it's going to look wonderful on the layout!

Jrmertz, the subway tunnel is very cool ! Your doing an outstanding job and it's nice to see the turtles have shown up!

As for me I plan on working on taking up more track and road bed! LOL

Jrmertz, The subway tunnel looks great to me.  Are the turtles there to keep the bad guys out?

Bob, The hammer sure did make the wood look distressed.  I would be distressed too if someone hit me with a hammer. 

Andrew, Looking good.  While my did had no interest in trains, I used all I learned from him to do the carpentry and electrical work on my first layout when I was in my early teens.  Over 50 years have passed, and I still think of things dad said or showed me way back then.

All I did was a little painting of the Atlas signal tower kit parts.  Nothing really to photograph, and now I'm off to let the PT boys beat me up. 

@Mark Boyce posted:

Jrmertz, The subway tunnel looks great to me.  Are the turtles there to keep the bad guys out?

Bob, The hammer sure did make the wood look distressed.  I would be distressed too if someone hit me with a hammer. 

Andrew, Looking good.  While my did had no interest in trains, I used all I learned from him to do the carpentry and electrical work on my first layout when I was in my early teens.  Over 50 years have passed, and I still think of things dad said or showed me way back then.

All I did was a little painting of the Atlas signal tower kit parts.  Nothing really to photograph, and now I'm off to let the PT boys beat me up. 

Yep the turtles are protecting the subway. Iron-man is up top already doing the surface protection

I’m just throwing this out ….sort of late though.

Would it possibly have been easier to have relocated the heat/air rather than remove your track an layout 🤣

I apologize if I may have missed someone else’s mentioning this possibly.
But being trained as an internal auditor I always like to review the alternatives when I discovered any non-compliance, or costly errors 😚

The drawing of the track layout you are considering looks to be an enjoyable alternative Mike. I like multiple layers 😊

My advice is carefully plan what you want, look at what has been called your "givens and druthers", plan some more, then with old beat up pieces of track, a piece of chalk, and both a yardstick and a tape measure lay out what you think it will be on the floor, plan some more, repeat this process as many times as necessary, and then build your benchwork and lay your track. My two cents worth.

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Gerhardt, I like your drop down bridge.  I'll look forward to seeing your lift up bridge and a video when it is all done!!!

Just for curiosity, where do you live in Canada.  Province is good enough, I'm not trying to pen you in. 

Hi guys, thanks for all the nice comments. I was tied up all day yesterday with my 8 year olds Birthday! We are located in Edmonton, Alberta, so far west and far north. I’m working on constructing the upper loops and supports so I’m not going to cut the track around the lower drop down bridge yet in case I need to move the lower track a 1/2” or something to make things fit. So the video will be delayed. However I did continue tonight with some minor progress of cutting and fitting plywood for steel arch bridges. Also I’ve decided I’m going to try acoustic ceiling tile on top of the plywood to reduce the Fastrack noise as I read that works pretty good. We don’t have Homasote up here readily available, it’s a special order item.  I found some tile for cheap so I will try it  

Anyways, I love seeing everyone else’s progress. This is always my favorite thread, I just don’t chime in that often.

Getting my 2nd vaccine dose tomorrow. Flights are booked for York in October! Take care,

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@Seth Thomas posted:

I’m just throwing this out ….sort of late though.

Would it possibly have been easier to have relocated the heat/air rather than remove your track an layout 🤣

I apologize if I may have missed someone else’s mentioning this possibly.
But being trained as an internal auditor I always like to review the alternatives when I discovered any non-compliance, or costly errors 😚

The drawing of the track layout you are considering looks to be an enjoyable alternative Mike. I like multiple layers 😊

@mike g. posted:

Hi Seth, I could have always moved the Heat/AC unit, but then I would not get the second level loop and who knows maybe even more. The good part is the CEO bought into it.

I'm with you on this one Mike. Those units can be moved but then you have a holes in the train room wall to patch. By the time the contractor gets a longer line set, moves the electric, adds gas to the unit, you will be well on your way to the new layout. Besides, if you just moved the unit, you would still want to change the layout but wouldn't be able to blame it on the unit anymore.

Wise move my friend!

Bob

PS- no layout time for me last night. I did hit the yard pieces with textured black spray paint. I left them in my shed overnight and they should be good and dry tonight so I can glue them down.

Hi guys, so last night I did some more dismantling and a very little today. I have so much track to take up and put back down that I have come to the conclusion that I will save as much road bed as I can. But I'm not going to kill myself over it. I still have all that track to clean. So I ordered some new cork! Lol

Mike g., I feel for you redoing your layout, but I bet when your done it will be fantastic. Actually, you and Farmerjohn seem to always be upgrading, building the layout is always fun, challenging, and inspirational. Gunrunner John, wow, that’s a great display of beautiful motive power, I’m sure it does seem like Christmas unpacking all those boxes. Trainmaster04, that’s going to be a super scene when finished, keep posting pictures, very nice. Gerhardt, awesome work, nice bridge and I like the Lionel artwork behind the bridge, it’s a cool scene. RSJB18, Bob, I like your new yard, it’s a great addition to your layout, keep posting pictures, also, I completely understand Honey Do projects, it’s a good thing. Happy Railroading Everyone 16F78D68-4C60-42F0-A718-90C83EAFA412F3A3C064-5DDB-47A7-B4EB-7650111D1D9FE11FCA04-569C-4A9E-851F-FB8BC10C52A8AFCE4E44-6B02-4230-8452-45BC46B654975793CCAC-B52C-4FE1-A9A1-BB1BBB22D788281A8385-AD90-4464-8600-F2906DF33CAC

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Morning guys, looks like everyone has been busy on there layouts! I haven't been on in a couple days as I have been trying to get as much done on the layout dismantling as I dont think I will have much time time this weekend, between meeting and helping our son move into his first house and changing the locks for him its going to be a busy weekend.

But I was able to get more taken down and level out the back wall grade to tie it into the upper level. It sure is slow going getting all the cork up and cleaning as much ballast off the tracks that I can. I ordered a 90 degree cutting attachment for my dremel tool cause I have to cut in some switch on some of the track I lucky get to leave in place. Well here are a couple photos for now.

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I hope you all have a great weekend and find time for your layout and trains! Most of all I hope you all have fun!

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