Done for the night. I was moving along at a pretty good pace when I heard the cellar door open and a soft voice said time to call it a night and come upstairs and watch TV with me. I stopped working and came to post before I watch TV with the wife (CEO of the railroad ). I managed to get most of the cork down for the one freight yard. It may not be prototypical but I wanted to use up switches I had laying around first before ordering anymore. I should be able to finish laying the cork tomorrow. Pics...........Paul

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jim pastorius posted:

Mitch - have you ever tried using a can motor from an electric drill??  At my old place I took apart two 12 volt drills  which had nice can motors in them with nice gear boxes to reduce speed. Never used them, then ditched them when I moved.

Ectually, I have a perfectly good Polar Express motor with a lunched gear on it.  I'm gonna try pulling the gear and using that... ;-) 

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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Chugman posted:

Elliot - Two days to go before the end of the year.  Why am I sitting here on the forum when I should be downstairs getting something done.  I just got out of shoveling the driveway so I had better use my energy on the layout.

Cheers, Art

Art, I've been getting out of shoveling for years, because the driveway is too big to do by hand or even snowblower. I pay to have it plowed. The downside is he only comes out when there is 2" or more, and so far we haven't had enough in a single snowfall, even though there are about 4 inches out there. Weird for December.

Tomorrow should be a good day on the layout, because Patrick is coming over. I don't expect much on Sunday, watching the Vikings beat the Bears (sorry). Then I have to do my year in review post. Let's just say it has been a very good year on the Twin Cities Central. There could be over 100 photos and some videos too.

That is like watching the Steelers beat the Browns in Pittsburgh!  Why bother watching???    Looking forward to the photographs!

Because I'm a sucker Mark. They have broken my heart so many times over the years, but I keep going back for emotional abuse. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It's fun to think of the possibility of being the first team to play a Super Bowl at home... Losing a record fifth, not so much.

Mark, just put the snow blower to the front of a riding lawnmower!

Paul, you sure are moving right along! Between the building, cork. track. Next thing we know you will be going back to the magic mountain!

Mark is right were all characters and should be in comics!

Mike

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mike g. posted:

Mark, just put the snow blower to the front of a riding lawnmower!

Paul, you sure are moving right along! Between the building, cork. track. Next thing we know you will be going back to the magic mountain!

Mark is right were all characters and should be in comics!

Mike, great idea!  Now where do I find a riding mower cheap!  LOL. I do get my exercise.

paul 2 posted:

Done for the night. I was moving along at a pretty good pace when I heard the cellar door open and a soft voice said time to call it a night and come upstairs and watch TV with me. I stopped working and came to post before I watch TV with the wife (CEO of the railroad ). I managed to get most of the cork down for the one freight yard. It may not be prototypical but I wanted to use up switches I had laying around first before ordering anymore. I should be able to finish laying the cork tomorrow. Pics...........Paul

 

Works the other way around at our house. My wife would leave me downstairs all night, because that way she can watch whatever she wants.

A beautiful cold, crisp day in the Midwest!  Hoping to get a lot done today.  Did more plastering yesterday and then cleaned the layout up after doing retaining walls all last week.  My son Jim is coming over to work on the electrical to do list and I am painting until he gets here. 

It's my wife's birthday so I need to practice wearing two hats today.

Plan to post a number of pictures celebrating the end of the year soon.  Hope everyone has a great day.

Art

Got the last two sidings in the freight yard. I was going to start to paint the cork that dried from yesterday but then I said I'll wait till everything is dried and I only have to open the paint cans once. So maybe after dinner I can get it all painted. I know I won't be doing anymore track work. Putting in the freight yard used all the cork up I had. I'll have to ordered a couple of boxes this time instead of just one. Pics.............Paul

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Paul:  Why don't you get a piece of 1/4" inch flat cork and use that for your yard areas.  You'd loose the ballast embankments but notice that yards don't generally have ditches between the tracks.   Much easier to install and, I think it looks more realistic, too.  You can get cork sheeting at some lumber yards or artist supply dealers.   Cheaper, too, and if you want to move some track around, some time, you can do that without much fuss.

Paul F.

Started roughing in my roads, and installed my grade crossings. Also got my backdrop backing in on the lower level.  

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CFO of the Progress and Linglestown Short Line RR. "Hauling nothing, nowhere, on time, everyday!" 

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Paul the cork is looking good, what are you gluing it down with?

Ted Nice train and nice video, thanks for the ride!

Mo Nice to see things coming along! I see your doing crossings, can you explain what your doing there for the rest of us who don't know!

Mike

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paul 2 posted:

Mike, I use Elmer's wood glue. I hold the cork in place with one inch nails till dry....Paul

Thanks Paul!

Mike

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Sure Mike,

I've taken some strips of hardboard and plexiglass (on the curved portion) and placed them next to the outer rails. I filled the middle areas with drywall compound. When dry, I'll remove the strips and have my preformed areas for the wheel flanges, and the compound, after coloring, will look like asphalt ( I hope). 

CFO of the Progress and Linglestown Short Line RR. "Hauling nothing, nowhere, on time, everyday!" 

Good day of work today. Still pounding away on the last of the fascia. I got two pieces hung last Thursday, and two more today, including a near full sheet which connects the upper and lower.

These are the ones from Thursday. The one on the right started at the duck under, and the second went under the bridges on the left.

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Took a couple tries to get the notches right.

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At the end of Thursday, I put in the angle support, and glued on a splice strip.

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Today, I started by filling in the last piece on the upper deck, that's the entire layout!!!

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Took a few tries to prop up the sheet, but I finally got it into place, and got a few screws in it. Then I marked out the cuts, and made the first one.

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All the cuts are done. I've got a nice big blank canvas here, which I never really thought about. It never really existed until today. This plan was always in my mind though.

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When complete, the Milwaukee Road Short Line bridge over the Mississippi should be rather dramatic.

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Mo985 posted:

Sure Mike,

I've taken some strips of hardboard and plexiglass (on the curved portion) and placed them next to the outer rails. I filled the middle areas with drywall compound. When dry, I'll remove the strips and have my preformed areas for the wheel flanges, and the compound, after coloring, will look like asphalt ( I hope). 

Thanks Mo! That is one cool idea! It so fun when I learn something new here!

Mike

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Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

J,

   Broke out the Tin Plate and test ran the 263E Work Train Consist, with the 800 and 600 series Crane Cars, and Islay's rolling stock, on the new DCS/Legacy over head FasTrack Layout.  The 263E P2 ran smooth as Glass on the 1st generation FasTrack.  The construction on the Multi Track Bar DCS/Legacy Train layout, is coming along and the traditional floor type layout in front of the  Fire Place, is now in the planning stages.  Had to remove 5" of snow from the Driveway, Back Patio and Front Walk today also, this outside work ate into my layout building time.  Can you imagine my wife actually wanting me to due something else besides work on my Train Room at Christmas time.  I tell ya it's Husband abuse, the next time the Va medical people me ask if I feel I have been threatened.

Merry Christmas everybody!

PCRR/Dave 

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Never worry about what other people think, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.

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Could not decide to paint or ballast the second level of my staging area so I just poly coated it.

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Tom, the wood looks great! But what are the holes for? Also do you have a track plan you can share so I can fallow along?

Mike

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Semper Fi !

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You know Dave and Mark, If I lived closer I would let you pay me to come over to take care of your snow! Then I could get more trains!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mark Boyce posted:

Thanks Mike, you are all heart!!

Just trying to lighten things up! I really feel for you guys back East getting hammered with cold and snow!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mark Boyce posted:

Elliot, The facia is looking good!  I’m looking forward to seeing the Mississippi River bridge!

Dave, the tin plate looks great up on the high line!!

Thanks Mark. It's going to be a while before I get to the actual bridge. I have to figure out how to build a straight bridge on a curve.

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Mike, 

The slots.

When I do a bunk bed staging I usually hinge the top deck for access like this:

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This permits physical and visual access.  However this time  I am going to use a fixed top deck with observation slots between the supports for visual access only.

Because the lower tracks are so  open  and accessible I do not feel the need to have a hinged deck.  Here is a shot of the lower deck uncovered:

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This is an off stage work room with hidden turntables serving three different branch line ends.

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As far as a track plan goes, well, er, I have  changed it so much that posting it would only be misleading.   This is a tee shaped  2k sq ft basement with an interchange yard serving five branch lines mounted off the wall.  Lots of of track, 87 turnouts, five turntables, 9 CM-20  powerpacks, three Dallee power packs and ten Z-1000 AC packs with 9 panels. 90% benchwork done, 80% of track down, several panels need built.  A maze of wires run and more to go.  Should have gone R/C battery.

 

An early shot before changes:

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The long arch bridges are now in the far back at top of photo below:

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Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

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