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Finally getting started on the layout that the very talented Ken Hoganson designed for me! See this thread for details: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...railroad-layout-plan

Due to budgetary constraints I decided not to undergo any major basement finishing, and get rolling on the benchwork etc. The walls will have a simple backdrop installed to improve appearance, the floor will get a cushy, interlocking, foam tile type covering, and the studded walls around the central staircase will also be covered for a more finished look. Lighting is nice and bright with LED shop lights  providing illumination. The attached photos follow the benchwork as it proceeds around the perimeter of the basement. There are no duck-unders needed as the stairs come down away from the walls. The open area in the benchwork, near pictured the door, will be home to three bridges that will lift out for access to that exterior door on the rare occasion we need to use it. The long stretch of brenchwork with the elevated line will be widened to provide more layout space as required.

The last photo shows my roadbed and track- 1/2" plywood, 1/2" homasote under the track only, with Woodland Scenics foam roadbed, Gargraves track, and Ross switches. Using only adhesive caulk to attach roadbed and track- no screws. Preliminary tests have shown this to be very quiet and stable.

I have a long way to go, but as an old friend once told me, "Just get started, do it before you get too old and can't". There was a much longer, philosophical conversation revolving around that subject, but that was sound advice to someone who tends to have "paralysis by overanalysis".

He has since passed on, but his words still inspire me. This layout is dedicated to him. Rest in peace, CSM Paul Rausch, you are missed.

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ricka1 posted:

Finally getting started on the layout that the very talented Ken Hoganson designed for me! See this thread for details: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...railroad-layout-plan

Due to budgetary constraints I decided not to undergo any major basement finishing, and get rolling on the benchwork etc. The walls will have a simple backdrop installed to improve appearance, the floor will get a cushy, interlocking, foam tile type covering, and the studded walls around the central staircase will also be covered for a more finished look. Lighting is nice and bright with LED shop lights  providing illumination. The attached photos follow the benchwork as it proceeds around the perimeter of the basement. There are no duck-unders needed as the stairs come down away from the walls. The open area in the benchwork, near pictured the door, will be home to three bridges that will lift out for access to that exterior door on the rare occasion we need to use it. The long stretch of brenchwork with the elevated line will be widened to provide more layout space as required.

The last photo shows my roadbed and track- 1/2" plywood, 1/2" homasote under the track only, with Woodland Scenics foam roadbed, Gargraves track, and Ross switches. Using only adhesive caulk to attach roadbed and track- no screws. Preliminary tests have shown this to be very quiet and stable.

I have a long way to go, but as an old friend once told me, "Just get started, do it before you get too old and can't". There was a much longer, philosophical conversation revolving around that subject, but that was sound advice to someone who tends to have "paralysis by overanalysis".

He has since passed on, but his words still inspire me. This layout is dedicated to him. Rest in peace, CSM Paul Rausch, you are missed.

 

Great work Ricka1, a good foundation is most important.

Looking forward to update pics as things progress

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Today I One - changed some vehicles within my Brewtown neighborhood in Patsburg.    2 -  charged the battery on my MTH Aerotrian loco.     3 - reattached the pantograph to one of my Williams scale GG1s #4876. 4. Added some shrubbery to some areas.  5 - got one of my Miller Engineering H&C Coffee signs working.   6. -  Ran trains and enjoyed the time with my trains immensely!! 

Here's a video I took today - Williams brass scale Camelback  ( with MTH work caboose containing a digital air whistle - replicating those PW Lionel whistles ) pulling a 17 car freight, and MTH Ma&Pa SW 1 with short freight.

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RSJB18 posted:

Shortly after the RR Police cleared the ROW, and the MOW crew finished laying the track......

 

SIGH.......

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He/she needs the caption, "This is my railroad and I own everything in it".

Correction- This is my HOUSE and I own everything in it.

She did move long enough for me to get the trains on the rails. The PE Berk and cars along with my PRR A-5 shifter at the lead on the Yuengling Holiday Train.

Set up my new MTH Z-1000 too. BIG improvement over my Lionel CW-80.

I'll post some photos asap.

Bob

Still chipping away!  Had a little time today to construct a prototype trash dumpster for the scrap yard.   I plan to add a couple more.   Made it out of .010 x 4 x 10” brass stock.   Also completed the access road to the scrapyard area.   Still need to add signage to the yard officer trailer in order to discourage potential renters and vacationers.

RickA1: Like your bench work, great start and look forward to viewing your progress!
Lee-P51: As always, I am so impressed with your attention to historical detail.
RICKO:  I would like to know more about your chain link fence.  Kit or scratch built - source?  I may want to add some fencing.
All others:  Keep on posting - always fun to follow!

Cheers to all, Dave

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RSJB18 posted:
Dan Padova posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Shortly after the RR Police cleared the ROW, and the MOW crew finished laying the track......

 

SIGH.......

2019-12-15 14.26.072019-12-15 14.26.13

He/she needs the caption, "This is my railroad and I own everything in it".

Correction- This is my HOUSE and I own everything in it.

She did move long enough for me to get the trains on the rails. The PE Berk and cars along with my PRR A-5 shifter at the lead on the Yuengling Holiday Train.

Set up my new MTH Z-1000 too. BIG improvement over my Lionel CW-80.

I'll post some photos asap.

Bob

Yes, that's the quote I was quoting.  We were in the flower shop at Peddler's Village and there was a wooden sign with those words painted on it.  Being cat people we got a big kick out of it.  

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Set up my module for our 2nd show.  Added a few more items to mine but not even close to being done yet.  Best news yet is even though Paul is done with his my don't drink and drive scene is getting all the attention.  Paul is now pouting lol.

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Bryan, that is well done and an attention grabber for sure!  Quite a contrast to Paul’s serene scenic module!

Hello everyone,

tons of great pics here and other threads of things you all have been doing, great stuff as usual and keep them coming!

I've been working on this SD40-2 for the last several days upgrading to a new Tsunami sound decoder\with Tang Band speakers and LED lighting upgrades. This loco is about 30 years old and one of my favorites but to date I had never installed sound in it so it will be nice to have. In addition to upgrading the LED headlamps, I also installed walkway lights, cabin lighting and a flashing strobe along with basic circuitry to connect them all, oh yeah and I had to solder on a new air horn as my 2 left thumbs ended up breaking the old one.  I still have to go through the drive and tune it up but should have it back in service in a day or two and will try and post a short video clip when I'm done.

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Cheers,

John

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Lionelski posted:
ricka1 posted:

Finally getting started on the layout that the very talented Ken Hoganson designed for me! See this thread for details: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...railroad-layout-plan

Due to budgetary constraints I decided not to undergo any major basement finishing, and get rolling on the benchwork etc. The walls will have a simple backdrop installed to improve appearance, the floor will get a cushy, interlocking, foam tile type covering, and the studded walls around the central staircase will also be covered for a more finished look. Lighting is nice and bright with LED shop lights  providing illumination. The attached photos follow the benchwork as it proceeds around the perimeter of the basement. There are no duck-unders needed as the stairs come down away from the walls. The open area in the benchwork, near pictured the door, will be home to three bridges that will lift out for access to that exterior door on the rare occasion we need to use it. The long stretch of brenchwork with the elevated line will be widened to provide more layout space as required.

The last photo shows my roadbed and track- 1/2" plywood, 1/2" homasote under the track only, with Woodland Scenics foam roadbed, Gargraves track, and Ross switches. Using only adhesive caulk to attach roadbed and track- no screws. Preliminary tests have shown this to be very quiet and stable.

I have a long way to go, but as an old friend once told me, "Just get started, do it before you get too old and can't". There was a much longer, philosophical conversation revolving around that subject, but that was sound advice to someone who tends to have "paralysis by overanalysis".

He has since passed on, but his words still inspire me. This layout is dedicated to him. Rest in peace, CSM Paul Rausch, you are missed.

 

Great work Ricka1, a good foundation is most important.

Looking forward to update pics as things progress

Rick, I second that!  The plan looks great!  I am with you, I wouldn’t have funds to finish the room beyond what you have and plan to do!  I’ll look forward to seeing the progress 

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