Rich -

I am going with the turn-key option.  Like many other layout builders, the customer decides how much : wiring, weathering, lighting, ballasting, figures, cars, trucks, structures, scenic details, control panel(s) you want and they comply and charge accordingly.

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FireOne posted:

I guess the first step is admitting I am also a Looper.

Outdoors with my 135ft loop, just finishing my 175ft loop with 8 bridges.              

My mom used to tell me-go outside and play!

Chris S.

Sounds like a FUN day.  Aren't you glad you listened to your mom.    

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I have some time this morning so I wanted to post a few more pictures.  As many of you know GRJ is building his layout using multi-ply Baltic Birch over Mainne support base and he is getting excellent results.  In March I went to check the progress on my build and way amazed to find that they were using 13-ply Birch for the sub-roadbed, risers and cross members, basically EVERYTHING.

In addition, I had requested that the front corners be rounded using 24" radius corners.  This would all but eliminate guys banging into the corners.  Here is how they did that.

The back of the layout will be fastened to a wall so they will be normal 90 degree corners.

 

 

 

 

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Yep, I'm a Looper also! Five 14 x 32 ovals on shelves at 7'-6" and 9'-0" high in my wife's 20' high kitchen-breakfast room. She deeded me the space as a means of getting me off of her Den carpet.  I built it upon retirement in 1992 at our mountain cottage in western N.C. and ran and displayed trains until removal in 2008 due to health issues.

Paintings partly shown on the wall are of the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow gauge ("Tweetsie")

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A&Y RY[NC's Southern/N&W connector].

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Hi Jim,

Seeing the benchwork for your layout gives me a better  picture of how big this build is!!  Plus the workmanship looks to be first rate ... it must be great to have a local company build it so you can keep close tabs on the progress. Of course that means more updates for us followers too...right...😉

RD

Live the Dream,

Own the Best!

LIONEL!!

Just a few more pictures of the benchwork.  In the early stages of construction a spinning laser-level was placed on one corner of the layout and that was used to assure all additional framing was dead-nuts level.  In the shot below some old school practices were employed.

The gap in the foreground is where the lift gate will be installed.  The left side of the picture is the back of the layout and it will be attached to my basement wall.

The long stretch on the right is the front of the layout.  In the foreground the gate gap.

From this second floor balcony I was able to capture the whole layout.

  More pictures tomorrow.  Probably track-work.  Over the weekend some on wiring.  Then a video or two by the end of the month.  Please enjoy and Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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I have yet to build a permanent layout, fastrack makes it easy to move things around. Yes, I am a looper, I have an o60,048 loops and a 036 point to point but I put reverse loops on ends, because ultimately I like watching the trains run, and I must be an oddball because I love the loud noise that fast track makes.

Tomorrow I might take it apart and set it up again, probably with loops.

Catdaddy posted:

I have yet to build a permanent layout, fastrack makes it easy to move things around. Yes, I am a looper, I have an o60,048 loops and a 036 point to point but I put reverse loops on ends, because ultimately I like watching the trains run, and I must be an oddball because I love the loud noise that fast track makes.

Tomorrow I might take it apart and set it up again, probably with loops.

I, likewise, have no problem with "noisy" Fastrack. It takes me back to the days of jointed rail. And in a 12X11 room the only way for a train to run long enough to hear the clickety-clack is.......to use a loop  

I can still summon the memory of the sound of rail joints at 90mph.

Lew

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

Time to show some structures, I will post wiring pictures over the weekend.

This is the Central Valley double-track Heavy Duty Truss Bridge.  This was built from a kit and will be mildly weathered before final installation.   The bridge will cross over the double track main line, just as the lower tracks are crossing over a river.  This scene will be one of three major focal points.  Many more details (besides the weathering) will be added before delivery.

Next is the early stages of a small (Veteran's Park) scene that will be near the center of a small town shopping and entertainment area.

The lumber yard / building supply business is the only industry with a service spur.

Different angle.

Custom made signage at the entry point.

 

 

 

 

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After all the track is laid, the rails are cut at each section boundary and the entire layout is taken apart.  Each section flipped 90 degrees and clamped securely to allow easy access for the wiring process.  Every wire is color coded and labeled. This will help to resolve any wiring problems.  

These pictures show some of the sections that are being wired.  Being at the 90 degree angle speeds up the wiring process as it allows the installer to sit or stand during this stage of the build.  A LOT easier and faster than scooting along and banging your noggin under the layout, 

 

 

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As I mentioned the bridge over bridge over water will be one of three primary focal points on my layout. 

 

The second will be the passenger station with the two sprawling platforms.  The station is a Walther's kit shown below.

City Station -- Kit - 17-5/8 x 5-7/8 x 4-3/8

 

It has some resemblance to the old Santa Fe station in Fort Madison, Iowa.

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Here it is pre-weathered and about 90% assembled.

The twin platform will each be about 40" long with butterfly shelters fully lighted, benches, luggage carts, phone booths and many passengers.

The station will be named Fort Madison and Santa Fe Logo's on all four sides.

 

In an earlier post I mentioned that several business would br named after family members.  The following pictures will should explain it.

An old house converted to doctors offices will serve as an office for my daughter in law.  This sign will appear in front of the house which appears in left side of the next picture.

 

My wife, who has a passion for baking will have her shop here.  You may have to expand the pictures to read the text.

My daughter works for large international legal firm in the budgeting and finance area.

She is represented by this modest office on the 2nd floor.

As mentioned earlier my son Jeff works for a lumber and building supply company. 

Even my son's dog will be getting in the act.  This structure will be re-named Westley's Doggie Treats.

 

That's all for now, check back later.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim,

It looks awesome .. it is really coming together nicely!

Even cooler is how much fun you seem to be having with this build! I'm enjoying just watching the posts of your progress.. it's plain to see you have been looking forward to this for a long time.

Enjoy my friend!

RD

Live the Dream,

Own the Best!

LIONEL!!

Went to check the progress of my layout build.  Long discussion on lighting; buildings, street, parking lot(s) etc.  Also long discussion on signaling.  Sorry to report that there is not a whole lot available.

 

On the bright side I did snap some more pictures that I can share.  The first pic is the EAST tower of the Colton Yard.  It has a twin on the West end.  More weathering and lighting details are scheduled for both structures.

 

This is NOT an antenna farm.  It is a section of one of the primary focal points, which is a LARGE farm with crops and many cattle.

 

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I mentioned/shared in another thread a cartoon relative to the subject at hand.  Well, here's another one...re being a 'looper'.....and succumbing to the monotony.....which has NEVER happened to me, myself, and I, mind you!!...

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Amazing what turns up when getting rid of a bunch of dead weight in the basement....years and years of old hobby magazines.  This one is from a Model Railroader from more than 40 years ago.

OTOH, it does point out the efficiency in converting a looper's layout to something more....prototypical...????....  Heck, just remove a piece of track from the loop.....

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