Mar 6, 2022
First pieces of foam are glued down and drying!
There is a great to post as a lot got done this past weekend.
The foam is complete over the first board.
The second board is ready for foam.
First layer is down on the second board.
All four layers done. The top two layers are being held in place temporarily because I am not sure how I am going to be reinserting the various scenes back into the layout. I want to be able to remove the foam easily to cut out for the scenes if needed.
Next: Laying Track!
I finished laying down the outer loop of the track plan. I also did some test runs with a Atlas S-2 and a Bachmann Spectrum 4-8-2. I tested both with a Walthers Heavyweight car. Next will be laying down some of the inner loop. I am waiting for a track order to be delivered so I can finish the inner loop. I plan to tack down the track and outline the track zone. After that will be laying the roadbed.
Video of a test run with NYO&W Bachmann Spectrum Light Mountain 4-8-2 alone.
Video of a test run with NYO&W Bachmann Spectrum Light Mountain 4-8-2 with a Walthers B&O Heavyweight Diner.
Here are some more test runs
Proto 2000 E8
Bachmann DC/DCC sound GG1
Progress has slowed basically due to a lack of track. One order arrived but this included only half of the turnouts I need. The other switches have been sitting in Kansas City Postal Facility for a week now. I have used this time to make some carboard placers representing the footprint of some unbuilt or yet to be acquired structures. After placing several I realized the third loop aka the far inside loop will need to be redesigned in the area of the station.
I have some structure kits I can build in the meantime. I found an old International Hobby Corp Sand and Fuel Depot kit near the bottom of a pile of structure kits. I am about halfway done the kit after a few days. I had to airbrush the fuel tank as the color in the kit was brown. I have never seen a brown fuel tank. To me they are either black or grey. I forgot how much of pain airbrushing can be with clean up. I need to come up with a better way to change colors without having to breakdown and clean the airbrush.
Here is the Passenger Station Area and some of the middle loop.
This is more of the middle loop and the possible engine facility with some building footprints.
The Sand and Fuel Depot kit
The kit parts
Finished the Sand and Fuel Depot structures.
Sand facility front
Sand facility back
Fuel Tank front
Fuel Tank back
A couple of notes. I am missing part of the wood walkway for the fuel tank. Thus I had to change the location of the ladder.
Next will be weathering the structures.
I am going to work on the bases some more. I plan to add cinders and some fine ballast. Also add some turf and perhaps a few other scenery items. I am not going to go too crazy since this will need to be blended into the layout. After the base is done I can add some of the detail items that came with the it such as drums, sacks, tools, wood piles, and boxes.
I added some cinders and ballast along with ground cover around the structures. I added many of the detail parts included with the kits. Once these are placed on the layout there will be additional work and detailing completed.
This is what is next, Walthers Wood Coaling Tower.
First shot is from Monday, the 15th. I have gotten most of the conveyor tower done at this point. This was something of a problem as the backwall piece (with the bracing) was warped. It took some time and patience to get the side walls attached properly.
By Tuesday I have the bin nearly completed and the chutes for the covered track. The chutes are a pain in the rear. I gave upon trying to rig them and have them move. The black thread that came with the kit is useless. It frays and unravels too easily and is too big for any of the holes it is supposed to pass through. I did find a metallic thread in my wife’s craft box which was thinner and seemed to work but the fact you must have X-ray vision and move the thread with your mind as you set the two sides of the bin together made it impossible.
Again, the warped piece made for some frustrations, but it was not as bad as the first time.
Tonight, I finished adding parts to the front of the tower. I also built the chutes. I am debating whether I am going to rig them, so they move or not.
The small walkway was a pain as there are no marks or anything to tell you where the braces go. The instructions just say to glue them. From the picture on the box, I figured out they go against the diagonal braces at the vertical member. The ones on the end have nothing to help you. I placed the walkway and then the end braces to match it.
I finished building the coaling tower. This proved to be somewhat of challenge and very frustrating at times. Several pieces were warped which made for difficulties getting pieces to fit correctly. On several occasions the instructions were vague on how pieces went together and there were no marks, pins, holes, etc. on the pieces to help. Luckily, I was able to determine where they went by trail and error or the pictures on the box.
The most frustrating thing, however, were the coal chutes, in particular the rigging. The thread supplied was too large. I tried different thread and wire, but nothing looked right. After a rather annoying session of trying to rig one of chutes and a couple of pieces coming off the model and a glue spill, I seriously contemplated throwing the kit against the nearest wall. After a long break I made my peace that the chutes will not have rigging.
I painted a few items on the model and declared it ready for weathering.
I finished weathering the coaling tower. Adding the tracks for the hoppers to unload and the tracks under the coal bin are the only things remaining. I plan to add them when I place the tower on the layout.
I am going to work on the track laying for the next few days.
I finished the inner loop.
This is temporary as there are switches to be added to create the third partial loop. Once the switches arrive, I can begin working on that aspect.
Two things that will occur before the addition of the third loop is the laying of the yard for the engine facilities. I am not sure how this is going to look since this is a change from the original plans which called for a yard with some industries in the area of where the engine facilities will be.
The other is adding the Water Tower Diorama. At this point I have no clue where it is going to go or how I am going to manage it. The location will be on the other side of the layout from the city. That part of the layout will be the last to be worked on. Wherever it goes it will most likely be a temporary location.
Tom, I didn't think that was the proper use of your bowling balls!
After the way I bowled the last time they are lucky to still be around . Also the bag with wheels is my daughter's. She bowled for her college and lettered for four years. So we just won't let her know.
The next structure I am going to work on is Walther's Two Stall Engine House.
First, I want to mortar the bricks. Here are what the walls look like fresh out of the box.
I painted the wall sections with a thinned Folk Art Vintage White. I used a paper towel to wipe off the extra paint.
This is all the walls completed.
Next, I will paint the capstones and other special sections another shade of darker stone.
I know they look stark at the moment. I will apply some weathering to tone them down.
Since I could not work on the Engine House due to either paint or sealer drying, I decided to fiddle with the engine yard. I am not developing anything that I truly like. I feel there is too much wasted space. Also, the missing switches are not helping things. I went an order a few more on Saturday. We will see which get here first; the ones that left Oklahoma City on April 2nd or the ones I ordered from Brooklyn on Saturday.
Here are a few photos of the latest configuration.
I have several other models to add to the scene as seen in the photos below. The white piece of cardboard is the footprint of the Engine House. Some things In addition to the placement of these structures I need to resolve and create a place to store full and empty coal hoppers, sand hoppers, and fuel tank cars. Then there is what to do with the ashes.
Worked on the Engine House. I finished gluing the glazing to the window frames.
I added the windows I finished the other night to a piece of wall.
I will finish adding the windows to other wall sections tomorrow. I want to give the glue for the glazing overnight to dry.
I made a good amount of progress yesterday. I got the windows installed. I added the “glass” to the doors. And lastly, I erected the walls.
Next is install the doors. Then it is decision time. Do I weather the walls before I install the roof?
I assembled the two major pieces of the roof. I decided to make the roof removable. For the moment it is just sitting on the walls. I made it removable to allow for any problems that could occur such as a derailed loco. Also, if the mood strikes me and I decide to detail the inside I can.
I need to finish the roof structure and install the stacks.
I have finished building the Engine House. The last things were finishing the roof and adding the downspouts.
Next is weathering the building.
I built the crane that came with the kit. All that is left is to attach the hook.
I am contemplating painting the crane. I am thinking black.