Sputtering along, 10 x 3 layout scenery

Stephane Savard Jun 4, 2022

  1. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    Look at Jacksonville Terminal containers. Most are low $20 for two for the 40 footers. The older ones that don't move well often go on sale for around $16 for two.
     
  2. Stephane Savard

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    The problem is that you end up with all of the same branding. But those white CSX containers should be super easy to make decals using any inkjet printer.

    I saw on eBay there's a guy that sells container decals. The best part is it's all "roadnames" I see in Quebec, including Maritime-Ontario, Armour and TransX. A bit pricy for decals, where one sheet plus one generic "data sheet" is about 40$ CAD, but this can make what looks to be a dozen containers. Before I buy any decals though, I'll see how far I can go with my inkjet printer. I can do pretty much anything that doesn't involve white text.
     
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  3. MK

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    I find other club members who are into intermodals and we trade. Also with members of other clubs that I often see at train shows where we run.

    "Hey, wanna swap?" :)
     
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  4. Stephane Savard

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    I finished installing the rail for the new Logistics company I wanted on my layout...

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    I can fit exactly two five-unit cars into the stub-ended track, so I'm pretty happy about that. I would have liked it if I could have fit two locomotives at the head of this train, but I can't complain, two weeks ago I didn't think it possible to put any intermodal on my layout!

    Bonus too, the ES44AC is able to pull the 10 units up the hill! I suppose it helps that there are fewer trucks to cause friction. If I try to run 10 boxcars up that hill, there's usually lots of wheel slip and then a stall.

    Anyway, I'll need to change the road and parking lot leading up to the yard, I'm going to fill in the patches of bare styrofoam with cork to pave the entire area. It's gonna be real tight, but I'll make it work.

    I also made my first ever order to Plaza Japan store...

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    Got some of these Kato forklifts and the Container top lifter. Wow is that top lifter big! I dunno, but I was expecting a much smaller vehicle. same with the forklifts, for some reason I expected these to be so much smaller, but I think they represent a one of those really big forklift models, not the tiny ones we see in Home Depot.

    And I couldn't resist, I got one of these...

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    So this is 1/150 scale, but no one's ever going to notice. The trucks and backhoes all have the little rail wheels that MOW vehicles have. And yeah, I think these can pass for North American. I just really like the look of these little trucks and will have to place them somewhere in a track repair scene.

    And finally, what am I doing now?

    Containers!

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    I just finished modeling the first container, a 40 foot standard height container. Well, almost finished. The exterior of the box is done, now I have to hollow the model and model the floor plate and magnet pockets (I bought some 5mm x 1.5mm magnets). I'll do the test prints until it all works, and then look to remodel this to 20', 40' high-cube and 48' high cube.
     
  5. in2tech

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    @Stephane Savard really nice, and it is amazing how organized and clean you keep your layout :) I know when you are working on it probably doesn't look that way, but you clean it up nicely :) They also sell keychains that are about 1/150 too for about 3-5 bucks a piece. They work really well and cheap too. Looking forward to another update in the future?
     
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  6. Stephane Savard

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    Thanks in2tech! I've not seen these keychains, would be curious to know more though! On another note, turns out the Kato forklifts and high lift are also both 1/150 scale. I used Google translate with my mobile phone to translate the Japanese to English. It's amazing what this can do, you look at the packaging through the mobile phone camera, and it replaces the Japanese text with English labels, super convenient!

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    As for the layout organization, well, I hate working through messes. I tend to clean up constantly :)
     

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