Friday, November 27, 2015

Staging tracks going down

Most of the benchwork is in, including the new peninsula. I used 2x4's for most of the peninsula, they were half the cost of 1x4s. They sit on top of L girders made from 2x4's. They will also support the lower level. I can now park my truck on this thing. Thanksgiving morning was spent putting down the new plywood. The helix also has been installed, this was from the old layout.
With the plywood down I started laying out the new staging yard which will be under the lower level.  On this layout there will be more clearance between the staging level and the lower level, something I couldn't stand on the last layout.  Also, this staging yard will have 7 tracks, 5 of which are attached to a reversing loop so trains can be recycled at any time.
After a year and a half it's great to see track going down!

Sunday, November 8, 2015


This may look like an ordinary screw in a piece of 1x4 pine to the un-trained eye, but this marks a momentous occasion. The benchwork for the new layout has begun. This section of benchwork from the old layout is the first new section to go on the wall. I have decided that the lower level rail height will be 45" while the upper level rail height will be 64". That may seem high, but for me I can just see the roofs of the cars. I like seeing the trains at eye level, just like the real thing. Plus, any switching areas will have platforms to stand on. Now it's off to Home Depot for more 1x4's.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Structure for the layout

This was an enjoyable structure kit to build. Not as much satisfaction as scratch building but this was way faster. I added a few details to the front and a different stack to the roof.  I also used the Wild West galvanized roofing instead of the shake shingles that come with the kit.  They're paper and go on really fast.  They have just a hint of rust to them.  As I've been told, many times the galvanized roofing would be painted to make it last and since I didn't want this to look too run down, I didn't want it too weathered.  This will be some sort of mining supply, general store type building for the town up on the branch.  I guess I need to name it something.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Back in the Saddle...

It is good to be modeling again. After a year in the new house, and with most of the home improvement projects coming to an end I can finally get back to the workbench.  I had a Wild West kit sitting on the shelf that just needed to be redeemed. These are fun kits. They go together well, they're easy to build and they don't take up much time. While I haven't decided what sort of business this might become, it will still fit in nicely on the layout somewhere, probably in my town on the upper level that represents Silverton. I am however really looking forward to starting benchwork in a few weeks.