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    NCE Control of Switch Machines

    Over the holiday week, I got less done than I had planned, but I am very happy with the progress and it included several firsts for me.

    1) I successfully modified several electrofrog and insulfrog...
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    First Locomotive on First Section of Track

    While I am waiting for a bunch of turnouts and a jewelers saw to come in (hopefully tomorrow), I glued down some roadbed sections, cut a 28&1/2" section of flex track that belongs between two...
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    Joining Sections

    I have had a lot less train time this week than expected, with a day off Friday turning into a 14+ hour work day instead. But I finally got back down to the train room.

    In my incremental...
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    Exeter Background

    My progress this weekend is less than my appetite had been aiming at, but I have made some additional steps.



    I decided on Titebond II wood glue for affixing the foam to the plywood and glued...
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    Thanks for the additional suggestions. I tried a...

    Thanks for the additional suggestions. I tried a serrated knife for the next section but it was still too flexible I think. I will try one of the other methods next time I cut phone.

    -Ed
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    Ah! I should have thought of that. Thanks!

    Ah! I should have thought of that. Thanks!
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    Small progress

    I made some small progress today.

    First, I sanded the joint compound, wiped down, and painted the wallboard white as finish prep of the wall section at the Exeter end of the railroad.

    After a...
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    Two more sections framed

    Today I was able to frame up the next two section and add the adjustable glides to level everything as I went.

    92285

    The sections are not attached together. That will not happen until after...
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    Backdrop and corners

    The plan for backdrop is to mount 1/8" hardboard to the back of each of the individual bench work sections. That will work consistently for all sections, particularly given that most of the wall of...
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    Progress - Room Prep and Start of Bench Work

    Finally have time to post recent progress. Here are a couple photos of the room I put up sheetrock to hide the suds behind what will be the Exeter section across from the heating system. It has...
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    Plan Updates

    I have made several updates to the plan and added more detail. Some changes include:


    More detail to North Conway including slight widening of module to accommodate station, added scenic items...
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    Paul, thanks for the thread link! Definitely...

    Paul, thanks for the thread link! Definitely made me smile seeing the common themes of Dover, Portsmouth, and Ossipee!

    Right now I am mainly designing while we work on unpacking and getting the...
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    Thanks for the static warning. Scotch Guard it...

    Thanks for the static warning. Scotch Guard it will be. The house has a humidifier system in the central air for the winter to maintain a constant humidity, so between that and the scotch guard I...
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    Great ideas!

    That "block filler" sounds like a great idea. I will definitely look into that.

    Regarding the sump, the area is not particularly prone to flooding, but back during Sandy the area got hit with so...
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    Pull-out Electronics Rack?

    I have identified where I want my main electronics area to be. I have a perfect location under the future benchwork with existing access to a pre-existing GFCI outlet and plenty of aisle room in...
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    Approach so far

    Based on input here and on MRH so far, as well as from the household CEO, here is where I am leaning:

    1) I am likely to go with interlocking rubber floor tiles. That will provide some give to the...
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    Layout Room and Modeling Room

    Now that I have pretty much planned as much as I can of the layout on the computer, time to start thinking about room prep, modeling room usage, unpacking stuff, etc.


    Here are three picture...
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    Lessons Learned

    I had quite a few lessons learned from the 1.0 version. Here are some of the key ones in no particular order:

    Plan to move (build in sections, wire connectors on sections, plan power districts...
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    Plan for the future

    My plan for the future is based on what I consider to be my "Feature" sections and my "connector" sections (I didn;t explain this here but should of as I had in my MRH blog). My Feature sections are...
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    Thanks. I have to plan this one carefully...

    Thanks.

    I have to plan this one carefully since we plan to move back to NH in about 10 years when it is time to retire. At that point I will disassemble the sections and reconfigure according...
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    Northern New England Scenic 2.0

    Now that I am in the new house, it is time to start a build thread for the new layout, the NNEScenic 2.0.

    I have been planning the layout now for about 6 weeks since the point when we found the...
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    I am definitely contemplating going with the...

    I am definitely contemplating going with the Free-MoN standard. Who knows, maybe I ca find a FreeMoN group west of Cleveland and someday have a module or two that I take to shows. But for now it's...
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    Wow are you right! While the NNE Scenic has...

    Wow are you right!

    While the NNE Scenic has reached the end of the line, a funny thing happened this evening as I proceeded to carefully bubble wrap and pack all my locomotives, rolling stock,...
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    End of the line for the MEC & B&M Scenic Railroad

    When my wife and I bought our current home, it was to be our "forever home". Already in my 50s with a great job in a great company, this is where we would live out our years until we no longer...
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    What I really wish is that I could walk the site...

    What I really wish is that I could walk the site someday, but all those no trespassing signs do a good job of stopping me.
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