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    Progress with a Purpose

    My lack of blogging for the past several weeks was not due to a lack of progress. Indeed, it was quite the opposite. I have been determined to make sufficient progress to be able to entertain my...
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    Uncluttered has seemed like the hardest part! ...

    Uncluttered has seemed like the hardest part! While I have plenty of space to store stuff, actually putting stuff away is definitely not my strong suit. Painting forced me to clear those areas, but...
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    Painted the backdrop and basic brown ground base...

    Painted the backdrop and basic brown ground base color on about 2/3 of the sections so next weekend I can resume laying track.

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    -Ed
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    Ready to Resume Track

    My material-removal-from-garage diversion into completing my bench work has finally reached the point where I am ready to resume track work next weekend. The last thing I needed to do to be ready...
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    Foam and Fascia Installed

    Over the past few weeks I was able to grab enough time to finish the surface of the bench work, complete gluing down the 2" foam, and cut and attach the fascia.


    Here are a couple photos after...
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    I can't say that I take offense, any more than I...

    I can't say that I take offense, any more than I would want someone to take offense if I say I am not a rivet counter. But I have learned not to belabor the latter because while I can mean the...
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    Here are a few taken this afternoon from my back...

    Here are a few taken this afternoon from my back yard in Avon Lake, OH. I just happened to be outside for once when I heard the horn at the crossing about a mile down the tracks from my house. So I...
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    Footprint Occupied

    I rounded out my hobby time this weekend by completing leveling and fastening together the benchwork sections built Friday and Saturday and I framed and put in place the last two benchwork sections...
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    Finally more progress

    Life has a way of getting in the way of hobby time. After January 1st, through the first 4 months of 2018, I had zero time on the layout. Not even an hour. In May I had time for a single task. My...
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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.

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    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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