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    Post Weekend Update (9th Nov 2013)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 9th Nov 2013).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

    You can link from your layout build thread to your posts in this thread as a part of a more extensive post there, or visa-versa (post to your build thread and link to that post when contributing to this thread.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    INSPIRATION Month- Week 2
    This week I took an hour's drive (and got lost in Philadelphia several times) to visit Ted McLean's open house. And boy was it worth it! He built a layout meant for train watching. He runs mostly modern CSX through ex-B&O's "Sand Patch" territory. I was amazed that the prototype built most of their bridge supports for 2 tracks but never got around to adding the second track in this area. He has faithfully (and beautifully) modeled many of the signature scenes in the area. Here's a taste (I'll get more on my blog in a day or two):






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    We (the Mrs an me) moved to a new home 2 weeks ago. I have a spare bedroom for a train room. It's painted haze blue and benchwork is reassembled. I had a layout in the old home and benchwork was built in sections. I was able to use all of them in the new room but in a different configuration. I will start a layout thread soon with lots of pics.

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    This long weekend has so far been entirely spent packing for our move next week. This is the first time in my life I've done a full major move of an entire "household" and boy is it not a fun thing to do. How do people that move every few years do it?!

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    Got my benchwork, such as it is, done. Also added a coat of dirt brown to the top of the pink foam because I could not stand looking at the pink foam!! I found a quart of perfect dirt brown acrylic latex paint in the "Oops" bin at my local True-Value hardware. $3 for the paint.

    I used a 36x80 HCD with a 40"x96"x2" piece of pink foamboard glued to it. I capped the edges with 1x4 pine boards using 2x2 spacers to tie the sides, foam and HCD all together. It is very sturdy and not too heavy, very easy to move around. Sits on a 30x96 folding table with 3 plastic milk crates underneath it all to raise it up and give me room underneath to work, run wires, etc. Table height is right at 43 inches off the floor.

    Ordered all my track from Fifer's today as well. I'm planning on a build thread once I get a little more done. Basically a 2-mainline layout (with a double crossover), a couple of bridges to cross the river that runs through it, two industries (still thinking what) and a nice yard tucked into one corner. Been playing with it on TrainPlayer and it feels good. Plenty of roundy-round train watching possible with some switching and yard play.

    Using NCE Power Cab. Three locos right now, two C44-9W (1 in BNSF Heritage II and the other in BNSF Warbonnet) and a NW2 yard switcher in Santa Fe blue and yellow. TCS encoders in all three with MTL couplers used to replace the stock Kato couplers.

    Tomorrow I plan to start planning out the wiring layout/runs and anything else I can think of as the day goes by!! Nice to be underway finally.

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    This weekend is being spent organizing the garage that houses the layout. I finally had enough of trying to work amidst all the clutter. Got a scrap dealer to remove old appliances and misc. scrap metal. Repainting an added on room. Going to build shelving tomorrow to use it as a storage room. Then we'll get back to work on the layout. If I find some free time I have a couple of buildings ready to list on eBay.
    Here are pictures of two that I just finished. A chemical plant made from a Greenmax kit and a post office built from my own castings. I also have another factory building that I hope to finish shortly.DSCF2299a.jpgDSCF2274a.jpg
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    I also spent this weekend cleaning up clutter. However, I did get a chance to clean the flash off of the two Heljan #903 kit and match up the parts to make sure none were missing. I also cleared the flash off a Hayes Hardware kit. Now, if I can just win some Ebay auctions...
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    Sure a lot of painting going on this weekend...

    Just had two buddies of mine come up and help me start on the man cave. A pink and white room beforehand, it is now three coats of deep red with another one or two to go. Afterwards, five thin gold strips of trim will trace the crown around the entire room. The theme isn't too obvious is it?

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    Working on converting the livery on my 2 bay hoppers this weekend to DWR.

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    I am deciding on what room(s) to use for my next layout. I think I am going to go with the old train room just because it has a bathroom and plenty of electrical outlets. I have layed out the benchwork for two rooms in xtrack and have been researching track types. I think I am going to go with ME track. Have been trying to wait for Atlas to get back in the game but they are taking too long. I am looking forward to getting a layout going again!!
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    mini-diorama: RPO mail pick-up scene with UK mail drop box for the museum exhibit.

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    @ rick773, I have the book 'Clash of the Titans' PRR vs B&O all about the Sandpatch route.
    If you would like to borrow it the library is open! Let me know...
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    Non-stop packing and layout designing in between

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    Nothing grand this week. Had to redo two small areas of track, then ballast. Love them small jobs.
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    Got the track I have layed out in a dog bone fashion,, Came up about 18" short of completing the loop. Was able to run the engine back and forth to see if any rough spots needed attention. Finally a little progress

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