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    Default The Lark Spur

    Finally back into the hobby after an absence of over ten years. I've decided to restart with a small project to help build some skills for possible future projects. Also space is at a premium in a townhouse with three kids, so the bedroom sized empire may have to wait.

    After digging through my early 2000s collection of model railroading magazine I was inspired by an HO scale industrial track plan I found in Model Railroad Planning 2005. Exactly like the article here http://www.carendt.com/articles/the-highland-terminal/

    I had quite the stockpile of N scale supplies that had been carefully stored, even the foam board had been tucked away in the corner of the garage. I didn't have the right combination of switches to follow the track plan, so I flipped the plan, and everything worked out.

    Using a 16" x 48" piece of foam board glued to 1 x 4 I laid out my track and switches and made a few adjustments so I didn't need to purchase anything more the three lengths of cork roadbed.

    I didn't really think to document the earlier stages of construction, so this is where I sit.



    As you can see I had to make some adjustments. After some test running a few problems cropped up with curvature and track space. I wasn't able to switch the upper right track efficiently enough for my liking. Also the s-curve I inadvertently created, prevented reliable coupling between the engines and the cars.

    Stay tuned for more...
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    Thanks for posting this up !
    Another BC Rail Fan !! Your gonna fit it well here
    Remember one thing about NSN , we love pics . And I would love to see some BCOL motive pics

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    Plenty of power to switch this little industrial area.

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    IVery Nice
    I have 2 blue dash 9's on their way to me now from Andrew at Ridgeline Division , who custom painted and minor detailed them for me ( i chose to go with a close representation , not perfect , but hey its got the bell ! ) and is currently doing up 3 Tri Color locos for me . I am one of a few BC Rail fans around here. @Silent1961 is another !
    You should post up those pics in the " show us your locomotive " thread , they are sweet !!

    Steve

    PS , how did I overlook him @baronjutter is another BC Rail nut , I think he has 3 or 4 locos !

    PPS , make that a 5 or 6 count for @baronjutter , I forgot I sold him 2 a year and I bit ago lol

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    Nice to see another BCOL layout!

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    Slow but steady progress over the holidays.

    Ballast done on most of the tracks. Used a 3:1 mix of dark brown and grey. I tried out more grey but I didn't really like the look. I used some spackling leftover from the bathroom renovation add some variety to the pan flat foam board.



    Good thing there is no expiry date on scenery materials. 10 years of storage hasn't seemed to hurt anything
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    Look great !
    I like this ballast combo

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    Default January 5th Update

    I have some nice Intermountain grain hoppers so naturally I wanted to add a destination for those cars on my little industrial layout.

    This local prototype was the inspiration for my first customer siding on the Lark Spur.



    This small grain customer uses a chain and winch to unload two hoppers into several small silos, which can be then dumped into trucks for further delivery. Plans are underway for a scratch built and/or kitbashed structure.

    In the meantime site preparation has began on the layout. I used plaster of paris to build up the base to rail height and build the access road. Eventually it will turn into a gravel lot.



    Thanks for checking it out.
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    Nice cars !
    Looking forward to the progress

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    Your layout is coming along really well.
    Nice work.
    Are you planning on adding staging tracks on the ends of your layout?

    Paul

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    Intermountain makes the best hoppers, I can't even look at MT hoppers anymore. Real grates or get out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Intermountain makes the best hoppers, I can't even look at MT hoppers anymore. Real grates or get out.
    Ever heard of North American Railcar Corporation (NARC) N scale hoppers?
    http://www.northamericanrailcarcorporation.com/home.htm
    http://www.pwrs.ca/n_scale.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Intermountain makes the best hoppers, I can't even look at MT hoppers anymore. Real grates or get out.
    I'm pretty sure that Alberta "take a break........." Hopper is a MT , I have 3 of those and 4th coming in a while
    IMR hoppers are sweet for sure , but I have a few MT's and they are very nice as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by BNSF AZ View Post
    Your layout is coming along really well.
    Nice work.
    Are you planning on adding staging tracks on the ends of your layout?

    Paul
    Paul,

    I'm not planning on staging tracks. Probably just put a new set of cars on the lead by hand before I start each operating session.
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    Default 30 Day Progress Report

    I've been plugging away at this project for just over a month now. Pretty happy with how far I've made it.

    A general overview of the layout. I've worked on laying down some basic scenery and structure mock ups to get a feel for what things might look like.



    A couple small industries can be found on the west side of the layout. A small distribution centre receives various steel products which are transferred to trucks for delivery, while a grain transload company can be seen in the background.



    Looking toward the east end, a small warehouse loads is the destination for my collection of boxcars. I mocked up the structure using foam board from the dollar store. Need to tweak the roofline a little bit.

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    Your layout is coming along real nice. It is begging for some nice kitbashed or scratchbuilt structures.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Rodney

    Here is my build of my n-scale railroad
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...-50-8-quot-%29

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    It looks nice. I wish we had grass like that outside.
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    Looks great! You're packing a lot of railroading into a compact space there.
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    I had fun this weekend working on my first scratch built structure. Only a simple warehouse, but it was a good way to build some confidence and work on skills and techniques.

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