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    Default Freemo-N Skally Line

    I've made some progress on the Skally. I'm trying to get one of my module sets ready for a show in June.
    I'm working on Hinckley, MN, a junction set where the St. Croix Valley Railroad (Skally Line) meets up with the BNSF Hinckley Subdivision. After the move to Vegas, the modules shrunk, so I had to fix the track. Once the track repairs were made I started back in on scenery.
    Here you can see the modules. They are 6 foot 3" long each and are set at a 34 degree angle to each other. The locomotive and cars are parked on the siding on the southern module. In the foreground you can see the BNSF Main and section house as they were in late 2013. The are I'm working on now was the foam on the left.

    I added the road, built a gas station and I'm working on the grade crossing right now. Today, if I find the time, I'll put in the crossing signal bridges. I haven't gotten the correct gates yet, so they will get installed later.
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    Funny I was just reading about this in a recent issue of Trains mag. They had an article about the Skally line and its NP inspired paint scheme.

    Cool modules!
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    They are a cool line. I started following them about 6 years ago, when they had 1 GP9 and a leased switcher. Business has been good for them over the years. When I finish up I should have about 2 miles of the total 36 modeled.
    Here's a shot of their GP9 and GP8:

    and the versions I've made:
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    Here's one of the SD40M-2s:
    and mine (they did go back and add the radio equipped stickers to the prototype after I took that shot of the 1326):
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    I've made some module progress this week!
    Rush City v3.2 is ready for track laying! I need to clean up my #10 crossover from the previous Rush City and get it ready to install. Then I can get the main line laid down. I always start with the main line and work out.

    Rush City v2 has now been repurposed and is ready for me to fill in where I pulled the old switches out. I added foam and spent last night carving it for the future Hwy 61 overpass. The main will be cut for a #10 LH switch and I will angle the siding to meet it. This will be the south end of the SCXY interchange track (with the BNSF in Hinckley). I'd like to have this module ready to go with me to Sacramento with the other HIN modules. By the time I finished last night the hills looked more natural than this and I started getting spackle put down.
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    Karl, is there anyone else in Vegas that does FreeMoN?

    Currently in the NTrak club, but would like to get into FreeMoN.

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    Ike,
    There is also Mike Pacillo, he is with the Pacific N-Land group out of SoCal. I'd like to get some more locals together, so we can bring our stuff together and run. I'll get ahold of you via PM and we can talk more about it.
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    I made some more progress on the Hinckley portion of my layout. This area is made of 3 modules, each one being 6'3" long.

    I have the Skally trackage mostly ready, with a little fixing left to remedy some damage from the move from MN. I have the interchange track almost ready for business, with just one tortoise to install and wire in. Then I will get back to work on the scenery, as I would like to use the sweeping 36" radius curve as a photo op for some upcoming articles I'm working on.
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    Update time, some of you may have seen I started a Skally Line Facebook page (easy to update from the iPhone). I got all the track down on the new Rush City. All the tortoises are installed and after I hit Radio Shack tomorrow I will be able to wire the last 5 DPDT keyed switches.

    The new Ardent Flour Mill is mocked up, using foam core board. The new Skally engine house has been started too. It measures in at 20.25" long (prototypical length). For the first time since my move I ran a train down the main line. I need to build some more corners, but I'm making progress.
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    Things on the Skally are coming together. I finished wiring all my tortoises, cleaned the track and am getting ready for an ops session.



    Switch lists have been generated, locos are speed matched. Every car on the layout has metal wheels now. I'll get back to working on buildings after the ops session. I also realized the layout doesn't need as many cars as I have, so I may thin the herd down a little before too long. Or... I could expand the layout...
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    @jpwisc what software do you use for the switchlists?

    oh and you have to let me know when the op session is so I can fly out to LV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    @jpwisc what software do you use for the switchlists?

    oh and you have to let me know when the op session is so I can fly out to LV!
    I use SwitchList. It is Mac based and creates prototypical paperwork.

    I'm going to run my test session this Sunday. It is a small operation, so when you get to Vegas, I can easily get it all set up for another session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    so when you get to Vegas
    yeah right! and when I get home the only thing I'll find will be a note on the door...

    So, just post the results of the session and I'll have to live vicariously!
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    I really like what you've done with these Karl!

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    I've finally pulled a project back into the light of day. My Tiller Sand complex was started about 2 years ago, but didn't do so well in the move. I ordered some shapeways conveyors to kickstart the project. I finally repaired it, and cut the base so I could fit one of the conveyors. The elevators stand 6.5" tall and will be getting more detail in the future. Now Tiller doesn't looks so much like an empty field.
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    More ground cover is going in on the Skally. I have put down about a pound of ballast in the Rush City Yard.


    I also started adding some smaller detail, like derails and switch stands. Thanks to @ChrisKLAS for helping to get me going on the derails.


    I also started work on a little electrical Substation in Rush City. Next I'll have to work on the Dairy next door to it.


    Now to get back to running trains...
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    Most awesome Karl,, I love the substation,, the derail is nice touch. Nice final pic,,, real nice

    Adios, Y-it

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    Impressive work as usual. The ballast in the yard looks very realistic to me, including the grass. Two thumbs up on the substation and derail as well.
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    Is there a gate into the substation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Jones View Post
    Is there a gate into the substation?
    Yes, you can see it on the back on the right side. Prototype location.
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