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    Great layout! I particularly like the height; it is low enough for kids to enjoy at shows. No doubt there is some protective barrier to guard against curious hands of any age. I dislike that some clubs are so paranoid that layouts are too high for youngsters to see.

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    T-Trak layout standards are designed for 6' or 8' folding banquet tables for that reason, so that the youngsters can see without needing help from an adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Great layout! I particularly like the height; it is low enough for kids to enjoy at shows.
    Thank you @el Gato Gordo ! We get a lot of comments from parents saying how nice it is to have the display at the lower level. Plexi glass is needed for some areas to help keep the rowdier kids from creating chaos, but that is the chance we take. As long as engines aren't hitting the floor, scenery is repairable. Another bonus for this height is that a chair puts you at a pretty good height to work on / operate the layout.

    Our number or modules keeps growing and we have a good group of guys to support our efforts. We all seem to posses different skill sets/ interests which really creates an awesome environment as we are constantly learning from one another ....... ohh and the constant badgering and heckling really makes it a fun time when we get together!
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Thank you @el Gato Gordo ! We get a lot of comments from parents saying how nice it is to have the display at the lower level. Plexi glass is needed for some areas to help keep the rowdier kids from creating chaos, but that is the chance we take. As long as engines aren't hitting the floor, scenery is repairable. Another bonus for this height is that a chair puts you at a pretty good height to work on / operate the layout.

    Our number or modules keeps growing and we have a good group of guys to support our efforts. We all seem to posses different skill sets/ interests which really creates an awesome environment as we are constantly learning from one another ....... ohh and the constant badgering and heckling really makes it a fun time when we get together!
    I also like the height as it allows for viewing by folks that are mobility impaired and may need a wheel chair, or that carry a portable stool so they can sit when necessary. The module and the whole layout look great!

    Eric

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    The local Horribly Oversized club that I am a member of (hey, its like 10 minutes from my house give me a break) is having their Fall Open House this weekend. I offered to bring some N Scale modules to the Open House and they liked that idea to possibly appeal to other model railroaders in the area. I'll be taking the yard set for the 2 day show.

    Some of the club officers who viewed our N Scale setup at the show last month have asked me to submit sketches for an N scale layout in the current "catch all" space in the club house. The space measures out to be roughly 10x14'. I am hoping that the N scale at the Open House will attract some other local N scale guys and that may be enough to have the club to vote on a club N scale layout.
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    Progress! Sounds great!

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    We were able to have our annual Holiday Railfair this year. It was a nice little slice of normalcy in this crazy world. Our N Scale "BendTrack" layout was the star of the show and has grown in size since the last Railfair. This was the Reverse T Module's first Railfair and with it allowed us to have a reversing loop that handled everything that we threw at it and more.

    Over head shot of the layout from Railfair '21. This arrangement is 2 feet longer and 3 feet wider then past set-ups. The T module created two peninsulas (for the lack of a better term) which created a lot more layout "frontage" and quickly consumed all of our skirting.
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    The T module created two peninsulas which made the layout more enjoyable to operate. In this picture, the reverse loop is the inside mainline from the wye's and above.

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    Another shot of the inside mainline Reverse section. The outside mainline is not apart of the reverse section.

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    The running joke with the guys is that I am always under the layout working on wiring. Between the yard wiring, turntable installation, and lighting up my town, I always have some project going on under the modules. Well, I can say that tradition was carried on in Railfair' 21. Here you see me troubleshooting a short in the Reversing loop. Not the most flattering pose, but my response to him was "draw me like one of your french girls!" when I noticed him snapping this shot.

    My friend Kirk (who always takes my picture when I'm under the modules working) has informed me that in a couple more shows he will have enough shots of me working on wiring to make a full calendar.

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    I am studying the Digitrax AR-1 in this picture wondering if it wasn't adjusted correctly. After some time and choice words, I finally tracked the short down in a completely different area. How I have the reverse loop setup is that the Inside Mainline is the reverse loop and the Outside Main is not. Well, on a DCC port in the reverse loop I was connecting the two mainlines from the same port, so they were shorting there when a train would trip the auto reverser. So, lesson learned is that ANY DCC ports in the reversing section must have the mainlines isolated.


    The wyes really do make for an interesting area to watch trains.

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    This is a neat low level shot. The scenery on the modules further up the line blend in nicely with my hills on the reverse loop module.

    I was really proud of the barb wire fence on my farm. The posts are tooth picks that have been stained and rusty colored EZ Line with some silver acrylic paint to finish it off.

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    Needed a cattle gate for my farm scene, so I fired up the printer and designed/ printed off a set. You can see the cattle gate in these pictures.
    Also, you can see the progress on my Pennsylvania Bank Barn build. I'll post more on that later.

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    My FAVORITE shot from the weekend was this Chessie lash up cutting in front of some Santa Fe F Units. This depth of this scene is really something else.

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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    Having multiple peninsulas always made our setup more enjoyable to run and for the viewers.
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    Here it comes.... the "big push" to Ohio N Scale Weekend. After nearly a year being at the club house, all of my modules made the trip home.

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    I say big push, because little to nothing has been completed on them since I am not able to make it to the club house as much any more (over and hour away).

    So, going to try to make as much progress in a little amount of time before the show.

    The good news is, is that the local Horribly Oversized club in my town (that I am a member of) has offered to let me house my modules in a room that they have. They get to have another scale to potentially attract new members and I get my modules set up and 10 minutes from my house. Win-Win for both parties.

    Shot from last month's Club Open House. Here we see a B&O em-1 with a coal drag come thundering out of the tunnel. The farm and tunnel is on a different member's module while everything from the telephone poles forward is on my reverse T module. Both modules complement each other well and is easily my favorite spot to rail fan.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    After finishing the siding on the first wall, I needed to give my eyes a rest from applying the individual boards (and the glue smell) and add some color to the project. The look that I am after is a faded red. This barn would have been constructed in the late 1800/early 1900's so it needs some age. It may need to be a little darker, but I am pleased with the first attempt though. The framework was also colored using acrylic paint diluted with water.

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    I dug out a picture of my first scratch built barn from 2014. I think it is safe to say that my modeling skills have improved..... thanks to the likes of each and every one of you!

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    Ohh yeah, we ended up making it to Ohio N Scale Weekend. We had a great time again, and are already looking forward to next year.

    The layout for this year's show.

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    Over looking the who layout from "my side" of the setup.

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    From the opposite side.

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    My oldest son (3yo) accompanied me for the first day of the show. We had a blast! The first of many train show outings I am sure.

    Us pulling something out of the yard.

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    With so many trains around, it was hard to get him to look at the camera!

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    A cool new perspective I found of my roundhouse scene.

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    An em-1 passes a CPL signal bridge.

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    B&O passenger train glides through down town Debbie. A favorite spot of mine to railfan.

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    Decided to lash up a bunch of Chessie era power just for fun.

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    Bo D.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!



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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    My oldest son (3yo) accompanied me for the first day of the show. We had a blast! The first of many train show outings I am sure.
    That's awesome, looks like he is having fun.

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    Good new, passenger service is growing in my little railroad. Bad news is that the current coach yard cannot handle the recent increase in my expanding passenger car fleet.
    So, after searching the web for ideas, I found a picture of the B&O Eckington Coach Yard. I noticed that for most of the tracks that the rail cars are only serviceable from one side. Makes sense, even if you only have access to one side of the train, you still have 2 entrances to the car. My current yard had access on either side large enough for a truck to make it through and some, so not much additional space would need to be used.


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    Current 3 track yard vs. new 4 track design. Gained an additional 5 car capacity in making the change.

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    Up came the track and craft foam was cut out. The raised foam will act as concrete for the service area. I at first went with a concrete color, but ended up deciding against it. Just seemed too light as a base color. The last picture is how it currently sits. The paint is still wet which is giving the sheen that you can see.

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    After I get the foam painted to a satisfactory level, it will be time to relay the track which will need feeders and ballast.

    Looking over more coach yard pictures, there are a lot of fun details that I'll be able to add to this scene.

    Next show that we are displaying at is in October, so I am trying to make some progress before then.
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    I'm not allowed to run the train, the whistle I can't blow. I'm not allowed to say how fast the Railroad Train can go.
    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!



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