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    I seriously think if I ever leave N scale, I would go O. The level of detail possible is astounding!
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    @danielb:

    Great work, Sir. You have a keen eye for the details that make a very convincing total.

    Very inspiring.
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    Greetings everyone!

    It's been a while, but I am officially moved into my new home, and I've settled into my new layout room with gusto!

    I now have the space to have Piedmont Blues set up permanently, with space to expand it around walls. I'm over the moon.



    Taking advantage of this, I used the new space to work on the layout a lot more to get it ready for the Seaboard Southern Exhibition that took place last Saturday.

    I took a few photos from the day. Enjoy!














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    Last night didn't see much progress on the layout, though I did finally manage to get round to replacing a broken truck-mounting pin on a Norfolk and Western bay window caboose, so that's another one to weather up and add to the fleet.



    I also removed the cast on handrails and grab irons from a Williams centre cupola caboose kit and base painted it red. I also fitted some Intermountain (?) trucks. This will be getting some SOUTHERN decals to represent an ex-Savannah & Atlanta cab.




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    Looks cool nice work



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    Looks good Dan.
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    Cheers chaps. Progress on the caboose has come on over the last few days, but foolishly I didn't take any photos before I came to work. D'oh!

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    Not a lot to add for now, I've been busy with other things. Ford has taken the centre module away to work on the wiring for the Arduino, and is planning to mount a dedicated power supply under the board to handle the next stage of the lighting, sound and animation for the layout.



    I do have some photographs of some of my purchases from Seaboard Southern though. First, three TTX 86' flat cars from Jason Dickie:











    These will eventually become tri-deck open sided autoracks. Nothing like making life easy, eh?



    Finally, a Lionel(?) truss bridge I got for 10 from one of the other traders at the show:







    I'm going to have some fun with this one when the next stage of the layout comes along.



    More updates when I'm able.

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    Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've updated this, but with COVID-19 leaving the world on lockdown, I'm stuck in the house for the forseeable future, so I figure now is the time to start updating the thread again.

    Since the last time I updated this, I've built and exhibited a HO scale micro layout...



    ... and have now turned my attention back to Piedmont Blues.

    Mostly, I've been chipping away at the gargantuan list of tasks I have to get through before the layout's next show in November - Warley MRE - arguably the UK's largest train show.

    So, the updates will be a bit scattergun as I work on things

    Firstly, I've been working on detailing the NYC boxcar I've shown in previous posts. The ladders have been weather, the trucks and wheels primed, and a real wood deck fitted to the interior:





    Next, I've built a sign to go on the front of one of the backdrop buildings:



    More updates to come later

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    @danielb

    Looking really nice Dan!
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    Thanks Moose!

    Next up is the pump house for the tank car unloading on the team track. I've added fire buckets, an oil drum, some signs and a stray leaf on the roof.








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    Now for a few smaller structures - firstly a crossing guard's tower, made from a Clevermodels freebie kit, but with the balcony and a foundation made from basswood and coffee stirrers. The idea is for this to look like the stairs themselves have been damaged and torn down, and I plan to add a ladder in their place, but I need to paint one up first.



    Next is a bus shelter to go with the coach I bought a couple of years back. This one is a scratchbuild from basswood and coffee stirrers, with the roof made from a corrugated card gift label.





    Finally - for this update - is another Clevermodels kit, a telephone booth. Originally, I was planning on having this by the depot I've been building, but there just wasn't clearance for it.




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    Outstanding, Dan!

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    Thanks Paul.

    Last set of photos - another structure for River Street. Long way to go on this one.




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    Quick video update today, giving an overview of where I'm at and what I'm working on:


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    Today's finished project is an Ex-Savannah and Atlanta, Ex-Central of Georgia, now Southern cuppola caboose. It is made from a Williams kit that I picked up from Jason Dickie's American O Scale stall at Seaboard Southern exhibition in 2018. It came without couplers, trucks, or detail parts. It was literally just a chassis casting and a body. I filed off the cast on plastic handrails, and have added new ones made from brass florists wire. I then constructed new ends from styrene and more brass wire. It's then been painted and Microscale HO scale decals added as that's about all I could manage to find that was suitable. It's not an exact match for the prototype but it's as close an approximation as I can manage.

    Now it just needs weathering and glazing added.




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    Good morning everyone!

    It's been ages since I've updated this, and to be honest I've not achieved a huge amount. But progress has been made.

    I've finally gotten the backscene onto board one, and have joined the board onto the rest of the layout - so once the wiring damage is fixed, the layout will be back to an operational state.

    I've made some scenery progress on and along the backscene too, though as you can see from the pictures, there is still a long, long way to go. Still, Rome wasn't built in a day.








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    The detail is first class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver69 View Post
    The detail is first class.
    Indeed! Glad to see you back, @danielb.

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