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    Sounds like a plan Steve, I'm new to the island so don't really know anyone yet. Though former friends and N scalers from Nova Scotia both live in Comox I believe, I'll reciprocate the invite when I get my Nova Scotia Southern built (I'm looking at using car cards, but the layout is really quite simple and small)

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    Looks good Steve!
    A little smoother than before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    . I only know of 3 other people on the Island here who are into N scale .
    Geez, I can see the Island when the strait isn't fogged in. Just a short ride on the MV Coho!

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    Rumor has it , that there was a test run last night of the mainline . Although it went pretty good , there was 2 minor spots that showed up that needed a wee bit of work . That and all the feeders dropped today need to get hooked up tomorrow . So a vid will be posted tomorrow after a litle bit of track dries overnight .
    Hang on there Moose for one more day

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    So a vid will be posted tomorrow after a litle bit of track dries overnight .
    Hang on there Moose for one more day
    A video? Pretty sure Moose will show up with popcorn and a comfy arm chair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    Pretty sure Moose will show up with popcorn and a comfy arm chair.
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    Well as long as the gang's all coming I'll make the trip as well.
    Save me a seat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    A video? Pretty sure Moose will show up with popcorn and a comfy arm chair.
    True dat!
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    Default Golden rail joiner moment ?

    Hello

    Well I don't use spikes and my rail joiners aren't really gold color , but I did connect the mainline all the way around . So I guess this qualifies for something , but I doubt it's gold ,

    As promised here is a short video of a Intermountain CP Rail SD40-2 pulling 7 cars and a crummy testing the track work and wiring . So far so good . This is running at speed step 7 of 28 , pretty much what my top speed will be on the layout . In fact I will most likely run it around 5 or 6 . I just love the Intermountain SD40-2's . Yeah they are too big for my layout , but I like them . And yeah the crummy is a little out of place , but I like them too and plan to use them where I can in OP's .

    So don't grab a lot of popcorn , it a short video .

    https://youtu.be/8H4J8b0f8qU

    Enjoy , it's the first time in a long time I have seen a train run

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    Great mile stone keep up the good work.

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    I know it's been a long time for you Steve and things haven't been the easiest, but there's nothing more satisfying than seeing that first loop!

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    Too bad you don't hand-lay your track! That's one of the perks I suppose, you can use a real golden spike.

    I don't think the SD40-2 is too big for your layout, my layout was roughly the same size and my Dash 9 and SD70 didn't feel out of place.

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    Maybe not a golden spike, but tonight is Stammtisch so I'll raise a golden brew to celebrate your achievement.
    Cheers!
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    With a cold Budweiser in hand I say cheers as well.

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    Default Quick Update

    Hi All

    Thks is just a quick update . Lots has been going on and i will update on that soon .

    But for now , I've turned my attention to the Engine Service area . It has been a head scratcher in some ways . I have 4 different engine houses i could use . From 1 track to 3 tracks . And of course this would alter the track layout , depending on what i use .
    So i grabbed a bunch of my old crap track and started pinning it down .

    Here is a pic of where it comes off the main , you will notice the lead is long , long enough for 2 big diesels in a consist to move onto the lead and not foul the main .

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    Here are more pics of the proposed service area

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    I have a question , should i have the lead of the main that long ? Or if i shortened it up , would the extra length benefit the rest of the engine area . I keep looking at it and something seems off to me , am i just seeing things ?

    Any other commment or suggestions on the track arrangement would be really helpful .

    Thanks

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    I think it looks great plenty of space and not over crowded. Can’t wait to see more progress.

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    I assume you can turn an engine on the loop. Add a runaround?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    I assume you can turn an engine on the loop. Add a runaround?
    As far as i can tell by running things around in my head standing in front of the layout ...... yes . But all locos going in for service will need to be backed in , there is no way to turn them in the engine service area . You mentioned a runaround ? Is that in the main layout or somewhere else ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    You mentioned a runaround ? Is that in the main layout or somewhere else ?
    You have room on the yard lead for a runaround track.
    Say you have two locos on one of the sanding stubs and you want to pull the one on the stub end out. You could pull them back to a runaround on the main and do it, but that requires dispatcher permission that you wouldn't need if you could do it within the yard limits. OTOH if the service yard is part of a larger yard (can't tell from the photos) then you just use a runaround there.

    As long as you are experimenting, it might be worth seeing if you can fit a wye in there and squeeze the service trackage around that with maybe a crossing track or two to utilize the wye's center triangle. Wyes enable both turn and run around, and the legs only need to be long enough to hold one loco.

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    Hello Again

    Well after taking in the comments and suggestions from both here and by email and PM's , i have come up with a redesign .

    I shortened the lead to 1 loco , as i and others felt the space gained was more important in the facility than on the lead . I moved the house turnout so it is now the first turnout , this gained more space for the house tracks .

    Another thing that was felt as more important than the lead lenght was that the fuel and sanding tracks also gained some lenght .

    The only track that suffered from the change is the Caboose/RIP track , it came out a little shorter .

    The railroad being a little cheap back when they aquired the land , bought as little land as it could get away with . So i changed the position of the house to parallel to the sanding and fueling tracks . This has a few reasons for the change , it allows me more space for the other industry sharing that area . It allows my plan for roads to line up better . This was a good suggestion from Allen H .

    I guess its no secret that i lean on few of you guys for help on pretty much everything , Thank You .

    Im trying to pack in 10lbs of crap in a 5lb bag , and make it seem plausible or somewhat acceptable . And it needs to function well for OP's , even if the OP session will be short due to layout size , i still want something more to do than watch trains do loops ....... but that can be fun too

    Here is pics of what i have pinned down , as alwaSssy please comment and suggest things good or bad . I would rather hear the critique now while i can change things
    And in the photos i have included a family pic of my Locos and Cabeese . This give a good reference of the size of everything , as well as i get to show off my Locos .

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    Thanks for looking

    Steve
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