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    Default Cowboy's Layout in Nebraska

    Theme is going to be late 50s early 60s with a small town, hills, a farm, and rural business. I appreciate all the suggestions I got so far. For N Scale, I know I over engineered my table.

    Having trouble coming up with a name for my line. Region is central US/West
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    Started turning rough draft into layout this weekend
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    After a great suggestion by Allen H, I made a tweak that I really like to smooth the crossover
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    OK, after a bunch of house cleaning and a trip to the grocery store, I made some progress on the layout. Both crossover circles are completed. Most of the spur is in place but just loose for design purposes. I should get the rest of the track I need Monday, and then I can mark and start laying roadbed
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    Finished attaching the spur and started the loop off of the upper switchto the rural area at the bottom. Ran out of track but next shipment should arrive tomorrow
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    Finished laying out track and it looks like things are going to work. Started laying roadbedfor final attachment of track
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    Well, I am pooped but I got all 60' of roadbed down. Ignore the track in disarray. I was moving it around to lay roadbed
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    Hi C0wb0y,

    As a fellow flatlander, I'd recommend one of the books on the Granger railroads. They're full of period pictures showing life and commerce on the plains.

    If you have time for road trips, travel highway 30 for a look at the former UP or highway 2 for a view of the old CB&Q mainlines.

    If you're modeling the pre-1970s, livestock should be a prominent part of your traffic. Every railroad town map show a stockyard at the East end of town...probably there to use the westerly winds to keep the smell to a minimum(lol).

    Other industries that are seldom shown: alfalfa dehydration plants, corn cob blowers, propane and anhydrous ammonia dealers.
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    Great tips! Thank you
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    I need to take some pictures, bit this weekend I got all the track nailed down, and cut and stained the parts for the control panel
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    haha i built a table like that once, i think its still got a chevy sitting on it. that is built like a heavy work bench.

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    Good day yesterday. Made a lot of progress. Got everything wired and running, and also wired in the remote controls for the switches. Yesterday evening I started the ballast. Long way to go on it, but I like it so far. I went with a gray mix because that matches the UP lines around my area pretty close
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    Looking good, keep up on the pictures they are a great help to us old folks.
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    Not too bad at all C0wb0y just don't forget to clean off the excess ballast from the insides of your rails
    Cheers Tony

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    Try the CL&N Rail Road. Cowboy's layout Nebraska
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