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    I'm not thinking the diesels will see much daylight (no pun intended), but setting up a test track and seeing which engines still run is next on the list!

    Thanks to all for their kind welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Steam rules, disease'els drool!
    Moose enjoys a close, comfy, personal relationship almost every morning with old steam locomotives -- he shaves with razors made from the scrap!

    And that, new members, is just one way to trigger a stampedin'!
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    @Paul Schmidt

    Yer dead to Moose. :MooseAngry:

    Moose have no more to say to - Oh, purrty flowers!
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    1Moose Paul gotcha
    Yours,

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    Hi Everyone,


    Currently Iím on my fourth n-scale layout, hopefully the second to be completed. The first was in 1978, when I was 18, but that lasted only about 10 months. Letís say the track work left a bit to be desired, and after having the tracks littered with solder blobs trying to correct things, it became apparent it had to be redone. The next two fell victim to the repeated six week delays in orders from the LHS, followed by another six week delay for the items out of stock, on and on, until I eventually lost interest.


    The latest one was begun in 2007 (!). Iíve been thinking it was five or six years ago for a while, until I looked at the original date on the 3rd Plan-it file I was using recently and saw it was 12 years! Now Iím making a push to actually get some track laid by the end of the year. The problem was that I make the ďmistakeĒ of watching a Fast Tracks video back then. My shipping and supply problems are over with now, but instead I decided to make things more complicated, and went wild on my plan including 51 switches on an 8íx5í layout. Six double slips, a 3-way, 30į crossing, and a boat load of curved turnouts of various sizes. With no limits now that I decided to go a bit overboard, I guess, and coupled with my love of yards, resulted in a lot of switches! I wanted to make them all first before I began laying track. Right now I have 11 to go, it seems. It was seven, until I decided to redesign part of it a few weeks ago, and I decided to throw a 3-way in there, just to see if I could do it, two regular switches would have worked fine too.


    Iím doing this all in Code 40, I left the Fast Tracks jigs behind a long time ago, now I use the 3rd Plan-it plan, turnout tie templates and the NMRA gauge. I still use the frog and point filing tools, and recently got the stock rail filing tool to speed up the process. I have been trying to fit as much of the plan as I can on one 3íx1í piece of shelf that I work on and drop in as many turnouts that are connected that I can. I make it all as on piece, to minimize rail joiners. Itís a bit more delicate and time consuming, but I think itís worth it.


    Iím modeling UP, it the late Ď90ís early 2000ís. Long term, hopefully this will be a peninsula at the end of a much larger layout, but there is a lot to do here before that is something Iíll be really thinking about seriously! Especially after this long delay, i want to complete this first.


    I meant for a photo of some of my more recent completed track to go here, but apparently it seems that i can't do that yet.



    Frank

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    @Frank17913
    Welcome aboard Frank.
    Looking forward to you sharing pics of your work and layout.
    That will happen when you reach a certain number of posts, which no one can seem to remember how many that is? lol
    It around 15 post if I recall.

    Join in on some simple conversations and they rack up quickly.
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    Welcome, Frank!

    As Allen said, join in some other threads, ask questions, and the posts rack up in no time.
    Cheers!
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    Welcome, @Frank17913!

    You sound as if you've accumulated some experience in N scale and the hobby over the years. This is a great forum with lots of helpful folks, so if you run into a head-scratcher, no worries about asking for help. We'll eventually arrive at a good solution together, although some of methods and ideas might seem bizarre. Still, we mean well.

    Moose will be along later I'm sure with a "Welcome" and to explain some of the pictorial facets for you. He's harmless...well, mostly.

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    @Frank17913

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the greatest wee n scale forum on the interweb!

    There are just a few rules with which you might want to acquaint yerself:

    1. It's your railroad, do what you like no matter what anyone else says (as long as you're running steam)
    2. Post photos
    3. Mind the reach police, they're everywhere ( @epumph is a scary human, beware!)
    4. Post lots and lots of photos
    5. Steam rules, disease'els drool (unless it's a Class 37 or an RS-1, they're so cute! )
    6. Photos or moose stampede, you decide
    7. No swearing (under yer breath of course, but this is a family website, so y'know, shhhh)
    8. Photos are yer friend, post'em!
    9. Hattons is taking orders for Garratts, order one mister!
    10. Photos of steam locomotives win awards of great honour and distinction , photos of disease'els not so much (i.e. don't post photos of THOSE things, yuck!)
    11. Moose's hooves tired, so no more rules, except, post dem photos!
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    To avoid the stampede, i figured the photo thing out



    After having a bunch of problems with the double-slips, I figured a way to make them work with movable center points, unlike the fixture i bought which had, as I remember four mini-frogs that had to line up perfectly in the center. That always left me with one direction not quite lined up. Keeping my fingers crossed it works as well as it seems it does when they are installed.

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    That's some great trackwork, and diesels in the upper left corner...nice!

    Welcome to the forums. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful.
    Kevin M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevM View Post
    That's some great trackwork, and diesels in the upper left corner...nice!

    Welcome to the forums. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful.
    The Con-Cor one up in the corner is my old U-50 i bought in the '70's for $50 (a lot back then!). It's my favorite one, i have to somehow find a way to file down the flanges on that thing so it can run on code 40, even if it will be 25 years out of period! I suppose one day i could make a '70's diesel lineup for it. if i want, it the structures I have planned would probably still fit in.

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    I very curious to see a track plan to see where how all those sections fit together. I'm also curious how you are planning to control the points and power the frogs?

    Welcome aboard.

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    Default New to model railroading and N scale

    Hi, I'm Milton, I am new to this whole model railroading thing. I ordered my first model train online on August 28 of last summer, coming up on my 1 year anniversary of model railroading. I really had no idea how complicated and challenging it is and hope to get help with my layout from the more experienced members of the community.

    My layout is in a single bedroom small apartment in San Francisco.

    It started on the floor and then got up on various tables and temporary shelves as I realized it was pretty fun and I would be giving model railroading a go.


    The first musings at a shelf layout along one wall...


    So then things got complicated.


    Looking into the closet turnarounds and back wall grade access. Mid layout staging just out of image to the upper right.


    All those images are a few weeks to months old, and things move quick on this layout.

    Here is a fairly up to date image from a few days ago. The wire form and blue foam on the upper level have since been plastered.

    Lowest level is the 'Port of Fog Beach' representing Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles, home of Pacific Harbor Lines. I am modeling a lose version of the Birth 200 Yard there.


    The latest benchwork addition, the window L that will be the city of Santa Maria California and the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.


    Complicated roadbeds get the trains to each level of the 3 level layout.

    I had no idea what I was getting into. Totally love it, model railroading takes every skill I can throw at it and then asks me to go learn new ones.

    Currently trying to make a Southern Pacific MOW water car that is sitting in the yard in Guadalupe California, as that is the yard on my layouts middle level. Here is my effort so far to 3d print some parts to make one of these. I am new to DLP resin printing, I have a lot of FDM printing under my belt but it applies less as the detail isn't quite there for N scale modeling.

    The frame and deck are just tests of the detail the new DLP printer can achive. It blew me away, it will do .2mm railings no problem, pictured are around .35 but it it will do much smaller details cleanly as it printed some angled ends to .35mm base posts to exact little points.

    I will post lots more specific questions in specific threads, till then nice to meet you all, thanks for the read, and happy modeling.

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    @AlohaMilton,

    Welcome to the best model railroad forum on the Interweb! Unfortunately, you haven't garnered enough posts yet for your photos to show. The magic number is somewhere between 20 and 30. It's too bad, because it's sounding as if you have some interesting projects afoot.

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    @AlohaMilton

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the greatest wee n scale forum!

    Post photos (when you're finally allowed, darn rules!) And post often!
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    Welcome Frank and Milton!
    Yours,

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    Sorry made a mistake....
    Last edited by Allen H.; 26th Aug 2019 at 10:17 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    I very curious to see a track plan to see where how all those sections fit together. I'm also curious how you are planning to control the points and power the frogs?

    Welcome aboard.
    Iíll see if I can make a scan of the track plan tonight. The sections with switches Iím building now should all be connected by lengths of straight or curved track. Iím pretty sure they wonít line up as perfectly as the plan when I actually try and lay them, but I should be able to adjust the connecting sections so they work out in the end. Iíd prefer to make everything at my workbench, it will be easier on my back for one thing, but I realize thatís probably not possible if I want the sections to connect properly.

    As as far as the switches, I plan to power them all with Tortoise machines, which will take care of powering the frogs as well. With code 40, it pretty much has to be a slow motion machine to protect the points. I just try not to think of the bill for all those too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaMilton View Post
    I really had no idea how complicated and challenging it is
    Boy you got that right, Welcome!

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