Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Roadbed, again

Using cork flooring underlayment presents lots of great opportunity to make the roadbed very flowing and it is also a great value versus buying the normal stuff from Midwest.

Problem is, it is a bit more textured than I like, so I hit it with a belt sander with a 120 grit belt loaded.

It makes dust and can be a bit loud.

You can just see the orange body of the sander...

Monday, March 18, 2019

Doswell continues to take shape

Roadbed has been extended into the station and crossing area at Doswell. A couple of additional pieces are needed before the belt sander is applied and track begins.

This means that I need to figure out the lift bridge necessary to cross the aisle sooner than later.

Track layout is very prototypical here so it should be very engaging to operate.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

November Work Session Recap

Lots of progress was made by the crew that arrived east of Richmond on Saturday the 3rd of November.

I'd like to thank Don, Dick, Keith, Bob, Mike and John for attending and pushing the railroad along.

Roadbed was laid, track was placed and backdrops were hung.

Don working to glue down cork for roadbed north of the Hamilton CP

Bob and Dick serving on the track crew.
Curved backdrops really let you focus on the railroad.
As always, you can see more pictures on the main site -

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

[taps mic] Testing, 1...2...3..

Some progress made in real life, but nothing really on the electronic front for the layout.

Did get an article published in the LDSig's Journal this quarter.

Let me grab the memory cards and start putting content together again.

Friday, October 26, 2018

A bit more paint.

Decided I needed to make this the backdrop go a bit further and put on a second coat of Kilz before the blue.

Starting to think I need more light here

Thursday, October 25, 2018

North Doswell Cross Over

As Doswell has started (see post here for the track arrangement details) I needed some track down to anchor one end of my work so I would have datum point to build from.

At North Doswell, there is a cross over before the track makes the run to the next control point and on the layout, this is the same as there is over a 50' run to the next CP.

Finished product
Number 10s are nice and long but a zoom lens will squash them up a bit

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Track Progress to Doswell

The long runs have been spiked and the cross over at North Doswell is being test fit.

Next time, a 6" wide shelf is in order, as spiking flex track down next to the wall was a bit of a challenge - just not that much room for my 1:1 hands trying to pierce the ties on Atlas flex when the track is within an inch of the wall.

Try to remember that for next time...

Long way down