Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Curved Backdrops

I've decided that I like curved backdrops enough to spend the time on installing them.

Here's an in progress shot of one on the first peninsula. This has already been mounted by now, but the pictures haven't caught up.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Staging Snapshot

Came downstairs and thought the sun was doing well by highlighting the status in staging.

Tools of the trade displayed

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Rebuilding or The best laid plans of mice and men

I read, many years ago, that writing a novel wasn't that hard, but all the editing and rewriting you did before you were satisfied to call something a first draft was the hard part.


I suggest they should try building a model railroad.

Regular RTRR associates will remember that the plan is for a bridge to carry trackage over the main room entrance. This links the 2nd pathway with the staging area.

The original plan was 3 tracks. It was modified to 2 during previous stages.

Recent measuring, testing and reflection showed that 3 tracks were needed. The hole in the wall had been cut for only two and the landing area on the opposite side of the doorway had been sized to land a 4" wide piece of lumber that would just carry 2 tracks.

I borrowed a Sawzall and went to work.



Had to remove and rebuild the landing area as well.

Shows were the paint ran down the wall..
New landing area; now 16" wide and you can see its opposite number in the back on this view.

Reclaimed the homasote to use here.

Just need to paint now.
A couple additional pictures can be found at the main site here.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Expansion at Hamilton CP

Hamilton needed some more space since the backdrop was so far away.

A bit of work with the chop saw and the utility knife got me a good bit of space to park an industrial track or two on.

Did have to make the edge of the homasote beveled since it was a generous 1/2" and the stuff next to it, wasn't.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Environs or Making your space railroad friendly

One of the challenges is adapting your space to housing a model railroad.

You end up needing the physical space to present certain features to make it possible to build the layout in the first place and then maintain it as a place you like to spend time in.

Lighting a railroad can be a challenge, especially when you go into the realm of having multiple decks. As my space is large and only has a few windows, artificial lighting and lots of it, is required.

The last two locations in the room that I hadn't swapped over to track lighting got done over the Christmas holiday break. It's a testimatt to the amount of stuff I have going on that I am blogging about it now.

First is the area under the sunroom. This offshoot is where a chunk of Doswell and Acca Wye will be, and is also the home of my tool bench at this point.

Single track, but lots of light from LED bulbs
I went from a single, 60W incandescent inside a 6" pot, to a string of LEDs on a single track. 6 heads with the equivalent of over 300W, but it takes the power of just over 30W. Ain't technology grand?

Everything else is off, light wise. You can see how good this is with just these lights going.
The area in the corner where Doswell starts was a bit more complex, so 3 different tracks were used.

Lots more potential here to illuminate this area properly
Much brighter in this corner now!
In case you are curious what a couple of tracks looks like when you police up your workspace...

That is an 18x24 box, btw

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 - http://richmond-terminal.org

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.