fictitious QA&P West TX layout agriculture industry

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  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Added the final piece of bench work and started on the scenery. If only I learned important lessons early in the construction stage instead of at the end.

    After spending money on construction foam, etc, I discovered that sawdust works great for forming hills. Not the sawdust from a sander, but the coarse stuff from a planer, table saw, etc. After forming the rough shape of the hill, I dribbled glue / water misture on it, let it dry overnight, and put plaster cloth right over the top of the sawdust. It worked great!!!

    This long, narrow section has a passing siding that's about 9' long (780 scale feet). The siding comes together at the far end (newest portion of construction), and there's a 29" long section of track after the switch. I was going to make another liftout so that it would join the layout where the cotton gin is, but I'm about to talk myself into ending the layout here. By the way, the bumper track is temporary and just to keep from running something off onto the ground.

    The 29" section would make a great place to disconnect the motive power, use the siding to run around the string of cars, and hook the locomotives on the other end and run the train back the direction it came from. Frankly, I almost never run trains anyway. The layout is an opportunity to model and display the locomotives and rolling stock in a location that looks better than shelves. Switching operations would be great on this. Someday, if I decide to continue the layout and build the other liftout, it could be added with no problem.

    Anyway, that's where it stands at this point. IMG_2021100.jpg IMG_20211007_141038613.jpg IMG_20211007_141053470.jpg IMG_20211007_141105232.jpg IMG_20211007_141136622.jpg
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  2. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    That end of track treatment in photo 2 looks just like something I did.:eek::LOL::ROFLMAO: EZ track lets you do monkey shirt stuff when needed.

    My tail track was just about an inch short to allow an engine and one car. The projection is so short it doesn’t need anything under it, the plastic roadbed is plenty stiff enough. And the bumper section locks on like Fort Knox. The gurus at MR would be horrified.
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  3. fredman23

    fredman23 Member

    Between the airplanes about to crash onto the layout and the precipitous drop at end-of-track, it's terrifying.
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  4. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    As my post said, the bumper track is just there temporarily to keep locomotives and rolling stock from falling off the layout. It will be replaced.

  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I really like your scenery Paul, for a color challenged fella you do an incredible job..
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  6. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    My overhanging bumper is permanent!:eek::LOL::ROFLMAO:
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  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    We have my wife to thank for that. She helps me with anything that is final scenery. I even have to ask her questions about painting structures, etc. Several of my bottles of Poly Scale paint are fairly old and the labels have faded to illegibility. She has to tell me what color they are.
  8. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Paul, you have a great wife to help you with your layout. Cynthia helps me with painting, trees and extra hands, we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary on September 24th. Think I will keep her for awhile longer. Haha.

    Enjoying your build thread.

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  9. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    You are correct, Joe: I am super blessed!!!! And congratulations on your 39th anniversary. We celebrated 33 in September. I didn't marry until I was 34 years old--too busy climbing mountains, racing bicycles, etc.

    Joyce made the skirts that go around the base of the layout to hide what's stored underneath. She has contributed lots of time and brainpower to the railroad effort. A couple of the scenes, including the baseball diamond, were her ideas.

    Paul Moore IMG_4864.JPG IMG_4865.JPG IMG_4866.JPG IMG_4867.JPG
  10. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member


    My “permanent” overhang! Looks a lot scarier than it really is. It’s the tail of a runaround track and that last couple of inches adds a critical car to the tail track capacity. All it ever actually holds and only occasionally is a tender and there’s no sag at all. The EZ track roadbed is plenty stiff enough.
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  11. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Haha, the help I get from the Dear Lady is not complaining about model railroading and the layout.

    It could be a lot worse. We knew a guy whose wife complained that the layout room kept them from being “together,” ie sitting in the same room reading/knitting.
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  12. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    About 20 years ago a friend decided to get out of HO and he sold me his partially built buildings. A couple are in my downtown scene, and the rest became kit bashing projects. One was this weird mill looking two story thing that I never figured out how to use. The top was cannibalized / kitbashed and became a completely different building. The bottom just sat in a drawer, forgotten, until a week ago.

    It's still a weird structure, but at least it looks like a stand-alone building. It will be built into a hill on the edge of the layout. The roof is still primer because I haven't decided whether to make it a tarpaper roof or rusty corrugated metal. Any ideas as to what this could be?

    Paul Moore IMG_4904.JPG IMG_4903.JPG
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  13. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Or you could plant some dense shrubbery all around the bare parts of the walls.
  14. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Not much progress on the strange building in the previous post, but another project is coming together. Many of you commented on the actual building in this scene, because it is a rendition of an old European kit (Heljan, maybe). It is going to be a gypsum plant, and requires quite a bit of artistic license. Gypsum is prevalent in this area. That is what the Acme is in QA&P--a large gypsum / drywall plant.

    The pipes and large dust collector came from a Walther's kit. It was highly modified. Have any of you actually found any Walther's kits that had decent detail without the large, crude pieces and detail parts? This one required hours of filing, cutting, and replacing of ladders, etc. The details in the as-delivered kit were ridiculously crude. Looking at the photos, I should have done more filing.

    The legs that support the pipes were simple scratch built items using plastruct (think it was plastruct) I beams and angle iron. Still need to fabricate the little footers under each vertical leg, and for now just have a piece of wood holding the legs in place. The plastic / concrete base under the dust collector will be ditched. It's not glued on, so it can be easily removed. After looking at the photos, it looks pretty bad.

    The pipes and dust collector will get more weathering, and there will be dirt and dust under the collector.

    Paul Moore
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  15. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    CFAF2E55-A05C-4A19-ACA7-05D49F0D4EE1.jpeg F2C56851-A3AA-409F-AC21-1B89314C3D6F.jpeg Remember these? Look at the windows. Remove mullions and skinny up the ones you keep.

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