New layout

Discussion in 'General' started by skyraider, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Recently my wife and I went for a drive out in horse and ranch country and ended up at an Australian Shepherd trial to see some friends. We saw a bunch of things that were good ideas for the farm on the railroad, so I played Green Acres the last couple of days. Attached are a few photos of the current progress on the farm / ranch. It needs cows, people, a few implements laying around, maybe more trees, etc., but it's getting there. There's going to be a small windmill and stock tank near the deciduous tree.


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  2. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Hopefully, everyone is having a great beginning to their summer. Just completed a pillar crane and stack of rail and added them to the yard. The pillar crane will be used to unload coal for the coal bin and for loading and unloading flat cars. It is positioned so that it can access a fairly large area of the adjacent track to facilitate usage.

    The next project is to finish replacing the bad gears in a set of Also / Proto 2000 ABBA Fa / FB's. Once that is done, I'll take some photos of the set pulling a train.

    Have a great summer!!

    Paul Moore

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  3. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Paul, your layout is coming along nicely, great photos!!!

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  4. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Thanks, Joe. The streaks of rust on the crane base need to be redone. They look contrived--not realistic, I don't think. With my color vision, painting and weathering are an issue. I'll keep plugging away.

  5. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Paul, Athearn 60044 gears for SD40-2 are a good match for those.
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  6. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Thanks, Keith. I've already done two of the units using A-Line replacement gears, and they worked perfectly. Difficult to install, but they worked well once installed. If I run into issues, I'll try the Athearn 60044.

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  7. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Thanks for those john. That is great looking
  8. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    My father went into the road construction business after graduating from SMU with a degree in civil engineering. He spent his entire working career with Texas Bitulithic Company. As a side note, I shoveled concrete, asphalt, and ran a jackhammer for seven summers during high school and college. As a result, I knew what I didn't want to do when I grew up!!! I Initially dad was the book keeper for a large asphalt lay down crew that was building new highways in Texas. He ended up as the chief structural estimator heading up the team that estimated the cost of building bridges.

    All that was just to establish that he knows what he's talking about when it comes to roads and bridges. He told me that the small town he grew up in--Grand Saline, TX--had chip seal roads in town when he was growing up there. They just sprayed tar down and then spread gravel over it. The sidewalks were often gravel or just wooden boardwalks in front of the downtown buildings.

    So that's how I decided to do my small town. It's hard to see, but I attempted to do chip seal by mixing black paint with glue, spreading that on the road surface, then sprinkling light tan gravel over it. The town sidewalks are gravel. In the second photo you can see the color difference between the sidewalks and the chip seal. There will be a boardwalk style entrance to each of the buildings. The walks aren't all built yet.

    The gazebo is just a free paper kit I found online. All I have is a cheap black laser printer, so I drastically lowered the contrast and increased the brightness before printing it. I also resized it, but not enough. It's still too big. After printing it, I colored it with art markers and then cut it out and glued it together. There will eventually be an actual structure there, but I wanted to see how it looked. There will also be grass, a few trees and some park benches.

    The tall green structure to the left of town (south on the layout) is a partially scratch built building a friend started building. It is where the church will be, and I just wanted something there with approximately the same footprint as the church. It's way too tall, but the square area is close.

    The railroad depot isn't actually a depot on the layout. It's the railroad's main office for the yard and locomotive facility.

    Paul Moore

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  9. Sirfoldalot

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    PAUL -- I have thoroughly enjoyed your "build" and look forward to more.
    Interesting side thought was the fact that where I grew up - all the roads were sprayed asphalt and pea gravel over
    the top. Made for lots of dings on the windshields!
    If you don't mind - a post of the "paper" gazebo website would be appreciated? Thought I'd try and make a few of them for some friends?
  10. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Thanks for the comments. Any suggestions are welcome. Here's the site with free paper models:

    At this point, I can't decide if I like the gazebo on the railroad or not. I may nix it and put something else in the small city park.

    Do you--or did you--fly airplanes?

    Paul Moore
  11. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    It's a pretty neat looking structure - just looks a little large. Spousal Unit and I saw quite a few in Texas small town squares which we drove through. I thought they fit very nice where they were, but I'm not sure about your location. With a little more built up town, it may go very nicely? You sort of need a "town square"!

    To answer your question - TWA for 34 years.
  12. skyraider

    skyraider Member Supporter

    Yes, it's too large. Here's a link to a kit that is a little smaller I may buy:

    The prototype is in LaGrange, TX.

    I don't think there's room for a town square. The plan is for a small town park with the Gazebo, a few trees and a grassy area. That may change, but that's the current plan. The layout is already beginning to be too cluttered for my taste.

    With my horrible color vision, the military and airlines were out of the question for me. I have a commercial license and ended up owning a Bonanza and selling Mooney's for a short time.

    Paul Moore

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