Seligman and Beyond layout

Discussion in 'General' started by Ozarktraveler, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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    Track is down for main loop except for the approximately 36" section over the river. The Fast Tracks turnouts Keith R. sold me were just the ticket, working nicely in the section adjacent to the river.

    Main power buss is run under the whole layout. 1/3 of the loop is powered and operational.

    Need to cut gaps into three way turnout to isolate the frogs.
  2. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Wish I had a room like that.
  3. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Its a blessing.
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  4. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    It’s exactly what I’d like. A walkaround about about 20x30 looks like. Enough for some distance. When in the middle you can’t see the whole layout, gets a sense of distance. Surface just wide enough for track and related scenery.
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  5. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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    Dropped 40-50 feeder wires thru the foam boards.

    Added color to the river banks.
    Ordered the bridge today, local hobby shop didn't have it in stock.
  6. Looks great Craig. Keep it up. You are making nice progress.
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  7. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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    After the kids and grandkids left, after having a good time figuring out the moves to achieve the switch assignments and playing with Railpro, I revised the Frisco side of the Seligman Yard north and south ends to make it more prototypically correct.

    Like Drew several of us got Covid on vacation. Very mild cases.

    Gave up on getting Microengineering for the majority of track (I like the more correct scale sized ties), some of the E-bay prices are out of hand, so I've been mixing and matching brands and in some cases, codes, with transition joiners. Its all good.
  8. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    The yard here in GJ changes rail weight 3-4 times on a single track, so its not uncommon at all Craig. These older yards were built and expanded with whatever rail was on hand at the time. They would also turn the rail around, so that what was the outside wear part of the rail ball, was inside, they got 2 lifetimes out of some of those rails. I am quite sure the SL-SF and many others did same. But that has turned out to not be such a good idea on occasion.
    So, your prototype modeling Sir!
  9. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Thanks for the lift, Tom. It'll add to the stories during operations too.
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  10. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    What is “GJ”?
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  11. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    "GJ" = Grand Junction (Colorado)
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  12. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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    Made a Seligman depot footprint template using the dimensions from Charlie's article way back when, along with assistance from a couple of great conversion links.

    This allows me to see how much space I have for the "North Arkansas" side of the yard and how much selective compression I'll have to use.

    Interesting tidbit, the locals continued to call it the "North Arkansas" after it became the Missouri and Arkansas, after it became the Arkansas and Ozarks, and after it went belly up.

    Work has started on a Central Valley Model Works 1905/6 Pratt truss bridge for the crossing.

    Back to the depot, does anyone know if there is, and uf so, what, the difference is between drop board siding vs clapboard siding?
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  13. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    It would be very cool if you can include enough of the North Arkansas so interchange can happen.
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  14. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Working on that, plan not finalized.

  15. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Looking great!!! Not only is it prototypically ok to mix and match, it's fiscally nice to your pocketbook!!! It amazes me how expensive the hobby has become. That's why I scratch build so much stuff--it's just ridiculous what models cost anymore.

    Your layout is really looking good.

    Paul Moore
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  16. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Thanks Paul.


    Admittedly it was ambitious for my first layout beyond my "figure 8 on a 4 x8 " as a kid. One step at a time makes for progress even if slow.
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  17. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member


    Started tackling the bridge. Central Valley's 150' Pratt Truss 1905/6.

    Installing those steel strips caused the ends to bow up slightly. I have since placed weights on it in hopes of coaxing everything back into alignment.
  18. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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    Work continues on the bridge, snagged a couple more turnouts for the North Arkansas side of Seligman's "yard".
  19. Looking good Craig.

    Those CV bridges are pieces of art when they are done. They are not easy to build though. I built one together with Jeff Parker that owns CV and still struggled. But it will look great finished.
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  20. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Its been a challenge. The spring steel inserts have a mind of their own. Weights and patience have been my friends. Still has a smidge of twist to it, but the weight of the girder portion will flatten it out.

    I would counsel prospective builders to get them as flat and straight as possible before insertion, and they want to bend as you insert them, so make the openings in the cross braces and cross bearers free enough that you don’t have to use much force while maintaining overall rigidity.
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