Seligman and Beyond layout

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

  1. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    As promised, a thread to document progress on my layout.

    Electricians were here to swap out my Federal Pacific breaker box, install LED lighting, and additional outlets.

    Bye bye dungeon.

    The "studio" room was eliminated as mentioned earlier. On the "list", remove nails from the 2×4's. I'll re-use them building the layout.

    Many of the coaxial cables in the overhead have been removed, they were remnants from the previous owners.

    Trying to decide whether or not to go with flex track or sections. The loose "period" is the 1950's, however everything from decapods to GP38-2s may be seen on the layout, even more should I acquire them, so sectional track would be correct, but I like the benefits of flex track.

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  2. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Nothing like an empty basement to get the juices flowing.

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  3. gbnf

    gbnf Member

    At this stage everything is still perfect and all things are possible.
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  4. geep07

    geep07 Member

    Remember the seven P's.
    Prior, Proper, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.
    Good Luck with the layout!

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  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Moving right along. Thanks for sharing. Wish I'd known those 7 P's previously, John. I'm living with the last 3 of them as a result on my little slice o' railroad empire.

    Best Regards,
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  6. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Ok, while technically not part of the layout, it is somewhat related. As part of the "self-serving/honey-do" concurrent list, I have painted the "library" room which holds my accumulating Frisco and M&NA/A&O technical/historical materials.

    I've also spent time repairing/maintaining my '68 F100 daily driver, preaching a message at my aunt's funeral, preparing to perform a musical piece co-written with my daughter for this Easter weekend in Cincinnati. My plate is full. Lol.

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  7. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    Get that "infra-structure" in good condition, keep good relations with the folks at home and always be prepared to demonstrate the skills developed in the principal effort can produce collateral benefits. ;)
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  8. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Needed a little "pick me up", so I laid out parts of the "Ft Smith Sub" section of the Meteor for inspirational purposes. Ken W. I have installed the interiors in the two cars I purchased from you, hard to see, but you can barely thru the windows. There is still more to do, (coupler swaps, details, etc...).

    On the new home to do list, I have painted the breakfast nook and main hallway.

    On baby watch for grand child #5 from our son's family and received the happy news that our daughter is expecting too. They've wanted children for several years.

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  9. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Looking good Craig. Dont know how I managed to miss this thread. Looks like you are off to a great start. You try to plan for the best and hope for success, some of the most rewarding things of this has been trying to figure a way out of my design flaws and mistakes. The hardest part was picking up that first board cutting it and getting started. the rest will take care of itself. Flex track has been a good thing for me, a lot less joints to have those problems with, but that is just me.
    What radius curves are you considering?
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  10. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Haven't actually gotten to that stage.

    It will be basically this layout, with a loop for continuous running, though I will likely have to change the direction of the curves as they head out of town due to space restrictions.

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  11. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    Good start. You're lucky to have a clear area to work around. Why did you place the outlets so high up? I am using ME code 83 for the mainline and so far so good. But then, I'm somewhat of a throwback and still hand-spike everything down. It's a lot easier to make corrections than using caulk/camper tape/whatever.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
  12. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    I placed the outlets high as a personal preference, much of my career has had them (workbenches) and its easier on my back. Not everyone's cup of tea.

    In the image, the circles indicate where the mainline "loops" will be. Their directions may have to change. Top is north. There is a better image of the Seligman track diagram, but I haven't found it in yet.

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  13. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Here we go.

    The southernmost switch was extended further south on the prototype than this diagram, I will too.

    The yard is over 3500 ft with the main portion being 2904 ft. I have about 2300 ft available, so some selective compression is in order.

    I hope to have a staging area off of the run thru loop too.

    I would like to build it in sections (as opposed to official "modules") that could possibly be moved.

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  14. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Nice work Craig. Keep it up. Good to see the red & silver lightweights again. They sat in boxes, or on a station siding, most of the time I had them.

    Congratulations on your family "expansions". Always great news! We just had son Kurt, daughter-in-law Jennifer and our three granddaughters , Addison (almost 10), Lauren (7) and Regan (4), down to Naples for eight days. We had a ball, and I now have about a ton of shells they collected!

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  15. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Craig, nice job on your layout and congratulations on your upcoming grandchild!!!

    What scale do you model?

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  17. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Right on! Full steam ahead.
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  18. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Looks like plans continuing to gel, Craig. Congrats on the new arrivals in your family - sounds like they could make for a nice-sized operating session crew as they grow up.

    Best Regards,
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  19. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Grandchild #5 (our son's) is on track for a scheduled induction likely late next week.

    Sadly, our daughter experienced a miscarriage over the weekend and confirmed yesterday. Hearts are heavy this week. My wife and I experienced this with our 2nd child, so we can share with them from our experience. Prayers appreciated from those so inclined.

    On a positive note I've been reviewing videos of model rr bench/ table building and am encouraged to believe primary bench building can commence soon.
  20. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Craig - So sorry to hear of your family loss. Caroline and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.

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