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Construction Logs


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     Well, first let me say thanks for taking this journey with me. It is with great appreciation I share this with the fine people here on Large Scale Central. This layout will be much more than it would have been without the advice I have received here. It is with the suggestio...
Actually my title for this build log is a bit of a misnomer. I have actually added a few new bits but I do feel like they are just a completion of where I left off previously.    Most of the focus this time out has been on landscaping. I actually only spent about 2 or 3 hours on the rail...
A couple more months have passed and work continues on the main line, phase 1 of my layout build. I still am getting a big kick out of the whole outdoor, backyard, combining hobby with lifestyle aspect of all this. My trackwork is getting better and faster. And even though I am only 60 linear feet ...
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About 2 months into it, I have decided to officially start keeping a log of my layout build. Although I have made slow progress, there is much to do. My goal is to complete the main loop before the year is out. My work calendar is quickly filling up my summer weekends so I may have to settle for ha...
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12/06/2015: It would have been a shame to let this gorgeous day go to waste. Yesterday I spent some time with a string level to I see where this next module would have to be. Since the ground here is a tad bit higher then where Delores is, I could start with using patio blocks. The stick on...
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With most of the layout finished except for a few odds and ends, it's on to the next town which is Hesperus. This will be situated on the back side of the row of trees and the downgrade portion heading back toward Delores. It's approx. 4'x 16', but may end up slightly larger since it incorporat...
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Mancos: June 10, 2015 This is the next town on the Rio Grande Southern after Delores. Yesterday morning I bought some more material to Continue on to the next module, more capblocks 2x4's and PVC board. Spent the morning getting these down and together.  Then got the screen down and sta...
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April 13, 2015 This morning I dismantled most of the track work and road bed in Delores. All that's left there now are some Aristo switches and some 332 track which I'll probably re-use in the shed as storage tracks. Trying to straighten out that PVC board can be a real pain after it's used on curv...
Build Log for the Future of the KVRwy As some of you may know, the Kaskaskia Valley Railway has been evolving, continuously from the golden spike laying of the HO version in 1982 to the large scale version's first figure 8 put on the ground in the backyard in 1996. The HO version had always existed...
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I've had an idea for a raised layout for quite a few years now, but it hasn't been serious until about the last five years or so. This last winter has convinced me to go ahead with this idea. But first let me include a little history here. I've had a garden railroad for the past 28 years, since 1988...