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    • March 24, 2019 8:38 PM EDT
    • Just to let you know I am still upgrading my pass car fleet but, this one will go into a new article.

      Still a ways to go but the article will be posted soon

    • March 13, 2019 10:19 AM EDT
    • Thanks John, somewhere I have seen that video of that lift bridge, here or just blue link following on YouTube. Very cool looking. Dont mind at all

       

    • March 12, 2019 6:20 PM EDT
    •     I love that bridge, Pete. I like it fine colored just the way it is, but if you want to spray it with primer and paint it will hold up, in my experience. I first learned about using window aluminum from a fellow in the south named Shane Wedekamm, who made a bridge for me. It appears he's no longer active unfortunately. The first video shows one of his bridges painted, and the second video shows the lift bridge he made for me, a scale model of a bridge in Canada I took a liking to...I am the "gentleman out in Colorado" to whom he refers.

       

           I hope you don't mind me posting these here. If I had known you make bridges, well, maybe all of us should start commissioning you to make our bridges!!

       

       

       

       

       

    • March 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT
    • I like the first shot. Ballast looks really good.

       

      Shane

       

    • March 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT
    • Since I last posted anything I have added some rock and ballast to the layout and got to work on sidings. I was going to have a This one and one that comes from the upper left of the picture to about where the right siding ends, but was not happy with how it would work, so I split this one for the area. The bridge is installed in its permanent homebut I need to get a couple of pictures of it. If I can figure out videos I will attempt to add some.

      I have been installing paver blocks under all my switches and will add rock only to around the ties when I get some, Also getting the siding set for my pitiful facade, I still need to get the awning built for the track area, and make some good signs for it. Its progress, but this month, one of the best to be outside my weekends have been booked with family stuff.

       

    • March 11, 2019 4:50 PM EDT
    • In more ways then one......

    • March 10, 2019 9:59 PM EDT
    • So does Rooster ha ha!

    • March 10, 2019 9:53 AM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

      Now there is an interesting concept, a Superliner  on a broke down narrow gauge mountain short line 

      Why not? Amtrak has had a penchant for derailments.

    • March 10, 2019 12:31 AM EST
    • Superliner Special..                     

       

       

    • March 9, 2019 7:51 PM EST
    • Now there is an interesting concept, a Superliner  on a broke down narrow gauge mountain short line 

    • March 9, 2019 7:35 PM EST
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      Make sure it's able to service Superliners ...they are all the rage these days  !

       

    • March 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST
    • David Maynard said:
      Rick Marty said:

       

      Looking from the freight shed end, of course there will be support posts along the edge of the roof canopy.

      Wouldn't it be better if the support posts came down from the peak. That way you wouldn't be obstructing access to the car doors?

       

       

      Hmmmm, good point, I'll have to think that over and see where it goes. Thanks 

    • March 9, 2019 8:39 AM EST
    • Rick Marty said:

       

      Looking from the freight shed end, of course there will be support posts along the edge of the roof canopy.

      Wouldn't it be better if the support posts came down from the peak. That way you wouldn't be obstructing access to the car doors?

       

       

    • March 7, 2019 9:34 PM EST
    • Thanks guys,

      It may be a couple weeks before I can get started on it as we just picked up our new Travel Trailer Monday and according to the boss that is top priority for my attention.

      Getting it set up for our needs, getting everything from the old RV moved in and sorted out, learning the new systems, etc.  Hopefully we will take the shakedown cruise 

      in a couple weeks if the damn weather ever gets above 40 degrees.

    • March 7, 2019 6:03 PM EST
    • I agree with what Dan stated...    

    • March 6, 2019 10:51 PM EST
    • The station is going to look good, Rick.  I look forward to sitting back with some popcorn and coke and watching it come together 

    • March 6, 2019 10:32 PM EST
    • Rick that looks very good, I like your design, this should be a fun build and a fun watch for us to follow.

      Dennis

    • March 6, 2019 9:51 PM EST
    • Well, I got the station "mock-up" done and set in place.  I welcome any criticism of the design and suggestions for changes.

       

      Looking from the freight shed end, of course there will be support posts along the edge of the roof canopy.

       

      The front of the passenger area of the building featuring the bay window and extended dormer above.

       

      This end of the building is cut at a 45 degree angle to match the table which is cut at a 45 degree angle to allow for access to other parts of the railroad.

       

      The freight office makes for a tight squeeze for passing equipment, but should work out fine.

       

      The backside of the building will have no detail at all as there is really no viewing angle that is comfortable.  The building will be wood sided and probably wood shingle roof similar to Southern Pacific  small depot standards, even the Shasta Pacific's colors, mustard yellow and brown, are similar to Southern Pacific standards,  strictly a coincidence .

       

       

       

    • March 8, 2019 7:32 PM EST
    • Back in the day in the hood !

       

    • March 8, 2019 11:51 AM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      Going for the record!  Its a shame he doesn't have the complete evolution here.  It could go all the way back to the first loop by the garage window and the railroad tie retaining wall.  Rooster can't touch this, he was a mere "yoke in a shell", when it started.

      Actually the "first loop" was in the driveway, while the retaining wall was being built. 

      That was probably around 1989 or so. 

      Visitors........the sawhorse was to keep people from parking there.................

      When the retaining wall was done, it moved from the driveway to behind the house.

      And the original Bachmann "Big Hauler" running around the layout.

      And eventually that retaining wall had to be replaced and the RR evolved again into this: