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    • May 23, 2017 9:20 AM EDT
    • Sean I promise pics. In fact I am thinking I will do another article, a pre track laying addition. Yesterday I worked until I had to run into the house and get ready to leave and came home after dark. But I will get some updated pics.

    • May 23, 2017 6:46 AM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      So the gravel held out. I got the entire lower section, the raised bed portion, back filled up to the top of the ladder. In fact I have got the whole raised bed section complete minus the track (oh and the water feature) . I have about 2/3rds of the path way graveled as well. I need about another half a yard of basalt base that I can sift to finish the path ways. The rest of the fines from the first load and the fines from the next load are being stock piled and will be sifted to remove the ultra fine materiel and I will use the course stuff as actual ballast. I also started placing rock under the bench as well. So things are really coming along nicely.

       

      Up next will be to finish the last section of bench base. I will also start laying all the track on the lower section. That will be next weekend.

       

      Things left to do to call it ready for the meeting. Besides the stuff mentioned previously I will need to paint the yard cabinet and install the doors. I need to lay the PVC boards on the bench and cover it with netting and weed block. Then lay the track base and track. I also need to build a temporary lift bridge and section of track off the end of the wye.

       

      Take some updated pics ... Please !

      Doing great Devon ..Buddy!

    • May 22, 2017 11:30 PM EDT
    • Nice progress, Devon.  I really like the "natural" tunnel.  

    • May 22, 2017 10:53 PM EDT
    • John Passaro said:

         Geez, I can't  keep up with all the progress....

       

      Well there's a new twist. I am actually making too much progress. . .lol.

    • May 22, 2017 10:36 PM EDT
    •    Geez, I can't  keep up with all the progress....you're putting some of us (like me, maybe) to shame when it comes to recent railroad activity.

       

       

       

    • May 22, 2017 10:29 PM EDT
    • So the gravel held out. I got the entire lower section, the raised bed portion, back filled up to the top of the ladder. In fact I have got the whole raised bed section complete minus the track (oh and the water feature) . I have about 2/3rds of the path way graveled as well. I need about another half a yard of basalt base that I can sift to finish the path ways. The rest of the fines from the first load and the fines from the next load are being stock piled and will be sifted to remove the ultra fine materiel and I will use the course stuff as actual ballast. I also started placing rock under the bench as well. So things are really coming along nicely.

       

      Up next will be to finish the last section of bench base. I will also start laying all the track on the lower section. That will be next weekend.

       

      Things left to do to call it ready for the meeting. Besides the stuff mentioned previously I will need to paint the yard cabinet and install the doors. I need to lay the PVC boards on the bench and cover it with netting and weed block. Then lay the track base and track. I also need to build a temporary lift bridge and section of track off the end of the wye.

       

    • May 22, 2017 1:49 PM EDT
    • I was never concerned. Once the six months of winter was over I knew I could get going again. We just had a long abnormal winter that kept me from working through it. Now that I have some decent days I have been able to get on a roll.

      I took the day off of work today and should be able to finish back filling the rest of the raised bed portion of the layout. That's if the gravel pile holds out but it's looking good for the home team.

    • May 22, 2017 11:07 AM EDT
    • seems, that you changed a lot.

      you are now definitely not the Devon, who lent his name to arm chair modelling...

    • May 22, 2017 9:06 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I see some track! This is starting to look like a railroad build. And its only page 54!

      that track was there last year

    • May 22, 2017 7:01 AM EDT
    • Great progress Devon !!!

    • May 22, 2017 5:38 AM EDT
    • I see some track! This is starting to look like a railroad build. And its only page 54!

    • May 21, 2017 11:00 PM EDT
    • Nice work!  Love the rocks.  Keep at it ... it's looking great.

    • May 21, 2017 10:59 PM EDT
    • Really looking great now.

    • May 21, 2017 10:48 PM EDT
    • OK guys. I do have an update. I have been sifting crushed basalt base separating the fines from the larger gravel. The finer sand type stuff is going around the ladder and basically all over the raised bed section where I wont have plants. The gravel is what I am using for the walk way. So I have been working to fill in around the ladder in preparation for track laying. But I did also get side tracked. I said I wasn't going to haul any more rock and dirt or do any landscaping. Well I couldn't resist making the lower mountain. So that took up most of my time.

       

       

      I wanted a different rock than what I had been using. The other end is basalt and the bed is round river type rock. So for this mountain I used some more angular rock from up in the surrounding mountains. It comes in a variety of color I got mostly reddish brown and grey. Three of these pieces took three of us to load.

       

       

      I used the three large stones to create a tunnel.

       

      Here is the mountain. I will use this area as a planter. Last weekend I picked up some dwarf plants so I got them planted along with the juniper I started messing with last year.

       

       

      This is a shot of the rest of the lower loop. The gravel is the walk way and the the rest is sand that will be where buildings and such will go. Starting to clean up and look like a layout. I should be on track to lay track starting in June.

    • May 20, 2017 11:16 AM EDT
    • Bob Hyman said:

      Devon,

      The tunnel is a nice addition.  I guess the fantastic drone video from Ray got you thinking.  Just a bit of advice ... don't try to build a layout like Ray's.  No one can.  Not even Ray.  I heard he had aliens build his.  Same little guys that built the pyramids.  Maybe you can hire them to do your rock work too.

      Bob

      Ok I hate to go off topic here( sarcasm font ) But where is the drone video you are talking about Ray?

      Back on topic. Great progress Devon keep it going and trains will be rolling soon.

       

    • May 19, 2017 5:28 PM EDT
    • Yea, inquiring Butt Modelers wanna know.

    • May 19, 2017 10:26 AM EDT
    • Devon

      Any updates?