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    • December 13, 2017 12:19 PM EST
    • You can't beat those kinds of constructions!

    • December 13, 2017 5:29 AM EST
    • Mick would be proud.

    • December 12, 2017 4:20 PM EST
    • Best part of this is that so far I haven't spent a dime on this, everything used was either recycled or just laying around 

    • December 11, 2017 5:12 PM EST
    • Not if its a fast as my Marx windups, go flying across the driveway 

    • December 13, 2017 12:04 PM EST
    • Hi Vic

         The layout is 4' x 16' with a 4'x4' extension at one end. I have a turntable that I was thinking of installing at that end. I bought it at the show in Ontario several years ago and never installed on the outdoor layout.

         Fyi. Upland Trains is having a holiday sale Friday and Saturday. Nice way to show off the enlarged shop.

    • December 13, 2017 11:30 AM EST
    • Doug how big an area are you working with? I still have access to most of my old layout plans on Cad, might be easier than trying to find my old picture files.

    • December 13, 2017 11:06 AM EST
    • Doug Arnold said:

      Vic, can you give me the address for the pizza layout? I have never been able to get the search function to work on the Mac and have run out of ideas!

       

      There's no website for it, I've never been computer savy enough to set such a thing up. I do however have most of my layout historys in one form or another on YouTube. Here's a link to the Pizza layout just follow my user name to the other videos loaded.

    • December 13, 2017 9:36 AM EST
    • Vic, can you give me the address for the pizza layout? I have never been able to get the search function to work on the Mac and have run out of ideas!

       

    • December 13, 2017 9:31 AM EST
    • I like those containers but even if you put windows in them they just get too hot here on the desert! I would have toasted trains!

    • December 13, 2017 5:28 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Image result for storage containers    Used ones are for sale...

      Gee, and they are stackable too.

    • December 12, 2017 12:52 PM EST
    • He He He they come in 20' also 

    • December 12, 2017 12:09 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Image result for storage containers    Used ones are for sale...

      If I had room for one I'd already have it 

    • December 12, 2017 11:40 AM EST
    • Image result for storage containers    Used ones are for sale...

    • December 12, 2017 11:20 AM EST
    • Tim said:

      Wait a minute there, Vic.  I thought you'd dismantled everything except the micro's?

       

      Nope I'm embargoed, not dismantled. The trackwork for the Gotham Harbor layout is STILL there, its just buried under boxes and other assorted crap, and the Borracho layout is still there but landlocked behind more boxes of useless stuff. My wife is slowly starting to realize I am very serious about clearing out the garage and that she will have to deal with the clutter. I am currently putting down pavers in the space behind our garage with the plan to install a line of small narrow prefab sheds to move the assorted boxes of junk out to. If I cannot get my wife to discard the stuff I can at least get it well out of the way.

    • December 12, 2017 4:15 AM EST
    • Doug,

      i made it as cheap as possible. (not, that i'm finished yet...)

       

       

      bolted together profiles, "uprights" from 1/2" ply every 20 inch, a covering of "at hand" material (mostly leftovers from wooden ceiling).

      only, where needed (for leaning upon or for landscaping reasons) some 1/2 or thicker ply.

       

       

      as covering i use either styropor (to be melted in shape), sticks, window-screen mesh or chicken-wire with cloth or toiletpaper and lots of white glue.

      as finish a varying mixture of sand, dirt, thick color and plaster.

       

       

      i would recommend doc Grabenstein's thread in the O scale section.

    • December 12, 2017 12:55 AM EST
    • Wait a minute there, Vic.  I thought you'd dismantled everything except the micro's?

       

    • December 12, 2017 12:11 AM EST
    • My indoor layout benchwork is just 1x4s at 24"oc with 5/8 plywood on top with vertical 1x4s every 4'. It's been stable since installed.

    • December 11, 2017 6:54 PM EST
    • Doug,

      For ideas, check these out

      http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/Timesaver/timesaver-trackplan.html

      http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/Inglenook/inglenook-trackplan.html

      You can do a search on this site for "Timesaver" and see some of the stuff done by myself and others.

      Enjoy!

       

       

      i

    • December 11, 2017 4:23 PM EST
    • My bench work is 7/16ths OSB atop 1x4 frames supported by 2x4 posts.  It has held my own substantial weight without issue.  However, warped wood, especially the 1x4's, were and are a problem.  Then again, most of the wood is leftovers from other projects.

       

      After a bit of thought, I went with large grit sandpaper for roadbed.  Picked up a bunch of the 'made in China' stuff very cheap.  Black poster board makes for passable paved streets.

       

      Not much else in the way of other scenery (apart from structures), but I have experimented with the classic 'green mats.' 

    • December 11, 2017 4:16 PM EST
    • Doug:

       

      I haven't "landscaped" yet so no experience or definitive decisions on my part as yet.  I'm sill trying to make those final decisions on what I'm actually going to prototype to see what works best for me. 

       

      I used a basic L-Girder benchwork for the base.  My roadbed is hardboard (Masonite) spline construction and have about 160 feet of track with six switches.  I used Flexxbed as the base to attach the SVRR aluminum rail on.  I am battery and R/C using RailBoss 4.

       

      I am using Extruded Polystyrene, usually 2" thick, for the ground and hills instead of plywood.  I'm planning on using a fair amount Bragdon Enterprises products to do the rocks and hills.