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    • February 7, 2019 7:13 PM EST
    • Jon Radder said:


      I'll get you a long shot update tonight.


    • February 7, 2019 6:25 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      With the new LED lighting they have now , it will be easier to see better in that area ..I've been upgrading every were with the LED lighting they have now..

      It's great. There is a bright white strip on the ceiling in this spot. It was the first thing I did after tearing out the wall.

      I've converted my entire house except the attic and the front post lamp. In the basement I converted a double 4ft florescent over my train workbench to a Harbor Freight Shop Light. Super bright (5K Lumens) and very white (Near 4000 Kelvin). It only saves 20Watts, but looks better. I liked it so much I bought two more for the garage and 6 for the shop at work!


      Late this fall we tore down an old sign that someone had tried to convert to LEDs using shop lights. The casings got pretty broken up during the demolition, but I was able to salvage all of the LED strips and power supplies. I have used them to convert two fluorescent ceiling fixtures and put a few over the train benches for work lights. I've also installed a dozen small recessed ceiling LEDs in the train room along with converting the three ceiling bulb fixtures to retro-looking fixtures with antique style LED bulbs. There is one in that long shot above. PLUS, the entire length of the bench work has overhead RGBCW/WW LED Strips. When everything is on it is brighter than outside on a sunny day!


      I'll get you a long shot update tonight.

    • February 7, 2019 8:57 AM EST
    • With the new LED lighting they have now , it will be easer to see better in that area ..I've been upgrading every were with the LED lighting they have now..

    • February 7, 2019 8:55 AM EST
    • Can we get a new shot from a way's  back ...

    • February 7, 2019 8:51 AM EST
    • I don't think the old Jon could of done that .. looks great .. shelving ... you beat me to that idea ...

    • February 7, 2019 8:38 AM EST
    • Could have used an elf or two!   This was perhaps the hardest 3 foot of bench frame I have ever built!  The space between the wall and the foundation is just over 15".  I can fit, but it's not easy to move once back there. And to make matters worse, I dropped a harbor freight work light down into a stud cavity. Spent nearly an hour trying to retrieve it and one point I was wedged in barely able to move. I thought I might need to have Marilyn call 911 for an extraction!  But I wiggled my hand free and was finally able to pull myself out!


      So here, after 3 hours if cussing and sweating is the hidden bench frame...


      I still need to duplicate that frame 18" above it as a base for storage shelves. The fun never ends!!!


      From the other end...


      BTW - The photo angle makes it look crooked, but I checked it multiple time end-to-end and side-to-side and the frame is dead level.

    • February 7, 2019 7:19 AM EST
    • I wonder how much work  the elves did over night ?

      Is it done yet ?

    • February 6, 2019 6:16 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Bout all your missing down there is a helix, and Ric could probably fix ya up with that...............


      Not that I would actually do it, but if I built one here and went out the window I'd be in the garden!  How would that be for a roundy, roundy, roundy, round!


    • February 6, 2019 8:17 AM EST
    • Bout all your missing down there is a helix, and Ric could probably fix ya up with that...............

    • February 6, 2019 6:27 AM EST
    • This is great!  It just keeps expanding and growing.  Good work, Jon.  Enjoy the experience!

    • February 5, 2019 11:09 PM EST
    • Olde Rock Saw just wasn't quite big enough to slice the box...


      I had to finish with a hand saw, but it worked out OK...


      I moved the rear legs to the section I am keeping than re-installed it...


      This short section gets me past the pier to where the footing gets deeper. From there I will build bench from the inside of the paneling wall up to the block wall.   That's about it for tonight. Bench frame tomorrow.

    • February 5, 2019 10:49 PM EST
    • Thanks Ric -  I'm already expecting a few custom cut pieces. I have an old school bender if I need to go that route, but so far I think it's going to work with mostly sectional track with a trim here and there.,

    • February 5, 2019 7:34 PM EST
    • Jon, You said - "my reality check of how it will fit together using sectional track."

      I think that is the rub, using sectional track.  Even on the "Timesaver", I had to "dremel" some adjustments.  When you are governed by what a manufacturer gives you, your creativity can be stifled.  If you use the purchased turnout as the starting point, you can creat great track work.  Enjoy the ride and build what you think looks right.


    • February 5, 2019 6:43 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:


      Do you have a new track plan ?

      No, not unless you consider this one from a few pages ago new...

      Reality never quite works out the way RR track draws it. In order to get the curve in, the crossing needs to be closer to the LH switch at the top of the drawing. The picture Nico quoted above was my reality check of how it will fit together using sectional track.  This is why I need to get off the computer now and get down there and build the bench.  Only then can I test-fit track to be certain the plan will work.

    • February 5, 2019 9:21 AM EST
    • Jon

      Do you have a new track plan ?

    • February 5, 2019 8:16 AM EST
    • I know that cross track!


    • February 5, 2019 7:00 AM EST
    • I made a serious commitment last night.   All indoor operations were suspended for major renovations.  This is the before shot of BOX Tunnel so I can remember how to place the rocks & ballast...

      Immediately after that shot was taken the rocks, ballast, tunnel facade, wall facade and track were removed. Fortunately I had this in mind when I constructed BOX tunnel last year, so it was a matter of removing a half dozen screws and popping a few brads from the black PVC wall to allow BOX to be gently lifted out of place revealing this view not seen in over a year...


      Once the new bench is installed behind the existing wall, a shortened version of the BOX will be put back in place. The closed tunnel will end about 4" beyond where the footer steps down in this shot taken from the other side...


      Warm up the saw. Lets cut some wood!

    • February 5, 2019 6:28 AM EST
    • Jon

      You can get away with a curved wall.... It's done all the time..

      Image result for curved block wall

    • February 4, 2019 6:58 PM EST
    • Jon said: "Incompleteness"





      This post has been edited by: ROOSTER

    • February 4, 2019 6:46 PM EST
    • That's a very cool idea Sean.  I was undecided as to weather or not to decorate the back side of the curved track as it really would not be visible unless you hang your head over it; but the front I hadn't thought about.  This is the style / size of block I used at the BOX Tunnel and was planning on for the foundation of McGillicuddy's....


      In scale, those are 2ft tall by 4ft wide.  I could curve a thinner foam, but in real life it would be a series of angles which is easier.


      EDIT to add:  No problem with another project. Since this is the view that everyone will see first when entering the basement from the outdoor layout I want to do a nice job with scenery. The rest of the indoor layout is in various stages of incompleteness and will stay that way for quite a while.