The Union Pacific Soggy Bottoms Subdivision (HO scale)

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flyboy2610

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Thanks, Jerry! I believe that word you're looking for is 'hue'. Hew is what you do to an unwanted tree. The light leak is due to the wires just being draped over the wall. I still need to drill the exit hole for them. I'm already working on the next workbench project. Should be done with that in an hour or so.
(OK. Finished it! https://modelrailroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/track-cleaning-car.33020/ )
 
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flyboy2610

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I got the Struct-O-Lite applied on the vertical faces of the decline, although I seem to have missed a few spots. :oops:
That's not a big deal, though. I can get those when I do the incline side. I find that mixing it until it's pretty thin, then painting the area it's to be applied to with water works pretty good. It's thin enough to be workable, but the dry plaster cloth won't suck all the moisture out of it instantly.
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My little 0-6-0 can pull 10 cars plus the caboose on level track, but it can only get 2 cars and the caboose up a 2% 28" radius incline, so I think the little guy is going to be restricted to the flats.
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My Athearn Blue Box SD7, which has a Digitrax DH123 decoder in it, can pull 10 cars around the loop with no problem. My Athearn RTR SD45 can do the same. 10 cars will probably be the normal train length, running at speed step 10 of 28.
 

flyboy2610

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I got all the Struct-O-Lite applied and am starting to color it. The major type of rock found in western Nebraska is what is known as Dakota Sandstone, which has a rusty brown color to it. I bought a gallon of cheap ($12.98) latex paint at Menards and had it colored darker than what I wanted the final look to be. I thinned it down 10:1 to consistency of a thin wash and applied it with a brush. It didn't turn out quite the color I was hoping for. :(
I think I'll give a wash of light brown, probably shoot it through my trusty Harbor Freight single action airbrush. Then if I think it needs I'll give a bit of black. Oh, well. Gotta start somewhere, right?
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The thing about rocks is there are so many color variations it's hard to get them "wrong"!
 

Lynnb

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Coming along nicely, I'm going to try your method of making scenic cement with the matte. I've used the glue rather than the matte with no issues but I'm going to be doing some rock face coloring with the WS colors and want to make sure I don't get a gloss finish.
 

flyboy2610

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Thanks, Lynn! I really prefer the diluted matte medium over diluted white glue. Some people have great success with the white glue but I'm not one of them. Maybe I'm not holding my tongue just right as I apply it?
It was a stressful day at work today, so I just don't have the energy to get out the airbrush and try to improve the color of the rock cliffs. Maybe tomorrow. My plan is to finish the rocks, then work on the hills behind them. Once those are done I'll lay out the centerline for the inner loop and start laying roadbed and track.
 

otiscnj

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I forget, is the elevated line going to be the CNW Cowboy line? Maybe some day, I'll bike it. Going to have anything like the Bridgeport roundhouse of old, anywhere. My Dad was from Scottsbluff, which I visited several times in the 1990's. How about sugar beets, and coal trains?
 

flyboy2610

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I forget, is the elevated line going to be the CNW Cowboy line? Maybe some day, I'll bike it. Going to have anything like the Bridgeport roundhouse of old, anywhere. My Dad was from Scottsbluff, which I visited several times in the 1990's. How about sugar beets, and coal trains?
Actually, the elevated line is there mostly as an excuse to have a bridge! (But don't tell anyone!) I saw that bridge and really wanted to have one, so I needed a place for it to go...
I'm not planning on having a roundhouse.
I've never been to Scottsbluff. I might make a trip out that way someday, just because.
I do have some coal hoppers, so they will make an appearance. A sugar beet processor would take up more real estate than I would like to give up, although there is always selective compression!
Thanks for looking! Time to work on the layout has been a bit scarce lately, but I'm getting some things done.
 

flyboy2610

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I wish life would stop being so crazy! It seems like forever since I've really had an opportunity to get anything done on the layout, plus I have a locomotive project I need to find the time to get back to! I'm going to try and get something done tomorrow, I promise!
I did get something done in train room today, though. The fluorescent light fixture in the southeast corner has been acting a bit funky lately, and yesterday it finally quit altogether. I had replaced the bulbs, so I figured it was the ballast. The fixture had two ballasts in it, actually. I've been replacing the lights in our house with LED bulbs as they go out, and installing LED bulbs whenever I add a fixture. So I replaced the bulbs with LED's, the ballast bypass type. It takes a bit of rewiring the fixture, but it's totally doable for anyone who has done any wiring. I actually replaced the bulbs in two fixtures while I was at it. The one in the upper left corner of this pic:
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and the 4 tube fixture next to the doorway
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After I got the bulbs replaced, I looked at the date code on the back of the ballasts. All 4 of them say "9 71"! Those ballasts are 49-1/2 years old! I guess I can't complain about them going out, then!
 

Lynnb

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It’s looking good, onething I did that really improved the layout room is replace the fluorescent lites with led pot lites.
 

flyboy2610

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For the first time in several months, I actually had time to work on the railroad! :D
I did something about the ghastly color of the rock faces, gave the tops of the hills a coat of paint, and gave the table top another coat of paint to cover the evidence of construction. Yesterday I went to my LHS, Randy's Roundhouse, and bought all 4 code 100 Peco Electrofrog turnouts he had in stock. On the mainlines I want to have Peco's, but in the industrial areas I'll use the Atlas turnouts I already have.
My short term goal is to finish the inner loop so I can have a train running from the inner to outer loops across the double crossover continuously. To do that I need to install the turnouts as I go. Gets a tad pricey.
Today I worked on laying out the easement for the southeast corner. The outer loop is on a 2% grade at 28” radius. The inner loop will be flat and on a 26” radius. I want to put a 24” radius curve inside the 26” radius curve on the north end to have a small passenger station. I have an old Shinohara curved turnout, which I have modified to be DCC friendly, to feed both the 26 and 24” radii curves. We'll see how that all works out.
This is a pic looking south. My “ballast” consists of cork roadbed painted with Rust-Oleum sandable gray primer. Works for me.
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This pic shows the center-line of the track (between the two pieces of roadbed) and the easement. The center-line of the curve is offset 1/2” to the right of the track center-line. The total length of the easement is 18”. You can see two lines perpendicular to the track center-line. The farthest one is the point where the easement begins, and the nearer one indicates where I want to place the end of the turnout. There will be a run-around to the right of the inner loop to facilitate switching the industries that will be located here.
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This is going to be the fun part! There will be two easements in this area, one leading out of the curve I just drew, and another leading into the curve that will be at the top of the pic. So basically the track will come out of one easement and after a short distance go into another one.
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This pic shows the center-line of the track running along the west side of the layout on the left, and the edge of curve on the right. There is a 1/2” offset. The track on the far left is heading for the CVMW truss bridge.
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Here's a view a bit further on.
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Once I get this side all done, I'll start on the other side. That should prove to be even more of a challenge!
 




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