Troy's Still Untitled GN Cascade N-Scale line

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2Tracks

Ol' School
I know it right? That's what makes the scene ,how they angle across the tracks, the big rock cut on one side, cut bank on the other, and an A-B-B consist of Western Pacific FT's in their Green/Orange scheme coming through the tunnel with a 40 car consist of tank cars. ;)
 

troyphoto

Well-Known Member
Got some more sculptamold installed. I'm getting better at mixing it.

Need to get my tunnel portals for the Mount Raven tunnel with the removable top. Once I get the track down, and the portals, I can put the sides on. Up til now, I thought I'd keep it as a wrap-around cap, but I think I'm going for a top only cap, with fixed sides...

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troyphoto

Well-Known Member
Update time:

Been working on getting the track laid, and I'm almost out of cork roadbed to lay the track on. That is, I need to install more cork (got plenty in the box, still).

So, that means I need to apply more plaster cloth to foam risers. Then lay the cork. Then lay the track.

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One problem I'm having is that the caulk works great for the cork. But I'm not getting enough down for the track. Adding track to an already install (with caulk) end is invariably loosening a good 2 to 3 feet of track. I'm having to go back and use 50/50 white glue/water to re-adhere the track that comes loose.

I'm pinning the heck out of track ends until I extend them, in hopes of not having to repeat any more work.

If you're not following the current (as I write this) Coffee Shop thread, then I've added a Weller Soldering station to the tool line up. Makes a substantial difference. Increase your standby time, so the iron stays hot long enough for work to get done. And the variable temp allows me to dial in a setting just above the melting point of the solder I'm using. Helps cut down on melted ties on the track.

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And, I've switched to this jeweler/elect solder from amazon. On the right, the stuff I got from the hardware plumbing section. For soldering rails, I really recommend the thin solder. It doesn't overflow as much, and I'm spending less time filing away the excess.

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Here's an overall of the Misty Valley end, with the middle Berne peninsula. I'll be adding plaster cloth to the risers on the peninsula this weekend. And might even get some cork down! Then it'll be time to wire in the feeders and hook them up to the main bus. Not sure how much I'll get done on the wiring this weekend. We'll see.
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