12/06/2018

Work in progress # 4

Sub roadbed almost done

    Well today is a very satisfying day as the major part of sub road bed construction was completed this afternoon.
    Had a few of the lads around yesterday afternoon to assist in construction as I appreciate their help and suggestions as we move along and I know that they enjoy sharing in the workload and experience of the build. All are well versed in all fazes of model railway construction, wiring, track laying and DCC programing so I welcome them here to assist in this new endeavor.
   I had asked Barry if he would like to assemble my new Kitthills Models Durango Turntable last Friday as he had already assembled two for his own RR. When he arrived yesterday lo and behold it was in a box ready to install. Talk about a fast worker. Barry has done a great and was even happy to fit into its position on the layout.
   he and I had discussed weathering this unit and both agree a little more needs to be done to get it the way we both would like to see it once installed and in operation.

And here it is
    
      Brendan provided a voltage step down unit so we can set the voltage to a range of 2 to 6 volts which the motor installed below the T/T can handle. You can just see it mounted above the PSX in the pic below.
     A PSX auto reverser was installed beneath the layout by Little John so we can hook that up to the T/T once wiring commences as too the unit on the opposite side of the layout which will control the Wye.

And here is where they have been installed up and away from any accidental damage area.







     The Circuit breaker (one for the whole layout) was installed under the layout next to where the new shelf has been added to hold the new NCE DCC system. (No pics sorry).

     And here are a few pics of the completed sub roadbed with all that remains is to build the two duck-under and there cork and track work can commence. Big John has been a huge help in this area.

Work underway for the Wye

Lots of timber consumed here trying to ensure it is rigid.

Finished, with the top on.
      I have been fortunate to have this amount of space in which to work and after suggestion by the Friday (three of whom model Narrow Gauge) group I have been able to use 24 inch radius for the two main corners and have settled on 22 inch rad for the Wye.
     Some prelim wiring has been done, mainly the bus wires under all three sides waiting for track to be installed and droppers added.
    Thanks to Big John, Little John and Barry for their help in getting me this far. And Brendan for the supply of turnout motors (more about those later) and several wall  worts to power various items.

Thanks for stopping by once again.
Rod.

06/06/2018

Work in progress #3

Lots more done
    
    With more help from John lots more progress has been made since my last post. Extra Sub-roadbed has been installed across the top of my work bench. I installed new lighting and shelving beneath the layout to clear space on my bench for more important things like model building rather than battery charges for my Dremel along with my soldering station. The shelf closest to the corner will be where my NCE digital set up will be located.

     So here are a few pics of the progress, above the work bench and along the R / H wall of the garage.





     Two duck unders will need to be built that will be removable so we can use the stairs to access the house and the small storage shed behind the garage side door.
    

     I have also drawn in the position for the tracks in the L/H yard and cut out the timber where the turntable will be positioned.


     Very happy with the progress to date and not that much more timber work to go before I start laying cork.

Thanks for dropping by.
Rod.

24/05/2018

Work in progress #2

An update on the unnamed D&RGW RR

     More work completed over the past few weeks to add even more sub-road bed for the RR. The track plans were roughed in so we could see where to cut the 12mm 5 ply, add the risers and then away we went. A big thanks to John for his help to get this part of construction moving along.

    Here are some in progress images.











That's it for this post.
Rod.

16/05/2018

Work in progress

Its coming along nicely.

      Lots more progress on the Unnamed RR . Prior to yesterday I had pre cut the cross braces and risers on which the sub-road bed would sit. I had also marked out last week, with the help of Big John, the track  alignment for the back left hand corner where on of the mines is to be situated.     
     Fortunately we had a brainstorming session and decided to eliminate the passing siding I had in my plan. This makes the run from the engine terminal / yard seem longer and eliminates several turnouts.
     This allowed me to mark out the profile I wanted for my sub-road bed and cut it ready for yesterdays working bee.

This is what we achieved yesterday.



 
      The lower front section is for a river and a small trestle bridge.
     Very happy with the progress to date.
 That's it for this post.
Rod.

04/05/2018

Construction begins


My HOn3 Unnamed layout gets underway.

     I intend to keep going with this Blog even though it will be a different scale RR. Might just change the name to incorporate the new name when I think of one. So for all intense of purposes this will be my new layouts home from now on.

     Although I started to assemble some rolling stock kits for my new venture last year I have not done anymore to those however since moving into our new home vary late last year things have been kinda on hold. Lots to do around the house , fence painting, gardening, new decks and odd jobs, you know the sort.
     So a few weeks ago I ventured out to the local hardware store purchased some paint for my sky and timber for "L Girder construction.
     I had a lot of help from Hels in masking out the three walls for the backdrop and the following day got to and painted the sky. It is a way off my traditional colour as I want my new layout to be based in Autumn moving into winter so it is on the dull side of blue almost grey ish.

  The first pass at a track plan

Not to scale and very ruff. But it is a good thought starter.
      Here is a couple of pics showing the wall colour.








     I should add that the garage is 23.5 feet long and 19 feet wide in the old imperial dims. This should give me plenty of work to do and a good run for my new gear.

Stage 1 of Left wall completed

R/H wall completed this morning.


Well that's it for this post.
Thanks for taking the time to take a look.
Rod.
   

27/04/2018

Friday on the Los Pinos and Toltec RR

Images from the Los Pinos and Tolec RR

     Our Friday round robin group headed down to Peters yesterday an hours drive east from my house and there was a lot more to see scenery wise along with a new Goose appearing on the roster.
    With permission from our host here are a few pics I took of the LP&TRR.




Enjoy.
Rod.

27/02/2018

Time for a new Video

This new video is of my ON30 Narrow Gauge RR the Lost Creek

       I built this layout in a totally different shed to my SFRSD as I wanted to try something different. I guess this primarily came about from meeting Bill with his wonderful Sn3 RR which must have touched a nerve.
       One of the things I wanted to do is try something different hence the curved corners using off-cuts of Laminex curved to a 12 inch radius and glued in place with contact adhesive. John F a good friend helped me paint the top half of the room sky blue and with a lot of the turnout wiring by using push /pulls onto slide switches instead of Tortoise motors.
      I designed the fascia to have a shelf so operators had a place to lay car cards whilst switching.
      The other really big step was learning to paint all of the scenery and trees on my backdrops which took a while, however I was pleased with the outcome.
      I kit bashed two Bachmann Gas Mechanical Locos, weathered a Shay and a Porter and assembled quite a few English freight car kits that turned out okay.







     Building this layout was a lot of fun however the operational side did not work as planned so the Lost Creek RR became a fallen flag.
     There is no video clips of the layout however I did manage to take quite a few images which I have put together in the video.
     Hope you enjoy my journey into Narrow Gauge Railroading as much as I enjoyed building it.


     As usual thanks for stopping by and watch out for more videos as I add them to this Blog over coming weeks.
Rod.