Saturday, August 20, 2016

East Riverton IT - Roadbed Down

This afternoon I started putting down the cork for the roadbed. Now, in the book, Lance just puts his directly on the foam subroadbed. Since I'm trying some things out, I figured I'd put the track up off a little bit from the subroadbed. I had intended to use the "Camper Tape" from the couple of articles in Model Railroaders and "How To Build Realistic Reliable Track". The issue was I wanted 1" wide roadbed and the kind I bought was 1 1/4". The adhesive was so sticky that I couldn't really cut it. So instead, I'll go with one layer of cork under all track and one layer up on the main, tapering down to the sidings. Anyways, here's my step by step on how I did it.

First, I printed the plan into 1:1 and taped the sheets together

Then I put it down on the layout.

I used push pins to keep the plan in place. I then used a little hobby knife to cut slits in the plan on each side of the push pin. I then lifted the plan off the layout, leaving only the push pins.

Then I connected each push pin with a ruler and straight edge. This gives me my centerline to lay the cork later.

For cork, I think N scale cork roadbed is too wide. I reached back into my browsing archives and pulled up an article done by a modeler taken too soon from us, and followed it to produce 12 strips of cork, plenty in this case.

Glue, pin, glue pin, cut, repeat, etc. led to the first layer down:

A couple of quick thoughts. First, since I had sheet cork, I should've just traced the turnouts and cut out the roadbed for them. I definitely will for the second layer. Second, creating my own actually went quicker then I thought. Finally, I need more push pins or I over did it with them, but can never be too safe, right?

After about 2-3 hours of letting the cork and wood glue dry, I put on the second layer, using full sheet to cut out turnout and then patching together about 4-6 inches for the siding transitions. I'll end up sanding them down probably tomorrow night. Completed cork roadbed:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

East Riverton IT - Ready for Track!

I got the fascia finished and backdrop painted. Amazing what you can do between conference calls and waiting for code pushes. Anyway, here is the pick of the shelf all ready for track markings and then roadbed and track!

East Riverton IT - Painting Ground and Fascia

I went to an operating session last night but when I came home, I went down to the basement (eventually) and decided to paint the layout a base color of Nutmeg brown. I use an acrylic craft paint from Walmart. It's a little dark but I think it'll be ok for the base color for the layout:

Then this morning since it's a work from home day, I taped off the top and painted the fascia a Black Onyx Grab-n-Go, semi-gloss, from Walmart. I think it looks good but we'll see if I need another coat in an hour or so:

Who knows, maybe tonight I paint on the sky and we're ready to lay track tomorrow night!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

East Riverton IT- Fascia and Backdrop installed

Spent this afternoon cutting up some tempered hardboard and got the fascia and the backdrop attached for the switching layout:

Now to put some base coats of paint on and then to trackwork!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Free Flowing Crossovers

Thursday night was supposed to be a "soccer team paperwork" night but since parents didn't give me all the information I needed, I ended up deciding to experiment with reducing the spacing of crossovers using a handful of turnouts I bought which were previously used. That's important because the first one I did was wrought with gobs of solder and solder rail joiners (PLEASE STOP DOING THAT PEOPLE!). Anyways, I dug out my Pelle Søeborg book, Rebuilding a Layout From A-Z, as I remembered he had an article in that. I followed his instructions except for one step, and it cost me some ties. Here's the first attempt:

Not bad, I could run a 53' box car through it no problem. I should've put flex or sectional pieces on the other sides just to see stability wise. This one took me like 30 minutes to do. The next one took me about 10 minutes and I decided to join them together.

There's a slight bend but that's probably to be expected since there aren't straights to anchor on either side. I tried to arrange them so the headblock would be in the right place but the other side was a cut soldered track joiner. I'll experiment a little bit more as I think there's going to be a set "cut here", take away this many ties type work as well as a little bit just getting used to cutting rail and ties smoothly. Of course, working with brand new fresh minted turnouts will probably help as well.


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