Thursday, July 22, 2010

Layout Progress, July 22, 2010

This is a little late, but wanted to mention the progress I made on the layout structure this past weekend. With assistance from my Dad, we put up all the standards I had on hand along with the shelf brackets for the upper 2 levels. Here are some photo updates:
From Conrail Harrisburg Line

From Conrail Harrisburg Line

From Conrail Harrisburg Line
I ordered some more standards and brackets. The brackets came yesterday and I put them on the empty standards I had. I also started ripping some 1x2s and 1x4s from left-over Maple plywood I have from some other woodworking projects. I'm going to be using this for L-girders that will sit under the support joists for the lower level. Yesterday I also put some of these up on the brackets I had an put up 3 locos and 4 Walthers 5-unit articulated double-stack sets to get an idea on train length. This train came in at 9' 4" and looked plenty long. I have been planning for 10.5' to 11' trains so even if I had to add a 4th locomotive, I'd probably still be under 10' for the longest train. About the only thing this will really affect on my design is my fuel loading tracks and A/D tracks could be somewhat shorter, but that's something I'll do through building the yard. The other thing it will do is I'd probably have to compress the LDEs so that a train "dwarfs" them. On this line in the prototype, the closeness of some of the scenes I'm doing may result in the engine entering one area while the end is in another. To do this on the layout would require either longer trains or putting the industries/LDEs closer together, something I'll play around with during sub-roadbed laying. This weekend, if I have time, I'm going to try to put the L-girders together and rip the 1x3s for the joists and maybe get them up, but we'll see.

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