Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Updates 2

Yes, I have some waffling going on. The HB line plan is monstrous, to say the least, so I've been thinking of somewhat scaling back to either a Shenandoah Valley themed line or a freelanced Conrail line. I even went so far as to do a Decision Matrix on various lines I had thought of and the result? It was a pick-em between all three options, but the freelanced holds a slight lead. The other thing on the HB plan is the two helices. I'm confident of building th
em after finding a few construction methods I liked (trapezoid cuts for roadbed and threaded metal rods), it's just there's two of them, that's a lot of looping trackage plus wiring, etc.

So what are my thoughts now. Well, for one, regardless of whether I do something in the Shenandoah Valley or the freelanced line, the layout would follow a similar theme, with one side of the peninsula not having separate levels, i.e., the mainline loops back along itself, like this:

Even doing this, I still may have to do one helix, depending on whether I can convince the land-grant manager of extending staging into the other side of the basement. If so, no need for a helix, if not, I'll still have to build a helix to get to staging. The side benefit of this kind of plan actually allows for more use of storage on the alcove, possible putting our refrigerator there, something I've been wanting to do. So, I need to come to a conclusion with this shortly, since I'm getting to the point of building the 1st level benchwork and I'm going to need to finalize it in the next few weeks if I want to really get moving on the layout.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Just a quick update. I've got the rest of my standards and brackets in place, although I may be lowering them a few inches. I did a few mock-ups the other day and the second level looks really high. We're not talking a whole lot lower, maybe an inch-and-a-half, but it's 31 standards I have to redo, possibly. I've also got a few L-girders done for the bottom level as well. I still need to construct a few more as well as pick up some stamped metal L-brackets for the staging under the lower level. Finally, I've updated the layout plan with what I believe will be my final edits before subroadbed hits the benchwork.


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