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Old 05-27-2020, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There's a whole lot (100 tons) of dirt, 75 discarded ties, and track to come later. Each bundle contains 25 ties. One tie fell on my big toe.


Howdy fellow builders. If you have a spouse/kids/friends/relatives who aren't into building railroads, you know how it is. They think your elevator doesn't go to the top. I'm here to tell you that it's all right, you're with friends here, me one them. I'm sure you will understand the dedication.

My layout will be about 25X100 feet with the perimeter made of by stacking old ties. I've been shaping the dirt to get a folded dogbone track length of about 350', with a couple of tunnels and several trestles. I model the SP in the 70' - 80's.

So far, as of today, the ground has been cleared, most of the ties have been placed and the dirt is getting close to final shape. I will have to do the final shaping by hand shoveling in the morning or late evening. Too hot during the day.


I'm about 2 months into this. Very anxious to see trains running, if only on a short loop.


When not playing model civil engineer, I work on customizing rolling stock. There's an Aristo SD45 picture attached.

I want to help others as much as possible by showing what I'm doing. As I go forward in this project, I'll post my mistakes and successes. It's all for the fun of it, right?

I've posted a greeting in the New Members Forum.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope you are a young man....
that's going to be a lot to maintain.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like you are doing a good job. I’m just starting to rebuild my layout after pulling overgrown bushes and zebra grass. Do your self a favor, don’t plant grasses in your railroad. They are impossible to remove
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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can you try to keep your pictures down to 800x600 or so? Kind of a forum convention, otherwise your text goes off screen and we have to scroll the entire page to see comments.


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Layout size has shrunk. Reasoning is there is a lot more dirt to move than I expected, dirt is not cheap, ties are heavy, and the layout design is constantly changing.



I think the layout is finalized now though. Here is a 3rdPlanit screen shot.
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Old 06-11-2020, 07:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks like a lot of work, well done

Consider focusing on getting a small loop done to at least be able to run trains. It is amazing what you will learn with the first loop that you can apply to the rest of the layout. Have you plumbed for drainage? It looks like you have rocky soil so it should drain but might be worth some drain tile?

Just a thought.

The old ties will give it a great look when done
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Old 06-11-2020, 09:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what are the sizes of the grid squares?


be sure you put a straight in each of your S curves at least as long as your longest car, hint 80 scale feet.


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Howdy! the grids are 4' square.



And i've already changed it, see attached. I changed the direction of the tunnel loop.


O yeah, I'm SO fired up to get some trains running, that there will be one loop built before the rest!
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If anyone reading this knows of one of those Plastruct Truss bridges (kit or built) that's available, let me know please? I can't post in the Wanted section cuz I'm too new (sad).
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Old 06-25-2020, 05:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's how the trains get out of the shop and onto the layout:



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