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Everything posted by traingeekboy

  1. Mick, how strange, maybe I missed some earlier shots with grass down., or maybe it was the angle with all the different locos and stock. It looks very complete though.
  2. Nice video. Sort of surprised to see how good the run through station is looking. The whole layout is looking very nice.
  3. I've seen a lot of different scenic materials that are light weight. Of course the problem is that you are outside. Your best bet may be to get some latex and build molds yourself from rocks. I did it on a layout about 30 years ago and it was easy. As long as you make the castings thin they will look fine. Making rock castings and casting plaster is really fun too. You learn to blend them before they harden and no one can see where one casting ends and another begins. I used water putty which is a hard material, you may explore using that as plaster can be too soft. Another opti
  4. Mick, IMHO lumber is lumber. As long as it isn't warped or already decayed in any way, all you gotta do it seal it up and go. That is the most important thing I learned is that you have to protect the wood from the elements. Screws work best for fastening. I think some of the tried and true methods on here are worth following. And yes, I am still using scavenged materials, but now it's all for scratch building train cars.
  5. Why not? I haven't had a layout in some time, yet mine was made from wood salvaged from alleys. Same difference really.
  6. Good eye and yeah, I am worried about it. The old Tycos have super large bogies and I will cut some excess off of them.
  7. Progress on the 1st log car. I think I can easily make a whole slew of these.
  8. Sad not doing the garden railway. Yet, I am still squeezing in time prepping models to run on the HO/OO track. I did a lot of research on a really rare log car type. I've actually been unable to find anything but old photos, so any guess on the actual dimensions is pretty vague. so this may be the first model ever built of one. I did take an old photo and cut the people out and use them to measure. I decided 20' long was about right. Decided to use the kitchen tools to cut strip wood as the razor saw takes too long. I also bought some cheap water color paints at t
  9. My rule of thumb is about 90% of a garden railway should be made from found materials. Save your cash for track and trains.
  10. Been looking at all your photos. how do you create the bent frames on your curves. The framing looks very reliable on the out side layout.
  11. That is awesome. I really like how the loop at the end gives you a sort of fake double mainline on the rest.
  12. I think real model railroading has always been a handyman's hobby on a certain level as you can spend a fortune on all the extras like structures. I avoided tearing out all of my garden railway because I had hopes I could come back to it. It's been years now. I used experimental techniques on my layout as well. Some things are just fried now. The ply having been spray painted in some places did not seal well. I should have used brush on oil paint. Over all it has become a tragic sight. Yet I still have that passion for wanting another garden railway. Once you've run trains outside yo
  13. Just sneaking some time building a structure for my future 3 x 4 layout. The first stage is tedious. I am using my rail nipper to cut planks from free coffee stirrers. You know how I am, "If It's Free, It's For Me!" I also scavenged some free lumber for the proposed layout. I love free things. I needed a light ply I could easily cut as sub roadbed. I want to create something that is not flat except for track and structure bases. I found a roughly 2x4 piece that should be plenty. In other news, my garden railway is really beyond repair. Going to have to tear it al
  14. Is the reed switch designed to be off until a magnet passes near it, or is it designed to be on? Try taking a 9 volt battery and a simple light bulb and making a small circuit like so: battery > light bulb > reed switch > back to battery What happens when your apply the magnet? It should solve your problem for you.
  15. So far this is really good. And yet, I am sorry to say "You're not doing it right!" Relax, I mean you aren't posting enough photos.
  16. Not sure if I posted before. I am really enjoying this build.
  17. Not sure what I had posted so here are some more randoms... The figures are mostly painted now even the second one got his pants. A sleepy squirrel friend loves to cuddle. And some experimenting with cheater hand laid track. I plan to remove most of the sleepers then glue the rails to hand cut real wood sleepers. Then I can remove the remaining plastic sleepers that were keeping my set track aligned and I end up with what looks like painstakingly hand laid track. The more I find out about hand laying the more I realize it just can't be that hard.
  18. The loco needed more paint and the second coat came out a bit orange peel texture - grrr... But that sand dome is proto, as is the steam smoke stack on a gas motor.
  19. Hey thanks Mick, I am kind of one of few world authorities on the inventors of RPG's now. It's amusing because I am a very introverted person and would rather hide out with the trains. What can I say, lots and lots of hobbies. Some end up as careers. Hoping for some warm weather here. We are not on strict lock down, but most people are not working. Restaurants are closed but allowed to do Take Away. I need to spend a day sorting my shed. It turned into one of those places you throw boxes randomly that ends up being too much chaos. Really need to get it back to be my little work shop
  20. Just poking my head in here. Good to see you getting some more mainline down. Griff
  21. Thanks Mick. just been busy with life. Spent the last 6 years working on a movie. Just been too busy for most things.
  22. I still peek in and am still fiddling around with model trains when I can. Not long ago a local model railroader gave me want amounts to about 3 big boxes of model train magazines. I have tons to read. This popped up on the news feed. I've been down to that railway it's pretty awesome. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cumbres-and-toltec-scenic-railroad-train-passengers-see-colorado-new-mexico-as-it-existed-140-years-ago/
  23. Wow Mick! That's some seriously colorful DMU action on the lines. Looks beautiful! Nice to see you have some decent weather to run trains in. Also, I think your modeling skills have improved a lot. I recall some old shots of an attic railway you had and the new station's track work ballast and weathering is top notch. The platforms look really nice too. It seems like you are developing some serious skill there.
  24. I keep trawling the Denver Public lLbrary digital collection. My focus is Gilpin County and the Gilpin Tramway. This image caught my eye. It is just so vertical and full of little stone retaining walls. Use the zoom bar and then grab the photo to explore it more closely. http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll21/id/11912/rec/203
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