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    My cobbled together layout

    Well, two things. The Gilpin tramway was built up around a valley. The slow geared locos would take longer to get to some places than you could walk it yourself. I have always liked Narrow gauge trains, but to do it "The right Way" costs money. So all of this is just a fantasy train. I am trying to keep things somewhat simple and fun for now. Scratch building also takes time. I will try not to think much beyond my next build with the Gilpin caboose. Well, ok... What I will need then is a small string of Gilpin ore cars. And... The Gilpin never had a box car, but I would like a box car. Here, go to this link of thumb nails, then when you click one there is a zoom bar and you can drag around the images. You can even zoom in and see people's faces. http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/search/searchterm/gilpin tramway/order/nosort
  2. HI all, Traingeekboy here. I figured instead of posting in the introduction forum and then posting here, I'd just make up one big thread. I got my first train set HO scale atlas with a docksider 040 at age 2. I have no idea what dad was thinking, the word is I was already fixated on trains by that point. I still have the cars from that set; plastic varney 60's stuff. Since then I have desired a layout. Many different sets and unfinished layouts later, I stumbled upon some you tube videos: brambly railway; Jules garden railway; selby railway. I had seen British garden layouts in books in the past but it didn't click for me. Seeing those running railroads changed everything. I had to build one!!! The N scale layout is abandoned for now, the old 70's Lima FS and SNCF trains were unearthed and I set to building. Big problem there, I'm only half employed so have little money to spare for fun-ness, so I started collecting scrap lumber from alleys and trash dumpsters. My entire layout is made from found lumber. It makes me have to think differently, because I have to use what I have or I have to hit the alleys in search of something close to what I have. It's amazing what people throw away and even more amazing the kind of expensive metal hardware they are to lazy to recycle. The layout plan is to build a really super fun two track roundy roundy in my front yard. Yes, the front yard! I hope the track doesn't get stolen. I may have top glue it with liquid nails. The area is 19' x 9' 6" give or take an inch. I got linked to outdoor layouts because I was on a british outline forum, I'm in the USA. I suspect that when I find a decently priced steamer on ebay I'll be getting some LMS running on the layout. I have already bought some OO LMS coaches by lima. I also own a small collection of continental stuff that is HO scale. PLans are in the works for a couple On30 items to add variety as well. SO my layout is basically, anything that runs on HO track is my kind of train. I'll shut up now and post some pics. My recent acquisition a Jouef 4-8-2 passenger steamer. Word is they run like crap. I suppose some tinkering will be required. Stage one is the plastic covered station platform area. I still need to put wood stain on it to protect it, so it's got a plastic drape for now. Stage two. My first corner section. It took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to do it. Then after planning and planning, I said to heck with it and just built something. ha ha Stage three. The straight section along the fence. Different approach for construction. I fastened posts to the existing fence with pipe clamps and then built off of that. Stage four. This is the section that connects the previous sections. It is a lift bridge. Never done one before, I hope it works. Well, that's my layout. I still need to round the other end. I already braced a beam to the old fence for it, so when the urge hits me, it should be done. Hope you like it.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Quick post just some pics. Just plugging away at the Crap Building.
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    The Applebee and Lavendar line.

    Nice work and good to see you back!
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    My cobbled together layout

    *sigh* land bound and I love the sea.
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    My cobbled together layout

    more work. I could probably get really OCD and put nail holes in and scribe cuts in some of the wood, I'll let it sit for now. The tank car awaits it's turn in the background.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Thanks Tony, I am having fun no idea where it will all lead. Just fun playing around with things. he he yeah, I love keeping old odds and ends, you just never know. And yes, the old wrist watch gear came in handy. I kept that originally as a load for a N scale Gondola.
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    Amblethorpe

    I must have been awol a while and Missed dome of your posts. I like the snow shot.
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    Camdale layout

    WOW. Nice progress. This really is an epic build.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Well, I am almost done with the Gone-Doh-Lah! Check it! I think I will call this done. I need to work on the water car now. Griff
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    Adding a motor to a die cast tram

    The Double decker looks cool. Maybe you can slip some black card around the motor just to make it look dark in there?
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    What choo doing man?

    I think I must have been on the forum between posts here, as these old posts are all new to me. Great shots.
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    My cobbled together layout

    I added some side braces to the Gondola. I think it looks more realistic this way.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Added the ends on. It will need some side braces. Loosely based on a Gilpin Tramway design. mine is a bit longer since it is covering a 40' Ho gondola, but the basic feel is there for it. I just need the outside braces on it and I will do some painting. I won't add the stirrups and brake wheel until later. I want to frame out my free lance water car. Then it's onto a more fine scale attempt on a Gilpin caboose.
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    New Idea

    It looks fun to me. Need to get some trains running now and post some piccies
  16. Whao. This is looking interesting indeed. oh -- Pretty Lights!
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    Something in On30

    It looks good to me. It's why I am liking my dalliance into Narrow gauge. I can be really sloppy and no one will know. There is a good deal of freedom to being able to "just make it up" as you go. That last building is an art museum from the Bahaus school of minimalism.
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    Camdale layout

    The points look good.
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    My cobbled together layout

    How funny. I was about to get a l ink to post to my comment on your layout discussion and you're over here commenting on mine! I reread your discussion and see you thinking pretty much the same as myself. The overly scale conscious stuff was getting too serious and a small break was needed. I think my loco and car (s) -- (a second one is on the way now) could likely traverse your curves as I am re-using trucks that have couplers mounted on them. And no, I am not dropping all my other train interests, just expanding into something different. Besides all my scratch building will pay off on future layouts, since I;d gotten a bit rusty.
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    Something in On30

    On30 is very flexible on the curves. But do have to be choosy about what to run. No K-36 locos for 8" curves. And you can also be a bit flexible on the scale. I've been modifying old Tyco trains for 1/55th scale, which is very close to 1/48. I think those can do a very sharp turn, just have not tested them. I am actually planning on using 15" radius curves.
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    My cobbled together layout

    I had built the side of my plastic Gondola, but it looked wrong. A real gondola is a flat car with a wood floor of planks. Then they add sides onto that. I was missing a wood plank floor, or a simulation of one. So I removed the lowest beam and started over. This is the last you'll see of this highly collectible Tyco model now it's ready for the new strips of wood. And here the side is mostly done. It still needs outside vertical posts.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Oh, it is an odd scale that has no name. It's 1/55, or 28mm. I think you guys do 5,5. It is not common in the USA. The real issue is that On30 is not actually 3 foot gauge. You can use HO scale track and mechs to make either 35mm, or 28mm, for 2' or 3' gauge. There was no plan for the loco. I made some loose ideas with photos, but I just eyballed everything. It may not fit any scale at all now. Same for the gondola. It measures out to 26 feet or so in 55n3. The Gilpin tram caboose was 2' gauge. I am making it and using it with 3' gauge. I am also planning some Gilpin ore cars built to 35mm scale. No one will notice the difference.
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    My cobbled together layout

    You can call me Grill. I will not be offended. I may not realize you are talking to me though. I have a train now. I worked on the loco a bit, but most of my time I spent on this gondola rehab. Lying underneath the wood veneer is a Tyco Gondola. I also have a caboose, which will provide the base for a wood model of a Gilpin Tramway caboose. And a tank car which will become a water tank car, with the addition of a bit of wood veneer. The big question now, is how to rehab that garden railway that's been sitting, or build some kind of portable roundy roundy layout. My future plans are to get an old Tyco, or Mantua, 4-4-0 and convert it to use on the 55n3 set up. I love 1890's locos.
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    My cobbled together layout

    Thanks Mick, I have an entire "Collector Set" of Tyco GI Joe loco and cars. I expect I will be violating the Special Forces gondola next.
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    My cobbled together layout

    I added more details onto it. Cab shades and a temporary exhaust stack. I think it's time to start using the old Squadron putty to fill holes and then sand it all smooth. The shade rose a bit as it dried. I had to bend it back down and it is fine now. Looks like I am nearly done with this practice loco. Since it is HO gauge, it too can run on the garden railway some day in the future.
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