Canyon Mtn N-gineers Website Updated

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by upguy, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Just on the outside chance that someone may be interested, I have updated the Canyon Mtn N-gineers website.

    Let me know what you think. :rolleyes:
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Very nice, upguy!
    How many people do you have in your club?
  3. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Well planned and nicely thought out railroad, Great pictures. I have signed your guestbook.

    Shamus
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  4. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Well, Charlie, it's not really an organized club because we don't have any bylaws, etc. When I say "we," I am referring to individuals that have expressed an interest in model railroading. (I have probably had a couple dozen people in this classification.) Some of them have even helped me in some way in the construction on at least one occasion, but with only one exception they have not returned on a regular basis to help. I don't think this is a personality flaw on my part; but, I suppose, anything is possible. :eek: I think it is more a problem of dedication to the construction process. (Most want to operate trains or talk.) I understand that this is not uncommon in clubs around the globe.

    So, most of what has been accomplished to this point has been the result of my work and my resources. Obviously, I would not be as far as I am without the assistance of others. However, there would be very little progress to show if I had to wait for others to appear. I did have one other individual that was available to contribute a considerable amount of time and effort for a while, but he changed jobs and is now traveling out of the area with his job responsibilities most of the time. I haven't seen much of him in the last six months. In the meantime, I'll just keep plodding along. Someday (probably when the layout is mostly complete) others will be willing to come on board.:rolleyes: Time will tell.
  5. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Well, upguy, I'd love to help you with the construction. To me, that's probably the most fun! (Does this mean I'm going to build layout after layout after layout? Probably! :)) The only problem is, though, that you're located over 2,000 miles away (according to MapQuest, as the crow drives). Maybe if we could get some high-speed rail... :)

    -Rory
  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi upguy!
    I've had the same sort of experiences with trying to get together with other modelers. It's really hard to get people that can devote time on any regular basis to model RRing. After you factor in jobs, kids, spouses, emergencies, & anything else you can think of, it can really thin out the crew at the monthly meeting!
    So I've been a bit of a lone wolf at this for quite a while now, & I really kind of prefer it that way now. Especially now that I have this wonderful forum, with which to share the joys of the hobby with other folks.
    And Rory,
    I believe that building a layout is just like an artist building a sculpture, or painting a canvas - Once you get to a certain stage with it, it's time to start another one! :)
  7. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Yeah, Charlie, I keep telling myself that I can't start a new layout until: (1) I have the hill on the east end of the layout covered in trees (my pines, 11 of which are awaiting limbs and foliage), and (2) I have the logging camp and sawmill built and installed. And it would probably be a good idea to finish out the engine service facility, put the fence around the school, add in that walkway from the parking lot to the station... Well, it looks like I'll never finish it, so I'll just have pick a time and say "There, that looks done!" :D

    -Rory
  8. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    I spent some time this afternoon working on the layout. I have redone the backdrop around the Enterprise operator pit so a little more of the track is visible behind Telocaset. I'm starting to try to get some of the scenery started in the area also. It's too early yet to say how it all will turn out, but here are a couple of pictures to give you the impression that something is being done.

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  9. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    This picture gives a little better view of the new backdrop.

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  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That looks like a great project you've got going there, upguy!
    Looking forward to seeing more!
  11. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    I have updated my website with a couple of new pictures. Here is one of a work train at Telocaset.

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  12. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Another shot of Telocaset from farther back.

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  13. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Upguy,

    Are you insulating both of your rails on your turn outs? I dont want to sound out of line but I've always thought that the common rail didn't need to be insulated. or is this for DCC,which I haven't gotten into yet and haven't a clue to what gets insulated.
  14. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Shane,

    I have insulated both rails between the main lines because that is a requirement of Ntrak modules, which many sections of my layout were originally planned to be.

    It is my understanding that it is better to not use common rail wiring practices on DCC equiped layouts. I do have the layout wired for DCC, but double insulated tracks are not necessary for it. In fact, it would probably be better to not have the tracks insulated at all. However, I will have a way to connect all the tracks electrically--probably by feeder wires that will be routed through toggle switches of some sort. (I don't have all that figured out yet.)

    Presently, the track is powered through rail joiners and widely spaced feeders wired from buses which run under the layout. The spacing between the feeder wires will be reduced as I get the time, which will also reduce the need to depend upon the rail joiners for a good connection. Hope that helps your understanding of my wiring.

    Here's a picture taken at Union, Oregon, on the layout

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  15. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Upguy, enjoyed my visit to your layout, signed your guest book, wished I lived closer. You have a large and well set up layout, I love doing scenery and I'm sure you would let me work in a couple of those areas, oh ya, and run some trains too. :D

    Bill P
  16. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Bill,

    Thanks for the offer of helping with the layout construction (and the operating). I, too, wish you lived closer. I just returned home from working on the layout--another three hours spent by myself, but that's okay.

    I spent the afternoon trying to make old boards into usable lumber for some of the modules. I didn't accomplish a whole lot, but I have the day off from work tomorrow. I may take some more time constructing module frames.

    I looked at your guestbook entry on my website. Boy, I didn't realize how many pop-up ads Homestead was subjecting visitors to until I checked it just now! There sure were a lot of ducks to shoot! I guess that's the price of free web space.

    Here is a picture that I took today.

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  17. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Just visited your website, very nice. When I signed your guest book I put in the comment space that I wish I lived closer to see it in person and work and play on it :D .
  18. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    Mike (aka Tyson),

    Well, maybe my website will help someone to decide to settle (or retire) in my area. It is a beautiful part of the country IMHO. :D I'm trying everything that I can think of to generate some interest in this area for model railroaders.

    Are you guys just visiting my website because you know that every time I post here I try to attach another photo? :rolleyes: Pretty sneeky way of getting more pictures if it is. ;)

    Anyone planning on attending the N Scale Collectors Convention in Medford, Oregon, in June? I'm still trying to decide how I can work it into my schedule. Perhaps I'll be able to meet some of you in person if it works out.

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  19. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I understand now, I almost did n-trak but I just could get a good lay out I liked.
  20. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    After many, many frustrating attempts to update the website, I was finally able to access it for a few changes (Homestead finally got around to removing obstacles).

    Things are looking better in the worker department for the Canyon Mtn Ngineers. There are now 3 of us that are regulars every Monday night. One fellow recently moved from New Mexico and the other one from Alaska! I'm expecting another man and son to show up (am maybe do some contributing) soon.

    Work is mainly consisting of finishing up the track work on the existing benchwork, so we can do some more scenery. Bob (from New Mexico) is a very knowledgeable (genius, to me) about electronics, and he is building a signaling system better than I ever expected in my wildest dreams! :D

    Pat (from Alaska) is laying track faster than I can plan. I hope we don't have to rip it out somewhere down the line; but, I guess, that often happens anyway as a layout evolves. We are almost to a point that some operating sessions can be attempted and some experiments can to done to see just how well everything will come together.

    Here is a recent picture of the Telocaset module (where most of the scenery work has been done to this point).

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