Coffee Table Layout - Pics

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by bigdonnie, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

    A couple of weeks back someone suggested I post some pics of the coffee table layout I'm building. So, with much trepidation (first time :mad: ), here's the first pic showing the control panel to give you a sense for the track plan ---

    And several more --- I clearly have No idea what I'm doing here :oops:

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  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Loooks great to me. Keep us posted with your progress. I wanna see this done. The wood work is fantastic, that bridge :thumb: That dirty ballast/track is cool. Fred
  3. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Now, I'll have to argue with you there, Big Donnie - looks like you have things well in hand. Nice work. :D
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looks great bigdonnie.
    And it looks familiar. The "East Glass Top"
    I remember the articles in Model Railroader in the 70s.
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Great so far :thumb:
  6. belg

    belg Member

    Donnie I think that your being waty to modest and your modeling skills are definately whats in question as I think you have done a very good job on all your building. Keep up the good work and show the results please ,Pat
  7. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

    Thanks for the kind comments --- this is the first time anyone other than my family has seen this work in progress and its nice to hear from fellow modellers that I'm on the right track.

    Ray --- good pick up! This is the East Broad Top from the 1970 ModelRailroader series of articles. One thing I am definitely NOT good at yet is layout planning --- when I decided to do a coffee table layout and stumbled across this plan, I just knew I had to build it! The table itself will be quite a bit different, however --- a hinged glass top for access to the layout itself and two drawers underneath for access to the wiring and storage.

    Thanks again --- I'l update you as I move along.
  8. sputnik

    sputnik Member

    Yeah, with that trestlework for the top loop being a very unique item, I immediately recognized it from those articles. But there is certainly nothing wrong with that, you're doing it justice.

  9. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Beautiful work there Bigdonnie. I love those bridges and ballast work. Keep us posted on your progress.

    Ron :thumb: :wave: :thumb:
  10. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Bigdonnie, your pictures show a masterpiece in the making!

    If there is something you don't need, it is trepidation. You can show off your handiwork anywhere and anytime! :thumb:

    Keep us posted by showing the progress of your layout!

  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Most excellent!
  12. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Good looking control panel. Excellent trestle and bridge! I'm looking forward to updates!
  13. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    Now, I have been thinking about building one too. Your modelling skills are great! Can I convince to help me with mine? :)

  14. jkinosh

    jkinosh Member

    Looks like a good work in progress. I was thinking about possibly a coffee table layout for my second layout, and am looking for any ideas I can find.

    Would love to see some pics of the finished layout if you have any.

  15. Good luck, I've emailed him twice about pictures & got no reply.
  16. jkinosh

    jkinosh Member

    but we can always try.
  17. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

  18. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    It's been a while TrainNut. How have you been.
  19. Those were very nice TrainNut.....:thumb:

    I'd love 2 see more pics of the 1 You kept.....:) :)
  20. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Hey Ray! Been good. I'm still around, I just prefer to lurk in the shadows and not say much. I finally got off my butt and joined the AMRS N scale division (right next to the Maricopa Live Steamers) where I have been taking a stab at getting some scenery on the layout.

    Well actually, I still have all three. The one that you did not see any pictures of was my first attempt and you can actually see it in the background of one of the pictures of the bigger one sitting in my living room. The bigger one by the way turned out so neat that my wife latched onto it and would not let me get rid of it. Anddddd, the round one is STILL up for sale as I had a buyer but he backed out (his wife did not approve). It just sits in my garage for lack of a better place to put it. I'm always on the lookout for a good table to put another set into but for now, I have to get rid of some of the ones I have to make room for new ones.

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