Finally!! My Main Line Is UP!

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Lighthorseman, May 6, 2003.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    After many abortive attempts, my main line is completely laid. This time, free from derailments, uncouplings, and kinks.

    Here, the first train leaves town. Now, to the testing.:D :D

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  2. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    good looking start there, Steve. I hope to see more of it soon.:)
  3. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Congratulations on your first train. Looking good.
  4. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Down by the station,
    Early in the morning,
    See the little Puffing Billys,
    All in a row.

    See the Station Master,
    Pull the little lever,
    Off we go!! :p :D
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Nice! :D

    Is that an Alder Models switch stand in the background? How are they now you've got them installed?

  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Looking great Steve, where did you get the switch stand from and how much are they please, did a few of those.

  8. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Looks Great Steve, Keep up the good work and have fun!:cool:

  9. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Congrats, Steve!
    And now for the golden spike ceremony! :D

    Keep us posted - I love your rolling stock!

  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Good to see your progress Steve. Nothing beats seeing trains in operation.
  11. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Looks good Steve, :D Keep up the good work . No stopping for summer;) :p
  12. chapmon

    chapmon Member


    Planning is fun, building more, then you get to run. That switchstand is a nice looking model. Alder??

    Mike:D :p
  13. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Way to go, Steve!!
    Who makes that Mogul?
    Gotta say it,

    Steam Rules!:D :D
  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great Job!

    Excellent work Steve!
    Love that steamer & coach!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Testing Part Is FUN!

    Well, the moment, it's all raw plywood, tools lying all about, and bits and bobs hither and yon. It is, however, running.

    Being part of the GAUGE is kind of like having 75 or so people in the train room with me helping out. (And one guy always asking,"Where's the overhead??"):D

    While I've laid the main line a few times, this time it has been properly laid, wired, and insulated. Rail joints on curves were soldered and better sub-roadbed and splices were used, thus eliminating derailments and uncoupling due to wavy track heights.

    The track, for the time being, is just stock Atlas code 83 flex. Looks okay,and it is inexpensive. Perhaps later I will pull lengths and relay them by hand with the ties used for my logging area.

    I've since put in a few hours of test running, and there are no problems. Very, very happy. It might not look like much, but what great fun to work on something and being able to glance up at a train as it goes by.:)

    The switch stand is from Alder, and they are beauties. The rolling stock is pretty much all RTR Bachmann. The locomotive is about halfway through being stripped, as I do not care for a Pennsy loco on a northern Canadian line.

    Here is a shot of the station mockup, although I think that a smaller station will likely come about. The line to the right is likely to be a team track. I'm not too sure what's going to happen with the branchline up top.

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  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Shamus,

    I believe Steve's switch stands are from Alder Models, just up the road here, so to speak.

    I have seen his stuff in person, and it is amazing. The log buildings (in HO only ;)) are exact replicas of building still standing in Deep River, Ontario, just up the valley from Ottawa. They are always very nice and professional at the shows where I have encountered them.

  17. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    That's right, Andrew. He was very friendly and helpful over the 'phone. They're beautiful castings with a minimal amount of flash.
  18. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Passenger Train On The Line...

    I pulled out some older HO stuff I was working on before I found On30. Since the gauge is the same, I can still run this stuff on this layout. This is the first time I've ever run this stuff around...other than back and forth down a short test track. As you can see, I never did complete the repainting and decalling of these F units. Maybe now I will.:)

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  19. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    What's Great About On30...

    While totally unprototypical, I can run both my HO and On30 gear if the whim so hits.:)

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  20. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    I call it effective use of ALL the resources.:) :) :) Like the progress photos. Keep 'em coming.

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