J & R, work in progress

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jandr, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. jandr

    jandr New Member

    Track plan


    Below are a couple of sketches of the track plan (very rough, and those elevations are just approximations...I haven't measured them).

    One shows the visible track (black for mainline, red for mine train, green for logging switchbacks) and the other shows the hidden tracks in blue (1 helix at each end and a set of 5 (not 4 as I said earlier, doh!) hidden staging tracks).

    The mine spur is mostly hidden (it starts down near the bottom right) until it emerges from the "view break" mountain in the middle.

    Trying to show it all on one drawing got kind of busy :).

    Does this help?

    Attached Files:

  2. sgtcarl

    sgtcarl Member

    Man, that just plain takes my breath away!! :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::
  3. iis612

    iis612 Member

    Stunning layout!!
    I am an addict, give me more...I need my fix....
  4. Trainiac77

    Trainiac77 Member


    Thanks for the plans. It really gives perspective to all the other pictures. Did you come up with this or was it a prototype? Either way it's great! I'm in between layouts (and trying to sell my house!) so I'm just tucking those ideas away when I'm able to build the next layout. Yours seems to have the type of setting I want for the next one. Keep the pictures coming!
    thanks again,
  5. jandr

    jandr New Member


    The J&R is a totally freelanced railroad. No prototype. I just like steam and logging....and given the space this is what made sense to me. Hope you are looking for a house with an appropriate train area :).
  6. Trainiac77

    Trainiac77 Member

    That's my style as well, freelance what fits in the space you have to work with.

    One of the first priorities on my approval list! (Now if I could only convince my wife!:rolleyes:)
  7. jandr

    jandr New Member

    planning scenery

    I'm planning the scenery for the logging part of the J&R. Attached below are some powerpoint drawings I've made to help me visualize what it will look like when it is done, and to help plan where to build supports, etc. My friend Patrick is an excellent modeler and will be helping me get started the right way on this.

    The plan is to build minimal wood supports, but mostly to use high density foam core, 2" thick, set on edge and glued to the supports. Over that is attached light fiberglass material used for screen doors. Over that is plaster soaked gauze to build the hard shell. Pretty standard as I understand it (this is my first serious scenery attempt).

    The drawings are based on photos of the benchwork, with semi-transparent layers drawn over it, so I can still see where the track is, etc.

    Any advice? This heading in the right direction? Other ways to do this?

    Attached Files:

  8. Trainiac77

    Trainiac77 Member


    What a great idea to use power point for. (I'm an IT guy, why didn't I think of that!:cry:) Anyway great pix! It's a great layout now, can't wait to see the scenery start coming together.

  9. jandr

    jandr New Member

    I'm a software guy too. There are probably better tools (photoshop so you can layer?) but I don't have any of those. Powerpoint is my only drawing tool (and it is pretty limited, but at least I already have it). Transparency was a big help as it let me kind of have pseudo layers without losing track of where I was relative to the real layout.

    I'm getting pretty antsy to have scenery, let me tell you!
  10. jesso

    jesso Member

    It is nice to have those pictures as a guide. Can't wait to see the mountains there!
  11. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    That is looking soooooo sweet...!!! I didn't know Powerpoint could be used like that...Very clever...(But of course...you're a MRroader....). Can't wait to see some scenery to "flesh out" the benchwork...though your benchwork is a work of art by itself...!!! :thumb:
  12. beamish

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

    A suggestion for a better FREE tool to try is paint.net This is very similar to MS paint but has more functionality.

  13. jandr

    jandr New Member

    Beamish: that looks like a pretty reasonable drawing tool. thanks for the pointer...
  14. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    JandR....Long time no see....Where have you been keeping yourself..?? We'd sure be pleased to see any further progress you've made on this great layout....sign1
  15. jandr

    jandr New Member

    Steamhead: Thanks for checking in. Sadly I've been not able to work on the J&R for a little while. Hopefully that will change as I get some time over the next few weeks. Next up is putting scenery in the logging area.
  16. AmericanAirFan

    AmericanAirFan New Member

    Man nice layout you are working on my dream layout cause I've always wanted to do a logging layout. I love the switchbacks! Unfortunately I don't have the time space or money to build a layout so I'm stuck here drooling over your great work wall1 :wave:

  17. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member


    Drool no longer. Take a look at http://www.carendt.com/ for ideas of layouts for small spaces and budgets. Some of them (pizza designs) take less than $10 of track at retail prices. A shelf layout like the Gum Stump & Snowshoe takes a 6ft long bookshelf, and 5 turnouts, and would make an excellent little logging layout. The Mower Lumber Co takes 3 turnouts and fits on a 9" x 48" bookshelf. Either of these could give you a year of building pleasure, and could cost less than $200, everything included (assumes you had nothing to start with). Where there's a will, there's a way.

    yours in training
  18. AmericanAirFan

    AmericanAirFan New Member

    Awesome man thanks for the link!
  19. Dan85

    Dan85 Member

    Very interesting project! I really enjoyed the video introduction to the layout, that's a really neat idea.

    - Dan
  20. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    Great work,

    I am very interested in following this thread as I might be digging into the same era pretty soon.

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