My new start, again

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by CAS, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. CAS

    CAS Member

    Before choosing this layout, that someone had made for me. After going back and forth between HO, and N scale. N scale won.

    I have my Digitrax Zephyr, i have a few loco's, and rolling stock. I still have to paint my loco's and rolling stock in CNW colors.

    I will be modeling in the northern wisconsin area. In the years between 1970 - 1980, or so. I was going to have a paper mill as my main industry. But there are no papermills to be found. So i will have to scratch build or combine a few different buildings together.

    Here is my plans for my new layout. It is 7'x12' u shape.


    Since this will be my first layout, my layout will be a slow progressing, fun, enjoyable expereince. I have been experimenting with hooking up magnetic couplers, turnouts just to make sure im doing things correctly.

    Once i get the material for the benchwork, start the construction of my framework. The pictures will shortly follow.

  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hey Cas,

    Nothing like the prospect of getting dreams and plans turn into wood, plaster, and steel...Just a note.
    Looking at your track plan, the yard at the top forces you to run your trains counterclockwise. But then you'll be running into all facing sidings (engine goes in first). Whereas if your run clockwise, all your sidings will be trailing sidings (end of train goes in first). This is a more "realistic" scenario. If you can manage to fit in a return loop to turn the train around, or "flip" the upper yard so you exit clockwise, you'll find it a more enjoyable experience...

    Good luck...!!!
  3. CAS

    CAS Member

    Thanks for your reply steamhead,
    on both of my yards, i will be able to enter/exit from both clockwise, and counter clockwise.

  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hey...!!! You're right...!!! I saw, or thought I saw, all stub tracks on that yard, but you do have a clockwise exit. Good for you...!!!

    Many happy days, and keep us posted on your progress...!!
  5. CAS

    CAS Member

    Did a little bit of work for my layout today. After doing some searching here on the Gauge on soldering. Learning how to tin, using flux, and adding some alligator clips for heat sinks. Every joint i soldered, went very well. No melted ties, and no burnt fingers. Very happy with the results bounce7 . I had soldered some flex track for the 15" radius curves.

    Hopefully on my next project tonight, putting some GHQ trucks together, will go as well as my soldering.

    Tomorrow(Friday), planning to go out and get my 1.5'' foam boards, and my 1x3 lumber for the table.

  6. jesso

    jesso Member

    Looks like fun layout with a good mix of running and operations. On the crossover in the one corner which track is elevated?
  7. CAS

    CAS Member

    I am planning to go with the track with the interchange that heads to the east. I will try to go with a 2% grade.

  8. CAS

    CAS Member

    It took some time, but i finally finished clearing the space i need for the layout.

    I started on my benchwork. I got 2 section completed. Need to add 2x2's for the legs on the other 2 sections. A total of 4 sections will complete the whole layout. i ran out of 2x2's,so i need to drive over to Home Depot for more 2x2's.

    Next, i will have to borrow my sister's digital camera to get some photo's posted. I will have to either break my piggy bank, or take the money from under my mattress out sign1, for my own digital camera. Which will probably be a chore on which 1 to buy.

  9. CAS

    CAS Member

    Ok, it is that time folks. I have some pics of my layout to show you at last. :) ;)

    The first one is section 1


    The nect pic is section #2

    Section #3

    Section #4 has been built, but i still need to connect it.

    There are a total of 4 sections, totally 7'x12'. I still have to glue my foam down to the framework. And braces to be added to the legs. Toggle bolted to 1 another. I just had to put some track down to see if it was level, and fit into my space. Plus i need to add my backdrop.

    More pics to follow.

  10. Denyons

    Denyons Member

  11. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    I must say you're the neatest worker I've seen yet!!
  12. CAS

    CAS Member

    I used the RTS 7.0 program from Atlas.

  13. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    WOW I know what you mean, except I actually started my layout 3 times, first N gauge tore that up, then a HO layout tore that up, then another HO layout tore that one up too, so for my 4th one I'm back to N gauge.

    I'll be starting a thread of my own "ONE DAY".

    I'll be checking in on this thread every once in a while, keep up the good work.:thumb:

  14. Chad

    Chad Member

    This is one reason I look forward to the kids moving out LOL. There is no way I could build that at my house, maybe it is time to move? but there I wouldn't have as much money for hobbies :)

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