Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by CPRSD40-2, May 22, 2003.
Looking good SD90. How many feet of track do you have? How many cars? How many engines? Too many questions?
Clerk, I've gone through 3 boxes of flex track, so 750 feet, so far, I'll need another box to finishe the staging yards and the main yard in Calgary. Right now, there is only 8 engines on the layout with decoders in them, 2 SD90's, 2 SD40's and 4 SD40-2's. I have to wait till I find some more money or wait for Christmas to get more decoders. I think there is about 150 cars on the layout right now, but I'm waiting till I have a place to put them, before I put anymore on it. It takes a while to move everything somewhere else when I'm going to work on that part of the layout. ( but it is fun!) I have a friend who has helped me alot, (Grant Eastman) who once said, "staging is a very important part of a layout." I took his advice on more than one topic, and I can see now why staging is important. You don't want all of your tracks on the layout full of trains, it limits the amount of trains you can run. It's also more realisitc to have trains run east and west, off the layout, then come back on at a later time, going the opposite direction. It's also lots of fun, which is why we are in this hobby!
SD90...Looks like you have the right attitude and everything in order. Great job.
I finally got the outer staging track laid! And ran a train around it with no problems. This track is exactly 10 pieces of flex track, 25 feet long, a bit longer than I planned, but it's ok, it will hold any train I will be able to run on the layout. Now there is only 4 more tracks to go, and then 5 more on the upper level, but I need more track first. Here is the picture before I started...
Here is the picture with the outer staging track laid...
And with the test train on it.
WOW that makes my 12 x 16 look dinky looking great there SD Rich
ps you do need some steam on there
SD 90 your layout when complete will be phenomonal I was wondering when you lay flextrack do you stagger the joints on each piece and then solder? After looking at your last photos I'm wondering if you left enough room to get that hot water heater out if you ever need a new one? I'm wondering is there a Mrs. SD90? I know if I spent the kind of money you must be spending mine would not be happy.
I noticed something about your outer staging track. It looks in the picture to be very close to the edge of the subroadbed. You may want to consider putting in a "guardrail" around the outside to protect from gravity acclerated accidents. I'm assuming this portion of the layout won't have scenery and a wood strip guardrail won't detract from the appearance.
It was neat to see a "new" section of the layout.
I don't stager the joints, I just make sure they are tight and solder the curves, the straight sections I leave for expansion and contraction. I can get the water heater out from the other side, to the left, I made sure I left room for that, I didn't want to have to take out my staging yard to replace anything! There is a Mrs. she is the best, and very understading. She comes downstairs and looks at the layout when ever I've done something new on it, but she doesn't hang out down there with me! She even buys me trains for Christmas! I've got GP38's on my list this year! ( switchers for Exshaw.)
Looking great Mike. The staging track will give you many options.
This is a fantastic layout . It is really interesting to see how you are developing it.
& is all I can say.
Keeping an Eagle Eye on your progress Mike. Looks great so far.
fantastic is all I can say hope to see it in person an get to meet you one of these days
that is a dream layout for sure
There seems to be a shortage of power on the Laggan sub these days, so to fix the problem, CP Rail has leased some power from Southern Alberta Rail.(Grant Eastman's layout) Here are some pictures a local rail fan took today!
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