Nomad Valley R.R.

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Nomad, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Hey everybody:wave:
    I thought it was about time I started a layout thread. First, a little history.
    This is a completely fictitious shortline called The Nomad Valley with no set time period, but I kind of imagine it being in the middle fifties. The cars are all different road names thanks to the interchange. Loco's are all leased, but I hope to repaint them someday.
    The room is 10.5'x11.5'. With the bridge I can run a loop, but I normally operate out and back. As you will see I still have a long ways to go.
    First is the bridge at Nomad Gorge. Then there are two pictures of Nomad Yard. The open space in front of the yard will be a trailer court with a store and maybe a burger joint.
    After that is Gardis Furniture Manufacturing, Centennial Mills and Interstate Fuel Company.
    Around the curve we have the future home of Cameron Industries (manufacturer of America's best Widgets ).
    Another curve and there is Valley Produce. Then there is Cotton's Lumber and Countrywide Co-Op with the interchange in back.
    Questions, comments or critisisim are welcome.


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  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    And the rest of the pictures. Thanks for looking.


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  3. PWRR-2207

    PWRR-2207 Rogue Islander

    Nomad Valley

    Hi, I like the bridge :thumb: I wanted a nice big bridge like that but my door is in a corner and it must open and close with the lift out in place. As for finishing, ah, my fixed layout room (10' x 10') has been in and out of various stages for the past 12 years, so I would not worry about it as long as you are having fun :)
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    looks great nomad'll be on AWESOME layout once its done,and is that a mantua GN 2-6-6-2 i see? how do they run? i've been wanting to buy the articulated logger for my (future) logging layout.--josh
  5. wpyr

    wpyr Member

    :canada1:It looks great. Nice bridge.
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Thanks wpyr, and since that is your first post, welcome to The Gauge.:wave:

    pwrr, thanks. I made the bridge out of 5 Atlas bridges, and built it to swing up since I am short on storage space. It's taken me 7 months to get this far, so I guess time is no big deal. But, this is a rebuild of the layout I originally started.

    bigsteel, that is a Mantua. Great running machine. I have 33 cars and it will pull all them on my layout, but I don't have any grades.It does have a traction tire though, so that would help on the layout your planning.

  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks for an overall look at the layout and the background on the concept! Very cool! I too like that big bridge. Did you do a thread about the bridge construction before or am I dreaming? I'm always intrigued by ideas like lift out or swing out bridges.
  8. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Ralph, thank you for the kind comments.
    Actually, I asked for help when I was building the bridge, and posted a picture then. I also showed a little bit of how I built it. I am real pleased with the bridge. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.

  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Does Gern Industries have plans to open a plant in the Nomad Valley? ;) :D

  10. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Thanks for posting the photos, Loren! I've been itching to see what you've done lately. The cardstock building looks terrific. And I can see that you've been having fun running the trains.

    Hey, what are all those silver knobs on the fascia?:rolleyes:
  11. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Gary, those silver knobs are just for looks. A friend gave them to me, so I thought I might as well use them.:twisted:
    Actually, for those that might not know, those are my turnout controllers. You can find out about them here. Gary S. originally designed them.

  12. jesso

    jesso Member

    Great layout! I love that big bridge! I love your turnout controls, they turned out really nice. You have some nice looking industries! Can you take an overhead picture or show us your trackplan?
  13. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

  14. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Andrew, that information is top secret and I cannot say more:twisted:

  15. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Man, you guys are cracking me up tonight!:mrgreen:

    I thought that maybe you used them to hang your throttles on or something like that. But I like your idea better. I am going to put some on my fascia, but I'll have to go with the cheapie 99 cent wooden ones instead of the high dollar metal ones!:thumb:
  16. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Gary, I bought those knobs at a $ store, 6 to a pack. No way I was going to spend $30 just for knobs to hang my throttle on.

  17. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Darn, I did spend $30 for the wooden throttle hangers :curse:
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  19. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    hello all:wave:
    I am looking for some advice.
    I am half finished with the building for my new siding.
    And I tried the building in place. I am not to happy with it, so I tried putting Interstate Fuel there instead. But I am not sure. Would you all take a look and see what you think?
    The new building front or back in the corner.


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  20. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    I like the Oil complex in the front, it would probably have more details that would be hard to notice if it was in the back. The large building on the otherhand is big enough to seem overwhelming in the front but looks great in the corner. Hope that helps. The layuot is looking great.

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