Stuck at Work -

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Gary S., Sep 22, 2007.

  1. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    and would rather be at home working on the layout... so, I'll just post some pics and maybe have some conversation with you?

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  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Thinking to myself:

    Need to get back to working on structures. The plastic molding factory needs to be finished, painted, weathered and detailed. I bought this thing off the consignment shelf at the LHS, then I bashed on it, reinforced the internal structure, made it longer, and added the silos and loading dock doors.

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  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Nice building, Gary. How long is it? It looks like you could spot at least 8 to 10 cars there. Do you have a before picture of it?

  4. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Hey Loren,

    Glad to see you on today. Will you get the chance to work on your layout?

    The structure is a couple inches shy of 6 feet long! So I could put 10 40 footers in that siding with no problem. Covered hoppers will bring plastic pellets to a pneumatic unloading system at the silos, and boxcars will be loaded with finished product and shipped out from the loading doors. I don't have any "before" pics. Essentially, the red brick and gray siding was the existing structure. I cut the building into two pieces, added the silo area and the light blue second floor behind there, and added the additional brown brick portion. Also cut the loading doors in. I added a base made from flooring laminate which is about 5/16th inch thick, and added some structural supports inside to make it bombproof so it can be handled without falling apart.

    As I mentioned, I still have a ton of work to do on it.
  5. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    I'm stuck at retirement. I would like to be part of the workforce but I can only work on my layout.
  6. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    dude, if you were down here in Texas, I'd trade with ya!
  7. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Gary. I have things to do today, but I might get time. Yesterday I cut in a switch and layed some track for that building. I was going to use a switching lead for the siding but switching was a big hassle.

  8. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Hey Jacques, sounds like fun to me! But, I am like that too.

  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Great looking cabeese Gary and I really like that long factory! Now, get back to work! :)
  10. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    I'm actually kind of "baby-sitting" things around here today. I have plenty of free time, but every now and then I have to check up on what the others are doing. Makes for a long day, especially since I got here at 6:30am and won't leave until 10:30pm. I took the photos last night because I knew I needed ammunition for The Gauge today.:mrgreen:

    Thanks for the compliments!
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I had to look at the first pic of the caboose twice to figure out that it was a model and not the prototype. Finally noticed the Kaddee trip lever. Nice job!!
  12. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Russ, that is the best compliment I ever got! Thank you so much. Honestly, these cabeese were my first weathering efforts on rolling stock (I had, many years ago, done a little military modeling). And for some reason, everything seemed to just flow, and they turned out darned nice. :oops:
  13. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    I'm sitting here daydreaming that I am dribbling glue into ballast.
  14. Smoke

    Smoke SOU is for you!!

    You seem bored, take a look at these, and let me know what you think.
  15. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    No doubt you do some great work. I really like the Southerns. Abit later than my era, but they sure are perty!
  16. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Well let's see.... things I need to do:

    Finish painting the track
    finish ballasting the track
    Build 3 more industries for the lower west industrial area
    Put in ground cover/foam
    Put in vegetation around creeks
    Put in bushes/trees
    Finish building/painting existing structures
    Detail the structures - AC units, vents, piping, people, product, junk, fences, signs, etc
    Detail the layout - telephone poles, junk, switch stands, signage
    Decide whether car cards or switchlists and do it
    Weather the rest of the rolling stock
    Complete performance improvements on the locos
    Complete rolling stock kits that are still in their boxes
    Paint the fascia and turn-out knobs

    Shoot, maybe I'll be done in a couple weeks?
  17. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Can anyone think of anything else I need to do?
  18. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Parking lots for some of the buildings
  19. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Somewhere in one of your threads you said you had to fix some couplers.
    So maybe you will be done in 21/2 weeks.:p

  20. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    I forgot about that, Loren. so adding to the list:

    Add Kadee draft boxes and couplers to all rolling stock
    Test all cars for coupler performance and repair those unfit for operation
    Paint and decal a few "special" covered hoppers and tank cars
    Come up with names for all my industries
    Come up with railroady names for tracks and such
    Finalize an operating system
    Put the handrails on the Atlas U23B
    Repaint and decal the KATO GP38 in freelance shortline colors

    Maybe 3 weeks...

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