The Ohio Western (First "Real" Layout)

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Flyboy41, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    Hey all. I just wanted to post some photos of the new layout I'm building. It's build on a 32"x80" door with 1" of foam board on top. I'm using the "Carolina Central" trackplan from Model Railroader.
    So far all the track is laid on the foam and the roadbed (WS Trackbed) will be laid this weekend. I've also started building the view blocking ridge.
    The first steps
    I probably won't use the mine but I just have it there for reference for a future industry
    A closeup of my only painted OW locomotive. An SD50 will soon join the roster.
    I'll be posting more as the work goes on. Wish me luck b/c I'll need it!
  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Looking good so far. I like it. As I am not familiar with that plan, is there any way you can post it... even if it's just a rough sketch?
  3. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Looking good so far.
    The Carolina Central is a popular layout among N scalers.
    Katy build a very nice version of that layout, here is the link.
    Keep us informed of your progress.
  4. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I like it! Much further along than my layout (haven't even laid the foam down!:eek::p) We also curently share one thing in common: we both have freelanced railroads and only have one engine in their scheme!:mrgreen: However, now that you have posted the pics, according to The Gauge rules, you must now continue posting pics of your progress! (Not really, but please do anyways, we LOVE seeing other's work!:mrgreen::mrgreen::thumb:)
  5. COX 47

    COX 47 Member

    Looks like a good start...You may have to down size the mine...Cox 47
  6. berraf

    berraf Member

    Hey Flyboy, a really good start for you :thumb:
    What should you use instead of the mine?
    The loco looks great with the weathering. Great work!
  7. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    I'd like to use the mine, but I also want to include a town and you don't see many coal mines next door to towns. I'm thinking of a small factory or mill.
  8. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Have you thought about using a divider in the middle of your layout diagonaly? Model Railroader had some promotional book on how easy it was to become a model railroader, and they had some sample layout plans with dividers with them.
  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    coal mines werent just NEXT to towns,most of the time the mine owned them! mines started company towns with a general store,movie theater,doctor,etc so that there workers were within walking distance of the the town is kinda rural BUT a town with all the bells and whistles none the less.just google it,it will be more complete than my post is.--josh
  10. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    If you do keep the mine, I'd suggest that you not downsize it. One advantage to N Scale is that one can have buildings that should be substantial in real life, like industries and mines.

    A company town would certainly work next to the mine.
  11. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Coal mine in western Ohio. Glad to see someone with a sense of humor!

  12. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    Ohio Western is doesn't refer to the locale of the railroad. The OW is my freelanced modern railroad. Ohio Western is just a combination of names like Norfolk Southern. I'm from southwest Ohio originally, and you're right, it's not coal country.

    My original thought for a name was Great Lakes and Ohio Western Railway, but the acronym for that would have been G.L.O.W. :)
  13. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    That's the New River Mining Co., Right? You know, you could say that it's NOT a coal mine, maybe the mine is an ore mine or something. With freelanced railroads, anything goes.
  14. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    I have all of the roadbed laid down and the track affixed to it. Well, all but one section of flextrack that keeps getting on my nerves. I'll post photos later when I get a chance.
  15. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    I just did some work this week. Ballast and painting the rails.
    First I laid Woodland Scenics Track Bed on the centerline of the track, gluing it in place and using thumbtacks to hold it for a couple days. Then I laid track on top with glue and thumbtacks until the glue dried.

    I painted the rails with Testors Flat Black spray paint, wiping off the tops of the rails with a thinner soaked towel.
    Before painting
  16. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    here's my ballast work so far. I think I'll have to touch it up later
    And just a fun little scene
  17. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    looks like your gettin somewhere FB.keep up the good work and always keep us posted :thumb: --josh
  18. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    I've gotten some scenery finished and am in the process of getting a factory placed.
    Here is a photo[​IMG]
  19. jesso

    jesso Member

    Looking good! :thumb: Keep it up!
  20. Flyboy41

    Flyboy41 Member

    Because I'm anal retentive, I've changed some things up a bit. I've added a coal mine surrounded by a hill and I might replace the factory shown in the photos with something less modern in case I want to back date the layout. Also, any advice on what to use for water is helpful. I'll be starting the river soon.

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