Well hello there again C&S NG fans! I’m finally retired-retired and I’ve decided to get off me bum and get trains running. So I’ve got the cobwebs removed vacuumed up and I’ve actually started wiring this beast. It only took me 5 years to actually tackle the part of the hobby that strikes fear in me heart, after I finished the track work, but the deed is done and I’ll definitely be around more now. Thank goodness DCC has arrived in the household to help me.
Thanks gents. Lee if you need any additional photos just let me know. Jim I just cannot believe how fast the years have gone by. I’ll be lucky if I get this thing even close to “finished”, but I say go for it.
Hard as it is to believe, I just about have the peninsula with the large wooden trestle and the yard throat south of Como wired. I have also installed Tam Valley servo powered turnouts in that entire area and they work perfectly. I’m very impressed with the Cream City Turnouts I selected for the layout. The quality is top notch and they are very reliable. Too bad the builder’s health declined to the point where he was forced to close in 2016. Sucks to get old 😩.
It’s just amazing how easy it is to wire a model railroad with the modern, digital equipment available. I post some updated photos and a video in the next few days.
Ok, so wiring is almost complete on the peninsula part of the layout, so I decided to take a break, dig out my buildings and start roughing out locations.
Here is option two, which the wife and I like better. It catches your eye as soon as you enter the layout room and it creates realistic streets that allow views of the backside of the buildings. Mountain would be the backdrop.
I won’t be permanently mounting any structures until I get the track painted and weathered, but I think these locations and the theme are about right. I placed the large rock casting on the right, just to give me a feel for the type of terrain I want to model. Not sure if it will stay but if it does it will obviously be blended in. I also plan to fill the area behind the town and the trestle with a mountain, a la Malcom Furlow and Harry Brunk, who I will always love for giving me inspiration. More to follow.
Hi Paul. Option 2 is definitely the ticket. I love that trestle, as well, even even though it’s total fantasy for the C&S NG.
I tried to stick to the prototype when I first decided to model this railroad; however, I just had to model Como and the Argo, as they were what I loved about the prototype, so that’s what I’ve done. It may not be “correct” but I think it captures the flavor.
So today I get the Sculptamold down near the track and the town and street areas. I plan to lay some wax paper over the areas where the buildings are going and press them down into the Sculptamold so that the edges look buried but the structures can still be removed for cleaning. Once that’s done I’ll weather the track on the peninsula so it’s ready for ballast.
I also like option 2 for building placement. I look forward to photos as the building scene progresses. The work in progress photos are valuable and help put the final scene or project in perspective. Again thanks.
Give it a Google. Lots of images of a town, six miles long and 300 feet wide,
with a creek, a road, and a railroad running up the middle. It was even served
originally by a narrow gauge railroad. Can't beat that !
Brian Ellerby had a beautiful, gigantic, Sn3 layout here in Seattle, based on an Alaskan line in the 1940s. He had a branch terminating in a town based on Burke, with track up the main street and a concentrator and mine tucked into the town's edges and a yard below town. It was a great concept. Brian or someone else told me about staying at that hotel with the track running through it. It shook like crazy, amazing it lasted more than a few months!
Here's a picture I took of his version of town. The station is tucked between Wardell's garage (named after a local modeler) and that tall red mill. Sadly Brian passed years ago and the layout was dismantled.
Both the NP and UP used the same trackage through much of Burke to reach the various mines, not enough room for two separate railroads. And it was reported that the freight crews often had to stop and search the bars to find the driver who left his car or truck parked on the tracks . . . sometimes it involved numerous bar visits.
And Brian Ellerby's layout was awesome, especially the Nighthawk branch with the town of Nighthawk, as in the photo above. He used a model of the DSP&P Hancock / Romley depot for the Nighthawk depot in 1:64 scale, just to keep this post somewhat C&S'centric.
It is my understanding that after Brian's death the local Seattle narrow gaugers were able to remove the town of Nighthawk intact, and I believe it now resides in Ukiah with the PBL folks.
This group is so much fun and it’s just amazing what you can learn here.
My 1st mountain scenery should be going in next week, so I’ll post pics of the progress. I purchased some awesome rock molds and casting materials from Joel Bragdon that look amazingly similar to the Palisades...soooo, I plan to add that scene to the layout in the area just down the tracks from the big trestle. I have the benchwork set up in that area for lots of rock castings below track level so I really hope to do it justice.