P & C Railroad Version 3 - Progress Report - 2002-12 Report
12/30/2002
12/30/2002
I built some more simple trees and added a lot of bushes to this back corner area. It is starting to look nice now.
2002-12 Report
Back in October I completed this area that I had cut-up. Now it is time for some track work. I am interested in scratchbuilding all of the track, so that's what I am going to do here. I put down the AMI Roadbed based on my latest track plan. The front area of the layout (to the left of this photo) will be a small town setting.
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I put down wood and PC-board ties on top of the roadbed.
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While I was in the track-laying mood, I decided to tackle the reversing loop I wanted to build on top of the helix. Most of this loop with have a radius of 15.5 inches, but there is a section that will go down to 8.5" radius. I plan to hide that from view. In the photo below I am gluing pieces of 1/4" luaun board together.
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Next, I put down the AMI Roadbed and then installed the necessary flextrack. I want to spray-paint the rails, so I covered the area around the track with plastic.
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Since this is a reverse loop, I have to use a polarity reverser, which is what this Digitrax PM4 will be used for.
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I finished ballasting the reverse loop after thoroughly testing it. I ran a small diesel locomotive on it and it ran fine. Next, I figured I'd test the worse-case scenario and ran the ConCor S2 (4-8-4) on the track. The locomotive's wheel were grinding and more juice was necessary from the throttle but much to my amazement, it worked! I also tried some passenger and freight cars with truck-mounted and body-mounted couplers and they, too, worked! With plenty of cardboard strips cut up, it is time to start on the big mountain. I want to make it tall enough to where I can stand up inside the helix. I'm 6'4".
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Of special concern are the three tunnel portals I will be building (the two shown here and the third one in the back). The cardboard strips just create a rough opening. The opening needs to be bigger than the final (scratchbuild) tunnel portals, but it gives you a bit of an idea of where things are going to be.
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Here's the final shape.
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This is the view from within the closet. It shows the third tunnel portal leading to the reversing loop.
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Now comes the arduous task of covering that monster with plaster cloth and Sculptamold. A fun thing to do on New Years Eve.
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