The PRR Chartiers Branch - Progress Report - 2008-12 Report
12/31/2008
12/31/2008
As described in my Foam Roadbed article, I glued the foam down and then wound up tearing it all out after two weeks. I decided to also replace the MDF sub-roadbed, because the Pliobond glue used to attach the roadbed foam kept on stinking up the room. The next photo shows the new sub-roadbed cut from MDF. I used the old MDF as a template for cutting the new one. At least it proved to me that it is easy to start over again without having to tear out the benchwork!
2008-12 Report
The base of the roadbed is made out of 1/2-inch ceiling tile glued to the MDF sub-roadbed (see my Ceiling Tile Roadbed article). Before I installed the MDF sub-roadbed on the layout, I used it as a template to trace the shape onto the ceiling tiles. These were then cut and glued to the MDF after it was installed.
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Ceiling tile generates a lot of dust. To cut down on that dust and to avoid seeing the white through the ballast, I decided to paint the tops of the tile with an earth-tone color. I will cut the slope of the roadbed later on, and I will then paint the rest of the ceiling tile and the MDF sub-roadbed to protect it from moisture and to avoid generating more dust.
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The first section of roadbed has been installed. I glued the ties down, and then applied the ballast.
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This is the official first piece of rail installed on the layout!
2008-12 Report
The O'Brien siding's track is mostly installed. I could run my NW2 back and forth about three feet!
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I added Hayes Wheel Stops by Tomar Industries. In general I prefer these over bumpers at the end of sidings, because they don't touch the couplers and so are a bit more forgiving. Our scale couplers don't have much play in them, and when they hit the bumpers, they may actually break off. I placed mine such that the couplers don't touch the left side of the layout's backdrop when the wheels hit the stops.
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Work on the layout's first turnout is beginning.
2008-12 Report