Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Track Plan Version 2.0

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OASIS Version 2.0

The old house is now on the market, so it is time to get serious about building the new layout in the new home.
After careful consideration, a new track plan is in order.  As much as I liked version 1.0, it would take up too much space in my layout room.  I need space for the computer, desk, printer, workshop tables, as well as space to move around the room!  The new plan is based on a switching track plan which appeared in the September 1998 issue of Model Railroader magazine.  This plan fits nicely into the available space and will provide a lot of switching opportunities.  I redesigned the plan to include a passing siding so run around moves can be made.  I plan on using Micro Engineering code 83 track and turnouts, but I will need to include a 90 degree crossing from Walthers and an Atlas 19 degree crossing (both code 83).  I may consider having the crossings custom built, but budget constraints may put a hold on that.  The theme of the layout will still be based on the original premise found in Version 1.0
I am still mulling a few ideas around regarding benchwork.  I am giving some thought to using a modified L-girder system with sectional layout pieces.  This would allow the layout to be moved if needed.  I may still use David Barrow’s Domino sections, but I am wanting to cut down on the number of legs needed to support the benchwork.  2 sets of legs are needed for each domino, and the above plan would require at least 5 sets of legs.  The L-girder benchwork would require only 1 1/2.
Benchwork construction should begin soon…at least that is the plan!!

Happy modeling!
Tom

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Photos of a Completed Diorama

The 2013 NMRA Gateway Division Kitbashing Contest is completed.  My entry won first prize (Novice Level) at the contest!   Here are some photos of the completed diorama. 











Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kitbashing Contest Part 3

Making some progress.  The structure foundation and roofing are completed!  Click the link below to view my progress:

http://etraxx.com/2013/08/31/kitbashing-contest-part-3/



Happy modeling!
Tom

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kitbashing Contest

I am posting a kitbashing contest build over on Ed Traxler's The Deep River Railroad web site.  Click the link below to access his site:

Kitbashing Contest


Happy modeling!
Tom

Thursday, June 13, 2013

When Reality Sets In

Well, that didn't take long. The On30 fever has passed. I am going to stick with HO Scale...at least for now.
I purchased another GE 70 ton switcher off of e-Bay (loco on the right).  I was going to convert this loco into an On30 critter using a conversion kit from Boulder Valley Models, but decided against it.  I simply do not have the space to build an On30 layout that will satisfy my operating interests.  Sure, I could have built an On30 micro layout, but again this would not satisfy my current level of interest.
I will be building the HO track plan I posted back in March. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It Has Arrived!

Today I received the On30 Bachmann Rail Bus I won on eBay this past Tuesday.  

A really neat looking train!  I ran it back and forth a few times on the HO scale Rural Grain Dealers layout I am building.  I'm giving some thought to converting the layout over to O scale, but more than likely I will build a new micro layout to house the rail bus.  I am also debating on whether to build a room-sized layout in On30 or HO scale.  The jury is still out, but the rail bus has me giving On30 some serious consideration.  

The On30 bug has bit hard, and the infection is starting to spread.  

Stay tuned!

Happy Modeling!
Tom

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

You’ve Just Entered…The On30 Zone

Yep.  It has happened.  I am now officially into On30.  Well, kind of anyway.

I was checking out some On30 stuff on eBay and decided to bid on a Bachmann Rail Bus.  I low-balled my highest bid amount.  I figured I had NO chance of winning at that price.  SURPRISE!!!  I won it without anyone offering a counter bid, so I got the rail bus for less than my highest bid amount.  How cool is that?!

Now comes the task of designing an On30 layout to fit in my 11’ x 11’ hobby room.  Any ideas?

 

Happy Modeling!

Tom

P.S.  I will post a photo of the model when it arrives.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Moving Update and Flooding

Just about finished with the move to the new house.  Still a lot of work to do on the old house before I can list it with a realtor.  In the meantime, I have been able to work a little bit on a micro layout I am building.  It is now wired up and running.
My wife and I took a break from moving activities and went for a drive.  The Mississippi River has been flooding this Spring, and one of my favorite places to watch trains is almost under water.  Here is a scene from the town of St. Mary, Missouri:
Happy modeling!
Tom

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Track Plan Version 1.0

Scale: 1:87.1 (HO)

Track: Code 83

Min. Radius:  18"

Turnouts:  #6











Here is my first version of the track plan for the new layout I will be building.  I have been a fan of David Barrow's domino method for many years and decided to go with it again for the new layout.  Portability is important since the house I will be living in is a church parsonage.  The above track plan is based on David Barrow's version of the Cat Mountain and Santa Fe designed for the 1996 issue of Model Railroad Planning.  I had to modify the plan to fit the layout room footprint.

The theme of this layout will be an industrial branch located in the town of Owensville, Missouri.  In real life, the town was only served by the Rock Island Railroad and was fairly small with just a few industries.  The fictional version of Owensville will be much larger than the actual town.  My version of history had the town grow very large due to competition of the Rock Island with the Owensville Terminal Railroad (OTRR).  The OTRR also had nearby connections with the Missouri Pacific and Frisco railroadsWith abundant rail connections and service, industries flocked to Owensville.  

The name of the industrial district is called OASISOASIS stands for Owensville Agricultural Switching and Industrial Services.  OASIS is controlled by the OTRR.  The Rock Island Railroad has access to the district through an interchange track.  Service to the majority of industries is provided by the OTRR, but a few of them receive service from the Rock.  A great number of the industries located on the line will be related to the AG business.

Well, that is the plan so far.  Of course it is always subject to change.

Happy modeling!

Tom     


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Modeling Project 2/22/2013 Part 2

I constructed a jig from a printout of the bridge pier drawing I made in SketchUp.  I used 1/8" and 1/16" stripwood as placement guides for the beams and posts. 
I glued the posts and beams into position with canopy glue.


Up Next: Fill cracks, prime and paint piers.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend Modeling Project 2/22/2013


 A few years back I found a couple of packs of Rix's highway overpass kits at an antique store.  I don't remember the exact price, but they were really cheap.  I bought them not realizing they only contained the overpass kits without any bridge piers.  

I built a set of piers out of styrofoam and used these on an older version of my Owensville Terminal Railroad layout.  I never was really happy with the look of the piers, so I tossed them in the trash when I tore down the layout.  

I decided to use the overpass structure on my current micro layout, "The Car Shop."   I need to come up with a new set of piers, but I am not wanting to spend the $20.85 price tag it would cost to purchase three piers from Rix.  Don't get me wrong, I like and have used several products from Rix.  I just wanted to come up with a cheaper alternative for this layout project.  Enter SketchUp and basswood strips.

I sketched up a generic bridge pier using SketchUp (see above photo).  I based this plan from a photo I found on the Internet of a highway overpass pier located on the Katy Trail in Missouri.  The Katy Trail is a bike trail built on the former MKT Railroad's line through Missouri.  The plan is to build the piers from strips of 1/2" and 3/8" basswood.  I will need to seal the wood (several options available) to hide the wood grain and then paint it a concrete color.

That's the plan, now I need to get busy and build it!

Happy Modeling!
Tom    




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Return of a Layout?

Yep.  The old Owensville Terminal Railroad sectional layout may be coming back.

The impending move I have been anticipating for almost 3 years has finally arrived.  I have accepted the call to pastor a church that is out of my local area, and it will require me to move into a church parsonage.  I look forward to moving into that community, but I sure will miss the house we live in right now.  The next few months will be hectic as we get our house ready for the market, and my pastoral duties will also keep me very busy.  Model railroad work may be limited, but you can be sure it won't be shelved completely during this time.  After all, this hobby is great for relaxing!

This move also opens up some new possibilities.  Here is a short list:

  • A new house means new layout space.  The missus has already laid claimed to a great spot in the basement for her crafts, but that leaves me two other rooms on the main level. (more on that in a future post)
  • There is a good possibility the old 4' x 6' layout will be coming out of storage and running again.  Something to run and work on while planning a new sectional layout.
  • There will be room for both the Rural Grain Dealers Layout and The Car Shop Micro Layout in the new house.  Two more layouts to detail and work on while building that new sectional layout.


That is enough to keep me busy for several months.  Time to start packing!!

Happy modeling!
Tom


Monday, February 18, 2013

Past and Present Projects












I'm Back

My New Model Railroad Blog

I have decided to start up a new blog.  Instead of it being focused on a particular layout, this blog will feature all of my model railroad work.

Frequency of posts will fluctuate from a flurry of activity to nothing for several weeks/months.  The majority of posts will be photos (hence the scrapbook moniker) with a little bit of commentary.  Expect a few rants about the hobby from time to time too!

Feel free to post comments.  Constructive criticism is always welcome. 

Happy modeling!
Tom