Bob’s been in touch – he’s slowly building up an incline curve on his HO scale.
It’s been awhile, but I am spending more time working on my layout.
Incorporating the wife’s Dept 56 North Pole Series Collection of 46 buildings with my simple HO railroad oval with some turnouts and a round house!
Here are some photo updates:
And the last photo shows how I am going to get will get wired below the board for lighting off the buildings!
Looks like Walt is doing a thorough job of building up his incline curve.
It reminds me of Bruce’s post on inclines.
It’s a thorny issue – get it wrong and your inclines be a constant source of irritation.
Now on to Wayne.
If you missed his post yesterday it’s here.
He sent this in since:
“Dear Mr. Alastair Lee I have read some of your input, and that of other model train nuts. I am one also and have been for over 65 years.
I have always wanted to have a larger layout than a 4’X8’. I waited for a long time to make my dream become a reality.
My wife passed away about a year and half ago. Her canning room was next to our bedroom. I decided to turn that room into my train layout room.
The room size is 8’ x 14’ which is large enough for what I wanted. At 77 years old I thought I better do something while I still can.
I started this about 10 mo. ago. I don’t sleep much at night, which has helped me get as far along as I have. I have photographed almost every night’s progress.
I spent a lot of nights with paper and ruler trying to layout something that would work.
I finely purchased the HO scale computer software called Any Rail. It is great if you read the instructions’ first. I didn’t, it would have been quicker if I had, it works great once you know what to do.
If you could take a look at my layout and tell me what you think.
Most of the main lines have a 30-inch radius. This was so when I get one of my dreams (big boy) it can handle the curves with no problems.
I am calling my layout Canyon Springs RR. It’s a transition from late 1940 to mid-1960. Even though I read model railroad magazine, you tube videos, and articles like yours, this has been a learning curve, and still is.
I was looking for the tracks to cross over each other at the height needed for clearance. To get close to the grade to achieve the 4 cross overs. This left me with a lot less track footage but left me areas large enough for decent size industries, and a fare size yard.
I will try and keep you supplied with photos. If any you want to post, great. The rest can be put in the circular file.
I am going to drop off a couple more from last night. In some of my photos you can see Rix Products HO 628-0103 Early 150′ Highway Overpass Kit.
I like things to have a start and a stop to them. To cut the cost a little and fit in my area I cut the bridge in half length ways. I think I used 4 kits so I would have enough side railing for both sides.
To get the curve down, and also bend around I used a heat gun. If you don’t get in a hurry you can form the plastic about any way you want. It’s a one lane bridge for ho, and two lane for n gauge.
I will tell you some of the other things that have been kit bashed, or made to fit what was needed. Enough for now need to get back on the layout.
If you could let me know about the photos from yesterday I would appreciate it. Thank you.
I have really enjoyed following Wayne’s layout journey.
And his missive above is just another good example of this. It’s great to see what you all get up to.
Please do leave a comment below if you can help Wayne.
That’s all for today – except one thing: what’s happened to all you N scale? And other scalers? We’ve had quite a run of HO scale at the mo.
Oh, and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day you start your railroad journey.