Category Archives: Trackwork

Working on my layout aisle being a river or bay

I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.

Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.

Bank by the concrete arch bridge

Continuation of banks at bay level

Further along the bank

This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery

This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built

My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.

Burlington Vermont Yard- Vermont Rail System

Continuing about my visit to the Vermont rail yard. It certainly has a nice view from Vermont rail Headquarters.

Lake Champlain

Right on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Turntable at the Yard

Was able to see the old turntable (still used), and then did get to ride along on a switching move.

Engineer of GP16 No 802

Going to pick up some rolling stock arriving.

Freight agent handing off paperwork

Russell snowplow ready to handle Vermont winters.

A very enjoyable and unexpected day in Vermont.

 

Completing my cast hydrocal Cement arch bridge

Back, finally,  to casting the second side of my arch bridge, so to bring things up to date, here are a few shots of the mold and initial pour.

Wood & Sintra mold with steel wire re-enforcing rods

Starting pour

Pouring Hydrocal in a hurry – sets quick

and leveling off

Leveling Hydrocal

Then back to the present starting the second pour

original cast and second pour

Both casts with spacer cut from 3/4 inch Sintra (expanded closed cell PVC sheet)

I’ll continue detailing and assembly in the next post

 

Continue working on the Yard & Engine Servicing area

Some Photos showing progress, and also trying arrangements of structures for the engine servicing facility, and how these would photograph in different light (time of day-or weather)

Working with laying track and stone wall at one yard lead

Track down and stone wall further along with concrete cap.

Trying position of servicing structures

Working it out.

Trying angles

Camera and lighting set up after placing structures and ballast, greenery etc.

Final early morning light Photo.

Early morning happening-Click to enlarge

 

Back working on the layout

Back after a summer of visiting various railroad venues, and getting down to finishing trackwork. I am modifying Shinohara code 70 # 8 switches, to work on DCC.

I am using Micro engineering Code 70 flextrack and # 6 switches, but need some # 8s and also some # 4s on the logging branch, which ME does not offer. On the Shinoharas, I am changing to gapped PC board throw rods and  connecting the running rails and closure rails with wire jumpers soldered to the bottom of the rails.

Modified Shinohara #8 code 70 switch

Also cutting gaps in the rail on either side of the frog, filling the gaps with CA glued plastic, formed to fit, and soldering a wire to the frog rails underneath to connect to a Tortoise switch machine contacts as the switch is thrown to guard against shorting.

Switch frog modified