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    • September 10, 2018 8:03 PM EDT
      • Vail, Az
         
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      First and last loop, although, it went through 3 iterations  before disappearing;

      Yippee Yi Yay

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      Found another, same loop, but added a few rocks and some structures ...

       

      This post was edited by John Caughey at September 24, 2018 8:39 PM EDT
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    • September 10, 2018 9:39 PM EDT
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      You guys back east with all your plants and green things!! Maybe in a year or 2 I will have some green things on here. West side of house, looking north

      the other half of the layout. Standing by the pool looking west

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    • September 11, 2018 9:28 AM EDT
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      Fun thread.  Amazing to see how we all started out.  Here are pictures of my first layout.  Hard to believe how things have changed.  

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      This post was edited by Shawn Viggiano at September 13, 2018 11:28 AM EDT
    • September 11, 2018 12:55 PM EDT
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      This was my second layout, but the first one occupied the same area, in basically the same configuration.

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    • September 11, 2018 1:04 PM EDT
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      Heh...a bit over 15 years ago...

      I started by just putting some track temporarily in place.

      And I discovered the yard was not quite as flat as I originally thought...

      Then added some ballast...

      I never really operated on it, but enjoyed it...  

      The next one used code 250 track and was designed for operations.

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    • September 11, 2018 1:45 PM EDT
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      Then we moved .....

       

      This was fun for a while ..until the boss said ... that has to go ..I want you to dig it out for a patio ... hmmmm... You can have this.

      Mannnnnnnnnn

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    • September 11, 2018 3:38 PM EDT
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      Sean, 

      At least by the looks of it, she gave you a larger space.  

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    • September 12, 2018 7:35 PM EDT
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      I guess that is some consolation. It just sucks to have to undo all that work. But, you get to start with a clean slate and avoid the mistakes you made in the first go around.

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    • September 12, 2018 8:38 PM EDT
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      Well i am away from home but i found my first video of the Winnegance & Quebec, then about 2 years old.  I had two layouts prior to this one...ill have to search for photos..some on  paper

      I dont have the proper embed business  here so i hope you can see it fuzzy as it is...https://youtu.be/t0BuxtT9Ado

    • September 12, 2018 8:52 PM EDT
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      Eric Schade said:

      Well i am away from home but i found my first video of the Winnegance & Quebec, then about 2 years old.  I had two layouts prior to this one...ill have to search for photos..some on  paper

      I dont have the proper embed business  here so i hope you can see it fuzzy as it is...https://youtu.be/t0BuxtT9Ado

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    • September 13, 2018 11:09 AM EDT
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      I started my RR build June 2007 and finished the main loop by late August.  Here's a few build photos and a video of the finished product.

      This is Coco's Cut unballasted.

      Here I am Spreading the 1/4 minus Blue Stone ballast.

      I set my level up to achieve a 4% grade.

      Using plastic stakes, and my level set to 4%, I worked my way up the grade.  We never have to worry about frost heaving so this method has been very stable.

       

      Here I am risking life and limb. Notice the color of the Old Growth Redwood, the growth rings are barely visible. 

      This is August of 2007 with the "Golden Spike" celebration.

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    • September 18, 2018 9:57 AM EDT
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      Dan, you seem to have a lot of the motion detector sprinklers throughout the layout, what , besides the koi pond is the need for them? Nice layout on everyones part. hope more people add to this thread.

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    • September 18, 2018 2:40 PM EDT
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      My humble beginnings in about 2000.

      Was actually thinking of the loop for display during the holidays, and was testing the ability of stainless steel to handle watering 3 times a week.

       

      10' diameter H&R Stainless steel rail, boy was that stuff hard to bend!

       

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    • September 18, 2018 8:46 PM EDT
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      Greg Elmassian said:

      My humble beginnings in about 2000.

      Was actually thinking of the loop for display during the holidays, and was testing the ability of stainless steel to handle watering 3 times a week.

       

      10' diameter H&R Stainless steel rail, boy was that stuff hard to bend!

       

       

       

      What has changed since then ?

       

    • September 18, 2018 9:33 PM EDT
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      The tree and track is gone... but of course you know that ha ha. All my layout is on my site of course.

       

      By the name of my first layout was the Fred Mills Memorial Roundy-Round...

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    • September 19, 2018 12:45 AM EDT
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      Early photos.

       

      Northern Pacific oil can train.

       

      Uphill grind

       

      Leaning into it.

       

      Turning on the wye.

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    • September 19, 2018 9:38 AM EDT
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      Pete Lassen said:

      Dan, you seem to have a lot of the motion detector sprinklers throughout the layout, what , besides the koi pond is the need for them? Nice layout on everyones part. hope more people add to this thread.

      Pete,  The motion detectors, AKA Scarecrow,  were very important.  I eliminated the pond last year after 20 years.  We had Raccoon and Great Blue Heron problems.  The Heron was the worst offender having eaten 15 of our Goldfish but never catching our Koi.  After that I added the second Scarecrow to cover its landing zone.  The Heron lure the fish to the surface by regurgitating their stomach contents into the pond bringing the fish to the surface.  The Scarecrow was very effective at controlling me when I forgot it was on

      This post was edited by Dan DeVoto at September 19, 2018 9:50 AM EDT
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    • September 23, 2018 11:47 PM EDT
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      John Caughey said:

      First and last loop, although, it went through 3 iterations  before disappearing;

      Yippee Yi Yay

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      I found a cool picture;

      This is in my old FS.

      Perfect snow; melted by noon.

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    • September 24, 2018 9:58 AM EDT
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    • September 24, 2018 6:46 PM EDT
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      So how long have you known Boomer? That green looks familiar, could it be Cibola Green?

      Bored buddies have gotta know

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