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Construction Logs


After years building a layout indoors, I have decided to try some railroading in the great outdoors again. My previous line had concrete roadbed mostly complete land trains running on a portion of the line but a series of events lead to an early abandonment. Our yard was fenced with barb wire to kee...
HEADLINE NEWS!!!   The expedition has returned safely after braving the mountains, rivers and forests of Northern Indiana with a route plan for track of the Pebble Creek and Doe Ridge Garden Railroad.The Pebble Creek and Doe Ridge has been chartered with creating a fictional narrow gauge r...
Canadian National SD60f Build     This build will require an Aristocraft SD45, 2 pieces of aluminum angles 1/16” x 3/4” x 25 1/2”, 3 USA trains SD70 roof fans and DB fan, and lots of styrene.   You will need the SD45 trucks, electrical components, end plates/s...
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This article will show how I plan to add plants to the raised road bed. This is the main reason I built the layout the way I did. Plants seem to bring the whole thing to life. There are 2 ways I do this. In the areas that sit close to the ground, like this part, I just cut a slit in the screen, add ...
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I thought I start another log here to make it a bit easier to follow. Part 7 had me working on repairs to the TT pit. I used those "For Rent" signs they sell at Lowes. They bend around the curves easy and Goop works fastening them in place. The veneer goes on top of that. With the veneer attached...
With most of the track work finally done, it was time to move on to all the little things I've been avoiding. First thing I wanted to do was replace the pipe trestle that connected Mancos and Hesperus. While I was at it, I also wanted to broaden the curves on both ends.  And have someth...
April 30, 2016: We're getting down to the nitty-gritty here, folks. The last stop on the Rail Road. Porter will be a mining town with a ore tipple and Manufacturing plant and have a "wye" that can be used from either here or Delores. What we finally arrived at for Porter: It will eventually b...
Actually my title for this build log is a bit of a misnomer. I have actually added a few new bits but I do feel like they are just a completion of where I left off previously.    Most of the focus this time out has been on landscaping. I actually only spent about 2 or 3 hours on the rail...
A couple more months have passed and work continues on the main line, phase 1 of my layout build. I still am getting a big kick out of the whole outdoor, backyard, combining hobby with lifestyle aspect of all this. My trackwork is getting better and faster. And even though I am only 60 linear feet ...
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About 2 months into it, I have decided to officially start keeping a log of my layout build. Although I have made slow progress, there is much to do. My goal is to complete the main loop before the year is out. My work calendar is quickly filling up my summer weekends so I may have to settle for ha...