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    Layout for sale

    The 5x9 section sold. But the other section is still available.
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    Layout for sale

    I have decided to sell my layout. You can see it in this thread: http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?32064-My-first-Layout-a-5-x-9-Modern-BNSF-Freelance I am hoping to sell the original 5x9 loop for about 8500 and the along the wall portion (23' long and ranging from 18" to...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Thanks fellow Minnesotan!
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Thank you sir! I obviously agree with the idea of starting small and expanding for many reasons. It's nice to have something "finished" within 20 years, if you know what I mean. Then you are on to the next area, and so on. Also, I don't have the room for a huge layout, and to me, it would be...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Overall views of the expansion. Next project? Build another expansion along the opposite wall, with rolling hills and farmland, then connect it all together so I have one large continuous running loop. That will require some modifications on the original 5x9 near the DQ, to have...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Since I moved the large Agco building to the expansion, I had to do something in the spot where it used to reside on the 5x9 layout. I went back and forth between a gas station, or an old fashioned DQ. I opted for the DQ for a bit more interesting scene. I also needed to have a reason for the...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    I connected the expansion to the main layout with a removable bridge. I keep thinking I need to add sides to it so trains don't fall off, but they traverse it with no issues, so I dunno. I had to modify the existing 5x9 layout slightly where the new bridge connects.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    A couple of more views of the downtown area.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Looking down the street.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Now we cross over a street to reach the last customer on this spur. The customer Agco (this name may change) was once on the 5x9 portion of the layout, but I always thought it was too big of a building for that layout, especially considering it was on the small farming community side of the...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Now we start entering more of a downtown area with the main line along the backdrop, and the industrial spur along the front of the layout. The spur serves two more customers, and a third siding is along the front edge of the layout, with the customer "off the layout." This siding can be in...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Moving along, there is an area where a spur comes off the main line to serve several customers, including the King Plastic Corporation we just viewed.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Next is a more modern building, but still could have been built back in the 70s or even 60s. It really needs more weathering, especially on the holding tanks. One more thing on my list. This one is actually rail served behind the building.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Next in line is an abandoned building that was never rail-served. This is something I think layouts need more of. First, if you are in a modern city, many of the buildings are abandoned, and many were never rail-served to begin with. I think that creates an overall more realistic feel to the...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Next, I actually swapped out my Walthers Headquarters Building for one I purchased on ebay that was built and weathered because it looked way better than mine, and weathering a pre-built one, like I already had, was going to be too much work in my opinion, so I took the easy road. Well worth...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    More images of the backdrop along the yard.
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Well I finally got off my lazy butt and decided to post some more pictures. It's been well over a year, and I have made quite a bit of progress. I am essentially "finished" with the expansion. I still have a lot of detail work to do, along with a lot of improvements, and even just finishing...
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    My first Layout - a 5' x 9' Modern BNSF Freelance

    Thanks, I used Magic Water from unrealdetails.com. It was easy to use, but it does kind of wick up alongside wherever you are using it. I saw a tip of how to prevent this, but have forgotten what that was. You can probably google advice on using it though. After it dried, I used Water...





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