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  1. Default Steve's SOCAL BNSF layout

    Hello all, I am new to this forum and glad to be a part of it. I am looking forward to learning from others and picking up great tools/tips to incorporate into my layout as it takes shape. This is technically my first layout, I started this layout several years ago as a project for my son and I and really haven't had too much success with getting it running due to being in the military and having to tear down due to moving/deploying! I have finally been able to start making some progress with it this last year and I thought I would share now for feedback and just to track progress of the layout.

    The layout is being modeled after BNSF Southern California operations during the BN/ATSF merger era. The layout finally has running trains and switches that work and I still have some wiring to do for the yard. This is the first section of what will eventually have a larger yard and another city/industrial section that are not built at this time. I haven't started any scenery yet other than playing around with ballasting some tracks and prepping some hills for "plastering".

    Hop on and enjoy, feedback and comments are welcome!

    May 2013:
    - Putting back the layout sections previously built back together and incorporating new sections/benchwork to use in the section of the garage allocated for my layout....











    September 2013:
    - Cutting/adding the pillars for what will be an elevated track dogbone through mountains...

















    November 2013:
    - Completed track on west end and installing base material for elevated track through mountains.











    February 2014:
    - Elevated track complete and operation, but still have some bugs to work out (I'll post some videos shortly). Starting to play around with building up hillsides for plastering and creating scenery for the mountains.







    That's it for now, I'll try to post some videos too of train operations.

    Comments and feedback welcome!
    Thanks
    Steve

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    A few shots of some mountain and scenery buildup today...







    Still got a lot of work to do! I was trying to upload a couple videos via taptalk but it won't let me so I guess I'll have to do so via photobucket or YouTube tomorrow.





    Thanks for looking!
    Steve




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    Steve, are those pillars made from 2x4's or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcrescent View Post
    Steve, are those pillars made from 2x4's or something else?
    They are actually sections of 1x2 wood I painted, cut and tapered the tops to allow for the incline/decline of the track. Probably not the most commonly used method of benchwork!


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    Great progress, great pictures. I envy your climate, viewing out your garage door. The average temp for the winter where I live has been 3.7 degrees f. Of course, don't even mention the words wind chill or polar vortex.

    Thanks for posting your stuff. Makes me like N scale.

    lasm

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    Quote Originally Posted by logandsawman View Post
    Great progress, great pictures. I envy your climate, viewing out your garage door. The average temp for the winter where I live has been 3.7 degrees f. Of course, don't even mention the words wind chill or polar vortex.

    Thanks for posting your stuff. Makes me like N scale.

    lasm


    Thanks, the weather here comes with a price - utilities! We just got 5.5 inches of rain over three days and are still nowhere near where we need to be for the year. Didn't even make a dent in the drought CA is experiencing.


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    Looks great Steve! I wish mine was as far along as yours. I am still working on the room, but with work and honey-do projects it's a very slow process.
    -Kevin
    Please excuse me while my Train of thought wanders these tracks for awhile.

  8. Default Steve's SOCAL BNSF layout

    Thanks, I set it up in the garage for now but I'm hoping to have a dedicated room or basement for it at my next place. I need to make some backdrops to hide those ugly garage walls, add some nice wood to finish the sides of the benchwork - Facia I believe it's called??

    Very true about it being a very slow process!

    Steve


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    First attempt to upload a couple videos I shot with my iphone. These are not the best quality but it's a start! Hope the link works out okay.....





    Steve
    Last edited by steveparkinson; 03-04-2014 at 10:05 PM.

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    Looks pretty good to me. Can't wait to see it finished.

    -Cory

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