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West Allen Street & Thawne - Extension #5 - Harrison Yard

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With the first day of Mansfield 2015 done, it's time to start my layout thread for West Allen Street - a HO scale micro-layout which is being taken to TVNAM 2015 later in the year.

 

This first post wont be too flashy; as with all new layout threads there's not all that much to show at this stage.

 

That said, I do have a track plan, and I do have some rolling stock to prepare and weather ready for the show - 2 locos, 9 freight cars, and a caboose.

 

First, I'll post up what we all start with - a plan!

 

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Most of the track is going to be set in hard standing, so I've got a lot of filler and plaster to get prepared! The idea is an inner city industrial yard served by the ATSF and seeing a large amount of random rolling stock. There's a couple of factories, as well as a team track, tank car unloading and a freight house - the theme for the layout could be described as "Making the most of limited space".

 

Track is peco - no idea on the code, I got a carrier bag of second hand track including points fitted with motors for about £18 - job's a good 'un!

 

Buildings will be card core with photographic brick papers stuck over the top.

 

Rolling stock consists of an Athearn CF7 and a Bachmann GP40, with a mix of Kadee, Atlas, Walthers and Athearn Bluebox freight cars.

 

Here's the collection so far:

 

(Strangely I couldn't get the CF7 to work on my layout! ;) )

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All the freight cars barring a covered hopper and a gondola are fitted with Kadees - by the time the layout is ready for the exhibition that will of course have changed!

 

Finally, here's tonight's effort since returning from Mansfield - see the CF7 photo above for the "Before" shots - an ATSF box car:

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You've been busy Daniel!

 

steve

 

 

PS Good to meet up earlier today.

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Indeed, it was good to have a chat and to see Duncans Mine 2 in the flesh.

 

See you in the morning - I'll get the teas in!

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I'm looking forward to seeing this develop Dan. Just don't let Jordan see that gondola! :blum: Sorry F-unit...

All the best,

Lloyd

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Well, the box car is finished. :)

 

I've only weathered one side of it, as on an end to end layout no one sees the other side! :P

 

Sorry about the lighting quality, it's dark here and the light in the bathroom isn't great.

 

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Now change the number on the other side of the hi-cube, make the renumbered side weathering lighter and you have two cars for the price of one ;)    Nice job!

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Looks like a good plan.  I did something similar in 2007, cribbed the design from a Nick Pallette article.  Didn't get beyond the basic ground cover, but was fun to operate

 

Here is a Proto 1000 Alco Switcher.  A nice model in early Southern Paint.  You can see the sector plate under the Rix Bridge.

 

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This is a DPM 'Cutting Scissors' that has been slimmed down.

 

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Finally a picture of the other end of the yard

 

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Dan I like the plan, plenty of operating potential there.

 

You have a good selection of motive power and rolling stock to get you started.

It's not too big, so much more finishable if you know what I mean.

I shall follow this project with interest.

 

Peter M

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I'm looking forward to seeing this develop Dan. Just don't let Jordan see that gondola! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_blum2.gif Sorry F-unit...

All the best,

Lloyd

Two points of order:-

 

1. Why should I not see a Soo Line gondola?? It is evidence of exquisite good taste ;) unless it gets repainted :nono: which isn't... :mad: :P

 

2. Dan - it is only March. This is far too early to start a layout for TVNAM.!! Traditionally it should be started less than a fortnight in advance, although Grand Masters usually leave it until the night before.... :D

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 it should be started less than a fortnight in advance, although Grand Masters usually leave it until the night before....

 

...and ensure that the paint is still in the process of drying -  at least until lunchtime!

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Interesting plan there Daniel - what is the size of the baseboard? 

 

Cheers,

David

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Thanks for the comments chaps!

 

David - the baseboard is 4' x (i think) 10" - It's TINY.

 

Jordan/Jack - You both must have picked up on my mercurial modeling mojo by now? If I don't start it now it won't get done by TVNAM. I've already got a plan together to extend Cane River to 18' fully scenic, so I really need to crack on with WASt before my curiosity and enthusiasm drag me toward that.

 

Oh, and RBE just handed me back my single remaining English loco and a pack of 2mm finescale rail and copperclad sleepers, so there's that to faff around with too! :D

 

Adrian - will this do?

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Finally, the promised daylight photo of my boxcar. Bet you thought I'd forgotten, eh?

 

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Oh, are those ATSF specific cabeese? :)

 

If so, I'll maybe have a go at widening the cupola on the Bachmann one I just got today. :)

 

(ATSF isn't my strong point I'm afraid)

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The Bachmann one needs no serious modification. Just a repaint and glazing. The dimensions as is are fine :)

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Thanks for the comments chaps!

 

David - the baseboard is 4' x (i think) 10" - It's TINY.

 

 

Cheers - small but enough to pack in a really interesting track plan and lots of operational potential. It will be good to watch this one develop.

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Thanks for all the advice and assistance everyone, it's much appreciated. :)

 

Last night I decided to work on the 50' Ribbed sided box car I picked up at Mansfield.

 

Using this photo below as inspiration:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1036312

 

 

It now looks like this:

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I may have gone overboard with the rusting on the side, but I kinda like it. :)

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Looks a damn sight better than my first attempt!

 

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Nothing wrong with your first attempt Rob, that dirty fade on your box car is something I've struggled to replicate!

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Look on Ebay for a rattle-can of Army Issue "Mud Brown", and give it a very quick, light, blow over from 12"-15" away - it just dusts it down eBay item number:

 

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Oh, are those ATSF specific cabeese? https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_smile3.gif

 

If so, I'll maybe have a go at widening the cupola on the Bachmann one I just got today. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_smile3.gif

 

(ATSF isn't my strong point I'm afraid)

We can easily fix you up with a real ATSF caboose:

 

http://www.intermountain-railway.com/distrib/ccs/html/ccs1083.htm

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Looks like a good plan.  I did something similar in 2007, cribbed the design from a Nick Pallette article.  Didn't get beyond the basic ground cover, but was fun to operate

 

 

Always gratifying to see somebody else inspired by one's efforts. As they say - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have to say that track plan was a contender for my O scale layout fearured elsewhere.

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