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Some snaps of my new Under Construction O Scale Dark Side layout "Portway Center", due for the TVNAM Show in June, and also Cradley Heath in October.
It's just a simple 'Inglenook' for now, although I do plan to extend it in 2015 to make it a through-line.

Nothing spectacular; the track is "wrong" as I've used (mostly) Peco Code 124BH for expedience, except,.. well, you'll see.....

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The line emerges on-scene past Allports Truckstop.

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The old Depot has had one end re-opened to act as the local Yard Office. Opposite, an old grounded boxcar serves as a store.

All the best advice for laying model track is that it should be level, smooth and kink-free....

Yeah, whatever :rolleyes: ...
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Plenty of work to get it ready for June, but the track is complete and wired up. :)

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Thanks for the info.  Now the search begins!!!   Do you have a spare by any chance!!!!!

I wish!!!! :D

I got this one a few years back, now, & only with the kind help of one of RMweb's American members, who kindly acted as an intermediatry for me so I could get it from a US Ebay Seller who wouldn't ship Internationally. I have not seen another one - either Soo Line or 2-rail - since.

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Over here RTR 2-rail O gauge Locos are rarer than Hen's Teeth - I blame Neil Young.....

 

Maybe the new direct Atlas Store will help in the future?

 

Always good to see a new layout from Jordan. Is your son still interested in railways?

 

Best, Pete.

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Yes, I'm going for the rickety, weedy, overgrown look which should hide much of it. :)

 

Looks like an interesting project, I'll be following this one.   

 

I'm also going for that overgrown look for my next layout, to hide the Code 100 track. Something like this should do it!

 

Amazingly this pic was taken during 2013. Looks like a pic from back in the day.

 

http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?2013081000140112345.jpg:bysearch:373:SEARCHTYPE=SIMPLE&PAGE=1&SEARCHSTRING=373&BOOL=ALL

 

Mal

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Thanks for the info.  Now the search begins!!!   Do you have a spare by any chance!!!!!

Try emailing Jerry Kimble at Atlas O to see if they can do a search out to their dealers, you never know there may be one siting on a shelf gathering dust. Alternatively on yahoo groups try the O scale yard sale and ask if anyone has one for sale. The 2 rail SOO SW1200 was available in DC or TMCC, don't let the TMCC electronics put you off, the 2R TMCC version can easily be converted to DC or DCC and the TMCC electronics can be sold on for around $50 - 100USD. Of course if you can't get a 2R one the 3R version can be converted with a little more work i.e. new wheels, couplings and pick ups.

 

 

Colin

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Try emailing Jerry Kimble at Atlas O to see if they can do a search out to their dealers, you never know there may be one siting on a shelf gathering dust. Alternatively on yahoo groups try the O scale yard sale and ask if anyone has one for sale. The 2 rail SOO SW1200 was available in DC or TMCC, don't let the TMCC electronics put you off, the 2R TMCC version can easily be converted to DC or DCC and the TMCC electronics can be sold on for around $50 - 100USD. Of course if you can't get a 2R one the 3R version can be converted with a little more work i.e. new wheels, couplings and pick ups.

 

 

Colin

Colin,

Do you recall what other liveries the SW1200 came in?

 

Cheers, Pete.

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Colin,

Do you recall what other liveries the SW1200 came in?

 

Cheers, Pete.

Pete

 

Here you are courtesy Atlas O web site - look under "new products"

 

Listing specific to the SW1200RS and SW1200 below

 

Two road numbers are available per road name.

ITEM# 3-RAIL TMCC SW1200 RS LOCOS ITEM# 2-RAIL DC/ DCC READY ITEM # 2-RAIL TMCC 6181 Undecorated 7181 5181 6182 Burlington Northern 7182 5182 6183 Grand Trunk Western  7183 5183 6184 New Haven 7184 5184 6185 RF&P 7185 5185 6186 Rock Island 7186 5186 6187 Soo Line 7187 5187

Estimated Delivery: June 2003

MSRP 3-rail TMCC: $369.95

MSRP 2-rail DC/DCC Ready: $299.95

MSRP 2-rail TMCC: $369.95

 

 

O SW1200 LOCOMOTIVES - POWERED UNITS - NEW ROAD NAMES!

  6147-1 C&S/AT&SF #158 7147-1 6147-2 C&S/AT&SF #160 7147-2

 

Item# 3-Rail TMCC Description Item# 2-Rail Gold  

O SW1200RS Locomotives -

New Road Numbers!

  6181 Undecorated 5181-1 6184-3 New Haven 641 5184-3 6184-4 New Haven 647 5184-4

New Paint Schemes!

3013007-1 Central Vermont 1510 3012007-1 3013007-2 Central Vermont 1511 3012007-2 3013009-1 Great Northern 29 3012009-1 3013009-2 Great Northern 30 3012009-2  

Limited Edition!

  3013011-1 Black River 1202 3012011-1

Estimated Delivery: February 2009

MSRP 3-Rail TMCC: $379.95

MSRP 2-Rail Gold: $379.95

Limited Edition MSRP: $389.95

 

 

Colin

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I have been rather remiss in not updating this Thread...

Just 8 weeks until Show Time...  :O   ... work continues on Portway Center.

 

A couple of closer looks at Allports Truckstop, which is nearly complete :-

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The building is removable, but the impression of being 'planted' is done by gluing a strip of balsa to the board around the edge of the building, and the ground cover taken up onto that, so the building looks 'bedded in' and not just plonked on the scenery - a real spoiler on some layouts.

 

The Static Grass applicator (courtesy of Mike Bragg of this Parish) has been in use, and will be in use a lot more yet.

I have to say, it's the best scenery I've ever managed, with this tool!

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No need to point out the rough track, I hope... :declare:

 

Speaking of which, I have tried to replicate the staggered joints of US track with some C&L rail joiners. Some of the joints actually were staggered by bodging around with the Peco flexitrack; others were simulated just with a notch cut in the railhead. With the rail joiners in place, I have soon forgotten which are which... :scratchhead:

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I know chaired, bullhead track is entirely wrong for the US; I had it already and getting hold of Atlas O track is difficult & expensive, and unlike on Schiller Point, I didn't fancy hand-spiking the lot again either.

 

Other work has continued as well, here's a Weaver GATX Tanker taking shape. This was just 'body & bits' at my local Model Shop, for just £3.00 - well it would've been rude to just leave it there smile.png I had spare trucks already, Kadees were £3 when I got them, and wheels £8 for the 4 axles, so £14.00 for a decorated, O Scale wagon... :sungum:  :locomotive:

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With only a few weeks to go to TVNAM, some finishing touches are getting done....

 

Allports Truckstop is pretty much complete. Road markings & weathering to do.

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The old Depot is done. I intend to do an interior for the end office, but this won't be done in time for the Show.

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The backscene behind the spurs is done, trying to portray wide-open spaces across 24 inches... (& the outskirts of Portway North Industrial Park)

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... and there's room for a bit of subtle humour, too...

 

"I know I left that dang thing in here some place..."

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... and not-so-subtle....

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This has been done before; hopefully my version is a little more subtle.

There's a C&W song "King of the Road". I don't care who did it but everyone knows the opening lines...

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This isn't subtle at all.... :no:

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I'm going to get lynched...... :O

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This has been done before; hopefully my version is a little more subtle.

There's a C&W song "King of the Road". I don't care who did it but everyone knows the opening lines...

IMG_1471_zps6735edcf.jpg

 

 

 

I recall seeing this on Roger Nicholls 'Sundown' layout.

 

Great looking layout, Jordan

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