Model Railway

Last winter I attended a Hobby Show on behalf of the Halifax RC Park. While I was there I couldn’t help but notice the Model Railway set ups, they immediately took me back to my childhood, almost as much as RC. On the advice of a few of the experts, I bought a small Presidents Choice Train set, just to see if I really enjoyed it. Well. The results are in and I truly enjoy it. As winter approaches my RC ‘s have been maintained, cleaned and put away for the better part of 2 weeks and I am getting antsy, so I decided this winter to build a 4×8 Ho Scale Model railway layout. I am truly learning this from scratch and by no means an expert. Throughout the coming months, I will post pictures of my build here on this page, share my triumphs and defeats as I tackle this project. I will still post RC stuff from time to time and will get back into the RC scene once the snow is gone, but for now, I will be building a Model Railway.

All Aboard

Adrian

Mar 20, 2016

Since the last video, the factory/warehouse has been relocated to the top of the yard. A church has been added as well as a another house. All of the lighting is now complete. We do have plans to change out the street lights to a different style.

Feb 29, 2016

These were shot at night with low light in attempt to show the Park and Street Lights.

 

Feb 21, 2016

Feb 14, 2016

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Jan 30, 2016

Jan 17, 2016

This is an FPV of the layout in its current state. There are more changes on the way. Just when you think your happy, you blow things up and start again. I am really enjoying this hobby.

Jan 14, 2016

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So I moved the factory from beside the tunnel to the end of the table. The hill and the garage I had at this location have been removed from the layout at this time.

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At the end of the layout beside the tunnel, where the factory used to be, will be a Drive-In Theatre, a Dairy Queen and a gas station.

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The brown square at the right of the picture is looking like it will be the third location for the park. Yep the park is moving agian.

Dec 30, 2015

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This is my fleet of locomotives. The Diesel CN and CP are both Athearn Genesis GP9 w/DCC and Sound.

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The Steam Locomotive which is also a CN, was part of the first train set I bought last spring. It is a Mehano 2-6-0 Mogol Steam Engine with attached Tender. It is based on locomotives widely built in the USA from the early 1860s to the 1920s.

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My wife had a Digitrax Sound and Function Decoder added to the Steamer  as a Christmas present. This will allow me to run my first train on my new layout.

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The residential section is coming together. That is an empty lot next to the gray house. Know anyone looking to build?

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It is tough to see, but the houses are built on a small hill.

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The water section still requires some work. The park is almost finished, with the exception of the parking lot and the addition of a little more vegetation.

Dec 19, 2015

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This will be a small residential section made up of three houses. The road will end at a memorial park being built by my wife.

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A different angle shows the same thing, but it gives you a better look at the size of the water way. Which still happens to be pink.

 

Dec 11, 2015

A quick cellphone video of the work in progress. The blue water is not permanent, I just put it down to help me visualize.

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It is almost time to start to ballast.

 

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I got the roads cleaned up.

 

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They went together much like the car models I use to do as a kid.

 

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Thought I would take a break from working on the Train. I decided a couple of houses would be a nice distraction.

Nov 29, 2015

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Some road painting and crack fill. I think the color is too light, I will need to redo them.

 

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The roads are starting to take shape.

 

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The cork in front of the 7/11 will be a road.

 

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The 7/11 was bought second hand.

 

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I bought this piece second hand. I was really happy with the weathering the previous owner did to it.

 

Nov 15, 2015

A wider shot of the ground cover.

A wider shot of the ground cover.

Putting down some ground cover.

Putting down some ground cover.

A wider shot of the painting in progress.

A wider shot of the painting in progress.

Starting to paint. Here is one of the tunnel entrances.

Starting to paint. Here is one of the tunnel entrances.

I got the lights in the lamp posts and house all wired up.

I got the lights in the lamp posts and house all wired up.

Nov 8, 2015

While working on the tunnel, I am running my trains around the track, making sure I have a smooth operation. As of this morning, after many track adjustments my Locomotives are running smooth, but I have had to make some modifications to some rolling stock, in order to keep them rolling. All turnouts are functioning great, but I do have a little track work to do in the yard where I am experiencing some connectivity issues.

I am starting to see it come to life.

I am starting to see it come to life.

I used a sanding block to round out the edges.

I used a sanding block to round out the edges.

It is time to start sculpting and making it more like a landscaped tunnel/mountain instead of a pile of rigid board.

It is time to start sculpting and making it more like a landscaped tunnel/mountain instead of a pile of rigid board.

Some will be glued in place and others will beheld together with tooth picks. This will allow me access to the tunnel should I need it.

Some will be glued in place and others will beheld together with tooth picks. This will allow me access to the tunnel should I need it.

I just hollow it out where I need it and stack them on each other.

I just hollow it out where I need it and stack them on each other.

I am going to use the rigid insulation to make my tunnel.

I am going to use the rigid insulation to make my tunnel.

Nov 2, 2015

This change will bring the track over what will eventually be a tunnel.

This change will bring the track over what will eventually be a tunnel.

I wanted a better functioning rail Yard which meant using the ledge under a window.

I wanted a better functioning rail Yard which meant using the ledge under a window.

After running my trains for a week and making sure my layout worked, which it did. None the less, I decided to change it in order to add more funtion and leave more room for scenery.

After running my trains for a week and making sure my layout worked, which it did. I decided to change it in order to add more function and leave more room for scenery. The inside Rail Yard has got to go.

Oct 25, 2015

The bridge has been installed.

The bridge has been installed.,

I put down a cork rail bed. I like the look of the raised track.

I put down a cork rail bed. I like the look of the raised track.

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Cutting out a “Gulley”, I just want a reason to put in a bridge.

Testing the layout, making sure everything works.

Testing the layout, making sure everything works.

This is the layout. 2 connecting ovals, with a connected small inner loop. It also includes elevation changes, a over-under and a rail bridge.

This is the layout. It features 2 connecting ovals, with a connected small inner loop. It also includes elevation changes, a over-under,  a rail bridge and a rail yard.

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Oct 21, 2015

Let the madness begin.

Let the madness begin.

A coat of paint.

A coat of paint.

Tape the seam.

Tape the seam.

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Gluing done some 2″ rigid insulation.

A blank slate. A 4x8 sheet of plywood on a table top.

A blank slate. A 4×8 sheet of plywood on a table top.

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