Month: November 2017

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Groundbreaking.

Without much fanfare and after good portion of the day spent in moving materials around the layout room to clear space in the middle, we have groundbreaking.

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Benchwork building blocks acquired

I recently had an opportunity to stop at the local HD and browse throu…oh who am I kidding, I planned to do this. I spent almost two hours at Home Depot on my day off.

First had to rent their cargo van, then some time to find a suitable dolly/platform (during weekdays it seems they are hard to find – all the contractors beat me to them), then put all the goods on, pay ($$$), and then quite a bit of time loading it all up into the van (I was on my own, and these are 10 ft. long pieces, meh).

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Design for the Staging level

The following is the most recent design for the Staging level. For posterity, the previous entries will be kept below.

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Design Parameters for Newbridge & Lockport RR

Below are the parameters to keep in mind during the layout design for the Newbridge & Lockport RR. While “Givens and Druthers” are a tl;dr, Design Parameters go into more detail, although both are interchangeable and appear to really be one and the same.

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PECO “Creating a Model Railway” Instruction DVD video

A two part video from a PECO Instruction DVD circa 2000, with good advice for anyone entering the hobby.

Dated by timeless information covering the whole process from scale selection, layout design, benchwork construction, laying trackwork, wiring, scenery as well as operating.

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Design for the Staging level

Continuing on, I have the Staging level designed and believe it workable for my needs…201 ft. of flex track (243 ft. total) though, ouch! I loath the day when I finish the design for the two helices and see 1000 feet of track needed 🙂

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Dabbling with LDEs on the 1st Deck

Planning is going ahead and the next thing I thought to tackle would be LDEs (Layout Design Elements) and where could they be located on the layout, focusing on the 1st Deck at this time.

After reading about Mark Lestico’s Cascade Sub on LDSIG Wiki, I found an interesting and new (to me) tidbit in there about determining how many LDEs would fit along the main line.

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