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Topic: Birth and progress of my Dream Layout
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bbsfdl60
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posted on Apr 18, 2012 02:55 PM:
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My dream layout began in 2005, I live in Scranton Pa which was home to the DL&W but the Erie, CNJ, D&H and NYO&W all had stations in the city. So the layout is based on the area and influenced by them. I am modeling the time right after the Erie and the DL&W merged, when a variety of paint schemes intertwined on freight and passenger trains.
The D&H and NYO&W interchange and are granted trackage rights from time to time.
A Brewery, Cabinet factory,lumber mill and a scrap yard all have sidings.
There is a engine facility with a turntable and a classification yard.

MTH DCS controls the system and a z-4000 with a lionel kw power track

the layout has three loops in a dogbone style, there is a hidden track that allows all levels to be connected so that trains from the yard can be taken to the upper main line.

I am by no means an expert at building this, I am learning all the time, and just trying to make a layout I can enjoy and that my son and daughter can enjoy as well.

Hope you enjoy
 

   

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The engine area and a end of the dog bone, 2006
 

   

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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:01 PM:
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2010 some of the base for the scenery is installed
 

   

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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:09 PM:
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a few months later as the spackle is applied forming the scene
 

   

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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:21 PM:
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Capri sun boxes are sturdy and the color of concrete, perfect for tunnel lining 2010
 

   

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the scenery begins to take a more lifelike look 2011
 

   

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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:24 PM:
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A view of the engine area and yard
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:41 PM:
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Looking great! When you have some time, please post about that turntable area in the Turntables category.

Thanks for sharing!

John
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on Apr 18, 2012 03:43 PM:
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Wait, nevermind - I think you already did! (Thanks!)

John
 

   

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This is a view of before the scenery was done for the engine area, 2011
 

   

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View of the engine service area nearly completed. 2011
 

   

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The Engine Service Area about 90 % done. 2012
 

   

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This is the yard area it has an arrival and departure track with switches to the caboose track and a siding for the long F3 set also the switch to access the 5 storage tracks. Foam core is laid under and black beauty is glued in place to give the appearance of cinders. A storage track for MOW and spot lights complete the base of this scene 2010
 

   

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Nearly done, I can now store my rolling stock and run trains! the Lackawanna switcher moves cars while the RS-3 idles. both are custom painted MTH models. The "concrete" wall hides the hidden tracks 2011
 

   

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This is the brewery ( unnamed for know until I can think of a witty one) It is served by a spur off the main line. It has two sidings, one for the loading docks on the building and the other to the detached docks. This point shows the progress before scenery was applied.You can see in this view the hidden tracks.
 

   

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Another view of the brewery
 

   

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Nearly complete, EL Rs-3 930 pushes two cars into place
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on May 18, 2012 03:38 PM:
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Excellent progress sequence - great work! Wish my layout looked this nice!

John
 

   

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posted on May 18, 2012 11:14 PM:
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Thanks John.. I do too! I am giving it my best... trying to keep it cheap and easy..although I did pay 25 dollars for 5 hobos for my hobo town.. more shots to come.... this is only half of the layout
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posted on May 21, 2012 04:03 PM:
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Now starting at the other leg of the layout, this is after the main frame has been built and planning is taking place 2005
 

   

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After much work at this stage has the upper level which will be the location of the city, the other dogbone loop descends to the hidden track. You can see the location of the station and supporting tracks. The third track is a connecting track that will connect to the lower section and so that trains can move to the yard and engine service area. This track has a sharp incline and curves to make the connection, this is a challenge and usually needs helpers to get cars up the grade. It allows all sections to interconnect
 

   

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This view is of the junction, (soon to be named) the far track is the connecting track to the lower level and the yard. Scenery is being completed 2009
 

   

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Progress of the rock wall made from foam insulation and spackle..the lower loop is the third loop on the layout. 2011
 

   

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More of the rock wall is being completed, 2012
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on May 28, 2014 08:23 AM:
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Any updates on this incredible layout?
 

   





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