Installing Fascia

I think having fascia around the perimeter of the layout gives it a real finished look.  After visiting a friend’s layout that had curved his fascia, I was hooked and knew that I had to change mine to be curved where ever possible too.  My son, Jim, is a much better carpenter than I am and he has been an invaluable asset to getting this done.


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Track Plan

My son, Jim, completed getting my track plan entered into RR Track software and here are the first prints.  The lower level is at the top and the upper level at the bottom.


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New Project of Adding Buildings Behind my Union Station

I have been wanting to add backdrop buildings behind my Chicago Union Station for sometime.  A friend Doug B. recently had to dismantle his layout as he is moving and I was able to acquire some of his buildings that I had admired.  They were Pecos River Brass and Korber buildings.  I was modifying a Korber Electric Power Plant Office into a parking garage and they all came together nicely I thought.


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Get-together January 8, 2017

Had a get-together after the monthly DuPage train show for some of my train friends. About 25 people attended and everyone seemed to enjoy them selves.  I called it a get-together to distinguish it from an operating session.  The idea was to run trains and socialize.

One friend brought over his new Lionel Legacy EJ&E SD38 and it is a beauty.  ran and looked great.  Another brought over his new Lionel Visionline GG-1 which was very impressive with it’s new sparking pantographs.

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Curved Stone Arch Bridge

I am finally getting around to building my curved bridge.  I originally was going to make it a wood trestle, but since it’s double-tracked I didn’t like the looks of it.  So I studied every type of railroad bridge that I could.  I wanted it to be a Midwestern bridge that was actually double-tracked and curved.  The Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge met all my requirements.

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I am making a frame out of 1/8″ Masonite and then will be covering it with 1/4″ foam.

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Here are the first pieces of foam that I have carved.  Next step will be to paint them.

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Completed placing the Strathmore board under the arches.


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New Industrial Park

I have started working on an industrial park area that will have three sidings and several businesses. The main plant will be a custom built Wonder Bread Bakery.industrial6industrial2industrial3industrial4

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Working on my large Kansas grain elevator.

grainelevatoraddition3 grainelevatoraddition grainelevatoraddition2I started working on my modern concrete grain elevator last night.  I moved the elevator that I started a long time ago to a narrow strip of land (9″ wide) that I wasn’t sure what to do with.  My original elevator was too wide to have a track for car loading so I decided to add an extension of single silos.  This also gives me a more massive structure that reminds me of the elevators in Hutchinson, Kansas.  I think I will name it Central Kansas Co-op. Here a couple progress pictures.

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