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Title: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 22, 2012, 11:25:02 AM
Hey all,

   Just thought I would start up a new layout thread, and please observe all rules of the forums, and no curses, spam, or inappropriate pictures. Feel free to drop some pics of your layout at the moment, we would love to see them!  Thanks, Tanner


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 22, 2012, 11:57:15 AM
Here are some older photos of my layout, i will post newly updated ones as soon as i can.  :)


The Station:
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384455964053.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384559297376.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384655964033.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384775964021.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384822630683.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385922630573.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174386035963895.jpg)


The Yard:
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384885964010.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174384955964003.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385019297330.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385629297269.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385682630597.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385769297255.jpg)


The Goods Sidings:
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385405963958.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385465963952.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Layout%20Photos/174385505963948.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on February 22, 2012, 12:02:45 PM
Stepney - not sure if you saw my comments about your layout in the old thread - but I think it is absolutely fabulous! I enjoy your attention to detail.
But I wondered why you did not include the water crane at Elsbridge.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 22, 2012, 12:41:52 PM
Stepney - not sure if you saw my comments about your layout in the old thread - but I think it is absolutely fabulous! I enjoy your attention to detail.
But I wondered why you did not include the water crane at Elsbridge.

A water crane was added after these photos were taken, it's just been a long time since i updated the photos with new ones how the layout looks now, with PECO scenic backgrounds added for detail and realism. :)

Should have new photos up after the weekend!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on February 22, 2012, 12:54:21 PM
Good news - looking forward to seeing more.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 22, 2012, 01:28:59 PM
thank you.

I will post photos of what stock i currently have that i run on the layout, most of it is Bachmann and Hornby, with some custom and scratch built models. Some videos are already up on my YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/sacredwolfie) page of my layout with a few models being given a run.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: gwr duck on February 22, 2012, 04:41:56 PM
 :o :o :o :o omg james he has hornby face i always wanted 2 do that but didnt know what it would look like thank u so much i think he looks sooooooo amazing


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on February 22, 2012, 06:18:42 PM
I always wondered if that was possible considering it works for Thomas and Percy.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 22, 2012, 06:24:07 PM
Here's a video of mine, W.I.P. Henry's Tunnel!  :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqsnWaeCyyk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqsnWaeCyyk)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 22, 2012, 06:42:45 PM
Looking good so far Calebtrain.  8)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 22, 2012, 06:55:04 PM
Looking good so far Calebtrain.  8)
Thanks! I also really like your layout! It gives a very, classic Thomas feel, I look forward to episode 4.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 24, 2012, 11:13:52 AM
Looking good so far Calebtrain.  8)
Thanks! I also really like your layout! It gives a very, classic Thomas feel, I look forward to episode 4.  ;)

Hey guys, check out my contest layout, which I brought to a layout building contest in ma back in January. These are it:


 (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/cd025a63.jpg)


 (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/a76642eb.jpg)

  And yes! The whet field is a floor mat!!!

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/8b8de598.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b0cdecbd.jpg)

Aerial shot

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/70318e0f.jpg)

Old farm house

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/cef4fea9.jpg)

The red caboose hotel ( a place in strasburg pa where you can sleep in a caboose

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b0445265.jpg)

Working traffic lights!

Thats all I got for that layout!

Now some shots on my main layout where sodoradventures episodes will be shot( some are old):

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/30ea9137.jpg)

Aerial shot of cranky and docks

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/a6b02234.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/db798d69.jpg)


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/4f8525cd.jpg)

That's all for now, more coming really soon :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 24, 2012, 11:54:12 AM
That's really cool SodorAdventures! Coming great! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on February 24, 2012, 02:21:50 PM

I have a few (grainy, taken with an iPod) Photos of my humble 4x6 layout.
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b0872e4443566&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330106647342&sads=g9fMZy-VMFv507kTUsM6K19IfgE&sadssc=1)
Above view of it^^
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b0872e4443566&attid=0.3&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330106787180&sads=bF5Ba5isWfygVQ5tcVKVotdW2rM)
Tidmouth Sheds^^
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b08984e97e214&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330107020660&sads=lO5H20Lkp7UXwefmndsIKGR9Lok)
I own these gems, and got them for a steal=)^^
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b08984e97e214&attid=0.3&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330107160670&sads=87kDJK2OvfVltL8RDtq_j8q-bdM)
I have a bit of bachmann scenery too^^
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b08984e97e214&attid=0.5&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330107274933&sads=xG5fEowVN4SCo03IS9zdMm064CY)
again, apologies for very bad quality of images, they are not normally that bad.
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b08984e97e214&attid=0.7&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330107434112&sads=eHu5uKaPmOYdYVrpBwY1exdowNQ)
another view.
(https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=0db7ae2cd9&view=att&th=135b08984e97e214&attid=0.9&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9AkMxaJisK-1YdOduunP9Z&sadet=1330107505775&sads=sLFFdERrPYkeopaSLrtB0ROKjA8)

Sorry again for the quality.  If you have any questions feel free to ask=D

SPT


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 24, 2012, 03:37:05 PM
I don't see anything.  :-\


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on February 24, 2012, 05:27:23 PM
Bugger! The URL's did not work! I have to fix that! Just continue with other topics until I sort that out!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: napa15 on February 25, 2012, 11:08:39 AM
Below is a video I took for my nephew to show him the progress of our 4x8 Sodor Island layout, that is loosely based off of the Bachmann Sodor Island demo layout they created. We also run modern American trains on there as well. The layout is very much a work in progress and isn't even close to being finished, as you can see in the video... but we're having fun building it. You can also see where I modified my layout differently from the Bachmann demo layout, if you have seen theirs in person or the pictures of it. One notable feature is that the lower level inner loop has a turnout line that goes through the mountain, and not just through tunnels on the outer portions. I also did not create the port scene at the end of the lower level, for financial reasons. Instead you can see that it is a crane yard, where I have added Cranky and the empty spaces will be a passenger station. Anyway, just thought I would share our Sodor Island progress... also named the J.B. Pepper Sodor Island (in memory of my late grandfather who is responsible for my love of trains).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxi5OvxFh60&list=UUCCFdpXt-D-yp4c5rEJeDlA&index=1&feature=plcp


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on February 25, 2012, 12:13:07 PM
napa15 - the layout looks like great fun! Thank you for sharing that


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 25, 2012, 12:23:08 PM
Yes, that project looks promising! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 25, 2012, 12:27:23 PM
That's very impressive. :) Nicely done too.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 25, 2012, 11:25:15 PM
Rw and and napa so youre aware mine is posted on the previous page for your viewing enjoyment, comments greatly appreciated.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JJ96 on February 26, 2012, 02:43:01 PM
Rw and and napa so youre aware mine is posted on the previous page for your viewing enjoyment, comments greatly appreciated.
Okay not trying to start stuff but geez talk about ego. If they want to look around the forums they will...to me that shouts out mine is better look at it. And for the record I don't choose favorites I just say stuff as is because i'm...

~Simply Epic~


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 26, 2012, 04:30:41 PM
Rw and and napa so youre aware mine is posted on the previous page for your viewing enjoyment, comments greatly appreciated.
Okay not trying to start stuff but geez talk about ego. If they want to look around the forums they will...to me that shouts out mine is better look at it. And for the record I don't choose favorites I just say stuff as is because i'm...

~Simply Epic~

 Dude, that was just because I thought they didnt see it. Not because I was boasting.


Btw, did you like my pictures? Just wondering


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 26, 2012, 04:42:35 PM
Are 'ya gonna fill the dock scene water with woodland scenics' realistic water?   :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 26, 2012, 05:33:54 PM
Are 'ya gonna fill the dock scene water with woodland scenics' realistic water?   :)


Maybe....  I was thinking of just putting polyurethane on it, and make it look as though i used realistic water, a 40 to 60 buck save :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JJ96 on February 26, 2012, 06:44:32 PM


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/cef4fea9.jpg)

The red caboose hotel ( a place in strasburg pa where you can sleep in a caboose


I'll admit I did fall in love with the idea of this I've been to Lancaster every summer for the past 8 years and have always loved the place...never stayed there unfortunately but still the layout looks pretty good. No hard feelings? Cuz how can you stay mad at someone who is?

~Simply Epic~


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 26, 2012, 07:03:50 PM


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/cef4fea9.jpg)

The red caboose hotel ( a place in strasburg pa where you can sleep in a caboose


I'll admit I did fall in love with the idea of this I've been to Lancaster every summer for the past 8 years and have always loved the place...never stayed there unfortunately but still the layout looks pretty good. No hard feelings? Cuz how can you stay mad at someone who is?

~Simply Epic~

LOL, yeah, no hard feelings. I also never stayed at the red cabbose but is an iconic place in Strasburg, PA, so I simply just had to include it ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 26, 2012, 07:10:44 PM
Here's my layout so far. And just so people know, this pic was taken awhile ago, so that's why there are some freight cars and stuff laying around the table. They have since been put away.

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/396200_2399615284426_1672372208_1668122_1218952294_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 26, 2012, 07:34:05 PM
That looks very nice! There seems to be a few odd bits of rail(mainly on curves) but impressive nonetheless.  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 26, 2012, 10:56:50 PM
That looks very nice! There seems to be a few odd bits of rail(mainly on curves) but impressive nonetheless.  :)

Thank you. Yeah, I'm sorry about the curves (not all the track I use on this layout is flex-track).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 27, 2012, 04:42:52 AM
Very nice looking setup my friend.  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on February 27, 2012, 07:36:13 AM
Nice looking setup there, DinoNTrains, I wish I had room for a layout of that size! Just wondering, has anything changed on the layout since the photo was taken?

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 27, 2012, 11:09:01 AM
Very nice looking setup my friend.  :)

Thank you :)

Nice looking setup there, DinoNTrains, I wish I had room for a layout of that size! Just wondering, has anything changed on the layout since the photo was taken?

JWR3001

Nothing much has changed, to be honest. However, sometime in the future I plan to get Knapford Station. And thank you for your comments. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 27, 2012, 02:00:40 PM
My layout is almost finished having the track refurbished, it's all been tested inch by inch and the power flow is a lot better than previously, the tracks are in the same places, with the exception that I've made some slight mods to the yard and engine shed, a tunnel is now being added as well since i couldn't add one before, and it is a two track layout now, not three, just can't run all three tracks, so down to two main tracks with the five track junction station, Elsbridge, and a couple of sidings. :)

Photos to be posted.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: napa15 on February 27, 2012, 03:42:23 PM
Here's my layout so far. And just so people know, this pic was taken awhile ago, so that's why there are some freight cars and stuff laying around the table. They have since been put away.

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/396200_2399615284426_1672372208_1668122_1218952294_n.jpg)

That layout looks very nice indeed. Really like how you incorporated Tidmouth sheds. I really wish I had room on our layout for the sheds and turntable, but we don't.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 27, 2012, 03:45:02 PM
Here's my layout so far. And just so people know, this pic was taken awhile ago, so that's why there are some freight cars and stuff laying around the table. They have since been put away.

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/396200_2399615284426_1672372208_1668122_1218952294_n.jpg)

That layout looks very nice indeed. Really like how you incorporated Tidmouth sheds. I really wish I had room on our layout for the sheds and turntable, but we don't.

  Same! But I bought it before realizing that! :p.    Btw, new pictures coming later!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: napa15 on February 27, 2012, 03:49:14 PM
And: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine and Sodor Adventures:

Both of your layouts looks really cools as well from the pictures you posted. Some very creative ideas in both, and you can see that a lot of work have gone into both as well. Would be cool to see some video of trains running on both.

Hopefully I'm about a week or so away from having a working sound equipped loco on my layout, but modern steam.. nothing Thomas... yet. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 27, 2012, 09:13:35 PM
I have a layout to show, but it's not mine... it's the Bach-man's!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAY5QuEylU

I met with him both days at World's greatest hobby on tour this weekend, these pictures and videos were taken on the second day.  As I promised him, I wanted to show each feature of the layout to admire the Bach-man's work and effort into this and more importantly show everyone just how amazing this layout really turned out.  Huge thanks to Jack for putting this video together for me.  

Bach-man, it was an honor to see you again.  Thanks for everything!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 27, 2012, 11:35:39 PM
Here's my layout so far. And just so people know, this pic was taken awhile ago, so that's why there are some freight cars and stuff laying around the table. They have since been put away.

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/396200_2399615284426_1672372208_1668122_1218952294_n.jpg)

That layout looks very nice indeed. Really like how you incorporated Tidmouth sheds. I really wish I had room on our layout for the sheds and turntable, but we don't.

  Same! But I bought it before realizing that! :p.    Btw, new pictures coming later!

Thanks very much! I look forward to your layouts and the layouts of others


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 28, 2012, 09:32:05 PM
Update Time:    :)

Its that time again! Update time!


     Here you go: (Road was just getting repaved ;) )

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/af50b935.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/e5db90c3.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/74f9f456.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/53f6fd4c.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/61dd5fb5.jpg)

SEA (Seattle Station (I was on Vacation there)):

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/4d9516b6.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/972e2919.jpg)

  All shot on my wonderful iphone 4s!



Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on February 28, 2012, 09:44:41 PM
Those are really nice, coming along well.  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 28, 2012, 09:53:20 PM
Yes, I cannot wait until the next, "Update Time". Hopefully I will have one of my own soon. (Of course, I won't steal the "Update Time" title.)  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 29, 2012, 01:21:43 AM
great layout, SodorAdventures


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on February 29, 2012, 01:53:36 AM
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, for the very first time in the history of TrainsofSodor... Photos of my Layout!
(http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/1573/417ka.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/417ka.jpg/)
Donlad goes to get a Train while Percy goes past.
(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/82/416e.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/416e.jpg/)
Thomas pulling a train past Percy.
(http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/9766/419pz.jpg)
Diesel shunts Donald's train into place.
(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9851/415kd.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/38/415kd.jpg/)
Overhead shot.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on February 29, 2012, 03:01:48 AM
Nice looking layout, the photos are just a bit dark though, can't see Diesel very well in the last one.

but nice all the same.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on February 29, 2012, 04:44:38 AM
Yeah, the lights were off when I took them but glad you like them! :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 29, 2012, 09:38:34 AM
The pictures are gone. I can't see them.   :-\


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: FlyingKipper3 on February 29, 2012, 10:15:34 PM
I have a layout to show, but it's not mine... it's the Bach-man's!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAY5QuEylU

I met with him both days at World's greatest hobby on tour this weekend, these pictures and videos were taken on the second day.  As I promised him, I wanted to show each feature of the layout to admire the Bach-man's work and effort into this and more importantly show everyone just how amazing this layout really turned out.  Huge thanks to Jack for putting this video together for me.

Whoa that's awesome. I always did like the Bachmann show laoyut.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on March 01, 2012, 12:16:22 AM
I'll check Wikia, since that's how I posted them.
EDIT: They were removed. Oh, and could someone tell me how else I could post Photo's?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 01, 2012, 01:06:32 AM
I'll check Wikia, since that's how I posted them.
EDIT: They were removed. Oh, and could someone tell me how else I could post Photo's?
I use Photobucket - it's free


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on March 01, 2012, 02:26:08 AM
Other then Photobucket? Since my Mum won't let me join after we tried and it said I cant.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on March 07, 2012, 09:41:00 AM
I have a similar problem. I have pics, but I don't want photobucket.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 07, 2012, 11:49:12 AM
I have a similar problem. I have pics, but I don't want photobucket.
Just curious - why?

I've been using them for years with no problems.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on March 10, 2012, 07:02:43 PM
Photobucket is a good start, but there are other free photo hosts out there too, such as Imageshack. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Churchill8F on March 10, 2012, 07:30:29 PM
Image hosting sites you might like.

http://imageshack.us/ - Don't need to sign up.

http://tinypic.com/ - As with imageshack, no sign up required.

http://www.imagehosting.com/ - Same as the others.

Jack


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on March 10, 2012, 08:38:53 PM
I use Imageshack mainly. Both it and tinypic don't require an account to be made.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on March 10, 2012, 10:42:24 PM
I'll join soon.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on March 11, 2012, 03:50:31 AM
Recently redone all the track work on the layout, some sections were defective and power wasn't properly getting to the pickups of the models, so, all new track has been laid, mostly now use SMP fine-scale track linked to PECO using dual rail joiners, very smooth running and better power.
The sidings and goods yard are the only things left to finish up, so once they are sorted, the fun part of re-ballasting the track comes next, luckily, i bought a PROSES HO/OO ballast spreader off eBay for 9.99, which is very handy and easier to spread the ballast than trying to sprinkle it on from the bags.

If anyone else is ballasting their layouts, i would highly recommend getting one, it would save time and mess! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 12, 2012, 07:10:16 PM
I have a humble 4x6 layout:
(http://i44.tinypic.com/16lflgw.png)
overall view.  I don't have tidmouth hooked up because I don't have another point.
(http://i43.tinypic.com/11j7wxu.png)
You can see the jewels at the top of this pic...
I got both of them brand new. one of them in november, the other ordered late december and arrived early january.
(http://i41.tinypic.com/sbhwfd.png)
one more pic.  you can see my collection just behind The sheds.  I will have a collection pic up later.

Any questions? just ask!

SPT

**EDIT** I am not telling anyone where I got the great waterton buildings brand new in canada.  But it was not on eBay!!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 12, 2012, 08:54:09 PM

**EDIT** I am not telling anyone where I got the great waterton buildings brand new in canada.  But it was not on eBay!!

Why may I ask, and why would you even mention Canada and say not on eBay?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 12, 2012, 09:28:03 PM
was it model railway imports? i wanted to order from them but the ordering process seems strange. :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 12, 2012, 10:58:39 PM
Yes, it was model railway imports. Their service is awesome, and they have good prices.  They are my sole supplier at this point!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 12, 2012, 11:48:32 PM
Yes, it was model railway imports. Their service is awesome, and they have good prices.  They are my sole supplier at this point!

They are a great shop I use them for all my British OO products.  And their ordering works really well for me - I send him a list of what I want, and he sends an email back with a link to PayPal. Couldn't be easier.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 13, 2012, 12:45:09 AM
I wish they had some of the older HORNBY buildings and engines. Anyone know somewhere with a wider selection.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on March 13, 2012, 12:50:23 AM
I've got photo's up of my layout!!! Please view on page 3!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Skarloey on March 13, 2012, 03:12:43 AM
Good to see that your pics are back up.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 13, 2012, 05:58:11 PM
Yes, it was model railway imports. Their service is awesome, and they have good prices.  They are my sole supplier at this point!

They are a great shop I use them for all my British OO products.  And their ordering works really well for me - I send him a list of what I want, and he sends an email back with a link to PayPal. Couldn't be easier.


My mum uses e-mail transfer for me, because my parents don't have credit cards. But yes,  Steve and Elvera are awesome!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 13, 2012, 06:11:36 PM
My mum uses e-mail transfer for me, because my parents don't have credit cards. But yes,  Steve and Elvera are awesome!
You don't need credit cards for PayPal. I have it set up to draw directly from my checking account. It really is very safe and reliable.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 13, 2012, 07:43:11 PM
Mum does not want a PayPal account.  Finding out you don't need a credit card though, I might get PayPal when I am older;)L


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on March 13, 2012, 08:57:30 PM
I (well, I give my mom a list and she takes care of it :P) have been using Model Railway Imports lately, and my mom calls and orders over the telephone. I'm pretty sure she uses a credit card to pay, but I'm not sure whether or not you can use cash with over-the-phone orders. Very friendly service, I should add. I emailed the owners about special ordering a Horny model not listed on the site, and when my mom called and asked about it he instantly asked if Christian (me) was her son! :P Really nice man, I highly recommend MRI if you're an American looking for British stock :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 13, 2012, 09:47:23 PM
Mum does not want a PayPal account.  Finding out you don't need a credit card though, I might get PayPal when I am older;)L
As ThomasFan says, they are really nice people. I bet if you ordered something over the phone, they would hold it for you until a check cleared.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 15, 2012, 11:48:56 AM
Yes, they are very nice.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 15, 2012, 03:25:34 PM
forgot they use paypal. now i'll have to order some stuff.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 15, 2012, 04:31:52 PM
forgot they use paypal. now i'll have to order some stuff.

I happen to know they will be getting hornby spencer for a good price!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on March 17, 2012, 10:14:15 AM
Could I be a pain and ask for a second (or more) opinions on the following matter?

I bought some Woodlands Scenic Buff & Grey ballast today, and I'm having trouble deciding which to use for the bulk of the trackwork on my layout--Grey, Buff or a combination of the two. I'm trying to aim for as much TV Series accuracy as possible.

The grey ballast is very similar to the ballast commonly seen on the set of Thomas & Friends during Seasons 6 & 7, and it did look good, althought I think it might be a bit bland in this case.

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2e3zi54.jpg)

(http://i40.tinypic.com/25hiyiu.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2cfvamp.jpg)

The buff ballast is more similar to the ballasts seen in Seasons 10-12 of the series, although it does resemble quarry rocks/dust somewhat, possibly making it "stick out" on the layout.

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2yo95sm.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2gvn4ll.jpg)

(http://i40.tinypic.com/vgjvdh.jpg)

The combination mix is formed with a ratio of almost 1:1 (Grey to Buff), although there is slightly more buff. This also resembles the Series 10-12 ballasts, but I think it acheives the look better than the Buff alone.

(http://i40.tinypic.com/4kfj2r.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2vtxj60.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/wi7ng1.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/23j69hy.jpg)

(http://i44.tinypic.com/16c12l0.jpg)

All opinions and advice is appreciated!

Thanks,
JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: gwr duck on March 17, 2012, 10:27:09 AM
the top 1 looks 2 light and the bottom 1 looks like the quarry stones


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 17, 2012, 11:46:26 AM
Could I be a pain and ask for a second (or more) opinions on the following matter?
I would definitely go for the mix. Ballast is rarely just one color and in my opinion mixing the two looks the best.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 17, 2012, 11:52:29 AM

I happen to know they will be getting hornby spencer for a good price!

The Hornby Spencer price is already out on the Hornby homepage. He costs 99.99 and Stepney 69.99.
Homepage:  http://www.hornby.com/shop/thomas-and-friends/r9749-spencer-limited-production/
[/quote]


         Well, I will not be getting him (Spencer) from model railway imports, I have got a friend going to London the day after spencer comes out and she's going to pick it up for me ;D as well as a few trucks I need for my set, like 'locomotive'--I mean the crane.  She will get him for full retail price 99.00.  But anyway, M.R.I. will have spencer for $165.

Anyway what did people think of my humble layout a few pages back!?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 17, 2012, 11:58:57 AM
Anyway what did people think of my humble layout a few pages back!?
The sheds definitely dominate the layout - either the layout is too small or the sheds are too big. And honestly, with the way you have it set up, I can't see how a track will be able to get to the turntable (even if you did have the points).

A layout that size can work (it worked for the Rev Awdry) but you need to be thinking smaller buildings.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on March 17, 2012, 12:09:34 PM
I think you should go for a mix, but have the grey dominate. The lighter shade looks like Misty Island ballast.... ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 17, 2012, 12:39:27 PM
Thanks Rick,

Ya, the baseboard is too small. I think this will not be my final layout.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on March 17, 2012, 09:41:56 PM
I think you should go for a mix, but have the grey dominate. The lighter shade looks like Misty Island ballast.... ::)
I think Caleb's nailed it, I'd do the above if it were me :) but your layout, your choice :).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on March 18, 2012, 01:13:51 AM
Yeah Caleb, that was a really good suggestion, thanks for mentioning it. I've just gone and done a comparison of your idea against full grey ballast.

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2mwb20w.jpg)

I think the mix looks good, but I'm still going to spend some time experimenting around with percentages. In the meantime, what are all your thoughts on the above?

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on March 18, 2012, 01:48:35 AM
Personal taste, but I like the grey 100%, but that might be because I have a fondness for the sets in S6-8.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Michigan Railfan on March 18, 2012, 02:04:34 AM
I gotta say that I think the full grey looks the best out of all of those. Just my opinion though.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 18, 2012, 11:13:12 AM
I like the grey ballest as well. The mixture looks like ballest in a quarry or something


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on March 18, 2012, 11:16:18 AM
Maybe full grey ballast on the mainline and the mixture on a branchline or siding? Just an idea. It's what I'm going to do on my new layout.  :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 18, 2012, 03:56:03 PM
I like the mixed version - but having two different mixes for the mainline and branchlines makes sense, too


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on March 18, 2012, 09:18:52 PM
I must say now my opinion has changed full grey looks best, but I reckon as said earlier mixed would be good for sidings, mainline or branchline etc :P.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 18, 2012, 11:09:08 PM
What happened to caleb's youtube channel, it says it's not avilable :-\  ???


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Skarloey on March 18, 2012, 11:46:59 PM
I'm planning on starting a layout of Ffarquhar Station from the Railway Series soon, but I need some help. I need some good reference shots of Ffarquhar, but I can't seem to find any.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 19, 2012, 02:04:55 AM
Here's my layout as of the night of March 17th, 2012.

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/429898_2710688301057_1672372208_1782965_2122696606_n.jpg)




(and btw, I hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick's day and wore green ;) )


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 19, 2012, 10:31:24 AM
That looks really nice Dino. But I would be concerned about that track being so close to the edge. You're risking a fall to the floor.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 19, 2012, 07:55:37 PM
Thank you RW James, and I am aware of a potential fall (especially since I have a cat). But concerning tracks falling off, I at least plan to nail them to a roadbed, and just be careful when I run trains.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 19, 2012, 10:10:14 PM
Well, the thing is, I don't understand why the track is that wide there. If you cut that straight bit of set track shorter you could reduce the width and give yourself some breathing room.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 20, 2012, 11:29:32 AM
By wide, are you referring to what you see at the picture's right? It's wide like that so I can put in Knapford Station. The spacing is also somewhat wide across one set of rails to the other so I could put in Tidmouth Sheds.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on March 20, 2012, 12:32:50 PM
By wide, are you referring to what you see at the picture's right? It's wide like that so I can put in Knapford Station. The spacing is also somewhat wide across one set of rails to the other so I could put in Tidmouth Sheds.
Yeah, that's it. I would honestly be concerned running that close to the edge. I've seen derailments on the best laid track that would land perfectly good trains on the floor.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 20, 2012, 01:48:52 PM
Ouch! Then I'd better reconsider where I put things...


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on March 23, 2012, 05:24:54 PM
New Update: Sodor Updates!


Time for update pictures:

    (Here they are)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/29184794.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/c55cb946.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/a6f15ee1.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/19412874.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/fb849e09.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/0e6716ff.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/2dee81cc.jpg)


Comments, Question, Suggestions, are GREATLY Appreciated ;) Thanks for readin!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on March 23, 2012, 09:23:27 PM
It looks very good.  ;) Can't wait to see the finished mountain. I have been greatly preoccupied with the other thread though, as you could probbably tell.   :-\


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on March 23, 2012, 09:30:25 PM
Looks really good SodorAdventures! May I suggest putting a watertower on it?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 23, 2012, 09:47:23 PM
looks good!  Kind of american looking for british characters


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on March 23, 2012, 10:03:04 PM
Looks really good SodorAdventures! May I suggest putting a watertower on it?

You may suggest it :P Lol, yea, that is a good idea. Do you mean for the trains, or for the town?

    Thanks!

It looks very good.  ;) Can't wait to see the finished mountain. I have been greatly preoccupied with the other thread though, as you could probbably tell.   :-\

    I can't wait to see it either ;)   Its still kinda a WIP. But soon it'll be very nice. Thanks! And yea, good luck with your little troublemaker.

looks good!  Kind of american looking for british characters

 Agreeable. I was kinda going for a more American look this time around. You don't mind, right? I think it'll make the stories that much more interesting ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 23, 2012, 10:45:58 PM
Ya, I aggree ;)  How big is the benchwork?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on March 23, 2012, 11:49:35 PM
Ya, I aggree ;)  How big is the benchwork?

 4 Feet by 16 Ft. How big is yours?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on March 24, 2012, 08:48:23 AM
@SodorAdventures For the twon that would look really good, but its your choice, not mine  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on March 24, 2012, 09:52:34 AM
@SodorAdventures For the twon that would look really good, but its your choice, not mine  ;)

 Sounds Good!

   Like this:

    (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41enxUjfk%2BL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

    Or this?

 (http://www.structuresandtrainsbyfred.com/images/Product/large/2097.jpg)

  Or this?

   (http://c.shld.net/rpx/i/s/pi/mp/1363/5040677301p?src=http%3A%2F%2Fsite.unbeatablesale.com%2Fimg201%2Fspws497.gif&d=62b22a42467e0ef3ce78bb98b2c42d22a711e17b)


  Thanks for your valued opinions!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on March 24, 2012, 12:24:08 PM
Ya, I aggree ;)  How big is the benchwork?

 4 Feet by 16 Ft. How big is yours?

A humble 4x6 which has no legs.  It just sits on the floor :-\


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on March 24, 2012, 04:23:17 PM
@Sodoradventures @2nd one looks good, but again its your layout, your call  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 01, 2012, 12:00:50 PM
My quarry layout WIP!  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAeVU1yTfaY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAeVU1yTfaY)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Skarloey on April 02, 2012, 12:43:40 AM
Looking fine by me. I was almost thinking that the incline track was somehow floating, but then I finally saw the mesh used to become a hill.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 02, 2012, 01:24:07 AM
I think he'll fall off the cliff! Bill or Ben whatever one it was( no offense): AHHHHHHHHH!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: gwr duck on April 02, 2012, 07:37:14 AM
im building a quarry layout as well but no pics till its done ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 02, 2012, 08:24:09 AM
im building a quarry layout as well but no pics till its done ;D ;D
Well, can't wait to see how it turns out! I will post a video when the quarry is finished, but I have a lot to do. I have to add some more cliffs so the one doesn't look out of place. I have to cover the cliffs in plaster cloth, paint them, and put my rock molds on them. Then I have to lay ballast, and glue it down. But I will try to get it done so I can post an episode in the "Thomas Fan series" thread.  :)
I think he'll fall off the cliff! Bill or Ben whatever one it was( no offense): AHHHHHHHHH!
We'll have to see, I don't want to give anything away.  ;)
Looking fine by me. I was almost thinking that the incline track was somehow floating, but then I finally saw the mesh used to become a hill.
Haha :D Thanks!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on April 06, 2012, 04:12:41 AM
Finally got some new photos of my layout undergoing changes here and there. :)

Elsbridge Station
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5539.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5540.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5541.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5542.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5543.jpg)

Goods yard and Tunnel
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5545.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5546.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5547.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5548.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5549.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5550.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5551.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5552.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5554.jpg)
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb444/SacredWolfieMedia/Model%20Railway%20Projects/DSCF5555.jpg)


I will post more when the details are complete.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 06, 2012, 08:16:15 AM
It's looking great! I actually like the new design better, ecspecially the tunnel! Fantastic work so far!  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on April 06, 2012, 11:19:36 AM
Nice work there, Stepney! I especially like the tunnel. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on April 06, 2012, 05:08:31 PM
Thank you both. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 06, 2012, 06:00:06 PM
I'm also liking the van by the shed. Where did you get it?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on April 06, 2012, 11:00:09 PM
Yeah, those changes look awesome. Especially looking forward to seeing the completed tunnel/goods yard!

I also notice you've made some markings on the baseboard between some of the tracks in the goods yard. Do you plan on putting a platform or building of some description there, and if so, what will it be?

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on April 07, 2012, 02:45:18 AM
Sadly no, those markings you see on the board, was originally where Elsbridge had been built, before it was decided to move the station to the other side of the board, since i wasn't able to add the road leading to the building on the hill before, but i personally think the move was good, since it enabled me to be able to add a little more detail than originally.

The tunnel is being worked on and will hopefully be ready by Monday, same with the good yard, depending on the weather and also if i don't run out of dual-rail joiners. :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 07, 2012, 09:08:55 AM
Well can't wait.  ;) Where could I find a van like the one sitting by the shed?  ???


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on April 07, 2012, 05:50:31 PM
I believe that van is a Dapol Fruit Van:
http://www.ehattons.com/32057/Dapol_Model_Railways_4f014004_Fruit_D_wagon_W2010_in_BR_maroon_livery/StockDetail.aspx

I believe Hattons ship to the states but postage will be high I think...
They're nice vans though I must say.

Alternately, eBay might have a few?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 07, 2012, 08:05:26 PM
UK......how much is 12 UK dollars into US dollars?  ???  I'm liking a lot of those products too!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on April 07, 2012, 08:07:54 PM
UK......how much is 12 UK dollars into US dollars?  ???  I'm liking a lot of those products too!
You can change the currency to USD's on thier website, I've bought products from ehattons before.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on April 07, 2012, 11:31:00 PM
the van is 12, 10 for the van itself and 2 for VAT. minus the VAT, 2, and add the 3-5 day shipping, 3, and it will add up to 13. 13 is like $20/21. so in a way that's cheaper than getting an american freight car


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 08, 2012, 09:11:19 AM
True. Thanks!  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 08, 2012, 01:29:54 PM
the van is 12, 10 for the van itself and 2 for VAT. minus the VAT, 2, and add the 3-5 day shipping, 3, and it will add up to 13. 13 is like $20/21. so in a way that's cheaper than getting an american freight car

  Woah woah woah! 20 Dollars is a lot for a van! About 80% of US Rolling Stock is under 20 dollars. I bet! In stores, how often do you see one van for more than 20 dollars! Just saying


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Michigan Railfan on April 08, 2012, 05:20:43 PM
the van is 12, 10 for the van itself and 2 for VAT. minus the VAT, 2, and add the 3-5 day shipping, 3, and it will add up to 13. 13 is like $20/21. so in a way that's cheaper than getting an american freight car

  Woah woah woah! 20 Dollars is a lot for a van! About 80% of US Rolling Stock is under 20 dollars. I bet! In stores, how often do you see one van for more than 20 dollars! Just saying

You'd be lucky to find a well detailed, up to NMRA Standards frieght car anymore. It's well over 25 dollars for one of those good cars.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on April 08, 2012, 06:23:33 PM
When you buy from eHattons, be sure to buy a large quantity of items so that you can save some money by getting a lot of items in one shipping load. A few times, I recall the check out process not counting VAT for me since I was a foreign purchaser.

Either way, Bachmann Thomas stock for larger vans like the Well Wagon and Mail cars prices around $16-20 on eBay anyway.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Skarloey on April 08, 2012, 09:44:43 PM
Well, for cases like me, where Model Railway stores are nowhere in sight, I have to order offline, and 20$ for a highly detailed van, compared to a Troublesome Truck for 26$, I'm fine with that. Besides, I can just order the separate faces from the parts section of this site. (No offense to you, Bachmann)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on April 08, 2012, 11:51:24 PM
the van is 12, 10 for the van itself and 2 for VAT. minus the VAT, 2, and add the 3-5 day shipping, 3, and it will add up to 13. 13 is like $20/21. so in a way that's cheaper than getting an american freight car

  Woah woah woah! 20 Dollars is a lot for a van! About 80% of US Rolling Stock is under 20 dollars. I bet! In stores, how often do you see one van for more than 20 dollars! Just saying
Look in the product info on the just the Bachmann site and you'll find no piece of US rolling stock under $19.50  ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 09, 2012, 06:11:54 PM
the van is 12, 10 for the van itself and 2 for VAT. minus the VAT, 2, and add the 3-5 day shipping, 3, and it will add up to 13. 13 is like $20/21. so in a way that's cheaper than getting an american freight car

  Woah woah woah! 20 Dollars is a lot for a van! About 80% of US Rolling Stock is under 20 dollars. I bet! In stores, how often do you see one van for more than 20 dollars! Just saying
Look in the product info on the just the Bachmann site and you'll find no piece of US rolling stock under $19.50  ::)

  Yeah, Manufacturer's price!

   But rarely online will you see that actually see that piece only available for 20+

  And NMRA Standards are garbage. :P

    There are so many great options, just look around! Don't spend 20, even 15 for a piece of rolling stock unless it something you REALLY want.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on April 09, 2012, 06:43:10 PM
Ok, I finally have something good to put in this thread...   
(http://i42.tinypic.com/dgorrk.png)
My layout plan!
Here is the geometry, it's hornby track.
(http://i43.tinypic.com/25asn4j.png)
this is how I will outfit it with scenery:
(http://i43.tinypic.com/8znpxc.png)
any questions? just ask!  and T&F:ReBorn! will not be filmed on this layout.  it will be filmed on temperary sets .


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 09, 2012, 07:29:48 PM
Sounds great, but add some creativity, don't go by the books.  Its much more fun that way ;)

     Either way, Have fun!

  Also, i would like to point out that you have crossovers connecting your inner oval to your outer oval. YOU WILL NEED PLASTIC JOINERS in order to run two train at once. Don't worry, they are about 3 bucks.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on April 09, 2012, 07:50:28 PM
Well, SA's, I knew I would need plastic joiners, but cos' I am using british points,   I might not need them. I am not sure.  I know I would need them if I was using atlas points! but thanks for the info either way

And the buildings will be different, cos I am using mostly scaledale, that is scenecraft, but the foiliage will be similar ;D


My goal is something quintessentially english/british:)

EDIT: here is the wiring diagram for controllers:
(http://i40.tinypic.com/23jgwt0.png)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on April 09, 2012, 09:20:50 PM
Sounds great, but add some creativity, don't go by the books.  Its much more fun that way ;)

     Either way, Have fun!

  Also, i would like to point out that you have crossovers connecting your inner oval to your outer oval. YOU WILL NEED PLASTIC JOINERS in order to run two train at once. Don't worry, they are about 3 bucks.
yeah plastic joiners do work I've got five loops split between two levels and my engines run in opposite directions.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on April 09, 2012, 09:55:58 PM
As I am limited on space when it comes to expanding my layout, I have tried something new (;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3gbDmRn5nU&lc=S7U71BsT1SQ3LjobuLG3DHiVO7YPJ91Fb_R7yOsIfYg&feature=inbox


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on April 10, 2012, 10:43:19 AM
Very well done ThomasFan!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on April 10, 2012, 02:07:31 PM
Thanks!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 10, 2012, 05:55:04 PM
I like how you redressed your original layout. Something I attempted in the past, but this looks natural!  :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 10, 2012, 06:52:47 PM
Awesome job Thomasfan! Your layout looks *drum roll* AWESOME!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on April 10, 2012, 09:32:42 PM
Gracias, chicos (;


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rai1994 on April 11, 2012, 09:19:00 PM
Everyone's Layouts look great!  ;D

I hope to start making one soon, Unfortunately I don't have a lot of track pieces yet. I only enough 18" Radius track pieces to make a basic circle. Whenever I buy a new Bachmann Item, I always seem to buy an Engine or Rolling Stock, because I seem to want to get a good variety of Characters/Rolling Stock before I start working on my Layout, Although I don't have much yet... I have Thomas, Percy, James, Henry, Annie and Clarabel, Troublesome Truck #1, and I recently purchased a Mail Car and Troublesome Truck #3, But I think I'll pick up some track next time I go to my local Hobby store, to get a head start.  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on April 11, 2012, 10:05:57 PM
Well, here's my layout. The Sherie and Burlham Railway. Set between Somewhere over there and That much more interesting place

It's pretty basic, about 3x6

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2586/sb1vf.jpg)

Has both DC and DCC control, plus fully automated switches! (A new feature)

(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4976/sb3c.jpg)

Fully furbished Passenger and Freight facilities...

(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/2406/sb2l.jpg)

A small forest, valley, and the only double track on the line...

(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/9478/sb4ym.jpg)

A busy commercial district (Traffic seems to have built up)...

(http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/5229/sb5c.jpg)

And a fully working locomotive servicing stop (The Freight depot is in the foreground)

(http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/3069/sb7s.jpg)

And plus, here's may little namesake ^_^

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8067/sb6v.jpg)

Sorry if they seem a bit dark, my camera decided not to use flash at all.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 12, 2012, 07:31:22 AM
Well, here's my layout. The Sherie and Burlham Railway. Set between Somewhere over there and That much more interesting place

It's pretty basic, about 3x6

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2586/sb1vf.jpg)

Has both DC and DCC control, plus fully automated switches! (A new feature)

(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4976/sb3c.jpg)

Fully furbished Passenger and Freight facilities...

(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/2406/sb2l.jpg)

A small forest, valley, and the only double track on the line...

(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/9478/sb4ym.jpg)

A busy commercial district (Traffic seems to have built up)...

(http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/5229/sb5c.jpg)

And a fully working locomotive servicing stop (The Freight depot is in the foreground)

(http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/3069/sb7s.jpg)

And plus, here's may little namesake ^_^

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8067/sb6v.jpg)

Sorry if they seem a bit dark, my camera decided not to use flash at all.

  I love the layout, and can't wait to see your mountain!

   just one question, what is the most tight radius? They seem a little (too) tight....   Otherwise, I think as long as your not running Gordon or Henry, you should be fine ;)


  And I also love the weathering on the water tower!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on April 12, 2012, 09:03:06 AM
Definitely liking the looks of some of the layouts here!

My layout is still in it's very early stages, its built on a preformed base made by Noch called "Konigsfeld". The base is very ideal because its small, reasonably portable, and has some nice features on it (a tunnel and a bridge). The actual structure of the base can also be expanded upon in almost at any way imaginable (e., a mountain, ski lift, castle ruin, etc), however the steep hills will cause problems with most Bachmann Thomas engines hauling loads (the only ones capable of doing so being the newer, heavier engines like Donald, Douglas and Diesel, as well as the bigger engines.).
 
Here is a video of the layout with trackwork and a station in place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3u-1bo0wV8

Tonight, I just completed a ballasting test. Having chosen a blend of Grey and Buff ballast (Grey being dominant), I laid out some ballast and glued it down.

(http://i40.tinypic.com/10fwbra.jpg)

I think it looks good, so I'll be moving onto to the rest of the layout shortly. The only trouble I've had is that the dust given off by the ballast completely covers the track, turning it grey/black (it was originally weathered brown!).

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 12, 2012, 09:17:25 AM
Definitely liking the looks of some of the layouts here!

My layout is still in it's very early stages, its built on a preformed base made by Noch called "Konigsfeld". The base is very ideal because its small, reasonably portable, and has some nice features on it (a tunnel and a bridge). The actual structure of the base can also be expanded upon in almost at any way imaginable (e., a mountain, ski lift, castle ruin, etc), however the steep hills will cause problems with most Bachmann Thomas engines hauling loads (the only ones capable of doing so being the newer, heavier engines like Donald, Douglas and Diesel, as well as the bigger engines.).
 
Here is a video of the layout with trackwork and a station in place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3u-1bo0wV8

Tonight, I just completed a ballasting test. Having chosen a blend of Grey and Buff ballast (Grey being dominant), I laid out some ballast and glued it down.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/nx9j82.jpg)

(http://i40.tinypic.com/10fwbra.jpg)

I think it looks good, so I'll be moving onto to the rest of the layout shortly. The only trouble I've had is that the dust given off by the ballast completely covers the track, turning it grey/black (it was originally weathered brown!).

JWR3001

Saw the video, its looking very nice!

       I think personally you should ballast around the sides of the road bed too.

        I've been to many model (and real) Railroad and see the ballast filling over along the sides.   Otherwise, It looks great. You have a nack with those elevations, I never get them right :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on April 12, 2012, 09:46:53 AM
The steep hills will cause problems with most Bachmann Thomas engines hauling loads (the only ones capable of doing so being the newer, heavier engines like Donald, Douglas and Diesel, as well as the bigger engines.).

JWR3001
Oh yep, I have the exact same problem with the rosenhiem layout :P its a complete pain, and I have to tighten the radius towards the bridge, so Gordon, Henry and Spencer all fall off ITS A NIGHTMARE >:(.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on April 12, 2012, 09:59:03 AM
Saw the video, its looking very nice!

       I think personally you should ballast around the sides of the road bed too.

        I've been to many model (and real) Railroad and see the ballast filling over along the sides.   Otherwise, It looks great. You have a nack with those elevations, I never get them right :P

Thanks for saying so. I do plan on ballasting on the sides of the roadbed, the only reason I didn't for this test being that it was just too hard (given that the track is on the very edge of the board). I'm going to go back and finish that area up, but all tracks further away from the edges will be much easier to do.

And yeah, the roadbed was a pain (literally--twisting pieces and then holding them down while the glue dries is like playing a game of Twister with your fingers!)

Oh yep, I have the exact same problem with the rosenhiem layout :P its a complete pain, and I :P have to tighten the radius towards the bridge, so Gordon, Henry and Spencer all fall off ITS A NIGHTMARE >:(.

I think I've said this already, but I had the same trouble with Douglas on my Konigsfeld layout. Luckily I was able to rework the track on the outer loop, so Douglas can now handle the outer loop, but not the inner loop. Surprisingly, Gordon (and I therefore suspect, Henry & Spencer) handles both loops well...anyway, I'd love to see some photos if you have any...you know, just to see how it's progressing...maybe even help out before you secure down the track?

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on April 12, 2012, 10:11:13 AM
Quote
I love the layout, and can't wait to see your mountain!

   just one question, what is the most tight radius? They seem a little (too) tight....   Otherwise, I think as long as your not running Gordon or Henry, you should be fine


  And I also love the weathering on the water tower!

Thanks man. The radii is mostly 18", but the inside track on the double track segment has some 15" to compensate.

Ah yes and the water tower. My dad actually did that (my weathering skills are subpar) He's sure got the eye for detail.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on April 12, 2012, 07:40:23 PM
Oh yep, I have the exact same problem with the rosenhiem layout :P its a complete pain, and I :P have to tighten the radius towards the bridge, so Gordon, Henry and Spencer all fall off ITS A NIGHTMARE >:(.

I think I've said this already, but I had the same trouble with Douglas on my Konigsfeld layout. Luckily I was able to rework the track on the outer loop, so Douglas can now handle the outer loop, but not the inner loop. Surprisingly, Gordon (and I therefore suspect, Henry & Spencer) handles both loops well...anyway, I'd love to see some photos if you have any...you know, just to see how it's progressing...maybe even help out before you secure down the track?

JWR3001
Well if you come to the club's exhibition today I should be there, I have some photos on my phone, or I should be down at the club when things pick up again :).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: GTPS2 on April 13, 2012, 11:48:14 AM
Here's a photo of my model railway.

http://fav.me/d4w4iq2 (http://fav.me/d4w4iq2)

And here's a sketch of how it will look like when me and my Dad make it bigger.

http://fav.me/d4uwujf (http://fav.me/d4uwujf)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on April 14, 2012, 12:11:55 AM
Here's a photo of my model railway.

http://fav.me/d4w4iq2 (http://fav.me/d4w4iq2)

And here's a sketch of how it will look like when me and my Dad make it bigger.

http://fav.me/d4uwujf (http://fav.me/d4uwujf)

Nice layout you have there! The sketch is pretty nice too. Going for a RWS approach to Sodor?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: GTPS2 on April 14, 2012, 06:39:07 PM
Here's a photo of my model railway.

http://fav.me/d4w4iq2 (http://fav.me/d4w4iq2)

And here's a sketch of how it will look like when me and my Dad make it bigger.

http://fav.me/d4uwujf (http://fav.me/d4uwujf)

Nice layout you have there! The sketch is pretty nice too. Going for a RWS approach to Sodor?

Nope, just going for a TV Series approach as I'm gonna be doing the Watermill from Season 2.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on April 14, 2012, 07:03:11 PM
Quote
Nope, just going for a TV Series approach as I'm gonna be doing the Watermill from Season 2.

Oh, I see. Well, good luck on that!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 15, 2012, 08:08:31 AM
Here's a photo of my model railway.

http://fav.me/d4w4iq2 (http://fav.me/d4w4iq2)

And here's a sketch of how it will look like when me and my Dad make it bigger.

http://fav.me/d4uwujf (http://fav.me/d4uwujf)

 Dude, I like the design, but How big is the board? In order to fit all the curves and things you have planned, you be looking at 5-6 feet wide by 10-11 feet long....

   It looks great! but there just might not be enough space for it all.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: GTPS2 on April 15, 2012, 10:45:22 PM
Here's a photo of my model railway.

http://fav.me/d4w4iq2 (http://fav.me/d4w4iq2)

And here's a sketch of how it will look like when me and my Dad make it bigger.

http://fav.me/d4uwujf (http://fav.me/d4uwujf)

 Dude, I like the design, but How big is the board? In order to fit all the curves and things you have planned, you be looking at 5-6 feet wide by 10-11 feet long....

   It looks great! but there just might not be enough space for it all.

I can try to make some space. Me and my Dad just need to clean the whole basement, and get rid of some old stuff from that room.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 17, 2012, 11:48:05 AM
Sodoradventures Updates!


Here are the photos for EXPANSION 2012!!!!!!


   Painted:

       (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b14ceafd.jpg)

      (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/4a48fe67.jpg)

       (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/cf60605f.jpg)


   Painted and roadbed and road!

     (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/4030bc2b.jpg)

      (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/d922d60c.jpg)

     


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on April 18, 2012, 04:09:54 PM
Looking good! I just think I should warn you to be very careful with your models on that straight on the edge in the last photo. ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 18, 2012, 07:32:44 PM
You've been busy!
*EDIT* So have I! Here is more on the quarry! Still working on it though. I have to make a hopper, cover the cliffs in a rock mold, and add more track and ballast. But it is coming!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw)

 ;) Tell me what you think! Please!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on April 19, 2012, 12:19:00 AM
Looking good! I just think I should warn you to be very careful with your models on that straight on the edge in the last photo. ;)
I agree! Not only is it dangerous, but it really won't look good. There should be a little scenery between the viewer and the track.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jward on April 19, 2012, 10:08:42 AM
Looking good! I just think I should warn you to be very careful with your models on that straight on the edge in the last photo. ;)
I agree! Not only is it dangerous, but it really won't look good. There should be a little scenery between the viewer and the track.

so you just add a 1x6 shelf along the front where the track gets close to the edge.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jettrainfan on April 19, 2012, 11:05:49 AM
You can also add a few inches of plexie glass


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 19, 2012, 06:16:09 PM
Thanks veryobw for your comments! I think I may just add a little peice of foam (about half a foot) out in that spot. Thanks for pointing that out guys! It's just begun! I'm going for a small town USA flare. Here's a drawing on where it'll be:

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/5aa7b601.jpg)


    Any thoughts? More coming soon! I need to show new pictures.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jward on April 20, 2012, 10:07:31 AM
if you are going to add a foam extension, you'll need to protect it with something solid. why not just make the extension solid in the first place? it's way easier.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 21, 2012, 11:08:42 AM
Sodoradventures Updates!


Here are more photos for EXPANSION 2012!!!!!!

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/ed3fdad4.jpg)

                       My Amtrak under my other Amtrak with my Weathered Bridge!

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/15e5458c.jpg)

                    Further Back View

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/66a3056d.jpg)

                                    Full View

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/f2131986.jpg)

                                           Station/ Town View

Any Comments? Questions? Suggestions? I'll gladly accept them :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 21, 2012, 01:08:56 PM
Looks really good! I really like the elevated track, like the one on my quarry. Here is what it looks like at the moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw)  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 21, 2012, 01:18:18 PM
Looks really good! I really like the elevated track, like the one on my quarry. Here is what it looks like at the moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRSyDDYMFw)  :)

    Thanks Caleb!

           I love your quarry! Very Thomas-Like. ;)

                Do you have any full aerial shots of the layout? I'd like to see how big and where everything is in comparison to each area.

                                                  -Tanner


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 21, 2012, 08:49:27 PM
Full shot right here.  :) The hopper is going to be on the track closest to the sheds, about right across from Bill. Also, about your layout, the bridge is looking really cool! I always liked elevated tracks, and underpasses.  What kind of ballast will you use?  Isn't working on a layout fun?  :P :D

(http://i44.tinypic.com/359fnu8.jpg)
(my first pic on this forum!)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on April 21, 2012, 10:07:57 PM
It's settled
**Adds flying Caleb to BC to T&F:ReBorn budget**

If you get my meaning. If you don't,  Your quarry is amazing my friend!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 21, 2012, 10:12:40 PM
lol, thanks! I get it.  ;)  Of course, more ballast needs to be laid, along with more rock mold on the sides of the cliffs, and lastly a hopper, but thank you!  :D ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on April 23, 2012, 06:53:44 PM
Impressive work Caleb!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 23, 2012, 09:34:54 PM
Sodoradventures Updates!


Here are more photos for EXPANSION 2012!!!!!!


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/7f4c0984.jpg)
Gravel Down

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/6241d709.jpg)
My Work Area

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/9ef5851d.jpg)
Bridge

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b5c21c03.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/00faffa0.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/56a60adc.jpg)
Grass Down later down

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/710762a1.jpg)
One of my favorites :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 23, 2012, 09:37:45 PM
Awesome work SA, awesome as usual.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 23, 2012, 09:40:29 PM
Impressive work Caleb!
Thank you very much!
And fantastic work SodorAdventures! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on April 23, 2012, 10:23:51 PM
Awesome work tanner!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jleight on April 24, 2012, 09:00:46 AM
Nice work guys on the layouts. Has anyone tried to actually build Sodor Island true to the story? I am planning a layout and hoped to find some examples of modeled Sodor. Any help would be appreciated. I have found maps on the Thomas sites but trying to translate them to an HO layout is not the easiest. Any thoughts?  Thanks.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on April 24, 2012, 09:59:27 AM
depends on what your talking about, RWS or TV series? I'm still in the process of building my layout and it's going to be TV series based with some RWS references like I'm planning on putting FQC (Ffarqhuar Quarry Co.) and NW on the sides of some trucks, and putting some posters for the Talyllyn Railway, Isle of Man, Coronation Scot, and a poster for The Three Railway Engines on the platform of my station. so far i have Great Waterton, Brendam Docks, and Tidmouth Sheds. I want to add Anopha and maybe a narrow gauge line.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on April 24, 2012, 08:41:42 PM
@SodorAdventures Your layout is awsome!!! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 25, 2012, 11:16:01 PM
Another awesome photo with Thomas:

     (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/c3e20fe2.jpg)

       Tell me what you think.


                               -Sodoradventures


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Stepney the 'Bluebell' Engine on April 26, 2012, 01:20:09 AM
Looks great, love the scenic detail. :)

A quick update on my layout, i now have more dual-rail joiners, so the track work will be finished this weekend along with the tunnel.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 26, 2012, 01:20:51 AM
Defiantly agree with you SA. That is DEFINATLY awesome.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 26, 2012, 08:27:33 AM
Defiantly agree with you SA. That is DEFINATLY awesome.
ditto. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 27, 2012, 02:07:33 AM
What does that mean? It means a good thing? ???


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on April 27, 2012, 08:51:20 AM
Ditto means I agree completley.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on April 27, 2012, 05:50:47 PM
Ohhhhhh, ok. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on May 07, 2012, 09:27:57 PM
Not exactly an update, but trainspotting on my Tidmouth set.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78PkuuEIYo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78PkuuEIYo)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on May 08, 2012, 12:25:01 AM
Not exactly an update, but trainspotting on my Tidmouth set.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78PkuuEIYo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78PkuuEIYo)

nice! - I like the couplings

I think the brake squeals were a bit much though. Other than that, the sound track was splendid.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on May 08, 2012, 08:06:49 AM
I kinda thought that too.  :P  Oh well. The couplings are home-made, bent black paper clips.  ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 21, 2012, 07:50:44 PM
Hey everyone! Here are some pics of my layout that I took today. Enjoy :)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/546435_3031944052250_1672372208_1914127_1160296053_n.jpg)

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/545790_3031944892271_1672372208_1914129_949266411_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/542941_3031945692291_1672372208_1914132_2134529667_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559600_3031946052300_1672372208_1914133_2057039815_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547959_3031946452310_1672372208_1914134_365421982_n.jpg)

And lastly, here's my layout as of today:
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/551620_3031965572788_1672372208_1914138_56730730_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on May 21, 2012, 08:54:42 PM
Sweet! Thomas' eyes seemed a little scratched....


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on May 21, 2012, 10:01:55 PM
Loving it. Especially the bridge. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on May 22, 2012, 12:30:38 AM
The track near the wall concerns me. I'm just a little worried that there is not enough clearance for certain locos, or cranes, to make the bend without smacking the wall. Similar concern goes for the bend hanging over.. nothing. Derailment could mean disaster, much worse than tapping the wall.

But other than that, I think the layout is coming along great. I love that it's not just an oval, instead making a sort of mushroom-shape, and thus more interesting to look at.
The sheds seem to take over the layout, dominate if you will(I recall someone else said that too?), but I imagine as more buildings and scenery goes in it won't be such a big issue. Do you plan to use the space next to the turntable as a yard, take advantage of some of the other track connections on the turntable, or do you have other plans?

As I said before, your layout's coming along great. Keep up the good work!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 22, 2012, 02:30:55 AM
Sweet! Thomas' eyes seemed a little scratched....
Thank you, and you're right. Thomas' eye is scratched; I've had him for many years. When I have time (and money, for that matter), I plan to purchase new Thomas, Percy, and James models.

Loving it. Especially the bridge. :)

Thank you :)

The track near the wall concerns me. I'm just a little worried that there is not enough clearance for certain locos, or cranes, to make the bend without smacking the wall. Similar concern goes for the bend hanging over.. nothing. Derailment could mean disaster, much worse than tapping the wall.

But other than that, I think the layout is coming along great. I love that it's not just an oval, instead making a sort of mushroom-shape, and thus more interesting to look at.
The sheds seem to take over the layout, dominate if you will(I recall someone else said that too?), but I imagine as more buildings and scenery goes in it won't be such a big issue. Do you plan to use the space next to the turntable as a yard, take advantage of some of the other track connections on the turntable, or do you have other plans?

As I said before, your layout's coming along great. Keep up the good work!

Thank you! :) Now, in answer to your concerns (which I thank you for):
a.) I never considered the wall to be an issue, so thanks for pointing that out.
b.) The curve over the edge: don't worry. That will be fixed eventually, for I'm planning to put som more wood on the left side of the layout, thus, I can move the track over and have a little more room. But also, my tracks are of different codes (100 [I think. What code is Bachmann's E-Z track?] and 83, respectively), so derailments are an issue there. So I'm looking for solutions as to fix this problem. I will also be using cork roadbed to help keep tracks in place.
c.) Regarding the space between the turntable: I will be connecting track to the rails to the right of the entry track. And also, you've opened the door for possibilities as to what I could put in the space (though I may not have enough room for a yard). :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 06, 2012, 02:07:27 AM
Hey, I'm really sorry about double-posting, but this thread hasn't seen much activity for a few days. So anyway, I hope we have King of the Hill fans here, because I present to you the latest addition to my layout:

A Custom Strickland Propane building!!!!

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/398955_3096795513496_1559103021_n.jpg)
(sorry for the small size; I took this with my phone)

What do you think? Again, I apologize for double-posting.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: MetaDude27 on June 06, 2012, 10:06:20 AM
I love it! Now all you need is a Hank Hill miniature. (Maybe you could make one out of Legos?)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on June 06, 2012, 12:23:07 PM
cool and i agree now all you need is a mini hank hill


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 06, 2012, 01:33:02 PM
Thank you shiningtime and MetaDude27. In fact, when I got Bachmann's Rail Chief set, it came with unpainted figures. I plan to paint one figure to look like Hank. I also plan to paint two other figures like Bobby and Peggy.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on June 06, 2012, 04:44:32 PM
Thank you shiningtime and MetaDude27. In fact, when I got Bachmann's Rail Chief set, it came with unpainted figures. I plan to paint one figure to look like Hank. I also plan to paint two other figures like Bobby and Peggy.

nice and then all u need are bill boomhoward and dale


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 06, 2012, 07:23:17 PM
I plan to do them too :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: MetaDude27 on June 07, 2012, 11:53:06 AM
Cool! I can't wait to see photos of them when they're finished.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 07, 2012, 01:59:49 PM
Cool! I can't wait to see photos of them when they're finished.

Thank you very much! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on June 07, 2012, 08:57:56 PM
I cried when king of the hill ended :P.  I liked it alot more than the simpsons


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 07, 2012, 09:02:16 PM
King of the Hill was a good show indeed.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on June 07, 2012, 09:10:03 PM
Oh God, I feel so out of place. Am I the only one who hasn't watched KoTH?  :-[


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 07, 2012, 09:12:02 PM
Oh God, I feel so out of place. Am I the only one who hasn't watched KoTH?  :-[

I'm quite sure that you're not alone on that one...


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on June 07, 2012, 09:58:44 PM
Oh God, I feel so out of place. Am I the only one who hasn't watched KoTH?  :-[
I don't.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on June 08, 2012, 04:36:25 AM
I love it! Now all you need is a Hank Hill miniature. (Maybe you could make one out of Legos?)
Just to alert, it's Lego bricks. Just to alert. No hard feelings. I just hate it when people call them Legos. Sorry if there's hard feelings. And DinoNTrains, niiiice.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on June 08, 2012, 11:12:23 AM
@SonicSpeed: Thank you very much.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on June 21, 2012, 03:28:47 PM


Time for another....


                      
SodorAdventures Update!!


Check out this:

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/49232c31.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/12972bdf.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/2b8169c6.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/c1eef7df.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/1e6714f1.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/fbda66a2.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/f45beff1.jpg)


  Give me Comment, and Suggestions! Thanks!!! How do you like?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: panniertankboy8751 on June 21, 2012, 03:29:58 PM
Those building... they look familiar. Did you split up Merchants' Row #1?

-Matt


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on June 21, 2012, 03:49:38 PM
Those building... they look familiar. Did you split up Merchants' Row #1?

-Matt

 Actually, no. :P    They are DPM (Woodland Scenics) and Walthers street buildings, but they do look like Merchants row buildings. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on June 21, 2012, 08:00:21 PM
Awesomeness! It's looking great!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on June 23, 2012, 12:43:31 AM
AMAZING!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 08, 2012, 02:41:27 AM
Hey everyone! Here's my layout as of now.

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/403928_3204053194871_1354333715_n.jpg)

Yes, I know there are some bumps and uneven joints in the tracks, but I'll fix them eventually. Now, since my last pics, here are the changes:

*My dad added the extension to the left-hand side of the table. Now I have a little more room and don't have too worry as much about my trains taking a nasty tumble.

*My dad also added a shelf at the bottom.

*There is now a triangular piece of wood at the right-hand corner of the "T", so now some tracks that were over the edge are now on firm ground, and I can rest my controller there.

*I added an extra track, which will have a tunnel.

I hope you like it. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on July 08, 2012, 08:16:25 PM
Awesome work dudes, awesome work. And DinoNTrains, hahaha. Good use of the Tomy stuff. :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 09, 2012, 05:57:14 AM
Awesome work dudes, awesome work. And DinoNTrains, hahaha. Good use of the Tomy stuff. :D

Thank you! :) And TOMY stuff? A lot of those items are actually ERTL.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on July 09, 2012, 08:07:44 PM
I recognise that tunnel from when I was younger. Its TOMY, likely. But maybe I'm wrong. It looks alot like one.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 10, 2012, 11:53:41 AM
I recognise that tunnel from when I was younger. Its TOMY, likely. But maybe I'm wrong. It looks alot like one.

Good guess :) But it's actually ERTL.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 10, 2012, 02:26:53 PM
I believe Tomy owns Ertl, and depending on where in the world you are, you might find the same product under either name.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 10, 2012, 06:34:29 PM
I believe Tomy owns Ertl, and depending on where in the world you are, you might find the same product under either name.

Interesting. I didn't know that


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on July 10, 2012, 11:25:05 PM
COMING SOON!  New Update news, and some pictures of new things to come on the layout! Get excited!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 15, 2012, 02:22:06 PM
Hi everyone. I have a few more pics of my layout. Enjoy :)

Here, I hope to make a tiny dockyard, as you can see Bulstrode. I hope to put in Cranky the Crane, too. However, it all depends of if there is enough room.
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/391398_3226936886949_1315170100_n.jpg)

I have some sidings for a quarry in this pic. Here, you can see Percy shunting.
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/179911_3226937326960_514049812_n.jpg)

A pile of bears. :P It's a reference to an episode of Futurama.
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/575710_3226937726970_1377189832_n.jpg)

Gordon and Henry with their respective trains.
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/531205_3226938286984_883876866_n.jpg)

A shot of my layout as of now:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406365_3226938686994_639620052_n.jpg)



Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on July 15, 2012, 03:08:36 PM
This Post has been moved to the following page: Check there to see it.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 15, 2012, 03:12:19 PM
Dino, I must say that you layout is coming along quite well. I think the size of the layout you have is perfect, because you can fit many of the main parts of Sodor on it. Cant wait to see the layout with some ground cover, but don't rush it! :)

Thanks SodorAdventures. Much appreciated. And your layout is coming along very nicely, too. Keep up the good work.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on July 15, 2012, 03:27:55 PM
Dino, I must say that you layout is coming along quite well. I think the size of the layout you have is perfect, because you can fit many of the main parts of Sodor on it. Cant wait to see the layout with some ground cover, but don't rush it! :)

Thanks SodorAdventures. Much appreciated. And your layout is coming along very nicely, too. Keep up the good work.

  Not a problem! Just for those of you who didn't see it, It was on the preceding page, I'll move it here now:

As for me, I have mostly finished the new addition to my layout and tore up the old section for a complete revamp. Pictures below for the another...



SodorAdventures Update!



  Each picture will have a caption to tell you what will go in that spot.



      (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/a49ba170.jpg)

                The quarry!!! The one furthest back is the one that connects to the elevated track that loops over the new section. The two closer ones are just sidings for the rolling stock. Also in the 2nd and 3rd track, a coaling plant will be put over. You can see the foam in between to level it. Here is what the coaling plant looks like:


    (http://www.ovrtrains.com/images/P/933-3017.jpg)

    And when its built:
   
    (http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19388&d=1269567124)     

     Tell me how you like the coaling plant!

 
 (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/4cc601bd.jpg)

        A farm, I will use my mat idea to reenact grain around the line. There will also be a grain co-op, shown in the picture, and a barn with a farmhouse.

 
(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/af85c50c.jpg)

      This will just be a mountain. The spur that goes through the tunnel will open up into the yard, which you might be able to tell.


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b08ca993.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/d68b267d.jpg)

    A 2% grade for a river to go through. Pretty much just a hill to go over the river. Not too much over there yet.

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/5b0557d4.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/b4395e75.jpg)

    This is a junction. I am not sure what to do in that corner. Any ideas for that would be appreciated :)


         So, thats whats new on the set. Questions, comments, and suggestions are greatly appreciated!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 15, 2012, 03:53:50 PM
How about an american signal and signal box? The layouts looking awesome, especially the coaling plant. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 15, 2012, 05:29:36 PM
Hi everyone. I have a few more pics of my layout. Enjoy :)

Here, I hope to make a tiny dockyard, as you can see Bulstrode. I hope to put in Cranky the Crane, too. However, it all depends of if there is enough room.
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/391398_3226936886949_1315170100_n.jpg)
I've mentioned this before, but I really think it bares repeating... That track is WAY too close to the edge. Equipment WILL fall off the table - guaranteed. If you use flex track you move it back an couple of inches. No track should ever be closer than two inches from the edge.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on July 15, 2012, 06:52:43 PM
Hi everyone. I have a few more pics of my layout. Enjoy :)

Here, I hope to make a tiny dockyard, as you can see Bulstrode. I hope to put in Cranky the Crane, too. However, it all depends of if there is enough room.
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/391398_3226936886949_1315170100_n.jpg)
I've mentioned this before, but I really think it bares repeating... That track is WAY too close to the edge. Equipment WILL fall off the table - guaranteed. If you use flex track you move it back an couple of inches. No track should ever be closer than two inches from the edge.

   Indeed, that did seem a little close, but I think It shouldn't be too hard to pull the track in more. Good catch, RW.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jward on July 15, 2012, 07:52:26 PM
your track will fit better if you use a #4 switch in place of that 22"r one. the switch angle will be about 12 1/2 degrees instead of 30, your dock track will be further from the table edge, and you might even be able to fit two tracks there.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 16, 2012, 01:07:37 AM
Thank you all for your concerns. Once again, I have completely forgotten about the dangers of being too close to the edge of the table :P But, however, like I mentioned, it all depends on space. So I might rework it a bit or do something else (idk), but again, thanks for pointing this out guys


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Narrowgauge111 on July 16, 2012, 12:43:38 PM
lol, your layout looks like mine right now: stuff scattered EVERYWHERE. only difference is, your working on yours, and mine is sitting idle  ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 16, 2012, 01:18:48 PM
lol :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 17, 2012, 10:37:26 AM
Some Pictures of the castle ruins on my layout, I didn't know where else to put them. I'll take some better pictures soon but this is all I've got at the moment :) :P
(http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/2011/dsc00053zt.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/687/dsc00053zt.jpg/)
(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/4104/dsc00052p.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/dsc00052p.jpg/)
(http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3717/dsc00051cn.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/225/dsc00051cn.jpg/)
(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/9232/dsc00050cs.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/dsc00050cs.jpg/)
(http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/6048/dsc00049bl.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/821/dsc00049bl.jpg/)
(http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4620/dsc00047lz.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/100/dsc00047lz.jpg/)
(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7125/dsc00048kdo.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/217/dsc00048kdo.jpg/)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 17, 2012, 11:43:51 AM
Those are quite a nice touch :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TrainFan2020 on July 17, 2012, 12:07:22 PM
wow :o

the castle ruins are awesome!!!

KEEP ON BUILDING!!

PETERSAM12


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 17, 2012, 09:45:37 PM
wow :o

the castle ruins are awesome!!!

KEEP ON BUILDING!!

PETERSAM12
Thanks. They took me the most part of the day to paint and weather so it's nice to know my hard work is appreciated. But the paint and weathering slight touch ups, I'll upload some photos of it at about 30% complete as that's the only time I thought to take pictures DURING painting and weathering. LOL, so much like me :P.
EDIT:
Here they are
(http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/8438/dsc00015tb.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/dsc00015tb.jpg/)
(http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/4632/dsc00016sw.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/99/dsc00016sw.jpg/)
(http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/892/dsc00017zt.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/dsc00017zt.jpg/)
(http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/7633/dsc00025ub.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/100/dsc00025ub.jpg/)
(http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/5784/dsc00026t.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/72/dsc00026t.jpg/)
Pictures of my layout to come soon :).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on July 18, 2012, 12:17:00 AM
Wow, that actually looks really good--you'll have to share some of your weathering secrets with us sometime so I can use them on my Classic Windmill project!  ;D

Looking forward to seeing some photos of your layout in its entirety!

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 18, 2012, 02:33:29 AM
Wow, that actually looks really good--you'll have to share some of your weathering secrets with us sometime so I can use them on my Classic Windmill project!  ;D

Looking forward to seeing some photos of your layout in its entirety!

JWR3001
Well my secret was sprinkling dark green grass on it when the paint was fresh, if anyones intrested about paints, I used model master dark slate grey for base, then covered with testors flat grey, and finally all wooden surfaces were covered with testors wood paint :). I'll post pictures soon, provided imageshack behaves itself ;).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 18, 2012, 05:03:28 AM
They call me Sonic coz I am faster than sound I keep on jumping around. Blue hedgehog, Sonic, with incredible speed I keep on moving my feet-nah I'm just messin' with ya
Pictures:
(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/3701/dsc00111ks.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/dsc00111ks.jpg/)
(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/9881/dsc00110n.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/dsc00110n.jpg/)
(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8963/dsc00108o.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/440/dsc00108o.jpg/)
(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/5507/dsc00107uk.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/dsc00107uk.jpg/)
(http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/3960/dsc00106ez.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/dsc00106ez.jpg/)
(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/6693/dsc00105dq.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/69/dsc00105dq.jpg/)
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6509/dsc00104oc.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/98/dsc00104oc.jpg/)
(http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/734/dsc00103pq.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/507/dsc00103pq.jpg/)
(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/3757/dsc00102ge.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/dsc00102ge.jpg/)
(http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/6356/dsc00101mw.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/854/dsc00101mw.jpg/)
(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3433/dsc00061mj.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/193/dsc00061mj.jpg/)
(http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/9206/dsc00060fx.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/404/dsc00060fx.jpg/)
(http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/7375/dsc00059sz.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/607/dsc00059sz.jpg/)
(http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6973/dsc00058xn.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/526/dsc00058xn.jpg/)
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5057/dsc00057bt.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/215/dsc00057bt.jpg/)
(http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3450/dsc00056jcc.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/dsc00056jcc.jpg/)
(http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/1156/dsc00055ew.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/685/dsc00055ew.jpg/)
(http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/5435/dsc00054lp.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/228/dsc00054lp.jpg/)
(http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/3267/dsc00054hx.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/dsc00054hx.jpg/)
There's a total of 19 and I had two more, but I couldn't upload them  >:( ggggrrrrrrrr.
Anyhoo enjoy :)
Edit:
Photos of the blades for my windmill kit that received repainting by me:
(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9113/dsc00118e.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/dsc00118e.jpg/)
(http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/7550/dsc00113bi.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/406/dsc00113bi.jpg/)
(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8151/dsc00116oy.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/dsc00116oy.jpg/)
(http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/6468/dsc00115zc.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/dsc00115zc.jpg/)
(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/3624/dsc00114um.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/dsc00114um.jpg/)
Be sure to comment and give friendly, constructive critisim ;).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: MetaDude27 on July 18, 2012, 01:24:57 PM
Your layout looks amazing! The castle ruins remind me of the ones seen in Season 2:

(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120407125646/ttte/images/4/41/WoollyBear2.png)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 18, 2012, 09:47:06 PM
when you get a closer look their not that close to the season 2 ones, I wasn't even going with thomas based design, I was going for a personal "real world" touch but thanks for the compliment, any constructive criticism for me to consider ;D ;) :) ?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 18, 2012, 10:00:42 PM
I don't like how dryaw station does not belong to me!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on July 18, 2012, 10:05:45 PM
Have you given any thought to the buildings/scenery elements that you might position about the layout (other than the tents, station, castle & windmill)? Anything concrete as of yet?

I've just ordered a Wills Post Office Kit for my layout, as I feel its very "Sodor-esque" and fits the village concept very well. I also know that I'll be paving the road way around the layout with Woodlands Scenics Smooth-It, and I'll also be creating a Railway crossing at the far side of the layout with the same stuff.

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 18, 2012, 10:32:09 PM
Have you given any thought to the buildings/scenery elements that you might position about the layout (other than the tents, station, castle & windmill)? Anything concrete as of yet?

I've just ordered a Wills Post Office Kit for my layout, as I feel its very "Sodor-esque" and fits the village concept very well. I also know that I'll be paving the road way around the layout with Woodlands Scenics Smooth-It, and I'll also be creating a Railway crossing at the far side of the layout with the same stuff.

JWR3001
well since I'm working on a 6x4 foot I have some extra space up the front and on one side, so up the front I might build an extension over there to have platforms for dryaw on both sides of the railway line, and the road inside might be converted to an n guage track with a siding that leads into a tunnel so the engine can get home, and another section of n guage track up the front that goes to the side where an extension will be built with some sidings with freight and trucks, I decided somewhere on the layout harold is also going to have his own helipad, but most of this isn't concrete, but plausible ;) .
On a different note does anyone here know if there's anyone out there who sells skarloey railway engines and stock, like a few people used :) any help is greatly appreiciated :) .
Oh I almost forgot, on my layout there is a house which is just the hornby (thomas range) country station building :) .
I don't like how dryaw station does not belong to me!
Try ebay ;) .
EDIT:
More pictures? Blasphemy!
Not quite ;) .
(http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9571/dsc00186xh.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/dsc00186xh.jpg/)
The bridge
(http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/7218/dsc00185xa.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/dsc00185xa.jpg/)
Where the windmill is going to be :)
More of the seemingly popular castle ruins:
(http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6954/dsc00181ev.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/706/dsc00181ev.jpg/)
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/8330/dsc00180vs.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/232/dsc00180vs.jpg/)
(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5151/dsc00179ve.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/dsc00179ve.jpg/)
(http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/6683/dsc00178nh.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/688/dsc00178nh.jpg/)
(http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/3346/dsc00177ru.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/856/dsc00177ru.jpg/)
(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4924/dsc00176wjl.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/dsc00176wjl.jpg/)
(http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4426/dsc00172ym.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/194/dsc00172ym.jpg/)
Edward and the water tower
More windmill blades:
(http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6851/dsc00231cl.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/502/dsc00231cl.jpg/)
(http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/1426/dsc00230p.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/dsc00230p.jpg/)
(http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9409/dsc00229ps.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/dsc00229ps.jpg/)
The repainted blades and the box
The windmill's box:
(http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/3825/dsc00228hw.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/27/dsc00228hw.jpg/)
(http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8645/dsc00227hi.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/818/dsc00227hi.jpg/)
(http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/9265/dsc00226t.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/dsc00226t.jpg/)
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2686/dsc00226av.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/84/dsc00226av.jpg/)
Thomas and the trucks:
(http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/1251/dsc00236ie.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/593/dsc00236ie.jpg/)
(http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1690/dsc00235oy.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/dsc00235oy.jpg/)
(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5180/dsc00234gs.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/269/dsc00234gs.jpg/)
(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/2753/dsc00233dy.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/dsc00233dy.jpg/)
(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/849/dsc00225xnt.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/dsc00225xnt.jpg/)
Points if you can get the engine in the back ground of the last one.
Be sure to check me out on imageshack, my username is AJW98Productions :) ;) ;D .


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 19, 2012, 02:16:18 PM
Did you add that lamp on top of Thomas? It's a really nice touch :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 19, 2012, 07:29:08 PM
Did you add that lamp on top of Thomas? It's a really nice touch :)
Yes, he did. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 19, 2012, 08:28:34 PM
Did you add that lamp on top of Thomas? It's a really nice touch :)
Yes, he did. :)
I happened to have a broken bachmann thomas lying around a while back, so I thought, I can use some parts for cool stuff, and thanks I like it when people appreiciate my work :) ;) ;D .
Note the dark blue blur in the backround, any guesses as to who that might be ;) ?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DuckFan45 on July 19, 2012, 08:38:50 PM
Mallard


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on July 19, 2012, 08:50:14 PM
Hello,
I must say the layouts I have seen are wonderful, each and everyone. I am starting a layout myself here pretty quick and I will make it "Thomas" themed. Your layouts are kind of, inspirations to what I can possibly put on my layout. Like I said before, great layouts, love each one.

Alex Wittman (Wittman Studios)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 19, 2012, 09:08:34 PM
Mallard

20 points for you


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on July 20, 2012, 12:33:58 AM
I thought it was Gordon for a moment.  :D :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 12:37:14 AM
I thought it was Gordon for a moment.  :D :D
Nope it's the fastest steam train in the world, but in HO and in his LNER Garter Blue with red wheels livery (YES!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on July 20, 2012, 12:39:06 AM
Note the dark blue blur in the backround, any guesses as to who that might be ;) ?

James? :D

Seriously though, the layout is coming along nicely...sounds like you have some very ambitious plans for your layout (although I seriously doubt you'll find any N gauge Skarloey Railway stock for sale--sorry).

I also notice that your Windmill Kit comes with the stuff needed to motorise it (which is a whole lot more than I can say for the Dapol Windmill)...I must say I'm looking forward to seeing that happen once its completed.

Hello,
I must say the layouts I have seen are wonderful, each and everyone. I am starting a layout myself here pretty quick and I will make it "Thomas" themed. Your layouts are kind of, inspirations to what I can possibly put on my layout. Like I said before, great layouts, love each one.

Alex Wittman (Wittman Studios)

Don't forget to check out Youtube, a lot of members here (as well as a few others who are not members) have videos of their Thomas layouts on Youtube, some of them are very nice indeed!

JWR3001



Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 12:45:48 AM
Note the dark blue blur in the backround, any guesses as to who that might be ;) ?

James? :D

Seriously though, the layout is coming along nicely...sounds like you have some very ambitious plans for your layout (although I seriously doubt you'll find any N gauge Skarloey Railway stock for sale--sorry).

I also notice that your Windmill Kit comes with the stuff needed to motorise it (which is a whole lot more than I can say for the Dapol Windmill)...I must say I'm looking forward to seeing that happen once its completed.


JWR3001


Well I know there were people out there who could make them for you, don't think there are anymore, but a small section of that post got cut off where I asked if anyone knew if people still make them for you.

The Model Power windmill is n guage so it is slightly out of guage, and the colour it came in make me want to be sick, so I'll be doing some repainting, sometime soon. And James, Dark blue blur? I think not ;).

AJW98Productions


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: JWR3001 on July 20, 2012, 01:01:25 AM
No no, you're definitely right, now that I think about it, there are still professional scratchbuilders/model builders who will do this sort of thing for you (I've contacted a few myself in the past), although my guess is that they'll charge you quite a lot of money to build the models for you--in some cases its not economically viable (and you may also be required to include plans/drawings of what you want).

And James, Dark blue blur? I think not ;).

AJW98Productions

Haha!  :D

JWR3001


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 01:05:25 AM
No no, you're definitely right, now that I think about it, there are still professional scratchbuilders/model builders who will do this sort of thing for you (I've contacted a few myself in the past), although my guess is that they'll charge you quite a lot of money to build the models for you--in some cases its not economically viable (and you may also be required to include plans/drawings of what you want).

And James, Dark blue blur? I think not ;).

AJW98Productions

Haha!  :D

JWR3001
Do you still know who they are, it'd be nice to get an estimate, but if all else fails, I'll pray for bachmann to make them, and then try to build them by observing what people who've done this sort of thing do :) ;) :D ;D .

AJW98Productions


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 11:50:05 AM
Sorry for double posting, but does anyone have any constructive critisim, any at all? I could do with some, because if I do this in future I'd like to know how I can possibly lift my game a little :) .


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 20, 2012, 12:16:41 PM
Sorry for double posting, but does anyone have any constructive critisim, any at all? I could do with some, because if I do this in future I'd like to know how I can possibly lift my game a little :) .
Well, since you asked - I really like the castle ruins and the placement on the layout. I do NOT care much for the huge boulders you placed around it. They might look better if they were set deeper into the scenery. But they honestly look like they're just placed on this hill, which, of course, over time, they would roll into the valley below.
Good idea with the N scale windmill. You might be able to make it work if you enlarge the doors. I've seen the same kit in my hobby shop and have honestly considered buying it just to get the motorized unit to put into my Dapol kit. But the price seems prohibitive. I'll be looking for other options.
Other than that, your layout is looking good.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 12:20:35 PM
Sorry for double posting, but does anyone have any constructive critisim, any at all? I could do with some, because if I do this in future I'd like to know how I can possibly lift my game a little :) .
Well, since you asked - I really like the castle ruins and the placement on the layout. I do NOT care much for the huge boulders you placed around it. They might look better if they were set deeper into the scenery. But they honestly look like they're just placed on this hill, which, of course, over time, they would roll into the valley below.
Good idea with the N scale windmill. You might be able to make it work if you enlarge the doors. I've seen the same kit in my hobby shop and have honestly considered buying it just to get the motorized unit to put into my Dapol kit. But the price seems prohibitive. I'll be looking for other options.
Other than that, your layout is looking good.
There just there more so because I wanted something to fill up bit of space due to myself not having not much grass to use at the moment but hey thanks anyway :) .
The n scale windmill was actually quite cheap, hitting around $30.00 but I'm a member of a local train club so I get 10% discount there :) .


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 20, 2012, 05:27:35 PM
...The n scale windmill was actually quite cheap, hitting around $30.00 but I'm a member of a local train club so I get 10% discount there :) .
Sorry, but $30 is a bit pricey for a motor when I already have the Dapol kit - even with the 10% discount. But I hope it works out for you.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 20, 2012, 11:15:35 PM
...The n scale windmill was actually quite cheap, hitting around $30.00 but I'm a member of a local train club so I get 10% discount there :) .
Sorry, but $30 is a bit pricey for a motor when I already have the Dapol kit - even with the 10% discount. But I hope it works out for you.
True I guess, but shopping around on ebay or something like that could reduce the price alot, I don't shop around alot and usually when I'm in a hobby store I walk in clueless about what I want unless I've really thought it through, but I know that windmill is cheap, because it could've cost me double easy if it wasn't in the first hand bargin box ;) :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 21, 2012, 09:45:48 AM
sorry I'm going off topic. back on the 9th i ordered a Hornby Murdoch and he came on Wednesday. I must say he was worth every penny. sprung buffers, great detail, electric pick ups in the tender, great hauler, DCC ready, there is not one bad thing i can say about this model. He looks really nice with the rest of the Bachmann fleet. To my surprise he was shorter, in length, then Bachmann Spencer.  :o  He also fits on the Tidmouth turntable and can fit inside Tidmouth sheds. the only thing, when backing him into Tidmouth, his buffers catch the door a little bit. If i push in his buffers then the doors close, so i guess it's a good thing that he has sprung buffers. He also can go on 18" radius curves.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 21, 2012, 07:41:24 PM
did you get it at Hattons or model railway imports?   I'd rccomend model railway imports


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 21, 2012, 09:46:52 PM
Hattons. i feel like most of their stuff is reasonably priced.  i mostly use Hattons. if Hattons doesn't have what i'm looking for, then i use Rails of Sheffield. I can use paypal with Rails of Sheffield too. I have certain sites i use from here (US), the UK, and Australia. Model Railway Imports i'm iffy about, because of payment. i was thinking about using it soon though.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 21, 2012, 11:19:17 PM
They are very exellent!  Because mum and dad don't have credit cards,  she does this
1-She sends a list of what she's buying,
2-the man (steve) calculates an invoice with shipping to BC,
3-And my mum does an e-transfer via CIBC (or another major bank)
4-and he ships it the order that day, or the next buisness day.  Mail only comes 5 days a week north of the border.

The added incentive for me, is that I don't have to pay duty, and exchange rates.

I whole-heartedly reccomend them!

~S


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 22, 2012, 01:30:10 AM
... I can use paypal with Rails of Sheffield too. I have certain sites i use from here (US), the UK, and Australia. Model Railway Imports i'm iffy about, because of payment. i was thinking about using it soon though.
Model Railway Imports uses Paypal as well. Very simple - you email the order, he sends back by return email the Paypal link and you're good to go.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 23, 2012, 03:53:36 PM
Layout Building....in 3D!
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(http://i46.tinypic.com/2crozth.png)
(http://i48.tinypic.com/33p7cp4.png)

~S


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 23, 2012, 05:19:35 PM
They look amazing!  :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 23, 2012, 06:28:54 PM
Thanks.   This is probably the style the series will have.  I'd like to incorporate as much detail, as possible.  I have only been using blender for 5 months,  so I have incredabley primitive skills.  I anticipate working at nitrogen if I don't move to Britain (see u there Caleb!).  I am working on the gargantuan task of making these sets.   I need to make rolling stock soon.  Which I may outsource for the most part.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on July 24, 2012, 06:33:25 AM
looking good shawn ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 24, 2012, 11:04:56 AM
Thanks!  I don't mean to brag,  but I think I was born to cgi animate! 


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on July 24, 2012, 01:38:32 PM
That's cool, do you want to work on Thomas?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 24, 2012, 01:47:27 PM
The story goes somewhat like this....

2007-I want to move to london and work on Thomas!

2008-Great!  I can commute to Vancouver (cos I live a float-plane ride away) and work thomas!

2012-Nothing is worth living in Toronto.  no offence to people who live in Toronto.

So Basiclly, I'd love to, but I don't want to live in Toronto!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on July 24, 2012, 06:29:39 PM
Well Thomas is not being produced my nitrogen anymore it will now be Arc Productions. I don't know where they are maybe that will be better for you.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 24, 2012, 06:43:13 PM
I want to work on Thomas too! A storyboard artist, I do strory-boards for my model series!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on July 24, 2012, 07:10:12 PM
Well Thomas is not being produced my nitrogen anymore it will now be Arc Productions. I don't know where they are maybe that will be better for you.

Nitrogen is in vancouver british columbia, canada.  I live on an Island (which will remain un-named) of the coast of vancouver.  Arc is in toronto ontario.  heres a map:(http://i48.tinypic.com/2cprzfs.png)
NS on the left,  Arc on the right.

I don't wan't to work on thomas anymore because I don't like toronto.

I want to work on Thomas too! A storyboard artist, I do strory-boards for my model series!

I want to work on thomas as an animator,  I probably could work on Thomas if I got over my Toronto dis-like.  Or I could work with hit-entertainment working on Thomas.  In that case I live in England!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on July 24, 2012, 08:05:14 PM
i always wanted to work on Thomas too. if i don't become a mechanical engineer then I want to do voice overs, mostly on Thomas.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 24, 2012, 09:56:34 PM
yeah I wouldn't mind working on Thomas as either a voice actor or a writer


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 25, 2012, 12:21:15 PM
Here is a quick update on the Tidmouth Shunting Yard. :)

[urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A50TvH5Q1k&feature=youtu.be][/url]


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 26, 2012, 07:36:24 PM
Oops, link didn't work last time. Well, here is update progress. Perhaps it will work this time?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOhbSOz9ljg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOhbSOz9ljg) And sorry for double post.  :-[


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TrainFan2020 on July 26, 2012, 07:44:49 PM
awesome!!!!!

petersam12


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: RW James on July 26, 2012, 08:06:46 PM
Looks good Caleb. The ballast looks a little large - but otherwise - well done!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 26, 2012, 08:09:41 PM
Thanks! Well, I didn't feel like buying it in the bag this time around, so I got it from my alleyway. :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Narrowgauge111 on July 26, 2012, 08:26:39 PM
Might want to clean your track/ Thomas' conductors, seems to be studdering a little, other than that,looks good. I like the way you weathered your freight cars, very classic Thomas looking


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on July 26, 2012, 09:40:29 PM
Thank you! Yes, it's the ballast getting on the rails. A few cleans and some more running should get it moving smoother.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on August 05, 2012, 07:03:34 PM
here's an update to my layout and now its even better with all the engines running

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfIFXqbUK7k&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on August 23, 2012, 01:10:54 PM
The Ffarquar branchline. :)

http://youtu.be/gFTJ3aHMNdY (http://youtu.be/gFTJ3aHMNdY)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on August 27, 2012, 09:35:47 PM
Another Ffarquar update. Soory for the double post, but I didn't want to modify my post. Why? I don't know. :P

http://youtu.be/o7LXk9gF96o (http://youtu.be/o7LXk9gF96o)

*EDIT*
Also, heres my new set for Brendam Docks. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjUXEzyxz3M&lc=q4GKEz-Jt1V3doJbxJvAjVFpLi9zSxavT94_nvdaO5E&feature=inbox (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjUXEzyxz3M&lc=q4GKEz-Jt1V3doJbxJvAjVFpLi9zSxavT94_nvdaO5E&feature=inbox)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 04, 2012, 08:17:12 PM
Sorry to bring an old forum back up, but I've added two new stalls to Tidmouth Sheds (they were birthday presents, and my birthday was on Friday, November 2nd). Here are the sheds with the new stalls:

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/223714_3612941136814_401809114_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on November 04, 2012, 09:20:32 PM
Nice work. I was thinking of getting enough so all the engines, 1-6 + 8-11 could go in it.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 05, 2012, 12:58:54 AM
Thank you Brandude! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on November 05, 2012, 05:48:41 PM
Nice work. I was thinking of getting enough so all the engines, 1-6 + 8-11 could go in it.
What about Toby?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on November 05, 2012, 09:13:11 PM
Toby lives at Aresdale End.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on November 05, 2012, 10:31:29 PM
Just what I was thinking. But hm, maybe.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on November 06, 2012, 01:57:52 PM
I think the sheds would look more closed-in than normal if you got all those stalls for it, but at least your engines would be well accommodated.  :)

I think, with the number of add-on stalls you'd need to get, that it might just be better to get a second full Tidmouth sheds set, and use the extra turntable somewhere else on your layout. Just my thought. 


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on November 06, 2012, 03:56:52 PM
Has anyone here actually filled their sheds with all the stalls or possibly seen a full tidmouth sheds before?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on November 06, 2012, 09:11:27 PM
Toby lives at Aresdale End.
In the TV series, yes. But he actually lives at Ffarquar along with Thomas, Percy, and Daisy according to the RWS and the Awdrys. I'm sure you already knew that, but I felt the itch to say it anyways :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: StephOfTheEast on November 06, 2012, 09:13:49 PM
Toby lives at Aresdale End.
In the TV series, yes. But he actually lives at Ffarquar along with Thomas, Percy, and Daisy according to the RWS and the Awdrys. I'm sure you already knew that, but I felt the itch to say it anyways :P

But if you're using the roundhouse version of Tidmouth Sheds, then you are modelling the TV Series, so Toby would still be at Arlesdale End.  ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Brandude!!! =D on November 06, 2012, 11:10:14 PM
Yes, but who says you have to base it off the TVS or the RWS. You can make your layout how you want it.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: StephOfTheEast on November 07, 2012, 12:24:41 AM
Yes, but who says you have to base it off the TVS or the RWS. You can make your layout how you want it.

Exactly. You can have as many stalls in Tidmouh Sheds as you want and have Toby living wherever you want. That's why this hobby is so fun.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AndyJB on November 12, 2012, 08:19:14 AM
DinoNTrains please do me a favour and measure across all 7 sheds at their widest point and from the back of the centre shed to the front of the turntable. I have a full shed and 2 additions unbuilt for my grandsons layout and now wondering if I have room on the main layout or I might have to build an add on portion just for the sheds, kinda modular.

Thanks


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 12, 2012, 10:22:13 AM
DinoNTrains please do me a favour and measure across all 7 sheds at their widest point and from the back of the centre shed to the front of the turntable. I have a full shed and 2 additions unbuilt for my grandsons layout and now wondering if I have room on the main layout or I might have to build an add on portion just for the sheds, kinda modular.

Thanks

I'll get to it ASAP, my good sir :)

EDIT: AndyJB, the measurements for the back of the middles stall to the front of the turntable is 28 inches (71.12 cm), and the measurements from the widest points is 37 inches (93.98 cm). Hope this helps


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 24, 2012, 08:09:31 AM
Thought you all might be interested in seeing pictures of my rough-setup for MY new layout...

A Sodor-themed layout, it is set to consist of 4 locations from the TV series, being Great Waterton, Henry's tunnel (an undercover fiddle yard), Dryaw and Brendam Docks.

Photos below show my rough setup plan prior to the boards being frames and the final plan being drawn...

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4913.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4822.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4909.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4896.jpg)

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4893.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4885.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4875.jpg)

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4863.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4862.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4853.jpg)

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4843.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4824.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on November 24, 2012, 12:37:48 PM
This layout does look very promising, the Tunnel does look good, and the Docks sure are busy. Please keep us posted!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 24, 2012, 07:11:44 PM
Nice!

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/Sights%20Of%20Sodor/IMG_4862.jpg)

BTW, is this supposed to be Derek?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 25, 2012, 10:45:28 AM
Thanks- don't worry I'll be posting updates as soon as they occur.

And yus that will indeed be Derek. Had him only a week or so now but a FANTASTIC model I must say!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on November 28, 2012, 12:09:26 AM
Hello Everyone,

I love the photo's of layout progression. I might join in on the fun.

I am in the middle of drawing out plans for Ffarquhar station and yards, based on the C. Reginald Dalby's illustrations. Since I live in the USA so I'll have to build my own stuff. I'll use Bachmann Thomas and fright stock though because Bachmann's Thomas model looks like Dalby's illustration of Thomas.

Since the holidays are coming as fast as Nascar drivers, I won't be able to work on the layout right away and I'm still laying out the track plan and benchwork design. I'm very excited myself, I love a yard layout for shunting trucks around.

Good luck on future updates & Happy Holidays!

Alex Wittman


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on November 28, 2012, 09:24:28 AM
Sounds like a good project. You may not have to build the station if you can find a TOMY one on eBay. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on November 28, 2012, 10:04:39 PM
Thank you for the suggestion, but I prefer having almost everything to scale on my layout. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great idea, but the thing is Tomy building's are out of scale by a few centimeters, I personally would like to build my own because I'm the type of guy who loves to work with my hands and what's building a model railway without a little adventure?

I'm not putting you down, if you like using tomy buildings on your layout, it's a great idea, but it's not my cup of cocoa, if you know what I mean.

Thanks again for the suggestion.  ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on November 28, 2012, 10:21:47 PM
Hey Whittman,

   I totally get where you are coming from. I am the same way. If you really want to go all out for a Thomas replica Ho scale station, try to find the old retired hornby maithwaite station kit. Its a total of 3 parts. 1 platform, and two buildings. They show up on ebay now and again. Hornby also made a dryaw station, I have that one, but it is more difficult to find.

Dryaw station:

    (http://www.gaugemaster.com/_upload/imgs/lrg/18812096/R9246.jpg)


Maithwaite (on a layout):

   (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2011/post-13701-0-44511800-1321812725_thumb.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on November 29, 2012, 12:24:46 AM
Thank you Sodor Adventures for the helpful advice. I wish I could purchase those items off of ebay, but the thing is I don't have an ebay account, nor will I ever, I just don't do internet auctions.

Another thing is, I live in the USA and Items like that and where I live is pretty hard to obtain, it may be easy on the east coast, but I live in the pacific northwest closest to the west coast. I really appreciate the tips and suggestions, but I would like to replicate the station building the way Dalby illustrated it to be, and I am aiming to have the layout be 85% accurate, the track design won't be exact, but close enough. 

I feel very happy to know there are a lot of helpful people on this thread who look out for each other.

Thank you, very much!  :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on November 29, 2012, 12:29:59 AM
I want that H****Y (we are not supposed to say the actual brand name) Dryaw and maithwaite stations,  They are beautiful.  I am lucky enough to own three of the great waterton buildings though.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Mulfred on November 29, 2012, 07:14:11 AM
Yes I agree both Dryaw and Maithwaite are amazing addions to any layout. hope I can get them again once I restart my Collection. :( miss my engines


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 25, 2012, 05:10:06 AM
Merry Christmas everyone! Here are some updates on my layout. :)

My dockyard:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/224845_3809036039064_2117601681_n.jpg)

I recieved two Tidmouth Shed expansion packs and Knapford Station for Christmas:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/150662_3809036119066_885797958_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/148928_3809036239069_2013916869_n.jpg)

Here's Thomas and Gordon at Knapford and Henry testing the added stalls:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/14620_3809036519076_1607866470_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/37080_3809036639079_1536728629_n.jpg)

My layout as of now:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/525105_3809036759082_207982122_n.jpg)

What do you think? And once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJWPRODUCTIONS on December 25, 2012, 07:47:00 AM
Merry Christmas everyone! Here are some updates on my layout. :)

My dockyard:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/224845_3809036039064_2117601681_n.jpg)

I recieved two Tidmouth Shed expansion packs and Knapford Station for Christmas:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/150662_3809036119066_885797958_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/148928_3809036239069_2013916869_n.jpg)

Here's Thomas and Gordon at Knapford and Henry testing the added stalls:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/14620_3809036519076_1607866470_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/37080_3809036639079_1536728629_n.jpg)

My layout as of now:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/525105_3809036759082_207982122_n.jpg)

What do you think? And once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D
Very good Layout DinoNtrains, the sheds and knapford look wonderful. Merry christmas to everyone and a happy new year as well :D .


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AndyJB on December 25, 2012, 08:49:03 AM
Looking good.
You are the first guy I've seen with a complete half circle of sheds (9) could measure the full width and from front of turntable to rear or sheds? Thanks


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 25, 2012, 01:08:20 PM
@AJW98Productions: Thank you! Merry Christmas to you :)

@AndyJB: Thank you, and I'll get right to measuring the dimensions of my Tidmouth Sheds


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on December 25, 2012, 04:43:58 PM
Knapford looks really nice!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 25, 2012, 05:23:43 PM
It is very nice indeed :D

And here's Cranky at the docks:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/419514_3810885165291_1081939416_n.jpg)

And AndyJB: The measurements for my new Tidmouth are 27 1/2 in. (from the turntable to the rear of the sheds) and 40 in. (from one end of the sheds to the other.)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AndyJB on December 26, 2012, 11:51:37 AM
Thanks DinoNTrains for the measurements.
Man that's pretty big, I had planned on an additional 36" X  48" module for the round house but that allows little room for locos to round a curve once on the module before they will hit the turn table. I'll have to sharpen my pencil again and work something out. ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 26, 2012, 02:28:26 PM
Thanks DinoNTrains for the measurements.
Man that's pretty big, I had planned on an additional 36" X  48" module for the round house but that allows little room for locos to round a curve once on the module before they will hit the turn table. I'll have to sharpen my pencil again and work something out. ;D

Happy to help! :) 


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on January 31, 2013, 01:43:18 PM
Some pictures of my "shelf" layout:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3015.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3031.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3022.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on January 31, 2013, 02:58:19 PM
Fantastic! Post more if you can, I love those buffers, where did you get them?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on January 31, 2013, 06:59:04 PM
Thank you! 

Those buffers are scratch-built.  Some styrene and Bachmann UK's buffers. 
I'll post more pics when more is done


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on February 01, 2013, 11:36:31 PM
Nine stalls at Tidmouth? That's a lot of space!
I think the layout looks good so far, DinoNTrains. Seems very focused on the 'main' locations, ie the Docks, the sheds, the Big Station, etc.  It appears very compact in the picture(below Henry at the sheds), and that's very good if you have limited space to work with.

Also, I really like those buffers, Bass'. They really give the layout a Sodor 'feel'. :)
I really like how it looks so far.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AndyJB on February 03, 2013, 01:19:15 PM
Well I'm back working on my Grandsons layout. Most of the track is down just a couple of branches to finish. We are trying to add some Misty Island features like the Shake Shake bridge and the end of track feature where Diesel lost the Jobi wood and almost went in the sea himself. Next is to run the bus cable, droppers and start converting the locos to DCC/Sound and the rest of the rolling stock to KD couplers.
Hopefully it will be interesting enough to post photos soon.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on February 03, 2013, 04:16:47 PM
This is sounding good. Your grandson is a very lucky boy!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on February 03, 2013, 05:46:34 PM
BassTbone, your layout is looking incredible. Keep up the great work!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 07, 2013, 08:15:41 PM
I wasn't planning on posting this project here for another month or two, but I changed my mind :P I have stripped my layout down to nothing and restarted. It will be a 10x12 layout, and I've recently laid the track on my former 5x10 layout.

January 27th: Majority of Tidmouth's trackwork laid, station platforms marked off.
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/387110_576904715672220_1809599367_n.jpg)

January 28th: Leads from both ends laid, through tracks laid, donor signal box in place (will be replaced with a Metcalfe signal box), signals temporarily in place, and Arlesburgh Branch platform marked off. Ignore the clutter along the right side. Had to move everything on the floor while I tore the previous layout apart, and had to put everything back on the layout so the entire room could be rearranged before the rest of the benchwork gets built :P
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/792249_577437842285574_1424210932_o.jpg)

Haven't laid more track and such as I've yet to extend the benchwork and level out this board, as there is a prominent dip in the center when looking at the layout at eye level. It'll be a big project, but hopefully it will basically be completed by May or June and the series can re-air this summer. More updates coming soon :)

Christian


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 07, 2013, 11:22:49 PM
Woah Christian!

   Lot of work lies ahead, but I can almost guarantee that it'll come out great :) 10 x 21 is quite big, have you thought about doing a room layout with just 2 ft out along the whole room? Anyways, cant wait to see more of the new layout!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 08, 2013, 11:34:43 AM
Thank you! :) Actually, it's a 10x12, not a 10x21, but that'd be pretty awesome if it was! :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 08, 2013, 04:52:52 PM
Ooops, looks like I was reading a little too fast :P But still, 10 by 12 is a nice plot of land for a train set. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on February 08, 2013, 05:12:58 PM
That's fabulous!  Although, personally, I stay away from building layouts without at least one loop.  Cos I love to run my trains fast!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 09, 2013, 01:14:51 PM
Thanks :) The layout actually will be looped. Here's a picture of the tentative plans for those interested:

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/196368_577263862302972_1754994431_n.jpg)

As you can see, Tidmouth's track layout differs from the original plans. Honestly don't care, as I'm basically just going with it as I go :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 10, 2013, 10:40:46 AM
I wasn't planning on posting this project here for another month or two, but I changed my mind :P I have stripped my layout down to nothing and restarted. It will be a 10x12 layout, and I've recently laid the track on my former 5x10 layout.

January 27th: Majority of Tidmouth's trackwork laid, station platforms marked off.
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/387110_576904715672220_1809599367_n.jpg)

January 28th: Leads from both ends laid, through tracks laid, donor signal box in place (will be replaced with a Metcalfe signal box), signals temporarily in place, and Arlesburgh Branch platform marked off. Ignore the clutter along the right side. Had to move everything on the floor while I tore the previous layout apart, and had to put everything back on the layout so the entire room could be rearranged before the rest of the benchwork gets built :P
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/792249_577437842285574_1424210932_o.jpg)

Haven't laid more track and such as I've yet to extend the benchwork and level out this board, as there is a prominent dip in the center when looking at the layout at eye level. It'll be a big project, but hopefully it will basically be completed by May or June and the series can re-air this summer. More updates coming soon :)

Christian
Was wondering when you'd get around to posting this here. :P I've said it and I'll say it again. This just blows everything out of the water. You have superb skills in many areas, and this area is certainly one of your best! Can't wait for more, my friend!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 10, 2013, 02:50:25 PM
Hey guys, why not a layout update!

   Here is my track plan, of the layout I started in October 2012.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8461441967_442ba33c00.jpg)

Here is the benchwork, and all the track laid down

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8385/8461436891_547e421b7a.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8462534540_56ebc48ced.jpg)
   And for those you wondering where my Thomas and DVRRS trains are, they are still there, but I just didn't have them out for the pictures.

    Comments and questions greatly appreciated.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jettrainfan on February 11, 2013, 03:55:42 PM
Looks like that door is gonna be a hassle. Did you build that straight section to be able to lift, or at least is the door pulled away/pushed away from the tracks instead of going towards them? Might be an idea to consider building that kind of lift for that specific area if you ever plan on using the door, even if its gonna be a year or 2 down the line till you open it. It'll save everyone's back some bending that isn't needed. ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on February 11, 2013, 07:20:21 PM
Looks like that door is gonna be a hassle. Did you build that straight section to be able to lift, or at least is the door pulled away/pushed away from the tracks instead of going towards them? Might be an idea to consider building that kind of lift for that specific area if you ever plan on using the door, even if its gonna be a year or 2 down the line till you open it. It'll save everyone's back some bending that isn't needed. ;)

 Oh, yes, it is a door we use like twice a year, but made it a lift section on a hinge, and it is tested working fine. Thanks for the comment.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on February 11, 2013, 11:16:41 PM
Looking great so far Tanner, can't wait to see what you do with that open space on the loop. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKc_xSh7RL8&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKc_xSh7RL8&feature=youtu.be) A little set I've been working on the past two days.... :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Oliverfan17 on February 15, 2013, 08:02:28 PM
Hi Guys,
I am new to this forum and more specifically to model trains. I have loved Thomas the train ever since I was young, and now that I am older I am interested in Bachmann trains and layout concept, to say the least. I wanted know if you guys have any tips for me on how to make a layout? How to wire track, use several lines of track, etc. Thanks for all your help.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on March 26, 2013, 02:44:59 PM
I too am finally working on a new layout.

I have been planning a large set-up for a few years but am still waiting for my shed to be cleared before I can start, so I've made a start on building a small layout at the moment. Scenery will be completed fairly soon I expect and then it's a few little touch-ups to finish it off.
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6662_zpsb0827b61.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6684_zpsebfa3c30.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6688_zpsa8abbb93.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6691_zpsaff1b256.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6692_zps8fca7530.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6696_zps60223f4b.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/IMG_6698_zpsd2f7030a.jpg)
It's not bad I think. Pleased with how it's progressing in such a short space of time.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on March 26, 2013, 07:47:01 PM
Coming along nicely!!! One tip: Before going too far, paint the table a green color. Get a can of paint at a hardware store. It makes less work for when you need to cover the ground, and all the fancy buildings and such are all placed there.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on March 26, 2013, 08:08:05 PM
I've painted the majority black to ihht as it happens as the exposed surface will mostly be roadway. There will be a small field which ill sort over the coming days.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 26, 2013, 11:59:40 PM
Looking good, RailwayInspector!! By the way, when did you get a Bachmann James?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on March 27, 2013, 06:39:01 PM
About a week ago- good model, if a little weak. Swapped the face for the hornby equivalent as you can see which makes him look much better too I think.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on March 27, 2013, 07:29:29 PM
therailwayinspector, your layouts coming along nicely.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on March 28, 2013, 03:49:40 PM
Is it possible to cut the eyes out of the Hornby face and swap it with the Bachmann like many people have done with Thomas and Percy?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on March 28, 2013, 06:56:02 PM
I believe so, but I'm not planning to do that at the moment, not until I have a spare face.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on March 30, 2013, 04:31:27 PM
That is so cool I have never seen Tidmouth with a half circle! Personally though and this is just my opinion I prefer the seven Stall Tidmouth but if I was to change my mind I would do what you did that is neat!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on April 02, 2013, 07:10:43 PM
Can someone help me with layout ideas?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on April 17, 2013, 06:17:59 PM
Hi all- remember my layout from the last page?

Well look at it now!

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600774_zps4878af33.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600774_zps4878af33.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600772_zps17c49b20.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600772_zps17c49b20.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600761_zps673b7617.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600761_zps673b7617.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600750_zpseefb2858.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600750_zpseefb2858.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600747_zps6c68dc9a.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600747_zps6c68dc9a.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600735_zps20106452.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600735_zps20106452.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600729_zps3d69121c.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600729_zps3d69121c.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600723_zps816de397.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600723_zps816de397.jpg.html)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/therailwayinspector/kids%20layout/P1600714_zps612b7fe0.jpg) (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/therailwayinspector/media/kids%20layout/P1600714_zps612b7fe0.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on April 18, 2013, 12:17:46 AM
There's some very nice shots here of the layout, and it looks to be coming along very well!

I like how Bulstrode is tilted- his face makes it look like he's about to fall over!

I also rather like the bottom two images. They look busy and full of life, and I like that a lot. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on April 18, 2013, 11:12:56 PM
Very nice layout!! Any plans one getting Bachmann Percy and or Thomas?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on April 21, 2013, 05:21:54 PM
Maybe, though not sure yet- I have the Hornby ones which are, in my opinion, pretty good so no urgency to get the Bachmann versions at the moment.

Video uploaded of the layout in operation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeW1I3fqy-Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeW1I3fqy-Y)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on April 28, 2013, 08:21:52 AM
TIME TO LIVEN UP THE BOARDS!


    Sodoradventures Update: New set! Mountain and Bridge pass-by scene.

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zpsf10adc8e.jpg)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps55936cd2.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps55936cd2.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps1a0c61d9.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps1a0c61d9.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps56467962.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps56467962.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps132b7614.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps132b7614.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps9a5d4637.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps9a5d4637.jpg.html)


How do you like? Remember, I just began this set, so it is still very much a Work In Progress. Thanks, Tanner


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 24, 2013, 11:55:57 AM
Looking good! I especially like the mountain. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on May 24, 2013, 12:24:21 PM
That's the shiniest mountain I've ever seen  :P

Having said that, I like how it's progressing so far. Hope to see more soon :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on May 24, 2013, 02:44:34 PM
More is on the way: try T-minus one hour for NO shiny mountain.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Cirkit:) on May 25, 2013, 08:04:39 PM
I look forward to seeing the non shiny-shiny mountain. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 29, 2013, 04:01:35 PM
 Well, since my Grad program has started, I have been working on my layout, a 4x6 portable sectional layout.  Lots of things have been done.  Working on the scenery!  

I didn't photograph big areas, as it is under construction and I want you to see final product.
Devious Diesel shunting in the yards!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3039_zps9a7f086c.jpg)
Harvey, who is a WIP!  Happy to be on wagon wheels at the moment, awaiting a Pug chassis
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3040_zpse14cc421.jpg)
Donald watching Bertie pass.  "Ach, be glad he didn't take a photo of the whole layout.  It is a mess!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3041_zpsa2777a28.jpg)
WHA? Its Bachmann Du... Wait... Oh Edward, you fooled us. The "others" are anxious for Duck's arrival!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3042_zpse55198e1.jpg)



Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on May 29, 2013, 04:38:51 PM
Update time!!!


     (http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps5f743e83.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps5f743e83.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps78da5bf2.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps78da5bf2.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zps36cb62aa.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zps36cb62aa.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zpsb9e5023b.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zpsb9e5023b.jpg.html)

(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad119/SodorAdventures/null_zpsca674bda.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/SodorAdventures/media/null_zpsca674bda.jpg.html)


     Looks good, huh? Any response is appreciated!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on May 29, 2013, 08:17:19 PM
Great work from both of you, love that shot of Donald at the crossing and the Duck fake out.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on May 30, 2013, 06:43:33 AM
Harvey, who is a WIP!  Happy to be on wagon wheels at the moment, awaiting a Pug chassis
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3040_zpse14cc421.jpg)

That's a nice Harvey Model- wherever did you get him??

Some lovely photos there- certainly looks like a very interesting layout indeed!

Sodor Adventures, yours is coming along nicely too!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 30, 2013, 12:44:38 PM
Harvey is made by Bandai.  He looks to be perfect size for HO/OO.

Thanks for the complements!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on May 30, 2013, 01:12:44 PM
I'm guessing Harvey's arm is stationary, or does it turn?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 30, 2013, 03:09:44 PM
It turns actually.  The whole mode disassembles which makes it easy to cut for chassis room.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on June 02, 2013, 06:04:01 PM
Your Layouts are coming out nicely I can't remember who did it but someone had done an exact copy of a scene from the original thomas and friends awesome job!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on June 03, 2013, 12:10:59 PM
For anyone that didn't see it, here's a new set I built, 'The Old Tunnel'. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on June 03, 2013, 05:56:42 PM
Here's a new video of my layout, not so much of an update for it but of what I got from the expo this past weekend
http://youtu.be/2zJosiAJjUk


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on June 03, 2013, 08:58:38 PM
I watched both videos and that is amazing rock on and keep chuggin


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on June 04, 2013, 05:24:47 AM
Harvey is made by Bandai.  He looks to be perfect size for HO/OO.

Thanks for the complements!

Not at all. Could I possibly ask where you got him from?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on June 04, 2013, 04:20:09 PM
Hes right Harvey looks like he was supposed to be a narrow gauge engine but changed his gauge at the last minute nice try though


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on June 04, 2013, 07:44:33 PM
He seems little small but he doesn't look too bad.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 07, 2013, 03:53:22 PM
Hello, fellow modelers :) I've been working on my layout quite a bit over the past few days, and with all the track work completed I've been working on landscaping. Knapford is my main focal point at the moment, and I thought I'd share some photos :)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2396.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2396.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2394.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2394.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2397.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2397.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2400.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2400.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2401.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2401.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2402.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2402.jpg.html)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/IMAG2403.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/IMAG2403.jpg.html)

Any comments are welcome and appreciated!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on June 07, 2013, 07:14:43 PM
That's amazing.  Would you mind if I re-created that scene in CGI?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 07, 2013, 08:09:21 PM
Thank you! :) And not at all, be my guest!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 07, 2013, 08:22:18 PM
I LOVE what you've done with the lighthouse!  That path you made leading up to it was a very clever idea. 

You've done great with landscaping so far, I'm very impressed. :)  Mind posting your track plan of your layout? 



Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on June 09, 2013, 08:19:00 PM
For anyone that didn't see it, here's a new set I built, 'The Old Tunnel'. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80)
Where did you purchase Murdoch?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 10, 2013, 07:54:11 PM
I LOVE what you've done with the lighthouse!  That path you made leading up to it was a very clever idea. 

You've done great with landscaping so far, I'm very impressed. :)  Mind posting your track plan of your layout? 


Thank you very much! I don't have a track plan made up at the moment, but I will be out of school by the end of the week so I will try to have one up soon :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on June 10, 2013, 08:26:04 PM
As I've said before Christian, this looks very, as Dan would say it, "Orsum". This layout is a huge improvement over the old one, and that's saying a lot! :D

For anyone that didn't see it, here's a new set I built, 'The Old Tunnel'. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7tXKgDls80)
Where did you purchase Murdoch?
Ebay :P


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 11, 2013, 04:18:45 AM
Excellent!  Good to hear!  I may post layout photos soon of my layout in it's current state.  I'll keep everyone posted on that. :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on June 11, 2013, 08:50:34 PM
Thomasfan247;Cool layout dude!Love to see more pics and a track plan!!!
OLD GEEZER,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on June 14, 2013, 11:40:34 PM
First off I'm loving all the layouts here.
Secondly, if anyone remembers I posted my layout here a little while ago and was surprised by the positive response I got. I was happy, however it is a prebuilt layout and the incline is too steep and the radius is too tight for 2 of my favourite engines real life engines (the "Flying Scotsman" and the "Mallard"), Gordon and Henry as well :(.
So I am devising a plan for a layout I'm making, and after that 2 sets, one of which will be a cross between a railway series/TV series shed (a turn table leading to a railway series like shed) and then a station terminus, made to look like knapford, but differently set up. I shall draw up a track plan (albeit hand drawn and most likely poor quality) when ever I have enough time to draw up and think one through enough.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on June 15, 2013, 11:59:53 PM
More pictures!
Wanted to give a look of the layout...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3065_zps145244eb.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3066_zps9c9ce433.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3063_zpsd7b245a0.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3061_zpsf22050f5.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3062_zps6ba7eb8e.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3064_zps1bd8a1c6.jpg)

Also some engine photos:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3069_zps48f6ad2c.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3070_zps0f86f380.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3067_zps629d36d4.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3058_zpsf5e1cbba.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3059_zpsce6f8689.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: mrrailroad on June 16, 2013, 05:41:27 PM
nice city of troro ( dont know how to spell troro)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on June 17, 2013, 07:46:40 AM
nice city of troro ( dont know how to spell troro)
It's spelled "City Of Truro". And great layout and photos BassTbone.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on June 22, 2013, 12:07:45 AM
The both of of you have fantastic looking layouts, how big are they?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 22, 2013, 02:49:26 PM
Mine is 10x10 with a 3x3 hole in the center for controls :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on June 22, 2013, 03:57:37 PM
Mine is a 4'x6' that divides into two sections for portability.  The legs are PVC pipe that screw on.  It is held together by using wing nuts and wooden dowels.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 23, 2013, 01:31:59 PM
Over this past weekend, I've managed to basically complete the Wellsworth and Knapford sections of the layout. Here are some pictures, and I hope you enjoy :)

Retaining Walls
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1333.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1333.jpg.html)

View of the yard (and water tower; I have to build more sets of buffers as you can see)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1332.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1332.jpg.html)

Edward and Emily
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1331.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1331.jpg.html)

Overview of Wellsworth
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1337.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1337.jpg.html)

Emily passes under the bridge
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1341.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1341.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1342.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1342.jpg.html)

Edward and Emily (again)
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1328.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1328.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1326.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1326.jpg.html)

Another overview
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1308.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1308.jpg.html)

Thomas passes the signal on the 'up' line
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1313.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1313.jpg.html)

Here you can see that I have more backdrop to complete :P
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1318.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1318.jpg.html)

Thomas and Bear at Knapford
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1348.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1348.jpg.html)

You can see how close together the two sections truly are
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1362.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1362.jpg.html)

Scratch-built fence
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1361.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1361.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1368.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1368.jpg.html)

Scratch-built buffers
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1367.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1367.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1363.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1363.jpg.html)

Overview of Knapford
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1352.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1352.jpg.html)

Percy in the mail depot sidings
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1350.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1350.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1351.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1351.jpg.html)

View from the lighthouse
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1358.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1358.jpg.html)

View from the tunnel
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1354.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1354.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1371.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1371.jpg.html)

Any comments are welcome! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Calebtrain on June 23, 2013, 01:36:23 PM
Christian, your work always blows me away.  ;D Never ceasing to amaze. ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Mulfred on June 23, 2013, 01:47:05 PM
Christian your layout so far looks amazing. I love the shots of Edward and Emily noticed Trevor too a very nice touch. Can't wait to see it all once completed


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 23, 2013, 06:27:02 PM
Thank you very much! ;D Hopefully there will be more by the end of the week :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on June 23, 2013, 09:03:24 PM
WOW!  This is something to be proud of! 

Any particular season you are modeling or is classified as just Sodor?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 23, 2013, 10:11:11 PM
Thank you! :D I'm modelling mostly based on the RWS illustrations by Clive Spong, but I'm also adding my own touches here and there :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on June 23, 2013, 11:04:56 PM
amazing detail!  :o i look forward to seeing other parts of the layout! and is that Heljans Hymek model?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 23, 2013, 11:21:33 PM
Thank you very much! ;D And yes it is :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 24, 2013, 08:29:36 AM
Short video anyone? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ4j8n8OM-A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ4j8n8OM-A)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on June 24, 2013, 08:55:17 AM
Very nice layout!! Are you planning to have Tidmouth Sheds and Knapford Station on your layout?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 24, 2013, 01:30:07 PM
Thank you! :) I will have Tidmouth sheds, but not the roundhouse. I have a Bachmann Scenecraft shed I'll be using :) And the second station in the photos I've uploaded is Knapford ;)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on June 24, 2013, 01:33:01 PM
Thank you! :) I will have Tidmouth sheds, but not the roundhouse. I have a Bachmann Scenecraft shed I'll be using :) And the second station in the photos I've uploaded is Knapford ;)
Very nice! Im sorry I meant the kit that Bachmann sells of Knapford station.  :-\


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 25, 2013, 10:57:31 AM
Ah, that's quite alright. No, I will not be including that kit on the layout, but I may purchase it to use for smaller sets :)

Anyways, if anyone is interested on seeing Knapford in action...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eols7tWyYt8 :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on June 25, 2013, 03:23:48 PM
Looks great, as always! By the way, what did you use for the brick wall, I mean what company makes that? Honestly, it looks awesome!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Mulfred on June 25, 2013, 03:37:30 PM
I still want to buy knapford and turn it in to tidmouth station. I'm determine it can be done!looks awesomeas always Christian :) just echo what sodoradventures and.everyone else says lol excellent work my friend. Your a credit to the forum


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 25, 2013, 04:19:34 PM
Thanks very much, both of you :) SA, I actually just found a high-quality picture of a brick wall online, printed and cut it out, and pasted it to the backdrop :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on June 27, 2013, 02:09:20 AM
Thanks very much, both of you :) SA, I actually just found a high-quality picture of a brick wall online, printed and cut it out, and pasted it to the backdrop :)
What was the 2 stall shed your using, and your layout is amazing, no words I have can describe it :o.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 27, 2013, 10:03:13 AM
Thank you :) It is a Walthers Cornerstone Kit :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on June 27, 2013, 08:56:32 PM
Thank you :) It is a Walthers Cornerstone Kit :)
No thank you, I shall look it up :).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on June 29, 2013, 03:55:22 PM
Hey guys I plan on building a new layout resembling Thomas's branchline. Design or scenery is not an issue, it's power and track. What do you think is the best way to power an entire layout with AC/DC control I heard that soldering works preaty well, but I'm not sure how to do that. How do you guys power your layouts? Also what track brands would you recommend? Simierski from YouTube recommends PECO Code 100, what are your thoughts? And finally what are your oppinions on DCC, is it worth it? Are there any good tutorials to convert your locos to DCC? Any specific benifets from DCC?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on June 29, 2013, 04:51:01 PM
Hey, you asked a lot of valid questions. I can give a little advice and that is to say stay away from peco. Aside from its' ridiculous cost, its not better than atlas flex. In fact, atlas code 83 flex track is better than the peco. Anyway, I would also stay away from DCC for now because it is a lot more complicated. I'll be back and edit this with more, as now I have to go!

                                                                                          -Tanner


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on June 29, 2013, 05:27:09 PM
Thanks Tanner, I look forward to more tips and info.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jward on June 30, 2013, 04:32:02 PM
Hey guys I plan on building a new layout resembling Thomas's branchline. Design or scenery is not an issue, it's power and track. What do you think is the best way to power an entire layout with AC/DC control I heard that soldering works preaty well, but I'm not sure how to do that. How do you guys power your layouts? Also what track brands would you recommend? Simierski from YouTube recommends PECO Code 100, what are your thoughts? And finally what are your oppinions on DCC, is it worth it? Are there any good tutorials to convert your locos to DCC? Any specific benifets from DCC?

I can't advise on what brands  of track to use, as I make my own.

soldering is easy to do with nickel silver track. steel rail is very difficult to solder to.

as for dcc, there are numerous advantages providing you are using a full featured dcc system. I say that because there are a few low cost systems with very limited features which largely negate the advantages of dcc. the advantages to me are the ability to run more than one train on any track, without regards to electrical boundaries (known as blocks),,,,,the ability to program your locomotives with the operating characteristics you prefer, such as top speed and momentum effects......the ability to program your locomotives to run exactly the same as others in your fleet. this is especially useful if you run diesels, which often run in groups in north America. a full featured system will allow you to run several locomotives under one address as though they were a single locomotive just like the real ones......


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on June 30, 2013, 05:27:52 PM
Hey, you asked a lot of valid questions. I can give a little advice and that is to say stay away from peco. Aside from its' ridiculous cost, its not better than atlas flex. In fact, atlas code 83 flex track is better than the peco. Anyway, I would also stay away from DCC for now because it is a lot more complicated. I'll be back and edit this with more, as now I have to go!

                                                                                          -Tanner
I wouldn't say that Atlas is necessarily better. For what it's worth, it most certainly does the job and looks great. I use Atlas code 83 track myself, and I love it. But Peco does have its advantages.

1) Peco track is more detailed than Atlas, specifically when it comes to the spikes and rail heads.
2) Peco's track comes in code 100 and code 75, prototypical to British railway modeling. Though Atlas' code 83 rails look just fine, they are (prototypically) wrong.
3) Peco's track utilizes the bullhead structure seen on British rails. Atlas uses the flat-bottom rail typical in North America. Again, this makes Atlas track the 'incorrect' track because of the prototype. Here's a comparison of the two rails:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4b/Rail_profile.svg/720px-Rail_profile.svg.png)
4) The switches made by Peco are powered by a spring that throws the point to one direction once it passes the center point. This snaps the moving tongue (moving part of the points that guides the train in a specific direction) against the stationary rail. This allows the lack of point motors and switch throws. Atlas track, however, does not use a spring, so the switch will only loosely stay in position. A stray bump or imperfection of a flange could push the tongue out of place, causing a derailment or allowing the loco/rolling stock to 'jump' the point and proceed along the other direction.
5) Peco's insulated frog switches are insulated with plastic, but the tops of the insulation are covered with a strip of metal to enhance detail and realism. Atlas' insulated frog switches do not have this metal. Instead, the frog is painted brown like the ties, which decreases the realism. Also to add to the frogs, locos tend to run smoother over Peco frogs, while they tend to jolt and stall on Atlas frogs.

Hey guys I plan on building a new layout resembling Thomas's branchline. Design or scenery is not an issue, it's power and track. What do you think is the best way to power an entire layout with AC/DC control I heard that soldering works preaty well, but I'm not sure how to do that. How do you guys power your layouts? Also what track brands would you recommend? Simierski from YouTube recommends PECO Code 100, what are your thoughts? And finally what are your oppinions on DCC, is it worth it? Are there any good tutorials to convert your locos to DCC? Any specific benifets from DCC?
As I stated above, Peco is actually a very good brand of track, and it has its benefits. If you live in the UK, I'd go with Peco as it is easily available to you. If you live in the US, I'd suggest you buy Atlas as it's the cheaper of the two brands and it still gets the job done with very nice quality.

As for DCC, it's really not too complicated once the decoders are installed in the locomotives. Here's a video tutorial on how to install a decoder in Thomas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDSbVQgVfec. Installing chips in the other Thomas brand locos should be very similar if not the same.

If you're not going for DCC and you want to be able to control when each section is powered, you'd have to go with block wiring as jward said above. Block wiring is okay on small layouts, but if you have a big layout with loads of isolated sections, you may just want to spend the money and go DCC. I, of course, didn't listen to my own advice just given, and I went the block wiring route. I have about 30 'blocks' on my layout, and I can't even tell you how many holes I had to drill, how much soldering I had to do, and how much wiring is beneath my 10x10 layout. To clear things up about soldering, it's actually pretty simple. All you need is a soldering iron and rosin core. I purchased a handheld, plug-in soldering iron from Lowes hardware for $30.00. This is the exact one: http://www.lowes.com/pd_357336-273-WPS18MP_4294772306__?productId=3402986&Ntt=soldering+iron+tips&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dsoldering%2Biron%2Btips&facetInfo=. There should be plenty of tutorials on YouTube on how to solder wire to rails.

I hope that all helps!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on July 01, 2013, 10:26:54 AM
(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w580/ThomasSteam_9/f437d2f9dae1978004f2877d2855426d_zpsa78a9477.jpg)
This is how it's looking so far, it's roughly 4x6. *Silly questions alert* when the track has been soldered, will it provide power to the entire layout? Or only a certain part of the layout? how many transformers would you reccomend for a layout of this size? Again sorry for the sort-of silly questions, this is my first time building an ACTUAL layout. Thank you jward and ThomasFan247 for the info. ThomasFan247 your layout is fantastic by the way, and yes I live in the U.S so atlas is my best bet for now.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: fitzythe4p on July 01, 2013, 02:15:51 PM
One thing I noticed about your plan is that even though it is in an 'L' shape, it's only 4'x6'. I would advise that you make the layout larger than that. The reason being that since in some areas you'll be looking at some severely sharp corners. This isn't too much of a problem if you're running small tank engines and 4-wheeled stock, but if you plan on running big engines like Gordon, you'll need to make each "leg" of the layout 4ft wide at least


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on July 01, 2013, 04:51:09 PM
*Silly questions alert* when the track has been soldered, will it provide power to the entire layout? Or only a certain part of the layout? how many transformers would you reccomend for a layout of this size? Again sorry for the sort-of silly questions, this is my first time building an ACTUAL layout. Thank you jward and ThomasFan247 for the info. ThomasFan247 your layout is fantastic by the way, and yes I live in the U.S so atlas is my best bet for now.
Yes the whole layout will be powered, but you will choose when each part is powered. I don't think me explaining it will do you justice, so here's a diagram:

(http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/JIM_L_R4/Jimbasicdc.jpg)

Using the Atlas selector, you can either use one or two transformers. The diagram shows that two are used, but I only use one for each main line, at least for now. For your layout, I'd suggest using one unless you want to operate multiple locos independently at the same time.

Thank you very much for the comments! There are no silly questions here, and we're happy to help you out :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on July 01, 2013, 07:47:20 PM
One thing I noticed about your plan is that even though it is in an 'L' shape, it's only 4'x6'. I would advise that you make the layout larger than that. The reason being that since in some areas you'll be looking at some severely sharp corners. This isn't too much of a problem if you're running small tank engines and 4-wheeled stock, but if you plan on running big engines like Gordon, you'll need to make each "leg" of the layout 4ft wide at least
(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w580/ThomasSteam_9/e67942a046ffaa37c41ad2a702966a29_zps2f84a73a.jpg)
Here's a more revised version of the layout, thanks for pointing that out. I'm still revising it.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TobyTheTram16 on July 01, 2013, 07:53:15 PM
*Silly questions alert* when the track has been soldered, will it provide power to the entire layout? Or only a certain part of the layout? how many transformers would you reccomend for a layout of this size? Again sorry for the sort-of silly questions, this is my first time building an ACTUAL layout. Thank you jward and ThomasFan247 for the info. ThomasFan247 your layout is fantastic by the way, and yes I live in the U.S so atlas is my best bet for now.
Yes the whole layout will be powered, but you will choose when each part is powered. I don't think me explaining it will do you justice, so here's a diagram:

(http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/JIM_L_R4/Jimbasicdc.jpg)

Using the Atlas selector, you can either use one or two transformers. The diagram shows that two are used, but I only use one for each main line, at least for now. For your layout, I'd suggest using one unless you want to operate multiple locos independently at the same time.

Thank you very much for the comments! There are no silly questions here, and we're happy to help you out :)
Thank you so much ThomasFan247, you've been a great help! I really appreciate it, I'll be sure to use this when construction starts.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on July 01, 2013, 10:04:42 PM
My pleasure :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan2013 on July 17, 2013, 09:43:49 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! Here are some updates on my layout. :)

My dockyard:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/224845_3809036039064_2117601681_n.jpg)

I recieved two Tidmouth Shed expansion packs and Knapford Station for Christmas:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/150662_3809036119066_885797958_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/148928_3809036239069_2013916869_n.jpg)

Here's Thomas and Gordon at Knapford and Henry testing the added stalls:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/14620_3809036519076_1607866470_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/37080_3809036639079_1536728629_n.jpg)

My layout as of now:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/525105_3809036759082_207982122_n.jpg)

What do you think? And once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D
Very good Layout DinoNtrains, the sheds and knapford look wonderful. Merry christmas to everyone and a happy new year as well :D .

Wow! How big is that layout?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 18, 2013, 02:10:15 PM
ThomasFan2013, my layout uses two 4x8's made into a "T". Plus, there is a small wedge at the right corner, as shown in the last photo you shared there :) Now I forgot, do you have a layout shown on this thread?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan2013 on July 18, 2013, 02:33:33 PM
ThomasFan2013, my layout uses two 4x8's made into a "T". Plus, there is a small wedge at the right corner, as shown in the last photo you shared there :) Now I forgot, do you have a layout shown on this thread?

Does  showing my Ffarquhar layout plans count? because I have mine here:
http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b560/TGF012/FFarquhar_zps4419361f.jpg?t=1374173731


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 18, 2013, 07:49:57 PM
That looks cool!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on July 24, 2013, 10:40:56 PM
I know that there are body kits available for most of the talyllyn engines to run on N scale track. These could be adapted into the Skarloey engines easily but the only problem is that the don't come with chassis and you have to buy them separately.   


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 04, 2013, 10:52:59 AM
Here's a short video showcasing the final section of the layout: Tidmouth. Hope you enjoy this RWS-based location :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RDHjIP9R9Y


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on August 05, 2013, 02:17:12 AM
Here's a short video showcasing the final section of the layout: Tidmouth. Hope you enjoy this RWS-based location :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RDHjIP9R9Y
WOW just WOW. Words do not begin to describe the sheer awesomeness of that layout, I see that a lot of work must have gone into it, and you should be very pleased with the result :).

And since my profile picture is of Vegeta:
The awesomeness level is over nine THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAND!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 05, 2013, 04:41:04 PM
Thank you very much! Very glad you enjoyed it ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on August 07, 2013, 08:50:57 PM
Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't been posting pics of my layout for months :P I've had a rather busy summer. So anyway, here are some pics I took today:

You'll see white Styrofoam track risers under the outside tracks. They're making my hill/mountain for my layout. I'm actually going to get a couple more sets of them and make a second incline for the inside track.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1148910_4882402512555_1257481116_n.jpg)

Due to the track risers protruding outwards, I moved Strickland Propane to the inside loop.
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559686_4882402792562_759937915_n.jpg)

Here's Percy trying out the hill. He made it up the hill well, and even did so with a train of four Troublesome Trucks and a Brakevan.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1002332_4882400632508_733427945_n.jpg)

Now here's Thomas with Annie and Clarabel. If you're wondering why there's a big gap between the risers, it's because I'm going to place another bridge there (like the truss bridge in the inner loop).
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1009805_4882404272599_2140021015_n.jpg)

See the curved turnout near the bottom of the photo? It will lead to some sidings. I was initially going to place in a quarry or mine, but recently, I changed my mind. I now want to make it a yard.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/523466_4882404672609_213818867_n.jpg)

So what do you think? And about the track risers in awkward places (as in not connected correctly), that's only because I just put them on to test them out. When my dad and I start work on that end of the layout, we'll make sure they're in correctly.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on August 07, 2013, 10:27:33 PM
I am planning a new layout that is based from plans from an old MR, it's a small logging layout ( but not Misty Island ) that I'll take to expositions and run, so it'll be small, I will try to post photos when building it though, so keep an eye out. ;)

BTW DinoNTrains, Your layout looks amazing, great job!  :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on August 08, 2013, 12:11:44 PM
Thank you sodorfan! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on August 26, 2013, 02:04:33 AM
A minor bump for this thread, my new 4x8 layout in the works.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HF1SgupTTfg/UhqJNPoei4I/AAAAAAAAAB8/BSnWXGEtfks/s1600/layoutpeco2.png)

This layout plan consists of Dryaw Station, and a goods yard seen in "Percy, James and the Fruitful Day."

I'll be posting updates on the layout on my blog at http://sodorblog.blogspot.com/, which is where I'll also post and archive simple, easy-to-do Thomas themed layout plans.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on August 26, 2013, 01:23:48 PM
Coming along nicely, and great idea with the blog! Just a question, what is the Nissen Hut?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on August 26, 2013, 02:04:01 PM
A Nissen Hut is a steel building in the shape of a half cylinder, in other words an airplane hanger. I'm assuming for Dryaw Airfield  :) very nice.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on August 26, 2013, 04:46:58 PM
(http://www.gladstons.com/shop/1873-1961-extra/corrugated-nissen-hut.jpg)

This is the Nissen Hut I'm using for Dryaw. Some appear on its set throughout the seasons. They're basically storage sheds.

Harold has his own hangar, separately.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: SodorAdventures on August 26, 2013, 11:12:59 PM
Oh, wow! I never knew what they were called, but they look just like the ones in the series. Any plans to paint them?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on August 26, 2013, 11:22:15 PM
No plans to re-paint it, since they're already a dark green.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img580/9821/dsci0137f.jpg)

For reference, this is about how big they are. They're also seen in some quarry and farm sets (such as McColl).

I'm also open to requests for layout plans, for anyone struggling to make a layout of their own. Just give me the dimensions and the general idea of scenes you want on the layout. I feel like messing around in Anyrail.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on September 02, 2013, 01:47:10 PM
My mom has me putting my layout on the floor Which has pros and cons 1 pro is I have more space 1 con is I could or anybody could trample it so I am not doing any scenery or very many buildings for a while oh well it may still look cool at least until I get a space for my railroad to be permanent


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on September 05, 2013, 10:57:33 PM
I've been thinking about redoing the layout. Instead of the two 4x8 tables together with the 4x4 coming off of it, maybe configure them into a "U" shape. This will allow the engines to have a longer run and i can get to every part of the layout easier. I'll still keep the same locations (Brendam, Great Waterton, and Tidmouth), and hopefully i can fit in an extra yard for the carriages.

Oh and I had ordered Duck last week and he came yesterday!  ;D I'm pleased with how he turned out!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on September 06, 2013, 12:20:29 AM
Have fun with that of course afterwards send pictures to show us how it turned out


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 14, 2013, 06:14:05 PM
Hey there! Sorry for a lack of updates, but today my dad and I have done some work on my layout.

We've glued down the Styrofoam inclines on both sides. We even cut some of the inclines to accommodate my black truss bridge on the inside track. (I got a silver one just a few days ago, and that will go on the outside track.)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1376611_10200310055468664_1901551174_n.jpg)

Here's another pic just to show you what I mean:
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1395187_10200310055828673_114797712_n.jpg)

And last of all (for today), here is the layout as of now.
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1377458_10200310060308785_1045035974_n.jpg)

Thoughts?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on October 14, 2013, 08:59:10 PM
Where did you get that bridge?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 14, 2013, 10:24:10 PM
Which one? The black one or the gray one?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on October 15, 2013, 07:23:54 AM
Which one? The black one or the gray one?

Both


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on October 15, 2013, 07:26:11 AM
No plans to re-paint it, since they're already a dark green.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img580/9821/dsci0137f.jpg)

For reference, this is about how big they are. They're also seen in some quarry and farm sets (such as McColl).

I'm also open to requests for layout plans, for anyone struggling to make a layout of their own. Just give me the dimensions and the general idea of scenes you want on the layout. I feel like messing around in Anyrail.



I would love help. Any size is fine.... I HAVE SPACE. I would want scenes like Knapford, Brendam, and Tidmouth Haeds. Also some smaller stations and a main line would be good... If that's ok..  :)  :) :)

Thanks,
Fergusfan17


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 15, 2013, 05:34:50 PM
How much space do you have? Helps to have a measurement.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on October 15, 2013, 05:40:59 PM
How much space do you have? Helps to have a measurement.

Hmmmmm....
7 ft. By 10 ft. I guess?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 15, 2013, 06:08:35 PM
Which one? The black one or the gray one?

Both

The black bridge I got at the Great Train Expo in Denver, Colorado in February, 2011. The grey bridge came from eBay.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasBachannRemakes on October 25, 2013, 10:37:40 PM
No plans to re-paint it, since they're already a dark green.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img580/9821/dsci0137f.jpg)

For reference, this is about how big they are. They're also seen in some quarry and farm sets (such as McColl).

I'm also open to requests for layout plans, for anyone struggling to make a layout of their own. Just give me the dimensions and the general idea of scenes you want on the layout. I feel like messing around in Anyrail.
I need help. I want the layout to look just like the TV show, having spots like the quarry, Tidmouth Sheds, Knapford, the docks, maybe some stations or fields. The layout may be 4 x 8 or larger depending on where I build it. If it's easy to change the layout for every remake, I can do that. Thanks if you reply!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TBModels on October 26, 2013, 10:49:39 AM
Hey! It's great that you want to model Sodor. The best thing to do is probably find the maximum space you can use first, then start. I would suggest making the quarry and the docks one set that is easy to change around. Since there are many sidings, sheds and extra tracks, that would probably be the easiest thing to do.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 30, 2013, 08:47:04 PM
Here's just a pic of what I did on my layout today

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/548343_10200394612102527_272918316_n.jpg)

The two tables were separated so as to work on the mountain/hill, but my dad and I pushed them back together for a purpose. This Saturday is my birthday, and I want to run my trains for my friends :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TBModels on October 30, 2013, 09:22:40 PM
Wow! Looks really cool. Have a happy birthday too!  :)

I will be posting pics of my current 4x7 layout soon.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on October 30, 2013, 11:05:30 PM
Thank you, ThunderbirdComics :) And I look forward to seeing pics of your layout

EDIT: Yesterday was my birthday, and for that occasion, I got another coal wagon w/ load and Bachmann Edward! He's awesome! :D

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/560072_10200413606177367_1036169752_n.jpg)

P.S. As you can see, I also got an Amtrak diesel from KATO. It was a gift from my grandma


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on November 03, 2013, 08:06:11 PM
The bachmann Edward is a great model, best in the range. And it looks like the layout is coming along nicely too! ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 03, 2013, 08:21:41 PM
Thank you very much, sodorfan! :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasBachannRemakes on November 04, 2013, 09:04:45 PM
Here's just a pic of what I did on my layout today

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/548343_10200394612102527_272918316_n.jpg)

The two tables were separated so as to work on the mountain/hill, but my dad and I pushed them back together for a purpose. This Saturday is my birthday, and I want to run my trains for my friends :)
At least you have started your layout :I I haven't even started ._.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 24, 2013, 09:49:56 PM
After a long time w/out updates to the layout, here are a few:

I glued down the other track risers, so they are now in place.
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1017209_10200700964801153_550157446_n.jpg)

To keep the tracks on the risers, I nailed them down to the risers.
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1506766_10200700964721151_1748046111_n.jpg)

Here you go, and Merry Christmas one and all! :D

EDIT: Here's what my parents got me last night on Christmas Eve: Bachmann Donald and Douglas!
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1486935_10200701736060434_878223059_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: GG1onFordsDTandI on December 27, 2013, 01:04:49 AM
EDIT: Here's what my parents got me last night on Christmas Eve: Bachmann Donald and Douglas!
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1486935_10200701736060434_878223059_n.jpg)
Nice!....Oh great, now I'm really jealous ;).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 27, 2013, 01:45:20 PM
lol I hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on December 30, 2013, 09:35:03 PM
Here's an update of my layout.  Questions are welcome


http://m.youtube.com/home?rdm=ysu4qg4&client=mv-google&layout=mobileere's an update of my layout


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Sparks on April 08, 2014, 08:18:47 PM
So I finally got my table at my place again.
(http://i.imgur.com/d4NaEYC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Cdx5LXE.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GgqyXyb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YSRDOpk.jpg)

My local store is currently out of PECO switches, but I'll be getting more soon.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on April 13, 2014, 12:58:03 AM
Nice layout, Sparks :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Br 98.75 on April 13, 2014, 10:50:28 PM
Any one have any luck on bending track for a incline quarry?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on April 13, 2014, 11:05:17 PM
I think your best bet would be just to get track risers (like the ones on my layout) and use flex-track

EDIT: As of April 28th, here are some updates.

I have now completed my sidings.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/10151327_10201349607056804_7385886055458774472_n.jpg)

Now, here is a turnout pointing inwards, ending in a siding (as Percy and his train are demonstrating). There will be a town in this area, too.
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10325746_10201349606776797_2921465372258328970_n.jpg)

And last but not least, I have completed the inner track on the incline. I may still have to work out bumps and the like.
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10153013_10201349608656844_5898369917781692054_n.jpg)

Thoughts? Let me know :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on May 02, 2014, 11:15:24 AM
Well I have decided my layout and am trying to get the wood so I can start the Bench work but I still have yet to buy Thomas and friends trains and I have yet to get a list together, but I have a single question to ask is buying Tidmouth sheds worth the 200 dollars it would take to buy it or should I just do something else


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on May 03, 2014, 01:49:57 PM
I got an idea for a turnaround loop, it could go around tidmouth sheds make it look like that line in season 1.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on May 03, 2014, 10:04:38 PM
Do you think I should do that?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: TBModels on May 04, 2014, 06:34:05 PM
Well I have decided my layout and am trying to get the wood so I can start the Bench work but I still have yet to buy Thomas and friends trains and I have yet to get a list together, but I have a single question to ask is buying Tidmouth sheds worth the 200 dollars it would take to buy it or should I just do something else


Personally, I would say no on that. While Tidmouth Sheds is nice, (I do not own it though!) It doesn't seem too great. You could always build your own with wood/paper/paint etc. It's your decision to make.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on May 07, 2014, 07:56:39 PM
I got another train set in the mail today and it was an older Bachmann not Thomas obviously so I now have 4 engines one is broken so I have to fix it and it is going to run on another layout so I might get Thomas Annie and Clarabel just because however I am making a custom one with the Turntable that Bachmann Produces.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 12, 2014, 10:32:51 PM
I've made a few more advances on my layout.

I rearranged the sidings as I felt the original set-up looked cramped:
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10253760_10201450950310322_7706509616249313708_n.jpg)


Also, I have set down these gray sheets that will be the foundation of the town behind Tidmouth Sheds
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1609909_10201450951110342_2620792682996322737_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on May 17, 2014, 03:07:03 PM
Well I have decided my layout and am trying to get the wood so I can start the Bench work but I still have yet to buy Thomas and friends trains and I have yet to get a list together, but I have a single question to ask is buying Tidmouth sheds worth the 200 dollars it would take to buy it or should I just do something else


Personally, I would say no on that. While Tidmouth Sheds is nice, (I do not own it though!) It doesn't seem too great. You could always build your own with wood/paper/paint etc. It's your decision to make.

Well, I didn't mean the kit itself, what I mean't is it could be fit inside a turnaround loop nicely (although, come to think of it, I'd like to see someone scratch build the sheds)  ::)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on May 17, 2014, 04:53:58 PM
My Layout is named after a fictional place and isn't used on any shows, books, or movies so I might just do a lot of customs


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 18, 2014, 03:21:19 AM
Any pictures, Rollin Mayham?

Also, the other night I got Bachmann Toby and Duck as gifts for graduating high school

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/p526x296/1505528_10201475184756168_3880411431571750715_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on May 18, 2014, 02:35:15 PM
Any pictures, Rollin Mayham?

Also, the other night I got Bachmann Toby and Duck as gifts for graduating high school

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/p526x296/1505528_10201475184756168_3880411431571750715_n.jpg)
CONGRATS!!!
College??


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 18, 2014, 02:48:48 PM
Yes sir!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on May 18, 2014, 09:37:09 PM
ah yes. high schools is ending for me as well. have had some plans to do some serious modeling this summer!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Shawn on May 19, 2014, 09:00:26 PM
Sheesh.  I wish I could hurry up and Graduate!  I'm in grade 11...so one more year to go.  Grade 12 should be fun, trying to balance work at Thrifty's with my studies. 

And, does anyone have ideas for a layout in a very small space?  I have all the things I'd need to build a layout,  I just need to figure out how it will happen....


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 20, 2014, 12:27:28 AM
College is not exactly better than high school as far as the workload goes.  I made the mistake of taking 16 credits this quarter at my school and it is limiting my free time, which includes layout work. ::)

Anyways I recently got a bandai model of George the Steamroller from Japan.  I'll be more than happy to share some photos of the model as well as the layout in general.  I have not had much time to do any layout work, but I will get around to it soon, since I've been meaning to share layout photos with everyone for some time now.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 20, 2014, 12:25:55 PM
Chaz: Does Bandai George fit well on an HO layout?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Fergusfan17 on May 20, 2014, 01:09:34 PM
Yes sir!
awesome!!!!!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 21, 2014, 01:16:15 AM
The model fits pretty well for a Thomas and Friends layout and would look good next to Bachmann models.  I don't necessarily model Sodor (despite collecting Bachmann models), since I'm more of an American modeler.  I recommend it, but be warned that prices for these and other models in the range are expensive (like around 30-60 dollars), so know what you are getting into before purchasing.  George is the second one I have so far, and I already have Trevor.  I plan on getting Bulgy and stopping there just because I do not have a desire for other road characters since Bachmann already made the ones I wanted.   I'll show some pictures as a sample for what's to come, while showing off George.
(http://puu.sh/8UN8X.jpg)
(http://puu.sh/8UNa3.jpg)
(http://puu.sh/8UNaJ.jpg)
(http://puu.sh/8UNbG.jpg)

I apologize for any blurriness, since I took these pictures on my phone.  But I will show take and upload more pictures once school is out for the summer. 


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: jward on May 21, 2014, 02:45:38 AM
the photos are fine. the lighting is good, and you've resisted the temptation to use the flash. flash photos of models never turn out well.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on May 21, 2014, 08:42:53 AM
Scratch-built fence
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1361.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1361.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1368.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1368.jpg.html)

Scratch-built buffers
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1367.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1367.jpg.html)

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn192/ThomasFan247/DSCN1363.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/ThomasFan247/media/DSCN1363.jpg.html)
Sorry for quoting such an old post :(, but do you recall how you scratch constructed these, ThomasFan247? I find the scratch built fences and buffers to look quite nice :).


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ScotNick on May 21, 2014, 11:45:08 AM
Well, to me the buffer looks like being made of ties from the tracks, and the fence maybe just some wooden sticks  ???


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: BassTbone on May 23, 2014, 10:09:02 AM
College is not exactly better than high school as far as the workload goes.  I made the mistake of taking 16 credits this quarter at my school and it is limiting my free time, which includes layout work. ::)

I agree with Chaz.  Having graduated with my Bachelors myself, I participated in the marching band, worked as a RA, and took 14 hours a semester.  It does make you value your time you have to your trains.  That being said, college allows you freedom in your time.  I knew some who scheduled their classes only on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Sheesh.  I wish I could hurry up and Graduate!  I'm in grade 11...so one more year to go.  Grade 12 should be fun, trying to balance work at Thrifty's with my studies. 

And, does anyone have ideas for a layout in a very small space?  I have all the things I'd need to build a layout,  I just need to figure out how it will happen....
I have built a layout when I lived in a small apartment.  It was only four feet long and two feet wide.  If you are looking for small in HO scale, a shunting layout is good.  I modelled N scale too for a year, but it was too tiny for my taste. 

Here are some pics of the layout. 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_2991.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3025.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3024.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3005.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3032.jpg)

Also modular layouts are good too.  My current one splits into two so I can transport it.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 23, 2014, 02:05:40 PM
Nice layout! :)



(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Meltonio/100_3025.jpg)


And is that Bachmann City of Truro?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on May 24, 2014, 12:15:52 PM
Sorry for quoting such an old post :(, but do you recall how you scratch constructed these, ThomasFan247? I find the scratch built fences and buffers to look quite nice :).
I used spare sleepers/railroad ties to build the buffers and tooth picks for the fences :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on May 26, 2014, 07:34:49 AM
Sorry for quoting such an old post :(, but do you recall how you scratch constructed these, ThomasFan247? I find the scratch built fences and buffers to look quite nice :).
I used spare sleepers/railroad ties to build the buffers and tooth picks for the fences :)
Cheers, man :)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 26, 2014, 02:49:53 PM
A few more updates on my layout.

I have glued those grey sheets for my town. The water tower in the middle will be the centerpiece of the town.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10330397_10201511769710769_524622204059267989_n.jpg)

A few days ago, I got Henrietta (she was the very first item I ordered from the Internet by myself)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10175011_10201511727469713_5360406648145084008_n.jpg)

And now, here's just a shot of NWR engines #1-10 at Tidmouth Sheds :)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1.0-9/10330397_10201511769790771_2636403627949816906_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: shining time on June 07, 2014, 08:18:34 PM
here's an update of mine sorry i haven't been on in awhile school and work have had me tied up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGBU3spXE7c&list=UUx5wu1awl7btblP4RfSVZCA


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on July 22, 2014, 12:18:07 PM
Time for some updates!

A few days ago, I got Emily after getting her coaches.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/10439506_10201824283563420_4566312206631628192_n.jpg)

Yesterday, I tore up the inner loop's hill. I intend to place a tunnel on the inner loop.
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10492595_10201838314434183_3356080110628904908_n.jpg)

Also, I will be using the other bridge on the hill.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t1.0-9/10562957_10201838314634188_4396188451724415293_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 02, 2014, 12:47:13 AM
Sorry to double post, but this thread hasn't had much activity.

Back in July, I got some straight tracks for the layout:
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10547571_10201869571055579_2944736514890046689_n.jpg?oh=f33bfbc540a323829f6b01a57c80a0ff&oe=54D6F9C3)

And this evening, as an early birthday gift, I received Mavis and Diesel. They're awesome!
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/10572193_10202380517548922_1584293776493336252_o.jpg)


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on November 10, 2014, 08:24:42 PM
Good news! My dad and I agreed to start the bench work for our new layout tomorrow!  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on November 14, 2014, 02:29:22 PM
Since I have a good amount of snow in my neck of the woods, its probably a good time to decorate the layout for Christmas.  :D


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Rollin Mayham on December 11, 2014, 11:54:04 AM
So tomorrow I am going back to Alabama and living their with my dad and I can't take my train stuff with me. So I will be restarting all over and getting a Thomas and friends set while building a small layout in my room.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: PaulGWR on December 22, 2014, 08:11:25 PM
So we've put up the first bits of benchwork, and now moving on to reprinting the backdrop (it had too dark a blue) so now we move on to the [dun dun dun!] MOVING THE CLUTTER!


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DrTechDaddy on January 19, 2015, 03:33:38 PM
Just posted to this thread, but now the "next" button goes to the next thread,
not next page i the layout thread like it did before.


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: Pyromaildragon on February 13, 2015, 09:55:22 PM
Gosh, all of you guys have amazing layouts,  And I have leftovers from a layout dismantled years ago. :-[
You guys have any suggestions on what to do for a new layout?


Title: Re: The Layout Thread
Post by: DoggySporty on February 13, 2015, 10:05:10 PM
Ehh my HO layout is just a long oval, same with my G scale.  I like collecting the new items most of all anyway.
I do have a lot of trackside accessories like the old water tower and resin stuff though.  They're fun to collect too!
I just wish there was a local store that sells this stuff--I get everything from Towerhobbies since model railroading isn't very big in Maryland :/