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Title: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 06, 2018, 01:49:05 PM
I'm starting on the Christmas layout now. I will change things up somewhat from last year. I bought another reversing set up and a Thomas set. I'll use Thomas and one of the cars on the reversing track that will run along the back ledge.
I'm not going to use the snow blankets close to the track again. I spent hours pulling strands fake snow from train axles. I'll paint some of the foam stuff white and I have some solid white shelf liner to use in some places like to cover the risers.
This is what I'm starting with this year -
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45625102_10156785754805522_151361175861329920_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=2b18571849eca5cefd6d4b9de03e1d25&oe=5C44C6E8)
This is from last year -
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45488587_10156785765290522_8441794053200150528_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=9818a1bc8cacb06cddbc3d7daabf6570&oe=5C422411)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 06, 2018, 07:38:22 PM
What the point-to-point in the back will be. I have to raise it higher so old #4 clears it on the curve. it knocked off my loose roof on the first experimental pass to see how much higher I have to go.
I had to shave down the riser a little where it meets the bridge in front. #4 became a rocking horse where the track met the bridge. It was an issue last year, so I corrected it now before i cover the riser.  I removed the closet bent and took a little bit off of it. I know it's hard going right into a 4% grade after the bridge but I didn't any choice. It is much smoother now.
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45637714_10156786358150522_8312463499766792192_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=47f1d704a63f1772c235355e41c447c8&oe=5C80D044)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: DAVISinGP on November 07, 2018, 12:10:38 PM
Wow, do you start from scratch every year?


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 07, 2018, 02:08:17 PM
No. I built the platform on rollers last year. I usually use different track arrangements. This year I'm going to use last year's figure 8. I'll have the trolley on the main level again and some kind of oval within the right side of the 8. There were a few years that I didn't do a layout. Up until 2005, I had HO. After 2006, I was going to get away from trains and I did for a few years. We see how that worked. :)
These are all in reverse order. If I had thought before hand about posting each year, I would have done them from earliest to latest.

This one is from 2016. The bug sunk it's teeth into me again.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15137529_10154715770530522_5718646521935569909_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=ff9882bee7927e7571501c5baa326093&oe=5C3EAA94)

I kept it simple with O27 for a few years. 2015 here.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12345680_10153791020325522_4884283761950278157_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=edd496d801480efdc3d59d57d2e1e396&oe=5C7535DB)

2014 was a simple one too.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10404394_10152961148845522_6333760560050880104_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=b88ed8cee6070691c4b304da7caef5a3&oe=5C75E63E)

For 2013, one end went under the coffee table.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1526942_10152158762200522_361743482_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=b78df715bfbd512baa0d877061b7eb2a&oe=5C7F2610)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67847_10152126134580522_2032954397_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=c82361db21611d5ff35990fa2ef110c9&oe=5C7E84EB)

This is 2012.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12031_10151394689715522_502058670_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=6ac27b5dd0d1fecc5825ae198e4bfc9f&oe=5C8A330E)



Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: DAVISinGP on November 07, 2018, 02:23:46 PM
Neat stuff.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 07, 2018, 06:15:33 PM
Thanks. Here's a few more.
2010 - I don't remember what I did for Christmas for 2007, 2008, and 2009. Neither I nor my family can seem to find any pics of those years. I just put the Big Hauler in a loop for 2010.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45783532_10156788197220522_1468981074108350464_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=81dc3e52f9243487418d46d034dccc13&oe=5C77588F)

2006 - I tried a multi-scale layout. It was easy on me with just loops. it's large scale, O27, On30 and HO. After that, I took a break from trains.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17452_318385540521_2886586_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=eaaaaa6b2bb0c3265a80894e302ae4c5&oe=5C7FD5AB)

2005 - Earlier in the year, I did a major overhaul to my layout so I could take the plunge into On30. I had to rearrange a lot of track and take out the upper loop. It was also the year I had my heart attack. Once that happened, the layout came to a standstill. I did the Christmas stuff then took it down.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45410589_10156788232110522_3967521519088697344_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=dc3d27b02dea3b16517b0ceeba63cd31&oe=5C818604)\

2004 - I put Christmas lights on the layout and covered the upper levels of the track with snow blankets. I cut out snow blanket mountains. I put Christmas lights on the wall and hung a piece of dark blue material up there.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/385122_10150597531305522_129048172_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=8d1228d67e10b91650cf3ae1fa249ce4&oe=5C3C1FF5)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/34981_443233010521_36639_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=3be45ea484fbc7d6e9f98f9fae2205f3&oe=5C7323D4)

2003 - This was the year I bought Bachmann's reversing trolley set-up. You can see it on the right. I wanted more Christmas stuff but didn't have room on the layout.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45696399_10156788252430522_5552246253812711424_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=758f589a7735ba3d84587ab6a33a8f76&oe=5C839FE2)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 08, 2018, 11:57:09 AM
2002 - This year, I put legs on the layout and put it on rollers so I could move it around. That way I could move it around to get to the back of it to work on it. It made getting to derailments much easier, too.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45620636_10156788258525522_831620902478151680_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=a84ec241d34d5f4ea006329583d6199d&oe=5C71C6C1)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45690121_10156788258250522_4980545892936318976_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=3e5f0ac49a309d8ddfe7fd8f18fafbad&oe=5C7F6AC2)

2001- Here you can see how satisfied I was with my 2000 "layout". I had to have bigger and better. I had three loops so I could have three trains running at the same time. I had the same basic layout for a few years and kept making changes. The whole layout is sitting on milk crates.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45621897_10156788270760522_2190919133300785152_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=4b7d26e07aa1b629fcd7f34279001fdf&oe=5C80E808)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45481185_10156788271185522_5197589501144203264_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=2e561dfaf41b67f485c5dfa632674525&oe=5C7A42FF)

2000 - My first attempt at a "board" with tunnels and "over and under".
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45582243_10156788272680522_2436282471663271936_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=4edfec1ac03f557fbea3e64a1f434ae9&oe=5C83CD90)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45593414_10156788272980522_7368152254693507072_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=a041f0c7b8603876fcd147889f6eea4e&oe=5C7CD529)

1999 - I called this one Present Valley. Except for the two small cars, the rest of the train I got for Christmas back in 1958. I repainted everything.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45576428_10156788277160522_2742692357752225792_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=817f23504de84484d9738721dcaa8c00&oe=5C3CF28C)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45628908_10156788276910522_3681670288530997248_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=ab54a44719536517afd9a6dfe42297a8&oe=5C3CC0CF)

1998 - This is how my train addiction resurfaced from my childhood days. I bought two battery operated "Dickens" trains. I bought two sets because I wanted more track.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45556252_10156788278985522_6702719566931296256_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=5be1ccc81ff7f091291ca94f99caf3fb&oe=5C875931)
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45676877_10156788281370522_5359310168188256256_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=87dc5d5d0f3d58202dad44192de42d5c&oe=5C40E2F7)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: DAVISinGP on November 08, 2018, 02:09:03 PM
 :o


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: bbmiroku on November 08, 2018, 06:12:01 PM
"Because I wanted more track"...

Sounds like your addiction was well underway at that point. :P


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 08, 2018, 07:14:36 PM
 ;D Yep. I could only get a small oval with just one set.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: infamouselijah on November 14, 2018, 08:41:47 PM
Why not just buy the track? Wanted a backup loco?


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Trainman203 on November 14, 2018, 11:00:01 PM
Terry, do you build a new Christmas layout every year?

I consider myself a serious modeler but I have got to say, these layouts are very cool to an adult of s certain age like me.  They have got to be magic to a child.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 15, 2018, 12:42:38 AM
Lijah - I don't know where I could buy just the plastic track like that. I've only seen it in sets. Plus it gave me the extra cars. I think each set had a passenger car and a caboose.

Trainman  - I don't start new every year like a few of those years I used my regular layout. This year, I'm using the figure 8 and the oval and adding another point to point in addition to the one I had. I get too bored with same thing for any length of time. That's why I have never taken a layout to total completion. There always something I want to change or add.
I was going to take the figure 8 down after last Christmas and start on a high rise point to point but I didn't get around to it. I spent time backdating my Mogul and working on my log cars and cabeese. I don't do train stuff all the time.
With my screwed up back, it gets to me quick and often when I'm doing stuff with the layout. I do a little  and rest and do a little and rest. I have the oxygen hose to contend with and always have to move that around when I'm moving around the layout doing things. It always seem to get hung up on something. I'm always getting my nose yanked when I'm moving around the house and the hose catches under the door or the corner of the couch.

I've been going around the whole figure 8 and cutting the white rubber shelf material and gluing it down over the risers. I just have a small section left to do. I've also been building up along the back with foam for the point to point. I have to make that high enough so the loco on the figure 8 clears it because the figure 8 runs close to the back wall of the layout. I have a couple different Christmas display pieces I'm using this year so I have to plot their locations out. I'm omitting some of last years pieces. I'm putting in a bridge where the p to p crosses the 8 so I'll have to add some extra wiring between the reversing pieces on either side of it.
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45637714_10156786358150522_8312463499766792192_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=47f1d704a63f1772c235355e41c447c8&oe=5C80D044)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 19, 2018, 07:29:51 PM
Progress is being made but it's not all that visible yet. ;D
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/46456425_10156816627855522_224465096947007488_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ht=scontent-atl3-1.xx&oh=d82442295155cc5231ccf09d7b62b6ec&oe=5C6AC5EF)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: DAVISinGP on November 19, 2018, 07:51:50 PM
Terry:

You probably have more experience than most in creating snow - what's your preferred method(s)?

Pauley


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 19, 2018, 09:01:35 PM
I was using the snow blankets and the stuff in a roll that just pulls apart bbut I'm not doing that now. Too much of it finds it's way into the train and I spend a lot of time pulling it out from around axles and valve gear gear in steamers. I've used the spray snow in some places.
This year I'm covering the roadbed in this shelf liner that is kind of rubbery. It should help tone down the sound from the E-Z Track, also. The other areas I'm going to paint white. I will get some cans of spray snow to touch up around different places.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 22, 2018, 01:23:51 PM
The wheels of my mind are turning here. I have the upper p to p and the lower p to p. I'm wondering if I could connect the two on the far end. I could make a tunnel so it ran behind the "mountains".
I would have to start a down grade along the back wall and begin the up grade right after the 8 down grade in front. I would have to figure out what kind of grade I would have because it's pretty high in back.
The 8 on that end begins with a 2% starter piece then goes to 3% to the back turn, then 4% to the bridge.
I wouldn't be able to start a down grade on the back track until it's about over the middle of the back straight in the 8. I would have to keep it no less than parallel to the point where the 8 curves forward I can maintain clearance for the Mogul.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/46503153_10156822472385522_5944283833435160576_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=5f3acd5ade21188cac1d758bff8dc55c&oe=5C7BFB70)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 07, 2018, 06:03:47 PM
I have it all painted now. No more picking snow out of my axles.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/47580857_10156859819765522_3874151141981814784_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_eui2=AeF0m9EUzp1Bix_BQFZEcLqAZhbtOeTQUqqwYxhBR_nbmHbtVmIhPYurm1oHdAxGnGFg79im--QeCvP-RIZvIn4IeJceQ76qrOnd_R16A0-QPA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=fe3026774e6ecbe76b8dffd8e2eec7ad&oe=5C9EECEB)

Last year, my bridge was kind of wobbly so I glued some braces to the legs and bottom of the bridge. I had to make a platform to set it on while I was working on it.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/47508303_10156859820640522_9022881339979857920_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_eui2=AeHPNMr5WGAWJHG_a7FvDJmyKBqdoA3v6mYspEp00g34Im-2y3fjbmMUzY5lqlVYrWa6iHnvqQ5ffsAiDEetPevrj4TJuQ0zMHveDKuv9jxWng&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=577ae9286736ff4409a5420135c99381&oe=5CB20C6E)

I also soldered the track pieces on each end of the bridge. Last year, the track would try to separate sometimes where it connected to the bridge. That was another reason to build the platform - I had to create the slopes on each side to duplicate how it would be when I set it in place. That way when I glued the track to the bridge and soldered the rail joiners the grade would be right. I took a file to the rail heads on the ends of the bridge so the wheels didn't have a drop off coming off the bridge.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/48099888_10156859821010522_7436167468462112768_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_eui2=AeGIWCVqny2_cjHZESWze9DmTe8gLXDdoF1bIi1UsrjoG79BeJ81XN_Ugq7hJ7IrIPodFcNVhpFCGiYtJzb6wDWwnrK9STsyA5E1hDNYc7HPKQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=e7aa0fef1ba5aca337c79b94bd02eafd&oe=5C986224)

Another view of my temporary platform that I set the bridge on.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/47004321_10156859853935522_7091673798121881600_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_eui2=AeGWLS4Oz8GzGx8U6ZOaf949APH88d859JspmNx0ypZ7wWXfXg1PzbDGdqN1aqp_6t7Po9LX_--yZLNzAg8Z3NLqeIHTDqnjtKldJvECggZk3w&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=65c1557051de145a9465cf192131a80b&oe=5C968D70)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 08, 2018, 06:04:00 PM
Since I'm having my high line reversing track go over a bridge, I had to use jumper wires. I just soldered the jumper wires to the connector that normally connect to the next pieces of track.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/48087407_10156862313395522_1464606443758944256_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_eui2=AeGsTffX8gpWWNcIhnSbnf18Ob3hmaKKtW9dZbjEJqNITTD6eUxXBfXmC313hben2w0FBfa_KZ3R5Rp55Jo8VftPe1QvkmCS-VIl5Xe-oTrJ6w&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=36ffd767cdc3e54947538a645c0fe0a6&oe=5CA25FB5)
Because of the way I was laying it out, I also had to add a 4 1/2" straight piece. I glued the track pieces to the ends of the bridge and soldered the rail joiners so it would all stay together. I also made sure that the wires were oriented on each end so the left wire hooks to the left side on both ends and vice versa.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/48356239_10156862348910522_3075308274560532480_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_eui2=AeHTQyQyHrmsc4GBuSdq-_j72Mcpm3S5DTka4_tSusi1Li2YNINlx-507BrzWh_43h5qKcJeyJU8kaqBzqQtpoUnAnJK5nANa6zQVypFqUMaQA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=c1cd4deae8f45cbe57a16cbc5848a0ed&oe=5C9C2D8F)
Here it's done. I super glued the wire to the bridge and the track so it wouldn't be hanging down. I had to make it extra long to begin with so I could assemble the track pieces together.
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/47686626_10156862350945522_5720732155772928000_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_eui2=AeE1jj23MDZMfbuPqeEz_ZR8PNGF6mPabfUizdn13VQYEpwRSE6G5b75zJQEI6Ex5AXPJywxX0OdmoGRzGMcWRxcLZZjNw4ZjrBWHD16XdOzeg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=a5d7c0d18aa022589b2c109b2c7deb8d&oe=5CB14E33)



Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 09, 2018, 12:47:42 AM
The main line is on line. The bridge for the figure 8 worked out great. It's nice and solid now. Thanks to a little filing, there is no hump coming on or off the bridge. I ran the Heisler with the track cleaning caboose for a little while tonight and it was smooth. I'm very pleased.  :)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 09, 2018, 05:19:46 PM
I have the trains all running. It's always a good feeling to get everything running right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul5zm5cXhsA&t=3s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul5zm5cXhsA&t=3s)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: bbmiroku on December 09, 2018, 09:09:27 PM
Looks good Terry.  Only problem I see now is when you go to take it apart at the end of the season.  You'll have a permanently-wired and -connected bridge and approach at a set gradient.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 10, 2018, 12:07:56 AM
Yep. I might find another use for it down the road. I can always build another bridge and buy more E-Z Track if  I need to do that. This sure makes it easier for me now.  I customized these bridges to work with On30 by widening them.
Last year, I just took down the Christmas stuff, ovall and trolley track and left the figure 8 up. When I go to working on locos and cars, I have the 8 to test them on. I keep aiming to start on a permanent one but I keep changing my mind how I want to do it. I'll get bored with the 8 before too long and go with something else.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 15, 2018, 10:49:55 PM
   I finished my layout earlier today. Here's a short video.
   I discovered that the two Mr. Moguls, (both the Elder and the Younger) don't like my "coming off the bridge" curve and grade. They want to put their front wheels on the road bed instead of the rails when they come off the bridge. Before I recently soldered the connections, they did just fine. I had to return Mr. Heisler to figure 8 service.
   I was going to give Mr. Porter a Christmas vacation and let Mr. Heisler take over his duties. Then I could have had one or both of the Mr. Moguls on the 8. Alas! It was not to be. I never thought to check with Mr. Mogul after I soldered the joints. Mr. Heisler was satisfied on the test runs and I thought all was ok.
   After Christmas, I'll have to try to appease the Mogul boys and make some adjustments. Right now, I might let them alternate by giving Mr. Porter some short breaks. Mr. Porter's oval is short so it's not much of a work out for them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgIY3VAOVAM&t=9s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgIY3VAOVAM&t=9s)


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: charon on December 16, 2018, 12:09:34 AM
Excellent layout, Terry.  Thanks for posting.
Chuck


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: bbmiroku on December 16, 2018, 04:42:04 AM
Maybe some solder got on the gauge side of the rails?


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 16, 2018, 12:58:29 PM
I only soldered on the outside of the rail joiners. I wanted to make sure I didn't get anything on the inside that would interfere with the wheels. The Mogul is high centering, too. Once the center drivers are over  the joint, it rocks down. Before soldering, I had a couple thin cardboard shims under the track right at the joint and a couple single shims spaced out a few inches farther away. I guess it was like spreading the immediate drop down over a couple of track pieces if that makes any sense. Whatever it did, it worked.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: bbmiroku on December 17, 2018, 01:56:12 AM
Yeah, that's what'll do it.  You went from a cresting hill to a sharp drop.  Might want to take the soldering wand to the solder to soften it up enough to bend the joint a smidgen.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 17, 2018, 12:14:59 PM
That's what I'm thinking. I probably should have set it on the layout with the shims and then soldered it. When I built the support off the layout, I just used the WS incline piece next to it to eyeball about where to stack the foam pieces. I didn't want glue a new piece of incline down just to do the soldering. I should have duplicated exactly how it was on the layout with the shims.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: bbmiroku on December 19, 2018, 12:03:10 AM
Let us know how it turns out! :)

I won't be setting up a train this year.  But that's because I helped set up (read as: relaid trackage, switched trains out for better-running ones, put up more buildings) the new HO section of the local historical society's train garden.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 22, 2018, 08:10:12 PM
Here are some stills from the layout. I only used a couple pieces of snow blanket to cover some wires. I used white shelf liner to cover the grades.
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Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: the Bach-man on December 23, 2018, 12:10:15 AM
Dear Terry!
You're amazing!
Merry Christmas!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 23, 2018, 02:15:51 AM
Thank you. My Kids, Grandkids, and now Great Grandkids love it every year. My wife wonders why I go through all this work every year, but she is always pleased when I get it done. It's worth it to see the smiles of joy it brings to everyone.


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: JerryB on December 23, 2018, 02:36:36 PM
The answer to any 'why do you do that?' questions are clearly seen in your pix.

Your layout really brings back my memories of Christmas Past! Thanks for sharing its construction and the results.

Merry Christmas & Happy RRing to you, your family & all!

JerryB


Title: Re: Christmas layout begins
Post by: Terry Toenges on December 24, 2018, 07:37:07 PM
Here's a short close up video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxMWoYBviXo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxMWoYBviXo)