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Offline Danlake  
#51 Posted : 20 May 2012 08:14:12(UTC)
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Looks really good Chris.

Well doneThumpUp

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Offline hennabm  
#52 Posted : 20 May 2012 09:08:00(UTC)
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Hi Chris

Keep the photos coming - great progress ThumpUp

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Offline steventrain  
#53 Posted : 20 May 2012 10:12:11(UTC)
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look great, Chris.ThumpUp
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Offline petestra  
#54 Posted : 20 May 2012 10:26:01(UTC)
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Hi Chris, you've really been busy on the RR. The layout is just beautiful. Great work!
PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline Chris6382chris  
#55 Posted : 20 May 2012 13:21:46(UTC)
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Thanks for the kind words. I am having fun with it. Today I have to do some engine maintenance and then just sit back and run some trains. Looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday.

Chris
Offline TrainIride  
#56 Posted : 20 May 2012 18:57:25(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Nice results for your layout !
looks great ThumpUp ThumpUp

Regards
Joël
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Online BrandonVA  
#57 Posted : 24 May 2012 14:24:35(UTC)
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Chris - the multi levels are really great! Looks like a fun layout.

-Brandon
Offline Chris6382chris  
#58 Posted : 25 May 2012 04:46:47(UTC)
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Thanks, it is fun to run the trains. I usually run two to three trains at one time or spend time switching in the yard area.

Chris
Offline NewMB  
#59 Posted : 25 May 2012 07:07:53(UTC)
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Looks great!!
Offline Chris6382chris  
#60 Posted : 27 May 2012 07:03:30(UTC)
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Here are a couple more pictures. Just started some of the work on the town. The first bits of scenery went down today. The buidlings and cars are just sitting in place and haven't been glued down or anything yet.

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Offline Ian555  
#61 Posted : 27 May 2012 07:13:41(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Good looking work. ThumpUp

Excellent wagons in the 2nd photo. Smile

Ian.

Offline Chris6382chris  
#62 Posted : 27 May 2012 07:17:03(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Chris,

Good looking work. ThumpUp

Excellent wagons in the 2nd photo. Smile

Ian.



Got to have banana wagons in at least one photo when updating. Thanks Ian.
Offline Goofy  
#63 Posted : 27 May 2012 07:43:17(UTC)
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Nice layout!
I like those towncity buildings.
Are those Kibri buildings?
Sincerely
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Offline steventrain  
#64 Posted : 27 May 2012 07:49:21(UTC)
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Look great, Chris.
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#65 Posted : 28 May 2012 02:53:44(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Goofy Go to Quoted Post
Nice layout!
I like those towncity buildings.
Are those Kibri buildings?


Thanks, I think the buildings are Kibri but I am not sure. I bought them on eBay and they were already built. But they do look Kibri like.

Chris

Online BrandonVA  
#66 Posted : 30 May 2012 15:32:21(UTC)
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Chris,

I like the town placement, nicely done. Just a little town along the road, it has a nice feeling to it!

-Brandon
Offline Chris6382chris  
#67 Posted : 18 June 2012 02:25:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BrandonVA Go to Quoted Post
Chris,

I like the town placement, nicely done. Just a little town along the road, it has a nice feeling to it!

-Brandon


Thanks Brandon. I plan on putting in street lights, lighting the buidlings and I have a bunch of people for the shops. I am considering adding headlights to the vehicles as well. I have micro LEDs that I can use, it is a bit of a pain but it looks cool at night.

Chris
Offline Chris6382chris  
#68 Posted : 18 June 2012 04:58:31(UTC)
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I took some additional pictures today while running my trains and thought I would share them. I can't believe I am up to 18 engines, which for me is a lot). They are all digital (ESU and Marklin Decoders), mostly steam and all but one is German (I have one Italian Steam Engine)

My small diesel servicing area - With Railbus, V160 and Ludmilla
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Some of my steam engines and engine shed
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Here you can see additional tank engines parked on one of the sidings while on the mainline the E63 pulls a small frieght train in one direction and the E41 pulls a passenger train in the other. You also get a good shot of my new fireless steam engine. Catenary will be added and is in the planning and purchasing stages. In the past I have installed the catenary directly to the layout and I do not use the clips to attach it to the track.
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My favorite engine - my BR 23 taking on coal
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A somewhat blury shot of my 3029 placing the coal wagons at the coaling facility.
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Two nice closeups of my E63 and V160
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Two pictures of the cranes in action. These are a big hit when I have family and friends over of all ages. Everyone loves picking stuff up out of the wagons with the cranes. I created my own simple push button controls which spread the buttons out and makes it very easy even for kids to play with.
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The yard filling up during operations. The layout was designed more for operations and making and breaking up trains, so this yard is critical. So far I have been very pleased.
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My future passenger station area.
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BR89 pulling three goodswagons on the branch line toward the brewery and upper yard - Both BR89's have had lights added in the rear of the engine and one has had a red LED added for a firebox flicker effect.
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Offline Ian555  
#69 Posted : 18 June 2012 05:52:24(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great photo's of your layout. ThumpUp

Ian.


Offline petestra  
#70 Posted : 18 June 2012 10:23:58(UTC)
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Hi Chris, the layout looks super! When you get a chance a film would be nice too.Cool I also
installed all catenary without the track clips. I never liked the little bumps they made under the
tracks. I recently moved my crane controls very close to it in the yard area so one can be right
near it when operating it. I think it's more fun there. Cheers,PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline steventrain  
#71 Posted : 18 June 2012 14:40:57(UTC)
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Look great.ThumpUp
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#72 Posted : 18 June 2012 15:54:16(UTC)
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Thanks for the kind words. I will work on a video as well.

Chris
Offline GTSE800  
#73 Posted : 18 June 2012 17:33:20(UTC)
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Hey Chris, I realy like the crane area, lots of play time.
What are you using for the brick retaining walls?

Thanks
Darryl / GTSE800
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Offline Webmaster  
#74 Posted : 18 June 2012 18:32:57(UTC)
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Looks very nice indeed. ThumpUp
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Offline RayF  
#75 Posted : 18 June 2012 21:49:55(UTC)
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Looking really good! ThumpUp
Ray

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Offline Chris6382chris  
#76 Posted : 19 June 2012 02:52:21(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GTSE800 Go to Quoted Post
Hey Chris, I realy like the crane area, lots of play time.
What are you using for the brick retaining walls?

Thanks
Darryl / GTSE800


The brick retaining wall is a product I picked up at a dollhouse store. It is a rubber stamped sheet that came already colored and weathered. It can be glued on with simple white glue. The sheet cost $15 US dollars and I forgot the dimension but it was something like 15" x 30".

Everyone thanks for the comments.
Offline pab  
#77 Posted : 21 June 2012 10:03:59(UTC)
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Looks good.
Maybe some small advice. You try to hide the seperation between the parts of the wall (that what I suppose of course) by using some bushes.
But on a regular distance and with such a small line it's very notable. Maybe you should make the bushes much more irregular and more flat and hide the straight line of the top and bottum with some bushes.

Edited by user 22 June 2012 12:39:55(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline GTSE800  
#78 Posted : 21 June 2012 22:59:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: GTSE800 Go to Quoted Post
Hey Chris, I realy like the crane area, lots of play time.
What are you using for the brick retaining walls?

Thanks
Darryl / GTSE800


The brick retaining wall is a product I picked up at a dollhouse store. It is a rubber stamped sheet that came already colored and weathered. It can be glued on with simple white glue. The sheet cost $15 US dollars and I forgot the dimension but it was something like 15" x 30".

Everyone thanks for the comments.


Thanks Chris, I will look into that.
I tried online but the only I find is the pattern that you print out, does not look that good.

GTSE800
Offline Chris6382chris  
#79 Posted : 22 June 2012 01:47:40(UTC)
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Piet:

Thanks for the suggestions, I agree it is pretty noticeable and I am always trying to improve my scenery. I will probably be going back and fixing some stuff that I have already done once I roughly finish everything but I still have a long way to go. But I do appreciate the suggestions so please keep them coming.

GTSE800 - I should be near that dollhouse shop in a couple weeks when I am there again I will get the product name and manufacture for you.

Chris
Offline pab  
#80 Posted : 22 June 2012 12:52:51(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
Piet:

Thanks for the suggestions, I agree it is pretty noticeable and I am always trying to improve my scenery. I will probably be going back and fixing some stuff that I have already done once I roughly finish everything but I still have a long way to go. But I do appreciate the suggestions so please keep them coming.

Chris


You can use the Heki flor products (art 1550-1558 and 1600). Great for bushes and ivy against the walls. You can also use a thin layer of foliage. Just bring some glue on the wall and press the foliage against the wall. Be sure you use a mix of colors. I think Busch, Noch and woodlands scenics have that kind of products too.
Offline Chris6382chris  
#81 Posted : 01 July 2012 04:20:32(UTC)
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The latest pictures of my the work on my layout as of today. I have now roughly finished most of the scenery except for the area above the Steam and Diesel area. The next step will be adding details and lighting to everything as well as putting up catenary in certain areas and also doing some work on the tunnels.

Here are the pictures.

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Offline Ian555  
#82 Posted : 01 July 2012 05:31:07(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great photo's of your layout. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#83 Posted : 01 July 2012 10:16:16(UTC)
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The Layout looks super, Chris. PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline pab  
#84 Posted : 01 July 2012 13:00:48(UTC)
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Looks great Chris
Offline RayF  
#85 Posted : 01 July 2012 13:41:44(UTC)
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Great progress. ThumpUp

More pics please, Chris! BigGrin
Ray

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Offline Loadmaster  
#86 Posted : 01 July 2012 14:04:01(UTC)
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Chris,

I'll bring my snow covered rail bus set to EuroWest and we can try them out on your layout.


Rob
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#87 Posted : 01 July 2012 14:07:20(UTC)
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Thanks everyone, so much more work to do but so much fun. Rob I am looking forward to it, by the way I joined ETE here in the Bay Area.

Chris
Offline Chris6382chris  
#88 Posted : 04 July 2012 04:59:21(UTC)
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I was able to use my MacBook and put together a short video of my layout. Enjoy. I am still getting the hang up of shooting videos so please be patient with me as I work out the bugs.

Chris

Youtube Video Link of my Layout

Edited by user 04 July 2012 05:07:26(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline Ian555  
#89 Posted : 04 July 2012 06:26:57(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great video. ThumpUp

I'm sure you can guess what parts I liked the best. Smile

That's the first time I've ever seen the Marklin crane in operation...looks great.

Ian.



Offline petestra  
#90 Posted : 04 July 2012 10:19:57(UTC)
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Excellent, Chris. Trains running great and layout looks super on film. PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline pab  
#91 Posted : 04 July 2012 10:22:40(UTC)
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I'm sure Ian likes the bananacars BigGrin

Love the video. I saw one of the locomotives had no head lights.
Offline GTSE800  
#92 Posted : 04 July 2012 11:57:55(UTC)
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Hey Chris, I think you did a great job on the video, layout looks awesome!
The black oil tanks with the recessed tops, did you make them or are they a kit?
GTSE800
Offline Chris6382chris  
#93 Posted : 04 July 2012 13:28:52(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GTSE800 Go to Quoted Post
Hey Chris, I think you did a great job on the video, layout looks awesome!
The black oil tanks with the recessed tops, did you make them or are they a kit?


Thanks. I am just getting the hang of the apple software and will try and make a second video today following some of the trains around and doing a few things differently when shooting the video.

As far as the oil tanks they are simply larger diameter PVC couplings that I painted black and then cut a top and inserted at different levels to simulate a floating top. I then painted the top a rust primer color.

Piet, you are right, I forgot to turn on the lights and didn't realize it until I was making edits to the video.

Thanks Peter.

Ian I am glad you liked. Both cranes run and they each have a panel right next to them that was scratch built, as you can see I am using the hook instead of the magnets that came with the cranes. I am going to redo the whole crane video with both cranes running and loading or unloading a wagon and then having an engine take the wagon away, stay tuned.

Chris
Offline Ian555  
#94 Posted : 04 July 2012 13:59:28(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

I'm looking forward to a video with the cranes in operation. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline Loadmaster  
#95 Posted : 04 July 2012 14:01:44(UTC)
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WOW, cannot wait to see it in person.

Rob
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Offline mmervine  
#96 Posted : 04 July 2012 18:54:07(UTC)
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Chris-layout looks great! Looking forward to meeting you at Eurowest!!!
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Offline Loadmaster  
#97 Posted : 04 July 2012 22:38:20(UTC)
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Mark,

Me too.

Robert
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#98 Posted : 04 July 2012 23:21:01(UTC)
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Same here, looking forward to seeing everyone.

Offline Chris6382chris  
#99 Posted : 04 July 2012 23:24:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Chris,

I'm looking forward to a video with the cranes in operation. ThumpUp

Ian.



Per Ian's request, here is another video and this time with both cranes in operation. I also have a few other trains running as well on the branch line and main line. I also noticed I like using the train whistle a bit, perhaps a little too much.

Here is the Youtube Link. Second video of trains and cranes in action on my layout

Chris

Offline Caralain  
#100 Posted : 05 July 2012 00:17:03(UTC)
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Hi Chris:

You made two beautiful videos of your new layout. It is not only interesting to watch, but also it is well filmed. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us.

I have a question: is your layout entirely digital, or do you have same analog sections? I am asking because you showed a few locomotives from the sixties or so, like the DB green shunter. As for your two cranes, you did a wonderful job in restoring them. They really add something to your layout.

Please keep making more videos!

Regards,

Pierre
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