Category Archives: Layout Construction

Progress – Locking in the roadbed and Spline for first turnout

At the end of February, I worked to locate the first turnout. The first one is the turnout at south end of Reeds to the Reeds Mill(s). This is south of the Reeds depot, and is the turnout before crossing … Continue reading

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Starting homasote spline roadbed (rather than foam board)

Last week I started putting in the “brackets” and roadbed under the new roadbed.  This supports from Madrid to Perham Junction and back up the Barnjam branch.  I will not go into the details of the design.  That is for … Continue reading

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Phillips planning

I started putting up backdrop last week with the goal to complete the upper level backdrop around the room by the end of this weekend.   Before the backdrop can go up, I needed locate a few key elements which required … Continue reading

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Layout Construction – Begins with 16 Feet of Mushroom

Last post, I described the design of the mushroom.  With the design complete, Chris and Phil pushed me to keep moving forward.  Chris came down on Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) and both game on Saturday after Thanksgiving (for 8 hours).  … Continue reading

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Layout Construction – Mushroom Design

For years, I’ve been procrastinating on the build of my Dream Sn2 SR&RL layout. I’ve been in this house for 13 years….So I’d say I’ve been stalling for more this 8 years. Even as recent as last month I was … Continue reading

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Sense of Place

Like many other model railroaders I want my my guests to feel a sense of place. So I outfitted the entry way to my railroad room with a dash of depot… Hopefully this bit of decoration makes one feel like … Continue reading

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Swing Bridge at Layout Entrance – Charlie Comstock’s video by MRH

Someday, I expect my SR&RL railroad will go around the basement, possibly on multiple levels.  So I’ve been considering how to handle the tracks at the entrance.  Two prior layouts have had high (48″ or higher) duckunders to access portions … Continue reading

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