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 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2008 07:59 am
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Last time I tried to post this, I ended up disabling my access to the forum, so here's hoping this time.  I spent yesterday (Sunday) sceneryising my yards.  Over 14 metres of track and 8 turnouts.  It took up some ballast and paint I have to say.



 



 



 



 



 



 



 and here are a couple of shots with the yards working some freight trains; I forgot to turn on the layout, so you'll have to imagine the lights - it's daytime after all!



 the water tower represents the signal box, which hasn't arrived as yet



 
Thanks to Sol, Mikec and Sparky for your kind words after my first attempt.
 



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Max now here is a question showing my ignorance.

Is your layout based on a USA layout or an Australian one?

cheers Brian

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That is a very very good job there mate. One question i would like to know and you maybe of said the answer before but how do you do your roads they look real good.

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Looks great Max! :thumbs

Do you have some Nickel Plate steam engines?

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Hi Brian.  The Nickel Plate Road ran from Buffalo in New York State, via Chicago to St Louis, from the late 1800's to the mid 1950's.  No matter how I try, my scenery looks generally like Australia, partly because I'm just doing basic landfill and hope to do the trees, etc., later.  I intially only wanted a basic layout so I can indulge my main passion which is Lokprogramming, but since joining this forum, I have become a bit transfixed on scenery.

Hi Phill.  I am working up a "how to" on my roads.  The "how to's" are part of my submissions to the NMRA Achievement Program, so it's nice to be able to run them here on YMR.  I can run the one on roads if you are interested.

Hi Thomas.  Yes, I have three Berkshires and one lightweight Mikado so far.  The Nickel Plate Road is fascinating for their use of steam and I hope to collect a Pacific, a Mountain and others as I go.  With Loksound decoders I can make any loco DCC, provided it's a good runner.  I bought my P2k Mikado from a deceased estate in Canada via ebay for A$90.  When it arrived, in the box was a decoder still in it's pack.  A bonus!  East of the yards you can see a clear area with a sheet of thick MDF sitting on it.  The turntable and roundhouse will go there - together with coaling, sanding, ash and the water tower facilities.  I want to do the station and freight areas first.

Thanks all for your supportive comments.  Cheers  Max



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Looking really good Max.
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Thanks Ian. Before you say anything, I have now put my extra fence posts in





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I am really looking forward to seeing a video of a NKP Berkshire on your layout!

 

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I'm looking forward to seeing a video of ANYTHING on my layout.  I'm still struggling with this wretched camcorder . . .



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Those yards of yours are looking very good, a 'real' look to them, and it's good to see some photo's that show most of the front of your layout, as this allows us a chance to see all the little cameo's come together.

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Thats looking good Max
more pics please.I will be watching this thread with interest


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Love to see a how too on your roads please. I am waiting you started yet :hmm:thumbs

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Thanks Alan and Nigel.  OK  I thought I would tackle one thing at a time. 

I made a video for Thomas of my Berkshire.  I used my still camera and edited it with Moviemaker.  The quality isn't good, because the camera is meant for still pics and because the loco has a QSI decoder in it, therefore the sound files aren't great.  Photobucket couldn't handle it - probably because the file is 46.2MB  Am I supposed to zip it before I upload it?  I couldn't find any instructions on Photobucket.  If someone has an idea, I'll upload it for Thomas.

Phill, I'll do a fresh post for the roads if that's OK.  I have to work tomorrow (Christmas Eve).  I'll start it tonight, but if I fall over, you'll know why.



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Your layout looks superb. I particularly like the open and spacious nature of the yard and the detial of weeds and grass in the less used areas - very effective.

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Thanks Bob (K).  I have learned a lot from the artisans here on the Forum.  Also for info, I had a rummage around in Photobucket and found that the limit for videos is 100MB, so I am well under.  I clicked on CONTACT US and sent them an email asking why I couldn't load it.  Hopefully I will get some help from them and Thomas can see the Berkie.



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The scenery is really coming on,Max.Can't wait til I'm at this stage with my layout.Looking forward to seeing some tasty videos when you've sussed it out.

Cheers,John.B.

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 I wouldn't mind a better look at those diesels, either - in your own time, of course :mutley

 Those areas of nothing between the lines look very good!


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I was priviliged to see the Video of Max's steam loco - the Berkshire on Saturday night. B..... good.    I also got to see & hear his PA diesels A & B units - separate sound decoders - absolutely first class - that should be the next vid when he gets it sorted into Youtube or whatever.

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thanks guys.  Still working on the video.  I sent a copy of the vid to photobucket via yousendit.com.  Cost $3.99. No answer back yet.



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OK Thomas, this is for you.  You might need to turn the sound up.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bm3sC2pAbzM&feature=channel_page

Please keep in mind that this was taken with a Sony Cybershot still camera - the signal lights aren't supposed to pulse like that -  by someone with nil experience, edited with the same amount of experience, of a loco equipped with QSI sound (not lovely Loksound).

Be kind, O Critics



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