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 Posted: Fri Mar 5th, 2010 10:05 pm
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The first photo shows a freight from Providence heading for Cache junction and crossing by a trestle Summit Creek (actually near my home)




The second photo shows the processing plant of Smith & Hawken of minerals brought out of a nearby mine.



All structures etc are scratch built and the locos Walthers Trainline, working in tandem.









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 Posted: Fri Mar 5th, 2010 10:12 pm
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Hi John,

Welcome to the forum and thanks for starting your layout thread. I've done a small edit to seperate the last two photos (for ease of viewing). As you are posting, hitting the space bar twice between each photo will ensure that you always seperate them. Do the same when adding text as well. 

At first sight, I like the quality of the layout and look forward to reading an account of it's build and some of the thinking that went into it's planning.

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Hi Jeff, I'm new here as you can tell, I will get better, however I seem to have posted the same one twice. Can you please delete the second.

Do I assume I can write the caption after posting in the space below the image?

Glad you like what you see; I will expand on what the layouts all about. John.



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Hi John,

I've deleted the duplicate, plus one that was only showing the dreaded red X box, thus leaving two photos - hope that's OK.

To add script to the photos when posting, simply hit the space bar twice after the photo and start typing. Obviously you can also also start typing and then click on the "upload new photo for insertion" bar to add a photo in the middle of your script.

If you want to add some script to the photos you've already posted, simply click on the "Edit" tab below your post and a box will appear which is like the box you have before you hit the "send button". Add or delete as appropriate and hit send again. Your post is now edited and only the new version shows.

Apart from the administration team, only you can edit your posts, as is the case with all the members. Bob and I can make all manner of alterations and changes, the moderators can also do most of them, so if you want something done, just holler. 

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Nice shots, John, and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this cracking layout. Out of curiosity is this modeled on a prototype line? By the name, the Rhode Island area spring to mind, and I know it so well:thumbs;-)

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i was never into U.S railroads, but there is quite a selection on here now,
and i must admit i am getting bitten, good photo`s John , a nice looking layout.

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Very nice, especially the river and bridge.

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Hi Jeff, that's just fine by me. And thanks for the advice. As you say, if I need help I'll certainly holler! John. 



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I appreciate all the comments. To fill matters out I got seriously interested in modelling ' American' after my wife and I immigrated to the US to join our two sons. We first lived in Missoula, Montana (quite a cultural shock from  Tunbridge Well, Kent) and there had a home next the ex NP main line from Billings to Spokane. On this MRL operated the run through BNSF 100+ freights plus all the other traffic. Ten years later we moved to northern Utah where within sight of our new home was UP's freight only, twice a week of trains from 0 to9 cars, Cache Valley branch.

That is the inspiration for the PRB. It's 6'0x15'0 in what is no more than a large cupboard in my basement. 'U' shaped with a 3 road staging yard. Providence is the major town and the branch follows the easy grades of the Providence River. Cache valley is a high mountain valley surrounded by ranges of the Rocky Mountains. It is a fertile agricultural area and Providence is home to many an high-tech industry, plus (in Logan the real place) the home of Utah State University. So adopting these and adding to them, gave me the opportunity for the PRB to serve it. The PRB at Cache Junction connects with the UP main line north to Pocatello and south to Oden.

So that's the rationale; the first photo shows a freight from Providence heading for Cache junction and crossing by a trestle Summit Creek (actually near my home) and the second the processing plant of Smith &Hawken of minerals brought out of a nearby mine. All structures etc are scratch built and the locos Walthers Trainline, working in tandem.

More next time with further photos.

John Flann.   



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Hi John like the layout and look forward to the next installment.

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Yet another reason to yearn for an American HO Layout and good trees too.

I've noticed that American stock is usually very clean.
I expect the drivers take them home every night to give them a wash and brush up.

Well done, John.
Look forward to more of the same.



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John,
I also like your trees, I have been experimenting with trees trying to come up with something that I like.

Another item I am impressed with is your rocks, if your get a chance I would be interested in learning what colors you used and how you accomplished it. I have just finished building a sea side cliff that will soon need painting, and an artist I'm not!

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Hi John,

Like the look of what you have done... do you have a drawn trackplan?

Regards and welcome to the forum

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Wayne, the trees are basically unravelled wire cable, covered with spackle to hide the coiled effect and thickly painted, then covered with well teased out Woodlands scenics foliage. They are hard on the fingers to make but worth it. I make a batch at a time using two pairs of pliers.   Some turn out better than others. And they are virtually indestructible.

The rock faces are just tree bark-gathered in the days when I lived in Montana and had a wood burning stove-and went out into the back country to chain saw up fallen trees. It certainly looks effective. Without back country near you I think florists sell bark in use for floral arrangements. 

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Trevor, yes there is a drawn track plan and I shall post it. It will enable these and further posted photos to be located. John.



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John Flann wrote:

The rock faces are just tree bark


John, so what I see in your photos is the natural color of the tree bark?

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Wayne, yes, that's it; it's a nice natural colour. As I recall the trees were either Scots Pine or Fir.

The scree is road grit, perhaps not sold in Florida, but out here you can buy bags of it both to weight a vehicle down in winter and useful for traction if stuck.

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Trevor, here is the PRB track plan, what I wanted was a switching layout with straight spurs, an orthodox plan and looked well aesthetically. And I designed it in my usual fashion on the back of the proverbial envelope.

Operation is what also interests me and in a systematic manner. For that I use a card system developed over the last 30 years or so. I have adopted three switching zones, Depot (r), Top (top) S&H (l) with each being served by a separate train from one of the 3 staging tracks. Each of these will hold at least 8 cars. I could just as easily switch all 3 zones with one train, but I rather find switching each more satisfying.

As further photos are posted you will see each of the zones has its own characteristics. Two (r&l)by their nature have cars dedicated to particular customers. The third 'top' deals generally with other traffic, but even there are particular customers.

John.


PS, Ive just discovered the plan is in the wrong format, its a TIF, so will have to go back and sort that out.



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Just a quickie, John. I hope you don't mind, but if you look at your opening post you will see I've added some of your own words as a caption. Hope that's OK with you, but feel free to change / delete it if you wish.

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No Jeff, that's fine by me. They make more sense now. John.



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