voyttek's layout

voyttek's layout

Postby voyttek » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:55 pm

Snowed in and working on the new layout !
Sold some rolling stock on e-bay recently, rebalanced my TT account and got brave !
The most difficult decisions are behind me now. The size, the content and the shape of the new layout has been determined.
Yah, I really wanted to include all my bridges, I built over several years. That made me design a little river, some canyons and overpasses... as many as I could fit on my layout.
The focal point is still going to be the Round House and the Station next to it - some 42 x 100 " big. The total layout is going to be roughly 16 ft x 5 ft - lots of real estate to fit with tiny trees and then some ....

I figured I would share some pictures of my progress.
Work started on beginning of January, with framework later covered with plywood and styrofoam creating rough topography.
Suddenly my whole family got involved criticizing: this is too high, that too low, too big, too small and everything in between ???
Some hills got smaller, some canyons deeper, few more tunnels suddenly appeared, some disappeared... the good thing is the layout is still alive and looking good.
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The first hill on the layout
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view to the south, where a little town is going to be
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Hill too high, cut with laser precision...
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Work in ... "regress"...
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Fitting some of my bridges on the main run
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby voyttek » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:02 pm

Need suggestions.
I am in the process of figuring out what tracks to order and would appreciate your comments on Tillig's product below.
Has anybody used this one, or can suggest other options.
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby j p » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:23 pm

voyttek wrote:Need suggestions.
I am in the process of figuring out what tracks to order and would appreciate your comments on Tillig's product below.
Has anybody used this one, or can suggest other options.


Yes, I have tried and I am trying to get rid of it.
It contains 4 EW1 with all their problems.
Better make a double cross over out of EW2 or EW3. It requires some more work, but it is worth the smooth operation.
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby voyttek » Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:17 pm

Thanks for the warning.
Limited length of the station forces me to find a solution which allows to change tracks at the entrance, to redirect trains to different platforms.
Is this product built from EW2, and would it allow for smooth operation?
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby j p » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:44 pm

voyttek wrote:Thanks for the warning.
Limited length of the station forces me to find a solution which allows to change tracks at the entrance, to redirect trains to different platforms.
Is this product built from EW2, and would it allow for smooth operation?


No, that is Baeseler. As far is I know, Baeseler was never used in NA.

The crossover built from EW2 looks like the one from EW1, it is just slightly longer and based on a better turnout.
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby LVG1 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:19 pm

j p wrote:As far is I know, Baeseler was never used in NA.


I have seen some photos of some station in Chicago of the 1960s with several double-slip switches.
I'm not absolutely sure. May be they were English type (inside slip). But I'ld rather think, they were Baeseler (outside slip).
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:29 pm

voyttek wrote:...Work started on beginning of January....


You move fast! So around March it will be complete? :wink:
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby voyttek » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:26 pm

An update and progress report:
I have been busy over the last few days, extra energetic .... hoping to "take advantage" of the young artist, friend's niece,
visiting from Poland. She offered to paint the background for my layout, if I manage to prepare the site.
Painting the background ? Wow, I did not even dream of attempting to do this by myself...

I needed to quickly lay tracks in the tunnels, making sure that even my longest passenger car can reemerge successfully,
without me having to "fish it out". Now I could cover the tunnels up and add final touches to topography.
I painted all my hills with a base color and then put a second coat to highlight texture.

Now I was ready for a big day - Kasia was to paint some clouds and some receding hills the next morning.
This was lots of fun, she made me to try as well, painting here and there, and then gracefully.... she painted over... !!!
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North part of my layout after two cots of base paints
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Part of the station removed for better access to the back wall
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Happy begining
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Work in progress
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Almost ready
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:06 pm

I love it. The speed you're moving at is fantastic!
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Re: voyttek's layout

Postby voyttek » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:41 pm

Painting job completed. It looks very, very good to me, it is hard to say where the layout ends and where the mural begins .
I am so grateful to Kasia, as myself I would have never attempted to do that.
This was the time now to add water to my little river. Firstly I decided to create a little pond to experiment with "E-Z Water" product which, is a heat activated modeling material. I was afraid that it could melt the Styrofoam, that the base of my layout is made from. Oh boy, I was right !!! As I pored my "E-Z Water" ... it sure easily ... melted the bottom, creating a little crater in the pond.

After this experience, I filled my pond with concrete and painted it over again. For now I used high gloss Varathane
to mimic water as best as possible, but I'd be happy to hear your suggestions.

As I advance, I calculated I will need to buy some more track and switches to compete. Does anybody have a good source, price is important.

I estimate another two to three months before the first train will arrive at the Station ???
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new horizon
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beck wall finished
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retaining walls finished
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my river... still yellow
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my river, the bottom painted and "water" added
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