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Title: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 27, 2019, 08:44:50 PM
Welcome to Volume 3 of the Superior & Seattle Railroad Build Thread. Volume 2 was getting close to the 200 page limit so I decided to start volume 3.


Link to volume 2:


 http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=2650.0 (http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=2650.0)


Link to volume 1:


http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=49.0 (http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=49.0)


Index

Volume 3

Vol. 3  Page 1 -  Control Panel Construction for the Phase IV expansion.
Vol. 3  Page 2 -  Superior Yard Benchwork, track work and control panel construction.
Vol. 3  Page 15 - FSM Fox Run Milling build start continues until page 60
Vol. 3  Page 16 - FSM Swakhammer's Welding build start Continues until page 50
Vol. 3  Page 31 - Avram's Bakery build arrives on the S&S RR from Bob Butts
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 09:27:52 AM
As we start Volume 3 of this build thread I'm working on the electronics for the Phase IV expansion of the layout. There will be a total of four control panels for this large yard. I'm using the Barrett Hill Touch control switches to control the turnouts.


I'm also working on an update to my track plan and will be posting it along with an update to my layout at a glance page with all the new information about the layout.  This will be a project for the time I spend at the S&S RR Northern Headquarters. I just don't seem to take the time to do it when I can be working on the layout.


I'm also getting the workshop in order and will soon be starting a new build.  The beautiful yellow box for FSM's Fox Run Milling is on the workbench. I have six FSM kits, for The Eagles Nest Yard, and the SWRM Brick Roundhouse for the Superior Yard, next up on my build list.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on July 28, 2019, 02:14:23 PM
John,

You have been very busy as well my friend. I love the yard and control panel. Fantastic job sir. Looking forward to more.

Well done.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 03:56:24 PM
John,

You have been very busy as well my friend. I love the yard and control panel. Fantastic job sir. Looking forward to more.

Well done.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you for the kind words and the inspiration.  Your build thread has been a constant source of inspiration over the years.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 04:14:36 PM
The first control panel in Phase IV is powered. The track that it controls is the West Superior Yard which is visible above the panel in the picture. The moldings are all put in with screws, just in-case there are changes.  ;)   And also to remove them for staining and finishing.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719161138.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 04:16:15 PM
If you study the schematic you can see how the power districts are setup. There is a switch on the lefts side of the panel to turn each power district on and off.  The third column of switches is for controlling the power for the upper level in this area.  The future Phase V expansion.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on July 28, 2019, 05:18:43 PM
John, how long on average is a power district?


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on July 28, 2019, 06:02:54 PM
Love it John....Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: sdrees on July 28, 2019, 06:07:12 PM
Nice looking panel John.  You will love the Barrett-Hill switches.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 06:35:34 PM
John, how long on average is a power district?


dave


Dave


I broke up the layout into power districts based more on function than a particular length of track.  But to answer your question I picked an average power district in the yard and it was 40 feet of track.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 06:36:20 PM
Love it John....Dennis


Thank you Dennis.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 06:37:42 PM
Nice looking panel John.  You will love the Barrett-Hill switches.


Thank you Steve.  So far I really like the way the Barrett-Hill switches are working and the ease of installation.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:33:54 PM
Here is a picture of the work area around the control panel.  All of the connection boards are mounted in the top of the cabinet, so I found another use for the cushions from my gazebo chairs. A laying down job - doesn't get any better than that.  I'll post a couple pictures of the connection boards while you can still see them. The wires and label tags will hide them before all the wiring is done.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719192022.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:42:27 PM
This is the junctions for the touch switches.  The wires you see are attached to the touch switches under the control panel surface.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719191657.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:44:26 PM
As you can see I label the incoming and out going wires and the connection point. All the labels come in handy when trouble shooting is required.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:47:45 PM
This is the connection board for the track power.  Only one power district is connected right now, number 105 which is the mainline for the helix. The last time you saw this it was on my workbench.  This is also mounted in the top of the cabinets so all I have to do is reach up to make the connections.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719191604.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:50:28 PM
Here is a zoomed out picture showing both connection boards.  Each of the control panels will have their own junction board for the touch switches.  All of the 12 volt power supplies will be plugged into this power strip.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719191532.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 07:53:21 PM
Finally, for tonight, I cut the holes and started construction for two more control panels. I took a picture of the one in the hall way- it will control the turnouts in the South Yard - the second one is right beside the control panel that is finished and will control the North Yard turnouts (picture next time).




(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719191755.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on July 28, 2019, 08:14:50 PM
John, thanks for the 'average' - that gives me a good sense of how I might split my layout into Power Districts of a comparable size/complexity.  (probably 4, in my case :-) :-) )

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 28, 2019, 09:38:04 PM
John, thanks for the 'average' - that gives me a good sense of how I might split my layout into Power Districts of a comparable size/complexity.  (probably 4, in my case :-) :-) )

dave


Dave


I would say that the most important rule is any hidden areas need to be on their own power district.
Like inside Mountains and tunnels.  That is where the shorts will occur, manly because you can't see that pair of rail cutters you laid on the track when you were working in there,  and being able to isolate these areas can save hours trying to find a short. The other area is locomotive storage areas. I like to be able to shut off the sound to all the locomotives in a roundhouse with one switch.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on July 29, 2019, 09:01:27 AM
... The other area is locomotive storage areas. I like to be able to shut off the sound to all the locomotives in a roundhouse with one switch.

That's a good point!  The big yard would be on its own block, but I'll add a separate block for the roundhouse.  (I'm years away from tackling the big yard/engine terminal...)

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Lynnb on July 30, 2019, 03:38:12 PM
Nice work on the wiring, I'm wondering if you have a separate schematic with all those numbered terminals. Personally I haven't touched my layout since building a couple large tressels, been trying to dedicate time to building structures.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on July 30, 2019, 04:01:04 PM
Hey John:

Looks great. glad you know what you are doing. I'd be totally lost if I had to do that.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 30, 2019, 04:27:33 PM
Nice work on the wiring, I'm wondering if you have a separate schematic with all those numbered terminals. Personally I haven't touched my layout since building a couple large tressels, been trying to dedicate time to building structures.


Lynn



Thank you for the kind words.  Yes- I do have multiple layers of schematics.  It is just layers in the CAD drawings. I print what I want on the hardcopy to work with.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 30, 2019, 04:29:36 PM
Hey John:

Looks great. glad you know what you are doing. I'd be totally lost if I had to do that.

Karl


Karl


Thank you - we need to get you started with wiring by lighting up those beautiful structures of yours.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on July 31, 2019, 04:09:39 PM
Update:  I took an unscheduled trip up to the Northern Headquarters of the S&S RR to check for storm damage. After two days of moving trees everything is cleaned up.  I did spend a couple hours on my design work last night and found a turnout on the track pictures that wasn't on my schematic for the next control panel.  Perfect time to find it. :-[  I will be printing a new copy of the schematic before assembling the next control panel.  Tomorrow, I will be cleaning up the tree that feel in my yard while I was gone, before I can get to work on the railroad.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 01, 2019, 03:47:21 PM
It's a great day for working in the gazebo! I'm putting the control panel touch screens together for two more control panels. Really enjoying the beautiful weather. Sunny 70's and low humidity - it just doesn't get any better. It sounds like we are going to have this same weather the next few days so layout work will be limited to the projects that I can do outside. I have plenty of them - keep this weather going.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010819154326.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 02, 2019, 08:19:57 AM
Wow John,  You did a Beautiful Job. Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on August 02, 2019, 09:12:14 AM
Looks great, John.  How are you going to attach it so it can be removable in case of repair?

Jeff
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 02, 2019, 09:29:32 AM
Wow John,  You did a Beautiful Job. Dennis


Dennis


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 02, 2019, 09:33:42 AM
Looks great, John.  How are you going to attach it so it can be removable in case of repair?

Jeff


Jeff


Thank you for the kind words.  The foam boards are held in the control panel with moldings which are attached with screws. The wiring is all accessible from the back of the panel.  I could actually replace most of the touch control switches from the back.  Some of them are behind bracing which would require removal of the panel from the front. See picture below.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280719161138.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 02, 2019, 10:35:38 PM
Tonight, we have power to the second of four control panels for the Superior Yard. Tomorrow, I will trim this control panel out and start on number three.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-020819223320.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Dave K. on August 03, 2019, 07:25:52 AM
Woo-hoo! Like a Christmas tree!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on August 03, 2019, 09:47:15 AM
Hey John:

Great looking control panels.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 03, 2019, 12:27:03 PM
Woo-hoo! Like a Christmas tree!


Dave


I hope it's done in time for Christmas. ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 03, 2019, 01:11:02 PM
Really nice job John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on August 03, 2019, 03:14:53 PM
Very nice, John.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 03, 2019, 04:41:10 PM
Hey John:

Great looking control panels.

Karl


Karl


Thank you - I'm excited to run some trains and use them. I have a lot of wires to connect to make that happen.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 03, 2019, 04:42:15 PM
Really nice job John.


Curt



Thank you for following along, and the kind words. I'm making a little progress every day.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on August 03, 2019, 06:59:38 PM
Been following along.  Beautiful work on the control panels!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 03, 2019, 07:29:18 PM
Been following along.  Beautiful work on the control panels!


Mark


Thank you for following along and the kind words. Wiring is not a fast process, at least not for me. I have a ways to go yet on this but I'm happy with the results so far.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 03, 2019, 10:21:40 PM
Update: It looks like I'm going to add a fifth control panel to the Superior Yard.  I original was going to have the controls for the reversing loop, the helix and the roundhouse mounted right on the wall next to the roundhouse. After thinking about operations it would be nice to be able to control these turnouts from three locations: the main control panel at the Eagles Nest Yard, the control panel for the Superior Yard, and right near the roundhouse.  So I'm going to try a Barrett Hill device that allows three different touch switches to control a single turnout.  If you throw the turnout with any one of the three touch switches the lights sync to indicate the direction that the turnout is thrown.  Stay tuned I will let you know how it works.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on August 04, 2019, 08:49:05 AM
John I would have been lost on the second wire.  Your work is so neat and clean amazing job.

Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 04, 2019, 04:26:16 PM
John I would have been lost on the second wire.  Your work is so neat and clean amazing job.

Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words. The CEO keeps asking when I'm going to be ready to clean the basement and get rid of all the saw dust. ;) 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 05, 2019, 09:25:15 PM
Update: Today, I spent the day installing tortoise machines and wiring them to the control panel.  Not a lot to take pictures of, but one of those jobs that has to be done to get the railroad working.  I think installing tortoise machines and drop wires for the track power is going to consume most of my train time this week.  I'm at the point with this new expansion that I want to push to get everything running.  Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 07, 2019, 07:47:08 AM
I cut the oak plywood facia boards for the Superior Yard, yesterday.  The plywood and molds are ready for staining.  Also, 15 of the 52 Tortoise Machines are install and tested.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-070819074400.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on August 07, 2019, 11:30:16 AM
John,

Hey, those control panels look fantastic. Great job on them my friend. You are moving along faster than me.

Looks great.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 07, 2019, 09:28:51 PM
John,

Hey, those control panels look fantastic. Great job on them my friend. You are moving along faster than me.

Looks great.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you, I'm moving along at my pace - it's what us retired guys do.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on August 08, 2019, 12:07:53 AM
No cup holders?  I thought all you Detroit auto designers included cup holders!   :) ;) :D ;D


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 08, 2019, 07:07:09 AM
No cup holders?  I thought all you Detroit auto designers included cup holders!   :) ;) :D ;D


dave


Dave


The bar is just on the other side of the room. Away from all that expensive electronics.  ;) ;D  Thank you for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 09, 2019, 08:24:11 PM
Update:  Today, I decided to stain all of the moldings and plywood facia  pieces.  It was a beautiful day here so I spent most of the day in the garage rather than in the basement.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on August 10, 2019, 06:31:33 AM
John,

Hey, those control panels look fantastic. Great job on them my friend. You are moving along faster than me.

Looks great.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you, I'm moving along at my pace - it's what us retired guys do.


Every day is Saturday except on Sunday.  8)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 10, 2019, 09:23:25 AM
John,

Hey, those control panels look fantastic. Great job on them my friend. You are moving along faster than me.

Looks great.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you, I'm moving along at my pace - it's what us retired guys do.


Every day is Saturday except on Sunday.  8)






Amen
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 10, 2019, 08:10:53 PM
Update:  Today, I finished the plywood facias and moldings - two coats of Satin Polyurethane. They will be spending the night in the garage drying. I brought one board in to do a color check and I think we did a good job of matching the cabinets. I also, installed another group of tortoise machines number 20 of 53 required for the Superior Yard. I have one more to complete everything in the North Yard. I will try to remember to take a picture of the wiring and under the benchwork before I start adding the facia boards.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:01:15 PM
Here are a few pictures of the under the benchwork stuff - before I close up the benchwork with the facia boards. After the facia boards go on the natural light will be gone so it will be all flashlight work.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110819175441.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:03:01 PM
The Barrett Hill Direct Base boards. all wired up for the North Yard Control Panel.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110819175556.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:05:00 PM
The tree empty spots are for the three way controls for the turntable area. That control panel is on my workbench waiting for the frame to dry.







Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:05:52 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110819175628.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:06:16 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110819175658.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 06:10:01 PM
Finally, here is a picture of the North Yard Control Panel.  I'm about to take the molding off so I can stain and finish them. I have one change - I'm going to replace the .093 thickness Lexon with .06 thickness.  The toggles work but I'm having to work at it under certain light conditions.  Workbench tests have shown that this will fix the issue.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110819175529.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 11, 2019, 07:23:01 PM
John, Very impressive. Touch the light toggle and boom it turns the switch to that track. Love it..Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 08:28:47 PM
John, Very impressive. Touch the light toggle and boom it turns the switch to that track. Love it..Dennis


Dennis


Thank you for following along.  Yes - some technology really is cool.  I think I'm going to like this control system.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 11, 2019, 08:39:25 PM
Very nice job John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 11, 2019, 08:43:26 PM
John, Are they the double light toggle switches? Red & green or Green & green????

Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 08:45:33 PM
Very nice job John.


Curt


Thank you,
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 11, 2019, 08:47:07 PM
John, Are they the double light toggle switches? Red & green or Green & green? ???

Dennis




Dennis


They are all double light toggle switches Red and Green - LED indicates turnout setting on the control panel. It makes it very easy to select your route.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 11, 2019, 08:50:21 PM
John, Thank you sir...  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on August 12, 2019, 01:14:00 PM
Hey John:

everything is looking just great. Love the cabinetry.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 12, 2019, 03:28:44 PM
Hey John:

everything is looking just great. Love the cabinetry.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for stopping by. I'm staining the parts for the control panels today. Also, started adding the facia boards and the moldings. I had to order more wire :o .
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 12, 2019, 08:59:42 PM
Here is a progress picture of the facia and molding installation.  I keep moving back and forth between cabinets and wiring.   ;) 


The facia will have a number things mounted to it: outlets for the throttles, throttle holsters, car card racks, and maybe even a cup holder to keep Dave happy.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-120819204145.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 12, 2019, 09:06:24 PM
If you look in the hallway you can see the drawers have been removed and the cupboard doors  are open so I can install the tortoise machines for the South Superior Yard. I received my wire order late this afternoon so I can wire them as soon as I install them.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: cuse on August 13, 2019, 05:18:20 AM
John, This is an amazing project...like watching construction in a museum. Very impressive.


John

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on August 13, 2019, 08:23:17 AM
True story:  I worked for the US research lab of the huge German conglomerate Siemens (think 'GE, only richer').  We had this poster taped to one of our computers.  Some Germans came over to visit our lab, one looked at this and asked his escort to explain it.  "But that is not right!  We do not say that!" 

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 05:01:02 PM
John, This is an amazing project...like watching construction in a museum. Very impressive.


John


Thank you for stopping by an the kind words I have been playing electrician all day. More lights and powered turnouts to show for my efforts.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 05:05:10 PM
True story:  I worked for the US research lab of the huge German conglomerate Siemens (think 'GE, only richer').  We had this poster taped to one of our computers.  Some Germans came over to visit our lab, one looked at this and asked his escort to explain it.  "But that is not right!  We do not say that!" 

dave


Great sign. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 05:17:21 PM
Test post from my iPad with a picture.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-120819204145.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 05:22:11 PM
I spoke to soon - just tried a post and got the error?

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 05:22:36 PM
Now it works again - computers???
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:39:37 PM
Today, I finished the third control panel for the Superior Yard. I also tested the multi-input devices by Barrett Hill. The multi-input devices allow three different touch toggle switches to control one turnout.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130819191705.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:43:41 PM
In this picture you can see the new control panel for the reversing loop and Superior by pass, along with the future roundhouse and turntable. For ease of operations I want to be able to control these turnouts from three locations. The first is here at the control center for the Superior Yard.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:46:07 PM
The second location will be a control panel on the facia below the turntable and roundhouse.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130819192211.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:48:27 PM
The third will be on the facia near the control panel for the Eagles Nest Yard.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:50:37 PM
Controlling the turnouts from three different locations is made possible by the little device shown in the top right hand corner of this picture.
(http://www.modelersforum.cuom/gallery/18-130819191504.jpeg)(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130819191504.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 07:57:58 PM
Each of the three devices in the picture will control one of the turnouts.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 08:00:31 PM

Here is a picture when I toggled the middle touch switch - all three switches indicate that the turnout is in the red location.




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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 08:03:40 PM
There will be 20 feet separating the first to control panels and 60 feet between this Superior Yard control panel and the Eagles Nest Yard control panel.  I will update this topic once I have the other two control panels installed.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 13, 2019, 08:43:24 PM
Finally for tonight, I have the parts on the workbench for the fourth control panel for the South Superior Yard. Twelve more tortoise machines to connect for your model railroading pleasure. ;) 


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130819204010.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on August 13, 2019, 09:26:05 PM
John,

Love how you stained the panels to match the oak cabinets!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 14, 2019, 07:51:38 AM
John,

Love how you stained the panels to match the oak cabinets!


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by the thread.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 14, 2019, 10:37:13 AM
John, Very impressive , Since my accident, You and many modelers, here is Just a little sample (Tom, Karl, Steve,Jim,Reading Bob, George and Curt, And many more)are the reason so many people are staying with the hobby and joining each and every day!!!!!!!! Me for one and I'm sure theirs lots more? I almost gave it up because of life changing status in the last year........Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 16, 2019, 07:37:57 AM
Dennis


Thanks for stopping by the thread and following along with my modeling journey.  I hope you decide to stick with your modeling and that it helps you recover from that horrible accident that you and your wife are recovering from.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 16, 2019, 07:51:48 AM
THANK YOU JOHN, FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS AND THINGS YOU DO...............Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 17, 2019, 05:44:43 PM
Update: Today, I installed tortoise machine number 30 of 58 for the layout expansion.  I also reassembled the three control panels that I have finished, after staining, and got a long ways towards finishing the fourth and fifty control panels.  I will try to post some pictures, tomorrow. I mentioned that I ordered some .06 Lexon plexiglass for the control panels to replace the .093 material about a week ago.  This was the way to go. The touch controls work much better and it is much easier to work with.  I cut it with tin snips with no problems. Don't try this with the cheaper Lexon "like" plexiglass materials. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on August 17, 2019, 06:48:48 PM
John:

All looks great. Especially love the photo with all the ore cars.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 18, 2019, 12:54:26 PM
John:

All looks great. Especially love the photo with all the ore cars.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for the kind words and stopping by this build thread. As soon as I get this expansion operational (this winter), I plan on getting all the rolling stock out that I've acquired over the years, running things up, and taking inventory. It's going to be fun to fill up a few of the tracks in Superior Yard with rolling stock.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 18, 2019, 08:22:15 PM
Update: Today, I pulled the wires for the DCC system - two 40 foot J-12 wires got me into the new area. I'm trying to get away with one more booster for the radio control system. There will be a plug in location every twelve feet along the facia. Also made the pieces for the fifth control panel and cut and installed more moldings. Tomorrow, I will get back at the tortoise machine installations and start the drops for the track power. Sorry, no pictures today, I was on a roll and didn't take time to get the camera out.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 19, 2019, 07:30:38 PM
Tonight, we have a real progress photograph, I didn't even clean up the tools. Today,  I installed the 12 tortoise machines under the South Superior Yard, and started wiring them to the control panel.  To the right you can see the three completed control panels.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-190819192733.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Janbouli on August 19, 2019, 07:45:51 PM
Not only is your modeling great , your benchwork looks like a professional furniture maker made it , museum quality.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 19, 2019, 08:54:59 PM
Beautiful John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on August 19, 2019, 10:02:04 PM
Awesome John.  Keep up the good work.

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on August 19, 2019, 11:02:22 PM
Holy sh*t Batman can we ever get through this maze??

John you lost me after the first wire.  Your wiring expertise is amazing!!

Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on August 20, 2019, 07:23:31 AM
Great job John.......Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 07:46:46 AM
Not only is your modeling great , your benchwork looks like a professional furniture maker made it , museum quality.


Jan


Thank you for the kind words - I'm trying to make the railroad blend into the living space in this room.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 07:47:07 AM
Beautiful John.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 07:47:37 AM
Awesome John.  Keep up the good work.

Jim


Thank you Jim.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 07:51:12 AM
Holy sh*t Batman can we ever get through this maze??

John you lost me after the first wire.  Your wiring expertise is amazing!!

Jerry


Jerry


I hope the control panels make it simple to operate.  I do have some hours into them. :o  I plan on having a group over this fall/winter for a test run.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 07:52:14 AM
Great job John.......Dennis


Thank you Dennis.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 09:47:47 PM
Update: Well, today I finished the fourth control panel.  I decided to take another picture from the same angle as the one from yesterday.  The facia is on the front and the moldings are about 70 percent. I have all of the tortoise machines installed and running in the South Superior Yard,  the North Superior Yard, and the East Superior Yard.  I'm at 44 of the 54 turnouts for the complete Superior Yard. Ten more to go in the West Superior Yard. ;D  I will then start the drop wires and getting power to the tracks. It's getting closer. ::)  So I've had a yellow box sitting on my workbench for 3 weeks now.  Maybe another week and we can open it up and get started.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-200819214027.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 20, 2019, 09:51:06 PM
I think I will add a molding around the hole in the wall until I can build the structure that is planned for there.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Blazeman on August 21, 2019, 07:58:05 AM
I don't know what words to use to convey how impressed I am.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on August 21, 2019, 08:21:19 AM
I think I will add a molding around the hole in the wall until I can build the structure that is planned for there.


Or design and (color) print a building flat over the opening... 


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on August 21, 2019, 03:28:22 PM
hey John:

what can I say but just beautiful.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 21, 2019, 08:34:01 PM
I don't know what words to use to convey how impressed I am.


Thank you for following along and your kind comments.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 21, 2019, 08:37:58 PM
I think I will add a molding around the hole in the wall until I can build the structure that is planned for there.


Or design and (color) print a building flat over the opening... 


dave


Dave


I will come up with something  - I have some ideas floating around.  On the hallway side of the wall there will be only one level. On the other side there will be a second level.  I'm thinking about an over the tracks tower but haven't come up with a background yet. For now I need to hide the ugly hole.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 21, 2019, 08:38:53 PM
hey John:

what can I say but just beautiful.

Karl


Thank you, buddy.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: cuse on August 22, 2019, 06:16:12 AM
Really really BIG work! Looks like a museum. Great work...sorry i won't be joining you at the NNGC. Have a great time.


John
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 22, 2019, 08:07:16 AM
Really really BIG work! Looks like a museum. Great work...sorry i won't be joining you at the NNGC. Have a great time.


John


Thank you for the kind words. The upper level in this area will be dual gauge.  The mines that I will be modeling were serviced by both standard and Narrow gauge lines. We are a few years away from that expansion. ;)

Sorry we will not be able to go look at some great layouts together, this year.  CA is long trip - I have my oldest daughter out there so we are making it a dual purpose trip. As always, I will take some pictures.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 23, 2019, 08:43:58 PM
Operations on the S&S RR have been halted while we move my daughter and her family.  We had a big surprise when we unloaded the first trailer load at the new house. There was a brand new Thomas the Tank layout table in my trailer for my Grandson's new bedroom. I asked him to help me unload the last few things out of the trailer so he could find it. Great fun!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on August 24, 2019, 09:00:47 AM
John,

It is so cool to see a little one's eyes light up with joy.  He'll always cherish these train memories with grandpa.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 27, 2019, 10:13:03 PM
John,

It is so cool to see a little one's eyes light up with joy.  He'll always cherish these train memories with grandpa.


Jerry


I couldn't agree more.  Absolutely, the best part of the hobby.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on August 31, 2019, 09:10:56 PM
Update:  I got some more wiring done and started adding the NCE throttle control lines.  I will have both wireless and hard wire capability in the new section - same as the rest of the layout. I will be adding drop lines from each section of track and adding the main bus lines over the next few weeks as time permits.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 04, 2019, 10:36:49 AM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040919103523.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 04, 2019, 10:38:56 AM
I updated the layout diagram for the Superior & Seattle Railroad to the latest track plan. 
The picture above gives an overall view of the layout. Each of the numbers in the blue boxes is a track power block. 
The different colors represent DCC power districts.
The turnouts are also numbered - the small red numbers.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 04, 2019, 10:45:18 AM
I will post some blowups of different sections of the layout diagram in the coming days,  for reference. I'm also working on a layout at a glance page.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on September 04, 2019, 01:08:27 PM
John, That is incredible workmanship. Very impressed by your work..........Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 04, 2019, 10:43:18 PM
John, That is incredible workmanship. Very impressed by your work..........Dennis


Dennis


Thank you,
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 05, 2019, 07:38:48 PM
The next three pictures are the blow-up pictures of the layout diagram.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-050919193726.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 05, 2019, 07:44:02 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-050919194328.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 05, 2019, 07:45:28 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-050919194059.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 10, 2019, 01:07:28 AM
I am back from the Narrow Gauge Convention - the team in Sacramento did a nice job. I had a good time, met some new model railroading friends, saw some great layouts, and attended a number of new clinics.  I came back ready to go back to work on the S&S RR. After I recover from spending a whole day in airports and airplanes I will be getting right at it.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 12, 2019, 01:22:02 PM
Update: I'm back at the wiring for the new phase of the layout. I have about 8 tortoise machines to install then it will be on to the drops and track wiring. I'm excited about getting  back into the structure building, I hope to get the lid off that yellow box that has been sitting on my workbench for the past month, this weekend.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 13, 2019, 07:50:25 PM
Today, I finished the fifth control panel for the Phase IV expansion of the S&S RR.  This is a duplicate panel that is directly below the turntable and roundhouse.  The three turnouts that control access to the turnout, routing to the reversing loop or entrance into the Superior yard will be controlled from three places. The main control panel for Superior Yard, this local control panel, and a yet to be installed panel next to the main control panel for the Eagles Nest Yard.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130919194340.jpeg)

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 13, 2019, 07:51:02 PM
Here is a picture of the sister control panel next to the main control panel for the Superior Yard.



(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130919194314.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 13, 2019, 07:54:26 PM
Notice the air hose for the air nailer on top of the benchwork.  As I complete the drops for the track power in an area, the facia and moldings are going on. ;D ;D  Getting close to building structures again.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 15, 2019, 10:00:45 AM
Update:  I spent most of the day, yesterday, running wires and checking voltages.  Getting ready to hook the drop wires to the main bus wires.  I'm in the final push to get this section of the layout running. ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on September 15, 2019, 01:23:52 PM
Very professional looking control panels.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 15, 2019, 09:53:08 PM
Very professional looking control panels.


Curt


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on September 16, 2019, 08:41:26 AM
John,

Kudos for your awesome controls and beautiful oak cabinets and trim.  Wiring is my least favorite part of the hobby, better you than me planning and wiring these panels.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 16, 2019, 03:18:38 PM
John,

Kudos for your awesome controls and beautiful oak cabinets and trim.  Wiring is my least favorite part of the hobby, better you than me planning and wiring these panels.


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words.  Wiring is not my favorite part of the hobby, either.  Especially when I spend hours finding a short.  Yesterday, I had a short that I thought was in the new section that I'm wiring - but it turned out to be a passenger car on the old part of the layout. :-[
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on September 16, 2019, 03:34:53 PM
John,

It all looks just fantastic. The control yard panels are wonderful. Great stuff my friend.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 16, 2019, 07:17:59 PM
John,

It all looks just fantastic. The control yard panels are wonderful. Great stuff my friend.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 16, 2019, 07:23:23 PM
Today, was a very special day on the Superior & Seattle Railroad.  Wayne Olson returned to help me work on the layout after almost 5 months.  He is recovering from a broken hip and femur from a fall from a ladder.  I left everything in place where he was working on painting some rock work last may.  I think he got a kick out of it all being there waiting for him.  Anyway, good to have you back Wayne.  I solved a shorting problem that I was having yesterday and made some more progress on the wiring.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on September 17, 2019, 07:47:06 AM
Hey John:

Everything you do to the layout is just fantastic. I love the pictures. Sorry to hear about your friend. Hope he is feeling better.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 17, 2019, 08:55:34 AM
Hey John:

Everything you do to the layout is just fantastic. I love the pictures. Sorry to hear about your friend. Hope he is feeling better.

Karl


Karl


Thank you my friend.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 19, 2019, 01:23:28 PM
I found a great place to mount the frog juicer control panels under the layout.  The cabinets under the main control panels are sink base cabinets with "pop off" panels on the front.  So I'm mounting the juicer panels so they can be seen for maintenance or trouble shooting by "popping off"  the cabinet panels.  I have two mounted so far.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-190919131730.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 19, 2019, 01:25:33 PM
The area up under the control panels is sure getting full of wires.  I will take a picture when everything is in and hooked up.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on September 20, 2019, 06:31:27 AM
John,

Not only is the oak cabinetry beautiful, the pop off panels is a great idea that anyone can use on their layout.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: cuse on September 20, 2019, 12:42:14 PM
Very Very cool. The pop-off panels are just another level of clever. Seriously museum-grade top to bottom!


I will be in St. Louis-no matter what! ;)


John
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 20, 2019, 03:51:48 PM
John,

Not only is the oak cabinetry beautiful, the pop off panels is a great idea that anyone can use on their layout.  Thanks for sharing.


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 20, 2019, 08:33:42 PM
Very Very cool. The pop-off panels are just another level of clever. Seriously museum-grade top to bottom!


I will be in St. Louis-no matter what! ;)


John


John



Thank you for the kind words. I hope to see you in St. Louis.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 24, 2019, 07:50:36 PM
I managed to get some testing done today.  I took my worst running locomotive and tested it through the turnouts using the frog juicer circuits.  I bought two - six frog boards to start with - to do a test before making the financial commitment to buy enough boards for the entire expansion.  Well the testing went great - I ran the locomotive as slow as it would go and it went through the turnouts without hesitation. I should mention again that the turnouts on this section of the layout are all Peco electro frog.  Based on what I saw today Tammy Valley got an order for six more hex boards which will give me enough for this expansion.  I got a feeling that I will be replacing some turnouts on my layout with the same setup.  I have a few places where I'm not happy with the running performance through turnouts.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 09:24:58 AM
Update:  The frog juicer boards arrived along with all the other supplies I needed to finish the wiring of the layout expansion. So, that's what I will be doing during my layout build time the next few weeks. I decided to wait to start some structure builds until I get this expansion complete - I want to get all the rolling stock and locomotives out of storage this winter.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on September 28, 2019, 01:19:15 PM
Hey John:

very nicely done. WOW you can even take a nap.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 07:17:02 PM
Hey John:

very nicely done. WOW you can even take a nap.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for the compliments. I finished up the connections to the main control panel today, so my nap spot will need to be moved.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 08:31:39 PM
Today, I installed and powered up the 6 new Frog Juicier boards bringing the total up to 8.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280919202312.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 08:34:45 PM
I also finished pulling and powering all the wires for the power blocks. Here is a couple pictures of the wiring connections under the main control panel.  Now - I need to complete all of the drops from the tracks and make the connections with suitcase connectors. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this project.   ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280919202352.jpeg)




Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 08:36:23 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-280919202426.jpeg)


It's hard to take an overall picture under the control panel with my iPhone so I took two and I think you can see where they go together.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 28, 2019, 08:37:49 PM
The extra power blocks are for the upper level - Phase V.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on September 29, 2019, 07:01:43 PM
Wow!  All of the boards looks like you can operate a Space Shuttle!  Amazing work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on September 30, 2019, 07:47:52 AM
John,

Even with all the numbered terminal strips I have no idea how you keep from going crazy trying to keep everything straight.  What an undertaking.  All I can say is, better you than me, brother. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 30, 2019, 08:17:47 AM
Wow!  All of the boards looks like you can operate a Space Shuttle!  Amazing work.


Mark


Thank you for stopping by the thread and the kind words.  Like the Space Shuttle it's one circuit at a time.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 30, 2019, 08:21:41 AM
John,

Even with all the numbered terminal strips I have no idea how you keep from going crazy trying to keep everything straight.  What an undertaking.  All I can say is, better you than me, brother.


Jerry


Thank you for following along - I'm fine with the wiring until one circuit starts talking to the other or I get a short, then it drives me crazy figuring out what went wrong. I'm at the point with this project that I want to get it done and move on to structure building. I have spent a lot of time pulling and connecting wires this summer.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on September 30, 2019, 11:53:50 AM
John,
I think that you have done a fine job of wiring.  I know it looks complicated, but you have labeled everything to make it easier to follow..

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on September 30, 2019, 09:20:21 PM
John,
I think that you have done a fine job of wiring.  I know it looks complicated, but you have labeled everything to make it easier to follow..

Jim


Jim


Thank you for the complement, it looks complicated because there are so many circuits but each circuit is pretty simple. You have to label everything or one day you're going to reach into the cabinet to adjust a tortoise machine and have a half dozen loose wires to trace to get everything working again.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: cuse on October 01, 2019, 06:10:53 AM
When "civilians" peek in and see my layout, they say "oh, how neat" or "that's cute". When someone unexpectedly sees John's, they back out slowly as if they stumbled into a bomb factory or a secret CIA/NASA satellite tracking station ;D


Amazing stuff!


John
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 01, 2019, 04:34:57 PM
When "civilians" peek in and see my layout, they say "oh, how neat" or "that's cute". When someone unexpectedly sees John's, they back out slowly as if they stumbled into a bomb factory or a secret CIA/NASA satellite tracking station ;D


Amazing stuff!


John


Thanks John. Today, I'm playing Houston we have a problem :o . Some how my frog juicer is juicing more than the frog - I spent the last hour with a continuity detector trying to figure out how that is happening. Stay tuned for further updates.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 02, 2019, 04:09:25 PM
Update: Well I think I have solved my frog juicer problem.  I was powering the frog juicers off the main leads for my power districts.  I switched to powering them off the leads for each power block. The problem was the power was feeding back and jumping my block power switches.  If you go back a few pages you can find a diagram that shows the power districts - for phase IV I have two - districts G and I.  The power blocks are labeled 105 - 125 for Phase IV and have a I or G as the last character. I will know for sure that I have solved the problem when I have all of the frog juicers wired up and operational. I need to get into the frog juicer circuits deeper before I start with frog juicers for the first three phases of the layout.  The joys of wiring.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 04, 2019, 01:09:03 PM
Update:  I'm adding the power drops and then hooking up each of the power blocks with suitcase connectors.  The first three went great. Then on the forth I have a short before I started adding drops - so I'm tracing wires and inspecting track. This is where wiring takes a lot of time. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on October 04, 2019, 07:37:39 PM
Hey John:

Looks beautiful as always.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 04, 2019, 07:50:38 PM
Hey John:

Looks beautiful as always.

Karl


Karl


Thank you - about 2 PM this afternoon I was ready to tear the whole thing out looking for a short.  It turns out that the short was not in the new section of the layout but in a passenger car sitting in the Eagles Nest Yard.  I found it by working backwards to the main control panel and then shutting off switches until I isolated the power block, in this case a single siding. This is the second passenger car with the old (25 years plus) lighting systems that I have had short out the layout. At some point I will tear it apart and figure out what went wrong.  For now, they have all been removed from the layout.  I wired up two more power blocks this afternoon after wasting about 4 hours trying to figure out what was happening with the short. If I didn't have the layout broken up in to switchable power blocks It would have been days before I found this problem.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 06, 2019, 07:21:54 PM
Update: Today, I reached the half way point on wiring all of the track power blocks. I have gone through over a hundred suitcase connectors and just had to order some more drop wire. I'm going to take a little break  and go do some fishing.  I hope to come back all ready to finish up the wiring project and get this section of the layout working.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 09, 2019, 09:23:22 PM
Update: I just returned from a fishing trip and will be back working on the layout in the morning.  I spent a few hours in the evenings editing photographs from Frank Bakers videos from our 2016 photo shoot of George Sellios' F&SM railroad.  I will be posting these new photographs in the F&SM section of the forum. I'm really enjoying reliving our photo shoot and being inspired once again by the F&SM.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on October 10, 2019, 07:48:04 AM
Hey John:

Glad you found the problem.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 10, 2019, 03:54:24 PM
Hey John:

Glad you found the problem.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for stopping by - a few more grey hairs but another wiring problem solved.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 12, 2019, 01:34:27 PM
Update: The wiring of the North Yard is now complete. ;D  I'm working on the drops for the South Yard - once the South Yard is complete it will be time for testing. I'm looking forward to completing all this wiring and getting back to structure building and scenery.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 13, 2019, 09:27:02 PM
Update: Today, was a big day on the S&S RR.  The wiring of the expansion is done!  I now start the testing phase - which will probably result in a drop or two having to be added but we can run trains in the new section. I ran a locomotive through the reversing wye before calling it quits for the day.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on October 13, 2019, 09:57:13 PM
Well done Sir!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 16, 2019, 10:49:51 AM
Well done Sir!

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Thank you.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 18, 2019, 06:06:49 PM
The Phase IV expansion - Superior Yard - got a good workout from one of our younger Engineers, yesterday.  Seeing my Grandson work the trains through the different track routings made taking the summer to build it, worth the time it took. We have a couple places that need a little work to get power to the locomotives, but we didn't have any derailments. Great test. A three year old routed the trains through the yards with the touch screen control panels.  And we learned how to read the words horn, and bell, so we knew which buttons to push.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-181019174821.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: madharry on October 18, 2019, 06:10:01 PM
Love it waiting for my grandson Jack to grow up to be able to control DCC..............lovely John. He is only two next month.............
Mike ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: FandSM Engineer on October 18, 2019, 06:11:09 PM
The Phase IV expansion - Superior Yard - got a good workout from one of our younger Engineers, yesterday.  Seeing my Grandson work the trains through the different track routings made taking the summer to build it, worth the time it took. We have a couple places that need a little work to get power to the locomotives, but we didn't have any derailments. Great test. A three year old routed the trains through the yards with the touch screen control panels.  And we learned how to read the words horn, and bell, so we knew which buttons to push.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-181019174821.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on October 18, 2019, 06:25:00 PM
That's great John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: FandSM Engineer on October 18, 2019, 08:21:02 PM
Love it waiting for my grandson Jack to grow up to be able to control DCC..............lovely John. He is only two next month.............
Mike ;)

Mike

The Grandkids enjoying the layout is a lot of fun for me.  His sister is 1 and already likes to watch the trains. If your grandson is 2 he will be able to use "the remote" in about another year. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: pbltrains on October 19, 2019, 01:44:47 AM
John,

Great to see you getting your grandson interested in the layout.  Hopefully he will continue to enjoy running grandpa's trains.

Seth P.
Minnesota
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 19, 2019, 09:48:11 AM
John,

Great to see you getting your grandson interested in the layout.  Hopefully he will continue to enjoy running grandpa's trains.

Seth P.
Minnesota


Seth


Thank you for stopping by the thread. The kids sure enjoy the trains now - I too hope it lasts.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on October 19, 2019, 09:58:43 AM
John that's a fine looking engineer you have there!


Hope he keeps wanting to play with trains.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 19, 2019, 12:50:36 PM
John that's a fine looking engineer you have there!


Hope he keeps wanting to play with trains.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you,
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on October 19, 2019, 03:41:14 PM
John,

Great picture with a "Little John" at the throttle.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 19, 2019, 09:12:45 PM
John,

Great picture with a "Little John" at the throttle.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you,  I sure enjoy running trains with him.  He sure has the interest, now. We will see when he gets older.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 20, 2019, 09:12:28 AM
Update: I'm working on cleaning my work area, so I can start building structures again. I have some track work and wiring issues to clean up and the layout expansion will be complete. ;D I'm sure there will be a few turnouts to add and a few track moves as the new area gets a good testing. I  will spend a few months running trains and testing the new area before I paint and weather the track and add some scenery.  I have about 8 structures planned for this area.  The first will be a large brick roundhouse. Then, water towers, signal towers, a maintenance area, and a few locomotive storage sheds.

So the goal for this week is to get the lid off one of those wonderful yellow boxes. Fox Run is the next build on my list. It will share the same base board with the Foundry build I did for the winter challenge last year. First, I must find my workshop.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on October 20, 2019, 12:36:12 PM
We cant wait John. I'm trying to get everything I need to build the roundhouse and Engine repair shop. I'm buying all the little things I need so I'm not struggling at the last minute......Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on October 20, 2019, 07:59:39 PM
John,

Really looking forward to the upcoming Fox Run build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 21, 2019, 07:54:08 AM
We cant wait John. I'm trying to get everything I need to build the roundhouse and Engine repair shop. I'm buying all the little things I need so I'm not struggling at the last minute......Dennis


Dennis


I'm looking forward to your builds, too. I spent some time yesterday, getting my workshop organized. My plan is to have three builds going at the same time so I can keep moving as the glue or paint is drying. It's just the way I like to build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 21, 2019, 07:58:22 AM
John,

Really looking forward to the upcoming Fox Run build.


Jerry


Thank you for stopping by the thread.  I'm going to get started as soon as the workshop is organized. I have some track work projects to fill in the time I'm waiting for the glue and paint to dry for the next few weeks.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:08:08 PM
Today, the covers came off  two yellow boxes the next two builds on the S&S RR. Fox Run will be the first followed by Swakhammer's Welding.  My SOP is to have three builds going at the same time but for now I will have these two plus the cleanup work on the Phase IV expansion. I also have some track changes that I want to make in the Eagles Nest Yard and in the Town of Sellios. So track work will serve as my third build for the next few weeks. I will be posting update pictures as these builds progress.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-251019210022.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:11:20 PM
I found a welding simulator circuit board in the Swanhammer's box that I bought years ago and stored away so I would find it when I started this build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:22:15 PM
I took some pictures of the site for these builds that will hang over my workbench as I proceed and thought I would post them here for reference.  The Fox Run build shares a baseboard and coal facility with the Foundry.  Swakhammer's will go to the right of the Fox Run Mill.  There will be a number industrial buildings along this siding in the back of Eagles Nest Yard.

(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-251019210331.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:23:51 PM
I have a couple building sites to the left of the foundry and I'm looking for just the right structures.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:24:19 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-251019210254.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:24:42 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-251019210154.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 25, 2019, 09:25:56 PM
Okay, so I got my finger in the way on this last one. It's a build thread. :-[ :o  Just pretend it's smoke from one of those big steam locomotives making the run from the Superior Yard.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-251019210104.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on October 25, 2019, 09:35:39 PM
Very nicely done John. love the location...Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on October 26, 2019, 11:40:55 AM
I love the backdrop and trees.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on October 26, 2019, 12:15:42 PM
Great location for some more of those "Yellow Box's"

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on October 26, 2019, 02:13:54 PM
Looking forward to these, John.

Fox has always been a favourite of mine.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 26, 2019, 03:14:58 PM
Very nicely done John. love the location...Dennis


Dennis


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  I really like having the scenery and backdrop done before I locate the buildings and foreground scenery. Most of my layout will be done this way.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 26, 2019, 03:16:22 PM
I love the backdrop and trees.


Curt


Thank you, as I said in my post response to Dennis I really like having the scenery in place for the background before I build and place the structures.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 26, 2019, 03:18:08 PM
Great location for some more of those "Yellow Box's"

Jim


Jim


Thank you, I have about 8 of them planned for this area. That's a lot of gluing. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 26, 2019, 03:27:12 PM
Looking forward to these, John.

Fox has always been a favourite of mine.

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Thanks for stopping by the thread - Fox Run and Swakhammer's are my two favorites and they will be side by side in this location. I'm in the process of looking at pictures and the site and deciding what, if anything, I want to do to change to the original structures for my site. This is the part that takes me the longest and probably the part I enjoy the most. I would like to do some elevation change but haven't come up with the right thing, yet. The site is bound by track on both sides so it doesn't lend itself to large elevation changes.


Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on October 27, 2019, 01:27:14 PM
John good to see you back in the buildings again.


Beautiful back drop and your planning of what's to go there sounds like a winner.
Looking forward to this area of development!


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 27, 2019, 06:30:38 PM
John good to see you back in the buildings again.


Beautiful back drop and your planning of what's to go there sounds like a winner.
Looking forward to this area of development!


Jerry


Jerry


Thanks for stopping by and the kind words - I'm looking forward to building structures again.  All this wiring has made me crosseyed.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 28, 2019, 09:30:07 AM
Update: This weekend, the track work in the expansion got a good workout from Wayne Olson and I. We found three areas that I wanted to change before moving on to ballasting and detailing the track. Yesterday, I made those changes. I'm also working on two turnouts that are not getting proper power distribution. I will be doing some testing today to see if I can find out what is causing the problem.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-281019092413.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 28, 2019, 09:41:12 AM
You will notice in the picture above that my logbook is open. I keep notes on how everything is wired, attached, etc. so I can remember what I did for future changes and or problem solving. This book has saved me so many times.  Oh, I should mention that I also take pictures and have a log book on my iPad with copies of the pages from the paper logbook. I have tried many times to go completely electronic but I always come back to the paper and pen logbooks for the complicated areas. The hookups for the upper level (Phase V) of this area are already in place and labeled on the control panels and in the books. It will be a number of years before they get used and I will not remember what I did without the books.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on October 28, 2019, 05:10:11 PM
John,

You've been busy. One of my least favorite things to do is trouble shoot a wounded area. However, one the other end, a great satisfaction occurs when the problem is fixed/solved.

Nice job my friend.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on October 28, 2019, 06:20:27 PM
John,

A log book, why didn't I think of that?  Of course, then I'd have to remember where I put the book...
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 28, 2019, 06:54:56 PM
John,

You've been busy. One of my least favorite things to do is trouble shoot a wounded area. However, one the other end, a great satisfaction occurs when the problem is fixed/solved.

Nice job my friend.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thanks for stopping by and the words of encouragement - I hate trouble shooting electronics but it just got to the done. I have one turnout out of over 50 in this section that is giving me more gray hair. I have perfect voltage before and after the turnout and the frog juicer is working just fine but the locomotives are stalling because the voltage is dropping down to a little over 6 volts in the turnout. There has to be a problem with one of the jumpers on the underside of the turnout so I have to either use jumpers or pull the turnout. It is the most difficult one to change out right in the wall between the North and South yards. ::)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 28, 2019, 07:02:15 PM
John,

A log book, why didn't I think of that?  Of course, then I'd have to remember where I put the book...


Jerry


I take pictures of each page of the logbook for my iPad, so everything is backed up in the cloud. Not that I have ever lost the log book. ;) :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[  Actually, the log book that I'm using now is volume 15.  I carried a log book with me to work on design work in hotel rooms and during boring corporate meetings back when I was working. The log books are the same as the ones we used for applying for patents so I never got any questions about taking notes in the log books.  Many of the sections of the layout started as design sketches in my log books.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on October 28, 2019, 07:08:04 PM
If you look at the picture above you will see a roll of orange duck tape. We used the tape to mark any trouble areas. As you can see, in the picture, all of the tape has been removed except for that one stubborn turnout (it's the turnout on the left just as the track goes through the wall).  It's time for another round of testing, as soon as I get it fixed.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:07:41 PM
Update:  We have workbench activity on the S&S RR. My new workbench is all setup for the Swakhammer's build.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119140459.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:12:19 PM
First Step: Test fit the big castings. I will have some time invested in fitting the castings together and adding all the window castings.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119140838.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:12:43 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:13:01 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119140930.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:13:17 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119140959.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:13:34 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119141023.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:15:04 PM
And on my rolling workbench I have the Fox Run build started.  Step one the main walls.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119140533.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 02:17:32 PM
You will notice from the background of the pictures that I have spent some time getting my workspaces organized.  I have things setup so I will have have three main build areas and two smaller workbenches for subassemblies and small projects that come up. I'm sure I will be making a few changes as we go but so far I really like the new workspace.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on November 01, 2019, 07:26:03 PM
I really like the look of the stone work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 07:29:15 PM
I really like the look of the stone work.


Curt


I agree, George did a great job with these stone walls. I will be coloring them with a variation of brown similar to what I did for the Foundry build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 07:35:07 PM
I did a test sample with the coloring technique I plan to use for the wood siding on Swakhammer's.  This is stained with Hunterline Yellow Cream and then a wash of A&I to make the grain and nail heads pop. I used one coat of stain on the top third of the sample, two coats in the middle, and three coats on the bottom. This building is going to be located in a yard with lots of steam locomotives running around it. The plan is to use different numbers of coats of the stain in different areas of the walls to help give it that weathered look.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119192950.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 01, 2019, 07:44:14 PM
I also started gluing the bracing for the clapboard walls on the Fox Run Milling build. The rest of the day was spent preparing the detail castings for both builds.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-011119194159.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on November 02, 2019, 08:53:37 AM
John really like the coloring and the way the weathering is showing up.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 02, 2019, 09:15:44 AM
John really like the coloring and the way the weathering is showing up.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you - I will probably add a little chalk for texture on the model but this is the way I plan to go on this one.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on November 02, 2019, 01:59:48 PM
Looking good, John.

That cream colour is nice.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: engine909 on November 02, 2019, 02:15:17 PM
Yellow cream is very nice. I just used it on the John Allen Engine House O scale kit from Mt. Albert.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 02, 2019, 04:37:36 PM
Looking good, John.

That cream colour is nice.

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Thanks for stopping by the thread.  I have a dark brown picked out for the windows and doors that I think will look good with this yellow/cream.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 02, 2019, 04:40:45 PM
Yellow cream is very nice. I just used it on the John Allen Engine House O scale kit from Mt. Albert.


I bet that really looks good. I'm really liking the way the Hunter Stains work so far.  Up until my big purchase of their products at the Narrow Gauge Convention I had only tried the driftwood and cement colors.  As with everything I do the stain is the base color the A&I brings out the details and then I usually hit it with some chalks as a finishing touch.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 02, 2019, 09:40:47 PM
Update: The wall bracing and corner moldings were added to the Fox Run wall sections today. I also prepared the detail castings for Swakhammer's - I have a few more to do in the morning and they will be ready for the paint booth.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 03, 2019, 09:35:38 PM
The castings for Swakhammer's are ready for the paint booth. 


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on November 04, 2019, 09:15:25 AM
That's a lot of castings.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on November 04, 2019, 11:21:53 AM
The FSM NBW castings always looked too large to me.  On my Jacobs Coal, I used Tichy castings instead. 


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 04, 2019, 11:33:52 AM
That's a lot of castings.


It sure is.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 04, 2019, 11:47:32 AM
The FSM NBW castings always looked too large to me.  On my Jacobs Coal, I used Tichy castings instead. 


dave




Dave


This kit comes with both the Tichy plastic windows and the metal casting for the stone part of the building. If you look at the metal widows I have done a little file work which takes care of any issues.  The big problem George had with the metal windows is keeping them in shape during the shipping process. Some of these kits have a lot of shipping miles on them before they get built. I spend some time doing the straightening before I paint them.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 04, 2019, 04:23:01 PM
Castings are in the paint booth - round one.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: engine909 on November 05, 2019, 03:24:14 PM
John, Always a pleasure following along. I also complimented the yellow with dark brown on the Engine house. Looks very nice together. The brown I used was FolkArt Painted Barnwood Effect, thinned a bit, than wiped on and off.
ed
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: FandSM Engineer on November 05, 2019, 04:28:28 PM
John, Always a pleasure following along. I also complimented the yellow with dark brown on the Engine house. Looks very nice together. The brown I used was FolkArt Painted Barnwood Effect, thinned a bit, than wiped on and off.
ed

Ed

I'm using a ultra flat camo-brown shaker can for the window and door castings.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 05, 2019, 09:55:13 PM
John, Always a pleasure following along. I also complimented the yellow with dark brown on the Engine house. Looks very nice together. The brown I used was FolkArt Painted Barnwood Effect, thinned a bit, than wiped on and off.
ed

Ed

I'm using a ultra flat camo-brown shaker can for the window and door castings.


Sorry for any confusion on the login.  I created another login for the F&SM posts and sometimes I forget which one I'm using when I post on my build thread.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 07, 2019, 12:50:36 PM
Update: Lots of activity in the paint booth today. I may just get the castings for the next couple of builds prepped and do all the detail casting at once. So far, I got as far as cleaning off my detail bench. ;)  Next up, for the paint booth, is the wall castings for Shakhammer's.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2019, 09:42:16 PM
I spent most of the day today painting the detail castings for Swakhammer's.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2019, 09:42:33 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2019, 09:46:38 PM
I also made considerable progress on the Fox Run build.  The main walls have been completed and are ready for assembly.  I used driftwood stain from Hunterline for the walls. I wanted this structure to have the weathered after the war time frame coloring, but I did not pop the siding off to make it look completely run down.  This is the working part of the layout is the revenue producing area so I'm interested in a series of builds that are not as run down as the prototypes for these kits.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2019, 09:47:52 PM
In this picture the walls have the window and door castings added and are ready for assembly.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 08, 2019, 09:51:36 PM
I also got the castings out for the coaling tower and G. Wilikers which will be the next two kits that I plan to build. I like painting the castings in big batches so I can clear off the detailing bench for doing the final detailing on each build. I store the castings in the plastic trays that you seen in the picture above.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 09, 2019, 11:41:46 AM
John,

I really like the look of your Fox Run walls.  They look neglected, but also show a building that is still generating sufficient income to survive if not prosper.  Nice job getting the door and window castings to reflect the state of the clapboards.  I'll be following along on this group of builds. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 09, 2019, 12:41:18 PM
John,

I really like the look of your Fox Run walls.  They look neglected, but also show a building that is still generating sufficient income to survive if not prosper.  Nice job getting the door and window castings to reflect the state of the clapboards.  I'll be following along on this group of builds.


Jerry


Thank you for following along and your comments.  As I said above, the look you describe is what I'm after and comments coming from a man that knows when it's time to paint the barn are greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on November 09, 2019, 04:29:39 PM
John I love your weathering a used building just in deed of a paint job.


Not falling down with boards missing and the roof leaking I'm sorry guys but business just were not kept that way if they were in business.


Question is that a paper towel under ythe parts that you stained??


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 09, 2019, 09:07:00 PM
John I love your weathering a used building just in deed of a paint job.


Not falling down with boards missing and the roof leaking I'm sorry guys but business just were not kept that way if they were in business.


Question is that a paper towel under ythe parts that you stained??


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  Yes - that is a paper towel under the wood that I'm staining. If I'm getting too much stain from the brush I will put some on the paper towel - I like the streaked look. Each board weathers just a little differently and different areas of the building get more sun than others.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 09, 2019, 09:35:53 PM
Update:  I updated the links to volume 1 and 2 of this build thread to tie everything together. The links to the older volumes will always be on page 1 of each volume along with the index.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:40:18 AM
Blacking out the back of the wall sections of Fox Run - last step before the assembly process.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:41:34 AM
I started the next section of the building while I was waiting for the paint to dry on the main building.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on November 10, 2019, 03:01:23 PM
Great progress, John!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:53:22 PM
Great progress, John!

Cheers, Mark.


Mark



Thank you,
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:58:26 PM
Update:  We have activity on three workbenches, tonight.  On the Fox Run build I'm assembling the walls for the rest of the building sections. on one workbench.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:59:17 PM
Gluing the wall sections together for the main building on the second workbench.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 08:59:39 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-101119205530.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 09:00:27 PM
And on my detailing workbench I'm painting the castings for Swakhammer's.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 10, 2019, 09:01:14 PM
I also added the galley glass to the window castings for Swakhammer's.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on November 11, 2019, 01:20:18 PM
Hey John:

Looks great so far. Wow look at all that window glass. My favorite job.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 11, 2019, 01:32:54 PM
Hey John:

Looks great so far. Wow look at all that window glass. My favorite job.

Karl


Karl


Thank you - the glass is always one of those okay let's get it done, jobs.  I try the acetate sheet and then on the next build I go back to the gallery glass.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on November 11, 2019, 04:24:32 PM
John,

You've been busy, busy my friend. The least favorite part of any build for me is the Canopy glue in the windows and doors.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 11, 2019, 06:01:22 PM
John,

You've been busy, busy my friend. The least favorite part of any build for me is the Canopy glue in the windows and doors.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you for stopping by the thread - yes I have been on a roll the last few days.  I actually bought some Canopy glue that I'm going to try for my next set of windows. I have always used the gallery glass glue - I assume it's about the same.  I like the way the windows look when lit with LED's much better with the glue, than with the plastic sheet that comes with most kits.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 11, 2019, 06:03:29 PM
Today, the walls went together for the building A assembly of Fox Run.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 11, 2019, 06:05:38 PM
I will be assembling each of the buildings as subassemblies and then putting everything together on the baseboard.  This build shares the baseboard with the foundry so I will be moving it from the layout back to the workbench for this process.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 12, 2019, 09:22:54 AM
If you look closely at the picture above you will see a glue bottle tipped up to get the last little bit of glue out.  How does a modeler run out of glue in the middle of a snow storm? :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[  I just ordered a gallon from Amazon - they say it will be here tomorrow.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 13, 2019, 08:11:10 AM
The walls for the additions to Fox Run are braced and stained.


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The contrast between the light and dark areas of walls is enhanced by the fact that the walls are still wet when I took the picture.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 13, 2019, 08:13:44 AM
The walls for the A building, and tower, from George's instructions are assembled and ready for a roof.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 13, 2019, 08:44:58 AM
John,

Looking good, and that's an understatement.  I'm enjoying watching you build this.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on November 13, 2019, 12:31:01 PM
A fine looking build so far John.  As always I'll be following along great adventure that it is!


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 13, 2019, 01:27:51 PM
John,

Looking good, and that's an understatement.  I'm enjoying watching you build this.


Jerry
I'm glad to have you along on this journey and thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 13, 2019, 01:28:22 PM
A fine looking build so far John.  As always I'll be following along great adventure that it is!


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 16, 2019, 05:00:13 PM
Update: I'm back working on the railroad this afternoon after a hunting and fishing trip up to the Northern Hqrts. of the S&S RR.  I came back with lots of "what ifs" to try on my current and future builds.  No shooter bucks this year but I had a great time with family and friends that I only get to see once or twice a year. So it's back to working on the railroad and it's another Saturday, as our good friend Tom says.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on November 17, 2019, 09:51:56 AM
Nice progress on the build John!  Nothing like a little fishing & hunting break to get those juices flowing for some more railroading!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 17, 2019, 02:58:30 PM
Nice progress on the build John!  Nothing like a little fishing & hunting break to get those juices flowing for some more railroading!


Mark


Thank you, and yes the fishing and hunting breaks do generate a lot of ideas. And I always come back eager to get back at the layout.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 17, 2019, 09:01:26 PM
I got some bench time in this afternoon.  Started adding the window and door castings, black interior paint, and signs to the smaller structures for Fox Run. Here is a picture with the Flour Sign added to the wall.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on November 18, 2019, 08:59:14 AM
Neat sign.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on November 18, 2019, 03:30:29 PM
John,

Very nice weathering on the main A building.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: EricQuebec on November 18, 2019, 05:06:51 PM
Ditto
Eric
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on November 18, 2019, 07:38:38 PM
Ditto
Eric

Ditto, Ditto.   or is it Ditto Also.  Either way that is a great weathering job John.

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:25:24 PM
Neat sign.


Thank you Curt - it is the sign that comes with the kit with appropriate weathering.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:27:11 PM
Tom, Eric, and Jim


Thank you for the kind words. Now, to start putting this thing together and see what we get.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:40:13 PM
I completed the walls sections for the Fox Run build today and started putting the subassemblies together.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:41:05 PM
Yes, I make sure it is clamped absolutely square until the glue dries.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:41:57 PM
The first two walls of the shed going together.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:44:57 PM
I also got started on the Swankhammer stone walls.  First, step, after the primer, is to fill the mortar joints with the mortar gray pigment.  I use alcohol to get the pigment where I want it and don't worry about getting some on the faces of the stones.  After it dries I get it off the faces with an eraser - and any that remains is covered by the next steps of the process.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2019, 10:46:49 PM
I started adding the coloring to the stone faces on this small casting near the end of the day. It all comes together with the big fluffy brush at the end of the process.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on November 19, 2019, 09:17:24 AM
Very nice looking stone work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 19, 2019, 09:38:49 AM
Very nice looking stone work.


Thank you Curt. I'm trying to document each step of the process for future reference.




Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on November 19, 2019, 10:18:31 AM
Hey John:

the walls look just great.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 19, 2019, 08:15:16 PM
Hey John:

the walls look just great.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 19, 2019, 08:58:24 PM

Lots of subassemblies for the Fox Run build on the workbench, today. Next step will be glueing them all together on the baseboard. I will be doing all of the detail work on the workbench on the baseboard.



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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: sdrees on November 19, 2019, 09:14:04 PM
the color on the stone walls came out very nice John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on November 20, 2019, 05:41:52 AM
Hey John:

Can't wait to see this all come together.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 20, 2019, 07:47:56 AM
the color on the stone walls came out very nice John.


Steve


Thank you for the kind words. Now, we will see how it looks with the yellow I have picked for the clapboard.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: CVSNE on November 20, 2019, 09:45:17 AM
John,


Wasn't sure about the coloration of the stonework at first,  but consider me sold!


Looks great.


Marty

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 20, 2019, 11:23:13 AM
John,


Wasn't sure about the coloration of the stonework at first,  but consider me sold!


Looks great.


Marty


Marty


Thank you for following along. This stonework coloring technique starts out looking pretty patchwork then you blend everything together at the end.  I will take pictures just before I glue them together and then again when I do the finish work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on November 21, 2019, 08:37:07 AM
Nice work on the stones John.  Great coloring choices.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 21, 2019, 09:50:31 AM
Nice work on the stones John.  Great coloring choices.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 21, 2019, 01:48:56 PM
It's time to move the base board for the Fox Run build from the layout to the workbench.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 21, 2019, 01:51:00 PM
First step, make sure it is level on the workbench. Chimneys are supposed to start out straight up and down.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 21, 2019, 01:52:05 PM
I also moved the baseboard for the Swakhammer's build to a workbench.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on November 21, 2019, 02:07:45 PM
John,

Level is a good thing. Looks like you are on the level with this one.  8) 8)

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 21, 2019, 03:37:49 PM
John,

Level is a good thing. Looks like you are on the level with this one.  8) 8)

Tom  ;D


Yep, you have to start with a good foundation. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on November 21, 2019, 10:10:28 PM
I particularly like the tribute to Christchurch 4 shots back!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on November 22, 2019, 12:22:43 PM
Hey John:

Looks just beautiful so far. Built Sewels for my friends layout. Cant wait till we can get started putting scenery and buildings on it.

karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 01:27:11 PM
I particularly like the tribute to Christchurch 4 shots back!

Cheers, Mark.


 ;) ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 01:28:46 PM
Hey John:

Looks just beautiful so far. Built Sewels for my friends layout. Cant wait till we can get started putting scenery and buildings on it.

karl


Karl


Thank you for the kind words.  Your friends layout is going to be great - I will be watching your progress.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 06:17:55 PM
This morning, I added the roof cards to the Fox Run buildings.  This means I got out my Jan Bags from under the workbench.  This is probably the best tip I have found reading build threads on the forum.  Jan (aka Janbouli) a few years ago, here on the forum, showed how he used sandbags or bean bags to hold down roof cards while the glue dries.  It works great - it's one of those why didn't I think of that kind of ideas.  Anyway, I glue the roof card down and then use a mirror to make sure it is seated all the way around, and to make sure there is no glue getting out onto the surface of the wall. You can shift the weight of the sand around in the bag until the card fits just right. Thanks again Jan - I know I have posted about this before but I always think of Jan at this point of a build.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 06:19:13 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 06:20:33 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 06:21:56 PM
On the Swakhammer's build I started adding the nail heads and bracing to the clapboard wall sections.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 22, 2019, 06:26:58 PM
I also added the window and door castings to the stone walls for Swakhammer's. I thought I would show the backside of the last wall that I did to show how much glue I add around the metal castings. I first set the door with just a little glue. Then once it is set I go back and add a generous bead all the way around the castings to make sure they don't go anywhere after there on the layout.


The plan is to glue these wall sections together in the morning.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Janbouli on November 23, 2019, 03:21:31 AM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a3/55/31/a355319e658b2ded63974b6503b0caf2.jpg)You're very welcome John, you and many others here have given me so many great ideas , inspiring photo's , and much more .
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 01:33:27 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a3/55/31/a355319e658b2ded63974b6503b0caf2.jpg)You're very welcome John, you and many others here have given me so many great ideas , inspiring photo's , and much more .


Jan


Thank you for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 06:44:53 PM
The dormers are going on the Fox Run main building.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 06:46:24 PM
LED's mounted under the main Fox Run building.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 06:49:10 PM
First, test fit.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 06:52:17 PM
Stone walls for Swakhammer's starting to go together.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 23, 2019, 06:52:49 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on November 24, 2019, 08:17:38 AM
It all looks great John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 09:34:53 AM
It all looks great John.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on November 24, 2019, 12:58:24 PM
Looking good, John.

I really like the yellow for the doors.  It works very well with your stone colour.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 03:39:12 PM
Looking good, John.

I really like the yellow for the doors.  It works very well with your stone colour.

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Thank you for the kind words and for following along, I went with a very dirty yellow. After all, this is a welding shop located in the middle of a railroad yard.  By the way, the name is going to be Grandpa John's Welding, after my dad, who was a welder by trade.  His father, also named John worked in the rail yards in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He got a job fixing cars when his job as a furniture maker was slow. At one time Grand Rapids, MI was world famous for their fine furniture. It could be that working with wood is in my blood.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 05:06:07 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 08:28:56 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 08:31:34 PM
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The stone wall sections are ready to be placed on the baseboard. For now they are just sitting there waiting for the rest of the reinforcements and then the roof cards.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 24, 2019, 08:36:27 PM
The stone wall detail is setting on a piece of strip wood so the wet glue from the reinforcements will not glue it in a position that I don't want it. That is why you see some air under the right side of the structure.  I'm using up some big basswood strip wood for the reinforcements.


Correction: The little end casting is on upside down. Fixed it when I added the roof card. I must have been tired when I put this together. :-[
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on November 26, 2019, 06:00:49 AM
Coming along really nicely John!  Thanks for all of the progress pics.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 26, 2019, 08:32:37 AM
Coming along really nicely John!  Thanks for all of the progress pics.


Mark


Thank you for following along - starting to make some progress, it's modeling season.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on November 26, 2019, 05:21:13 PM
Hey John:

The walls are truly looking beautiful.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on November 27, 2019, 11:57:11 AM
Always a pleasure to see a new post John.


Beautiful coloring on the stonework.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 27, 2019, 09:35:36 PM
Hey John:

The walls are truly looking beautiful.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for your very kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 27, 2019, 09:36:42 PM
Always a pleasure to see a new post John.


Beautiful coloring on the stonework.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  New work leading to new posts coming soon.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:08:49 PM
I made some more progress on the structure builds, today.  On the Fox Run build the roofing materials started going on.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:09:10 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:09:32 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:12:01 PM
On the Swakhammer build the main clapboard buildings got a coat of flat black paint on the interior and started to go together.  I'm gluing them together, before doing the outside staining.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:13:47 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:14:15 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 28, 2019, 10:15:08 PM
The roof card was also glued down on the stone section of the Swakhammer build.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 29, 2019, 08:25:30 AM
John,

Coming along nicely.  Still following along...
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jim Donovan on November 29, 2019, 10:20:52 AM
Thanks for sharing John, looks great and learning as usual.

Jim D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 29, 2019, 09:23:09 PM
John,

Coming along nicely.  Still following along...


Jerry


Thank you for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 01:16:17 PM
Thanks for sharing John, looks great and learning as usual.

Jim D


Jim


Great to have you along for the ride.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on November 30, 2019, 01:36:36 PM
I just ordered one of those T-Track table tops and T-Track pieces.  (I didn't get the Rockler stand, I'm sure I can find one a lot cheaper :-) )

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 01:44:14 PM
I just ordered one of those T-Track table tops and T-Track pieces.  (I didn't get the Rockler stand, I'm sure I can find one a lot cheaper :-) )

dave


Dave


You will enjoy it - mine is in use all the time.  I put mine on top of the workbench and never bought the stand.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 01:55:24 PM
Progress Update: More roofing materials and roof cards on the Fox Run build.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 01:58:16 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 02:04:07 PM
Added the roof card to the stone portion of the Swakhammer build.  Also, more assembly of the wood portions of the main building.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-301119133811.jpeg)


For Jaime, if you go back a few pictures you will notice that the little end casting was in upside down.  A little work with a razor blade and the glue bottle and all was well. I didn't see it until I was putting on the roof card.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on November 30, 2019, 02:06:45 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 03, 2019, 09:05:52 PM
Today, more roofing materials on the Fox Run build. And lots of interior bracing on the dormers and smaller structures for the Swakhammer build.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on December 04, 2019, 09:24:20 AM
Nice looking roofing.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on December 04, 2019, 10:03:08 AM
John,

I agree with Curt, great looking shingles.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on December 04, 2019, 10:35:00 AM
Hey John:

WOW!!!! Structure is coming along beautifully.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on December 04, 2019, 02:52:47 PM
Great coloring on the shingles John.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 04, 2019, 10:46:18 PM
Nice looking roofing.


Curt


Thank you, I will be using the weather chalks once the structures are in place - but I agree that these new shingles from Wild West Models really look good right out to the package.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 04, 2019, 10:47:08 PM
Hey John:

WOW!!!! Structure is coming along beautifully.

Karl


Karl


Thank you - I hope to string a few days in a row on these builds this week.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 04, 2019, 10:48:39 PM
John,

I agree with Curt, great looking shingles.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you, I just put in an order for the shingles for the next half a dozen builds.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 04, 2019, 10:49:20 PM
Great coloring on the shingles John.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words and as always for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 04, 2019, 10:51:29 PM
Update: I spent most of the day adding shingles to the many structures that make up the Fox Run build and getting all of the clapboard structures glued together and ready for the staining process on the Swakhammer build. I will take some more progress pictures when I get these steps completed.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:14:58 PM
Update: I colored the clapboard walls of the main build for Swakhammer's today.  I wanted that chalky paint look. My time frame is 1949 so I wanted the building to look like it was time for a new coat of paint - neglected during the war - look. I used a three step process. 1) stained the wall with Hunters Creamy Yellow stain. 2) A&I to get the coal dust look and pop the railheads. Finally, 3) added yellow chalk for more color - slightly more orange to the yellow to get to the color that matched my doors on the stone part of the building. Here are a few pictures from the end of the day followed by some process pictures.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:17:12 PM
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I need to get rid of some of the chalk that built up next to the moldings.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:20:02 PM
Step one: Hunterline Creamy Yellow stain.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:23:32 PM
Step 2: A&I wash.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:31:36 PM
Step 3: was the Rembrandts 202.5 yellow chalk.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-051219210901.jpeg)


I painted this on as a wash by adding Alcohol.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-051219210832.jpeg)


Here is a zoomed in picture of the clapboard wall.  The nail heads are visible but much more subtle. They are more visible to my eye and the paint color is more chalky.  The magic of an iPhone picture.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:36:22 PM
Here is a picture of the Fox Run build at the end of the day, today.  Followed by a couple of progress pictures as the main building subassemblies came together.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:36:45 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:37:02 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on December 05, 2019, 09:47:38 PM
Big day for the LBP construction crew of the S&S RR today!

Looking good, John.

I'll hold my tongue on the yellow until all is done.  I know I did one myself in gloss yellow with a hit of Dullcote when done.  At the time it looked so bright (much more so than yours) but when finished it quickly became one of my favourite colour schemes.  (please excuse my Queen's English spelling - two in a row there!)

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 05, 2019, 09:55:59 PM
Big day for the LBP construction crew of the S&S RR today!

Looking good, John.

I'll hold my tongue on the yellow until all is done.  I know I did one myself in gloss yellow with a hit of Dullcote when done.  At the time it looked so bright (much more so than yours) but when finished it quickly became one of my favourite colour schemes.  (please excuse my Queen's English spelling - two in a row there!)

Cheers, Mark.


Hi Mark


Thank you for following along, yes I spent a few hours in the workshop today.


The yellow looks much brighter in the photograph with the iPhone than in real life to the eye. I don't like how the new iPhones brighten all the colors. I will take some good pictures with my SLR when this build is done. The nice thing about this process is I can always hit it with another coat of A&I if I still think it's to bright when I get the windows and trim on it.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on December 05, 2019, 11:00:56 PM
Looking good John.  I like the yellow its different but in the end I think it will blend out very nicely.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 06, 2019, 03:40:46 PM
Looking good John.  I like the yellow its different but in the end I think it will blend out very nicely.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for your comments and for following along.  I took a look at the photographs and the walls this morning and decided to tone them down a little with a light wash of A&I. This wash is 25% of the strength of the wash I normally use.  It did take the edge off the yellow.  I will post pictures tonight.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 06, 2019, 08:45:53 PM

Here are a couple of pictures after the A&I.




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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on December 06, 2019, 09:35:53 PM
I love you wiring  John

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 07, 2019, 07:41:43 AM
I love you wiring  John

Jim


Jim


Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by the thread.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on December 08, 2019, 12:12:36 PM
Perfect don't change a thing.  Your eye for coloring is amazing!


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 08, 2019, 03:11:55 PM
Perfect don't change a thing.  Your eye for coloring is amazing!


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and the kind words. I really struggle with coloring - I keep buying color wheels and reading books and it still takes a few trials for me to get something I like the looks of. There are some very good eyes on this forum and I really like getting input.  Sometimes they post it and sometimes I get an email - especial if they think it looks like s**t. I'm learning and appreciate the input.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 08, 2019, 03:34:36 PM
I took a few pictures, yesterday, of the Eagles Nest area of the layout where my current build project will be planted.  I'm making a few track work changes in preparation for the builds and wanted to have some pictures on the iPad to use for sketching. Since they were here I thought I would post a few - it is a build thread.  This is the view from the Eagles Nest.  The hole you see in the foreground is for the pit on the Foundry and Fox Run Builds. The next two builds along this line will be Swakhammer's and G. Wilikers FSM kits. There will be 3 or 4 more builds in the area near the Roundhouse.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-081219152758.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 08, 2019, 03:40:37 PM
I also, cleared and area for the Station and Freight depot in the front of this area. This will also require a few track routing changes.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-081219152732.jpeg)


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-081219152652.jpeg)


I never know what I will find when I cut into this benchwork.  The writing you see on the plywood is from my previous layout. You can also see the junction between the old and new benchwork made during one of the expansions a few years ago.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on December 08, 2019, 04:03:04 PM
Hey John:

Wow!!! Everything looks just great. Who's roundhouse is that. It's very cool.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 08, 2019, 07:59:32 PM
Hey John:

Wow!!! Everything looks just great. Who's roundhouse is that. It's very cool.

Karl


Hi Karl


The Stone Roundhouse is from one of Bob VanGelder's Stone Roundhouse castings that George Sellios gave me. If you want to read all the details of the build I chronicled the build in Volume 1 of this build thread. It starts on page 7 and goes for a long time - that was a big build. The locomotive works started with the same seed castings.


http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=49.90 (http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=49.90)


I plan to start a similar build of Bob's Brick Roundhouse next year that will reside in Superior Yard - the new section of my layout. The new one will be bigger than what I did for the Stone Roundhouse.  I'm looking forward to that build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 01:13:23 PM
Progress picture of the Swakhammer's build. Window and door castings are in the main building. Next up roof supports and roof cards.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-101219131037.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 01:14:28 PM
Progress picture of the Fox Run build.  Roof is on the main building. Next up roof rafters. Lots of them.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 01:14:48 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on December 10, 2019, 02:42:09 PM
Looks great John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on December 10, 2019, 02:52:18 PM
John,

Oh yea, Mikey likes it a lot! Gold Stars AAA++.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 03:39:41 PM
Looks great John.


Curt


Thank you for the positive comments. Making progress.

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 03:40:19 PM
John,

Oh yea, Mikey likes it a lot! Gold Stars AAA++.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you to you and Mikey, too. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 10, 2019, 03:45:48 PM
A topic for discussion: Foundations - most kit manufactures don't provide for buildings setting on foundations. Clapboard just doesn't go all the way to the ground.  :-[  I just spent an hour looking at pictures and coming up with a plan that will hid the fact that these two builds do not have foundations under them.  George did cover 80% of the clapboard at the base with loading docks, etc. for the main buildings and I'm going to add a foundation to the out buildings. What do you do on your builds?
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on December 10, 2019, 04:08:35 PM
If I'm scratchbuilding, I explicitly consider a foundation.  Usually, but not always, I'll add one and make sure if there's wood siding, the siding overhangs.  (I didn't do that on my most recent big wood structure, the 'mill valley' warehouse.)  I also have added foundations to kits (most notably in my latest 'Bisgeier Tool' build where I added a brick foundation under the board-and-batten ell.)

Whether or not I do a foundation, I'll weather the base of the building to add mud splashes, mildew, etc.  That helps tie the building into the ground.

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jerryrbeach on December 10, 2019, 04:29:28 PM
John,

I add a foundation to my builds in a couple different ways.  Most of the time I cut a solid foundation from either 1/8" Masonite or 1/4" paneling scraps.  I have also used 1/8" or larger strip wood, mitering the corners if I am going to paint the foundation to look like concrete.  Most of the time I use either embossed plastic sheets of stone or bricks to cover the foundation.  Other times I will use printed paper stone or the Micromark self adhesive stone to cover the foundation. 

IMO buildings that lack a foundation are difficult to place realistically on a layout.  There is either a gap under the structure where it meets the ground, or the lower clapboards end up being buried in the dirt. 

I plan the what I will use for the foundation prior to starting the build and adjust the measurements for any loading docks, porches, steps, etc., accordingly.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on December 10, 2019, 10:50:42 PM
Hi John.

I've been considering your topic for discussion all day.  Firstly

Quote
Clapboard just doesn't go all the way to the ground.

This should be true but it really isn't.  I have seen multiple examples of timber going all the way to the ground - especially in old houses and especially on hills.  I was once at my friends old house (on the flat) and went out the back door from the wash house and had to step up to the concrete patio outside.  You opened the door inwards and there was 6" of concrete!  Surely it will rot you say - yes.

Often timber structures are built on piles - the same as a deck - and in such cases timber often goes all the way to the ground - almost - and inch (which would be almost invisible in Ho scale) is all that is required to let airflow (and vermin) under your building.  Below is a nice example taken from my inspirational walks around Lyttelton.  Yes - it is corrugated iron, but it is still fraught with the same problems and I'm sure similar examples in timber could be found.  Behind the iron there is no doubt untreaded timber framework, below the exterior ground level.  Inside that timber framework is no doubt dozy and the unpleasant smell of rot is in the air.

Baring this in mind I sometimes put foundations on my structures (always pre-planned and usually from Wills plasticard brick or block, sometimes my own plaster castings of concrete formers) and sometimes don't.  As mentioned, the timber frame of the structure typically sits flush with the floor/ foundation and the cladding sits proud of this by 2"ish.  Putting a foundation proud of the cladding will look wrong (although I'm sure there will be examples out there).

We do love to age our structures and pry off clapboards - here is a perfect candidate for some rot from the bottom up!

An interesting topic, John.  I'd suggest starting a thread on it but it would invariably turn into a nail hole debate.  I'm surprised it hasn't already!  Woops! I shouldn't have said that should I...

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on December 11, 2019, 12:25:18 AM
Considering your yellow paint considerations this photo is rather apt in another way!  Just look at that yellow glow - in the prototype!  And the clash with that green!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 11, 2019, 08:57:46 AM
Dave, Jerry and Mark


Great discussion on the foundations issue. I always add them on my scratch builds, I know there are prototypes without them, but in this part of the country you will end up with water running in the building from snow melt, if you don't have them.  Most of them are 12 to 18 inches high. My rule of thumb for the S&S RR is going to be if you can hide the fact that their not there (with a loading dock, bush, or other natural looking view block) then I will not add them to the kits. If  you can see foundation area of the structure I'm going to add them, if at all possible. I need to do a little project and look ahead at my build schedule and see where that will be needed and what has to be done to add them.  I do like the looks of the paper material sold by Micro Mart for foundations.  I also bought some extra Monster Model Works stone and brick walls that I plan on using for foundations.  I sure wish that someone would take over making the laser cut walls from Monster Model Works.


Mark that is sure one colorful scene in the picture you posted.  ;)


     
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 12, 2019, 09:23:12 PM
I started assembling the building pieces for Swakhammers - it took a pretty goofy setup to get a tight glue joint between the two clapboard sections of the main building.




(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-121219211127.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 14, 2019, 08:54:06 PM
Update: Today, I added more subassemblies and roof cards to the Swakhammer build. Also, made considerable progress on my track rerouting in the Eagles Nest Yard to make room for a Brownsville Depot build in my future. I'll take some pictures of the site when I get a little further along.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-141219205222.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on December 15, 2019, 09:51:16 AM
Very nice John
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Oldguy on December 15, 2019, 11:59:25 AM
Just getting caught up. What % alcohol did you use for the chalk painting?  I've tried it, but all my alcohol evaporated before I could do anything.
Foundations.  I'm with you on them, but with a caveat.  As long as the ground slopes away, it should be good.  On my Monster Model Works build, I didn't catch the lack of a foundation to the office section, until it was too late.


 On the other hand, I found that if the main floor is raised, just by adding a block or stone overlay will give you a foundation.
Here are two examples of wood siding being placed directly on the ground.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on December 15, 2019, 01:40:35 PM
I'm not sure if those post foundations were widely used in cold climates.  Certainly that floor would be very cold in the winter!!  Kiss your pipes good-bye!  ;)


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 15, 2019, 09:35:40 PM
Very nice John


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 15, 2019, 09:42:10 PM
Just getting caught up. What % alcohol did you use for the chalk painting?  I've tried it, but all my alcohol evaporated before I could do anything.
Foundations.  I'm with you on them, but with a caveat.  As long as the ground slopes away, it should be good.  On my Monster Model Works build, I didn't catch the lack of a foundation to the office section, until it was too late.


 On the other hand, I found that if the main floor is raised, just by adding a block or stone overlay will give you a foundation.
Here are two examples of wood siding being placed directly on the ground.


Hi Bob


Thank you for following the build thread. I use 90% alcohol that I buy from my local drug store.  I just add a squirt or two to the chalk as it gets dried out and keep on painting.


I think the foundation issue is a local building code issue. Where I live a building would only last a few years with out a foundation because of the snow melt. As the snow melts the water would seep into the building. In the South you could probably get away with wood on the ground - except I would be worried about termites.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 15, 2019, 09:44:35 PM
I'm not sure if those post foundations were widely used in cold climates.  Certainly that floor would be very cold in the winter!!  Kiss your pipes good-bye!  ;)


dave


Dave



All good points.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jbvb on December 16, 2019, 06:48:52 PM
Many houses and commercial structures' foundations only extend 6-8" above the ground for at least part of the building - makes access much easier.  If it's that close, you can't see what the foundation is made of without getting down on your knees, unless the owner has just mowed the lawn.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 17, 2019, 07:27:34 AM
Many houses and commercial structures' foundations only extend 6-8" above the ground for at least part of the building - makes access much easier.  If it's that close, you can't see what the foundation is made of without getting down on your knees, unless the owner has just mowed the lawn.


James

Thank you for your comments on foundations.  I'm coming to the conclusion that foundation type and specifications really depends on the area you are modeling. The old rule of you can find a prototype for anything really seems to apply here.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 18, 2019, 01:58:30 PM
Here are a few pictures of the track work changes that I'm making.  I also brought the Fox Run and Swakhammer builds back to the layout for a test fit before I glue the main buildings down on the baseboards.


The outline for the Brownsville depot has been added with a sharpe.

(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-181219135618.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 18, 2019, 02:01:32 PM
A few more pictures for reference.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-181219135651.jpeg)


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-181219135725.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on December 18, 2019, 02:15:23 PM
Hey John:

All I can say is WOW!!!! great job on all the kits and putting them in place on the RR. Keep the great photos coming. Like the way you are setting up Sewel's and Dakota Maid Flour.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on December 18, 2019, 03:24:02 PM
John,

Wow, indeed. It all looks fantastic.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on December 18, 2019, 03:26:44 PM
Nice work John there going to add a lot to the area.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: jimmillho on December 18, 2019, 07:23:48 PM
Looks great John.

Jim
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 18, 2019, 09:06:38 PM
Hey John:

All I can say is WOW!!!! great job on all the kits and putting them in place on the RR. Keep the great photos coming. Like the way you are setting up Sewel's and Dakota Maid Flour.

Karl




Karl


Thank you for the kind words. This area is starting to take shape.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 18, 2019, 09:07:16 PM
John,

Wow, indeed. It all looks fantastic.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you my friend.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on December 18, 2019, 09:29:26 PM
Awesome John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 19, 2019, 08:02:28 AM
Awesome John.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 22, 2019, 07:46:50 PM
The crew at the Superior & Seattle Railroad would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!




 I will be getting the camera out for my annual - what's new pictures - in late January, after the main line changes that I'm making.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 30, 2019, 10:45:03 PM
I got back to the layout for a little while this afternoon. I'm developing a way to add the tortoise machines from the top of the layout benchwork rather than from the bottom like most traditional installations. I took some pictures this evening of the process that I'm using and will try to get them posted, tomorrow. It's good to be back working on the railroad.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on December 31, 2019, 07:52:25 AM
Hey John:

Like I said I really love what you are doing with your RR. Looks just beautiful.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on December 31, 2019, 09:13:36 AM
Hey John:

Like I said I really love what you are doing with your RR. Looks just beautiful.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for the kind words and for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:11:18 PM
Happy New Year! I started to post a few pictures of the new track work that is going in the town of Sellios before my holiday/take care of mom break.  I'm basically raising the mainline 3/4 of a inch to give me more options with elevation changes in this area.  To make tortoise switch machines easier to install I'm cutting a hole through all the layers of benchwork in this area and attaching the tortoise machine to the top 3/4 inch thick board.  The sections are put in with screws so I could remove the section and replace the switch machine if needed, later on. Here are a few pictures that show what I'm doing.


First the turnout location is established and a section of the benchwork is cut out.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-301219223539.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:12:52 PM
I cut a clearance hole underneath the 3/4 inch mainline benchwork.




(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120201003.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:14:03 PM
I'm cutting through a lot of layers of history. The benchwork from my first layout extends through this area.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:15:42 PM
The tortoise machine is then attached. Wires added. and then screwed in place.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120202206.jpeg)





(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-301219223327.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:17:23 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-301219223411.jpeg)


A cut is made through the cork roadbed at the joint line.  Once everything is in place I make sure everything is smooth using the belt grinder.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:25:12 PM
Here are a few overview progress photographs of the area I'm changing.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120201848.jpeg)


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120201915.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:26:16 PM
The ramp back down on the other side of town.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120201955.jpeg)




(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120202026.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:27:37 PM
There is going to be a river flowing through this area and I pulled out the information from Brett on his new kit to make sure I had enough room if I decided to plant it here.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120202055.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:28:46 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120202117.jpeg)


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120202140.jpeg)



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:31:02 PM
And finally, for tonights progress report.  The rafter ends are going on the structures for Swakhammer's and Fox Run. Hundreds of rafter ends. ::)


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-010120203038.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:33:49 PM
As we start out the new year on the S&S RR, I have three structure builds going and the mainline benchwork changes project. The Swakhammer build and the Fox Run build, and the third structure build is my challenge build for 2020 the FSM coal tower number 145.  Here is a link to the build thread.


http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=4874.msg132180;topicseen#new (http://www.modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=4874.msg132180;topicseen#new)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 01, 2020, 08:37:10 PM
The plan is to start the brick roundhouse for the Superior Yard when I have completed the Fox Run and Swakhammer builds. It's going to be a busy winter.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Bruce Oberleitner on January 02, 2020, 12:03:06 AM
Looking Good John. 

I sure wish I lived closer so I could come see your layout in person.  It looks awesome!

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on January 02, 2020, 08:25:27 AM
Looks great John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 02, 2020, 08:30:56 AM
Looking Good John. 

I sure wish I lived closer so I could come see your layout in person.  It looks awesome!

 ;D ;D ;D




Bruce


Thank you for following the thread and if you are ever in this part of the country I would love to have you visit the S&S RR.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 02, 2020, 08:31:15 AM
Looks great John.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 08:36:45 AM
Update: Slow progress the last couple weeks, when I can get in the train room I have been adding rafter ends to the Swakhammer and Fox Run builds. I'm hoping to get more time for the layout later next week.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:23:31 PM
The shipping and receiving department on the S&S RR just informed me that we have a very special delivery from Mr. Bob Butts.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122023.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:32:54 PM
I took pictures as I unboxed the build, so we could see how the packaging did for protecting the precious cargo. Bob shipped the package through UPS. The great news is it arrived without damage! The following pictures show how Bob packaged it.  Let me know if you have any questions.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122450.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:33:30 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122540.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:34:48 PM
Bob made a 1/2 thick foam core board box that was basically a box inside a box with bubble wrap in-between.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122629.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:35:16 PM
The inside box.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:36:01 PM



First look!



(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122739.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:36:33 PM
Removing the sides from the inner box.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122812.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:36:53 PM
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120122846.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 12:37:52 PM
Bob


Thank you so much for contributing your talents to the S&S RR.  I will try to post some pictures of the build on the layout latter in the day.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Bruce Oberleitner on January 04, 2020, 12:51:19 PM
OMG!
That is just beautiful!  What a cool looking model.

 ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Rail and Tie on January 04, 2020, 12:56:30 PM
Jeez!. I thought you got a giant finger shipped to you LOL!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: sdrees on January 04, 2020, 01:01:34 PM
You are such a lucky guy to receive this fantastic structure.  Now Bob Butts owns real estate on the Superior & Seattle Railroad.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on January 04, 2020, 01:47:59 PM
Great day, John!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on January 04, 2020, 04:09:00 PM
Glad to see the structure made it undamaged!  Good job packing, Bob B!!


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:21:54 PM
OMG!
That is just beautiful!  What a cool looking model.

 ::) ::) ::)





Bruce


It sure is! Thank you for following the S&S RR build thread.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:23:21 PM
Jeez!. I thought you got a giant finger shipped to you LOL!


Darryl


Who ever posed for that hand shot was no modeler. It would take hours in photo shop to make my hands look like that.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:25:23 PM
You are such a lucky guy to receive this fantastic structure.  Now Bob Butts owns real estate on the Superior & Seattle Railroad.


I sure am a lucky guy and yes - Bob now owns a city block of the town of Sellios on the S&S RR. I placed the build in the approximate location and took some pictures.  I will get them posted soon.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:25:54 PM
Great day, John!

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Yes it is.  Thank you for stopping by.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:27:14 PM
Glad to see the structure made it undamaged!  Good job packing, Bob B!!


dave


Bob did do an excellent job of packing.  And an even better job of building the kit.  Thanks again Bob.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 04:36:12 PM
Here is a quick overview shot of the location where "Bob's" Avram's build will be located. There will be a number of structures behind it in the pink foam area.  The exact structures and elevation change is in the planning stage, but I know that a modified version of Baxter's Lumber Supply will be located between Avram's and Vogel's Machine shop up on the hill. This will be the East end of the town of Sellios a sister town to VanGelder on the South side of the river. If you slide over on the picture you can see the location I have picked for the C.C. Crow church that I built for the challenge a couple years ago. It will be right next to the river.


(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040120162838.jpeg)



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 04, 2020, 05:05:37 PM
Hey John:

Looks really great keep the photo coming.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on January 04, 2020, 05:51:26 PM
Beautiful modeling from Bob.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 05:51:46 PM
Hey John:

Looks really great keep the photo coming.

Karl


Karl


Thank you, I took some detail pictures that I will get posted as soon as possible. The glue is drying on the two small repairs that I needed to make - one lamp post down, and one brace on the sign let loose. The model traveled remarkably well. Bob sent along some details that I will add as soon as I get the final placement determined.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ReadingBob on January 04, 2020, 05:52:12 PM
Whew..... 

I'm very happy to see it survived the trip!   :D  :D  :D  I'm honored to now have a build on John's layout.  I'm lucky to have several friends who have wonderful layouts so the stuff I build can be enjoyed by someone rather than stashed away on a shelf in my garage.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!  I really appreciate them! 

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 05:52:46 PM
Beautiful modeling from Bob.


It sure is Curt. I'm very excited to add it to the RR.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 05:54:59 PM
Whew..... 

I'm very happy to see it survived the trip!   :D :D :D  I'm honored to now have a build on John's layout.  I'm lucky to have several friends who have wonderful layouts so the stuff I build can be enjoyed by someone rather than stashed away on a shelf in my garage.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!  I really appreciate them!


Thank you Bob!


One question - I found a pipe loose in the box - you can see it in the picture on the front corner - laying in the street.  Any idea where it came from? I will have some close up pictures later where you can see it better.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ReadingBob on January 04, 2020, 05:58:05 PM
Whew..... 

I'm very happy to see it survived the trip!   :D :D :D  I'm honored to now have a build on John's layout.  I'm lucky to have several friends who have wonderful layouts so the stuff I build can be enjoyed by someone rather than stashed away on a shelf in my garage.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!  I really appreciate them!


Thank you Bob!


One question - I found a pipe loose in the box - you can see it in the picture on the front corner - laying in the street.  Any idea where it came from? I will have some close up pictures later where you can see it better.

Yes.  That's one of the two pipes that come out of the building an drop down into the, no longer use, water tank in the rear of the building.  Per the instructions I only spot glued them onto the wall of the building.  In hindsight I should have drilled a hole in the wall for each and glued them in the hole. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ReadingBob on January 04, 2020, 06:00:07 PM
Here you go.  I found a picture of the pipes in place.
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/56-290919113146-405341009.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2020, 06:34:55 PM
Here you go.  I found a picture of the pipes in place.
(http://www.modelersforum.com/gallery/56-290919113146-405341009.jpeg)


Bob



That's it.  I found one, so I have one MIA pipe.  I kept all the packaging so I will look for it. Easy to replace if I can't find it. Thank you.






Update: I went through the packaging and found the second pipe so all parts are accounted for.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 05, 2020, 02:43:19 PM
Here are a couple more photographs that I took of my test fit of the Avram's build.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-050120144025.jpeg)


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-050120144110.jpeg)



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 06, 2020, 12:18:46 PM
The picture above is the corner of Butts and Main, in the town of Sellios, on the S&S RR. I fixed the three shipping damage issues just after I took the pictures.  Bob sure did an amazing job on this build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ReadingBob on January 06, 2020, 01:02:41 PM
Believe it or not there's an Eileen Butts Street in Ormond Beach, FL.  That's my wife's name.   ;D  We need to go over there someday and take a picture of her standing next to one of the street signs.

I'm certainly glad the damage was minimal.  It must have gotten tossed around a bit to shake some of those things loose.   :o
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on January 06, 2020, 01:40:07 PM
John,

It looks fantastic on the S&S RR.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 06, 2020, 01:49:20 PM
Believe it or not there's an Eileen Butts Street in Ormond Beach, FL.  That's my wife's name.   ;D  We need to go over there someday and take a picture of her standing next to one of the street signs.

I'm certainly glad the damage was minimal.  It must have gotten tossed around a bit to shake some of those things loose.   :o


Bob


I hope you and your wife make it up here so I can take your picture at the corner of Butts and Main.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 06, 2020, 01:50:22 PM
John,

It looks fantastic on the S&S RR.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you, as you know Bob does great work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 08, 2020, 01:17:13 PM
I finished gluing on the rafter ends for the main building of the Swakhammer build. Final inspection, trimming, and touch up staining and I will be read to start adding the roofing.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-080120131529.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 08, 2020, 01:17:33 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-080120131054.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 08, 2020, 01:18:46 PM
Next up, rafter ends and cupolas on the Stone portion of the Swakhammer building.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 08, 2020, 02:24:00 PM
Hey John:

Both kits look just great. Love the colors. you glue your roofs down before adding the shingles. I do my shingles while the roofs are flat on the work bench. I find it much easier that way.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 08, 2020, 05:09:18 PM
Hey John:

Both kits look just great. Love the colors. you glue your roofs down before adding the shingles. I do my shingles while the roofs are flat on the work bench. I find it much easier that way.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for the kind words. I just dry brushed the dark brown windows on the Swakhammer build with some titanium white and I think they look a lot better. I'll post some pictures.


As for shingles going on after the roof card is glued down or flat on the table - I have done it both ways.  I guess I like adding them better after the roof card is glued on because that's the way I have been doing it the last few years.  I can't think of any good reasons for one way or the other. I guess I like dealing with the seam lines on the roof like you would do it on the prototype.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 09, 2020, 08:12:37 PM
Today, I got the rafter ends on the Stone Building of Swakhammers.  Next up is the roofing materials.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-090120200759.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on January 09, 2020, 08:15:22 PM
I love the way it came out John.........Dennis
P.S I hope mom's doing better?
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 09, 2020, 08:28:03 PM
I love the way it came out John.........Dennis
P.S I hope mom's doing better?


Dennis


Thank you for the kind words.  Mom is doing better, thank you for asking.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on January 10, 2020, 10:02:58 AM
Looking good John.


Hope your Mom is feeling better.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Bruce Oberleitner on January 10, 2020, 11:45:28 AM
Hi John,
Nice looking build on the Swakhammers kit.  Like everyone else, I like the colors you chosen to use on the structure.

 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 10, 2020, 02:33:40 PM
Looking good John.


Hope your Mom is feeling better.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words and thinking about my mom.  She is doing better - she is 87 in March so we need to keep a close eye on her.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 10, 2020, 02:35:11 PM
Hi John,
Nice looking build on the Swakhammers kit.  Like everyone else, I like the colors you chosen to use on the structure.

 8) 8) 8)


Bruce


Thank you for the kind words and for following along. I just took a break from adding roofing materials to check the forum. I was thinking about George Sellios and wondering if there was an update.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 10, 2020, 08:08:28 PM
The roofing has started on the Swakhammer's build.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-100120200649.jpeg)




(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-100120200712.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 10, 2020, 08:10:53 PM
You can see the difference the dry brushing with titanium white chalk made for the window and door castings.  The lighting is not good for the iPhone photographs - better pictures when I'm finished with the roofing.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 11, 2020, 08:21:17 AM
Hey John:

The roof is looking just great. We all have our own methods.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 11, 2020, 11:15:46 AM
Hey John:

The roof is looking just great. We all have our own methods.

Karl
Karl


Thank you for the complements - yes we all trend towards what works for us. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 11, 2020, 07:59:19 PM
Today, I applied the metal roofing to the Stone portion of the Swakhammer's build. I'm letting it dry overnight and then I will start the coloring process.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110120195623.jpeg)



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 11, 2020, 08:02:23 PM
Another little project, today - I made strip wood test samples for each of the Hunterline Stains in my stash.  I wanted a quick way to make color choices. I will just add new sample sticks as I add colors to my collection.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-110120195510.jpeg)


Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 11, 2020, 08:07:41 PM
The white roof on the pictures above really messed up my iPhone picture settings - the walls are no where near as dark as they appear in the pictures.  It will be interesting to see what the phone camera does once the roof is colored.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on January 12, 2020, 12:23:45 PM
John, stick a piece of white cardboard somewhere in the picture (next to the building, etc) next time.  Then you can use most photo correction software to set the "white balance" on that piece of card.

The problem is that cameras want by default to set the median color to 18% grey, if I remember my photo correction theory correctly.

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 12, 2020, 09:03:10 PM
John, stick a piece of white cardboard somewhere in the picture (next to the building, etc) next time.  Then you can use most photo correction software to set the "white balance" on that piece of card.

The problem is that cameras want by default to set the median color to 18% grey, if I remember my photo correction theory correctly.

dave


Dave


Thank you for the tip.  Every once in a while the iPhones really find a way to mess up the exposer and they always tend to make colors brighter than reality. I usually post process my pictures to tone them down when I'm taking pictures of models.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 13, 2020, 08:13:02 AM
Hey John:

It's coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the colors on this roof.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:47:55 AM
Hey John:

It's coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the colors on this roof.

Karl


Thank you Karl.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:48:36 AM
Here is a little better picture of the stone part of the structure with the white metal roofing.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130120104222.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:50:16 AM
I also got a good start on the shingles on the other part of the main structure.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130120104252.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:50:42 AM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130120104332.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:51:10 AM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130120104403.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 10:52:50 AM
I also got started on the LED lighting.  I'm installing an arc welding simulator in the stone building.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-130120104437.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on January 13, 2020, 11:17:06 AM
Very nice John.  The last picture the stonework is beautiful.
And the shingles aren't to shabby either!!


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on January 13, 2020, 12:39:20 PM
I -really miss- the Paper Creek line.  I wish that had continued after the original owner/creator got sick.

dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 05:15:36 PM
Very nice John.  The last picture the stonework is beautiful.
And the shingles aren't to shabby either!!


Jerry




Jerry


Thank you, I think it will all look better after the dry brushing and detailing, but I'm happy with it at this point.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 13, 2020, 05:19:41 PM
I -really miss- the Paper Creek line.  I wish that had continued after the original owner/creator got sick.

dave


Yes - another thing I wish I would have bought more of when I could.  I'm getting close to the end of my supply.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 14, 2020, 07:28:06 AM
Here is a photograph of the work that is going on in the future site of the town of Sellios.  I'm raising the mainline through town by 3/4 of inch. I'm also creating some negative elevation change by cutting through the benchwork from my original layout. The river bed has been lowered by 1 1/2 inches. A water tight base board will be attached underneath to form the riverbed.  I will be able to have elevation changes throughout the town of 6 1/2 inches.  I think it's going to make things a lot more interesting. Each of the 3/4 inch plywood building site bases that you see is removable, so it can go to the workbench for construction. The elevation can be adjusted by shims resting on the original layout benchwork you see along the bank of the riverbed. As the design progresses, I will post some of the pictures I have marked up on my iPad.  I think I enjoy the design aspect of this as much as the build.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-140120072228.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: ACL1504 on January 14, 2020, 07:38:41 AM
John,

The town of Sellios will be interesting with the elevation changes. The raised roadbed is a great idea and change. Great stuff here my friend.

Tom  ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 14, 2020, 01:29:20 PM
John,

The town of Sellios will be interesting with the elevation changes. The raised roadbed is a great idea and change. Great stuff here my friend.

Tom  ;D


Tom


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  I'm really enjoying the design process.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on January 14, 2020, 04:29:42 PM
Really coming along nicely John!
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 15, 2020, 07:32:58 AM
Really coming along nicely John!


Mark


Thank you for the kind words and for following along. I hope to make some more progress, today.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 08:32:43 AM
It's good to see the pictures back in this thread! I will try to post some updates later today.  It looks like Jimmy still has the gallery turned off so I will try posting directly and see if I can get good results. Stay tuned. Jimmy good luck in finding out what has been causing our data base problems.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 08:52:27 AM
Yesterday, I completed the roofing process on the main structures for Swakhammers.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 08:54:23 AM
The post above is using my MacBook Pro - you have to click on the picture to see any detail. This is the reason I have always used the gallery to post my pictures.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on January 16, 2020, 03:40:27 PM
Nice roof John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 04:38:03 PM
Nice roof John.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 07:55:53 PM
I have also been working on the mainline in the town of Sellios, getting ready to plant the wonderful Avram's build from Bob Butts.  Here are a few progress pictures.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 07:57:20 PM
The hole has been cut for the baseboard that Bob used.  Now I need to do some shimming to get the track at the correct level to match my new track level.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 07:58:41 PM
The plant location for Avram's.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 16, 2020, 08:00:03 PM
An overall view of the space that will become the town of Sellios.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on January 17, 2020, 09:14:17 AM
John the pictures are great.


Nice job on that roof.


And the town of Sellios is shaping up nicely.


Looking forward to new developments in the town.  As always beautiful work.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 17, 2020, 12:55:06 PM
John the pictures are great.


Nice job on that roof.


And the town of Sellios is shaping up nicely.


Looking forward to new developments in the town.  As always beautiful work.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for the kind words and for following along. My plan is to complete the structures and scenery for the Eagles Nest Yard, and then start working on more of the structures for Sellios. I do plan on a Brick Roundhouse build for the Superior Yard after I complete what is on my workbench.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 17, 2020, 12:56:19 PM
For the past couple of days I have been taking progress pictures but I'm hold off posting until I get the green light from Jimmy on the forum repairs.  How is it going Jimmy?
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 19, 2020, 09:18:16 AM
Update: It looks like Jimmy turned the gallery back on but I'm still having issues.  I can add pictures to the gallery but when I try to display them I only get about 1/3 of the page.  The blowup of the picture and the BB code that I cut and paste into my threads for the pictures is not showing up. More help please, Jimmy!


My 2 cents on the database error is that it seemed to go away for me on my iPad and iPhone with the latest upgrade to the operating system. I have never had a problem with my MacBook Pro.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 20, 2020, 09:01:58 PM
The Gallery is back - Thank you Jimmy!



(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-180120142632.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 20, 2020, 09:04:24 PM
The picture above is a progress picture on the Swankhammer's build that I had loaded in the Gallery.  I will update the thread and get caught up in the next few days. Thank you Jimmy for all the hard work you do keeping the forum going. I will sleep better knowing we have the gallery back. ;D
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:11:24 PM
Update:  It's been a week or so since I have actually updated this thread. First, the track work changes for the town of Sellios and planting the Avram's Bakery build that Bob Butts built for the S&S RR.


It all got started like this - a true build thread progress picture.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120104325.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:15:13 PM
The changes accomplished four things, raised the mainline track level 3/4 of inch. widened the river and lowered the river level 1 and 1/2 inches, changed the path of the river, and planted the Bob Butts Avram's Bakery build.




(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120104740.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:17:40 PM
Establishing the level for the Avram's build is easy. I just remove the baseboard in that area and shim it to the 2x4 frame to establish the correct level for the siding track.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120104855.jpeg)



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:18:29 PM
Add a few holes for the LED wires.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120105000.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:22:56 PM
Levels corrected, just need to screw everything down and add the cork roadbed and track.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120152138.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:25:27 PM
Each of the builds that will make up the town of Sellios will be added in the same way. I can now add negative elevation or go up from the mainline as required.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:32:25 PM
This change in the mainline also allows me to put the tortoise machines in from the top as I mentioned earlier in this thread.  Here is another installation - so much easier than climbing underneath the layout to install them from underneath. I just cover the hole with a piece of cardboard and add the sand and ballast.  A picture shows me where to find the screws if I need to replace the turnout or the tortoise machine in the future.  In most cases I could get at the tortoise machine from underneath, if necessary.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120110712.jpeg)




Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:37:02 PM
I also made some progress with the Swakhammer's (now Grandpa John after my dad) Welding build.  Here is were I'm at today.  I need to go back and see if I need to add some progress pictures. The main structure has been added to the baseboard and I'm ready to start adding all those wonderful details.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120105104.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 03:43:06 PM
Here is a picture of the LED installation just before I added the structures to the baseboard.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120154202.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 04:53:57 PM
A couple different angles of the main structures. These are my markup photos before I start the detailing work.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120164050.jpeg)


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-210120164012.jpeg)




Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on January 21, 2020, 06:28:22 PM
I find that an 'oscillating saw' (this is the one I have:  https://www.amazon.com/Rockwell-RK5151K-Sonicrafter-Oscillating-Oscillation/dp/B01HD4EQTG ) is proving to be a great tool for working on the layout.  Today I used mine to cut a hole in the splines to drop in a coal pit.   They work well in close quarters and cut through just about everything (including screws/nails) pretty effortlessly. 


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 21, 2020, 07:34:38 PM
I find that an 'oscillating saw' (this is the one I have:  https://www.amazon.com/Rockwell-RK5151K-Sonicrafter-Oscillating-Oscillation/dp/B01HD4EQTG (https://www.amazon.com/Rockwell-RK5151K-Sonicrafter-Oscillating-Oscillation/dp/B01HD4EQTG) ) is proving to be a great tool for working on the layout.  Today I used mine to cut a hole in the splines to drop in a coal pit.   They work well in close quarters and cut through just about everything (including screws/nails) pretty effortlessly. 


dave


Dave


That is a good idea. It is actually one tool I don't own.  Especially for making modifications like I'm doing now.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on January 21, 2020, 09:01:05 PM
John, What is the size of your layout and the main line height? Thanks Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: FandSM Engineer on January 21, 2020, 09:29:55 PM
John, What is the size of your layout and the main line height? Thanks Dennis

Dennis

My layout started in a room that was 20 feet by 20 feet (Phase I), then came phase II  and III another 20 feet by 40 feet. Then this summer I added another 20 by 20 feet (Phase IV - the Superior Yard). So I guess that makes 1600 square feet but my workshop is part of that space. The basement is a little over 2600 square feet but I will not have another expansion until what I have started is complete.  As for the height, it's a mountain layout so there is a lot of elevation change - the lowest mainline is at 46 inches and the highest mainline is at 57 inches off the floor.  There is a Narrow Gauge Branchline at a maximum of 64 inches off the floor.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on January 21, 2020, 10:32:42 PM
WOW!!!!! Thank you sir........Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 22, 2020, 10:38:30 AM
WOW!!!!! Thank you sir........Dennis


Dennis


I have a lot of structure builds and scenery work ahead of me to get this done.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on January 22, 2020, 03:30:44 PM
John, It's a great looking layout and I hope to do a build with you as soon as I can get this thing building. Dennis
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 07:12:39 AM
John, It's a great looking layout and I hope to do a build with you as soon as I can get this thing building. Dennis


Dennis


I'm looking forward to seeing your layout start to come together. Remember that it's a long journey and you need to enjoy all the steps.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 11:19:38 AM
Here is a panorama view of the site for the town of Sellios and the sister town of VanGelder (south side of the river).
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 11:22:34 AM
Test of large picture setting



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 11:27:27 AM
The three pictures above are posted with my iPad using the small, medium, and large picture settings in photos. I will be using the large so you can see some detail when you click on the picture to blow it up. I think the gallery is a much better way to post pictures - if you want to take the small amount of time it takes to load the pictures in the gallery.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 08:42:04 PM
Update on the Swakhammer build: Starting to add the detail castings to the main structure.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 23, 2020, 08:43:35 PM
Update on the Fox Run Build: The baseboard has been moved back to my workbench in preparation for the detailing process.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 24, 2020, 09:11:48 PM
A few more details where added to the Swakhammer build, today.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 24, 2020, 09:12:05 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 25, 2020, 04:47:37 AM
Hey John:

Your build is looking just beautiful. Keep the pic coming.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 25, 2020, 07:16:56 AM
Hey John:

Your build is looking just beautiful. Keep the pic coming.

Karl


Karl


Thank you for following along and the complements. It's all about the details, many more to come.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: deemery on January 25, 2020, 07:24:11 AM
That L shaped galvanized pipe looks perfect!  How did you do that?


dave
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 25, 2020, 02:53:58 PM
That L shaped galvanized pipe looks perfect!  How did you do that?


dave


David


The galvanized piping and roof vents are all castings that were supplied with the kit.  I primed them with grey primer and then added two different shades of grey chalk - first coat is put on with alcohol to get a good coating. Then dry chalk is added over the top - two slightly different shades. I will be adding some rust highlights so they don't look like the building was just built.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 25, 2020, 07:11:27 PM
I spent most of my time today working on the mainline track changes, but I did add a few more details to the Swakhammer build.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 26, 2020, 07:12:21 PM
After working on my F&SM track side pictures thread I turned my Swakhammer's build around to add all the details to the back side. I originally was thinking about only adding the details to the front, visible to the viewer, side of the buildings. The only builds that can get away with that, now with cameras mounted in rolling stock, is the structures that are right up against the backdrop with no track work in-between. It is all about the details.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on January 26, 2020, 08:43:41 PM
Beautiful build.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 26, 2020, 09:02:49 PM
Beautiful build.


Thank you Curt.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 27, 2020, 07:55:12 PM
Update:  The back side details are going on the Swakhammer's build.  It needs to look good when the camera goes by on the mainline behind it. ;)


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 27, 2020, 07:56:03 PM
The track work is going in for the town of Sellios.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 27, 2020, 08:17:52 PM
While I'm working on track work improvements I also have a mainline shift and sidings going in for the Locomotive Works and Brownsville Depot (a build that's getting close to the top of my list), in the Eagles Nest Yard.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 27, 2020, 08:21:01 PM
I will be using servo motors to control the turnouts in this area.  The holes in the facia that you see are for the motors, a wire runs from the servo motor to the turnout.  I will take some pictures tomorrow. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 27, 2020, 08:23:36 PM
The track laying crew is limited by the number of weights I have available. I put down as much track as I have weights for and then go back to structure building. I really like going back and forth between projects. 


The phone call from George Sellios really put a spring in my step, this morning. See


http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=4952.msg133769;topicseen#new


for the details.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: DennisBourey on January 27, 2020, 09:34:21 PM
My God I can't believe this layout. Thanks my friend.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on January 28, 2020, 04:06:06 AM
Swakhammers looks awesome, John!

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 28, 2020, 09:07:34 AM
My God I can't believe this layout. Thanks my friend.


Dennis


Thank you for following along and the kind words. I have a lot of work to do before it will start getting that finished look.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 28, 2020, 09:12:17 AM
Swakhammers looks awesome, John!

Cheers, Mark.


Mark


Thank you for the complement. It's getting there with the detailing - a lot of detailing work to go.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on January 28, 2020, 05:56:33 PM
Hey John:

the model and the RR look just great. Like how you did the roof details on the kit.

Karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: vinceg on January 28, 2020, 06:35:17 PM
Dang, John,

I gotta find a way to do a road trip over to your neck of the woods. Love the work you're doing. Maybe a weekend getaway that includes a visit to the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village or something. Thx for sharing.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 28, 2020, 07:18:33 PM
Dang, John,

I gotta find a way to do a road trip over to your neck of the woods. Love the work you're doing. Maybe a weekend getaway that includes a visit to the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village or something. Thx for sharing.


Vince


Thank you for the kind words and I would love to have you visit.  The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village have a lot of railroad history displays.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on January 31, 2020, 05:00:00 PM
Update: I decided to concentrate on my track work changes for the next few days to try and get everything running again. I may have some visitors in February and want to have the layout in a unable state. It just means that the structure builds will be on the back burner for a while. I will still add a piece here and there to have a sit down job. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 01, 2020, 05:58:41 PM
Update: I made a lot of progress on the track work, today. I expanded the work to change the way the sidings will work in the waterfront area of the layout.  There's always a better idea. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:22:07 PM
Today, I got the last section of track glued down for the Town of Sellios track work changes.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-020220182639-428291194.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:26:46 PM
Here is a picture from a little farther out - I get to use all the tools on this job. ;)


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:31:47 PM
In addition to the track work I'm adding all the electronics in this area.  The computer boards are going in little drawers in the facia. The turnout controls will also be located in the facia.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:33:04 PM
The electronics drawers - will be held in with four screws.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:33:54 PM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:36:03 PM
You will also notice that I added a top rail that will help protect the layout and also serve as a guardrail if anything ends up off the track.  This rail will be painted the dark green color that I used for the facia.



Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 02, 2020, 08:39:11 PM
A process picture of the track changes around the Locomotive Works.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 03, 2020, 08:08:09 PM
Update:  Today, I added about 6 sections of track and then started adding the tortoise machines that will control all of the turnouts in the new track and in the Eagles Nest Yard area.  This is going to be a big job - there are a lot of turnouts. :o
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on February 04, 2020, 12:22:35 AM
Great update John.


Just a lot to take in your coming along just fine.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Judge on February 04, 2020, 06:14:50 AM
John - I cannot help but comment.  Yellow is probably my favorite color.  You have made it blend into your scenes remarkably well.  We don't get fall colors down here in the swamp so my appreciation of what you have done is doubled.  Keep it going!  Did the GN ever have a yellow caboose? 

Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 04, 2020, 08:52:37 AM
Great update John.


Just a lot to take in your coming along just fine.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and the nice comments.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 04, 2020, 05:21:22 PM
John - I cannot help but comment.  Yellow is probably my favorite color.  You have made it blend into your scenes remarkably well.  We don't get fall colors down here in the swamp so my appreciation of what you have done is doubled.  Keep it going!  Did the GN ever have a yellow caboose?


Judge


Thank you for following along and the kind words.  I just love the fall time and especially the aspens in the mountains. In Michigan we have both the aspens and the maples and oaks to give us lots of different colors. 


As for a yellow caboose we have one on the Superior and Seattle RR. We have equipment from all the railroads that serviced the Pacific Northwest all the way to the Lake Superior country of Michigan. It turns out that the Canadian Pacific RR had a yellow caboose.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 07, 2020, 07:56:19 PM
Update:  I have spent most of the past couple of days working on the track work changes.  I walk by my workbenches and add a detail once in a while so I thought I would post and update picture of the Swakhammer build (aka Grandpa John's Welding).


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-070220195410-429552066.jpeg)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: PRR Modeler on February 08, 2020, 08:51:34 AM
Very nice John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: vinceg on February 08, 2020, 12:07:27 PM
Update:  I have spent most of the past couple of days working on the track work changes.  I walk by my workbenches and add a detail once in a while so I thought I would post and update picture of the Swakhammer build (aka Grandpa John's Welding).


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-070220195410-429552066.jpeg)

Oh yea, that's what I'm talkin' about! Vintage FSM. Great job, John.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 08, 2020, 12:50:40 PM
Very nice John.


Curt


Thank you, this is a great kit.  I have little detail assemblies under construction all over my work bench, today.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 08, 2020, 12:54:00 PM
Update:  I have spent most of the past couple of days working on the track work changes.  I walk by my workbenches and add a detail once in a while so I thought I would post and update picture of the Swakhammer build (aka Grandpa John's Welding).


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-070220195410-429552066.jpeg)

Oh yea, that's what I'm talkin' about! Vintage FSM. Great job, John.


Vince


It sure is Vintage FSM - thank you for the kind words.  I haven't even put a dent in the detail castings yet. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 09, 2020, 02:42:20 PM
Update: I have spent most of the last couple of days working on track work modifications. I will post pictures when I get it completed.  I'm still working on the structures but a few minutes at a time. I will sit at my workbench long enough to glue a few pieces together and then head back to the track work.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: MAP on February 10, 2020, 07:00:12 AM
Great progress John! 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 10, 2020, 09:00:42 PM
Great progress John!


Mark


Thank you for following along.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: NKP768 on February 13, 2020, 04:54:36 PM
Great work John

Doug
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 13, 2020, 07:24:49 PM
Great work John

Doug


Doug


Thank you for stopping by and the kind words. I have't updated in a few days - I have been making a bunch of main line track changes that I need to do for the new and improved - evolved - design. I want to get all the track back in operation before the Grandkids next visit. I plan to take some picture and mark them up with some design notes when I'm finished. 
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: mark dalrymple on February 13, 2020, 11:05:28 PM
Multitasking as usual, John!

Nice progress all round.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 14, 2020, 08:49:57 PM
Multitasking as usual, John!

Nice progress all round.

Cheers, Mark.


Hi Mark


Yes, Multitasking - it's just how I work. Thank you for stopping by the thread and the kind words.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 15, 2020, 12:08:55 PM
I took some pictures of the track work changes. I hope to get them posted tonight.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 15, 2020, 09:19:38 PM
Here is a picture of the future site of the town of Sellios after the track changes. The cornerstone of the town - Bob Butts Avrams build is in position. The town will grow around it.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: pbltrains on February 16, 2020, 01:57:02 AM
Nice work as always John.  I enjoy reading your updates.

Seth P.
Minnesota
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Janbouli on February 16, 2020, 06:12:33 AM
Can't wait to see the town taking form.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: postalkarl on February 16, 2020, 08:07:38 AM
Hey John:

WOW!!! that gonna be a beautiful scene when its done. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

karl
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Jerry on February 16, 2020, 10:38:27 AM
What a great looking start to the town.  Can't wait to see what you do with this area.


Jerry
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 16, 2020, 08:21:40 PM
Nice work as always John.  I enjoy reading your updates.

Seth P.
Minnesota


Seth


Thank you for the kind words and for following along. I sure enjoyed visiting your wonderful layout.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 16, 2020, 08:25:19 PM
Can't wait to see the town taking form.


Jan


Thank you for stopping by the thread.  This will be the next big area that I will be working on after the Eagles Nest Yard is complete.  I'm doing a lot of design work on my iPad to get ready. It will take a lot of structure builds to complete this town. The area on the South side of the river will be called VanGelder and on the North Side is Sellios.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 16, 2020, 09:57:21 PM
Hey John:

WOW!!! that gonna be a beautiful scene when its done. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

karl


Karl


This is a big area - there will be a lot of structure builds in my future to complete it.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 16, 2020, 09:58:39 PM
What a great looking start to the town.  Can't wait to see what you do with this area.


Jerry


Jerry


Thank you for following along and stay tuned - as always I will post progress pictures.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 17, 2020, 09:55:52 AM
I took some pictures for a future project and thought I would share them.  This is the Isaac's Mountain area of the layout.  The background mountains are in and I just rerouted the mainline through the area.  I'm working on some design sketches for the area when I'm traveling and a clay mockup of the area is planned to confirm the design. This will be a waterfront scene with the town "think Franklin" on the mountain side.


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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 17, 2020, 09:56:57 AM
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Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 17, 2020, 10:05:35 AM
Imagine a light house on the point, a shipyard, and structures with a switchback road up the mountainside. The highest level plateau has a narrow gauge line running through it. You can see a trestle that is installed on the far right of the first picture. It will be a couple years before we see construction in this area.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: vinceg on February 17, 2020, 06:11:12 PM
Wow, John, cheez. Shades of John Allen. Looks great. Phenomenal.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: Bruce Oberleitner on February 17, 2020, 06:59:30 PM
Wow, John, cheez. Shades of John Allen. Looks great. Phenomenal.

Can't agree more.  Amazing stuff John.  I can't wait to see what you come up with as I am sure it will be spectacular.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: sdrees on February 17, 2020, 08:23:50 PM
this will be an amazing scene when you get the buildings placed.  Nice going
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2020, 08:23:26 AM
Wow, John, cheez. Shades of John Allen. Looks great. Phenomenal.


Vince


Wow - thank you for the kind words. It was reading the book on John Allen's life that got me into the hobby so many years ago - so there has to be an influence.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2020, 08:27:36 AM
Wow, John, cheez. Shades of John Allen. Looks great. Phenomenal.

Can't agree more.  Amazing stuff John.  I can't wait to see what you come up with as I am sure it will be spectacular.


Bruce


Thank you, I never know how it is going to come out but I have a plan. There is a lot of work/ "fun" before we will see how it turns out. ;)
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2020, 08:36:21 AM
this will be an amazing scene when you get the buildings placed.  Nice going


Steve


Thank you, stay tuned and we will see how it turns out.
Title: Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
Post by: S&S RR on February 21, 2020, 06:52:14 PM
Update: Today, I spent some quality time running trains with the Grandkids. It was fun to watch my 18 month old Granddaughter get so excited about watching the trains.  Each of my Grandkids have a mountain named after them and always expect to see something new on their mountain when they visit.  Another fun way to share the hobby.