Detailing in progress

A lot of work have been done on the rockwork and on the vegetation along the line. Below you can see 2 images from different parts of the layout.


Ballasting and coloring in progress

Very little progress the last months, but finally the work with ballasting the tracks and coloring of the layout have started.

Here some images showing the work in progress:


Turntable and roundhose installed

Tonight all the tracks for the turntable and roundhouse have been installed and tested. 2 of the outside tracks will be extended later(and the 2 yard track will loose some lenght). Must also install a automatic polarity change unit un the turntable later. Have made a switch and button to control the turntable, must be placed on the fascia.

Finally all tracks are installed

Finally all tracks are installed on the new permanent layout. Last night I finished the High Line double track and 4 turnouts. Run some test on the track and everything looks great. On this part I dont use corkbed under the track. I normally like to use spikes, but here I clued all the track to the roadbed. Next step will be to paint the tracks.

Buildings for Eastside

The base for the Eastside commercial and industrial area has been installed, on top of the eastside of the station tracks, giving a good area to build Eastside.

I have started to build some mockups of the buildings to figure out how it would be and to check out the different options. I am planning to use many paperbuildings and using photos of actual buildings to create the the front of the buildings.

The 4 images, in poor IPhone, low light quality, gives you an idea of how it can be.


 

Slow progress on the new permanent empire

There have been slow progress on the new permanent layout, the empire, the last months, but some progress have been done on the mountains the last weeks. Many rock pieces have been installed and the work can soon start to blend them into the surface with some plastering. I would love to start some coloring, but think I will wait until more of the rockwork have been finished.

Zmod module in work again

2 years have gone since last time I did anything with my Zmod-module, but now in 3 week, I shall on the road again with Saguaro River and my Zmod-modules, a weekend with 2 days of exhibition.

The module have never been finished, as I started to plan and build my new permanent layout. So I need to hurry, so the new Zmod-module can run trains.

I have now wired the electrical for the internal roundtrack, and tonight I have blended in a tunnelportal and also the abutment for the big trestle. The trackbed and beams for 2 other short bridges have been installed also, only missing some abutment for this 2 bridges.  

Mountain and bridge work

 

Some work have been done to create the concrete bridge abutments.

Some mountainwork has also been done. In the left corner, the whole mountain is made by gluing foam together and the whole mountain can be lifted up so the track inside the tunnels can be checked.

 

A lot of activity finally documented

The last months I have been busy with a lot of different parts on the layout, from installing Led String Lighting for the layout, making of the fascia front, finishing trackwork and all the track wiring, including Power Distribution Panel and the conventional block switches for part of the yards to be used with traditional DC Power. Since my main power will be DCC, only a few tracks have switches.

The power is divided into several Power Districts, giving the possibility to run both DCC and DC at the same time on different part of the layout.

Near all tracks are painted and the first landscaping have started to be done.

Finally I have taken some more pictures to document the progress. Enjoy!

Read more about the Power Districts and the final as built layout drawing here.



 

 

Time for The Golden Spike Ceremony

Tonight could have been the time to celebrate The Golden Spike Ceremony on the layout. All main track are installed and the first run with heavy freight in both directions in the mainstation have been done tonight. I had 5 engines operating at the same time. Great feeling, finally I can run some trains!!

A total of 55 meter(165 feet) of flextrack and 40 turnouts have been installed so far. With both the High Line and the Tehachapi Level, the total amount of flextrack will be app. 72 meter(216 feet) and 49 turnouts.

I have used MicroTrains flextrack and a combination of turnouts from Märklin, Wright, Rokuhan and scratchbuild Fast Track turnouts with Tortoise motors. 

There are still a lot of wiring to be done, and also some adjustments of the tracks and some of the FastTrack turnouts. As soon as the track are adjusted, painting can be done, before ballasting the tracks.

I hope I soon also can start some landscaping. 

Slow progress, turnouts installed

There has been slow progress the last months, but now I have installed 9 Tortoise motors under the turnouts on the West entrance of the station. 5 of the Tortoises are electrically connected to the frogs tonight, some remote cabels installed, but still some time will go before all the turnouts are installed and all tracks connected.

After that I need to build a lot of more turnouts, for the yard and the east entrance of the station. A little boring, but I think and hope that the end result will be better than using Märklin or other readymade turnouts. Time will show.