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Spaceman Spiff

Quick update.

 

Switch panels are finally done. Got rid of the old Kato switch controllers and added fascia board. Finally got rid of the construction look. For all intents and purposes pretty well done with the major work. Need to straighten up some trees and add a few hundred more. Then need to clean up, add curtains, lighting and detailing to go. Pics of the old panel and the new set up.

 

Spiff

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kvp

Now the whole layout looks very good and finished. Also you have more space after that big switch desk is gone.

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cteno4

Spiff,

 

Cleaning up really nicely! It is amazing how the trim bits can really change the appearance and focus the eye onto the layout better!

 

Cheers

 

Jeff

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Spaceman Spiff

Slowly it's coming together. Lol

 

Spiff

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Kb4iuj

Nice looking layout. Did you use Kato track 100% or Tomix... I must say I'm still a fan of flex track.

 

I see your running a CN coal train... Have you got started building a IO train. (io = Intermodal).

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Spaceman Spiff

Hi kb4iuj,

 

 

The layout is very loosely based on an Atlas HO plan called Oregon Pass line. See post 5 for the image.

 

I do have a small intermodal facility ( not a recent pic attached) Just not enough room for everything I want lol.

 

 

The majority of the track is atlas flex. I used Kato for the switches, intermodal and station areas.

 

 

Spiff

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Spaceman Spiff

Just starts tinkering with the video monitoring of hidden yard using a baby monitor infrared system.

 

 

 

 

I wish the track work was better under there.

 

 

 

Spiff

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railsquid

Baby monitor... hmm, now there's an idea... especially as we have an actual baby... ("Oh, baby is all grown up and the baby monitor is surplus to requirements? I have an idea...")

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cteno4

Great reuse and many are good at low light levels!

 

I've been looking at some of the nice rf security camera/monitor systems to plunk around the club layout in interesting places and use the rotating and split screen functions of the monitor for an interesting public view of angles they can't see.

 

Jeff

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Spaceman Spiff

I'm sure there are better quality systems out there. I bought this one used for $40 off a local online classified system. I may look for a better one down the road.

 

Jeff, I'm sure your viewing public would enjoy a different view.

 

Spiff

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kvp

I would use wifi based security cams with embedded IR leds. Digital quality, interference free, need only power wires and the pictures can be displayed on a monitor in any arrangements. (and the wifi is also good for any onboard cameras and wireless throttles) Some of the chinese hd ones are smartphone quality even in the IR range and have a lower price tag.

 

ps: personally i would avoid hidden storage as much as possible, since a nice and sceniced visible yard looks way better (but they do come handly if space is tight, so it wouldn't be possible to run a realistic service pattern by building at least two visible stations/yards)

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Spaceman Spiff

Hi kvp,

 

 

I looked at the wifi systems but didn't want spend the money taking a chance that they wouldn't work. The system I got is wireless and cheap with a small screen size.

 

My layout room isn't large so the hidden yard was a option I could use to have more trains on the layout. I know it's not ideal but it works. I used every inch possible to put in as much track as I could. Lol

 

 

Spiff

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railsquid

My "hidden" yard, when I get round to building it, will feature an underground metro station, as it's on a shelf so the front part will be visible, and why not?

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Spaceman Spiff

Things are coming to an end. Essentially the major layout build is done almost 5 years to the start date. I just need to do bit of ballasting touch ups and we're pretty well done. Added lights to both station areas and curtains to hide all my junk. Only scenery details to go. I'm going to see if I can add track signals next.

 

 

Spiff

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cteno4

Spiff,

 

Looks fantastic! Kudos on a job very well done! Bet at times you thought you might never get to this point!

 

More Picts!

 

Cheers

 

Jeff

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Thanks Jeff, there were more times than I can count that I wanted a sledge hammer lol

 

Shots of the upper town lights and the curtains.

 

 

Spiff

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beakaboy

Spiff. That's a very impressive layout. well done! I love that kitset truck car carrier in the last photo. Very fiddly to build. Are the yard type floodlight towers a kit. Look really cool.

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Thanks Beakaboy, I'm very lucky to have a great friends that are excellent modellers that enjoy building those kits. I'm not patient enough or talented enough to build those types of kits. The yard tower lights are Tomix N 3205. I got them from Locohobby (yes a shameless advert for David lol).

 

 

Spiff

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serotta1972

Wonderful layout Mr. Spiff!  I love the diversity in your layout and it's great to see trains from different countries playing together, so awesome.  :)

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Thanks serotta1972

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JR 500系

Very nicely done! I especially like the street lamps! They really do bring out the feel of a bustling city! Well done and thank you for sharing!

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Thanks JR 500

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It took me 5 years from table completion to almost done. After each work session I took pictures of the work completed.

I took about 600 pictures. If you have 7 minutes to kill and you're bored,,,,,,,

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/sIYcOMh-xTk

 

 

Spiff

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cteno4

Spiff,

 

Very fun! Great way to see the layout come to life! Never really realized how big you mountain is!

 

Kudos on the 5 year project.

 

Jeff

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Spaceman Spiff

Thanks Jeff

 

Jon

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