I am taking a break from model building and trying my hand at building benchwork. My last layout framework was built by my stepson who is a skilled carpenter (one of his many skills). It was a sturdy structure that could have supported my automobile. This time around it will less stout and of a different design For one thing, it will consist of a series of modules approximately 2′ x 6′ in size. Each module will be sheathed with plywood. My previous design was based upon “L” girder construction. While the “L” girder is flexible it doesn’t lend itself to moving to another location. The flat top surface will have extruded styrene foam board to create ground contour.
The reason for this approach is to make some or all of the layout salvageable if in the event of a move. It will also allow me to move each section to a lower table to work on track or even scenery. Problems with my back and neck prevent me from spending lots of time leaning over the tabletop building track. I will also be using Right O’Way Code 125 flex track to a larger extent. Hand layed track in some of the areas will be used. I want to get trains running trains sooner than later.
Other changes include the addition of DCC/Sound for my locomotives. I purchased a NCE wireless system to facilitate the effects. Jimmy sent me a short video of a Glacier Park Models C-9 equipped with a TCS WOW Sound DCC with a Tang Bang speaker. This video clinched the deal. Unfortunately, I can post it to Word Press.
Jimmy Booth sent me this shot of the DCC receiver installed in one of his imports. The speaker is forward of the gearbox. The “keep alive” capacitor pack is mounted on the gearbox.
I am also looking at using Tam Valley servo/controller for turnout operation. It is expensive but is pretty much a turnkey setup. Jimmy Booth suggested it to me. He is using them on his new P48 layout.
I have still be trying to make progress on the old Shell gas station. My limited accomplishment is to settle on a color. I first painted the model with Star Brand Jersey Cream lacquer. This was an unofficial name for the yellow used on D&RGW depots in later years. I decided that it was too intense for my taste so I dabbed on Mission Models Paint British Cream. This color looked good compared to color photos I have seen of Shell stations in the 1950s. I like this color because it is softer to my eye. The roof will get a terra cotta color which will be muted compared to the raw plastic of the tiles.
It seems that Norm Buckhart got tired of doing decal art and decided to play with trains. He has several new cars that are in the train shown. The bulkhead flats are converted Pacific Limited brass AAR 53’6″ by Errol Spangler. He built the bulkheads from brass and also the loads.
Norm has a backroom where trains are staged for the his layout. He is has asssembled this little train to run over a portion of his massive layout. The locomotive is a very old Walthers cast bronze early oil electric that Jay Criswell installed a super drive inside.
So that is all for now.