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New Year, New Layout. "Portway Center" US O Scale
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject: New Year, New Layout. "Portway Center" US O Scale Reply with quote

Well nearly a New Year, anyway...Embarassed

Some snaps of my new Under Construction O Scale Dark Side layout "Portway Center", due for the TVNAM Show in June, and also Cradley Heath in October.

It's just a simple 'Inglenook' for now, although I do plan to extend it in 2015 to make it a through-line.

Nothing spectacular; the track is "wrong" as I've used (mostly) Peco Code 124BH for expedience, except,.. well, you'll see.....




The line emerges on-scene past Allports Truckstop.




The old Depot has had one end re-opened to act as the local Yard Office. Opposite, an old grounded boxcar serves as a store.

All the best advice for laying model track is that it should be level, smooth and kink-free....

Yeah, whatever Rolling Eyes ...



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: New Year, New Layout. "Portway Center" US O Sc Reply with quote

Jordan wrote:
...the track is "wrong" as I've used (mostly) Peco Code 124BH...

Burying it in dirt and weeds will hide the chairs and bottom of the rails. O scale flange clearances allow a lot of leeway in this area.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's the look I'm going for - rickety & overgrown, & "just how is that train staying on the rails??" Shocked sort of thing.... Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used Polyfila to "ballast" the track on Lyddlow Mill. Hoping to create the impression of rails sinking into mud. No problems at all with running, even from the *somewhat* coarse scale wheels under Tri-ang's "Big Big" wagons.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Work has been progressing quietly on this layout... with the warm spell recently and getting over my cold it was time to get some basic scenic ground cover down in the last couple of days...

General view of the yard. The Team Track at the rear is buried in dirt.



One of the 'Plymouth' Switchers chugs by the Depot building...



The old grounded boxcar needs a bit more weathering, and interior detail.



A train arrives, passing Allports Truckstop and about to cross Main Street...


(Readers with long memories will recognise the Editor's old Atlas Plymouth!!)
Still plenty to do!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just 8 weeks until Show Time... Shocked ... work continues on Portway Center.

A couple of closer looks at Allports Truckstop, which is nearly complete :-





The building is removable, but the impression of being 'planted' is done by gluing a strip of balsa to the board around the edge of the building, and the ground cover taken up onto that, so the building looks 'bedded in' and not just plonked on the scenery - a real spoiler on some layouts.

The Static Grass applicator (courtesy of Mike Bragg) has been in use, and will be in use a lot more yet.

I have to say, it's the best scenery I've ever managed, with this tool!



No need to point out the rough track, I hope... Wink

Speaking of which, I have tried to replicate the staggered joints of US track with some C&L rail joiners. Some of the joints actually were staggered by bodging around with the Peco flexitrack; others were simulated just with a notch cut in the railhead. With the rail joiners in place, I have soon forgotten which are which... Embarassed





I know chaired, bullhead track is entirely wrong for the US; I had it already and getting hold of Atlas O track is difficult & expensive, and unlike on Schiller Point, I didn't fancy hand-spiking the lot again either.

Other work has continued as well, here's a Weaver GATX Tanker taking shape. This was just 'body & bits' at my local Model Shop, for just 3.00 - well it would've been rude to just leave it there Laughing I had spare trucks already, Kadees were 3 when I got them, and wheels 8 for the 4 axles, so 14 in total for a decorated O Scale wagon... Razz


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit more weeds and grass will hide the chaired track Jordan, and it's only really obvious in the cruel close up shots.

Does the safety elf know how close the truckstop's back door is to the tracks? Some sort of railing might be in order for if/when things get smoky in the kitchen and the staff need to get out in a hurry. We all know where compensation culture came from. Wink


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing good point, Bob!! I'm planning a lot more foliage for that point to seperate building & track, but a bit of railing is a good idea too.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With only a few weeks to go to TVNAM, some finishing touches are getting done....

Allports Truckstop is pretty much complete. Road markings & weathering to do.



The old Depot is done. I intend to do an interior for the end office, but this won't be done in time for the Show.



The backscene behind the spurs is done, trying to portray wide-open spaces across 24 inches...



... and there's room for a bit of subtle humour, too...

"I know I left that dang thing in here some place..."



... and not-so-subtle....



This has been done before; hopefully my version is a little more subtle.

There's a C&W song "King of the Road". I don't care who did it but everyone knows the opening lines...



This isn't subtle at all....



I'm going to get lynched...... Razz
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks pretty good to me. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Peter!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only just seen this .. looks ace. I like the subtle pale palette - really gives an impression of space. Hope to see this in the flesh one day
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a post to say this layout will be at the Cradley Heath Show, Reddall Hill community centre, Reddall Hill Road, Sat 18th Oct. 2014 - just over a month's time.
A big change is that my locos for Portway are now DCC/Sound equipped, as the under-board MRC system wasn't too good at TVNAM. Whether the "mom,dad,kids" audience at Cradley can tell the difference between an Alco 244 & an EMD 645 is immaterial - at least the sounds will definitely be coming from the locos this time!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Club Chairman took this photo of Portway Center at the Show a few weeks ago, & passed it on to me.....


Kind of sums up the whole "raison d'tre" of the layout Laughing track so bad the boxcars lean all over the place!!
The layout went down well at the show, too - lots of positive comments!! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a really first class picture, most realistic.

I like it very much.

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