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Hello On30-fans

now the winter has come and it's getting colder in the workshop of my 2"-scale railroad. So I decided to spent the winter break in large scale railroading for a small On30 project. I founded the "Muddy River Railroad", loosly based on the Maine-2-Footers. All rolling stock will be Bachmann, but most converted to match my project.

The last days, I spent some time on track planing and to build the benchwork for my new railroad. The design will be a classic point-to-point operation with a end-of-line station at the left end and a fiddle yard on the other side.







The fiddle yard can be fold down to give access to the guest room. I hope to get the ordered tracks soon to get started in track laying.

Don't worry about the benchwork. It's 100% evenly and straight but the floor, walls and all the other rest of my old house isn't =)

Cheers, Gerd
 

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Hi,

well, it's a modificated Bachmann On30 Shay, but it's not planed to run the Shay on this layout. I'll use a Forney and a rail bus as motive power. The Shay is one of 8 models in my little Shay collection and actually owned by my dad and just a loan for my collection =)
The Shay is my favorite type of steam locomotives.

Bye, Gerd
 

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A "wrap-a-round" empire. I like it. Please keep us up to date Gerd.

Bob
 

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Gerd-

Looks like a good start. But the interesting part, is your layout is very close in size and design of a friend's 0n30 industrial railway that he is building. His railway is set in eastern Tennessee around the 1920s.

We are handlaying code 70 rail and building stub switches, all the rail is secondhand from my father's old layout and is between 40 and 50 years old.

It will be interesting to see your progress!
 

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Good morning,

thanks for your comments.
As this little empire will be a simple fun project, I don't stress myself with time eras, prototype situations or absolut finescale stuff.
I'll lay simple Peco On30 rails (code 100) and will use some Plasticville structures I bought on eBay some time ago. But I'll spend some time to repaint or detail all this stuff to get good looking models.

I'm still waiting for the flextracks delivery. I hope the will arrive today to get start with the first feet of track this weekend.

Best regards, Gerd
 

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Good morning,

made some progress this weekend. First I build the sector plate style fiddle yard from two layers of 8mm plywood. At the end, I cut a hole in the top layer to hold the turntable.

For the basic landscape, I glued polystyrene plates on top of the benchwork. I used them too to form the rail embankment.



Finally I start with the rails. The rails are fixed with double-sided tape At the joints between the mainline and the sector plate, I set small screws at the end of the rails into the wooden benchwork/sectorplate and soldered the rails on top of this screws. I use the same method on the turntables.





Saddly I couldn't finish the trackwork yesterday, because the last two turnouts haven't arrived yet. As soon as I recieve them, I'll continue with the rails and I hope to make first testruns at last neet weekend.

Bye, Gerd
 

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Looking nice Gerd. That kind of layout offers lots of options for landscaping and buildings. Always a work in progress or update.

Thanks Bob
 

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Good morning,

this weekend, I finished the turntable on the fiddle yard =)
As you can see too, I recived the Forney and Caboose right before x-mas.





I also do some prepainting on the Coach and Forney. Both got their roofs painted in oxid red. I also designed the decals to letter the models, but the decal print store has closed for vacation until mid January.

Cheers, Gerd
 

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Yes it is. You can fold down the fiddle yard to clear the door to the guest room behind it.



I hope I've some time this evening to start the second turntable =)

Cheers, Gerd
 

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Hi,

only small progress was done the last weeks. Actually I finished the station building at Phelps (end of the line) and will start with a small flag stop this week. The station building was assembled from a Bachmann kit (Plasticville) and painted to match the color pattern of MRRR side track structures.



I also repainted the passenger cars and will start detailling the freight cars next. Two flatcars will get pulpwood racks and the boxcars will be redesigned to look more "Maine style".

Finally I replaced the turntable at Phelps by another spur track.

Will be continued.

Cheers, Gerd
 

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Hi,

The building has no interior yet... When I can find some good pictures I'll add one some day.
But finally, you won't see much of the interior with the roof on =)

Yesterday, I fabricated the parts for the flag stop building. Maybe I can start assembling this evening.

Here are two pics of the cars. The combine was a yellow one ^^ I try to get the decals ordered today.





Bye, Gerd
 

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Hi,

did some progress on the falg stop building yesterday.





The roof will follow today as also the basement and loading deck.

During construction of the shed above, I spend some paint on the freight cars. I painted the truss rods black and the deck planks in weathered wood style. The different is amazing. Next week, I'll get the decals to letter the rolling stock. Open issues are adding pulpwood racks to two flatcars, repainting platforms on caboose, and rebuild one of the boxcars to another look. I hope to get some major progress done on the rolling stock during the next evenings.

Bye, Gerd
 

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I am enjoying watching the creation of your empire very much Gerd.[/b]
Keep the reports and info coming![/b]
Pete.[/b]
 
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