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Iron Horse Vineyard

Postby Bob Roegge » Tue May 03, 2011 9:41 pm

This thread will be my attempt at describing and recording the construction of my first Gn15 model railway. The theme will be a small estate type railway serving the Iron Horse Winery. The track work will consist of a continuous loop with sidings to the winery and an engine shed. A small vineyard will be set on one end. Other predominant features will be a fuel tank, a roadway/parking area with a truck and a small trestle across a bog.

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The layout is 2' x 4'. The frame is 1" x 3" wood with 2" blue foam. Trackwork and scenery will be built directly onto the foam. This will keep the weight to a minimum.

I began work about mid April 2011. At present the frame is complete and trackwork has been completed. Track is handlaid code 83 and turnouts are homemade as well. Ties were glued directly to the foam base. The turnouts are operated by push/pull controls that operate DPDT switches beneath the turnouts. A length of piano wire between the switch turnout moves the points and the switch routes the power as well. Simple and effective.

This view shows positioning of key elements and partially installed track.

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This view show track after initial ballasting.
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I can't read what the inspector is writing but think he may be critical of the ties without spikes.
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This is the current critter that will opertae on the railway. A Bachmann siderod gas mechanical donor chassis was used and the hood is from an Athern Hustler.
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Postby Moronguhl » Tue May 03, 2011 10:23 pm

The layout is looking lovely dude! Nice and simple and a great start on the scenics and track!

Also, just in case you fancy trying one:

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As a regular customer I can recommend it, fresh tasting and delicious!
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Postby Artizen » Tue May 03, 2011 10:54 pm

It must taste good at 4.49!!!! I assume pounds not euros? LOL :D

This layout is starting to look good. More progress photos please!
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue May 03, 2011 11:00 pm

had to google it to find out where the brewery was, but pleased to find it has connections to my old local brewery, King and Barnes. Always used to be noted for a good pint at lunchtime(suppose better if you had to work out in fields in afternoon), but the old K&B did start brewing stronger brews, I had a bottle of their millenium ale, which was consumed that night, and maybe they should have stuc to what they knew. Might have still been around, but at least it seems those from the old brewery are still wealding their majic. :lol:
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Postby michael » Tue May 03, 2011 11:30 pm

Great work Bob, beautiful track work.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Wed May 04, 2011 10:05 pm

Can start working on ground cover now that trackwork is complete and rails are rusty.
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Postby Moronguhl » Thu May 05, 2011 10:22 am

Artizen wrote:It must taste good at 4.49!!!! I assume pounds not euros? LOL :D

This layout is starting to look good. More progress photos please!


Heh, it's only a few quid in my local supermarket, not sure what that price label is all about!

I agree with Michael, beautiful track laying and I'm loving the vibe so far. Can't wait to see the next developments!
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Postby Bob Roegge » Wed May 11, 2011 1:10 am

I have installed the first structure - the engine shed.
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Also began working with scenery.
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Postby Narrow gauge Nutter » Wed May 11, 2011 5:10 am

Love the engine shed, very "neat" :D

What timber did you use?

Keep up the excellent work, and keep posting the pics 8)
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Postby Little Andi. » Wed May 11, 2011 7:16 am

Bob.............

Great progress - like others I am enamoured with your trackwork ............ I now officially suffer from "permanent-way" envy!!

You've also managed to put me to shame on the progress front, for whilst Top Yard hasn't been abandoned it certainly has stalled whilst I deal with large dollops of real life - Grrr!
The "Engine shed" is pretty darned groovy and the open "culvert" is shaping up nicely too.

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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu May 12, 2011 12:39 pm

I can't believe it........I have barely started with the ground work and already the weeds are popping up everywhere! I wonder if the proper proportion for application of broadleaf weed control chemicals is the same as the scale (1/24th)?
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And just like real life junk is beginning to appear. Thanks to Steve Bennett's Simplicity Sidings post for the idea of using cigarette lighter parts for clutter.
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Of course the colors are all still a bit stark. I will tone it all down later with a light weathering overspray.
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Postby Ian-IoM » Thu May 12, 2011 4:05 pm

Gnice, I like the weeds, very natural looking arrangement and variety, convincing groundwork too 8)
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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 12, 2011 5:07 pm

Great work Bob, I really like how the layout is starting to emerge from the blue foam. What glue do you use to stick scenics to the it?

Weeds n rust... a beautiful combination :twisted:
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Postby Cross Kitter » Thu May 12, 2011 6:26 pm

Stunning work :shock:

I really love your trackwork and the scenics are turning out to be just as brilliant.


On another vein. The Beer bottle seems to have an identity crisis. The Locomotive is by Richard Trevithick - a Cornishman. Not an Englishman!

Moronguhl wrote:The layout is looking lovely dude! Nice and simple and a great start on the scenics and track!

Also, just in case you fancy trying one:

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As a regular customer I can recommend it, fresh tasting and delicious!
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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu May 12, 2011 9:06 pm

I am using Elmer's glue (regular white glue) to affix the ground cover. I paint on a coat of glue, spread the dirt and then add thinned water, detergent and white glue mix over the top.

I first made up a small sample piece to test the durability. I have drooped it, thrown it and otherwise abused it and everything stays put.
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Postby dieselwater » Fri May 13, 2011 2:11 pm

Thanks Bob, I have a few slabs of the same blue foam material that I hope to turn into a layout of sorts 8) Good to know the usual white glue will do the trick :wink:
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Postby Glen A » Fri May 13, 2011 9:14 pm

Hi Bob,

I like the water coming out of the pipe. What did you use for the water?

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Postby Bob Roegge » Sat May 14, 2011 3:18 am

I used a silicone sealant to form the water. Spread a little on a sheet of waxed paper in the shape needed and let it setup. Then remove it from the paper and glue in place. I applied a small amount of clear epoxy to the silicone to firm it up and give it the wet look after it was in place.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Sat May 14, 2011 2:12 pm

Basic scenery on this end is beginning to come together. A little rain overnight filled the open culvert and the water is spilling off the edge. Will have to mop the floor I am sure.
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I need to determine the design for the winery building. The character needs to be correct for the layout. I am leaning towards a stone or stone and wood structure. Brick seems to cityish and I don't think wood alone would not standout enough.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu May 19, 2011 8:57 pm

Making a little more progress. I have cast two walls for the winery. More carving and a lot more color required.
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In the background is my first attempt at a tree. Wire armature covered with modeling clay and painted with acrylics. Foilage is Woodland Scenics poly fiber and ground foam. Need to apply more foam.
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Postby SOUTHPASS » Thu May 19, 2011 9:56 pm

a lot more color required.


I don't know Bob, in my view the colouring on these older buildings are sometimes overdone. About 100klms. up the road from me is an old staging post used by the coaches, the remains of the buildings are very close to what you have. Then again I suppose it depends on local stone colour and age.
I do like what you are doing. :)
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Postby henrix72se » Fri May 20, 2011 6:54 pm

Looks great !!

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Postby Bob Roegge » Fri May 20, 2011 7:51 pm

SOUTHPASS wrote:
a lot more color required.


I don't know Bob, in my view the colouring on these older buildings are sometimes overdone. About 100klms. up the road from me is an old staging post used by the coaches, the remains of the buildings are very close to what you have. :)


Thanks. I agree color is easy to overdo on a model railway. I like the warm browns that I achieved on the stone culvert. I would like to get close to that on the building. Using acrylics I can always lighten it up or remove it if the color is to dark.
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Postby SOUTHPASS » Fri May 20, 2011 11:02 pm

Yes I agree, my SOUTHPASS LINE is a little bright at the moment. Eventually it will get an overall dusting to tone it down and blend in. That's when I can get back to it. :) I mistakenly thought that when I went on the pension I would have spare time, it's only a myth. :lol:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat May 21, 2011 12:32 am

Cross Kitter wrote:Stunning work :shock:

I really love your trackwork and the scenics are turning out to be just as brilliant.


On another vein. The Beer bottle seems to have an identity crisis. The Locomotive is by Richard Trevithick - a Cornishman. Not an Englishman!

Moronguhl wrote:The layout is looking lovely dude! Nice and simple and a great start on the scenics and track!

Also, just in case you fancy trying one:

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As a regular customer I can recommend it, fresh tasting and delicious!


:shock: Is that really four and a half quid for the beer :?:
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