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Grant's HO Scale Layout: Canyon Diablo 6 years 8 months ago #1

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New layout time. I've been working on this since Friday. I've changed plans somewhat. I'm building a small home layout as well as some HO Freemo modules. I'm keen on freemo, but with modular railroading you're really dependant on others if you want to play with trains, and I quite like watching trains go round in circles, so I thought "why not both?"

The theme of this layout is a branch line somewhere in the American West, probably in the Mohave desert in California or Arizona because I like that desert scenery. Maybe set in the 1980s to present. I plan to run Union Pacific diesels.

It's a roundy roundy layout with two levels so the train goes around twice per circuit, and will probably end up 5' by 9' or just a bit bigger. This is unprototypical as anything, but I didn't want to build anything too big (the last one was just a bit big to complete in a reasonable time) and the size and simplicity of this layout gives me constraints to work to. I plan on building this with a lot more detail than the last one.

Some pictures of my progress. First up, planning (and glass of shiraz):




Lots of uninteresting measuring, cutting, screwing and gluing later:



Turned the right way up:



It's on castors again, which is my favourite discovery from the last one. It makes everything so much easier. This will have a lower level attached as a shelf around the outside. The fiddle yard and storage will be on this lower level. Amazingly, I didn't balls things up once. My carpentry must be improving. :lol:

Finally, an Atlas digital sound loco I picked up for a very good price. It's a really nice model. It will get some weathering in due course, which is another thing I want to do for this layout:



More to come, though I plan to take my time with this one. Grant
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Sweet :)

Still not enough tanks or planes for me :whistle: but I'll be watching on :)

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"And so it begins" as a wise Vorlon once said............

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Progress is pretty slow as it's been too hot and I haven't had enough time to do much. But here are a couple of progress shots which give an idea of where I'm headed. The bottom level will have a bit of a yard, while the top will have some small hills and a desert industry scene.

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Almost finished the benchwork. :pinch: Once the scenery is progressed, this will have an mdf fascia.


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Wonders will never cease, I've been working on this again! Obviously this is turning into a a bit of a long term project. :lol: Also, it has changed into a British outline OO layout because I accidentally bought a whole bunch of British stuff a couple of months back. :whistle: Pictured is the overall benchwork which is now largely complete. There is space for two major scenes and some mainline running around the bottom level. Next up is plastering the landforms and then laying the track.







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pretty cool...lots of effort in this.
watching with interest.

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Neat, keep it coming :)

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Cool, I have always liked train layouts, not my thing to make but lie what you can do now with what's available.
Watching away.
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Great look to the layout.
You're packing a lot into a small space. Looking forward to seeing some groundwork.

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Yep, what they said.
This is a whole 'nother level of "diorama".
Look forward to seeing it and learning from it.

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WOW! Nice work on that layout base....sweet!

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The one thing about railway modellers is that your woodworking/cabinetry skills are always top notch .... great looking base for the layout!!!!

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Cheers. I've made a bit of progress on the layout. The basic plastering is done and all the track is all laid (awaiting the terrible job of wiring it in). I got up to this stage before I got sick over Summer. I'll post up some update pics shortly. I'm quite looking forward to getting back into this in the next few months. :)

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Here's a brief update of what this looked like about four months ago. Actually now the track is completed. Now that I'm back home from hospital I'm going to take the opportunity to work on this a bit. I'll start with the wiring and then on the scenery proper. The best part! :cheer:






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Ok Noob and stupid question, but do you stick the tracks down ?? and is there current running through them...? does that mean you have to be careful about what you build round it or on it?.... it hate to see a OO scale haystack go up!

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That's cool mate. Would love to do something like that one day. Have always loved trains especially the old school steam trains

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Flying_Kiwi wrote: Ok Noob and stupid question, but do you stick the tracks down ?? and is there current running through them...? does that mean you have to be careful about what you build round it or on it?.... it hate to see a OO scale haystack go up!


I usually glue the tracks down but I've gone for Hornby track here and it has little pins to nail down the track. This is pretty unprotypilcal but part of the whole nostalgic layout theme I'm aiming for here. The track eventually gets a surround of ballast glued around it which fixes it pretty firmly in place. The track does take a current but it doesn't really spark (unless you intentionally bridge the rails, and then the spark is pretty minor).

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My health has picked up and I'm feeling the best I have in a year (I've been discharged from the dialysis unit and I'm doing it at home) and the weather is also much better, so it's time to get back into this! :cheer:

My summer project is to get this pretty near to finished. I had dabbled with making this a British outline OO layout, but after running trains on the layout I'm going back to the original HO American West plan. The speed and size of the American rolling stock suits the small layout far more than the British stuff. Also, I want to continue on with my Mohave scenery (which I'm much better at than any other theme!).

I'm finishing up the wiring and trouble shooting the track in preparation for ballast and scenery work. I also just bought a propane delivery kit to fill one of the sidings. B)



Wow, my new S4 actually takes better pictures than my point and shoot! :cheer:
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Grant, so happy to hear you are doing so much better :cheer: :woohoo: :)
Whatever it is you are doing mate, keep it up eh!

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Grant's HO Scale Layout: Canyon Diablo 4 years 10 months ago #21

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This week these arrived. Quite nice kits, and fit quite well with my location. :) I'll start build threads when I get around to these. :)

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Yup . . . great to hear that there's some improvement in your wellbeing Grant. pleased to note that. :cheer:
And great to see you back at something constructive. Will be watching how this progresses. Go For It!!

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I've started gluing on the ready mix concrete plant. A nicely detailed kit. :cheer:
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Good to hear you are feeling better Grant and back at the bench. Those kits look pretty neat. If you think the S4 camera is good, the S5 one is even better, just not in low light conditions (tends to get a bit grainy, but that could be said about every cellphone camera...)

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Spppt. don't let it out, but I like trains and their layouts too.

This is coming along like gangbusters, looking forward to your progress... OH, and glad your feeling better; it's always more fun to model when you are healthy.

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CyNaKyL wrote: Good to hear you are feeling better Grant and back at the bench. Those kits look pretty neat. If you think the S4 camera is good, the S5 one is even better, just not in low light conditions (tends to get a bit grainy, but that could be said about every cellphone camera...)


Cheers. Actually the problem I have now is the photos look good when thy are taken off the phone, but when I upload them here they suddenly get a whole bunch of artefacts/blurriness and look balls (as in the picture above). Anyone know why this is happening and how to avoid it?

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Spppt. don't let it out, but I like trains and their layouts too.


It's nothing to be ashamed of. :lol:

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Slow progress on the industries.

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Slow progress is still progress huh? Good stuff!
And I dare say in Canyon Diablo ... (what's in a name?) ... every day above ground is a good day ...?
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