Sunday, February 24, 2008

Splines and Track On The NS Sub

Another weekend passes with what seems like no progress. After running some errands Saturday morning, I finally got into the layout room around 1:30. Not long after I started I had some visitors that had been to one of the club shows.

After they left, I made a second pour on the Abbott's Creek water. The initial pour was rather brownish and I made this one lighter.

While the matte medium was drying, I took to the table saw cutting 40 or 50 splines which I used to start laying out the NS roadbed.

That was about as far as I got on Saturday. Sunday morning I checked out the now dried Abbott's Creek. Still a little brownish, but as good as I can do for now. I went ahead and mounted the shoreline and poured the finish matte layer. I'll follow later with a gloss layer for a wet look.

Went back to the NS roadbed. I lined and glued about 12 feet of roadbed and realized the best thing for the High Point yard would be plywood and tie that to the spline stringers.

After mounting the plywood, I went back and started soldering and laying track for the dual mains out of Dundee Yard (Danville). I left a #7 turnout for Jamestown and widened the tracks for the future High Point Depot.

The mains have been laid as far as the High Point Yard. I need to double check the sidings needed going into Thomasville and I can go ahead and lay the splines around the back corner heading into the pit opening.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

First Run On The WSS/HPT&D

On Friday, Feb 15 at 21:49:32 GMT, the first complete loop was made on the WSS/HPT&D sub of the Central Carolina Southbound.

The trip started at Bill Yard with an SD80MAC and 6 cars. It traveled south thru Lexington, Southmont up the helix by Flat Swamp, then northeast thru Denton where it picked up another 6 cars, to High Point where the loco turned on the Wye and returned to Bill Yard.

There was 1 hopper that went on the ground not once but twice, and was immediately bad ordered. There were no other problems encountered.

KB, Owner, Superintendant, Yardmaster, Trainmaster, Engineeer, Conductor, Brakeman, Chief Cook, Bottlewasher

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Copper Fencing

I bought a copper mesh on sale at Hobby Lobby after Christmas. So, I though I'd try it out. I sprayed it with Miracal Metallic Silver and cut a thin strip. It looks as close to scale as anything else I've seen.

Monday, February 4, 2008

2nd Yard Complete

The second yard has been completed. It will represent Charlotte as one end of the point-to-point.

The other end, Danville, was completed several weeks ago. Both will be ballasted at some point, but I think I'll wait until everything up and running.