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Layout Tours / Delaware & Northern Construction version 1.0
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:11:43 PM »
I have started construction of the Delaware & Northern Railroad version 1.0. 

The prototype was originally organized in 1904 as the Delaware & Eastern, and trains were running over the line by 1906.  The tracks connected with the New York, Ontario & Western in East Branch and with the Ulster & Delaware in Arkville, running for 37 miles along the East Branch of the Delaware River near the western edge of the Catskill Mountains.  After an attempt to extend the railroad to Middleburg, NY and a connection with the Schoharie & Middleburg failed miserably leaving the railroad awash in debt, the D&E filed bankruptcy in 1910, and emerged as the Delaware & Northern.  New York City bought the railroad in 1939 to allow them to build a dam at Downsville, NY, creating the Pepacton Reservoir to supply water to the city.  Today over half of the Delaware & Northern roadbed resides at the bottom of the reservoir, along with the villages and farms that once occupied the valley.

I live alone in a large farmhouse.  Despite extensive remodeling including wall and ceiling insulation, replacement windows, and new siding my house is very expensive to heat.  In the winter I close off the entire upstairs, move my dining room furniture to the living room, bring a few comfortable chairs into the dining room, and close off the living room as well.  Because of this, potential bedroom or basement locations for a layout suffer from a lack of heat.  After spending some time thinking about how I might build a layout, I decided the best approach would be to construct something easy to disassemble and move in the future.

In the past couple months I have worked through several failed attempts to design a layout that could be disassembled for moving.  I constructed and then discarded components that were too cumbersome to move easily, others that lacked rigidity, and some that warped after assembly.  In short, I found designing lightweight portable construction to be its own challenge. 

I have settled on a module or domino system for construction using separate tables, each with its own complete set of legs. This was done so that I can assemble or disassemble the layout by myself without worrying about how to support a section that lacks all four legs.  I built it so the table tops detach from the leg assemblies for ease of relocation, thinking that would make it easier to negotiate stairs.  Each table is connected to the adjoining table with carriage bolts.  At this time, the  layout consists of three modules, two that are 30 x 48 and bolt end to end.  A third 24 by 36 table is bolted to the front left side of one of the larger modules, resulting in an L shaped layout with an overall dimension of 66 by 96.  It currently resides in one corner of my dining room, but is sized so that it will fit into a spare bedroom.  It could also become part of a larger basement layout should I decide to go that route.

If you want to come along for the ride, get your ticket, grab a coach seat, and settle in for a slow and somewhat bumpy ride, not unlike passenger service on the real Delaware & Northern. 

Kit Building / Raymo's Challenge 2018 KC's Workshop Jack Em Up Tire
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:29:17 AM »
When Dan first posted his thread for the Challenge, I signed up, though I mentioned my start would be delayed while I worked to finish up some rolling stock that I was building.  The boxcars are not done, but I decided to set them aside while I make a start on the Challenge. 

Normal start to a build thread, photos of the kit contents.  You can see that Ken encloses some general tips as well as a specific instruction sheet and an additional sheet showing the bracing pattern. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 1/18/18
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:25:41 AM »
Good morning.  Single digits here, warming up later today. 

Started my Challenge project, planning to post some more photos later today. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday Jan. 17
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:59:21 AM »
Good morning.
I'll be playing in the snow this morning, well, plowing anyway.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, January 14, 2018
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:49:17 AM »
Good morning!
Where the heck is everybody?

Good morning, everyone.  Let's go, we're burning daylight. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, May 24
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:39:11 AM »
Hey, where is everybody?  Cannot believe I am opening. 

Vehicle Modeling / Vehicles for the Delaware & Northern RR
« on: April 06, 2017, 02:20:27 PM »
Most of the vehicles I model date from the first quarter of the 20th Century, though I often get distracted and stray from my chosen modeling era.

First up is a Bates crawler.  This was built from a resin kit by Rusty Rail Rick.

Second is a Jordan Model TT gasoline tank truck.  This was built based on one done by Chester Fesmire, and combines the gasoline tank from a Jordan Model A with the TT truck chassis.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Any interest in a Vehicle Board?
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:10:02 AM »
I would like to see a forum board dedicated to vehicles.  Dan has done several excellent build threads on Sylvan cars and trucks.  Rich displayed some new delivery wagon kits, and Bobby also started a thread about detailing some Model A cars and trucks.  I would find it easier to locate these threads if there was a specific board dedicated to vehicles.  I have a few photos of vehicles I built that I would like to share.  Thoughts, anyone?

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