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Title: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 14, 2017, 07:51:01 pm
 :beers:

Hi all

I have posted my first "Cascade" layout video on Youtube.  I am really going back to basics, with tracklaying and wiring.  This layout is designed to stretch my abilities for producing realistic, attractive scenery, and the layout is based in Washington State in 1979.

Please take a look and give me your thoughts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCrzmZB6GwI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCrzmZB6GwI)

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: dats475 on July 14, 2017, 08:04:14 pm
Great video, Andy.

I can't wait to see development of Cascade!
The bridge is a nice focal point.
Also an industry would provide a quite wide variety of shunting activity!!
Wonderfully done!!

How's the Athearn loco? Does it run good as Kato or Atlas?

Dats
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 14, 2017, 09:17:56 pm
Thanks for your kindness Dats.  I also love the bridge.  It's something I really wanted to incorporate on my new layout.  Switching the fruit plant ought to be simple, but still fun.

As for the Athearn F45, I can honestly say the loco runs just as smoothly as anything else on this layout, or the Montrose and Highland Railroad.  Very nice indeed.  The decoder goes in back to front though, making it unique, amongst my locos.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Malc on July 14, 2017, 10:20:54 pm
I must admit being a fan of the BN livery. I too have an SD-40 that runs like a dream.
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Webbo on July 15, 2017, 04:34:07 am
Looks like a good project, Andy.

Is that an Atlas bridge that I see?

Webbo
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Bealman on July 15, 2017, 05:02:59 am
Yeah, I've always had a fondness for the BN paint scheme.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: outofgauge on July 15, 2017, 10:17:21 am
Looking good to me too-something about the bn livery that get a lot of people -even though I've gone for BNSF- but I've got a bn switcher still in its colours ( just dirty ) . Is that  100mm celotex your building on ?
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 15, 2017, 02:02:44 pm
Hi Guys

Yes Webbo, that's the Atlas 2570 girder bridge.  Goes together very simply and with very little glue required.  I did cheat a little by gluing the track to the bed.  I couldn't be doing with the tiny little screws they supply to fasten the track down!  Besides, I don't have any screwdrivers small enough!

Neil, I don't know what the foam is officially.  I just know it as pink insulation form, and that it is an absolute pain in the neck to obtain in the UK.  I managed to find some from a friend of a friend on Facebook.  I had to drive from Nottingham over to the West Midlands to get it, but it did give me an excuse to call in at the Severn Valley Railway on the way back!

It's good stuff, and I invested in a Woodland Scenics foam cutter.  Took me a while to get used to it, but I like it now.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: outofgauge on July 15, 2017, 04:37:27 pm
Lol a pain indeed- over your way tomorrow - in east Markham anyways - if it's pink it probs isn't celotex - last I got for a mate - I blagged off a building site - amazing how they just go missing - must've the wind blowing them away ?? Not tried a hot wire cutter yet - but crooked creek will need one I'm sure ! Keep my eye on your progress with that one - I'm I learning mode !
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 15, 2017, 08:47:57 pm
Have a safe trip Neil!

I used the foam cutter today to make a start on building up the high hills and cliff face behind the trains at the right hand end of the layout.  When you get used to allowing the hot wire to do the work, and don't force things, it's a joy to use!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Webbo on July 16, 2017, 02:21:22 am
I started using extruded polystyrene for all my scenery once I realised how easy it was to form. The EP is the really potentially messy white stuff with the little foam balls, but if you cut it with the WS foam cutter the mess is zero. And, the cutter goes through it like a knife through soft butter so is not only tidy but it's quick too for carving landform shapes.

The pink stuff you have, Andy, is something different I take it?

Webbo
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 16, 2017, 07:53:02 pm
The pink foam is the stuff we have difficulty obtaining in the UK, Webbo.  It's more rigid than white polystyrene packing materials, and is widely used by the American guys to create landforms.

You can see the difference in my video.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Snowwolflair on July 16, 2017, 08:00:54 pm
Its always available on eBay and also comes in Blue.
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Webbo on July 17, 2017, 01:52:31 am
Hi Andy and Neil and any other fans of BN out there,

Here is an announcement from PWRS that may be of interest.

https://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=13821 (https://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=13821)

Webbo
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 17, 2017, 07:29:56 am
Those are very nice Webbo!  I have a couple of Micro trains standard ones which are too clean!  I may get these as well.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: grumbeast on July 17, 2017, 09:52:14 am
Great idea Andy,

 BN was always my first choice for a US road, and as I'll be in the Pacific Northwest I'll have an excuse to buy some of those cascade green lovelies

Can't wait to see things develop

Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Webbo on July 17, 2017, 11:27:25 am
Graham

If you are moving to Salmon Arm that is north of the border which makes Washington state the Pacific southwest. Remember that. How is your move going by the way?

Webbo
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: grumbeast on July 17, 2017, 01:54:41 pm
True enough Webbo!

 The move is .. well evolving..  We still have to sell our house here (thanks brexit and teresa may :(  )
so we've lost the house in Salmon Arm.. which sucks.. but it has led us to consider new and different things.   not to hijack the thread, but it looks like were now going to be buying land on Vancouver Island and building a log home .. its a terrifying prospect but exciting too.. and yes it will have a basement!

G.
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 17, 2017, 05:34:31 pm
Wow Graham, exciting times!

Still haven't ruled out moving to WA ourselves, but it is more likely we stay in England now for financial reasons.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Jon898 on July 17, 2017, 06:09:47 pm
... it looks like were now going to be buying land on Vancouver Island and building a log home .. its a terrifying prospect but exciting too.. and yes it will have a basement!

G.

Well, you will need somewhere to hide from the bears  :o
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: outofgauge on July 17, 2017, 09:43:52 pm
Andy -as the saying goes -i saw this and thought of you ! :laugh3:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3635-170717214235.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53481)

Not exactly a hot wire cutter -but it appears to work -Mrs ain't gonna like the vac getting involved tho !!!! :no:
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: dats475 on July 17, 2017, 11:25:50 pm
It looks like fun but I'm glad that It wasn't me doing it!!
Look at the arms. What a mess.   :D
I wonder if cutting with the rotary tool has certain texture when you finish it.

Dats
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: Webbo on July 17, 2017, 11:41:35 pm
The mess would have been a lot worse if using a rotary tool on the expanded polystyrene which I used. The EP breaks up into little balls that fly everywhere just like a blizzard and worst of all, they stick to things and are difficult to clean up. So, hot wire on EP - yes; rotary tool on EP - not unless you are truly desperate.

Graham, building a log cabin on Vancouver Island is pretty exciting all right. VI is a nice place - I lived in Victoria for 6 years. Are you planning to live in the back woods?

Webbo
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: grumbeast on July 18, 2017, 08:48:35 am
I hope you have a shop vac to clean up that mess!!! I've only been brave enough to use a rasp on the pink stuff.



Graham, building a log cabin on Vancouver Island is pretty exciting all right. VI is a nice place - I lived in Victoria for 6 years. Are you planning to live in the back woods?

Webbo
My wife grew up in Victoria and North Van so we know the area pretty well, but we're not going full on back-country, just something out of town a few minutes.  We're looking around Shawnigan Lake , Qualicum and Nanaimo at the moment, so small town/village or just out of town although we are looking a getting at least a couple of acres.  Its just a pity it doesnt look like the E&N will resume operation (well SVI now).  I do hope it gets sorted out else its a ferry ride to the mainland to railfan
Title: Re: Cascade 1
Post by: texhorse on July 18, 2017, 01:11:59 pm
Looking at that guy with his pink foam makes me think that the small amount of mess I make with the foam cutter has made it a brilliant investment!  I've also fallen foul of the white expanded polystyrene in the past.  The little bits stick to everything, with a strangely warm feeling to them as well....

Andy
UK