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Cascade 1
« on: July 14, 2017, 07:51:01 pm »
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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

Andy
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #1 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

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #2 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
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #3 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.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 04:34:07 am »
Looks like a good project, Andy.

Is that an Atlas bridge that I see?

Webbo

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 05:02:59 am »
Yeah, I've always had a fondness for the BN paint scheme.  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 10:19:52 am by Bealman »
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #6 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 ?
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #7 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
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #8 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 !
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #9 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
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #10 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?

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #11 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
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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2017, 08:00:54 pm »
Its always available on eBay and also comes in Blue.

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #13 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

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Re: Cascade 1
« Reply #14 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
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