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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #645 on: July 29, 2018, 05:35:03 AM »
Hi Dats

Great picture of the Closet Branch. We can see how it all fits together.

So have you determined with your wife whether you are going to get all of the basement or just half of it?

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #646 on: August 12, 2018, 10:32:48 AM »
Thereís a lot of envy-making railroad chat going on back in this thread!

Anyhoo dats, hereís hoping that your settling in to your new house, and space negotiations are proceeding well!  Iím impressed by the way you are able to casually mention your basement- something most of us on this side can only dream of!
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #647 on: August 13, 2018, 07:54:07 AM »
Welcome to your new home My Friend!

All layouts get damaged from time to time when moving them.  I doubt it will be something which can't be fixed.

I hope you can come to Horseshoe Curve and meet us, Dats!

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #648 on: August 14, 2018, 08:06:49 PM »
Howdy folks!

Quick update.
Most of my layout got here without any major problem but as soon as I lay down the layout sections to the basement floor, my daughter's cat chewed one of my billboard and damaged it.
So much for careful layout transportation plan that I had.
Speaking of basement, I got to use half of it and I think it's big enough for me.
I don't think I can manage to have a huge model train empire.
I don't have enough budget nor a time for the hobby anyway.
Still though, this is the first time I have a basement and I can at least expand it 3 times much!!

I'm rebuilding the benchwork support now.
I have three choices.
1. Use conventional wood support.
2. Use shelf brackets which I was using in my closet.
3. Use PVC pipe support.
Recently I was fixing water drainage and bought PVC.
And I realize that PVC is cheap! 10' for $2.99!
So I started using it.

Ran out of materials now and I'm not sure it's a rigid enough or not.

Another change is now I can use a center backdrop as I originally intended.
Now I can view from a side that I couldn't see in the closet.



I still have to do a lot of housewok stuff but I'm still here.
Keep it posted.....

I'm working on the horseshoe meet schedule, Andy.
Donald, nice to hear from you!
Webbo, how's the Deadwood doing?
Rich, hopefully I can make it the meeting.
Mike, now I know how moving eats all of my time!
David, you got to show me your extensive model collection!
If I missed someone, I apologize but please keep me informed how things are going.

I'll report back to you soon!!

Dats
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #649 on: August 16, 2018, 11:03:02 PM »
Howdy folks!


I'm rebuilding the benchwork support now.
I have three choices.
1. Use conventional wood support.
2. Use shelf brackets which I was using in my closet.
3. Use PVC pipe support.
Recently I was fixing water drainage and bought PVC.
And I realize that PVC is cheap! 10' for $2.99!
So I started using it.

Ran out of materials now and I'm not sure it's a rigid enough or not.

Another change is now I can use a center backdrop as I originally intended.
Now I can view from a side that I couldn't see in the closet.




Dats


Hi Dats, I like the center backdrop, we now have a new view of the closet branch, that couldn't be seen before, very nice :) Since you have more room have you thought about widening the original closet branch section so you can expand that radius out to 11" radius?

As for the PVC Piping, I'm not sure if it's going to be sturdy enough? You may want to add length wise horizontal pipe at the top and width wise horizontal pipe on both ends and see if that makes the legs a little more sturdy? Basically repeat at the top what you did near the bottom.  Keep us posted on the layout support you choose and the updates for the Closet branch. Sorry to hear about the hungry cat eating the billboard  :censored: :hmmm:

« Last Edit: August 16, 2018, 11:07:34 PM by Rich_S, Reason: added additional information »
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #650 on: August 16, 2018, 11:44:32 PM »
Hi guys

I made a support with PVC pipes.
And Rich, you're right! It's not sturdy enough for a permanent set ups.
I wouldn't recommend it at all!!
I'm definitely thinking of expanding the layout so those PVC would do the job for now.
I'm not sure if I keep expanding existing one or make a new layout with better materials such as a code 55 tracks.
As you know, the Closet Branch is not following any standard practice.
It was fine inside of a closet.
But now I have a better opportunity to do things normal way.
Either way, it'll take a time to develop something.
Especially my budget department is same as real Southern Pacific in 80's. It'll be for awhile to save $!! (You know, train things are not cheap!)

PVC pipe support is up.


Fixing recycled backdrop.

Whatever I decide, I'll keep enjoying the existing one for now.
My train is running again, yay!!

Dats

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #651 on: August 17, 2018, 07:30:00 AM »
Whew, I bet the N Gauge folks are pleased you got the trains running again.  That pile of poo at the plant has been getting huge, with no trains to take it away.  In weather like we've been having, they couldn't have windows open, and some people even stopped going outdoors.

It was just an environmental disaster.  Glad SP can start removing it again.

 :D

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #652 on: August 17, 2018, 10:16:18 PM »
I can't wait for the first video from the layouts new home. There are sides of the Closet Branch we've not seen before, it's going to look like a completely new railroad  ;)
Wonder if the Road Foreman will give us a complete tour of the line, so we can re-qualify the Closet Branch?

 
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #653 on: August 18, 2018, 02:35:42 PM »
We really do need a new video, don't we Rich?  Hopefully all the guys managed to make the journey to their new home safely and will start moving the goods again soon.

Andy
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #654 on: August 24, 2018, 05:09:10 AM »
Hello, dats!

Sorry for not keeping up with your activities this summer. Vacations got in the way and I didn't get much done on my railroad either.

Regarding supports for the Closet Branch, here's something that worked for me. I'm building five modules and the first one is a hollow core door to which I attached folding table legs. I picked them up at Menards, but if you don't have any of those stores in your area, Lowe's, Home Depot, and other home improvement stores should carry them as well. Here's a link to one of the photo albums that I'm using to document my construction:

https://tinyurl.com/y9rj6vmp (It's actually a link to a Google photo album, but the real URL is horribly long.)

The photos show where I attached PVC pipe to the folding legs in order to get the railroad up to the level that I want (46") and I also put threaded PVC fittings on the bottom of the extenders to use as levelers. If I ever have to move the thing, the legs fold up and I won't have any problem getting it through a door. One year into construction and the whole thing is still standing. Current plans call for modules 1, 3, and 5 to use the folding table legs and modules 2 and 4 will drop in between. I'll see if the legs need reinforcing as I go along.

Good luck and I hope trains are running soon!

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #655 on: August 28, 2018, 02:04:18 PM »
Hello

A train on my tiny land is running!!
I'm thinking of extending the yard and add an industry so I feel like I'm modelling something.
I already made a benchwork.
I always liked the look of shadow box type layout.
Now I tried it and miserably failed it.

Joint section of backdrop would be a problem.
I'll just use the wood box and pink foam now.

Tom, thank you very much for the information.
I thought about the option while ago. The folding legs are a little bit too expensive for my budget right now.
But, I didn't know that there are stuff called folding brackets!!
I'll look into that!
Thank you gain for your info and beautiful benchwork photos.

Be honest with you guys, without a tiny confined space, I'm lost what I want to do.
I don't know I should build a new one or keep adding to what I have.
I don't even know what kind of layout that I want.
Neverthless, time and budget are major factors right now.
I still can run a train on ex-Closet Brach though.
One more thing that I realized was I need a some kind of wakaround throttle. (I'm using the old original version of Digitrax Zephyr.)
So I can switch a team track near Webbo fruits growers.
I'm thinking of getting or I rather say "dreaming of getting" Digitrax Lnwi(?) Or PR4.

I'm trying to play with trains with a short amount of time whenever I have a chance.
Thus, a new boring video.
The backdrop bother me hell of it.


I'm working hard for scheduling September meeting with Andy and Rich.
I definitely want to see my modelling heroes there.

ex-Closet Branch, a low tech layout all the way.
Dats



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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #656 on: August 28, 2018, 08:55:25 PM »
Nice video again! I need to start practicing doing that. I'm OK with still photos but my videos need some work.

You should double check the price on those folding table legs. I think I paid about $17 for the pair last week. I'm also definitely a low budget modeler when it comes to benchwork, and I also have to deal with not attaching it permanently to a wall as the railroad is currently in the rec room which has 100 year old plaster walls, not drywall.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #657 on: August 28, 2018, 11:07:17 PM »
One more thing that I realized was I need a some kind of wakaround throttle. (I'm using the old original version of Digitrax Zephyr.)
So I can switch a team track near Webbo fruits growers.
I'm thinking of getting or I rather say "dreaming of getting" Digitrax Lnwi(?) Or PR4.

I'm working hard for scheduling September meeting with Andy and Rich.
I definitely want to see my modelling heroes there.

Dats

Hi Dats, Does your Digitrax Zephyr have the two Loconet ports on the back? (they look like two phone jacks)

If yes, all you need is a Digitrax UT4 throttle
https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/digitrax/UT4-Utility-Throttle-with-4-Digit-Addressing/

A UP5 panel or two?
https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/digitrax/UP5-LocoNet-Universal-Interconnect-Panel-up5/

and Loconet cable
https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/digitrax/Digitrax-LNC162-16-LocoNet-Cables-2-Pack/
https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/digitrax/Digitrax-LNC82-8-LocoNet-Cables-2-Pack/

Or make your own cable.
https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/digitrax/Digitrax-LNCMK-LocoNet-Cable-Maker-Kit/

I own the PR4, I use it along with my Computer and JMRI to program my locomotive decoders.

That was very interesting, using a random number generator to create a switch list, but now you need to tie that into what industries each car is delivered to.   

Even though your layout is no longer in a closet, it can still be the closet branch, paying tribute to it's humble beginnings.

Dats, I hope you can make it to the Horseshoe curve get together. It would be nice to meet you and Andy and spend a day watching trains at Horseshoe curve.

« Last Edit: August 28, 2018, 11:12:04 PM by Rich_S, Reason: Spelling »
Cheers,
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #658 on: August 29, 2018, 05:02:25 AM »
Hi Dats

Great to see another of your videos. These are unique on this forum.

Having more space may seem daunting at the moment, but you'll get over it. Like a prisoner released from jail I expect. We are all looking forward to what is going to happen next with your layout expansions.

Webbo

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #659 on: August 29, 2018, 10:07:03 AM »

Be honest with you guys, without a tiny confined space, I'm lost what I want to do.


Great to see the Closet Branch back in operation!

I've occasionally thought about extending my table top layout too. It'd be a shame to start again, so how about a shelf extension so you could give your trains a run in open country?

Mike

 

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