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SHP Railroad and Hofferville Build
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:23:25 AM »
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I am completely new to Model railroading but I really want to learn. I really like this stuff and have loved it since I was a kid, my family was unable to fit a train into the budget, but since I have grown up last week I decided to build my first.  I have built a 10x4 table for my start and I plan to add on more once this table is completed. Last night I set up a simple oval just to check the track going through the tunnel and bridge I built. Here is the video.


My question is why is this Flex track so much quieter than the bachmann ez track? also can anyone help me design a nice layout for a quarry and coal mines. The concrete stepped area by the river is going to be my port for barges etc..

Here is what I have as far as terrain features that need to stay, the rest can be modified.






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Re: SHP Railroad and Hofferville Build
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 11:26:56 AM »
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The easy track has a hollow base - it acts kind of like a speaker .. and amplifies the sound .. the flex is coupled directly to the roadbed ..

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Re: SHP Railroad and Hofferville Build
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 12:46:01 PM »
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also, there is is the old "type of roadbed" discussion..  that can be dredged up...   Woodland Scenics vs. MidWest vs ???  ...   anyway.. do a search on the forum for "roadbed" in the thread topic... that might help...  EP
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Re: SHP Railroad and Hofferville Build
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 01:44:37 PM »
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The other contributing factor to the noise might be that Bachmann F unit... Not exactly the Cadillac of N Scale.

(I've got a pile of them in the "Box of Time" under the layout, so don't sweat it, we all started somewhere.)

That's a neat track plan you've come up with.  Is it from a publication or did you create that yourself?  I also like the approach of scratch bashing the bridge.  But you might want to spend some time looking at proto photos to see if you've gotten as close to the look as you can.  One other obvious note, if you've got a port between those two bridges, at least one of them needs to be a draw bridge to let the boats in and out!

As for the port/coal mine design, the best recommendation is always to see what happens out there in nature.  Use the aerial views on Google or Bing maps with reckless abandon.  (You can find railroads that are abandoned, too!)

Welcome to the Railwire, and to N scale model railroading.  We'll look forward to more postings on your progress.
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Re: SHP Railroad and Hofferville Build
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 06:08:26 PM »
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Thanks for the advice. I will keep you all updated.