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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2015, 04:16:34 AM »
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I've finally got some track laid now that we're moved into the new house.  My layout will be slightly smaller but the primary industrial park setup is the same.  I've replaced a run to an interchange yard with the UP to a simple runaround interchange/staging track with a wye switch representing the UP just off the layout. 

I posted a dozen or so pics on my blog so I'm going to put the link here again.  Thanks for viewing!

http://westrailinnscale.blogspot.com/

-Dave

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2015, 08:13:48 AM »
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Diggin' the simple scheme.

Ya, I came across them after doing a Google search to see if "my" WestRail was already taken.  I briefly thought of plagiarizing their scheme but decided to go my own way.
Just FYI Westrail had a loco, the L class, that was more or less an SD40
http://members.iinet.net/~rjtonkin/bluel.jpg
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/images//L_CLASS/L1_L2_HARRY_WILLIAMS.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7367507868_b3e42c1a1b_b.jpg
Some  :tommann: inspiration for you :trollface:
Regards
Tony A

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2015, 02:24:08 AM »
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Thanks!

I actually finally received my custom painted equipment in the mail today.  It's a very simple scheme that I designed that reflects a shortline/industrial holding company with maybe a dozen or so units.  Despite the lousy cellphone pics, I think they turned out great! 









More at my blog:  http://westrailinnscale.blogspot.com/

-Dave

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2016, 06:00:30 PM »
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It's been quite a while since I've posted anything on my layout, mainly because I've been busy and not active in the train room.  I'm trying to get "re-activated" - we'll see where I get. 

I extended my industrial line's modular benchwork onto the third wall in my train room, which will be the final extension.  I am going to be modeling mostly real ex-SP track south of Chase Field in Phoenix so thought it'd be cool to print out Google Earth images to-scale and tape them together on my benchwork and see how it looks. 

There's more on my blog but overall I think this was a neat exercise and really is helping me visualize how to proceed with my layout.

More at my blog:  http://westrailinnscale.blogspot.com/

-Dave




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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2016, 06:05:39 PM »
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This is more of a side shot to show that it's not as cool as when you are looking straight down.  :-)

-Dave

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2016, 06:15:43 PM »
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Finally, this overhead view shows how the prototype track curved through some buildings and barriers, providing a perfect corner for my layout as the track curves around the room.  The pink foam in the lower right can be cut to contour, cut an an angle, or left as-is, as there's a large brick structure that can fill that space.  It would probably be fairly simple to do with DPM modular wall sections based on the Google Earth images that I see. 

Ok, all for now. 

-Dave

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2016, 12:25:22 PM »
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I really like what you're doing with those photos. That's a great way to help craft realistic scenes.

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2016, 06:50:54 PM »
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The photos of the parking lot Google photos look great.  Do I understand they don't look as good on the real module to the human eye?

I am actually surprised they came out that sharp.  Usually they get fuzzy when you blow them up that large. Any secrets to share?

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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2016, 02:10:53 AM »
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No secrets unfortunately.  I just pulled up Google Earth, figured out the correct view height to get the proper scale for me (about 1250'), and then "Print Screen" and pasted into Word.  Nothing else was done.  I used 11/2005 for the area I'm modeling because it had the sharpest images and still had some of the track in place.  I had these printed at Office Depot in black and white on standard 11"x17" paper.

Though there's probably an easier way, to figure out the scale I calculated how many Google Earth feet would match my 12" wide benchwork, then used an actual ruler on the screen to figure it out. lol  Once you figure out the view height you are good to go.  I use the Ruler tool to actually draw the 160 scale foot width on the screen as a guide for cutting out the picture once it's printed.  Works for me well enough. 

It was definitely worth the $7.00 or so to get them printed (like 27 sheets total allowing for plenty of overlap and so forth).  They really do allow you to not only visualize (which is awesome) but actually plan out to scale.  It's funny how well it's worked out matching up the prototype scenes with my actual train room dimensions. 

With this particular spur, one interesting part that I had not been able to include was two blocks of street running through a neighborhood just north of I-17.  It didn't bother me because there's always things that get cut.  However, by having these prints I was able to play around with the middle section and am now thinking I might be able to include a short block or so of street running.  Unfortunately, in my haste to print another bunch of sections of that area today to play around with, I neglected to format the paper to 11"x17".  Office Depot took my $7.00 then promptly printed two batches that didn't turn out - my error.  I needed to get to work so just left without my money or my copies.  Ugh.  Oh well - something to play around with for another day. 

-Dave


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Re: WestRail Group - Salt River Division in N Scale
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2016, 02:14:19 AM »
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The photos of the parking lot Google photos look great.  Do I understand they don't look as good on the real module to the human eye?

I am actually surprised they came out that sharp.  Usually they get fuzzy when you blow them up that large. Any secrets to share?

Forgot to add, the prints actually look really good to the naked eye.  Sort of in the same manner as David Barrow was putting simply white structural elements on his layout and no ballast etc., I could see myself temporarily just gluing these down and then laying the track across them.  haha  No vertical elements but the parking lots do indeed look great. 

-Dave