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The Reading Central
« on: June 19, 2020, 10:12:59 PM »
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I'll open this thread quoting a Neil Young lyric: "I sing this song because I love the man, I know that some of you won't understand...". Being a devoted fan of DKS's blog, especially enjoying the different layout concepts and past projects. One stood out in particular - The Reading Central, existing in a world where Conrail never happened consisting of the LV, CNJ and the Reading in a Chessie System-like triumvirate. David has some track plans for the concepts but having enjoyed the agony and ecstasy of building room size layouts for both myself and several friends and then seeing them come down I've decided no more layouts that I can't pick up and move with zero fuss. Try as I might, I couldn't do the idea justice. Then I found a video from a modeler (DJ's Trains) on the YouTubes. An interchange. So let's move this idea somewhere in NJ. A small town called Smithsboro where the RC interchanges with...PC? Chessie? I found a baseboard made of Gatorfoam I've used at least twice that's 27" x 15-3/4". I think the odd size was for testing the tight radius Unitrak. So we're ending up with a mini/micro/cameo since I'm building a "stage" for it. Often the problem with micros is you see the whole ball of wax and every other distraction. The hood makes you focus on the scene. Three off-stage tracks have the players pop in and out of the scene. First mock-up (and I re-mocked about 5 more times but I'll save you the time). Too linear and too much dead space...
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2020, 10:17:25 PM »
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Here's first draft with the cover on with LED strip lighting...battery powered...going to go into some uncharted modeling territory on this one too. Never hooked up so much as a grain of rice bulb before this...and kicking the tires with some CMR streets.
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2020, 10:22:48 PM »
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The "staging sticks" aren't going to cut it...sometimes I enjoy the relaxing activity of watching a train chasing its tail (why should  @wm3798 have all the fun?) so I built this out of some leftover gatorboard and foamcore and 11" R Unitrak. So now I have a whole 'nother scene to play with.  Bonus - both sections together fit nicely across a folding table.
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2020, 02:41:17 PM »
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The "staging sticks" aren't going to cut it...sometimes I enjoy the relaxing activity of watching a train chasing its tail (why should  @wm3798 have all the fun?) so I built this out of some leftover gatorboard and foamcore and 11" R Unitrak. So now I have a whole 'nother scene to play with.  Bonus - both sections together fit nicely across a folding table.

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You should just make it a shitty post industrial wasteland. I'll let you know how my washer tires work out.

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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2020, 04:29:01 PM »
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I found a baseboard made of Gatorfoam I've used at least twice that's 27" x 15-3/4". I think the odd size was for testing the tight radius Unitrak.

Curious. That's almost exactly the size of the Trenton Transportation Company (27 x 16)...


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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2020, 06:56:55 AM »
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While I do enjoy that abandoned, clapped-out, ghost-signed post industrial look I also appreciate a serene, bucolic scene as well. Must be a Jungian thing...

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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2020, 08:04:23 AM »
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While I do enjoy that abandoned, clapped-out, ghost-signed post industrial look I also appreciate a serene, bucolic scene as well. Must be a Jungian thing...

Yes, that's a dichotomy with which I struggled as well. One reason I was going to go with the Black River & Western--lots of bucolic.

The thing is, bucolic is tough to pull off with a micro-layout (but perfectly suited for urban industrial), so Jeff is facing a challenge.

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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2020, 08:27:42 AM »
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Here's a little something I whipped up on a 27 x 16.5 base that has some expansion possibilities. The inner track radius is absurd (6") but there's no getting past that for roundy-round layouts this size.


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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2020, 07:29:04 PM »
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I think you're right. I remember being blown away seeing it at the Rail-B-Q. It really took the micro to another stratosphere.


Curious. That's almost exactly the size of the Trenton Transportation Company (27 x 16)...
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2020, 10:06:55 AM »
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I think you're right. I remember being blown away seeing it at the Rail-B-Q. It really took the micro to another stratosphere.

The TTC is honestly one of my top 3 favorite DKS layouts. I’ve contemplated doing a mirrored version, but with handlaid track like @Chris333 did so I can squeeze in a couple more industries. Of course that’d necessitate finally learning to handlay N-Scale track.
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2020, 10:56:37 AM »
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The TTC is honestly one of my top 3 favorite DKS layouts. I’ve contemplated doing a mirrored version, but with handlaid track like @Chris333 did so I can squeeze in a couple more industries. Of course that’d necessitate finally learning to handlay N-Scale track.

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You've already proven that you have the skill with your O scale handlaid track.  Now, it's just practice makes perfect for you in N scale.

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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2020, 11:13:01 AM »
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Here's another scribble, a little less absurd than the last one.


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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2020, 07:17:50 PM »
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The TTC is honestly one of my top 3 favorite DKS layouts. I’ve contemplated doing a mirrored version, but with handlaid track like @Chris333 did so I can squeeze in a couple more industries. Of course that’d necessitate finally learning to handlay N-Scale track.

Its pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Just a tad tedious. Just make sure you have plenty of 3 point gauges and a 35w iron.
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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2020, 08:17:58 PM »
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Just a tad?  :o

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Re: The Reading Central
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2020, 10:39:19 PM »
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Just a tad?  :o

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