1st "complete" module

The Rural Station Module

Okay, not museum quality, but more than serviceable.
This is part of an eventual rural station/siding 4 module set.
eBay used station, some left-over ballast, and scenic-ing materials from last N-Scale foray (in the '80s).
Still needs some doodads for the station platform, some people and a couple of cars in the parking lot and road.
And who knows what else?

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Geomorphology 2

North West Corner

This piece is a transition between the Urban Station Scene and the Rural Station Scene.
Yeah, kinda a perceptual leap of faith.


The urban side

will be a cut stone retaining wall and double portal. Right up against the end of the urban terminal. Maybe some city buildings, or industry?, above the portal.
The transition to rural will be wooded.

The rural side

will have a more rustic (blasted rock, or wooden) double portal. Would be nice to have a single portal, but tricky siding switchwork already. And, it seems the double track (T-Trak standard) kinda forces ya into double portals. We'll see more tweaking/experimenting yet to come.

Operational Layout phase 2

Well, maybe phase 1+

Received the track from Fifer Hobby Supply, but one of the #4 turnouts was faulty. One of the switch blades fails to move sufficiently to contact the track. This is not the normal #4 tuning situation it appears the switch blade is loose at its pivot.  Definitely more play that the other blade, at the pivot point.
Not an electrical issue, switch motor throws the lever fine, but the blade will not connect.  In other words same behavior manual or electric.
Contacted FHS and they have no problem with returning. They mentioned they had seen this from Kato, and that Kato was very good about making the exchanges.

So we have a big (well, 8' x 7') double loop, with one double crossover, a two track terminal and a partial siding/rural-station track.


Duck-under and water tower

Duck-Under Seismic retrofit

Notched the base to better align (center) with the corner track.
Started leveling the "bridge" then realized its the south bench work that needed to be raised (we're now at a 2x4 + 5/8 plywood).
Added plexiglass sides for the inevitable bumps.
Track should be here tomorrow.


Playing with the weathering powders


Structure Building

Construction Milestone!

Milestone of progress with the construction phase

The "Duck-Under" bridge

Basic structure and functionality is there.
Need to level and position laterally (which will require some tweaking)

An Ebay addition - string of ore cars


The Yard Module

15" x 5'
Need to level the surface (somehow), the track work is designed, but purchse and actual install will be "later".


That polyiso foam is crap.
The covering doesn't remove well, it is not flat (many depressions across surface) and its expensive.


Removed the track and 2 switches from the siding modules. Scraped one module because my attempt to level the surface of the polyiso foam had made it much worse. The original modules, I think we sized wrong. They should be 310 mm. exactly the same as the ballast of the Kato straight + the 62 mm (1/4). One of the T-Trak sources had said 308 mm. I think that's wrong. But, cutting the 2" foam with the sharpened putty knife is not very "accurate" - very diffucult to be precise.


I believe the module constructon phase, and bench work, is complete! Thank gawd. My least favorite part.
Ordered enough track to finish the loop.
I think that's


operational Phase 3 Rev A

Siding change

Rather than a siding (third track) I think may be better to use one of the dual track "mains" as a Station/Service/Siding track. Really allows both "mains" to serve as siding.

Bench work

4 1/2 height Gorilla racks with a "bridge"
The "bridge" is 4x2 ft 1/2" plywood set into aluminum angle "iron" pop riveted to the bench.
Gives some stability to the two benches, as well as supporting the 4 single modules.

More Modules, Yard

Glued up 2 more single modules.
Ordered legs. Still quite a few hurricane nuts, but used up the legs, already!
Cut and assembled Yard module 4' x 15"


Modular Benchwork

In keeping with the portable approach,…
installed 2 "Gorilla" racks as 4, 1/2 height benches.
Biggest headache was leveling them on the VERY uneven floor.
And maintaining alignment to each other.

And, the Lionel stuff is boxed and stored. But, still available for the boys to play with.

Lionel Storage

"Final" organization and crating of the Lionel trains, track, structures, parts and pieces.
Separated out the "Play train" elements for the boys, if they're interested.

Now, need to get the "Gorilla" racks.

Station Passengers

Wow, I need more people! These n scale bits are small!


Saw Pit Store



On the back burner till I get some "people" to populate the station.

Town corner

Moved the "Town" corner module to its logical location (see Goal)

Hmmm, possible re-use.

I better wade into ballasting.

Station Work


The green Passenger station "module" is on 1/4" plank that will sit on top 2 std and one corner modules (slightly recessed 1/4")
passenger-station-sub-module Operationally better with the double crossover to the right, but will have to wait for the gorilla racks (bench work). img_5497 img_5502 img_5500

Siding Realignment

Siding Track Realignment

Added a couple of 64mm straights at the siding switches to move the siding away from the mains. Shorter but still holds the 4 car passenger consist with the GP50.

Station parts

The box of station canopy parts arrived.
Previous owner had weathered two sets of them. Not bad. The rest were clean spares.
Rough fit for ideas, the off to kit-bashing.

Station Canopy?

Train Station

A Hornby train shed canopy gets worked in.
It's 00 gauge, but I think we can make it work. Platforms may be too large, may cut lengthwise.
Canopy may cover the yard run (green) track? screen-shot-2013-06-05-at-5.54.32-pm
(Note; Swapped the double crossover to the right of the 2x switching module. Seems to be a better egress/exit flow. makes the station tracks too short, tho.)
FAIL - Hornby OO canopy much too large. Back to drawingboard.



Steam Engine & Passenger Cars

Steam Engine (E-Bay)


Passenger Cars (DASH)

Possibly available,… Interior Light Kits with Brighter White LED - 6 Lights Set - Kato 11-212