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Reading Lines GP35 #3647

Middletown, Pa

Friday, 16 October 2020

Finishing up the Concrete Base...

Finishing up the base scenery layer for the unloading/loading area of the York - Pulp & Paper Mill today.

Quickest, Cleanest & Easiest way to get large concrete areas for a scene done...

In HO - Evergreen Styrene Sheets - 0.30” - 0.75mm, fits perfectly in the railhead groove on Code 83 Peco track.

Jas...

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Installing concrete standing areas...

Working today on getting the concrete hard standing areas done.  This is just 0.30" (0.75mm) Sheet Styrene.

This area will incorporate a bunded area for filling tanks cars with Turpentine from the digester process, and some inbound chemicals via tank car also.


Moves along really quickly when installing it this way.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

A few more details for the York - Pulp & Paper Mill structures...

Tonight I added some more details to the Wood Chip unloading building and another structure for the Strong Black Liquor storage.

First up was the blower piping that routes the wood chips to the variable flow hopper on the roof, and also branches off to the digester that will be modelled as photo backdrop.



The Black Liquor Storage vat and pump station feeds the liquor into the recovery boiler, by modelling some of the different processes within the mill it helps sell the prototypical side of the plant and scene.


Next stage will be to add some of the concrete standing areas for the vast amount of pipework and connection points/loading racks for both inbound & outbound liquids.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

New additions to the York - Pulp & Paper Mill...

So I needed a little inspiration today, moving forward with the base level scenery around Carlisle Junction I needed to get a vision of what the background scene within the York - Pulp & Paper Mill (YP&PM) will look like...

Sometimes, that inspiration, and what determines the foreground scenery level, can come from the structures that occupy an area or scene as a whole.

The YP&PM has the main structures in place already, but none of the other supporting structures and/or process buildings have been constructed.  The pulp was derived originally from two sources, chips & pulp wood.  At this stage, and after building today's structures I think I'll be just steering towards the wood chips.


To try and fit both types of raw materials will just overcrowd the scene, and also have a negative effect on operations.  By sticking to just the wood chips as the plants raw material, the scene is more believable and operations will benefit with more storage tracks.

Today I began by building the wood chip receiving building, it’s a Pikestuff kit that has been kit bashed with the Walthers - Sawmill Outbuilding kit & also a Walthers - Modern Conveyer kit.

Basically the wood chips are released from the bottom of the hopper into a bin with screw auger and fed into a suction blower, and then blown up into a variable flow storage bin.

This then drops and feeds onto a conveyer and is routed to a outside storage bund or straight into the digester building.

Painting track work...

Started the mammoth task of painting all the ties tonight...

Starting out with a couple of quick coats of the Rustoleum - Earth Brown, and then finished off with the air brush with some highlights of roof brown to simulate some light rust.





First set of decals for the Kato conversions...

One of the main locomotives that carried the Reading through the 70's was the EMD GP35.

I wanted to model the GP35 extensively on the layout, luckily I've been fortunate enough to get a hold of several of the older Kato - RDG versions.  There were two versions #3632 & #3645, I'll be renumbering several of these, along with adding DCC & Sound.



Friday, 9 October 2020

More DCC & Sound Installs tonight...

Finally got everything in, LED upgrade, including cabin light, sound, ESU Power Pack Mini & LokSound - Direct decoder...


Just installing the EMD 16cyl 567D sound file, and also configure it to run with the ProtoThrottle.


Next step will be new road number decals for the long hood & number boards.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

LokSound V5 install on a Kato RDG - GP35...

Second project for last night was more work converting the Kato - RDG GP35 to DCC & Sound with a LokSound V5 - Direct Decoder.

I also set the positioning for the ESU Power Pack Mini, and the DCC Specialities “Thunder” speaker.


Next step will be converting all the running lights to LED’s with additional cab lighting too...

Monday, 5 October 2020

Finishing off the last of the layouts Fascia Panels...

Today was spent finishing off the last section of the layouts fascia panels.  Behind the centre peninsula is Reading & Middletown, and these sections of the layout have been finished with both scenery, fascia's & upper valances.

To incorporate the newer fascia panels I had to adjust the height of the fascia's in this area.  Today I added two new sections to the existing fascia's and also added an extra section of scenery area so that it covered the track work & bench work for the staging return loops that are underneath.

The use of the 1/8" (3mm) MDF makes this work go extremely quickly, and it bends into curves easily too.

I've also gained a little scenery real estate that I'll have to think about what to add.


This addition completes the fascia install for the entire layout, all that remains is to add two more fascia panels and this project is finally finished.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Renumbering Locomotive - Road Numbers...

And for something a little different tonight, a change of pace for a warm Spring evening...

Removing OEM road numbers from a Kato - Reading GP35...

One down, seven more to go.

I'm using Mr Color - Thinner, I found this on the Kato website, works great, but be very light with the Q-Tip once the number starts to come off, or you’ll start to take off paint too.

http://www.katousa.com/consumers/changing-numbers.html

Jas...

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Layout Schematic...

For those interested I have stitched all of the fascia panels together in a whole layout schematic, it represents the outer & inner loops.

The inner loop runs from Harrisburg to Sinking Springs, joining at Rutherford & Manheim Junction, the outer loop runs from Carlisle Junction to Harrisburg East, joining at the Susquehanna River.


It doesn't show Reading, Pa which sits behind the centre peninsula.  The schematic also shows all of the slow motion switch machines, signal bridges, dwarf signals & signal masts.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Fascia Install Tonight...

First section of the final run of fascia panel installed.

There is a duck under to the left, near the first curve.  This is also why the width of the fascia narrows too.  

This area which represents Reading, Pa already has most of the scenery completed, but not fully detailed.

Last of the Fascia Panel work...

Working on the last section of fascia panel today, this is Rutherford & Steelton.

Once the fascia's are secured I’ll work on getting the fascia panels installed.

Until last week, I still hadn't decided what this area would be.  It was only after a suggestion of having Steelton on the layout, that I did a little research, and decided to add the Steelton - Steel Works.  This will add another major industry, and another source of traffic from the Harrisburg Foundry & Rolling Mill area.


Monday, 28 September 2020

Re-installed & Updated Fascia Panels...

Finished off upgrading all the fascia panels tonight.  They now all represent both the track work & signals as they are on the layout.




I have one section of fascia to install at Rutherford & Steelton, and when this is completed the last two fascia panels will be installed.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Installing missing ties...

Moving right along, last night I began the task of installing the missing ties from the track work.

It's a little tedious, but it moves along pretty quickly.  It also means that once completed I can begin painting the track.


This two metre section at Carlisle Junction took about an hour to complete, it changes the look so quickly, it's starting to look like track work...


Friday, 25 September 2020

Last section of Backdrop...

Finishing up all the little jobs before moving onto painting the track.

Even after nine years I’m still doing backdrops & plastering, this one section is the transition area from the helix to the main layout, and also into the locomotive shops.

It was a by-product of the layout before the extension was done. Up until today I hadn’t figured out how I was going to finish this off.

You can actually stand up behind this section, which will come in handy when I have to install the MP5 switch motors for the crossover.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Smart Layout Automation...

So tonight was something a little different, one of the processes in having a layout is the vast amount of electrical equipment that needs to be powered up.

Turning on a DCC command station & booster, separate power supplies for detection & signalling, layout PC, three monitors, PC Sound, LokProgrammer...

Can after awhile become a PITA!  When you have everything tucked away nicely under the layout too, it can start to become a little bit of hassle to turn “everything” on at the start.

Not anymore, I just open my DLink app, press the “on buttons” for Layout Power & Layout Operations and we’re away...!

All controlled through Wi-Fi, I’ll be purchasing some more to control the Staging Deck lighting too.

At $35 AUD each, the Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug are a great addition for any layout...!


Jas...

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Railcar Builder/Re-builder...

Tonight I started the installation of the track work for the Shippensburg - Railcar Builder / Re-Builder workshops.

It will be based on the Walthers Cornerstone - Car Shop -- Kit 7 x 5-1/4 x 4-3/4" 17.7 x 13.3 x 12cm.

Walthers Cornerstone - Carshop Kit

The complex fits into the lower side, of the West end of the Shippensburg Classification Yard.  It will be used for bad order/RIP track work throughout the layouts operation.

It will add another level of diversity & interest to the layouts switching based operations theme.

The track work is installed & wired, all I have to do now is completed the structure at a later date.

It also fills in the dead corner that had been bugging me for some time about what to place here, and help with a scenery block for the large curve behind...


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Shippensburg Classification Yard - Signals...

Finished off the Shippensburg Classification Yard, signals tonight. This cantilevered signal bridge protects the West end of the yard before it re-enters the main.


It is again a BLMA - Searchlight with a RRCirKits - Tri Coloured LED. The bridge was built out of brass by Vic Fitzpatrick who is one of the operators on the layout.

Friday, 18 September 2020

First Train for the Shippensburg Classification Yard...

The first train to be broken down in the Shippensburg Classification Yard.


Great fun switching the various pieces into their staging tracks.

Operating with the ProtoThrottle makes operations so much more enjoyable...