Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Started laying track in the timesaver January 2006

Remember the center was a 12 foot section. I had built a time saver previously which was great fun. Based on an excellent New York port design I had to have it as there were two classification tracks a run around and three industries built on the basis of five siding in each direction. My concept was to have a lumber industry on the west end and an oil refinery and cement plant on the east end. Anyway it was great fun. I used PECO code 75 track layed on underlay cork that comes in roles 50 ft by 4 ft. I got the track from cherry creek hobbies in the US They were nice folks who offered excellent service at a great price.

The picture you see above is looking west. You can
see I made a further addition of a small engine and caboose servicing facility to the south. It takes aproximately 2.5 hours to switch 17 cars in and 17 cars out as most moves can handle only two cars at a time. Not often can you see a time saver where the car sizes very from 50-80ft. The shed in the foreground sets the yard limits when the competition is on, however when we are operating the lead extends around to the large classification yard. The picture on the right shows the beginnings. Three classification tracks, an arrival departure track and an inside main. The s curve adds the sense of size and provides an interesting profile for the trains. As you can see I enclosed the waterpipes and created a scenic backdrop which divides the room nicely. You cannot see everthing at once. You can see some of the cork. The way I layed the track this time was quite different. I painted the right of way black, applied 100% white glue. Layed the track and covered with ballast. I then vacumed up the ballast when dry which left just a thin layer in all the right places. No cleanup of the track either:) Thanks to Jim for this suggestion.


Blogger Mike Hamer said...

As one of the first to operate the time saver, I can attest that it was certainly challenging and most entertaining! This area of the layout will make an impressive yard,industrial area and engine servicing facility as Chris's layout expands!

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