Posts Tagged ‘Layout’

Tunnels Are Boring

Posted on June 17th, 2017, by Michael Rountree

Where my main line enters a helix between Oxmore and Trellisville, I needed to dress up the entry and exit as tunnel portals. In the past I’ve just used a portal casting and nothing else, but it doesn’t look realistic to not see the walls of the bored out tunnel behind the portal. I decided to fabricate some liners for the first few inches of track, and this is how I did it.

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Deepwater District Layout Visit

Posted on September 9th, 2015, by Michael Rountree

I was invited by a friend (Mark) to join him for an operating session on the fabulous Deepwater District layout, built by Gerry Albers. This is an HO layout, and as it turns out, one that is located rather close to where I live.

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Mountaineering (Engineering a Mountain)

Posted on December 16th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

In the Autumn of 2012, I decided that it was time to start grading the Right-Of-Way further west than Winchester… By adding in a curved trestle, and putting the right vertical emphasis into the terrain forms, I figured it could become something so much more, and really sell the layout in a “best foot forward” sense.

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Why Build Such a Complex Layout?

Posted on August 19th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

Recently, a forum thread at was begun, asking the question of why we bother with large layouts and complex trackwork, such as a big rail yard. The thread originator wondered whether we might be just as happy with a mainline loop and compelling scenery.

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Making a Control Panel

Posted on March 9th, 2013, by Michael Rountree

What I have been working on of late has been installations of slide switches and electrical block gaps, to complete the tracklaying in the vicinity of the Winchester Yard Throat. Along with this, I have had to re-design my control panel to reflect the revised track configuration, and I to map out where electrical blocks will go.

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