My first Gn15 layout, the Little Mine

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:07 pm

Nevadablue wrote: :-) My little helper had to check out the layout. She likes to catch moving things.
Hi helper, how are ya!
Now, just wait till she assists with the plastering of the mountain :lol:
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Postby Chris18 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:16 pm

Could you show us a few new pics of your layout ? :D
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Postby Nevadablue » Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:39 am

Chris, nothing has changed since the last pictures. Too busy on the house and other things. I did however get my hobby space laid out and a new workbench built. Tonight I started on building the loco shed. I figured I can glue a wall or a few boards at a time and make at least some progress.
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Postby Chris18 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:12 pm

Thanks for your answer. Maybe we can wait a couple of month...
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Postby Nevadablue » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:20 am

I decided to spend a few minutes every day if I can and progress this layout. I have started building the loco shed, with one wall glued up. Here it is, watch the glue dry! (one of my other hobbies is reloading ammunition, so I took a half dozen lead ingots and painted them for use as glue weights :D )

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Postby Si » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:50 am

I decided to spend a few minutes every day


You, sir, are a better man than I.....I find it totally impossible just to do a few minutes - unless I diarise a window of a couple of hours nothing ever gets done on my layout. And recently nothing has got done on my layout :cry: I guess that it helps if you have a dedicated workbench that doesn't need clearing off at the end of every session.

Sorry for the OT ramble....

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Postby Nevadablue » Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:43 pm

No problem, no apology necessary. I understand for sure! I found myself either not working on my model projects or working on my lap or computer keyboard. :D Making the tiny work bench gave me a place to at least be able to work on one project at a time, like this little building.
I'm scheming an idea that may help others with limited space. I have a set of serving trays (six of them) like are used in a restaurant for carrying stuff from the serving line to the table. I want to make a rack in a storage cabinet that will hold the trays and their 'project' without having to put everything away each time. The rack should have several inches between trays so something can be worked on (a loco for example) and just left on the tray. Then the tray can be slid into the rack and retrieved later to continue. This will also let me have lots of things going at once... my normal way of 'not completing' anything. :shock:
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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:04 am

I got two more wall frames built and did a test fit. Next to disassemble and install the siding. The other long wall will not be sided, it is a common wall between the shed and a lean-to work shop area. (Ignore the monkey, he ignores me :shock: )

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:12 pm

Some more progress yesterday. Thank goodness I remembered that the buffer at the end of the track goes THROUGH the rear wall of the shed. Just in time... I also remembered to give the guys a work bench area for maintenance of the equipment. The open side of the shed will be covered with a lean-to work space, all dirt floored.

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And here is the fit of the loco in the shed... rather tight. The coupler butts into the buffer just before it goes through the wall... I hope.

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The goofy hat on Miner Mike (the real person I'm teasing with this model) is the cap off of an acorn. The real Miner Mike (a friend of mine here in the canyon) wears a miner's hat with a straw brim duct taped on for a sunshade. I'll have to modify the acorn cap a bit, but it is OBVIOUS to those of us who know Mike what it represents. :D He will also need a yellow shirt and suspenders.
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Postby RoGNer » Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:40 pm

Hey Ken that's great work there pal ! Thanks for posting the pictures

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ps what the weather like out your way?
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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:05 pm

Thanks Roger, I'm having fun! :D
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Postby Nevadablue » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:20 pm

A bit more progress. The roof structure is done and the tin is going on. Still need to build the lean-to area and the roof for it. I made the front overhang large and left a ventilation hole in the gable end. Need shade in the summer and shelter in the winter. :D

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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:12 pm

The building fits on the allotted space! That's a good thing. :D

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And my wife has agreed to paint a back scene to replace my blue paper backing! Hooah! Water color mountains, sky and clouds. :D
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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:18 pm

RoGNer wrote:Ken that's great work - I like the loco. I also really like that article and pictures on the battery loco and how the battery part is changed over! Never seen that before!!

Here is our Wingrove & Rogers battery loco with my pal Ben on the drivers hot seat (a plastic crate) down at the Lea Bailey 2 weeks ago.

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Roger, I was just reviewing the thread and looked at your pic again. Would you mind if I model both the loco AND the shed? Both good prototype stuff! :)
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Postby Jon Randall » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:46 am

Gnice looking shed Ken 8)
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Postby Nevadablue » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:27 am

Thanks Jon, I'm having fun with it. :D
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Postby Nevadablue » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:53 pm

Now I need to decide on siding for the lean-to and windows for it. Also, will doors fit the layout? It appears that they will. Weathering the roof has to be done too. We are off to town tomorrow, I'll try to find some chalk to powder up... :D

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Postby RoGNer » Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:46 pm

Nevadablue wrote:
RoGNer wrote:Ken that's great work - I like the loco. I also really like that article and pictures on the battery loco and how the battery part is changed over! Never seen that before!!

Here is our Wingrove & Rogers battery loco with my pal Ben on the drivers hot seat (a plastic crate) down at the Lea Bailey 2 weeks ago.

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Roger, I was just reviewing the thread and looked at your pic again. Would you mind if I model both the loco AND the shed? Both good prototype stuff! :)



Hi Ken - that would be fantastic! Please begin at once!!

If you need any measurements taken please let me know.

Your work is excellent
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Postby Nevadablue » Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:39 am

Thanks Roger!
I decided to side the lean-to with the same siding as the shed. Also, no glass in the north window, just an awning type shutter.

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Of course as soon as the siding went on, the guys started filling the place with junk!

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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:26 pm

The miners were complaining about not having drinking water in all the headings. So we built a little car that carries a barrel of water from the wet areas in the mine to the dry areas. No more griping.

The barrel started as a plain turned barrel from an eBay vendor. It was stained, then a wood burning tool made the 'stave' lines and lettering. The drinking cup is the tip of a ball point pen clicker with a wire bail. The Spigot is a piece of #10 wire, a tiny grommet and some more wire.

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We lettered the barrel to help prevent a barrel of WHISKEY from ending up at the heading. :shock:
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Postby RoGNer » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:24 pm

Roll out the barrel
We'll have a barrel of fun!

Ken - that's superb work! I like the details, staining etc etc

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Postby Chris18 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:54 am

RoGNer wrote:Roll out the barrel
We'll have a barrel of fun!
Ken - that's superb work! I like the details, staining etc etc
Roger 8)

Everything has been said!
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Re: My first Gn15 layout, the Little Mine

Postby Nevadablue » Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:17 pm

There was some concern about the Little Mine getting lost in the shuffle. There is a shuffle, but it won't get lost. I just determined that it can be fit into the diorama layout I'm designing. I can cut the base board it is on to fit into one of the 16"x25" diorama bases and all will be fine! This also means that the mountain that the mine is in can have a 'back side'. It will actually overlap 4 of the modules. I'll have to do a bit of track work and install another switch, but that should work out.

The Little Mine module is in the upper left of this pic and the Gun Shop is currently in the lower right. Ignore the sawmill and ore mill locations for now. :shock:

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Re: My first Gn15 layout, the Little Mine

Postby Nevadablue » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:09 am

The move to RC has triggered a major change of plans for the town of Tobar. The town planners decided to scrap the above shown version and make a new set of module plans. The new shape will fit into a 4' x 8' rectangle if/when it is all assembled. The major change will be that one module will be 'double size' or 24" wide by 32" high. That will still be manageable for me to move around and store, but will give me a larger roundy roundy layout for the bigger NG critters to play on. The Little Mine module will be mounted on a rectangle, but will not be connected to the rest of the layout by rail. The ore will be loaded on trucks near the mine mouth.

The new plan. I'm still working on a few details of building placement, but this is a lot closer to what I want now.

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Re: My first Gn15 layout, the Little Mine

Postby Nevadablue » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:12 am

Posted Today, 07:01 PM
I'm going to start a new thread for Tobar Junction, but here is the 'double module' that will hold the power plant, the coal mine (a shaft mine) and a few other goodies to be determined yet.

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That gives me a few neat bridges to build too. I plan on using a real steam engine in the power plant to generate power for the town.
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