The previous article covered the hump yard's design. This installment covers the actual construction, which includes hand-laid track.
Construction of the hump yard continues with applying ballast, doing the electrical work, testing turnouts, adding retaining walls, adding structures, and describing what the future plans are.
The author describes how he built two small layouts for his grandsons. Includes construction photos, and completed photos of both layouts.
Elevating ones layout track can expand the available modeling space. The author shows examples on his and other's layouts.
The author is starting a new column in the Dispatch discussing what it takes to get a layout built and running. In this column he starts off with handling all of the common complaints.
The author shares a letter he got that describes how the modeler got out of his comfort zone, to tackle layout construction. They are part of a round-robin group, the organization of which is discussed in this article. Photos of the author's layout are included in the next several pages following this article.
How to transcribe the track plan design to the actual layout space. Also covers how to build table-top sections.
Scenic curves can either be mathematically planned, or can just be put in position until the layout builder likes its position. Either approach is acceptable. The author mentioned that actual construction always differs from detailed planning.
Why are we drawn to buying locomotives and cars, but not structures?
The author makes the case for incorporating grades in your layout. Includes information about how to calculate a grade and how to deal with the vertical transitions.
Change can be hard to deal with, but the author makes the case that making minor or even major changes to your layout can breathe new life into your enjoyment of the hobby.
The author describes various ways to make the space wherein the model railroad resides more visually appealing. Includes several photos of his layout.
This installment covers the creation of the Mt. Washington backdrop for his layout. Includes a few photos. The backdrop is made from sections of insulation foam.
The author describes his struggle with the last major scene on his layout, that of capturing the city of Pittsburgh, which also happens to be the first scene that visitors to the layout see when entering the room. He describes building a raised scenic base, since it is also a staging yard. Includes many photos.
The reality of never finishing projects, and how to deal with that reality. How to overcome "destructive" habit in your hobby, and still enjoy the process.
What to do when there is a house-supporting pole in the middle of your layout space? The author's solution was to build a four-sided building around the square pole, which, when the camera is set a the right angle, makes the pole invisible.
Drawing on his experience dealing with real-world turntables, the author modifies his HO-scale Heljan turntable kit to operate smoothly on his S-scale layout. Includes many close-up photos of the work done to the table.
Thoughts on building an automatic protection method for preventing engines from falling on the floor when a lift-out section has been removed from the layout.
An update about the author's layout, since it will be open before and after the 2013 NASG Convention. Includes an updated track plan.
The author shares some photos of his layout, which is open during the 2013 NASG Convention.
The author built a layout around the perimeter of his room, near the ceiling. He describes the plusses and minuses of such an approach. Includes several photos, and design diagrams for the supports. It also covers his vast AF collection and what he runs on the layout.
The author looked to the EBT prototype to figure out how to move coal on his layout between standard- and narrow-gauge.
In this column the author covers various non-S-scale kits that can be used to model Sn3 cars. Includes photos of some of those projects.
Covers how goods were transferred between narrow-gauge and standard-gauge cars. Also covered are how to have two identical cars, one with each type of truck to simulate transferring the car by swapping the trucks (includes photos).
In this article the author describes how he converted a 4-6-0 Mantua HO-scale locomotive into an Sn3 model. Includes a parts list, and a couple of construction photos.
The author covers his model railroading history, and how is now getting ready to build a 12'x14' S-scale layout. The article includes the 1:12 mock-up of the layout he built and the layout's track plan. The layout's benchwork was built to be portable.
This article has the author describing how he got into S-scale when he was approached about becoming the Dispatch editor, and saw all the products available in S. Also includes preparing the basement, coming up with a track plan design, and deciding upon which railroad to model. Includes several track plan designs.
The author continues his updates on his Elk & Gauley layout, with completing a loop of track to run trains, and installing various bridges.
Jeff continues his layout construction article, this time covering building sectional benchwork, and evaluating the earlier track plan. Includes construction photos, and track plan drawing.
The author now tackles the issue of building an S-scale equipment roster for his planned layout. Also covers structures, track, and electronics.
The author describes how the model railroading greats influenced his approach to the hobby. When switching to S-scale, he had to become familiar with the mainstays of S, such as Frank Titman and Sam Powell.
Jeff continues his central West Virginia layout construction project, covering foam hills, bridges, and tunnels. Includes several under-construction photos.
The author was able to incorporate a lower level in the construction of his peninsula. Includes construction tips, plans, and photos.
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