LAYOUT UPDATE: Work started on underpass area

I’ve taken the plunge and have cut the first baseboard to lower the front section in order to install the roads and underpasses under Western Avenue yard. I took the plywood top I had cut out and installed it on the now lowered cross-bracing. I then printed a mock-up of one of the underpasses and placed it on the lowered board to test the height. Next step is to paint the baseboard with undercoat paint to seal it, then start adding the track underlay.

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 15 – layout build progress update

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I update you on the progress of the Level 1 boards, showing you the current proposed track plan and the plan for modelling the underpasses. Be sure to view my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscale as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscaleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicagosubnscale

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 14 – layout build progress update

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I give you another brief progress update on my layout build. Be sure to view my Facebook page as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscaleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicagosubnscale

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HELIX BUILD: Block Detection – Episode 9

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I complete the helix build by showing you the hardware I use for the block detection of my helix and give you a demonstration of the block detection in use. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscale as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.

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HELIX BUILD: Wiring and track layout – Episode 8

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I complete the wiring and track laying in the helix. I explain how I did the blocks for train detection and how I wired the helix. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscale as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.

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Helix completed!

Productive day today – finished the wiring of my helix and connected it to the Digitrax BXP88 block detector. Successfully ran 2 shuttle schedules using Railroad & Co, testing two locos up and down the helix. Now just to wait for the first baseboard kits to arrive and I can get started on my yards.

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 7

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I do a test of the helix using a freight and passenger train, as well as giving an update on my track planning using AnyRail. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page, as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.

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