Sunday, April 24, 2022

More progress

 Both platforms are in and the LED lights (30 total) are all wired. Some progress photos:

I still need to finish the center catwalks and add more platform details (pay phones, benches, people) but its finally coming together. 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Progress on the Kedzie Station

 Some progress on the Kedzie station as signage is being added.

I'm still working on the other platform. That is being built "off the structure" as its easier to work on in that manner.

I've also started some base scenery coloring:

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Car Projects in the Works

 Now as I'm attempting to get back into a habit of posting, here's a sample of some of the cars that hopefully will make a trip to the paint shop soon ...

A three car train of CNS&M cars, with a diner in the middle:

A CNS&M wood coach. I'll be updating this with the roof mats and 3rd rail beams to run on the elevated:

One of three CA&E cars:

This car was of particular challenge: As received, it was built to proto-48 gauge. So, to get to at least pose on the L, I had to de-solder the trucks and ever so slightly pull the wheel sets to normal (?) standard O gauge. Then, I soldered the trucks back together. For now that'll do until I decide how I'll power these. 

One item of concern is car storage. I'm rapidly running out of room:

Pay no heed to the Stooges, they just keep an eye on things. But I've got my Evanston 1-50 Car just chilling, plus 2 sets of Car Works 6000's, one flat door and one curved door. As its my railroad - I've chosen Mint Green and Alpine White for one set and Spirit of Chicago Grey for another. 

A print by Mitch Markovitz of CSL 144 also keeps watch on things.  

The rest of the fleet lives in a bookcase. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

 Post Pandemic Progress - Or has it been FOUR YEARS?

Yikes ... time does slip by, doesn't it? Anyhow, another new layout has been started, this time based off of the Metropolitan West Side Douglas Park elevated.

But, let's cut to the chase with pictures. This is 2 rail O scale and a combination of 3D printed parts are cast resin parts made from molds.

General build process: Girders are cast resin, all else 3D printed.

These above photos are the general build process. With these basic components, the overall structure is created. I've also created a model of a generic Met station ... loosely based on the Kedzie Ave. stop.

And, from these plans, about 15 feet of structure is completed.

Everything is still under a lot of construction. 

Also - all is currently Dead Rail via battery powered Bluerail bluetooth control boards.