Operations

Operations

When I started this layout, I really had not thought about the “purpose” of it.  I guess it really never occurred to me there could be more than just running trains in circles thru cool scenery.  After visiting a friend’s layout during an operating session, I realized there could be a purpose behind running trains.  So I went back to the drawing board and rethought what I could do.  While there have been many iterations, this is the latest version.  Here…

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Progress again

Progress again

Lots of progress the last few days, or at least it feels like it.  I took a little time reworking the yard plan so I knew where to finish the main.  One evening to lay everything out, one evening to put down roadbed and track, and this evening added the feeders and ran some trains.   I also put in one spur, the easiest of course! The yard was redesigned to better allow for switching.  I added an arrival/departure track off…

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One step forward, one step backward

One step forward, one step backward

I had grand plans this weekend, but we all know what that means. Everything hinged around getting supplies delivered Sat morning. Despite being “out for delivery”, the postman did not drop off the package.  Of course they dont knock anymore, they more or less just throw it and run.  They were long gone by the time i figured out things were missing.  So what does any crazy person do?  Chase down the mail truck and head to the post office…

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1 step forward 2 steps back

1 step forward 2 steps back

Track planning has to be the hardest part of this whole thing.  There is an unbelievable amount of thought that gets put into it.  Well, at least I am.  Maybe I am way over thinking this.  I do know that with a plan, it is super easy to get it from paper to bench work.  So I figure I might as well make all my mistakes before I glue anything. I thought I had a great plan.  Then two things…

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Divided

Divided

I have taken a step back and am rethinking the track plan.  I really am second guessing the yard tracks.  In the mean time, I put up the divider.  The divider and the peninsula are pretty much set.  I can not believe how much a divider painted blue and foam painted brown change the entire scene.

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the Nebraska & Southwestern Railroad.  This is a blog to capture my adventure creating an N scale model railroad layout based on the Burlington Northern railroad set in Nebraska during the late 1990s.   Follow along and be sure to subscribe!

Buss wires

Buss wires

I took a little different route with the buss wires.  I used 14 gauge wire for the buss wire and 22 gauge phone wire for the feeders.  To connect them, I used push in wire connectors.  This was very clean and very easy to do and makes adding/changing super easy.

Track and trains rolling

Track and trains rolling

The day has finally come!   I decided to go with Peco code 55 track.  I really like Peco switches and the code 55 just looks better.  I am using concrete ties on the main.  Here is the track getting glued down (with the help of some weight out of my tool chest).