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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS

Sat, 2018/01/13 - 13:11
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I am asking the MHR community for some help in solving a problem I created with my choice of layout scenery. My layout was originally conceptualized 25 yrs ago as a much smaller layout with no intention of adding a backdrop or anything like that. I started this current version with the old idea then expanded it because I had the room to do so. Although I do plan on adding a backdrop at some point, I didn't take this into consideration when I stuck with the basics of how I originally thought the scenery would look. 

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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS PART VII

Sat, 2018/01/13 - 12:47
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When I last posted I had just completed adding rocks to the newest section of my layout. I flew to CA for vacation on 12/27 and am still here now in LA on business until Feb. Of course that means I don't get to work on the layout but before I left I took a few more photos to share after I had colored all the remaining white plaster with Woodland Scenics earth pigment. It really makes a huge difference. Even without grass or trees the layout starts to look more realistic.

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Jan 2018 news

Sat, 2017/12/30 - 20:13
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MRH 2018-01 - Web downloader

Thu, 2017/12/28 - 18:14
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MRH 2018-01 - January 2018

Thu, 2017/12/28 - 18:13
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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS PART VI

Thu, 2017/12/21 - 13:09
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Since my last post I had glued hydrocal rock castings to the mountains on the newer section and colored them after having glued the tunnel portals and retaining walls in place. The next set of photos shows the progress.

This is the newest section I mentioned in a previous post with the mountains and portals in place.

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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS PART V

Tue, 2017/12/12 - 15:20
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Now that I have gone over most of the build for my layout up to present day (I will take pics of the newest table with the mountains and rock faces in place and post them soon), I thought I would show some of the details I have been working on like tunnel portals, bridges and structures. Since I didn't take any before pics of the portals or bridges before I painted/weathered them, I found pics online of what they look like out of the box.

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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS PART IV

Sun, 2017/12/10 - 14:40
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After fixing my problem with getting my locos up a 2% + grade (it was never consistent for the entire run) I then saw another aspect of my original plan that I never really loved. At that point I had my loco run up hill about 4 inches over the course of 8-10 feet or so but coming back down hill was done inside another tunnel on the opposite end of the layout in about 3 feet. Needless to say it was a steep hill downward though a few tests showed that locos would not fly off the track or even move that much faster so it was doable but I didn't love it.

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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS PART III

Thu, 2017/12/07 - 09:18
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Due to the nature of my job I was unexpectedly out of work from last Christmas until te beginning of May which presented a wonderful opportunity to fill the cold winter days by working on my layout uninterrupted. In that time I feel like I achieved quite a lot on the layout construction itself as well as building structures and whatnot. Like most railroad modelers, I tend to get "on a track" of maybe wiring for a while then when I get bored I shift gears and build a structure or two or maybe work on scenery.

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ALPINE RAILROAD IN NJ-EVOLUTION IN PICS CONT'D

Wed, 2017/12/06 - 13:34
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I left off with the stage of my railroad development having built the benchwork, added foam risers and platforms, fascia, newspaper and tape to prepare for the addition of Woodland Scenics plaster cloth for the mountains.

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December 2017 news

Sat, 2017/11/25 - 11:36
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MRH 2017-12 - Web downloader

Thu, 2017/11/23 - 19:59
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MRH 2017-12 - December 2017

Thu, 2017/11/23 - 19:58
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November 2017 news

Wed, 2017/10/25 - 23:17
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MRH 2017-11 - Web downloader

Wed, 2017/10/25 - 12:59
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MRH 2017-11 - November 2017

Wed, 2017/10/25 - 12:57
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