Author:tj-leeCreated:1/3/2008 1:52 PM
Here are a number of PDF files that show the different things I've built for my layout. I hope they are useful to the beginners like myself that frequent MLS. -TJ
By tj-lee on 2/9/2008 9:00 PM
With scraps left over from a 5 foot Howe Truss bridge project I decided to craft a short covered railway bridge. It was a real learning experience since I had never tried building anything so far exclusively dependent on glue to hang together.
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By tj-lee on 1/3/2008 2:00 PM
Given the problems of building a large scale layout, outside, in the limited space available, you often run into the problem of backyard “stuff” winding up smack dab in the middle of your railroad. I had this very problem with a PVC drain pipe and in this 17 page PDF document (14 pictures) show how I "hid" the pipe in plain sight.
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By tj-lee on 1/3/2008 1:57 PM
This 80 page PDF document (over 60 pictures) discusses the creation of outdoor garden railroad layout scenery using a papier-mâché like methodology that utilizes burlap strips soaked in a type of cement called “plastic cement” over a ridged framework (either pressure treated lumber or rebar, covered with chicken wire or hardware cloth). This technique is simple, the materials are cheap, and you can work on it over long periods of time (as you have time available).
By tj-lee on 1/3/2008 1:55 PM
Every layout should have a trestle. There is just something about the wooden structures of a trestle that makes for great visual eye candy. This 40 page PDF document (over 30 pictures) shows how I build my trestles and it may be of use to you.
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