Macton Locomotive Works

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by michael mott, 23 May 2020 at 16:52.

  1. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    The work I started on the Crewe Pet has spawned a layout. I have space now inside the house, was able to use the spare bedroom that is in the basement which was full of stuff still not sorted since moving back to the city. The conditions for being able to use the room were that it still had to be able to store household stuff.

    I put three boards together that are 4 feet x 2 feet and set them up along one wall they are free standing and are 44 inches high. I put a black curtain along the front so that household stuff could be stored underneath. The only other requirement was to add a bit of lighting so hung a couple of plug in Led type long lamps one over the workbench at one end of the room and the other over the boards.

    After thinking about what scale to build my layout I decided to go for a scale that will allow me to get into the minutia of detail that will satisfy my long winter evenings working on the scene or set as it were because this will obviously be limited in the scope of operating potential. I am more inclined to build than run stuff. That said I do want some movement and for it to be credible.
    For convenience I will be using Peco O gauge flex track to represent an 18 inch narrow gauge type track. and some code 215 Llagas Creek flat bottom rail in some modified sleepers to represent the standard gauge track. Most of the standard gauge and narrow gauge track will be set into various materials to bring the surface up to the height of the rail-head. At the extreme left end of the layout the standard gauge track will be modeled up with proper sleepers and spikes.

    A rough sketch of the layout.

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    and some shots of a little playing with odd bits of track and some card to get a sense of the massing, Most of the backdrop will be the outside of the loco building facility with some interior at the right hand end .



    The large standard gauge loco will be mostly built up from card and plastic although it will be able to move with radio, as will the small 18 inch gauge locos. By using radio I won't have to fiddle with track wiring.

    The standard gauge track is basically 4 inches and the overall scale is .070" = 1 inch so 56.5" = 3.955" or 100.45mm.
    working at this scale will not strain my eyes, or fingers.

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  2. michael mott

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    Well after looking a bit deeper into the rail sizes I need to change them a lot so the 18 inch gauge rail will be the code .215" the rail head width being the determining factor, it will represent a width of 1 3/8" and the standard gauge track will be code .336" which represents a rail width of 1 7/8 or 40 lb rail., I can live with these sizes and as most of the rail will be buried either in the ground or by boards and sets I can live with that.



    I picked up some 1/2 inch rigid pink insulating foam today to use for the sub layer of the groundwork. along with some 1/8th and 1/4 inch MDF for building substrate.

  3. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    More thoughts about the layout and the credibility of the space, now that the rail sizes have been sorted I have simplified the plan so that it only shows the one main brick building with half inside and half outside with a couple of small sheds outside. by squaring up the building I can incorporate the overhead crane on the columns better

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    crewe wall structure.jpg

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  4. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    A couple of shots of the new idea

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    A quick lay up with the windows printed for the exterior, the interior wall has the same spacing of the columns for the overhead crane within the inside of the building.

  5. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    Working out the pattern for the brickwork using Engish Bond was not as easy as it looked here are the two c0urses looking through the plan of the window wall.
    First layer


    Second layer

    Combination to ensure that the layers interlock

    does this make sense to those of you who are familiar with Brickwork?

    Thanks Michael
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  6. michael mott

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    cut out the backdrop wall today it is 1/4 inch hardboard that will have 140lb arches watercolor paper lain on as strips with the mortar spaces cut out to create the individual bricks, This is going to take a bit of time I think. The window frames could be wood or metal I am not sure yet which way to go.

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  7. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    Worked on the inside arch wall yesterday. it is 6 feet long and 21 inches high. DSCN1043x1024.jpg

    The front layer is 5/8th with two 1/2 inch layers behind.

    The cross section drawing shows the position of the column and crane rails. the front edges will be curved so that the corner bricks will be rounded.

    cross section at wall.jpg
    Putting the bricks on seems to be a daunting task at this point , but I;m sure that once I get going it will flow steadily forward.

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  8. michael mott

    michael mott Active Member

    Well the next year is taken care of

    140lb Arches watercolor paper glued on with Le Pages wood glue.