Rainier Great Western Railway & Navigation Company

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Train Room (Shell)  -  Train Room (Interior)  -  Layout Design

Layout Construction:  (click on pictures for full view)

February 2013:  

Seems way too long since I updated this webpage, my apologies.  I do give more regular updates on Trainboard if you would like to cross reference our progress with the most current progress.  Hate to say it, bit it is easier for me to upload quick posts using my phone, versus sitting on here and making all the corrections required to keep this entire website current.

Our layout tour was a big success.  We had around 50 people go through the layout over two days.  IN fact, two separate groups toured the RGW.  We had the Spring Meet of the PNR NMRA go through over both Saturday and Sunday and the PSMRE guys/gals go through on Saturday.  Plenty of nice things were said, which were good to hear, as well as some great ideas on the next phases.  We thank all who attended.

Construction has been making more strides on the scenery end of things.  We continue to add details to the North wall area (Black Diamond to Franklin).  These included rock formations, ground covers, trees and some ballast.  We also completed the scenery along the NW Wall, using our version of scotch broom as a means to hide seams for pull-out sections.  I will detail that shortly.  In addition, we tore out the temporary return loops in the Southeast section and began to build the permanent table sections to complete the railroad.

Here are pictures of where things stand today (please read captions for more details):

We used plaster patches to straddle seams in liftout sections, then covered them with lichen and ground foam to simulate scotch broom:

     Shot of foam liftout sections before any scenery applied.        Plaster patches are formed over the seams in the foam.  Half of the patch is then glued to one side of the patch to enable the entire section to be lifted out.      Lichen is attached to the plaster patches with instant contact cement and allowd to dry in place for several days.       Areas between the patches are filled in to give the scene a better symmetry.      Fine yellow ground foam from Woodland Scenics is then sprinkled on the lichen to simulate large clustes of scotch broom, a nasty hay-fever inducing plant.

Scenery in the Franklin area starts to take shape.  This is a rustic industrial area and is not intended to be serene or pretty. Also added a farm in the NW corner on the run into Franklin.

Rainier Anthracite has a modern flood loader, one of two it owns in Franklin.      The second of Rainier Antrhacite's two laoders is situatued in front of Mt. Franklin for test fit.       This is a tough scene, two different bridges spanning the same gorge but one (foreground) is RGW track, the other BNSF track.      Pastoral farm scene in the NW corner of the upper line.     A closer look at the farm, seems the owner worked for the CNW at one time, proudly showing off his old MOW vehicle.

Black Diamond continues to evolve,  In this case we fill in the area between the industrial tracks.  First layer is sand, then dirt, the ground foam and ballast where applicable.  Roads will follow as will the foundations and sidewalks for the town of Black Diamond.

After carefully cutting 3/16" foamcoare to fit the gaps between rails, we cover the entire ara with sand.      After the sand has been glued down, we layer on the real dirt and the ballast.  We use Arizona Rock Products, in this case Yard Mix.      FIrt of two views of this scene. We sculpt berms of dirt at the canyon rim to soften the edge.      Second, we add ground foams of varying texture to further soften the edge of the rim.  We have several to go in this picture.     The mainline ballast is ARP's GN Basalt.  Here it has received its first glue application.

The next phase of construction will be an exciting one as we build the last third of the railroad and tie everything into one working railroad with the helix.  Our next update may very well be the most intense since this webpage started.  Join us Tuesday nights if you wish, just send us an email and I will reply.  Thanks for visiting, Michael


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