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Old 11-22-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
Mark VerMurlen
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Modified Peace River HO Layout

Hi Everyone,

I've been reading and planning a new HO scale layout for the past few months. This will be the third layout I've built. My first was a classic HO scale 4x8 ft sheet of plywood that I built as a kid. My second layout was N scale and was 4x6 ft with moderately elaborate trackage and plaster skin terrain. I didn't finish that layout before I had to give it away before moving cross country. Now 9 years later, I have space opening up where I can build another layout in a spare bedroom. I'm going to go back to HO scale since N was just a bit too small for me.

I searched for a long time for the right plan to build. I found the Peace River RR Layout that was featured in Model Railroader magazine of March 1987. I liked the continuous running design and the ability to do some operations with it. I had to modify it slightly to fit in my space. So here's the plan for that I'm going to build:



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Old 11-22-2015, 10:01 PM   #2
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I recreated and modified the Peace River RR layout on my computer with AnyRail software. I then split the layout image into 3 strips and printed them full size at my local print/mailing shop. I could then use the full size print to make sure it would fit and to trace from.

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Old 11-22-2015, 10:05 PM   #3
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Construction begins with a pile of materials:

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Old 11-22-2015, 10:16 PM   #4
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Benchwork construction begins. I have a few requirements for this layout. I want to be able to deconstruct it and move it to a new house at some point in the future. So I'm building 4 modules for the benchwork that will be bolted together. I also realize that I won't be able to reach the one corner of the layout, so I'll need to mostly finish it before I can put it in the corner and finish the rest of the layout.

Here's a few pictures of the benchwork construction:











The one section is lower than the others so I can build the river area at a lower grade and have the steel viaduct bridge be about 10 inches above that terrain.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:12 AM   #5
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Nice bench work and a good start.

Looks like that pile of materials will soon be model railroading fun.

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Old 11-23-2015, 06:59 PM   #6
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Started cutting out and priming the roadbed support plywood:



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Old 11-28-2015, 08:06 PM   #7
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Finished attaching the roadbed support to the benchwork. The unpainted section will be cut out and replaced by a bridge.







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Old 11-29-2015, 05:14 PM   #8
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:37 PM   #9
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I have started working on the river canyon area in the far corner of my layout. Since I won't be able to reach this area when the layout is fully assembled, I took apart 2 modules of the layout from what you saw in previous photos and leaned them against one of the walls in my room so that I have space to work on just this section. I'm using pink rigid foam board and shaping it before I apply a plaster skin over it. I'm planning to use rock molds to form the details of the canyon walls. Right now I'm working on just the basic form. Here's where I'm at:







You'll also notice that I've cut out the track support plywood from where my steel viaduct bridge will go. I'll have to get started on that soon so that I can accurately locate the exact start and end points of the bridge.
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Old 12-12-2015, 02:44 PM   #10
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