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Ended up being short on the insulation board and I will say a 4x8 sheet fits much better in the bed of a truck compared to a sedan. Ended up cutting it down to fit in the back seat... It was easier to bring down into the basement in smaller pieces!!! :cool:

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Ended up being short on the insulation board and I will say a 4x8 sheet fits much better in the bed of a truck compared to a sedan. Ended up cutting it down to fit in the back seat... It was easier to bring down into the basement in smaller pieces!!! :cool:

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Ha, I had to do this with my highlander as well! I was in the Lowes parking lot with a straight edge and a box cutter! People thought I was nuts, haha!!

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Ha, I had to do this with my highlander as well! I was in the Lowes parking lot with a straight edge and a box cutter! People thought I was nuts, haha!!
I used a cordless sawzall which actually works really well at cutting the insulation. I used it to make all the cuts today and it worked out way better than the hand cutting I did the first time on the previous sections...
 

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Took tonight off from work because why the hell not? I figured since I got semi-screwed out of getting Christmas off even though it was on my bided week of vacation I opted to take an extra day off so I'm off until Dec 31st minus working Christmas :cautious:

I started off work plugging in the TV and DVD player and watched the two new PRR videos and it was like train porn... It added another layer of fun to my build and I really enjoyed watching them as I was working!

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I had purchased some landscape fabric (stuff you can put down in gardens and planting beds to help keep weeds out) at a big box store as it was only $20-$25 for a 4'x50' roll and I figured that would be much cheaper and easier than getting that much fabric... I wasn't sure if black would look nice with the gray basement but I figured it was cheap enough and if I hated it I could use it this spring!

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I ended up just taping it with some painters tape and I have to say it made the layout look amazing!!! I can't wait to put up the facia boards and permanently mount the fabric... I will probably get another roll just to darken it up a little bit more but for $50 plus I think another $20 for some velcro and a few curtain rods for around the squared work bench/yard extension I think it was pretty cheap...

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I then did a little planning on the new area. I had originally wanted to do Philadelphia at the end of the loop and I was able to fit in easily the 4 line mainline from 22"-28" and I probably could squeeze that out to 30" if needed... With the curve of the track I didn't think the passenger overhang of the 30th St Station in Philadelphia would quite look right. I decided on the 30th St Station because it's straight and it's not a dead end like the Broadway Station was (plus the Broadway Station was closed several years prior to 1956)

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For reference here's two areal pictures I dug up online of the 30th St Station...

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I ended up just taping it with some painters tape and I have to say it made the layout look amazing!!! I can't wait to put up the facia boards and permanently mount the fabric... I will probably get another roll just to darken it up a little bit more but for $50 plus I think another $20 for some velcro and a few curtain rods for around the squared work bench/yard extension I think it was pretty cheap...

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That's a great idea! I just might steal it. 😁
 
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Since the curve at the end of the loop would have been tricky I actually found a nice spot by the chimney that is straight and long enough to fit my "rescaled" (smaller) version of the station that I will build... The passenger overhang area (long straight area to the right of the actual station in 2nd picture above) would have been around 7 feet if I was doing real HO scale and the station building would have been a little under 6 feet long. I ended up getting roughly 3 feet long for the passenger overhang area and the station building will be about 2 feet long and it will be about 10 inches wide... I did some simple math to make sure I got the ratios correct on my "rescaling" and the only thing that will actually be true HO scale will be the width of the passenger overhang area, which was about 1 foot wide, since I will be trying to do all 6 lines...

I am going to try and do the full 6 tracks that go into the station and it may be hard to tell from the picture but I did a rough outline...

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That's a great idea! I just might steal it. 😁
I can't take credit someone else suggested that in either this thread or in another thread I started... It looks really nice and I showed a buddy who has a large B&M layout a picture and he might swap out. He said he uses cheap dollar tree black curtains that are always ripping!
 

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Next I tackled securing the plywood and insulation foam on the new addition... I used finish nails (a lot of them) over screws as the finish nails still make it easy to remove if I need to and the screws made it not as even... I still haven't fully secured half of the original layout as my nephew who's an electrician is coming over next Tuesday night to do the final wiring and I figured I'd be nice and not make him totally crawl under the layout and I'll just remove that area for him...

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