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Well, I scrubbed working on the not to scale gas station and turned my attention to buildings and scenery behind the space the gas station and other building are going. I am looking for a better gas station in the mean time.
So first thing is to start putting in street lights.
Here are those authentic looking lights, I think they are nifty!
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But the nano wires for the Nano LED streetlights are too small for the push in terminals I want to use. These Wago 6 wire terminals I found at Menards pretty inexpensive, Besides soidlering the resistor on all of the nano wires, I also made leads in a larger wire gauge to fit in the Wago connectors nicely, and used liquid tape on the exposed wire.
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My favorite cement secured them into place once I drilled a big enouth hole through the base...
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Spend a good amount of time under the layout wiring up my dedicated super home made power supply to all the street lights and homes. I found the home closest to the camera didn't get my anti-bleed treatment as it was prebuilt at the factory for a christmas village. So I have to tear into it soon. Turned on the TV (Mecum auction I think?) to get a contrast to the illuminated layout area....
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I have a window behind the TV (hoping to get a small TV in this area soon). I might block that out. But those Nano lights are really sweet. Love the authentic shadows between the lights

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Just so much still to do ...striping the road is next then the other side of the street gets lighted buildings. AND, fix that light bleeding home! UG!!!! I usually use colored cardstock to line the interior walls. Some progress before I have to go make dinner. sigh
 

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Cool Beans! Did you use a scale measurement on lights to get the effect? Really looks good with the light pools and slight shadowing between poles.
 
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No, but I like the way you think. (Ha..."cool beans"... *giggle*)
I should have, I just winged it but now I want to check on how close I came to the actual measurements.
According to the town near me, the poles should be 15 feet high with standard spacing of 300 feet between the poles.
So, according to Woodland Scenics Scaler, 15' = 2.069 inches tall and 300' = 41.379 inches between the poles.
Wow, I realized 41inches it pretty far and wouldn't look scale or provide enough light.
2 inch tall is close to hitting a box truck roof on a scale truck and if I use not to scale matchboxes...forgetaboutit.
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According to my measurements, my poles are 2.675" tall and spaced an average of 9" between the poles.
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I guess eyeing it to scale makes me happier that actual life standards.
I found if I made them all 10 inches apart, some poles would have ended up in driveways.
 

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Guess it shows to go ya exactly to scale isn’t always the answer our eyes are looking for or happy with. From how good it looked thought you had copied real world (y)
 

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Al’s Victory Service might be a good kit. It comes with 2 or 3 styles of pumps, including the blocky 1970s-80s style if that’s important?

If a wood kit (and price tag) doesn’t scare you, JL Innovatives Storm Lake is fun. I built one with a modified drum roof.
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My dad since altered it more, making the pump island lights working, adding an interior, interior lights, and he even added sound to it… the ding line/bell line and bell of someone pulling in. Fun build.
 

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I had to find a daytime picture of it....Nice looking kit, that's for sure!




Curious what the drum is made of...plastic so you can illuminate the whole top? Looks like a $40 kit.
I am a little squimish about exact scale as the last cheapo station was small. I might have to visually see one in person....IDK.
 

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I had to find a daytime picture of it....Nice looking kit, that's for sure!




Curious what the drum is made of...plastic so you can illuminate the whole top? Looks like a $40 kit.
I am a little squimish about exact scale as the last cheapo station was small. I might have to visually see one in person....IDK.
The drum in the kit is a cardboard shipping tube. I didn’t discard it but used it as a template to make a double layer (double thickness or 2 ply) clear styrene drum, and a common shipping tube cap for the recessed top. This was many years ago. JL Innovative really loved the idea. They may have since changed the cardboard tube in the kit(?) but as I’ve not seen many others done in a similar fashion I cannot confirm it.
Bugging my dad to send me current photos or maybe video of it and his night scene “main drag” as I think folks here would really dig it. He’s got 1950s music playing at the A&W drive in, etc.
 

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I am really working towards the left of the town from center.
This town is on the middle of my "L" shaped layout....
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I am thinking of calling the town Hatchville, as the town is on a access hatch to the back of a corner of the layout.
Here is a picture of the hatch and I am starting to "plot" the layout on the top of the hatch.
Where should buildings go??? .....can I put in a alley? .....what buildings work, what dosen't....
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Nothing is set in stone until I add building lighting. All the lighting for the hatch will be on a quick disconnect plug.
This is the back of the layout and not as visible. Some of my least like buildings might fill this area.
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Here is the access hole in the layout ....
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And with the hatch top covering the access hole.....
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And "late Night" in town seems to be as busy as the daytime!!!! I can't wait to illuminate the Santa Fe sign on the roof of the fire house and add street lights to the left of the picture along route 66.....
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The garage and restaraunt are lighted and set where they stand.
Progress.....working on Hatchville? Accesstown? Hmmm?? I need a Route 66 small town name between Chicago and St. Louis along which route 66 travels through....I have to give it some thought...
A Work in Progress!....Stay tuned!............
 

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Go for it! I did a Google search and just as an FYI, there are actual towns named Hatchville, MA; Hatchville, WI and Hatch, UT and for the river in the photo that leads to the hatch area there is an actual river in Florida called the Caloosahatchie. (The river I actually knew about.)
 

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Back to more "Access Hatch" work as I have it removed.
The hatch is a major part of the town. I moved it to the bench so I can add lighting to the fire station (brown brick with Santa Fe sign) and to finalize the layout for buildings in the back of the firehouse and Candy's restarunt. I decided to use these cheapo flea market (five HO buildings for $20) finds, 2 stores and the Motel, and place them in the back behind the firehouse. I added an alley and wired LED lights into pockets, I make out of Basswood, in the buildings.
Here is the final spots as buildings are hot glued to the styrafoam base and set in stone...
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Another view from the backside of the hatch.....


I hot glued a frame on the underside of the hatch to give the styrafoam some added support and wired in the quick connect connector. It is really solid but light, even with all the plastic buildings on top. Tongue depressors are a slick find..."Say Ahhhhhhh!"
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The area in back of the Motel needed a better corner spot than the small garage I was planning to install.....
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So I decided to break out another Train show flea market find I got for $12....
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These two buildings will fill in the empty lot nicely but won't be very prominent as the fire station blocks some of its views. But you can see them when operating in the railyard so I feel the corner needs more city like buildings.
So I starting building the structures today....
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I added a basswood floor and walls to selectively illuminated different windows and spaces....
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I am actually using hot glue to cement the wood to the plastic and wood to wood....
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Adding lighting and curtains. I will do a light bleed test to the dark brick plastic before I paint or coat the interior with cardstock.
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Then I tested the LEDs and placed the roof without glue. The paper graphics are really cheapo, glad I only paid $12 for the kit. These train shows are really saving me a money and time on my town. And from the front....
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Working on painting the chimneys, wood stairs, fake lights, fire hydrant, and stair railings. Who molds green chimneys? Heljan does! UG!
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So as I am watching paint dry (wanna watch with me?) I still have the second building in the kit to build and wire the same way as I did this one. But I actually called it a day as I have other things to do....tomarrow is another day.
A Work in Progress!....Stay tuned!............
 

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All classic structures, presented in full nostalgic glory. Normally these things get modified (that general store looks suspiciously like a house I did)… But seeing them all in their “box cover form” is a warm tickle. It’s nice to see for a change.
One of these days I’ll post photos of what I did to that pool. It’s barely recognizable.

The pockets you mentioned you make… is that different from the floors & walls inside structures?
 

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All classic structures, presented in full nostalgic glory. Normally these things get modified (that general store looks suspiciously like a house I did)… But seeing them all in their “box cover form” is a warm tickle. It’s nice to see for a change.
One of these days I’ll post photos of what I did to that pool. It’s barely recognizable.

The pockets you mentioned you make… is that different from the floors & walls inside structures?
Thanks I lhad to laugh at the term warm tickle...so true. Can't wait to see your pool.
No, the pockets are room I made from floors and walls...made many in the firehouse. I like to see lights in one window and dark in the next...adds realism as long as light doesn't bleed through the plastic walls...that a deal breaker for me in the realism rhelm.
 

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.....Do you have time to run trains from time to time?
That is a great question! And something I should address here on my build thread.
I am not running trains for the time being, I have a lot to do before that can happen. First, it has been 12 years since I ran a DCC locomotive, I total track cleaning, and car/locomotive cleaning needs to be done. I did checkout the NCE pro, the power supply and all wiring is working as installed way back then.
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I got all my DCC locomotives rolling on the main, just to test them out.
I might have to upgrade the chip for todays decoders...most likely... sigh
I purchased the system in 2006, according to my reciept....
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Out of the 15 locomotives, 9 still need to be changed out to DCC as I currently have 5 decoders (bought in 2022)to be installed. I also recieved about 100 train cars from various people as gifts to be used as I want.
I have not gone through them all and cleaned, oiled, and graded them, replaced coupliers to Kaydee and wheels to metal as I will not run plastic wheels on the layout.
So a lot of re-affiramation and cleaning will have to be done to start rolling again...a full day, possibly two if issues are found. I am happy to see my dehumidifer has kept the enviroment stable and I don't see any shifting issues. The homasote base is awesome.
I realized just one of the "many reasons" the Santa Fe Big 'L' line was abondoned in 2010 was that I was burn't out with 5 years of engineering the design, building the track and intregrating the DCC into the mix.
With all that needs to be done, I figured switching gears into scenery will "eventually" motivate me to start the process of getting the track and rolling stock into tip top shape.
Just getting back into a Train forum is helping me to move along what has been a hobby waiting on retirement.
Well, here I am, retired and excited again about the scenery and the layout.
The future forcast looks to be more down time as the weather breaks to above 60F tempatures in the region and some of my summer hobbies take presidence, this fowl weather friend will just have to keep on waiting.
Thanks for the question Mannix!
 

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Another day, "WORKING ON THE RAILROAD!"
But first, I ran to Hobby Lobby to pickup some supplies to resupply stock.
Found that you can get generic moss cheaper than the packaged train scenery stuff....
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The score from the Hobby Lobby store....
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Letters, figurines, razor blades, gray paint, and moss.
The package of people was a suprise, for $11 I get double the amount of people I usually get from a train accessory manifacture.
As far as the letters, I have been using them to make facia sign to allow the viewer to associate an area on the layout on a actually town or city in the U.S.A. ...
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Back to the layout as I continue to strive to finish the hatch cover I have been working on since I finished the gas station. Paint had dried on the parts tree and I worked on getting the second building in the kit assemblied and lighted...
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Got the second building wired up and tested good.
I mounted both buildings on the hatch cover and started detailing the hatch itself...
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A Work in Progress!....Stay tuned!............
 

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More work on the layout as the weather outside for the past week and forseeable future is cold and rainy, the stuff the flu was made of. Because of the weather, I am digging my progress on the layout. I am getting a lot of scenery done.
So much so I was running out of trees and had to go through a shoebox top of very old N scale trees that were mixed together with moss, field grass, pine trees, tree turf, and hot glue pettets...UG!
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But, I sorted and sifted as much as I dare save and reconstituted all the trees to like new.
I then started laying grass, the rest of the trees and tried to pretty much finish the very back of the layout.
I then wired up LED lighting in two already assembled flea market find buildings, laid gravel in the industrail area of the town, and set up street lights and telephone poles...got so busy I didn't take any photo's of the stuff in progress.
I suppose it is the whole finished detailed town.... will be my final satisfaction.
...More pictures soon.
I am also thinking about the "Ten Proverbial Questions!"
If you ever been on a layout crawl, you may have gotten a piece of paper with ten thing to find on the layout.
A further explaination is found when you click on the above link....
A Work in Progress!....Stay tuned!......
 
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