Saturday, January 20, 2018

Corrected Track Plan

I have updated the track plan to reflect the actual track work on the layout. Structure placement is tentative and subject to change. 


Owensville Agricultural Switching & Industrial Services (OASIS v 4.1)

This layout build is a variation of the TOMA (The One Module Approach) method that is discussed at the MRH Web Site. I'm calling this TOMAx2 since I am building two module sections at the same time. Future expansion is possible as well.

Scale - HO 
Turnouts - #4 code 100
Track - code 100 flex track 
Min. Radius - 38"
Size - 12 x 96 inches (2 - 12" x 48" sections) 
Design Credit - Based on designs by Linda Sand & Stein Rypern







Until next time, 

Tom

Monday, January 15, 2018

OASIS Layout Update - Wiring Part 1

Ugh! My least favorite part of the hobby is wiring. At least it's half over!

Section 1 (left side) of the layout is wired up and connected to the Digitrax Zephyr. I ran one of my 70 ton switchers and everything went well, even with only one section wired. Section 2 will be wired up next.

Terminal strip, spade, and tap splice connectors used on the layout 

Cable ties used to keep things neat. Terminal strip jump wires will be used to connect with section 2.


Until next time! 

Tom 


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

OASIS Layout Update - Track Installation 02

Work Resumes

The layout is back under construction after a job change and a lengthy period of inactivity due to moving. The layout did suffer some minor damage during the move (1 Caboose Industries turnout throw broken), but it's set up in the new house and ready to go.


I prepped the track by snipping off some of the ends of the ties, and then painted the rails and ties with Rust-Oleum Camouflage paint.


The next step is to secure the homasote to the benchwork, replace the broken turnout throw, and begin wiring up the layout. 

Until next time, 

Tom

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Structure Planning - Mock Up 1

I am creating the first industry on the layout with a mock up made with concrete/brick images printed on cardstock and mounted on foamcore board. A noticed a mistake with my initial mock up, but that will be an easy fix. I will test this arrangement and build the next section of this industry in the near future.



The mock up was created with textures from Clever Models (see photo for their website address on the CD). I will be using this same method (images on cardstock & foamcore) for the final version of this industry complex.




Tom

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OASIS Layout Update 2 - Track Testing



The track is tacked down to the homasote, and the Caboose Industries ground throws are in place as well. I am now ready to test out the track plan on the actual benchwork. I am still undecided on what particular industries will be served, so this step of layout construction will help me decide. This may take me a few weeks or even a month or more of testing and tweaking before anything is finalized.



Once the track arrangement and industries are finalized, then I will proceed to paint and weather the track.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

OASIS Layout Update - Track Installation 01

Good News!

I am happy to report that I have finished laying out the track for the new layout. I will be testing it for a couple of weeks to make sure it is going to work.
After testing, I will begin the process of painting and weathering the ties and the rails.




Here's a very short video clip of the new layout in action!



Tom

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Track Plan 4.0

A new plan!  The layout construction phase has begun! This layout build is a variation of the TOMA (The One Module Approach) method that is discussed at the MRH Web Site. I'm calling this TOMAx2 since I am building two module sections at the same time. Future expansion is possible as well.

I will be posting a more detailed account of what is going on with layout construction in the future, but here is a quick overview...


  • Track is being laid as of July 25, 2017. 
  • Going with Atlas code 100 due to hobby budget and a surplus supply of code 100 track. 
  • Testing of the track arrangement with locomotives and cars is planned for July 29

Updates may be infrequent, but layout work will be progressing over the next several weeks. Stay tuned!

Tom Conboy