Okay, here goes. I've been asked several times to list photos of the Atlantic and Southern Layout. I've thought about it and even consulted with the Saturday Butty Group concerning their opinion on doing it. They all said go for it! However, we all know that doing a thread of any kind including photos is very time consuming and certainly easier said than done!!!
MIke O'neill aka: Aodh started a very nice and complete thread titled New Layout BUILD - From Bare Concrete on Up!
My thread will deal with the layout build from the benchwork up and more.
I'd like to say that I'm willing to do it but the thread will last a few years or longer. Due to the time frame and duration of the thread it will certainly get buried in a few weeks or less depending on the MRR Forums activity. So, that said, if you are interested in following the ups and downs of building a large layout you may want to mark the thread or activate the notification button for any updates. So, feedback would be appreciated!!
Please keep in mind there may be weeks or longer without any input concerning the build but I will monitor the thread and answer any questions as soon as possible. Some of the areas I'll be covering in the future have already been built and photos have been taken of the progress. I might add that these were done long before I joined the forum but I've always enjoyed photographing my progress. Also, after looking at some of the photos over a period of time I've been known to not like what I saw and ripped out a section and started over. Howard Zane once told me that if I wasn't happy with a section simply redo it. Again, easier said than done.
Let's get started! In order for you to understand where I'm going you need to see where I've been.
I don't know if I should laugh my booty off or cry my eyes out thinking of the time I've spent doing a section only to redo it later. My policy is to always try to make it better in the redo so it justifies the do over.
The following photos are of areas on the layout that are no more. Gone, trashed, ripped out and redone for lack of a better word.
Yes, I know the horn is missing and has been replaced. The F3 is still here but the scenery is all gone!!
The old roundhouse was scratch built using the old Suydam roundhouse plans. The windows are nothing more than Scotch Tape and cut with a #11 blade to look like broken panes of glass!
The street is Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty painted Aged Concrete by Floquil. The sidewalks are stripwood cut to fit the curve and scribed with a sharp #2pencil.
The last two photos show the deconstruction of a major portion of the layout!