Sunday, July 23, 2017

Building the WFS Part 5

Scenery Work 

I have applied a base coat of paint to the ground and track.   I also filled in the foam core roadbed sides with Sculptamold.  I like to add some earth-colored latex paint to the water before I add the dry Sculptamold.  Adding this color tones down the stark white of the Sculptamold.   I used a palette knife to mix, apply, and smooth the Sculptamold.

The road through the scene was made with a foam core base and Woodland Scenics' Smooth-It applied over it.  I applied the Smooth-It with a palette knife. I used an old freight truck, screwdriver, and Bright Boy track cleaner to keep the flangeways and rail tops clear of the plaster.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Building the WFS Part 4

This is a video showing how I wired the layout and connected the baseboard sections together.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Building The WFS Part 3

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog) 

Laying Track

The photos below show how the track was laid.  I am using Atlas code 100 track on this micro.  I used wood glue since it is resistant to water/alcohol after it has dried.  It has a fairly strong bond but is not too hard to pry up if you accidently glue a piece of track that is not supposed to be glued down.  A nice feature of foam core board is you can use push pins to hold everything down while the glue dries.  I was careful not to get any glue under the removable track sections.  After the glue had dried, I glued individual plastic railroad ties under the rail sections where gaps were present.  Everything is staying put, even with extreme humidity changes.   
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Up next:  video on how I wired the layout

Operating The WFS

The following video shows how I use car cards and waybills to operate the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.

Thanks for watching!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Building the WFS Part 2

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog.)  

Using Foam Core Board For The Layout Sections

I constructed this micro layout from foam core sheets.  The sheet size is 20 inches x 30 inches and I chose black foam core sheets (About 3 sheets total used for all sections).  I used a construction method I received from a PowerPoint presentation by Prof. Klyzlr* on a past episode of Model Rail Radio.  One slide illustrates Chris Ellis’ method of using flat modules connected with foam core clips (Clipboard Modules).   Some really nice illustrations by Jack Trollope, which were included in Prof. Klyzlr’s presentation*, aided me in putting this all together.  I modified the dimensions to fit my needs and used Pacer Industries Formula 560 Canopy Glue to fasten the parts together.  The left section’s dimensions are 7.5 inches wide by 30 inches long with a box depth of 40mm.  The right section is 7.5 inches wide by 24 inches long with a box depth of 40mm as well.  The left staging section (not pictured) is 2 inches wide by 13.5 inches long with a box depth of 40mm.  The right staging section (not pictured) is 3.5 inches wide by 28 inches long with a box depth of 40mm. 
Below are photos of the main modules under construction. 
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side strips for transverse supports are 40mm wide; dwarf transverse support (used to interlock sections to clip) 30mm wide strips  t-pins and canopy glue
30 inch section on left; 24 inch section on right; connecting clip in center  cross brace (transverse) above clip is 30mm;  cross brace (transverse) on right is 40mm (same dimension as box sides)
The clip is really good at holding the two sections together.  So far, I am not experiencing any warping.  That may change with the addition of scenery.

Up Next:  Laying Track

*Due to copyright, I am not able to post Prof. Klyzlr’s PowerPoint presentation, “Foamcore Modules: A Different Approach to Layout Construction.”

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Warrior Express Train Show

The Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout made its first trip to a local train show yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the experience.

The Warrior Express Train Show (February 11, 2017)


Building the WFS Part 1

(Originally published on the Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog) 

The Inspiration and Track Plan

The Wetterau Food Services layout is based on a grocery distributor that once existed in the town of Desloge, Missouri.  The structure and tracks still exist, but it is no longer a grocery distributor or receives rail service.  This location is the inspiration for a micro layout I am currently building.  Although the track arrangement is very close to the actual prototype, this layout will not be a faithful model of that prototype.  This location was once served by the Mississippi River & Bonne Terre, Missouri & Illinois, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Today, the line is owned and operated by Union Pacific.

Reference Photos of the Prototype:
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 HO Track Plan:

Up Next in Part 2:  Using Foam Core Board For The Layout Sections