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Old 20th November 2010, 02:06   #1
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Default Wrightsville Port: N-Scale Waterfront Layout

AT LAST! 'That day' is here...

It's been more than 2 years wait to this day when I can actually start a thread that catalogs my new layout. You all know that me and my wife have been working on various small scratch-building projects over the months to keep ourselves busy... and now we are here...

To give a short background, from the very beginning, we were determined that we are going to make a waterfront layout, but it being so typical of me, I kept on changing the plan. Although I wanted to make an 'original' plan, one plan that caught my eye so dearly, that I just couldn't let go. And that plan is Ian Rice's Coalport, MD, 1941.

I saw that plan back in early 2009 and this plan inspired me a lot. But,I drifted away in eternal confusion about what to do or what not to, what I actually wanted, and what I didn't. About 3 months back, when I saw that plan again, I knew that, 'THAT' was something I wanted.

I have changed the plan considerably though. Moved the time line at least 20 years ahead in the decade of 1960s-early days of containers. The trackplan itself has been changed a lot, scopes of scenery increased... So basically, I have been heavily inspired by Ian Rice's Coalport plan, but at the end of the day-it is my plan after all...

Here is a glimpse of the plan. To get a detailed idea about the original plan and how I changed it, please visit our blog: http://wrightsvilleport.blogspot.com/. Also, please keep visiting here as we will be posting many new things here pretty soon.



The story:

Wrightsville port is an imaginary port in Wrightsville, NC dated back in 1960s. Days of Steam are dying and Diesel motive power is on the move-but you still see one or two steam engines pulling the cars to this small port on the Atlantic. Though pretty small in size, this port adapted itself with the modern era of intermodal transportation with ease. The port has a small container crane on the quay that previously used to harbor relatively large freight ships. The port also has an old coal trestle that is still used extensively, but the authorities are thinking seriously about new age coal transportation and this trestle is going to be dismantled within the next year or two.

As of now, the benchwork is completed and I have taken a week long vacation to work only on the layout. So, hopefully it's going to get very exciting.
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Old 20th November 2010, 02:11   #2
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Default Re: Wrightsville Port: N-Scale Waterfront Layout: Bench work

The benchwork for this layout was simple, but it was really difficult for me to do it on my own, so I had to take help of professional carpenters.

Anyway, to start with, first a 3D model was prepared with all the dimensions:


Now the actual benchwork:



The primary objective was to make this layout as portable as possible. To do this, the table top is made removable and there are two separate rectangular structures on which the top sits. The top is made out of 12mm ply on 1 inch X 1-1/2 inch solid wood frame. There are locking system on the frame that helps it sit securely on the legs.



The cassette is made on a separate, long bench. It's a 4.5 ft. long cassette that can hold 15 N scale cars with a locomotive with ease. This limit is enough for me, and this length of train will be a "long train" from my layout's perspective as the layout is small and the traffic will be pretty slow moving.
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Old 21st November 2010, 15:04   #3
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Default Re: Wrightsville Port: N-Scale Waterfront Layout

That's some smooth-looking benchwork. Do you have any photos of the locking mechanism to keep the tabletop on the rest of the benchwork?

What will operations look like? Will a road switcher bring the train in? How will the engine escape?

Cheers!
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Old 22nd November 2010, 07:34   #4
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Here you go...



This is actually as simple as you can imagine. Two small wooden lock on each corner to make the top sit on the legs securely...

As for the operation, switchers or occasional big engines will bring cut of cars from nearby Wrightsville Yard. The dock side switcher will then switch the cars. as for the coal transfer, it will be a repeatable job for the switcher to take two or three cars up the trestle, unload the coal and then bring them back to take the next lot.

The switcher will keep the out bound card in one of the spurs. the railroad engine that brings the inbound cars, can take these cars back to the yard.
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Old 22nd November 2010, 13:25   #5
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Cool, thanks for the replies, Kaustav. That locking system really *is* as simple as I could imagine! I bet it works much better than more complicated systems might, too.
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Old 24th November 2010, 01:54   #6
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Simplicity is reliability, don't you think...
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Old 24th November 2010, 20:26   #7
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Nice project, I'll follow it with much interest!
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Old 25th November 2010, 20:54   #8
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The main material used to make the road-bed of our layout is insulation boards. The main reasons for using it are that they are easy to cut and shape and also that they are strong and will be able to withstand the pressure that the running trains and the scenery will apply when the entire model is up and the trains running.

The benchwork had to be made in a few time-consuming steps, details of which are as follows.

Firstly markings were made on the insulation board where the turnout motors and uncouplers would be placed. the holes were cut out and corresponding markings were made on the plywood as well.





Once the corresponding holes were made on the plywood, wood frames were attached on the ply to strengthen the insulation boards.







The support for the insulation board was made stronger by adding foam in between the wooden frames. The insulation board is cut in the shape of the port.



The port is finally taking shape with the insulation boards placed on top of the foam framed with wood.


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Old 26th November 2010, 02:10   #9
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Wow, that is amazing planning, Kaustav. Well done. Looking forward to future posts as the layout develops.

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Old 2nd December 2010, 22:26   #10
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Done with the tracks... Some progress shots...





And, a representation of the port with the tracks:



To read through the detailed description, please visit my blog:http://wrightsvilleport.blogspot.com...trackwork.html

I have made some exciting experimentation with uncoupling... will post the details soon.

Next: wiring... dying to see the trains running...
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