Building my shelf layout
I am starting construction on my 8'x2' shelf Kansas Pacific layout. No, sorry, it is not set in the 1860's to 1880's. My time frame is kind of broad - 1965 to 1980.
During that time when I went to college, lived and worked in Kansas. I rode the train to and from school my freshman and sophomore years, Lived in KC, Kan. and worked in a corn mill in North KC, MO. Went back to grad school and eventually worked in McPherson, KS for 4 years. McPherson was served by 4 (count 'em, 4!) Class 1 railroads. The Rock Island main line, and branches of the ATSF, UP, and MoPac. Was crazy. I wish I had more pictures and notes from my time there.
My current project is a small town on the plains. I took a section of a plan from Ian Rice's "Shelf Layouts" book and made a few changes. Mostly, I needed to create a runaround and I have added some interchange/staging tracks to give me a little more reason to exist.
I have been out of model railroading for a few years and decided this would be a good way to get back into it. I am also short of space at the moment. I hope this project could be incorporated into a larger layout in the future.
I would also like some (maybe a lot ;) advice on the cutting of hardboard (Masonite (sp?)) for a backdrop and fascia. What tool should I use? I have a saber saw, a table saw, a circular saw, hand saws... A 4x8 sheet of hard board is kind of awkward. I'll accept any and all suggestions.
I have some pictures of my shelf construction I'll post as soon as I get them off the camera, sized to post and figure out how to post them here...
Chief Engineer, Kansas Pacific Railway (once know as the Eastern Division of the UP)
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