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Friday, February 21, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Gets a Makeover - Pt 9 More New Buildings, A Hill, and Running Trains

Hey guys and gals, sorry to be so late in posting again. My habit of procrastinating kicked in again! Actually I've been busy as heck working on my small Edge of Town (EoT) toy train layout but all my updates have been in the various fb groups I'm in and of course Y'allTube :-)  

I've changed the name of this series a little because the EoT makeover isn't 'starting' to get a makeover, it is in full swing. By now I've added another new building, this time a Woodland Scenics Ready Built Rustic Cabin which has a porch light designed for Woodland Scenics Just Plug system but I haven't yet hooked it up. It's beautifully done and adds a lot of charm to this area of the layout. In the past, this area has been home to a K-Line 'L'-shaped Ranch House, Plasticville Log Cabin, and a variety of structures as I would set up the layout in different themes over the years. Over the past several weeks I've been running different train sets an swapping out vehicles at whim - you know, just having fun!

One of the goals of this rejuvenation project was to add a little more scenery. To that end I started by cutting two pieces of 2" thick Styrofoam into a rough 'L' shape - a bit over sized for the area it was to go on -  then glued them together. Once dry, I whittled the assembly down to fit the space and glued them to the layout top.

Enjoy! Opa Fritz



I was running a Lionel Iron Horse Freight Set No. 6-11703 for about a week...





Then I ran this Lionel Santa Fe Freight Set #6-11900 for another week...







...the started running a Marx Steam Freight Set, No. 4355/1 for another week...







Here's the hill glued to the layout top. It needs a bit more work :-)


Monday, February 10, 2020

Index of Paper Buildings Posts

After a couple of requests I thought it would be a good idea to post some kind of index to all my paper/cardboard buildings posts. The only ones I didn't include here were the Keystone buildings. Unfortunately, a simple cut-&-paste from the Excel spreadsheet didn't work as it involved multiple columns which didn't format well in the blog. I ended up having to put all the info in one column for it to work, but it's done now and any further updates should be easy to keep up with.

Enjoy! Opa Fritz

1932 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, CA        
Post Card - Olympic Village - Color    29 Jul 2012
Post Card - Olympic Village - B&W    29 Jul 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village Modern Cabin Box    1 Aug 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village Hotel Box    3 Aug 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village General Merchandise and Post Office Box    5 Aug 2012
German Picture Card - Aerial View of Olympic Village    6 Aug 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village Grain and Milling Company Box    9 Aug 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village First Church of Olympic Village Box    10 Aug 2012
1932 Helm's Bakery Olympic Village Physician's House Box    11 Aug 2012
BJ George
Paper Gas Station    21 Apr 2015
Paperville Small Super Market    5 May 2015
West Side Warehouse (w/o Templates)    1 Nov 2011
West Side Warehouse (w/Templates)    5 Jul 2015
Built-Rite Downtown Grocery Building-(w/Templates)    26 Jul 2015
Built-Rite Fire Department    31 Jul 2015
Grocery Store    10 Aug 2015
Oak Park Home    17 Aug 2015
Switch Tower    8 Sep 2015
Built-Rite (Warren Paper Products)
#56-2 School - Scans    13 Oct 2011
#56-2 School - Built-up    20 Oct 2011
#56-4 Drug Store - Scans    29 Sep 2011
#56-4 Drug Store - Built-up    6 Oct 2011
#56-5 Fire Station - Scans    27 Oct 2011
#56-5 Fire Station - Built-up    10 Nov 2011
House No.3 - Scans    17 Nov 2011
House No.3 - Built-up    24 Nov 2011
House No.2 - Scans    8 Dec 2011
House No.2 - Built-up    15 Dec 2011
House No.6 - Scans    22 Dec 2011
House No.6 - Built-up    29 Dec 2011
#56-1 Church - Scans    5 Jan 2012
#56-1 Church - Built-up    12 Jan 2012
House No.4 - Scans    19 Jan 2012
House No.4 - Built-up    26 Jan 2012
House No.5 - Scans    2 Feb 2012
House No.5 - Built-up    9 Feb 2012
House No.1 - Scans    16 Feb 2012
House No.1 - Built-up    23 Feb 2012
#56-3 R.R. Station - Scans    1 Mar 2012
#56-3 R.R. Station - Built-up    8 Mar 2012
Business Block - Partial Set of Scans Pieces 1, 3, 5    21 Jun 2012
Business Block - Partial Set of Scans Pieces 2, 4 & Base    28 Jun 2012
Built-Rite House No. 5 Redux    9 Dec 2013
Built-Rite Set No. 56 5 Miniature Buildings    5 Apr 2012
Built-Rite Scenic Backdrops    3 Feb 2014
Built-Rite Set No. 7 Army Hangar 18 Dec 2015
Ideal Tiny Town
1940s 2-Story House w-Garage    22 Mar 2012
Jaymar Cardboard Buildings
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 1 Intro, background and set envelope    27 Nov 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 2 Church    28 Nov 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 3 Railroad Station    29 Nov 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 4 School    30 Nov 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 5 2-Story House and Garage    1 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 6 Ranch House    2 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 7 Fire Station    3 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 8 Shopping Center w/Filling Station and Auto    4 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 9 Bus Shelter and Billboards    5 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 10 Shanty and Baggage Wagon    6 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 11 People, Misc    7 Dec 2013
#255 39 PC RR & Village Construction Set - Pt 12 Crossing Gate and Signals    8 Dec 2013
Kellogg's
1948 Paper Village Suburban House    7 Apr 2011
1948 Kellogg's 'All-Bran' box back showing pics of the village    4 Oct 2012
1948 Kellogg's Blandings Dream House    2 Jan 2014
1948 Kellogg's #1006 The Colonial Cottage    23 Feb 2014
1948 Kellogg's Blandings Dream House - Update    4 Jul 2014
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Sheet 1 pg 1 J.S Winch and Sons Filling Station     14 Apr 11
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Sheet 1 pg 2 J.S Winch and Sons Filling Station Pt 2    21 Apr 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Pt 3 - Sheet 1 pg 2a Village Church    28 Apr 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Pt 4 - Sheet 1 pg 3 Village Church (pt 2)    5 May 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Pt 5 - NEED SHEET 1 PG 4 Village Church (pt 3)    12 May 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Pt 6 - Sheet 1 pg 5 Filling Station & Village Church - Last Part                    - The 19 May post has been updated with the missing sheet as of 8 July 2012    19 May 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 2 Pg 1 - Butcher Shop & Grocer's Shop    26 May 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 2 Pg 2 - Butcher Shop & Sweet's Shop    2 Jun 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 2 Pg 3 - Post Office    9 Jun 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 2 Pg 4 - Baker's Shop    16 Jun 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 2 Pg 5 - Baker's Shop    23 Jun 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 3 Pg 1 - The Inn    30 Jun 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 3 Pg 2 - The Inn    7 Jul 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 3 Pg 3 - The Inn    14 Jul 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 3 Pg 4 - The Inn & School Store    21 Jul 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village Sheet 3 Pg 5 - Butcher's Shop & School Store     28 Jul 2011
Built Up
Kellogg's UK Paper Village  - Village Church Built-up    11 Aug 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Bakery    18 Aug 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Gas Station    25 Aug 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Butcher's & Grocer's    1 Sep 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Inn    8 Sep 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - Post Office    15 Sep 2011
Kellogg's UK Paper Village - School & Book Store    22 Sep 2011
Kellogg's Fire House From Engine House Project - Pt 1    23 Oct 2015
Kellogg's Fire House From Engine House Project - Pt 2    1 Nov 2015
Kellogg's Fire House From Engine House Project - Pt 3    6 Nov 2015
Kellogg's Fire House From Engine House Project - Pt 4    19 Nov 2015
Kellogg's Fire House From Engine House Project Templates    29 Nov 2015
Kellogg's Greyhound Bus    14 Nov 2013
Kellogg's (Maybe) 1920s (Maybe) Cereal Premium (Quite Possibly) Fort    28 Oct 2017
Marx
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 1 2-Story House scans    27 Jan 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 2 Fire Station scans     3 Feb 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 3 Garage scans    10 Feb 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 4 Railroad Station scans    24 Feb 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 5 Ranch House scans     3 Mar 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 6 Shopping Center scans   10 Mar 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 7  Bus Shelter scans    17 Mar 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 8 Billboard, Crossing Gate, Watchman's Shanty scans    24 Mar 2011
#151 34 PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET Pt 9 People, Trees, Signs, Bases scans    31 Mar 2011
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - 2-Story House assembled    19 Jul 2012
#151 34pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Garage assembled    26 Jul 2012
#151 34pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Fire Station assembled    2 Aug 2012
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Bus Shelter assembled    16 Aug 2012
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Shopping Center assembled    23 Aug 2012
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Shanty, Billboard, crossing gate assembled    30 Aug 2012
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - Ranch House assembled     6 Sep 2012
#151 34 pc PIECE RAILROAD and VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION SET - People, Trees, Signs assembled, Railroad Station assembled    27 Sep 2012
Unknown Set#: Pt 1 Ranch House (with different graphics than that posted earlier)    31 Dec 2014
Unknown Set#: Pt 2 Fire Station (with different graphics than that posted earlier)    1 Jan 2015
Unknown Set#: Pt 3 R.R. Station and Billboard     2 Jan 2015
Milton Bradley
Bradley's Toy Village Set #4552 1909 - Pt 1 (set contents and accessory group)    22 Mar 2015
Bradley's Toy Village Set #4552 1909 - Pt 2 (house #2)    22 Mar 2015
Bradley's Toy Village Set #4552 1909 - Pt 3 (house #1 - the duplicate)    23 Mar 2015
Bradley's Toy Village Set #4552 1909 - Pt 4 (Village Store)    24 Mar 2015
Paper Models, Misc
Tutorial & Paper Models on The MaP    4 Aug 2011
Paper Tug    4 Sep 2012
Unkown Mfr
Spears (When I posted these I didn't yet know who made them)
Vintage Cardboard 2-Story House with Wall    27 Dec 2013
Vintage Cardboard 2-Story #2    28 Dec 2013
Vintage Cardboard 2-Story House #3     29 Dec 2013
Vintage Cardboard Store    30 Dec 2013
Vintage Cardboard Gas Station    31 Dec 2013
Vintage Cardboard Church    1 Jan 2014
Ready-Cut Village Vintage Paper Village - Pt 1 Hardware Store    17 Nov 2014
Ready-Cut Village Vintage Paper Village - Pt 2 Village Store    18 Nov 2014
Ready-Cut Village Vintage Paper Village - Pt 3 Fire Station    19 Nov 2014
Ready-Cut Village Vintage Paper Village - Pt 4 Garage    20 Nov 2014
Ready-Cut Village Vintage Paper Village - Pt 5 House    21 Nov 2014
Fun Farm - Vintage 24 Piece Paper Farm    5 Jul 2016
Gas Tax Act Service Station Jack & Al's Standard Sevice - Pt 1    20 Nov 2017
Gas Tax Act Service Station Jack & Al's Standard Sevice - Pt 2 Conclusion    23 Nov 2017
Schreiber-Bogen
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 1    16 Aug 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 2    23 Aug 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 3    30 Aug 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 4    6 Sep 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 5    19 Sep 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 6    4 Oct 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 7    11 Oct 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 8    25 Oct 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Pt 9    15 Nov 2011
Pfalz im Rhein bei Kaub Conclusion    22 Nov 2011
CHRISTMAS
Advent Calendars
Pt 1 Gingerbread House Style    20 Dec 2014
Pt 2 Flats    21 Dec 2014
Pt 3 Chocolate Treats    22 Dec 2014
Pt 4 Hand Crafted    23 Dec 2014
Advent Calendar [flat only one this time]    8 Dec 2015
West Germany
Fröhliche Weihnachten! Merry Christmas  - Advents Kalendar's / Calendar's    22 Dec 2013
1980s German Advent Calender - Free-Standing House    22 Dec 2013
Royal
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 1 Set Contents    21 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 2 Royalleville Railroad Station    22 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 3 Hotel Royale    23 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 4 Royal Theatre    24 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 5 Royalleville Fire Department 25 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 6 Royal Village House    26 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 7 Royal Village Grocery Store Inc    27 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 8 Royal Village Garage    28 Dec 2014
Lighted Village Catalogue No. 203V - Pt 9 Royal Village Municiple Airport    29 Dec 2014
HALLOWEEN
Haunted Dimensions by Ray Keim
Skoolhouse    29 Oct 2013
Ravensblight.com
Ravensblight Manor - Pt 1 (Paper model tutorial)    22 Oct 2013
Ravensblight Manor - Pt 2 (in-progress shots)    23 Oct 2013
Ravensblight Manor - Pt 3 (Final)    24 Oct 2013
Cliff House    27 Oct 2013
The Gothic Chapel    28 Oct 2013
The Hidden Cemetery     31 Oct 2013
Ghost House - Pt 1    26 Oct 2016
Ghost House - Pt 2    30 Oct 2016
Ghost House - Pt 3    15 Nov 2016
Ghost House - Pt 4    30 Nov 2016
Ghost House - Pt 5    9 Dec 2016
Ghost House - Pt 6    5 Jan 2017
Ghost House - Pt 7    25 Jan 2017
Ghost House - Pt 8 Conclusion FINALLY!    30 Jan 2017

Friday, February 7, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 8 More New Buildings and Running Lionel's New York Central Flyer Set

I finally got around to putting on the new chimney and painting the roof of the Plasticville Freight Platform. I purposely wanted a used/beat-up freight Platform so that I could mess with it and try and give it my own touch. It was missing the chimney so I went to the parts box and grabbed a repo chimney that was made for Marx William Crooks passenger cars and super glued it on. The roof was then  given a coat of Krylon Slate Gray. 

New buildings on the layout now include a vintage Plasticville Corner Store and a new MTH lighted Gate Tower. Where the gate tower now stands used to be the spot for one of my Marx tin-litho signal towers. The footprint is nearly the same for both but the Marx tower was much taller and prone to being knocked over by me LOL

The area to the lower right of the layout -which I had begun to refer to as 'The Green' - is being defined by a set of K-Line Split Rail Fences. This set was of wooden fences was made by Lemax and packaged for K_Line back in 2003. At this time I placed an old Plasticville log cabin there as a way to set the scenic tone for the area but it's going to be swapped out here shortly.

AND for the first time in about 18 years I ran my Lionel New York Central Flyer set  #6-21990 with Railsounds. This was one of my favorite train meet runners back in the day and I missed running it. Don't ask me why I didn't play with it on previous layouts - just never got around to it I guess.

Enjoy! Opa Fritz

Here's the Plasticville Freight Station with new chimney and painted roof

 'The Green' is taking shape with new fences by Lemax / K-Line and a log cabin by Plasticville. When I was still hauling this around to train meets, I used to have the K-Line 'L'-shaped Ranch House in this corner.

To the right in the photo is the new Mike's Train House (MTH) Gate Tower. It has a light but I haven't yet gotten around to hooking it up. Unfortunately I didn't take pics of the Plasticville Corner Store - that'll be featured in a future post. 







Sunday, February 2, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 7 'New' Bridge and Buildings

The EoT saw several changes this week. First, I took off the black Marx plate girder bridge with Illinois Central decals. In its place is another Marx plate girder bridge which was purchased on eBay and needed a little TLC. It had no decals which is what I wanted but needed a repaint job because it looked as if it had already been repainted BUT had fingerprints in the paint finish!! yecch! LOL. Not wanting to go through the mess and hassle of stripping off the old paint, I simply sanded the whole piece and re-painted with silver Krylon Combination Primer/Paint and it turned out just fine. Then I replaced the Marx HO scale passenger platform with a vintage Plasticville station platform. The Marx served me well both on my old Marxville and Plateau layout as a trolley station and on the EoT as my 'main' passenger station but it was a tad too small. The Marx platform is almost as wide and almost as deep as the Plasticville one but the roof is too short. My little O-gauge figures keep bumping their heads on the roof!

Enjoy~ Opa Fritz

A bird's eye view of the layout stripped of nearly everything but with the Marx roadbed track in place




 Here's a side-by-side comparison of the Marx HO scale passenger platform (L) and Plasticville (R) one


Getting ready to buy a new signal/gate tower. The template shows the footprint for a MTH Gate Tower


Here's yet another project - this time for the siding. I bought  a Plasticville Freight Platform on eBay. It was already assembled but a bit of a mess. It was dirty, the support column broke, and the chimney was missing. I'll keep ya posted on progress.










Thursday, January 23, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 6 New Paint and Finally Some Plasticville

When I built the Edge of Town layout back in the day it was done rather hastily. The lines for the 'roadbed' were drawn in by hand and the base coat of tan rather poorly painted in. The Marx track w/plastic roadbed hides most of the underlying paint but there are still a bunch of spots where that bright tan peeks out from the sides. I've now painted all of that underlying area a hunter green. The siding was painted in a dark brown and there won't be any plastic roadbed used there because I wanted the less manicured look of a siding vs. a mainline. A portion of the road leading out of town was given a coat of darker gray. In addition Plasticville structures are finally making their way on to the layout. I had Plasticville buildings when I was a kid but when I got into 3-rail O-gauge as an adult I shied away from them, concentrating instead on Marxville buildings. That omission is now being rectified :-) Enjoy! Opa Fritz



Here's a couple of my Ya'AllTube videos showing the slow-but-steady rejuvenation process.




Friday, January 17, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 5 Odds-&-Ends

Rejuvenating a layout - whether a large one or small one - is a series of mini-projects within the larger project. When I first built the layout, it was kind of a rush job so that I could get it up and running for train meets. The lines delineating the roadbed and river and roads were all drawn in and painted by hand - ahem, rather badly I hate to admit - and some areas didn't receive the attention they should have. Case in point: the 'river' just sorta stopped in front of the bridge LOL Okay, so now I at least painted the blue all the way to the rear of the board. Perhaps not too noticeable but I know it's there.

The area to the left of the layout was just one big patch of medium gray paint. I defined the roadway a bit better and painted it in with Woodland Scenics 'Asphalt' paint.

Back in the day, when the layout was new, there were operating crossing gates on the far left. Those were removed over the years. I decided to bring them back and made three insulated tracks used to activate them. The outer insulated rail needed a power hook-up by using spade lugs inserted into the bottom of the rail. A hole was drilled in the plastic roadbed and once installed on the layout isn't even noticeable. More to come. Enjoy! Opa Fritz






Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 4

Here's the last storyboard for the renovation of the Edge of Town layout and it covers removal of the old Marx plate girder bridge. I built foamcore and poster board mock-ups and then cut them up to mimic the scrapping of the old bridge. Enjoy! Opa Fritz











Friday, January 10, 2020

TRAIN TIME: The Edge of Town Layout Starts Getting a Makeover - Pt 3

Well, well, well, where did I leave off? Oh yeah, I was started to rejuvenate the small Edge of Town 3-rail train layout. Although we had lost our old computer that doesn't mean I was idle. Nope, work on the Edge of Town layout has been progressing, albeit a bit slowly.

I began the process by storyboarding the deconstruction. This fantasy sequence shows the removal of the black Marx stamped sheet metal plate girder bridge for eventual 'scrapping'. In it you'll notice the plastic construction vehicles that were in several iterations of Marx's Big Inch Pipeline Construction playsets. While the figures that came in those sets were quite large and out of place on an O-gauge layout, the vehicle's were spot-on and overall look great on a 3-rail O-gauge layout. Until next time - Enjoy! Opa Fritz