Rainier Great Western Railway & Navigation Company

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Looking SW, tape is used to begin process of construction of next table section.
The Home and Design of the RGW....

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Train Room (Shell)  -  Train Room (Interior)  -  Layout Design

Layout Construction:  (click on pictures for full view)

September/October 2005:    

One of the many advantages of CADRAIL is that you can use the "Object Information" feature to provide accurate dimensions of virtually any item on the layout.  For example, you can quickly determine the beginning and ending points of a line you have drawn in CADRAIL to represent the facing edge of your benchwork.  As such, we recently spent a weekend addressing the SW Corner of the layout. 

We first wanted to position the 134 ft. Campbell Scale turntable at the west end of Renton Yard.  We determined that the location we originally set for the turntable limited our use of the area to the west for house tracks.  Therefore we moved the turntable about 16 inches to the east, freeing up space for buildings, house tracks and other items to be determined.

Once we had that issue tackled, we set out to dimension the SW Corner and the Western finger table.  To make certain that the layout design would actually fit in the corner and still provide decent aisle space, we brought in the computer, called up CADRAIL and then used the SW corner as (0,0) on the (x,y) coordinate scale.  After that, we found each point on the table, and ran masking tape on the floor to represent the front edge of the benchwork.  As you can see from the pictures, so far so good.

Aisleway view of how next table section is properly spaced per CADRAIL plan.     View due South of benchwork proximity to Western wall.     View due East of layout for finger table that will eventually be home to Black Diamond.     Our Chief Engineer, Wain Miller, lays out the location of the 134' Turntable.

In addition to the preliminary scaling of the benchwork, a side project included the tracing of a picture of Mt. Rainier on the SE corner of the layout.  While this picture doesn't do the finished product justice, you get the idea where we are going with it.  Mt. Rainier is by far the most distinct physical feature in this region and will command a strong presence on the RGW.

Photo of Mt. Rainier, looking due South from Maple Valley, WA.      Drawing of Mt. Rainier on South wall after projecting photo on wall and tracing outline.

During the weekend of October 8, we decided to continue the development of the backdrop.  As you can see from the picture above right, the first stage is penciling out the distant images of hills and in our case, mountains.  The next step is to mist in white and blend it in with varying shades of the background blue, gradually fading it into the existing color the closer we get to the ceiling.  Our method was to first mix up a 90%/10% mixture of hidden lake blue and white (with a hint of gray) to use for blending.  We then shot about a 4 ft wide by 2 ft long section of the white on the backdrop.  Using two 2 inch brushes, we worked the color onto the wall, adding the blue/white mix where needed to create the allusion of mist on the wall.  This is just the first of several coats.  Notice how the mist brings out the penciled in Mt Rainier.  Here are the results:

First "misting" of backdrop over Renton Yard.   Painting on backdrop brings out even the faint outlines of Mt. Rainier.   View SE of "misitng" project.


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