Different iron in the fire

Or should I say brass? I have been working on a Traincat Southern Pacific C-30-6 caboose kit for the last six months or so.  I have been assembling sections like the floor. Today I took a giant step forward by painting the orange ends and steps of the caboose.  I plan to mask the bay window ends.  This caboose is being detailed for  a later caboose with a post 1980 paint scheme.  I am planning on using a Micro-Trains wood caboose on thr California layout.

Trying to figure out the Central California plan

Man, this is getting frustrating.  Atlas has new code 80 switches on the slow boat from China, but none of them are Customlines, they got code 55 #5’s but no flex track.  I have a lot of code 80 flex,  a pair of left #4 Customlines,  another pair of left #6 Customlines,  15*, 30* and 90* crossings….what’s a frustrated N Scaler to do without any right switches?  I am banging my head against the wall and all that I can think of is life would be so much simpler if I only had one right switch or two….

the second layout

So I have been wanting to build a roundy-round set in the early 1950’s so I can run my Bachmann 2-8-0. My fiend Joe D’Amato really planted the seed when he gave me a Micro-Trains engine house. This engine house has many components that look and feel like John Allan’s Gorre and Dephetid engine house, except that it is open on one side and is a single stall. I have been working on it slowly, and I am almost done with the model. Joe and I have agreed to build a pair of 2×4 layouts using the same basic track plan, but with different eras and locations. I have decided to model the Pacific Coast railway as if it survived WWII, was standard gauged and was purchased by the Southern Pacific. I plan to use Atlas Code 80 track with Customline #4’s, and all wood kits for the buildings. I am also thinking about scratch building an SP SC-73-1 whaleback tender and modify the 2-8-0 to look and feel more like an SP loco. More to come .

The Track Plan