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 Posted: Tue Nov 12th, 2019 04:07 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 960
The idea of a house as a mill office is a good one. 
I may steal that idea.

The dispatch office for the railroad operation does not need to be so large. 
The office for Simpson (now used by PS&P) is pretty minimal.

I will have some photos of progress a bit later in the day. 
All the cork is down and smoothed off.  A couple of things were a challenge. 
Trackage was not envisioned in the location of the engine house. 
So some of the sub-roadbed is a bit rough.
I had to do some shimming and Shurform work on the roadbed. 
The log dump is designed for either a deeper pond or higher terrain than the mill. 
I built up the road bed using the cork, and then filed it down to a consistent slope. 

More progress here depends on the arrival of a shipment from Walthers. 
I wish this stuff was available on Amazon Prime. 
Getting stuff the day after you order it is the next best thing to a local hobby shop. 
I have turnouts and scenery materials coming from Walthers. 
I ordered ground throws directly from Caboose Industries.  

I learned a lesson.  I have always used the same ground throws. 
It's been a challenge with MicroEngineering turnouts, because the throw rods are very narrow,
with a very small hole for the connection to whatever will be operating the turnout. 
In the past I fashioned a wire rod to connect the Caboose Industries ground throw to the turnout. 
It turns out (no pun intended) that Caboose Industries has a set of adapters,
one of which is specifically designed to work with the ME turnouts.  

While awaiting supplies I did a little work on the GP-30. 
I am very close to having the Kato chassis fit the Bachmann shell. 
It looks like one more bit of grinding on the chassis should do it. 
But I am taking my time in between cuts to make sure I understand what is going on. 
It would help if I had X-ray vision. 
It looks like the only remaining challenge is to figure out how to arrange the headlights.
Kato and Bachmann use two very different approaches to mounting the headlights,
and guiding the light to the appropriate location.

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