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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 12:47 am
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Russell Geare
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This is a 1/2 size mockup of my idea for my first train layout. I drew a track plan on paper, then drew it full mockup size on 1/4" foamcore. I had already figured out how much elevation I could gain with each switchback. I cut out the track plan and raised each switchback to its assigned height. I filled in the open space with crinkled aluminum foil, spray painted it flat white, and painted the railbed grey. It looked to me and everyone else like too much vertical surface but I'm a little goofy and I decided to proceed anyway.



I built a 3 ft x 6 ft plywood tabletop on wheels and laid a full size cutout of my track plan in 1/2" foam insulation on top. I raised the switchbacks to their height with 2" rigid foam insulation.



I tried figurin the math for grade but turned to this gage I made. I jacked up one end of a 3 ft board, tacked on a length of flextrack, clipped on some power, and ran my locomotive and log cars up and down until it slid or spun the wheels. I backed off a hair and marked my gage. That's how I figured my grade. I'll keep ya posted on this one. Don't try this at home til ya hear from me.



Then, while I was on my way to Herb's, I got this idea. I decided to cover the right front corner and have the mainline come out of a tunnel/cave. I left the side open and intend to put some stalactites and stalagmites between the front and the track. Yeah, I know, I know, but I'm gonna try it. Anyway, I started fillin out from the corner.

 

Herb warned me too late about not puttin a straight in between curves in an 'S' bend. I'm still workin on that one.



On the way home from Herb's, I decided to put a little valley between the hills with a small stream that would cascade down a series of waterfalls. A visit to Herb's inspires a person. This necessitated at least 4 trestles which made me happy but much older when this gets done. I put in some topography which called for some tall trestles, but after finishing the first and starting the second, I realized I couldn't see the waterfalls through so many trestle legs.





I gutted my valley and put in a series of 4 steps eliminating the need for tall trestles. Now they don't overlap when you look in from the front.



I made the waterfall section modular so I can pull a 15" wide section out from the back. This way I can build the waterfalls on my bench instead of bendin over the layout. It'll slow things down some more, but I'll be able to put more detail in the falls. More fun and less back pain, can't beat it!



I took this picture tonight. I put the first bent of the second trestle in this morning. I want to put a very small coal mine on the flat above the fourth switchback with a horizontal shaft that you can look into. I'll run it downhill a little and curve it so you can see in maybe 6". Just a couple buildings and a yard, feeder road, and loading trestle for a 4 or 5 man operation. I think I'll flatten off the hill on the left and try to put the seedy tail end of a small town perched on the hill. I really like the look of the Downtown Deco buildings. I'll probably have to make my own scaled down versions but the atmosphere of their building groups is too cool. That's as far as I've gotten. My wife is goin out of town for a few days and I hope to make some big progress. I'll let you know.  And that's it!

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 01:54 am
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I think that Heisler is about the only engine you'll be able to operate, WOW.

I can see major revisions in your future :) :Crazy::)

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 10:53 am
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Russell Geare
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That's OK, it's the only one I can afford. You'll hear me out in Montana if, once I power the rails, it doesn't pull the grade! I hope I've done my homework well.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 12:19 pm
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I can see major revisions in your future


Yeah Jake, and you will notice he keeps mentioning this Herb character.
Sounds like he's lookin to share the blame.




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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 12:26 pm
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ahhh, you got broad shoulders.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 03:56 pm
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lol!

I do hope it works out for ya though :)

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 06:52 pm
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it´s said before... I can see it with thousand of trees!!! ( or maybe the half) :thumb:



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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 09:35 pm
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Russ-don't let those guys give you the "what for"...I believe you can run a decent train up the switchback...I believe, I believe! Actually, I have heard about my grades and how nothing can make it up, but guess what-even my little Porters can pull a couple of cars up an 11% grade, the Garratt will pull all the cars I have up, the Shays will do about 6-7 cars. It's all in the balancing of the loco and a proper meditative state. You should check out the Gilpin Tramway, that little 2 footer had switchbacks like yours to get at some mines. As Capt Kirk would say-"boldly go where no model railroader has gone before."

BTW-I got a package today from Mr Kephart which included a small coal shovel among other delights. Said shovel is being reviewed by the Mogollon Railway's shop foreman and will be installed on the line's most beautiful locomotive. Photos at eleven.....                       Woodie



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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 10:13 pm
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I like livin on the edge. It's kind of exciting when the testing part rolls around. When it all fails, ya git to do it all over agin! Twice the fun. Sometimes 3 times the fun. Cussin gets the heart pumpin, my favorite exercise. Once in awhile, stuff works! It's never as much fun gettin done as it is doin though. Outside the box is my favorite plan. Surprise success is more fun than planned success any day. Non-success has it's rewards too. Thats where I get a lot of exercise. Hope ya like the shovel. And get a load of this "Mr. Kephart"! Don't pay any attention to him ytter_man.    

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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 10:43 pm
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Here's the mine you need . They designed it just to work for you .

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