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Gila Tramway mini layout in On20
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 Posted: Sat Jul 17th, 2010 07:01 pm
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No updates on the GT right now, the Texas sun is hot and the big old Mogollon Railway becons. One bit of news however, I am using a 50 year old Scintilla "Plena-Speed" power pack to run the layout. This old girl has lots of power, no silly circuit breaker BS, and a lever to control the speed. Just a wonderful thing. I still have more to do on the little layout, scenery, buildings being finished, new cars being built. But while the sun is out and there is no rain (read drought), I am being "forced" to operate vs watch trains. Later...

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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 01:07 pm
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Great Layout! I'd like to see if you have a sketch or if you could tell me some dimensions of the wooden limestone tipple on the lower track. I would like to build one. Sizes of the timbers would be great, too.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 02:03 pm
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Gee, I hardly use a scale rule and don't ever work from plans, etc. I believe the main timbers are 9-10" in O scale. (3/16" sq). The tipple is probably 12"x 2" (1/4" by 1/32-close) and the length is long enough to accomodate 2 Grandt On2 Gilpin small or large ore cars. So, maybe it's 30 feet long. If you can, make a mock up from cardstock to see how it looks to you before cutting wood and glueing. I hope this is of help. Right now, the GT layout is stored in the overhead of my motor home, the big Mogollon Railway layout is taking my time. But when winter and rainy days come again (it's 105 degrees here now) I will get it down and run a train while staying warm.If you look at how I build things, you will see that I use a balsa stripper tool, I just buy flat sheet stock and cut my own dimensional lumber. An inexact "science" but it works for me.

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Well, well...after a couple of years or so, an update. The little Gila Tram has been shown at several local train shows over the years and has put many real miles on the train, running most every day for some hours as I fiddle around in the shop. The weather has been up & down and I have not really done much on my Mogollon Railway so the GT is my "go to" for train watching. Now, I am "thinking" about building an extention of sorts for the Tram which would go across and above my computer/paperwork desk and on to the corner of the workshop...about another 8 feet of layout. This would connect with the existing layout with a couple of switches (turnouts) that would allow the train to venture from the tiny loop it has known for years into the "beyond" and back. A sort of "folded dogbone" affair so the train would run out, around and back without some mui complicatdo reverse loop BS and the associated wiring and mechanical switch throwing mess. I might even have room for a bit of "switching" along the way. I'll post a track plan here very soon. The original Tram layout will be intact and moveable so it can be taken to shows, etc.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 27th, 2014 01:52 pm
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BOH JAH ... Mr.20 !!!

Lov' that lil' layout !!!

... Extension ??? ...

Can't be bad !

Anything ... Gila (monster) Tram related has to be GOOD ...

Wish I could make it to a Tex. train T for a taco !!!

Keep it ON ... Mr. mini-scale ! ( wink )

LOL

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Well then...you might be interested in what's taking place on the kitbash/scratchbuild forum-A tribute to Bill Schopp. More fun than shooting monkeys (or is that fish?) in a barrel.

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Hey Woodie,

Did you make the endbeams on your shays? And how wide are they in scale feet? It's more of a curiosity question to aid in my own shay construction. Also, I'm considering blackening the line shafts on the trucks. Would you say yay or nay?



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AJ-I read the NEOLUBE post on the On20 site and yes, it will work. I would chemically blacken the parts first and then put the NEOLUBE on them. Or just blacken the parts and then lube with whatever you want. The Shay endbeams are 6.5 O scale feet wide, made from basswood.



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Hi Woody,

I have only just discovered your little gem. I think it is superb. I can't think how I have missed it up to now.

Put it down as another senior moment.

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Mr. Greene, any progress?

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