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 Posted: Thu Feb 25th, 2010 02:08 pm
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Lordy, Woodie! Is that your worktable? What happened? Did Peach Head shove all your stuff onto the floor to get to his vittles?

That is the cleanest I've seen your table. It's all good...



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 Posted: Thu Feb 25th, 2010 09:01 pm
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James-I hired some guys to clean the workbench up. Anything that didn't belong was thrown in the trash...now I am searching through the trash can for my scale ruler.

Another change...maybe a change back. After further "thinking", I decided that I will make a short passing siding (voiding the KISS principle)..if for anything than to please Mopman and give me something more to do. Passing siding is back, I will post a photo of the "track plan" for your perusal (25 cent verbage). Also, doing things the "right" way will cause me to buy something else that I haven't used in many years-cork roadbed. Yep, the track will be on top of real cork so that's an expense I hadn't thought about. It will however, make the track nice & smooth. The Mogollon Railway outside has lousy track, just what I want, but this little layout needs smooth track and I want to show others that I do know what I am doing. I had thought about using Woodland Scenics nice styrofoam grade kits, but those cost a bit too much for this project. I will cut the blue foam I have and "replicate" the WS product for the switchback sub roadbed. I will use the Midwest N scale cork...why? Well, the scale 5 foot ties will hang off the edge of the roadbed a little bit and allow me to make places where the roadbed is gone from under the ties here & there. I am really thinking here, I remembered an article about this in an old magazine. Now, I will stop thinking and "dreaming" and get back to work. The little GT Shay is sitting here on the bench saying "run me...run me..."               



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 Posted: Thu Feb 25th, 2010 09:45 pm
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I hope you are remembering this is "O" scale and not 1:35 and pull out the correct scale rule.   :bg:

Well, having a passing siding can't hurt and it'll make Jim happy. I'm sure your creativity will make it look and work great.

As to the cork. Have you considered getting a roll of 1/8' cork from Hobby Lobby and cutting your own? Since you already have the balsa cutter I'm pretty sure it would work for the cork. You could really do some fancy work with undercuts and overhangs that way.

Regardless...your RR. I know it'll look great.



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Thanks James-that's an excellent idea! Then if (and when) I mess something up, I will have more to cut up.    hasta luigi  Woodrow



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Good move on the cork, Woodie. I buy mine in bulk from a local hardware store (not that I need a huge amount, but it is really cheap compared to manufactured roadbed).

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Brian-that sounds like a plan. I don't really need that much for this thing but maybe someone else could use what I have left over. I figure I need about 21 linear feet of roadbed, about 1" wide. Of course, there's the "fudge factor" so who knows. The sheet of cork will be great for that pesky passing siding business, one whole piece instead of a bunch of cutting & fussing. Another idea could be to laminate the cork sheet to the blue foam, lay out the track, and cut away what I don't want. Hmmm...maybe it's easier than I first thought. 



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 Posted: Fri Feb 26th, 2010 12:20 pm
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Woodie, no explanation necessary.  It's your RR.  The only reason I brought up the passing siding was your statement about operating the railroad.  If you don't want to switch the mines, then you don't need the siding.  In fact, if all you want is a "christmas tree" layout that goes round and round I wouldn't even make the turnouts to the mines operable just to save time.  However, I know that you are just like me, I'm going to build what I want and all the suggestions in the world won't change my mind if it's not what I want.  I like the track plan you have for the "mini" so have fun.

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Well, Mopman-you got yer wish.



As you can see, I have added the passing siding. That business about the "Christmas tree" layout with dummy switches made me want to do this. I do not have a fancy CAD program to draw the plan so this funky thing is all you'll get. Remember that this is on a 2 by 4 foot piece of foam and has 10" radius curves. I have no idea what the frog angles will be, just whatever works. Note in the upper right corner is a natural arch over the track. I want something like the arches seen in Arizona and Utah. The scenery will be 360 degrees so the lonely track at the top will be running next to some high cliffs, I may put a squiggle or two in that straight section just for interest. There's more to come...later.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 27th, 2010 10:03 am
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Cool Woodie!

FYI,
I much prefer your hand drawn stuff over CAD drawings, any day of the week.



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Things are about ready to begin. Today (Sunday), James Sullivan brought over some Midwest HO cork roadbed in large strips. Using the BALSA STRIPPER, I am making 2 piece roadbed strips which are just wide enough when assembled to allow the ties to stick over the edges by a little bit...then I can have roadbed falling away from under the ends of the ties here & there-a scenic thing. The 2 narrow strips are easy to curve around the 10" radius and I will use some wide pieces for under the switches. I may get some work done this week since rain is headed here again. When the skies are nice (like today), the big Mogollon has trains to run and some work to be done before the Outlaws visit in a couple of weeks. I checked out some trim for the edges and now think I will use the tempered masonite strips, it looks nice when painted and I can cut it into 2" widths, none of the molding was right...either too thin or too wide. Like some other threads about building a small layout, I will give a cost breakdown for this one. I really can't include the loco, cars, and power pack in this because I have had them for many years, the roadbed was supplied by Sully, the rail was a trade from Joe B,  the foam was a gift from shayboiler ..goodness..what is this thing gonna cost? Thanks to all my great friends, they will want to run this layout when it's done.



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