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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 02:56 am
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Did you leave the grading that you had done with the previous arrangement intact? If not, looks like you are going to do at least some of it over. But then, you seem to
like shoveling-----

                                           
                                        

I like this proposal much better than the last. Gives the feeling of "going someplace", which seemed sort of lacking with the old plan.


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All the previous grading was removed. Started from square one with this rendition. Most times I don't mind using a Mexican backhoe as it's good exercise... but lately with the temps being so high, not so much. At least the beers at the end of the day tasted great. :) 

Anywho... back out on the road tomorrow. Next time I'm home I might begin on either converting the Davenport to rc... or start on my first ever scratchbuilt switch.:us:

So much to do... so little time. :time:



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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 02:46 pm
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If you are going to build your switch with aluminum rail, there is an aluminum rod that needs no flux and can be applied with a Bernz-o-matic torch. I don't like the looks of cast frogs in model switches---but then again you know better than most here that I don't like the looks of lots of things now days.


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Dwayne, I really like your new plan an concept!  Can't wait to see more.  :2t:

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Thanks Bob. Now that I've begun to put down track I feel better how it's shaking out. The track plan could eventually become a full loop with the town of Keylock becoming a wye. Of course having a loop would make running the two live steamers an option. But then my plan is to add radio control to both of them so they can perform like the sparkies.



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Herb maybe you need new glasses but maybe not i have been having your problem lately also
Dwayne let us know how the switches work out.



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Trying to make my schedule work out to give me a four day weekend over Labor Day to work on the switch. Will post updates with pics then.



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Manged to get home Thursday evening. Spent yesterday mowing the yard and getting it back into shape after being gone for ten days during which time we had some much needed rain. Strange how grass that was dormant and dead looking suddenly comes back to life and grows like crazy.

Anywayz, prior to my heading out ten days ago I had cut several pieces of code 250 aluminum rail for the stub turnout I'm building. The railbender Herb built for me works magnificently. :2t:



With a few minutes to spare this morning before my wife drags me out to town to do some shopping I managed to bend the rails leading to the frog. I've drawn a rough template that I place the rail on top of to check for comparison.





This being my first scratchbuilt switch makes it a learning process and I'm expecting to make a few mistakes but so far so good with nothing going drastically wrong.

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Continued working on the stubbie this afternoon.












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Damn, that looks fine! You sure that you never handlaid a switch before? It looks like it will work just like it should. Keep going...

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