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Changes are being made to the layout. First change is a new name: The Gopher Mining Company. Second change is a complete change to the layout itself. I began the process of removing the million tons of dirt I had initially placed for a loop to loop design, half of which was elevated. The new layout will be a simple point-to-point layout. The Gopher's terminus will be located above the patio that I had promised my wife I'd install. In my mind's eye the patio will be "water" and make the terminus town of Keylock a port. To achieve this I began laying down a course of cinder blocks along the outer two edges of the patio. Once installed backfill will be hauled in providing a level area for the waterside town. From there the line will head off to some yet undetermined Point B.

 

A primary goal of this layout will to have it blend into the landscape as much as possible. Since moving into the house last October I've been gradually turning yard into flower/garden beds as I hate mowing grass. Most of these beds are/will be located along the perimeter of the yard which will be the perfect place to run the track. I envision the rails meandering through these beds, popping out for short distances before disappearing into and under vegetation. The reason I've opted for the change is that the loop-to-loop design left me wondering where to start. Because of my job which keeps me away from home too much, I was becoming frustrated with the fact that I wasn't getting any track down. This change should allow me to start with a single track of only a few feet. As time permits, I'll add more track the same way the real railroads did. A spur here, a spur there and in time a layout with a sense of purpose as lineside customers are added and ready to be served by the port town of Keylock. :)

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I got home today and once again continued with dirt work in spite of the temps being in the upper 90's and the humidity. The port town of Keylock will be located in the dirt area in the foreground. The patio to be installed (currently overgrown with grass) will represent water. Gonna have to build a dock and a small barge...



Hope to put down a few feet of track this weekend before heading back to Canada on Monday.

I also ordered a Bachmann Davenport today as other motive power I have is still being worked on and isn't yet ready to roll.

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Began laying track a couple of weeks ago. Code 250 aluminum rail spiked to hand cut ties. This six foot section took about two hours to put together and position.









The new Bachmann Davenport awaits conversion to RC/battery power. :) 

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PROGRESS! Now you can actually operate. I love that track, much better than RTR stuff..looks like mining road track.

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True enough. It's a start, albeit a slow one. Gone to much to make fast progress, especially with the heat we're dealing with.

Glad you like the track. Too many narrow gauge modelers try to keep everything perfect. My ties are spaced two scale feet on center... give or take. Some are further to the right, the left or not even perfectly square to the rails. :)

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Worked outside yesterday in spite of the 106°F temperature. Finished installing the last of the cinder blocks that are a part of the patio as well as dumping several wheelbarrow loads of backfill behind the blocks.

Have sorta settled on the route. L:

As it leaves Keylock (where I'm likely going to install an Inglenook for operations) the route curves to the left around the house to the west edge of the yard where it then will curve to the right along the fence towards the back edge of the yard. From there it'll take another right curve and follow the back edge to the northeast corner of the yard where the Gopher Mine will be located. In all actually the Gopher Mine will be about seventy-five feet as the crow flies from Keylock... but about three hundred feet with this plan.



 

The main thing is to keep as much of the line in the shade as possible. Unfortunately two years of drought is beginning to take a toll on the existing trees and I may lose a few more this year. :f:

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i like the track, how much does a 6' chunk cost in comparison to buying rtr aluminum?

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Whatever you do, don't place any fill dirt around those trees that you would like to save. Trees don't tolerate that very well. Believe it or not, they breathe through their shallow roots.

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dodgezilla04 wrote: i like the track, how much does a 6' chunk cost in comparison to buying rtr aluminum?

I bought the rail from Switchcrafters. 16 pcs (96 feet total) goes for about $48 (not counting shipping)... so the cost runs about $1 per foot for the rail itself. My ties are cut from 5/8" x 6ft treated fence boards that cost about $1.20, with each board giving me about 110 ties.

I'd guess that overall each foot of track costs me about $1.10.

Many have this misconception that large scale is expensive. Because I'm not attempting to run huge diesels or Big Boys... I find it comparable to smaller scales. I just bought a new Bachmann Davenport for $99 + shipping. Heck... even an Accucraft live steam engine can be had new for less than $500 which is cheaper than most everything Bachmann offers in plastic.

The only drawback for large scale is if you live in the snow belt. Then you'll be limited on the time you can actually run trains. Fortunately I live in a climate where that is rarely an issue. :) 

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mwiz64 wrote: Whatever you do, don't place any fill dirt around those trees that you would like to save. Trees don't tolerate that very well. Believe it or not, they breathe through their shallow roots.
So I've been told. The patio corner closest to where the switches will be located was cut into the slope. Fortunately there weren't too many roots from the silver maple seen in the above photo. The few I did dig up were less than a 1/4" diameter. What fill I did add is only a few inches deep where I leveled the ground to the tops of the cinder blocks. Hasn't seemed to affect the tree any. The drought we're experiencing on the other hand is rapidly taking a toll on a few trees in my yard. Two years of too little rain with weeks of 100F+ temperatures is causing all plants in our area to start dying. :(

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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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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:

Bob

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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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Never done this before now Woodie.

Made progress today by cutting ties to length...



Then began with the frog...



After a few hours...













The most difficult part was getting some of the spikes to drive straight without bending. The wood I'm using for ties has been laying around for a few months, which has allowed it to season. About twenty spike bent. Once I got the spike heads to the web rail I set them with a nail set.

I made sure to use the track gauges at each tie to keep things in gauge. I had considered flaring the ends of the guard rails but instead opted to follow Herb's advice and simply file down the inside rail head corners which was much easier and in my opinion looks better. When a wheelset is run across the frog it doesn't pick the frog point, there is almost no clatter and no discernible wheel drop.

Of course the approach side of the stub still needs to be constructed to make this a wholly functioning switch. The plan is to attach this portion of the switch to a stringer which will be buried in the ballast. The approach ties will be attached to the stringer to keep them from shifting out of place. And I need to come up with a throw mechanism that will hold the approach rails in place and indexed to the corresponding route rails. :)

 

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After working on the turnout I decided it was time to add some ballast to the existing six foot section of track I'd put down a few weeks ago. My free source is an uber secret location in southwest Nebraska that I pass on my near weekly trips to Alberta and back. :cool:


Posing for this photo is my Davenport (still haven't gotten around to the RC conversion). The new switch is sitting about four feet beyond end-of-track.














 
A photo looking over the left half of the backyard with the railroad's main town of Keylock in the foreground where the Davenport is posing.





Same photo as above except I drew in the planned future mainline. Did this on my iPad using the Draw Free app. Much quicker than using Paint on the 'puter. :)


 

The patio will play the part of a body of water making Keylock a port town. A couple of boats or barge models will be built and sit on the patio. Small docks and loading & unloading facilities will be added to give it a port atmosphere. The railroads maintanence facilities will be here as well. It'll also be the steam up area for my current two live steamers. All freight comes and goes through Keylock.

The town will provide me with two operating schemes.

The first is when I simply shunt cars in and out to the lineside customers as the mood hits me when I run trains along the entire layout.

The second scheme will be as an Inglenook puzzle when I just want to putz around. Since the sidings will be able to hold more than the normal 5-3-3 car arrangement of an Inglenook, extra freight cars will be parked in the siding ends that can't be moved which will limit capacity to the 5-3-3 composition.


 

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Mui excellente! Ya done good...

Woodrow

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X looking switch Dwayne.

Uber secret ballast is X as well !

Cheers

Si.

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Thanks guys. :)

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Ya done did good, Young Man!



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Dwayne, that's a fine job and a good concept.  You're on your way! :thumb:

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Herb, Bob... thanks.

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beautiful switch:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose::glad::old dude:

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Thanks Charles. The fact remains that it's still not a complete, functioning switch until it's fully installed which I hope to do when I get home in a couple of days. The experiences learned from building this one will be applied to the next switch.

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Yep, you need to keep your ballast location secret. Just like my dirt & rock location (behind the house in the alley where the big garbage trucks crush it for me), you don't want everybody digging your dirt...especially those muckrakers from the National Enquirer! It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it (ballasting, not muckraking).

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Dwayne, is this pea gravel, rounded stones from a river bed?



If it is, you may want to rethink your ballast solution.  Pea gravel makes lousy ballast because it will roll down stream with the slightest rain. 

What you want is crushed rock.  I use 3/8 inch crushed basalt for my ballast, and it stays put, nicely.  Any crushed rock will do, it is just that basalt is easy to come by in my neck of the woods.  I've tried 3/8 inch minus, which includes smaller sized crushed rock down to powder, but had less success with the ballast staying put.  I don't know why. 

The 1:1 railroads use crushed rock because it locks together, so the same thing applies in our scale, the sharp edges of the rock lock together, forming a stable road bed.

You have to remember that a raindrop scales out to be a scale 5 gallon "drop." Think what continuous 5 gallon hits would do to your rocks scaled up to 1:1 size.  They will just roll away.

Try hitting your ballast with a hose to wee what happens.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

I like what you have done with the switch.  How did you make the frog?

SteveF

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Fellas, have been MIA lately. Work is keeping me busy, time spent at home has been minimal. When I am home, other tasks keep me busy, or I'm just vegging, or trying to spend time with my wife.

Today began a four day weekend for me. Beautiful, sunny 70+F weather here in central Oklahoma. Decided to get back on the stub switch build. Other than fabricating a switch stand/ground throw for it, it's complete. I did manage to install it before sunset. Unfortunately my camera batteries died before I could get a photo of it installed. Will attempt to do that tomorrow.










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EXCELLENTE! Mui bueno...all that jazz. Yep, the weather has been nice here also. Have a great one...

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Glad to hear you're able to get some time to work on it, Dwayne.

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Thanks guys.

Snapped a few photos this morning of the installed switch.








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And no one has asked about the industrial strength "bumper jack"--------


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Why it's for asking silly questions, don't ya know.....:P   :)

:cool: Bernd :cool:

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After months of inactivity on the Gopher because of work and other home remodeling projects, I found myself at home today as a result of the latest tornado here in OK.

I decided to temporarily hook up all RC components to my Bachmann Davenport.



Next step is to neatly tuck in the Losi ESC and the wiring.

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Dropped in a LiPo to see how it performed in the critter. Worked well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hb6bdbCmw4&feature=youtu.be

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Talk on the On30 forum today about the vendor "The Spot" had me stumble across this at their website...



At $48 + $10 priority shipping, I ordered one. Plan is to bash it a bit to turn it into a Bell geared locomotive like this...



or this...



or even this...



Shipped within an hour of placing the order with The Spot and should be at my doorstep by the time I get back to OKC next week sometime. :)

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I bought the tender version of the new Bachmann G loco in hopes of conveting it to a Disney NWRR clone. The locos are very light weight and I have no
t run mine much but should be OK. I'll be interested in seeing what you do.
 

Next to a Kalamazoo 4-4-0 for size compare.....

Very simple locos and they dis-assemble easily and will modify well.....

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The last large scale lokie I bashed was a B'mann Porter. Started out a plain normal enough but morphed into something new.



Only items retained were the motor, drives, rods, half the frame, the domes and the smoke stack.





Of course there was my brief foray into 1:35n2 a couple of years ago where I did a major bash on a On30 Porter. Only half the metal frame, drives, rods and cylinders were used.

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Dwayne,
KOOL!
Which Lipo did you use in the Davenport? I've got the same loco waiting for upgrade to R/C. Losi board came yesterday.
Don

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Don, used the 7.4V...

http://losi.com/Products/Features.aspx?ProdId=LOSB0862

I've been looking at a different RC setup for my engines put out by G Scale Graphics, in particular their Rail Boss Plus. A few dollars higher in cost but designed specifically for large scale.

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THNX - that's the one I'm using also. I'll have to look into th G-Scale Graphics stuff. Keep in touch.

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When I got home the other day the newest acquisition for the Gopher was waiting for unpacking.





The plan is to simply use the drive mechanism, add a new boiler and cab to turn it into a Bell locomotive. Haven't decided if I'm going to make it a saddle tank or go with a small four wheel tender version, which would be a good location for the Rail Boss r/c components that will be installed.

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After burning up a Losi ESC in my Bachmann Davenport, the Gopher management has decided to install something a bit more heavy duty and purpose designed for large scale. I placed an order for the RailBoss yesterday afternoon. Today I'll head down to the local RC shop and see what kind of 2.4GHZ four/five channel TX's they have available.

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After meeting a friend at Hooters for lunch I headed over to the local RC hobby shop down the street and picked up a Spectrum DX5e. This TX will allow control of my battery powered lokies and the two live steam engines I have (once outfitted with servos).

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Three screws hold the cab/boiler assembly to the frame. The frame/motor/drivetrain will be modified. Other parts such as the smokebox door, headlight, smokestack saddle, sand dome and steam dome will like be dissected from the current boiler and reused. And of course the cab will be reconstituted and incorporated to the new engine after some modifications.



While breaking the engine down my wife mentioned that she liked the little blue engine. She can't figure out why I'd take a new 'toy' and change it. She's a sweetheart even if she doesn't get me or my hobby. :cool:

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Looking forward to seeing the RailBoss components laid out next to the Losi pieces (Rcvr/ESC & battery) for comparison.

What was price of 2.4 transmitter?

BTW, how did you fry the Losi board?

Keep in touch.

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dmunseyjr wrote:
Looking forward to seeing the RailBoss components laid out next to the Losi pieces (Rcvr/ESC & battery) for comparison.

What was price of 2.4 transmitter?

BTW, how did you fry the Losi board?

Keep in touch.


Paid $65 for just the TX at the local RC shop. The RailBoss unit is listed as being 2.5" x 1.9"... much larger than the Losi. Definitely intended for large scale.

The Losi apparently got zapped by too much voltage when I was test running the Davenport and it hung up on a piece of ballast. Next thing I knew the engine was dead on the tracks. Installed another Losi unit and it worked. However, I'm sure a repeat zapping will eventually happen with that ESC too which prompted my looking for an alternative.

The RailBoss components and batteries can be fitted into the Davenport in spite of their larger size. In addition, the Spectrum TX can also be used with servos that I plan on installing in my two live steamers. So the one TX will be able to take care of all the different engines.

The RailBoss unit shipped yesterday. Might arrive tomorrow or Saturday if I'm lucky as I head back out on the road Monday.

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For the large scalers here, below is a photo of the new RailBoss ESC along with the battery conversion module and RX. The Losi ESC is pictured on the right.



The battery pack will likely be stashed on the bottom side of the roof in the cab where it can be changed out quickly as I opted not to get the battery conversion module with onboard charging capability.

Hope to get it installed soon, but with my work schedule and other pending home improvement projects it may be later than sooner...


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