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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 03:26 pm
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Dan D Sparks
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It only took me 30 years to build, but it works!

http://dan-d-sparks.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-grand-union-intersection-in-action.html



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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 05:35 pm
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That is awesome! Great job. What city are you going to base your layout off of.

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Outstanding work. I am impressed.
Ron D.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 06:00 pm
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Just splendid! I am truly envious

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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 08:33 pm
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Holy Cow that's amazing. Truly excellent modeling! I have to,back a read the blog now to see how you accomplished the turnout action and for that matter everything else.
Dave

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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 09:16 pm
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Thanks guys, for the kind words. The layout features the cars of the old San Diego Electric Railway, and the buildings will be modeled after buildings in San Diego's historic Gas Lamp Quarter. The track and turnouts are all hand laid, but street trackage components are now commercially available from Custom Traxx and from Proto:87 stores.
Thanks for Riding!



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 Posted: Thu Nov 21st, 2013 12:57 am
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Very nice, Dandy!

How many times did you have to re-do sections of the overhead before you got it to work reliably?


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Hehe! Good question Herb.
This is the second build of the overhead. The first time I had the tension too high. The more wires I added, the more the tension built. Eventually the solder joints on the wire hangers couldn't take it and would suddenly pop off. And the poles on the corners of the layout took the brunt of it all and were bending. So I took it all down and many years later started all over again. This time I took my time and built it carefully and methodically. I ran the cars through a lot to test each new addition before progressing any further. So the version you see now didn't require any major revisions, only minor tweaks (minor tweaking continues still). Here is a video of when just the mainline was in before I started in on the intersection. That was a big accomplishment in itself!:
http://dan-d-sparks.blogspot.com/2013/09/dancing-cloverleaf.html



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I totally agree..."HOT DAMN"...it works beautifuly. Tweak on sir...

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INCREDIBLE ,,,great to watch and good work.How does the tension on the overhead wiring change from hot to cold weather,does it cause problems?...............Peter:rah::rah:



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