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Track gauge is 22". Note the turntable 'rails' are just round round steel bars welded to the deck. Rotates on rusty steel balls in a baseplate below the visible deck:








And a 22" gauge turnout built to see if it would work. It did but only at minimal speed & required careful manual guidance of the minecars :





& a close-up :






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Who needs stinkin' frogs or guardrails?. Just kick the rail and you're in business!. Jose.

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Cool stuff!

Is that the loco in the background of the second pic?

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Looks like a stinkin' one-cylinder, two-stroke 6HP engine to me. Why? Have one of these at home and contemplate putting that into a 9.5" gauge loco to the chagrin of my neighbors....

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I love to hand lay track----but NOT with that size rail!!


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It's easier than you might think, Herb. imagine to put down 30' of handlaid track in just one hour:glad:

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I don't understand why they made such a fuss with that turnout - One blade suffices completely, even with locomotive operations.

22:51h
Shame on me - when looking closely, it is clear to see that this turnout is of the one-blade type also.

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Not only one blade Helmut but laid on a curve ! . Crazy mine video link - I love the human "pantograph" ! Just proves "there is a prototype for everything".

It is not a loco Ray, it's a mobile diesel generator set mounted on an old tram chassis.
The system is mostly cable hauled & some handraulic (i.e. human propulsion !).
There are no locos but there was a long term plan to build a battery electric replica of a loco from an adjacent mine that had 3 old truck starter motors connected by a chain drive.  Looking at the photo of 3 diverging routes the central road leads to the head of a severe grade - you can see the vertically mounted cable rollers on posts to left-centre of the photo. Prime mover is an ancient early type water turbine powered via a dam uphill from the mine - completely green !!.

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Wow looks like a sweet 1:1 scale layout. To me a blade switch seems somewhat easier to make that a standard switch(I maybe wrong I haven't ever built one). I'm currently fixing up rail(I have to recut it and drill new bolt holes) for a 24" gauge line around my property here in Arkansas. I think a blade switch leading to what will be the two stall engine house would be cool.  

Ship it on the Frisco!!!

 

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Here's a small turntable inside the Eagle Mine in Julian, CA:

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That cool Albanian railway was the subject of many posts on one of the Yahoo groups I lurk upon. At one time, there as a sort of "contest" to see who could (or would) build a model of "old sparky" complete with the guy holding the "pole" against the wire and the sparks flying around. I thought about how it could be done and I believe one fellow actually built a model which has a fiber optic "pole" which flashes at will and replicates the real thing. Just amazing. That single point switch is one thing...but "old sparky" is something else.

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Normal traction current for the model loco's motor through the running rails. A high V current from the overhead to the earth rail for the 'sparky' bit, powered by a car ignition coil or similar.

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Oh, oh, don't try that with DCC or one of the newfangled electronic power packs! Good old rheostat or variac control for good measure.


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