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 Posted: Sat Oct 22nd, 2016 12:15 am
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Hi Helmut

How do you insulate the steel ties so that they don't short the two rail power ? ;)

How's it going ?

Got any new HOT pix. from the summer there ??

:moose:

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 Posted: Sun Oct 23rd, 2016 08:18 pm
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@Si

Sorry, no hot pix.

I've been busy making another passenger-carrying wagon,
more on that in appropriate time.

The loco's side tanks needed to be painted waterproof on the inside.
Too much goo builds up if you leave it as it was.

Then there is some grading to do for the compost bin siding,
haven't put that in yet.




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It's been a long time since I wrote about my garden RR.

A few weeks ago I finally took the guts to build that turntable segment,
to complete the runaround in the upper station.

Here's the earthworks:





Starting with concrete facts:





All the ingredients came by rail:





Now that the the pit was ready complete with gully,
I called my trusty friends to help me with the steel.

I had the parts pre-cut to order,
which is easy when you do a proper CAD drawing and parts' list beforehand.





The bridge's positioning had to be fitted to the pit's dimensions,
especially to fulfill height, clearance, and rail alignment requirements.

It's a demanding task.





In the end, everything fitted as intended and calculated.





Now the access roads are ready, too.

A slight deviation is due to the switch's frog angle differing from the swing angle.
Such a small 'misalignment' can be tolerated, however.





And now the final test:  Does the steam loco fit?

A solid bufferstop on the far end is absolutely necessary,
if you do not want to try salvaging a loco from the pit.

As you can see, it fits even with the bufferstop being directly mounted to the far end.





The turntable was built and put in place commencing Friday 15:00h and ending Sunday 11:00h.

A total of 36 bottles of beer, two full rounds of barbecue, salads and side dishes,
not to mention the mineral water (as the temperatures were increasing per day),
completed the list of materials.




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Helmut - this is very cool! 

This was my first time through this thread and I totally enjoyed it.
 

Your projects are all first rate, very well done. 

The turntable turned out great too.  Really clever. 

I especially like the steam loco.  Beautiful. 


Wish I had the time/resources/space/engineering mind to do something like this.

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" A total of 36 bottles of beer, two full rounds of barbecue, salads and side dishes,
not to mention the mineral water (as the temperatures were increasing per day) "


Hi Helmut  :wave:



I guess the last train, Sunday night 'recycling special', destination to the bottle-bank ...  ;)

... must have made a fairly loud & satisfying 'clinking' noise !  [toast]  [toast]


:P


Congrats. to the weekend work-crew, on a job well done ...  :thumb:

... I'm 'sticking' to 1:35n2 & my 'MEK welder' for now though !  :boogie:



:dt: :dt: :moose: :dt: :dt:



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I still do not come round to build that passenger-car.

Meanwhile, my Turkish mother-in-law, aged 89, got stranded at our home.
She cannot return to her beloved Istanbul because of all the restrictions and quarantine requirements,
which in her state needing constant attention now, would be detrimental to say the least.

Stair-climbing is very cumbersome for her, so I decided to make something like a wheelchair on rails.
This enables her to leave and enter the house with less effort.
She now can get out of the automobile onto the car's seat,
and travel all the way up the ramp to her destination winter-garden door,
where she can easily enter the living-room and her quarters.

My task was to make something easily accessible for elderly people, being comfortable and safe.
First I thought about the standard depressed-center bogie car,
but that seat level would have been to low for her to sit and get up,
it is required to have the standard seat height, without need for much turning and straddling.

The solution is to have frontal (rectal to be honest) access to the car,
and sliding back from the entering into the riding position once seated.
All this with proper safety precautions to consider.

After some head-scratching, I remembered an all-wooden truck chassis sitting in the far corner of the garage.
It featured rubber-damper springing for smooth riding and so made it a fine candidate for the job.
Drawing plans is for sissies, real men go at it without hesitation!
Out it came and I developed ideas as I went along.

Starting with this:





First came the footsteps:





Then I thought about some sort of support for the sliding carriage.

A total of four casters under the chair should suffice,
and are available for a song at the DIY store.










Some thin metal sheet to cover the running surface would be fine, too.

The roofing department there provided me with the needed L-profile of 040" stainless sheet.





In my stash I found a pair of ball-bearing equipped drawer supports.
 
These would give me the necessary horizontal and vertical guiding,
when I adjusted them in such a way, that the weight still was taken by the casters.





The chair's legs were cut down to requirement an fastened with screws.

Here shown in the enter/leave position:





And here in the slid-back riding position:





Arm-rests and position-locks, as well as a decent handbrake and proper painting,
remain on the To-Do list.

It all, took me 4 days to build so far.


Type desigantion and number stenciling, has to be done, too.

Think I call it ILT-1 ( In-Law Transporter )  [toast]




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Evidence of Rule G violation on the loco hood...

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This is a contractor's railway bloke!





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It's not good Health & Safety practice

The Mother-in-law leaving her empties on the loco


I hope she doesn't just throw her bottle tops down on the ground

They could get between the rail & wheels causing a derailment


The hi-viz seating is very positive though

I hope she wears her orange waistcoat & hard-hat !


[whack]


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Helmut

Looks like a very suitable solution for a vexing problem,
hopefully thing's will improve in the future.



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