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 Posted: Tue Nov 11th, 2014 12:13 pm
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Thanks Duane for this and the "roundhouse" info. Amazingly, the track layout I came up with is pretty much what you have shown here. I wish that I could use the entire living room for the smelter but "common sense" dictates that I don't. The 2 foot tracks will be there and probably one SF track (so I can have a standard gauge car as "scenery"). The enginehouse will have to be 5 bays but will have the "lines" of the 7 stall one. The machine shop may get shortened a bit and have an open side (aisle side) to show off all the cool machinery I have collected and not gotten to use. That dual gauge line to the power plant may be what has thrown me in the photo of #2 at the machine shop and tracks going past it. I could never figure out where the "extra" rail came from...now I got an idea.
Again, thanks for the great info. I just want this to be as "right" as I can get it.



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Here's a photo of the smelter area...with a 4 foot aisle between it and the hairpin curve peninsua. This is 8 feet by 4 feet and will be the "end of the line"...just like the real SCPA&M.




Please excuse the mess, I am probably the only modeler to create a mess while building a layout (yeah, right!). The antique bookcases contain about half of my "research material" which is probably about 97% narrow gauge. Again, I need to straighten up the books, etc. but will do that in a while.  The doorway to the right is my bedroom...a mess most of the time, on the left is a nice finished bedroom which gets occupied by an overnight "guest" who says that I snore (she hasn't heard herself!). A lift out section will go across my doorway and more layout will run behind where I am standing with the camera.

The drawing that Duane supplied of the smelter (previous post) shows the track plan, the standard gauge will be minimized but there will be a section of dual gauge, could it be one of the only 24"/56 1/2" pieces of dual gauge in the US? You Main 2 foot nuts can let me know. So far, so good...I hope!



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Very sweet! Good to see that you're moving along at such a fast clip. I wouldn't expect any less from you. Now I will say that you couldn't be doing this outside today as the wind would have blown you inside pretty quickly.

As to dual gauge two-footers, the Bridgton & Saco River did have a stretch of track in the Hiram yard that ran by the coal shed so standard gauge coal cars could service the shed and the narrow gauge engines could fill their bunkers.

I seem to remember there may have been at least one other Maine two-foot railroad that had a bit of dual gauge but since so many of my books are gone I can't look it up. I'll see if I can't find a reference in the books I have left.

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Boy, I'd love to have a layout in the living room! Wait, no, the cats would destroy it. Fat cats and HOn30 don't mix well!

Lookin good!



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Well an update of sorts...I've been working on a couple of On30 modules for an upcoming show so the SCPAM is just waiting at the moment. However track will soon be laid on hairpin curve along with scenery. Thanks to Duane the enginehouse is going to be the first structure built for the line. Photos as it progresses.
BTW-that On30 track wiring for DCC has made me realize what a great choice I made to go wireless all those years ago.

Why use cork roadbed on foam...spikes and handlaid track don't last as long as I would like in just the foam. Experience is the best teacher.



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What fun am I having! Some smelter trackage has been laid and it has been a real.....well..you know. First, a photo of the real thing.




From Duane Ericson's book SILVER CITY NARROW GAUGE, here's a bit of dual gauge at the SC (Commanche) smelter. The standard gauge is AT&SF and runs in the middle of this photo. On the right, behind #2, is the machine shop and on the left is the foundary track with a narrow gauge coal car spotted there. Many times I have wondered what the extra rail was for (middle of photo) with a guard rail. Duane informed me that there "may have been" a dual guage siding to the power plant (behind the machine shop) and then this "extra rail" made sense. Dual gauge 24" and 56 1/2". How cool! Then, I knew that I had to model it...




OK, it's rough as an outhouse corn cob but it works...and that's all that matters. I don't have the room (nor inclination) to build a bunch of dual gauge trackage but since I swore (still swearing) to build as close as possible to the prototype, it just had to be done. The SC narrow gauge is laid with code 83 (small rail on the left, and the AT&SF has relatively small code 125 for this siding. Going from 83 to 125 wasn't the problem...the problem was that the larger rail takes some WORK to bend and grind (frogs, etc) and let me assure you, it liked to have ate my lunch!!! #5 is sitting on the siding to the machine shop (future) and the dual gauge runs to the power plant/coal dump where it is assumed (an ass of you and me?) that the SC's tiny Shays could be fueled. The narrow gauge begins the dual gauge on the left, and this will be the extent of such trackage.

Aside much track to be laid, buildings to be built, wiring to be...no, there's no wiring thank goodness!, I still need to build a 1:35 scale standard gauge open gondola with AT&SF markings. Holy cow, will it never end? I hope not.

I will try to answer any questions about this, I wrote at the outset that this thread would show warts & all!



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Woody , fellers..

You go..good job..doing is the hardest bit..getting going is hard..seems like once a brother gets going...it is fun..and that carries itself..thanks for sharing..



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:mex: " We don't need no stinkin' wiring "

:Salute: " Dual gauge, YESSIR ! "

:moose: " MHAAHOOOOHAHAAA "

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