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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2014 03:53 am
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I don't know what Si is on ...........but I think I want some!!
Nice work Woodie

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A quick update...the "squiggly" trackage in the photo has been fixed and now looks to be "in tune". Thank goodness there is no more dual gauge to build, now I am having fun with "regular" tracklaying. One note however, the real SCPA&M seemed to use "high level" switchstands but there are none available for my scale...therefore, Caboose Hobbies groundthrows will be used since they work well and I have a couple of dozen (investment?). If I get really anal, I may make such a stand, mold it and cast a bunch...and then run "knob & rod" hookups to the switches. Oh well, at least I'm having fun...indoors, in the warm.

Dennis-Si & Charley are alike...you have to read between the lines, er..tracks..



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Woodrow fellers..

Thanks fer fillin them in..it is a feeling..a read it quick feel it..I like the way words look..and use them with that in mind..and if they do not look good..wul..I make some up.... w/o all that pesky pun ctuations and grammararatical err..



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 Posted: Fri Dec 5th, 2014 12:09 am
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Two-foot and standard, dual gauge track = Awesome!!



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 Posted: Fri Dec 5th, 2014 01:11 am
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Ray , Woodrow , fellers..
I just re read , or , read in detail ,the Rlys of AZ ..Myrick..Volume XXX..?..there was some such three rails track in Clifton...looks really odd..a feller wonders which tracks the trains run on..and 'edzacery whot gauges..dang it man..



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Charley...in Clifton there was dual gauge...20" and 36". But also there was standard gauge running (still does). In Jerome, AZ, I drove across a section of track that had 4 rails! Couldn't stop to figger it out but was told that there was 3 gauges there at one time. What fun that must have been.



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Woodrow fellers..

I do sorta fuzzy history .I don't say it was just so very often ..I kinda hedge my bets with..I think ...it was..which allows others to chime in..the smart guys whot got "A" 's in school..some stuff I remember pretty well..others ...not so much..it seems to be the stuff I am interested in..Some girls I remember very well..others ..not so much..kind of a joke..I guess..I try those too.with varying degrees of success..girls and joke.s.bwooohahahaha



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Hi Woodie

Nice to see you making progress and lots pretty sweet to...

I've notice that a lot of the point or switches on backwoods railroads that the switch rail moves at the rear and not the front. How do you get this to line up?

Cheers Dan



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Now, here are more rough & ready photos of track construction at the SC smelter




Whatta mess, but it all works! Far right is the dual gauge with AT&SF,  center track is the SCPA&M main line, at left is the passing siding and access to the turntable and foundary (in the distance). All curves are at least 18" radius and all switches (turnouts) are stub-type.




Here is how the stub switches are thrown. I use Caboose Hobbies sprung HO groundthrows to "throw the iron". The bridles, which hold the moving rails together, are made of code 83 rail notched out for correct gauge. They are soldered to the moving rails and then attached (small hole drilled in the bridle) with .020 wire to the throws. The groundthrows have the proper amount of throw if I gauge things right and do a little "fiddling" when mounting them to pieces of ties. Yes, there are gaps but they don't interfere with operation and that's what counts. How to wire a stub switch? It can be done with DPDTs and some more fiddling but my layout has none of that!




A turntable? But not to turn locos! The SCPA&M had a 7 stall enginehouse but I only have room for 5 stalls...compromises get made sometimes. See where the caboose, ore cars, & #1 are sitting...that's where the enginehouse will be.  The tracks into the house will be arranged in the same way the real line was laid out.  There was so little room available at the real site, a turntable had to be used to get the locos into the shelter, otherwise a maze of space-eating switches would have to be laid. This is a pretty neat solution to a real problem! The turntable is still in the "to do" list. It is made of a block of pine with a nail for the center pivot and pit rail wheels made up and attached. I intend to make .020 styrene overlays for the sides with rivet detail and whatever else I can imagine. There were no photos of the turntable so I have "modelers' license" for this one. But it looks plausable and just has to turn Shays to get into the warm house. The pit rail was just laid on cut off ties, I used a jig to get the right curvature and the little wheels just roll on top if it. Don't look at the pieces of snap track on the left...please don't!
I'm sure there will be questions about some of this-to answer Dan's question about getting rails to line up...I just have to fiddle and work with the throws to get things right. It's hard for me to explain this, I have been making track for so long that it has become almost like breathing...that's a hard thing to explain!



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 Posted: Tue Dec 9th, 2014 04:58 pm
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It all looks very cozy. Amazing what some of the narrow gauge lines did to make everything fit. There was seldom any wasted track. If it wasn't needed, it wasn't used.

Thanks for the update.



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