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 Posted: Mon Dec 1st, 2014 02:12 pm
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Hi Reg

Looking good, glad to here your up and running.

I haven't even wired mine up yet and I have done tonnes of scenery already, I'm sure your meant to do it the other way round lol.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 1st, 2014 04:29 pm
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Daniel:

I don't think there is a prescribed order of construction. I remember a layout in one of the magazines, years ago, on which the builder did some of his scenery first, even before laying track.

I need to work on my scenery skills. The little I have done on this one is pretty bad.

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I got the terminal strips for the toggle switch end of the turnout controls done for two turnouts.

Slow going.

Nothing to take photos of.

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What with the holidays and all, not much recent activity on the railroad.

When I had finished my trackwork, I actually used the last spike on the last tie on the last stretch of track. Of course, some bits and pieces need tweaking and adjusting, so I did get around to ordering a pack of spikes.

I also ordered a set of center drills. Years (decades) ago I did some locomotive scratch building. I have been hoping to get back to that for quite some time.

However, I have noticed that the supply of scratch builders parts (domes, headlights, air pumps, drivers, especially drivers) is not what it used to be. A scratch builder today is going to be making more of the parts he previously would have purchased.

As an example, I have four locomotives that are "possibles" for my first build. The correct drivers are not available for any of them.

So I have been slowly adding to my little machine shop. I have an ancient, but perfectly serviceable, Unimat. I have used this little lathe for a lot of small projects. The drilling function has been particularly useful. Although I did turn a replacement part for a damaged cast part in the sawmill I am working on.

The center drills are one step towards having the capability of machining just about any kind of part.

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See---- Precision Scale Co, INC

Gobs and oodles of very nice cast brass details.

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Herb:

Yep. I have their O Scale catalogue. I have considered using their parts to finish my Kemtron Shay. The frame, cylinder castings and crankshaft casting all went in a box in 1982. They just came out of that box in 2001. Since then they have been sitting in a cabinet in my model shop. The frame is complete and the cylinder and crankshaft castings have been cleaned up and run in. In the back of my mind I thought I had the rod and valve gear castings, but I can't seem to find them.

I thought the contents of that box had been sold along with all my other O Scale stuff when I went through a divorce. But somehow that box got overlooked. It had the Shay parts, and a partially completed LaBelle standard gauge O Scale combine and some HO scale stuff. Some day I will get around to finishing that combine.

I don't even have photos of the stuff I built prior to 1982. I had a collection of 35mm slides of each build, but somewhere along the way that box got lost. Or it might have been among the boxes damaged in the roof leak in our apartment building while away on my re-married honeymoon.

Back in the day you could get machined and mounted driver sets (usually with NWSL gears) from Kemtron, All Nation, American Locomotive Works and others. You could "scratch build" a locomotive with a jewelers saw, a collection of files, and a good soldering iron.

Precision Scale offers a nice selection of driver centers in rough castings. Rough castings are a lot of machine work away from a finished set of drivers. Having the rough castings is good. Building up drivers is a major undertaking and pretty much requires a dividing table. Which I don't have and can't afford even if I could find one for my Unimat. They do appear on eBay from time to time, but usually in the $400-$600 range. And then you have to be quick.

There are a couple of companies that are making parts for the Unimat 3, but not for the Unimat-SL, other than a few bits and pieces (belts). Some Unimat 3 accessories fit the SL, but only those things that don't mount on the ways.

Another route I have been playing with is along the lines of the work Ed Traxler is doing using a 3D printing company. I could do the necessary CAD work and use the products from the 3D company as patterns. It is not terribly difficult to build a bit of a backyard foundry sufficient to cast aluminum. But I would only go that route if I couldn't find the castings.

There are also cast iron castings available in the live steam world. Those would be tough to machine on my Unimat, but it could be done, just very slowly.

Meanwhile, I have more projects underway than time to devote to them.

I have a damaged Bachmann Mogul that is going to be paired with an old HO Roundhouse ten-wheeler kit I picked up on eBay.

Then there is my sawmill project. I have the floor of the mill building complete, and about 3/4's of the two-gang circular saw done. That leaves a lot of work that is still in the box.

I want to do some minor modifications to my Bachmann ten-wheeler. Nothing major, mostly just block out the front cab windows to give the thing more of a west coast look. Then all of my locomotives need to be lettered or re-lettered and weathered. I also need to fit DCC controllers to my two moguls.

All my passenger equipment needs to be re-lettered and lightly weathered.

All of the freight equipment needs to be "hunkered", re-lettered, and weathered.

Of course, the layout is awaiting some attention. I spent some time last night fixing up the bits of trackwork that needed some additional attention, and I have the toggle switch assemblies for turnout control for the last eight turnouts underway. Well, two of them are ready to mount.

Once those are all done I need to crawl under the layout and extend the turnout power bus to the west end of the layout. I also need to extend the Cat5 throttle control cable to the west side and install the throttle stations.

In the dream stage are some model engineering projects (stationary steam engines, etc.) and a hankering to build an O Scale electric box motor, along the lines of the stuff the late Bob Hegge did with his Crooked Mountain Lines.

I never want for projects. It keeps life interesting.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 4th, 2015 04:06 pm
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My ramble on Monday got me scruffling around in my storage cabinets.

I found I have the valve gear parts for the Kemtron Shay!! I don't think those packages contain the piston rods.

Maybe the Precision Scale Shay rods will fit?

So what I need on my bench is ANOTHER partially completed project?

I think I will box this one up for awhile.

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Nothing to take photos of lately.

In fact, work on the layout has been slow for two reasons.

First, there has been a lot of family obligations that have kept me out of the basement.

Second, I really am not excited about the tasks at hand right now. I am building the switch assemblies for turnout control. Once those are done, then I need to crawl around under the layout installing them and extending the switch machine power bus.

I have eight assemblies to build, with three of them done so far. At this rate I should be able to control the last of my turnouts by next Christmas.

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I have not disappeared. Just a lot of family stuff, not all of it good.

Hopefully things will settle out shortly and I can buckle down and get the wiring out of the way.

I also need to do the white tornado routine on my shop space. What a mess.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 4th, 2015 04:07 am
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Hi Reg

Hope thing turn out ok.

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