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 Posted: Fri May 22nd, 2015 10:43 pm
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Not many notice the switch stand. I once had one that had the tall lamp extension that allowed for an Adlake lantern to be mounted at the top. Still have the lantern but not that particular switch stand. :sad:



Managed to put together another 3 six foot sections of track today. Oddly enough I hadn't really paid much attention to how long it takes to assemble a section so I timed it... 50 minutes total which includes making two rail joiners.





This being a long weekend and with the wife unit gone I might be able to complete the entire loop in a few days.



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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2015 04:18 pm
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looking very good and great pictures too



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 Posted: Mon May 25th, 2015 10:27 pm
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In spite of a steady rainfall this afternoon, the BS trackgang of me pushed on with the laying of track. My persistence paid off when the final section was jockeyed into position and the last four rail joiners were slid into place completing the Backyard & Southern Railroads mainline loop.

Eschewing the time honored tradition of hammering in a final "golden spike", a much more down to earth praxis was observed with a toast of recent vint of Fireball whiskey. Management, quite impressed by their sole employee's persistence of seventeen days of intense labor including scouting out a worthy location, surveying the area and prepping terra firma and installing approximately one-hundred 1:1 actual feet of 1:13.7 scale two-foot narrow gauge, graciously gave the entire bottle of Fireball to it's valued employee and the following day off to sleep it off if necessary.

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 Posted: Mon May 25th, 2015 11:04 pm
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A few more views of the completed mainline...







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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 01:02 am
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well done by the track crew



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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 05:32 pm
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Here's a short, poor quality video of my stripped down Davenport critter running along the rails of the BS. Temporary power comes from 4-AA batteries with a simple on/off switch. Still mulling over the technical aspect of the RailBoss radio control installation. L:

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I got to wondering how long the 4 AA batteries would last so I let the critter do it's thing. After 45 minutes it was still going without much slow down. It takes the lokie about 3 minutes to make a complete circuit at what I would estimate would be a scale speed of 4-5mph.

The RailBoss requires a minimum of 7v input. Looks like I'll have to make a run to the local RC shop to see what they have in the way of LiPo batteries.



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I am truly impressed, Dwayne. Not everyone handlays outdoor track. Only the certifiable.

Your original track plan indicated there will be a double ended siding. When can we expect that? ;):Salute::2t:

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Dwayne wrote:
I got to wondering how long the 4 AA batteries would last so I let the critter do it's thing. After 45 minutes it was still going without much slow down. It takes the lokie about 3 minutes to make a complete circuit at what I would estimate would be a scale speed of 4-5mph.

The RailBoss requires a minimum of 7v input. Looks like I'll have to make a run to the local RC shop to see what they have in the way of LiPo batteries.


Just a thought... You can buy a lot of 9 volt alkaline batteries for what you will spend on a 7.2 volt LiPo. And, you don't have to spend $80.00 USD for a "smart charger," either. I might go that route, especially if my only battery powered loco was your critter, and the rest, live steam.



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nice video



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