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 Posted: Wed Apr 6th, 2016 12:56 pm
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After the huge storms we had back in February with huge hailstones that ripped down all my overhead, took chunks out of my roads etc I have decided to dismantle my tramway and build it under a Gazebo...

Its taken a while to come to this decision, but I'll just have to suck it up...

I may sell off that which is no longer needed....
More in due course...



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 Posted: Wed Apr 6th, 2016 07:26 pm
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Bummer, Trev.

Not possible (or feasible) to put a hinged ''roof'' over the present layout real estate? Thinking pieces of ply, a meter long and as wide as the trackboard, that would be on an angle to shed garbage from the sky, and
that could be raised--and held with a hook--and then would become part of the backdrop. If I had an outdoor layout, it would be along a fence (so I wouldn't have to bend over) and have some sort of a hinged cover, to keep leaves and bird poop off the track.

But first, I would have to have a fence----

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Yep, sorry to hear about the damages. I went through that a while back...it drove me to build inside again. Good luck and stay the course.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2016 07:36 am
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Herb Kephart wrote:
Bummer, Trev.

Not possible (or feasible) to put a hinged ''roof'' over the present layout real estate? Thinking pieces of ply, a meter long and as wide as the trackboard, that would be on an angle to shed garbage from the sky, and
that could be raised--and held with a hook--and then would become part of the backdrop. If I had an outdoor layout, it would be along a fence (so I wouldn't have to bend over) and have some sort of a hinged cover, to keep leaves and bird poop off the track.

But first, I would have to have a fence----

Herb

Herb

My fence is part of my problem. its an aged timber paling fence that needs replacement and the tramway is actually in places supported by the posts. I had fully intended to put a shade sail thing up for protection but never got to it.
Moving it away from the fence and under its own "Bandstand" also gives me more room around it and also means that its a "look in' tramway with no need for a scenic backdrop which I was aprehensive about anyway..... It will mean that I will loose Memory Lane and the parkland with the trees but Im getting too long in the tooth for all this so I'll revert to a simpler setup.....



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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2016 11:08 am
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Welcome back Trev. Was getting worried about you.
Not good news about the tramway.
Keep punching....



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Sad news to hear.  But on the bright side that hot sun won't be slow-cooking your body underneath a gazebo.  If it was just the overhead that was damaged, do you think you could go battery power and make removable centenary for looks?  Or perhaps keep the catenary stuff under the gazebo and run a loop around the yard?

What ever you come up with, keep us posted as it's nice to see what others are doing.

Thanks, and good luck!

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jtrain wrote:
Sad news to hear.  But on the bright side that hot sun won't be slow-cooking your body underneath a gazebo.  If it was just the overhead that was damaged, do you think you could go battery power and make removable centenary for looks?  Or perhaps keep the catenary stuff under the gazebo and run a loop around the yard?

What ever you come up with, keep us posted as it's nice to see what others are doing.

Thanks, and good luck!

--James

my entire rationale was to build a tramway with working overhead. Ive seen so many superb tramways without overhead and running either 2 rail or battery...
But my Baldwin tram motor is battery, maybe have a half dozen 3D printed in kit form and de motor the electric cars....



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While I promote r/c and batteries for locomotives, I believe that trams, trolleys, etc. need to have live working overhead. Maybe a r/c receiver inside but power coming from where it is supposed to be. No reason to build overhead wires and not make it work...

My 2 cents
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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2016 09:56 pm
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I believe that trams, trolleys, etc. need to have live working overhead

Not always:

This picture shows some museum operating with a generator on a trailer.....
Jose.



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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2016 12:22 am
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Eeeeek!:Crazy:
( of course there are necessities such an operation has to meet. And a working museum is better than nothing at all, BUT..)

Last edited on Tue Apr 12th, 2016 12:23 am by Helmut



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