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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 02:11 am
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Top end of switch stand.







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Wow Kevin,

I can't believe I missed this thread.
Great work.

Really nice track work and your mountains are spectacular. 

Post more.
This is really nice.

Tom


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Thanks for the new photos Ken.
That is such a great switchstand.

I wasn't going to post anything for another week or so,
but here is a partial update since Ken posted the two new photos.

I have made two mine dump trestles.
A small one for one of the mines was my first attempt to see how it would turn out.
This is for a newer mine so the mine dump is smaller and will not be that large.
The fence is too beat up for a newer mine so will be replaced.
It's just what I had on hand.
NBW's will hold the tie across the end of track.

I neglected to take an overall view to show the entire dump,
but that will turn up later.

A Sculptamold base is used for the base around the trestle,
and then tailings from Colorado will be used on the top.
Still need to put gravel behind the retaining wall.





The posts are 4 x 4's and I was debating whether to use 2 x 4's or 2 x 6's for the railings.

I finally went for 2 x 6's because I thought if someone was pushing the cart,
they'd want to make sure the railing didn't give away with any kind of bumping.
OSHA for my little guys!





So here is the double crossing again.

I really had the guilts after previously having no guardrails on the mine trackage,
and only on the main narrow gauge trackage.
It just didn't look right.

So hoping it wouldn't all fall apart when I got out the soldering gun,
I added the guard rails to the mine trackage.
It will all show up better once the dirt and tailings are around the trackage.
I was toying with the idea of cutting the long guardrail between the two crossings,
to keep them both independent,
but didn't want to test my luck with it all falling apart.

I don't want to finally attach the mine door until the scenery is painted.
Ken's switchstand will look great outside of the mine entrance.

And I also want to add a light from inside the mine.
I am undecided about using a grain of rice bulb that will burn out eventually,
or using some of that new LED lighting.
It might be time to kiss the old GOW bulb technology goodbye.
I don't know enough about LED lighting for miniatures,
and if there are even LED single bulbs available.
Maybe there are forums on that but I haven't looked yet.





So here is the mine dump trestle for the Stanley mine.

The problem here was that if I came straight out of the mine tunnel to the mine dump,
the trestle would be too short for the size of the mine,
and also the tailings pile would be too small.

I also had the mainline trestle to worry about,
so that the tailings wouldn't crash into the mainline trestle.
The management of the railroad wouldn't like that too much.
So I decided to curve the mine dump trestle so I could have larger tailings piles,
and build retaining walls to keep the tailings away from the main trestle.

No railings on the mine trestle yet.
The trestle will look like is it is slowly being overcome by the tailings.
I tell you the Sculptamold is a blessing since it can be easily cut and added to,
which is what I had to do to fit in the mine trestle.





A better view of the retaining walls keeping it away from the mainline trestle.
There will be a building containing the blacksmith shop and storage as on the prototype.















And still no clouds.

I will post more on the new section in about a week or so.

Happy modeling!

Kevin


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Howdy Kevin, such wonderful work!
Please keep us fascinated with new photos.

I built HOn3 for many years,
but couldn't approach anything like what you have done.
Thank you for showing us your layout,
it is indeed something special.

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A quick sketch of the switch stand,
hope you find it of value.

Liked the progress photo of the mine.












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Dang it Ken, 1/2" offsets on the horizontal bar in HO scale!
That would be an accomplishment.
I think I'll leave that part up to the imagination.

This should be a challenge for my eyes!
It looks from the photo as though the feet are splayed at the bottom of the stand,
and that was bolted to the bottom two U pieces, correct?

Thanks for the drawing,
this looks like a winter project out of brass or styrene.
Cutting out the curved piece at the top is the real challenge.


And thanks Tom and Woodie.

When I get to building some structures, that will bring things more to life,
as I have been watching both of your forums for structure weathering ideas,
as I haven't done any of that in probably 20 years.

The big stamp mill is this winter's major project, to bring it out of mockup land.
 
I never thought I would enjoy hand laying track and put it off for many years,
but I kind of had no choice with the double crossing near the mine,
so I figured I might as well go with it and it really went faster than I thought,
especially building switches.


Happy modeling!

Kevin


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The side's of the switch were made from a single length of 1/2 Inch by 2 Inch bar,
with the two 90 degree bends for the feet, they were spiked into the ties.

Not sure if the leg's were somewhat splayed out at the bottom,
or this happened when being salvaged.

Have seen straight sided stands at one of the mines in the area.

There are two 1/2 inch by 2 x 3 inch spacer's mounted between the horizontal bars,
I forgot to add to the sketch.




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