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 Posted: Thu Jan 18th, 2018 09:01 pm
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Woodie and Si:

Customer service at Walthers actually was quite helpful.   I have received the first order and the second order is on the way.  I will probably follow your advice, Woodie, henceforth ordering direct from the manufacturer.  

We used to have some great hobby shops within striking distance.  All gone, now. 

The On30 trackwork came up reasonably easy.  There were some rough spots, but I managed to smooth them out with a sander.  There are some spots where wood came up with the cork road bed, but none of them ended up in locations where new track work is going.

Taking up the On30 track in this area was, emotionally, pretty easy, as there was some water damage and some of the turnouts, having been the first ones I had built in some few years, needed to be pulled up and replaced anyway.  Locomotives tended to waddle through them like a duck.

The next stretch will be more difficult, as there are three really great looking and smooth operating turnouts in that area.  

The final area, the east end of the layout, will be much easier.  That is where I used the kit turnouts, all of which have failed.  The kit turnouts were actually nice turnouts.  I just didn't realize that the PC tie type of construction was not rugged enough to stand up to the Switch Master switch machines.

I hope to get the cork road bed down this weekend.  My attention has been somewhat occupied with other hobbies.  A big one is a horizontal mill engine I am building in the machine shop.  I am learning some valuable lessons.  But each lesson usually means tossing a part in the scrap bin and starting that part over again. 

I am pretty excited about the look of the #6 turnouts.  The On30 had #5's, which look pretty good, but were a compromise between the space savings of #4's and the appearance of the #6's.  The #6's will look very nice.  

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 Posted: Thu Jan 18th, 2018 10:44 pm
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Reg H wrote: My attention has been somewhat occupied with other hobbies.  A big one is a horizontal mill engine I am building in the machine shop.  I am learning some valuable lessons.  But each lesson usually means tossing a part in the scrap bin and starting that part over again.

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This seems to coincide neatly with your comments in the Updah thread Reg! hope you don't have to bin too many parts!



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 Posted: Fri Jan 19th, 2018 12:33 am
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slateworks wrote: Reg H wrote: My attention has been somewhat occupied with other hobbies.  A big one is a horizontal mill engine I am building in the machine shop.  I am learning some valuable lessons.  But each lesson usually means tossing a part in the scrap bin and starting that part over again.

Reg

This seems to coincide neatly with your comments in the Updah thread Reg! hope you don't have to bin too many parts!

The nice thing is that the parts that end up in the scrap bin can often serve as stock for other projects. 

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Well, I got the cork roadbed down in whatever town this is going to be (probably PeEll) and started laying out the most intricate piece of trackwork.



I lay cork roadbed with contact cement.  That method goes really fast.  

I used to work very hard at cutting and fitting the roadbed under turnouts.  Until I figured out that it gets covered with ballast and all that is necessary is adequate support for the turnout.  Now I am kind of sloppy about it. 

I have started piecing together the most intricate piece of trackwork.  In keeping with the simplicity theme, it is actually not particularly intricate.  But even this simple it is a good idea to take extra care in putting this sort of thing together.  It wouldn't take much mis-alignment to cause years of headaches.  These three turnouts will be soldered together into one unit.

You can see my wire "switch machine" on the closest turnout.  It, and all of its siblings, will be somewhat camouflaged after the first paint application.  I will spray paint all the track a dark grey (ties are NEVER brown around here.  They weather to a dark gray pretty fast) and then paint the rail brown.  

Most of the rest of the turnouts will be Micro Engineering.  They have a built-in spring arrangement.




This is the view from the east end with the "unlikely" plate girder bridge in the foreground.  Yeah.  I know.  I need to dust off the "water" in Higgins slough.

I have to sweep the floor, too.  

It is obvious I am going to need some more structures.  I need a couple of more industries, plus some other structures just to dress this area up a bit.  

It looks like I will need to go beyond the Walthers Cornerstone buildings for some of it.  There are only so many variations in that line.

The track plan for this area is a modification of the Thomasville track plan from "Your Next Model Railroad" which is a modification of John Allen's Time Saver switching game. 

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Coming along nicely!



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 Posted: Sat Jan 27th, 2018 09:13 pm
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No progress on the railroad this week end.  The wife and I are on a getaway weekend.

My youngest daughter, with her two amazing kids, are living with us for awhile.  We love the kids, but every now and then (about once a quarter) we have to go find some peace and quiet.  So we have escaped to the ocean.

It is just what I hoped.  High winds screaming past our ocean view room, the surf pounding in.  Quite delightful.  Nothing to do but sit in the quiet room watching the wonders of mother nature.

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Actually, despite things being a bit crazy in our family at the moment, some work has gotten done on the new HO layout.

I got quite a bit of track down in a 2-hour session last weekend (well, weekend before last, now).  

It has been many years since I have laid flex track, but it went very well.  With the big benefit of laying more track in two hours than I could have hand laid in four full weekends.  

When I get all the track laid at the west end I will clean up the mess and take some photo. 

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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 08:36 pm
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I was able to get some work done on the layout.

Pardon the "under construction"  appearance.  Though almost all the track is down, there is still a lot of work to do.  
The last section of track leading to the turntable has not been laid.  That will get done when I have finished assembling the turntable.  I want to be sure that the track and the turntable line up properly.

Also, that last bit of track will serve as the programming track. 

"Filler" ties under the rail joints will be installed once all the soldering is done.  All rail joints will be soldered and the DCC feeders will be soldered in the area of the rail joints. 





The track plan is based on the plan in the book "Your Next Model Railroad" with modifications to fit into my narrower space.

I plan to use their idea of "scene libraries".   So far, the buildings have been chosen to be appropriate for any era from the 1920's to today.  That will continue.  Just by changing motive power and rolling stock (and vehicles once I have some) the era can be changed, and any prototype (or fictional) railroad operated.

There will be a few more buildings added to this part of the layout.  I need at least three more "flat" type buildings and probably some incidentals, like maintenance sheds, etc.

Currently I can run late Great Northern or early Burlington Northern with the locos and rolling stock I have.    I hope to be able to run steam-era GN and/or NP, and maybe Puget Sound & Pacific.

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All the track at the west end has now been laid and all rail joints soldered.  Though I have a bit of a problem with the joints.  I purchased a flux advertised as "non-corrosive".  Not exactly.  I am going to have to take a brush in my Dremel and clean up about half of the rail joints. I caught on and switched to  a rosin core solder after doing about half of the joints.

I am bowing to the expedient and using "suitcase" crimp fittings for the power feeders.  Previously I used terminal strips for each length of track.  But that didn't include this part of the previous layout.  When you start talking about 22 connections, the idea of using terminal strips loses it's appeal. 

This area had originally been wired for cab control and I simply spliced the DCC into the power bus for the control panel and switched all the toggles to "Cab A".  I had forgotten that I did that.  The real bonus is that last night I cut out all that 18 gauge wire and now have a vast supply to use as feeders. 

All the turnouts are now equipped with the "finger flick" switch machines.  See the photo below.  I ran across this idea on the FastTracks web site.  They seem to work quite well.  Final verdict after some operational time.  Construction is easy, obviously.  Each one takes about 10 minutes to bend up and adjust.  

I only had to do this for the Atlas turnouts.  The ME turnouts have a spring built in.






I couldn't find a way to delete the old image.


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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 11:13 pm
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Changed my mind.  I am going to solder the feeders instead of using the suitcase connectors.

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