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Been a while... 

Much has changed.


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Yep. 
I'm still alive and Bountyland Railway has progressed a bit.

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Much has changed at Bountyland Railway.

The old thread is still available for view if you'd like to know the history.

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The Station is "bigger on the inside than it on the outside". 

The front/platform door will be a scale-like 4 feet tall but the station floor is 2 steps lower than the platform.

The side door is 64 inches tall and with a clear-story ceiling there is plenty of stand up room inside.

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Good to see you back Uncle Bob.

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Thanks Doug.

I left because I was having a lot of trouble posting pictures.

Glad to see this is no longer a problem. 

I can post directly from my computer files if less than 500000 bytes which is a fairly large file.  :P

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I've done a lot of work on the freight shed/shelter lately. 

It's almost ready for paint.

Will be same colors as the station.

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This is an overview of the yard as it was last week. 

To the left is the shop which doubles as engine/car shed.

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How Bountyland Railway pays its bills.
 
I built this 1/4th size Porter for a customer this year. 

At quarter size the gauge works out to be 30 inches. 

The No.7 is powered by four 6 Volt batteries tucked away in the tank and cab.

Has a great sound system!


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The Porter and our No.11 both run on 7 1/2" gauge track, but are vastly different in size.

Here, however, the 11 is far enough back that this doesn't show so much.

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Also this year I built this work caboose for the same customer.

Side doors open so that a large child can ride inside the caboose body.

Space for an adult in the gondola end.

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Looks like it's been a productive year Bob and great to see the photos.




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" Much has changed at Bountyland Railway "



Hi Unk.  :wave:



WOW ! ... I can see that MUCH HAS changed at Bountyland Railway !  :thumb:

You have been very busy by the looks of things.  :)



One thing hasn't changed though.  ???



Bob, you are still ...

... THE BIGGEST !!  :shocked:



I thought you had taken up On30 for a moment ...





... I mean it COULD be 1:48 scale Maine, if you didn't know better ...  L:





... & then, just as you were wondering where Bobs DCC chip was installed ... :!:





... WOAMAHOOHAAAHAA !!

This crazy out of scale 7/8ths ? figure appears on the On30 layout !  :shocked:



Nice detailing on the painting of that checked-shirt Bob ...

... it ALMOST looks REAL !  :P



I think 1:35 is BIG ! enough for me at the moment ...

... but Mmm ...

... maybe I could get a 50' radius curve around the side of my house & into the garage ...

... erm ... I mean engine house !  :)



Bob, keep up the great work & don't decide to switch to On30 whatever you do.  :P


They say it helps to work in a larger scale as you get older ...  :old dude:

... no danger of you loosing any small detailing parts on the carpet Bob ...

... I guess if a loco goes missing, you just have a look around with some binoculars !!  ;)



:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:



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Doug, Si, THANKS SO MUCH!

2018 was a very good year for BLRY and I'm hoping 2019 will be as well.

Expect to complete our structures;
shop, station and freight shed are nearing completion now, so that just leaves the water tank and fuel shed.

Also, I'm in the process of rebuilding Grassy Creek bridge (the trestle) from the bents up.

    :old dude:

SIZE is the main point of BLRY. 
To experience (model) railroading from the INSIDE out.

Here's a link to an old video which has an onboard segment in the cab.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX0sLZcMeyw&feature=youtu.be


Below the engineer's view inside.

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AND.....Coach No 3 is also now under construction.  :)

I'll post construction pictures as things progress.

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Coach No 3 will have a pair of split doors (48 inch opening) on one side,
and on the other side the roof (from the letter board up) will be hinged to swing up, like a suitcase.

Inside will be comfortable seating for two adults, facing.

BTW. I "drew" the plan by shortening a side view photo of the prototype WW&F coach.

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Si wrote:

maybe I could get a 50' radius curve around the side of my house & into the garage ...

Actually, BLRY has 25 foot radius curves!!!!

Go for it Si!!!!  :thumb:


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The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on how things are going.
That's what this picture is about. 

The upper right shows the prototype WW&F shop at Sheepscot, Maine. 
Note that I've flipped this view on account of my reversed plan.

My replica, center, shows how I've had to accept a LOT of compromise.
Still, it's way better than where we were 5 years ago, upper left.

I'm glad I decided to follow a specific prototype. 
Even with all the compromises I'm sure the result will be better than anything I might have dreamed up.
 
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Following a "living" prototype, that is, one which is currently still active has much in the way of modeling advantage. 
Especially one with a wealth of free ongoing information like the WW&F Museum on which my layout is based.

For a good taste of what they are all about, check out these You Tube videos on their channel listed here.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1sLZdj1sNSEZ49axjknMQ

Uncle Bob  :thumb:


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"DCC...WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' DCC!"-Uncle Bob

You betcha... Woodie

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Hey Woodie!  :wave:

YEP!  No DCC...No track power, neither!!!

Uncle Bob!


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Hi Unk.  :wave:



The yard & shop facilities look AWESOME !  :thumb:





The 3-way stub-switch of the 1:1, in your ^^ inset, is a feature I'd love to do in my SMALL scale.  ;)



As for the work-caboose ...

... T :cool: :cool:   C :cool: :cool: L





Your 'train-set' must have come in a HUGE box Bob !  :shocked:



You'll always be the BIGGEST !  Uncle Bob.  :old dude:



:moose:



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Si,

The original shed is the core of a number of additions which grew into our shop.

I did remove the corrugated metal siding so that matching 1/4 inch Hardee board could cover the whole structure. 

The 8 inch offset was necessary for track clearance on the pass track, but it does add a bit of design interest. 

The small dog house on the far end covers the shop air compressor.

BTY, The Hardee board was donated by a friend.  THANKS, JAMIE!! :bow:

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Oops!  

Si, I missed your point in your last post. ???

"CURVED, 3 WAY STUB SWITCH".  OK.  Gotchya!


Here's a recent photo. 

Ours had to be curved as the whole yard had to curve to fit.

This switch has worked well.  No problems and it sees daily use.:2t:

BTW, The (aluminum) rail is 1 inch tall which makes it CODE 1000.


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Neat thing about kids is that they make excellent scale sized figures.  :thumb:

This is my neighbor's grand son engineering the No 11.


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" I missed your point ... "



Hi Unk.  :wave:



Don't worry.

There are NO points ...  :shocked:  ... on a stub-switch !  ;)



Darn good thing to, if you ask me ...

... it could take forever  :boogie:  with the needle-file on that Code-1000 !  :P



:)



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HERE'S MY "NEEDLE FILE"  :)

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" HERE'S MY "NEEDLE FILE"  :) "



Hi Unk  :wave:



Geeez ! ... I gotta get me one o' those lil' babies !  :shocked:

I could do a few dozen scale lengths of 'Hornby' rail at a time ... EASILY with that ...

... maybe more.  L:



I guess when it comes to soldering the wires to your frogs ...

... you probably need a bit more than a 50 Watt soldering iron for Code-1000  :shades:





Teflon(TM) insulated wire is a must I suppose ...

... I'm not sure if my Hornby switch ties are molded in Teflon(TM) or not.  ???



Anyway, when it's all soldered up & rockin' and a rollin' ...  :cool:

... that incredibly realistic looking scale engineer, looks like they're having the time of their life !  :bg:





The lil' engineer is the smallest one I've ever seen ...

... but your trainset is still the BIGGEST !  :old dude:



:)



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Now might be a good time to explain how No 11 is powered. 
She's certainly large enough to be live steam...But she's not.  :sad:
I lack both the skill and the capitol to do real live steam.

So, as is common to most model railroad locomotives, ours is powered by electricity.
But unlike most model railroads there's NO TRACK POWER, DCC or otherwise.

Our engine is powered by two, on-board, 12 volt marine batteries in series for 24 volts DC.
Lift off the tank cover and this is what you see.
 
This picture predominantly shows the batteries but also notice the red arrow pointing to the solid state power regulator,
and the green arrow pointing to the on-board battery charger which has it's own 120 volt cord to plug in for charging (over night).


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Think of our engine as a steam locomotive simulator.
 
The engineer controls the locomotive from inside the cab,
using controls which as closely as I can muster simulate actual steam locomotive controls.
 
In this view we see the throttle (red arrow).

What the throttle actually does is rotate a potentiometer (blue arrow) in the low power control circuit. 
Pull it back and the power control module sends battery power to the drive motor and down the track you go.


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Forward and reverse are controlled by the Johnson bar, shown here.

This is actually a giant, home made, center off, double pole double throw reversing switch,

which, you guessed it, reverses DC polarity to the drive motor, just like we've always done it. :thumb:


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About the size...:old dude:

No. 11, while running on the same 7 1/2 inch gauge track, is HUGE when compared to regular 7 1/2 standard gauge.


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Hi Unk  :wave:



I think the 'Bountyland' take on 7 1/2" narrow gauge, is the one that does it for me !  :)



Small trains ... but BIG ! size ... or something like that !  :P



Great photo Unk.  :cool:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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An update on structure progress today...

The freight shed is now about complete.  :rah:


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About complete but not quite.

I still have to add the batten strips to the rear.

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Here's an overview.

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Hi Unk.  :wave:



The new Bountyland freight shed building is lookin' GREAT !  :rah:



I do like the look of your 'hand laid' track Bob.  :thumb:

That Code-1000 you use is VERY realistic !



I guess the lil' plastic-bag with 500 spikes in it, probably needs a fork-lift to move it.  :shocked:

Flextrack is OK, but you probably can't order it from 'Walthers' in your scale !  :P



When I get around to laying some track ...

... I hope mine has that  C :cool: :cool: L  funky narrow gauge look like yours Unk !  :)



I guess asking what you stain your ties with ... & if you pre-distress them, is just silly !  ;)


Keep it BIG ! Uncle Bob !  :old dude:



:moose:



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Si wrote:
 
" I guess asking what you stain your ties with ... & if you pre-distress them, is just silly !  ;) "


Si, with BLRY, "weathering" is a problem, not a technique.

We are currently replacing the wood in our 50 foot bridge from the bents up, and next year will see the start of replacing every fifth tie.:old dude:


BTW, our "spikes" are one inch washer head screws.


Bob


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Hi Unk  :wave:



I have always been a fan of the model railroad power-packs with the extra BIG ! throttle controls.  :thumb:

Those fiddly little ones have always given me thumb-ache.  :td:



As usual though, I see that Bountyland does it ^^ BIG !  :shocked:



I guess for anyone who knows what a battery, bulb, double-pole switch & diode are ...  :!:
... they don't need to be Thomas Edison  :brill:  to work out how to wire it all up !  ;)



I couldn't resist re-Posting this GREAT image of Unk with his loco 'Kephart' !  :pimp:

From the very 1st Page of PART ONE, documenting the Bountyland story ...

... right from the very beginning ( more or less ) I believe.  L:





Do check out Bobs riveting  ;)  literally   PART ONE   here :-



' Bountyland Railway ' - pt.I



You just gotta love Uncle Bobs cute ... But at the same time COLOSSAL ! 'model' trains ...

... you won't be beating him on SIZE anytime soon though !!  :P



Bob ... You'll ALWAYS be THE BIGGEST !  :mex:



:pimp:



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Thanks Bob for the updates...

Somehow I missed Part II Thread getting started...  Looking great my friend.

You provide inspiration for my backyard railroad, love the look and theme.

Keep posting stuff.   :)

Dave



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