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 Posted: Fri Mar 26th, 2010 12:52 am
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Thanks Don for that suggestion. I will check this product out. Actually, I just have maybe 12 to 14 feet of track that needs cleaning so it's really not a bother. I am thinking about making a "John Allen dragger car"-an ore car with a small piece of masonite suspended underneath to clean the track while the train runs. I am going to get PH some hair moouse (?) to keep his "do" plastered down. That would really help!



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 Posted: Sun Mar 28th, 2010 03:28 pm
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Well, here's a sort of "update"...the little gila Tramway ran for several hours before & during the Outlaws meeting Saturday without any mishaps (except for the 40 plus winds that took the tiny cars into the air). I am very pleased with it so far and now there's just scenery and structures and details to add...oh my! More photos to follow as soon as I get a little further along.



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 Posted: Sun Mar 28th, 2010 05:07 pm
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Got the chance to see this little layout in person yesterday. Even though as Woodie says he still has the scenery structures etc to do on it, it was really nice to see that little loco ease around the layout, very relaxing to just sit and watch it make the rounds. :2t:

Even though I don't feel that I am experienced enough to give advise about a layout, I did have to point out to Woodie that there was one thing that looked out of place on a "Woodie" layout. :shocked:

The tops of the rails were all nice and shiny...:bg:


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 Posted: Sun Mar 28th, 2010 06:08 pm
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Bobby's correct. The rails were way too shiny but the layout sure is looking good. I took pictures but will let Woodie post his own. I don't wanna give anything away that he might want to keep to himself. Besides, I was a guest and guests shouldn't steal the towels.

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It already had structures in place...sorta...



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The rails are supposed to be shiny.  Only rails that nothing runs on are rusty.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 30th, 2010 01:50 am
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Now now Mopman...I can show you photos of narrow gauge lines with rusty rails. You are familiar with nice big Class 1 railroads which have clean shiny railheads...the old West Side Lumber Co ran trains most every day and the rails were pretty rusty on top. Maybe it has to do with speedy trains or the heaviness of the equipment or maybe big Class 1 railroads run on DC or DCC...Hmmmm...



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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 03:10 am
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All,

Last Saturday Woodie had an open house and his Gila Tramway was out and running. I took a few shots. Since he's slightly incapacitated (computer-wise) he said I could post some recent shots.









Interestingly, Woodie can't rest on his laurels and has already made some changes. I was over Monday afternoon and watched it happen.

BTW, the structures in these pictures are only temps and he's working on some more to liven up the layout. I think the trailer is perfect, however, and hope he keeps it.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 04:02 pm
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James-thanks for sending the photos. Viewers may see the junk sitting around and the motor home for a backdrop, but the work continues. I am messing with structures now and things will change again.  Where the 2 ore cars are sitting will be a mine tipple with the hoist and mine building on the top of the mesa. The switchback going to the overhanging rock will have a tipple for a limestone quarry and conveyor which is off the layout (imagine). There will be a small water tank and maybe a coal dock for the loco (which is still an oil burner with a wood burner smokestack). I am still thinking about the blue & white trailer...I really want some trees and bushes and less structures. Who knows??!!

Until I get my computer right (the guru says I need a new computer), I will try to explain the work being done since photos are very difficult (almost impossible) to upload right now.

Alas, the little layout does exactly what I wanted it to do...the train runs nicely around the loop and through the passing siding, the switchback still needs some track cleaning and ballast clearing. If I can just keep from sitting and watching the train roll, maybe I can get this thing "finished". 



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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 04:37 pm
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Well Woodie, since it hasn't been mentioned yet I will go ahead and say that I think that the arch rock on the corner there is one of the coolest things.

I LIKE IT!


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 Posted: Wed Mar 31st, 2010 06:40 pm
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Woodie,

not much to say... I'm just looking and learning a lot for my own layout. Great :thumb::thumb::thumb:

Michael

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