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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2020 09:19 pm
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Michael M wrote: 
How about making that chain winch operational?
Since you're working on a small layout this would add some interesting operations.


Hi Michael.

I had thought of that.

I even went so far as finding a source for an N95 micro motor (I think it was)
suitably geared to give very slow movement, and other required parts.

But in the end I was not quite sure it would work as I wanted.

It probably would have required 'earthworks' on the layout to insert the motor,
and associated electrics into the scenery along with electric buttons to power it.

I felt motorising it seemed a lot of extra potentially complicated work,
and felt like too much of a leap for me.

Your idea is good though.
 
If I had thought of it while in the early very stages of building this layout,
I might have done something like that.

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Those Chinese micro geared motors work pretty good and are inexpensive.

I installed one in a rail car... 80:1 ratio...
At full throttle, it took about 30 seconds to travel one foot.

The RC board finally died in it. 
Now it resides in a box waiting for new RC parts to bring it back to life. 

Gotta change the gearing also.




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A video I made of recent scenery work done on the layout,
and an operating session I had today, using the chain shunting system.  

The video quality is not that great,
I think it was partly because of the camera I was using for the video,
a Panasonic Lumix DC Vario.

I was also holding the camera (rather than using a tripod)
while also operating the trains, which makes the video a bit shaky in parts!

But it gives the idea of what it is like to operate the layout,
including the chain shunting.  


https://youtu.be/GIPOaum-Va0




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Three new cars for my HO scale Brazilian micro switchback layout.
That brings the number of cars on the layout to 6.

But realistically I couldn't use much more than that,
maybe just a couple of flat cars with containers would be about all that it might need.

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Hi James  :wave:


Nice haul of South American freight !  :thumb:


I have a bit of a soft spot for hopper cars (same as Canadian Ken !)  ;)

That NEW hopper of yours, looks to be a dinky lil' peach.  :P

Judging by the wheels/trucks & tie spaces, a bit of a 'shortie'.  :bg:


I like the look of the 'Loch Ness Monster' load as well !  :shocked:


:java: :mex:


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Si. wrote: 
Nice haul of South American freight !  :thumb:


I have a bit of a soft spot for hopper cars (same as Canadian Ken !)  ;)

That NEW hopper of yours, looks to be a dinky lil' peach.  :P

Judging by the wheels/trucks & tie spaces, a bit of a 'shortie'.  :bg:


I like the look of the 'Loch Ness Monster' load as well !  :shocked:


Hi Si.

Yes, the hopper is fairly short.

When I measured it against one of my US 40 foot box cars,
its chassis is a little shorter, probably around 33 feet.
But coupler to coupler it is about the same as the 40 foot box car.

Unfortunately, it seems the load can't be easily removed so I can't run it empty.
But it is a nice looking car, and I'm very pleased with it,
like I am with the other Frateschi cars and locomotive I purchased.

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Since the last post about my HO scale Brazilian–themed micro switchback layout,
I have done a lot of work on the scenery.

All the track is now ballasted.





The palm trees mentioned in the previous post have been added to the layout,
although there are a few trunks and leaves left over,
which I might make into another few trees.





I have added some grass areas to the layout.

The bamboo and agave plants I ordered from China in early August have arrived,
and some of them have been added to the layout,
although there is quite a large amount of those left over.




















The bamboo added to the front right hand side of the layout added a good scenic break,
so that it gives the impression that the industry spur on that side of the layout,
continues on beyond the confines of the layout.


So the question is do I try and fit the left over bamboo and agave plants on this layout?
Maybe.

But I am thinking the 2nd micro ‘pizza’ layout I have been thinking about for some time,
could be where those left over plants will eventually be used.

Maybe a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific,
where bamboo and agave is farmed and exported?


The vegetation has really made a difference to the overall look of the layout,
adding that much needed ‘life’ and vibrancy to the scenery.

Now there really isn’t much to do on this layout,
except enjoy operating it, of course.


Regards, James




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Hi James  :wave:


I hope things are going well Down Under in 'The Tropics' !  :s:  :cool: :boogie:


The greenery is looking very good ...  :thumb:

... & a big contrast in colour :slow: to 'Chicago Switching'.  :)


What I also like about this Brazilian micro-layout of yours is ...

... no single/double slips, turntables, sector-plates, traversers, or sky-hooks !  ;)


Or in other words ...

... my box of 'Hornby'(TM) track has all the right parts in it !  :P

I wish they made a Radius-1 turnout though !  :old dude:


:java::moose: :dt:


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Hi Si.

We are going ok where we are - a small-ish town roughly half way between Melbourne and Sydney.
We are not living in an area that I would call 'tropical' - more farmland / dry temperate.
But the layout depicts a more tropical pat of Brazil.

I wanted to do something different to my other urban and North American layouts,
and after seeing photos of Brazil and finding out the availability of Frateschi models,
Brazil seemed like a pretty logical choice to model.

The trackwork for this is very easy to make with proprietary track, from any number of manufacturers.
And the lack of sector-plates, etc, means there is no special construction required, just plain track.
Although on many of my layouts, I have used sector-plates, traversers, etc, as space saving devices.

Regards, James




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A few weeks ago, I read a post on RM Web about a new Model Railway magazine / ezine,
called “The Micro Model Railway Dispatch“.

Unlike most magazines / ezines, this new publication is dedicated to micro model railways,
which are model railroads that are 4 square feet or less, as defined by the late Carl Arendt.


On RM Web I read that if anyone had a micro layout,
that they would like to see in the magazine / ezine, to send the editor an email.

Over the course of a week or so I indicated to the editor I would be willing to submit an article,
received a reply and wrote an article which was published not long after in the 2nd issue.





I used to be the editor for a regional model railway club many years ago,
and wrote an article for the NMRA Australia magazine some years ago.

But this is the first time I have been published in a magazine / ezine,
for the general model railway community.

The layout of mine that was featured, was my HO switchback Brazilian Micro,
but reading about every layout was interesting and thought provoking,
as micro model railroad layouts often are.


The excuse “I don’t have room for a model railway layout”,
doesn’t stand up against the plethora of micro layouts in magazines / ezines,
like The Micro Model Railway Dispatch and Carl Arendt’s website,
and others with like-minded content.

If you are interested in micro model railway layouts, regardless of scale,
it’s worth having a look at The Micro Model Railway Dispatch.




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