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I've never seen the San Andreas Fault modeled before

That'd rattle some teeth in the Observation Car


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Thank you, Eddie!

Now when some of my trackwork isn't quite right I can blame it on a fault line.


I remember reading about someone that was talking about the San Andreas Fault,

and what the listener got was that earthquakes were the fault of some guy named Sam Andrews.




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Hi James, all

If you think HO double-slips are expensive,

you should have seen the price tag on that O-scale one we put the Dremel through.

 :w::w: :shocked:




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oztrainz wrote:  
Hi James,

Double-slips shouldn't be too much of a problem.
 
Unless you do this to them...


Oztrainz, That's enough to give me nightmares!!

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Michael M wrote:
That's just begging for trouble.

Hard enough to make sure two rails line up every time.


I did have a small layout that folded up on itself like a suitcase. 

Two tracks bridged the joint. 

Got them to line up accurately most every time, but it was a lot of work.


Michael M,

I have had a number of modular layouts over the years,
where the modules were connected but long bolts through the frames.

It's amazing how even when everything lined up when the track was laid,
if the layout had to dismantled then re-assembled,
I often had to adjust the track to line up again properly.

I put it down to the influence of some guy called "Murphy",
who has a Law named after him,
but maybe it was 1:87 scale seismic activity??

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Well, I am in California and use to deal with earthquakes. 
Some blame it on a guy by the name of Sam Andrews.


I've bumped in to Murphy a number of times in the past. 
Always causing problems and making life difficult.


If everything is going smooth, something is wrong somewhere.




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Recently made a name plate for the layout using MDF lettering.







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Sorry, a little slow on the trigger, been rather busy.

Did someone say earthquake?  San Andreas?





Point Reyes Station, California, April 18, 1906.
 

By the way James, this Box Street puzzle looks engaging. 

Thanks for sharing.  :2t:




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Steven B wrote:  
By the way James, this Box Street puzzle looks engaging. 

Thanks for sharing.  :2t:


Thanks for your comment Steven.


I find it quite interesting to operate.

A 'normal' operating session involving about 5 cars can take about 30-40 minutes.


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Scaling back the track arrangement on my 4×1 feet HO scale Box Street micro switching layout,
to be more similar to the track plan that inspired it and re-arrangement of industries.



A few days ago, I was contemplating Box Street and thinking about how I can improve it.
I was initially thinking about a totally new track arrangement based on a Peco 3 way turnout,
but when I saw how much they cost I decided against that idea.

I looked through the Carl Arendt authored books I have for small and micro layouts,
and I happened upon the Boxer Shortline plan on which my Box Street layout is based.
After a bit of thinking, I decided I would change the track arrangement on Box Street,
to be more like the Boxer Shortline plan.


Here are the reasons why I decided to do that:
  • No extra cost to buy more track.
  • Simplifies the track arrangement.
  • De-clutters the layout.

The proposed track arrangement would be almost identical to the Boxer Shortline plan,
except for one extra spur in the ‘interchange yard’ area.





Revised track plan.


Two of the spurs would be removed, and replaced with scenery,
and the location of industries changed to suit the new track arrangement.


Here is what it looked like before the changes were made.





Industries.
 
Left: multi-industry building & Jaxxs Snaxxs.
Centre: South Chicago Flour & Grains.
Right: team tracks.


The Hot Mix Asphalt plant at the centre front of the layout can also receive cars,
but they either foul the double-slip or use the Jaxxs Snaxxs spur.

After the industries in the back centre and back right, and un-needed trackage was removed,
and the existing track re-aligned, and a turnout installed to replace the single-slip,
it looked quite bare.





But it wasn’t long before the changes were complete,
thanks to a Monday afternoon that I could dedicate to making the required changes.





Industries.

Left: multi-industry building & Jaxxs Snaxxs.
Centre: team track.
Right: South Chicago Flour & Grains.


In the process of making the changes,
the abandoned building that was next to the team tracks was removed,
and some grassed areas were added where spurs and buildings were previously.


Operationally, it will be a little different to how it was before.
The capacity of the spurs has been lowered by 3 cars.
But there is room for about 6 cars on industry spurs, and 4 in the interchange yard.

Although now the runaround track is also the track that serves the team track,
so that will make the layout more of a switching puzzle than it was before.


Regards, James


This post derived from my blog at:

https://www.jimsmodeltrains.ws/2021/01/19/less-is-more/




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