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 Posted: Wed Feb 18th, 2015 02:39 am
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Excellent videos Max., but I think as you may have mentioned earlier, ballasting is going to be a bit of big job :thumbs



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Thanks, Ed.  This is the third iteration of this layout; so it's been ballasted twice before already. :roll:

I bought one of those plastic ballasters from Turkey, so hopefully it will be a bit easier this time.  :lol:



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Forgot to ask, this plank wasn't were you were using code 100 track on the main lines and code 75 in the yards was it ?

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Yep.  That's the one.



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Hi Max

(Sorry for the delay, had to get some kip)

Yes, I can see the difference now.

Think I might pinch your idea as although I've used code 100 I've got one length of code 75 I bought for testing, which might look pretty good as my coal ground/siding.


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Max,

I keep meaning to ask if the Superintendent at Olpharts Crossing is that well know Rudolph Hucker?

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Hi Max I have been enjoying your plank series.I love the way you have it running and those locos are smooth runners.
Also did not hear any clunks from the switches.
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Yes, he is Doug.  He sends his regards.  ;-)

Thanks, Derek.  Atlas is the go for locos and servos for the turnouts.   :thumbs



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Hi Max.    Very good. But about the code 100 and code75? I purchased a length of code 100 , the 100/75 adapters , and rail joiners, to aid the Kadee between the rails Uncoupling magnet. Still awaiting installation , but is there such a difference in prototype track? Best wishes. Kevin



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Not meaning to step on Max's hour in the sun but in South Australia where Max lives and  I am from had in many cases a transition from 80 lb per yard rail to 60lb and lower.  
Examples include Karoonda on the Renmark line where the 41lb rail was used on the transition from 60lb,  Monarto South where 41lb rail was transitioned from the 94lb Tailem Bend line to Cambrai and Sedan before it was relaid to 60lb,  Riverton where 80 lb rail became 41 to Clare and Spalding and Hamley Bridge where the transition to Gladstone was 80lb to 60lb and there are other examples just in that state, let alone the rest of Australia and the world.

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Thanks, Trevor.

Hi Kevin.

As this is ostensibly a US layout, I followed the style of having lighter rail in the yards, compared with the heavy rail on the passing mainline track.  I didn't bother with adaptive rail joiners.  I just crushed one half of the Code 100 joiners in the pliers and then soldered them under the Code 75 rail.

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Thank you Max , very inventive , too clever for me.  Best wishes. Kevin



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I'm sure I've seen it all in "another place" Max - is it really 3 years ago !!!

Super-smooth running. Is that just down to clean track and wheels or do you have stay-alives fitted ?

Also, I love the hammering and walkie-talkie sound effects in the shed. :thumbs



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Thanks, Peter.

Along with everything else, we've decided to have a sea change . . .

http://harcourts.com.au/Property/744401/SVH27628/7-Chandos-Street

Nice big shed - there's room for a mezzanine!



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Wow - are you moving there Max ?  Looks like there's a shed there for Maxmill too - will you take lodgers ?



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Absolutely, Peter.

You don't mind living near the ocean?

Actually it's the mouth of the River Murray, so it's fresh water.  ;-)



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It looks very smart Max.  When are you planning to move in ?

Yes, being a Brit, we're a seafaring lot so the ocean would be fine and a freshwater river for the canoe...............  Might play havoc with the Plimsoll Line but, in a house like that, who cares .................. !!



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Dead tasty.  Well done Max.



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Thanks, guys.

The contract date is the 24th June, Peter.

That gives us time to tart our Blackwood house up before we go to market in August.

Modelling is suffering, but it will be worth it.

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Congratulations Max.....your new home looks absolutely idyliic.....I wish you both many happy years there
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