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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2012 07:26 pm
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OK, let's get this show back on the road. In a sudden flurry of activity this morning, grading crews pushed through Idaho Springs (including the team track) and continued 30 miles to just past the Coors Brewery in Golden. I thought that grading along the soffit would be a royal pain, vis:



So after allowing the caulk to set for a bit, I cut the roadbed and removed the helix cap. Grading continued on the floor. The brewery is ready for track!



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 Posted: Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 11:18 pm
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Haven't gotten much modeling done this weekend (although my weekend extends through Wednesday this week, so there's still time), but I did get some administrative work done. Apple recently shut down MobileMe, which I was using to host my photos and blog for my website. I spent some time today recreating my photo galleries and blog on my new hosting service. It was an interesting experience, in that I realized just how long it has been since I updated both my photos and blog. (As a minor action, feels shame.) Regardless, the whole website is now updated and functional again, and I invite everyone to take a gander.

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Oh to have that much space to build a layout in :cry:

I shall be following the development of this layout with sheer envy.



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Chinahand wrote: Oh to have that much space to build a layout in :cry:

I shall be following the development of this layout with sheer envy.

I agree Trevor - it makes your eyes water doesn't it although I'm glad it's not my mortgage he's using to buy all the materials .............. :thumbs



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Good grief, has it really been a month since my last update?

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get most of the hard to reach brewery tracks installed on the helix cap. I also completed the turnaround loop and mains behind the brewery. The six silver circles scattered around the brewery are the threaded inserts that will accept the threaded rods that will hold up the helix. They are evenly spaced around the oval, so to achieve a 2% grade and 3" of rise per level, the elevation will change by 1/2" from one rod to the next. Or at least, that's the plan.



Last night I hoisted the sucker back up onto its supports and continued laying track. The westbound track gang has pushed past the Idaho Springs crossover and is approaching the Idaho Springs team track.



The upper level is devilishly close to being operable as a dogbone.



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Do you have shares in a cork forest Eric ? :lol::lol::lol:

do you buy in in rolls / sheets or what ?  I presume you cut strips then split it down the centre line ...........:roll::roll:



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It's gonna be a shame to cover up that beautiful timberwork.  :cry:



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Peter- The cork is a commercial product. The name of the company that makes it escapes me at the moment, but you're right; I should have bought their stock.

I have to say that I'm a little surprised by all the woodworking comments. It's really just plywood and 1x3's. Most of the supports were engineered by a friend of mine who used to work maintenance for a major airline. In addition to him, my Gandy Dancers include another retired airline mechanic, a civil engineer, and an architect. There are plenty of ideas to go around when I throw out a challenge.



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What else could I say other than bloody wonderful.

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I'm a little surprised about your supports being made by an airline mechanic Eric - do you still have wooden 'planes in the States ?



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Only a few. :mrgreen: And who said that all the supports are wooden? When I start talking support challenges, these guys start talking angle iron. I've got everything from wood to welded steel to wire trusses to fiberglass and epoxy holding this thing together.



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Model railway engineering takes on a whole new meaning.    :cheers



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With my dad in town for the better part of the last week, progress has been steady. On our first night, I laid the rest of the track on the upper level mains, and he got the electricity as far as Idaho Springs. My newly deodorized T1 did the honors of pulling a train to the end of the electrical coverage, and then being pushed around the return loop to complete the first loop around the upper level. Here she is waiting for the 0-5-0 at Idaho Springs.



Today, we wired up the crossovers to the Coors brewery, and the return loop inside the brewery. After correcting a few minor electrical issues, the T1 became the first locomotive to pull a train completely under her own power around the upper level. She even played cat-and-mouse with the GG-2 running around opposite her. Here is the train rounding the return loop for the first time.



I have an operable loop of track again!



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Nice long train.  :thumbs

I'm a big fan of that Midwest cork track bed as well.



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Superb Eric. :thumbs

There's not many of us with the facility to run trains of that length - lucky you !!! :mrgreen::mrgreen:



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Excellent  i  am envious of the  space you have there, cant wait to  see more of this layout  off to  work now but i will   read   the thread through when  i'm  home.

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I'm a little late on this update, but here it is none the less. Before my dad left, we laid both the Idaho Springs team track:



And the River City freight yard.



Since then, I've just had fun running trains! With all the overtime I'm working these days to pay off two of these guys:



That's all I'm liable to accomplish for awhile. Updates as events warrant.



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Both the locos and the buildings look great in that last shot Eric - what are they ? :thumbs



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One of the buildings is the stock Walthers Machine Shop. The other is built from Walthers Modulars, and approximates the Master Mechanics Building at Altoona.

The locomotive on the right is my Kato GG1.

The locomotive in the middle is my new (to me) Key Imports Q2.



The locomotive on the right is my new (to me) Key Imports T1



That's a lot of money in brass right there... Hence the overtime. They are worth it, though. They both run as beautifully as they look.



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Minor update: I took a gamble in building the upper level. I decided to use RR-CirKits components for the block detection, signal driving, and turnout control. They are much less expensive than Digitrax, and they communicate using the Digitrax LocoNet protocol. We've only got one occupancy card wired up so far, and I hadn't tested it until last night. With fingers crossed, I plugged in the Tower Controller and watched as a train passed through. Somewhat to my amazement, the occupancy detector dutifully blinked as the train moved through the upper staging area. After hunting down a loose LocoNet wire, the Tower Controller was dutifully reporting the occupancy information over the LocoNet, and my JMRI panel was picking up the information at the other end of the daisy chain.

Interestingly, the sensitivity of the RR-CirKits detectors seems to be better than that of the Digitrax BDL-168's. The RR-CirKits components had no trouble picking up a single car with a single resistor wheel set, whereas the BDL only detects intermittent contact with several of those wheel sets.

Success! Now I just need to buy more components and wire them up...



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