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 Posted: Sat Jun 28th, 2014 04:59 pm
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Found a few hours to work on the layout this morning. I got (most of) the platform tracks installed. I only installed two sticks of flex each, since the west throat is still a very distant project, and I want to keep some flexibility. Regardless, those two sticks allowed me to drop the second set of power feeds for each track, so they are fully powered.



There's a third stick of flex installed loose at the end of each track. That gives me enough room to store trains, as illustrated. To help hide the fact that the last bit of track is loose, I put the city back up.



Far from a final product, but it sure gives an impression of what's to come.



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Wow it's looking cracking!

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The Gandy Dancers came over last night. We had an out of town member stop by, so I wound up with far more people than I had anticipated. Some of the crew were put to work installing tortoises. Another group took the upper level local out for a spin. (Before the group came over, I ran it once to set out the cars.) In its first ops session, the layout performed exactly like you'd expect it to when guests come over. I had a couple of electrical dropouts, several derailments, and the brass shorted at every opportunity. Regardless, the run was a success as a test case. I also ran the camera car, and I was able to route it around the local without significant interference to either. Dispatching this layout should be a lot of fun!



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It sure is, Eric.
Nice of your folks to have blue walls.  :mutley



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I like it . I will be following too.



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What a deliciously complicated station throat. Love it. :D

I'll be going back over this thread and re-reading it as it's an impressive looking layout. Well done Eric. :D

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I threw together another layout tour last night. This time I did something that I've been meaning to do for awhile: I included some photos to give some clue about what I'm envisioning along this plywood prairie of mine.

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Had the Gandy Dancers over last week. We cut the first turn for the helix and experimented with installation methods. In the end, I conceded that there was no practical way to install the turn as one piece, so we cut it in half. Tonight, I cut biscuit slots and temporarily assembled the thing.



As you can see, this test assembly includes the sectional track that I decided to go with. I am a little confused by Atlas's marketing. Both the 20" radius and 18.75" radius "full turn" packets contain six pieces of track, but a 180° turn requires eight pieces. Evidently I will be sourcing more sectional track than I thought.

Here you can see the back of the turn, which will be hidden from view.



Again, this is a temporary installation, so no CSX jokes. This was actually a very valuable exercise. It showed me that trying to connect sectional track in the back of the helix against the wall is a pain in the @$#! I will need to carefully plan out how the sectional track will be soldered together as it's installed in the final version.

While I was up, I pulled out a Kato Maxi-Stack to test my loading gauge. Here's the deck separation.



There's a close clearance at the end of the first half turn. This deck is 3/4" plywood, as it is cut out of the helix cap. That means that at point where the helix crosses under the cap, the material above the helix is 3/4" thick instead of 1/2". I was very worried about how that was going to work out. In the end, it was about half a millimeter off. A couple of twists of the nuts bracing the deck support and,



The cars flow through with no problem, although the visual is a little jarring. I've actually got some room to back up the point where the grade starts, and I can cut that ledge back a couple of inches, so I should be able to eek out a bit more clearance.



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Had the Gandy Dancers over again last night. We cut another helix loop.



And began installation of the helix. All six support rods are now in place, including the two that go through the table. The first turn is also now secured to the supports.



On the other side of the room, the tortoises are multiplying under the passenger terminal.



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I have been derelict with my updates. A couple of weeks ago, a friend stopped by and we went to work on the helix. I didn't intend to enlist him into spinning nuts several feet up threaded rod, but there you have it. We did get several turns of helix installed.



My parents are in town at the moment, and my dad and I put in some time on the helix today. We've got a total of 14.5 vertical inches.



That just leaves one turn. That turn will need to be engineered a bit differently with the transition to the lower level. I can't believe how close the ROW is to the lower level at this point!



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I thought everyone might be interested in how the helix levels were constructed, so I photographed the process for the last level. Here are the cuts laid out on a piece of 1/2" veneered plywood. (I also lay out the track centers at this point, since the curves share the same center as the cuts.)



First, I use a trammel made out of a piece of masonite,



With a router at the other end,



To make a LOT of sawdust, and incidentally cut all of the curves.



Next, I use a circular saw to cut all of the straight sections.



That leaves the finished part ready to be extracted.



Each level then gets cut in half for installation. This level only required one cut at the right.

As you might have guessed by now, installation of the helix benchwork is complete. The last glue is drying, all but two points have been measured and leveled to a nice, constant 2% grade. The ROW has officially crossed the plains and reached Ohio!



There are still a few wiring issues to resolve, but soon I'll be ready to install track. This is a major mental roadblock off my mind!



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I like the oblong idea, Eric.  It must add quite a bit of length to the distance travelled.  :thumbs



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It doesn't add as much as you'd think. There's 150" of track per turn on the outer loop. The tangents are only 11" each. Really what the oblong shape does is allow me to save a few inches of aisle space. Every inch counts there.



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On my dad's last day for this vist, we got in a little more work. All of the electrical has been secured or rerouted, and the last of the cork is in, leaving the helix clear for track installation. With that done, we turned our attention down to lower staging. This area has not seen work for a long time, but I felt that it was high time to lay the last track. The spur to "Five Fingers Maintainance" is in.



This section of track is gapped on both tracks, so that I can later install a toggle to switch from track power to programming with center off. It's recessed in a groove so that the railhead is just barely above the tabletop. The plate at the end of the track swivels up and down so that it's not sticking up when the track is not in use. It also provides for the possibility of connecting more track on a temporary cassette. The idea there would be to give guests somewhere to set up their trains that's nice and open and off the mainline.



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Epic Railway build Eric.Those Helix jobs look tricky things to build.How do your wagons behave on decents?
Thanks for shareing,
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I don't have any problems on the two short grades that have track down, and both have curves in them. We'll see how they work when I get track in the helix.



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Makes me want to add another level to my layout but I don't think I've the room for a helix! Great stuff, keep it coming. 

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Superb work on that helix Eric, It's making me more and more convinced that I could fit one into my layout room. :)

How far out from the wall does it come, just out of interest?

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The helix comes out 51" from the wall. There is a standoff from the wall, so the helix is only 43" across.



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