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    • June 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT
    • Sorry, wrong handling, read again

    • June 21, 2020 11:23 AM EDT
    • Sounds like an interesting project.   Unfortunately, I cannot view your photo.

    • June 21, 2020 10:53 AM EDT
    • Good morning all.
      With the confinement I am finishing an 1890 wooden buckboard of cheese box in Fn3, I still have work.
      To your comments

       

       

       

       

    • June 21, 2020 7:21 AM EDT
    • Rooster said:
      Cliff Jennings said:
      John Caughey said:

      Why is the 3 way switch so close to the tunnel?

       

      C'mon are you done yet?

       

      Close John... The 3-way (on the other end) is right near the tunnel mouth, but there's no problem there. It's the 2-way switch that has the issue of being TOO close to the tunnel.  Guess why. 

       

      Relative to the ages of older Giant Sequoia, yes, I'm done. 

       

      Point ?

       

      That the slow speed with which I do things is a matter of perspective. 

    • June 21, 2020 7:20 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Yeah, so why IS that 2 way switch so close to the tunnel? And whattaya gonna doaboutit?

       

      Jim, funny you should ask.

       

      That switch was to a switchback for deliveries to the upper levels of the Hale & Norcross and two other mines. The switchback was there from early on, but the tunnel (which made the big yard to the north possible) came later.

       

      So, a more accurate model would have left room for a loco and a few flats to do the switchback, before hitting the tunnel portal area. That's what I realized last week, and thought: "Oops."

       

      My solution: pretend the tunnel came first. 

    • June 20, 2020 8:47 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:
      John Caughey said:

      Why is the 3 way switch so close to the tunnel?

       

      C'mon are you done yet?

       

      Close John... The 3-way (on the other end) is right near the tunnel mouth, but there's no problem there. It's the 2-way switch that has the issue of being TOO close to the tunnel.  Guess why. 

       

      Relative to the ages of older Giant Sequoia, yes, I'm done. 

       

      Point ?

    • June 20, 2020 8:28 PM EDT
    • Yeah, so why IS that 2 way switch so close to the tunnel? And whattaya gonna doaboutit?

    • June 20, 2020 7:32 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Why is the 3 way switch so close to the tunnel?

       

      C'mon are you done yet?

       

      Close John... The 3-way (on the other end) is right near the tunnel mouth, but there's no problem there. It's the 2-way switch that has the issue of being TOO close to the tunnel.  Guess why. 

       

      Relative to the ages of older Giant Sequoia, yes, I'm done. 

    • June 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT
    • Thanks very much Rick, much obliged!

       

    • June 20, 2020 7:22 PM EDT
    • Why is the 3 way switch so close to the tunnel?

       

      C'mon are you done yet?

    • June 20, 2020 6:47 PM EDT
    • Cliff ,

      I spent years and years on commercial and industrial construction projects and what you have going here could pass inspection on any one of them

      way to go, looks great.

    • June 20, 2020 5:48 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Wait, we're supposed to be doing design reviews on this thread? Can you please give us better photos to work with? How are we supposed to measure distances? :-)

       

      And this: "squashedly quasi pseudo representation" !!!! Sounds vaguely like a MineCraft thing. Is that your new 3D CAD program?

       

      Good progress. Guess work was nice and relaxing then...

       

      Jim, you were supposed to ask why the switch is too close to the tunnel...

    • June 20, 2020 5:40 PM EDT
    • Today was all conduit work. The EMT (rigid steel tube) forms the sockets for the flat racks. I'll put the racks up gradually, with the flats; but needed to get all the sockets in now.

       

       

      The black stuff is plastic flex conduit for the (eventual) wires for each row of flats.

       

       

      Tomorrow I'll continue the mesh ("lath") work.  

       

      Thanks for viewing,

      ===:>Cliffy

    • June 20, 2020 4:53 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      i would suggest, that you rip off the mesh of the mountain, to finish the tunnel first.

       

      reasoning:

      it is very likely that you will have at least one train with an on-board camera in the near future.

      and to rebuild a pic-friendly tunnel interior through the ends only is uncomfortably.

       

      (i have on my desk a mini-camera. a cube of 3/4 inch sidelength. with 32GB storage. sooner or later you'll have something similar too)

       

      Korm, your advice sounds very wise. Which, out of tradition, makes it something I'll be sure to avoid, haha!! 

       

      More seriously, the mortar work is a big mess coming, and requires a whole different setup. I'm getting all the prep work done before hand, and will do the mortar in a series of weekends. You're absolutely right, it's hard to reach in there, especially for the ceiling, but I've done it before. 

       

      Thanks for reminding me about the camera views.  

       

       

    • June 21, 2020 2:04 AM EDT
    • Interesting project. 

    • June 20, 2020 10:18 PM EDT
    • Update:

       

      Set up to cut the foam core today.  I forgot  my hot knife was broken, so I tried the "scultping tool."  That didn't have the clearance to cut the pieces I need.  Looks like this project is on hold while I order a new hot knife...and a little jig to keep it vertical! 

       

      Progress now at a standstill, I at least may have sourced the pre-formed styrene locally, and, yes, it comes to the same price as the equivalent quantity of raw material in the form of beverage cans.  They routinely get Evergreen products.   Would the largest size of "corrugated roofing" (https://evergreenscalemodels.com/collections/0401-0mm-opaque-white-polystyrene-corrugated-metal-siding) work, following the 10 foot rule?  Evergreen also offers "large scale" siding for train cars (https://evergreenscalemodels.com/collections/12-x-24-large-scale-siding).  Thoughts?  I like to support local businesses when I can, both to keep them around and to dodge shipping charges!

       

      As I wait, I am going to try to rip a pine board I bought into 1/2" by 1/2" strips for the next flight of cane cars.  May as well try to master the complexities of the "straight cut" while I wait to continue the mill they will someday serve.

       

      Eric

    • June 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT
    • Nice work!

    • June 21, 2020 1:24 AM EDT
    • Welcome aboard! Those are some nice looking locos. 

      If you have the space, indoors is definitely easier.

    • June 21, 2020 1:20 AM EDT
    • Nice kit, and an impressive structure!