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    • April 22, 2017 5:25 PM EDT
    • Tom Ruby said:

      I've GOT to visit you someday. Bringing it to Tulsa?

      Tulsa to Andy's is about half the time it takes me from VA.  Well worth it from my view.

       

    • April 22, 2017 4:31 PM EDT
    • Tom Ruby said:

      I've GOT to visit you someday. Bringing it to Tulsa?

      Newp Tom, not to Tulsa...  

       

      However, cumon up for an Ops session...  Dates are listed on here, under events...

    • April 22, 2017 4:04 PM EDT
    • I've GOT to visit you someday. Bringing it to Tulsa?

    • April 18, 2017 8:52 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:
      Shawn Viggiano said:

      Looking good.  We all know Andy isnt the one behind the camera since he is too busy keeping the golf cart seat warm.  

      Shawn, It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.....     

      Well, he IS the supervisor...somebody has to check Jane's work....and it's not nearly as easy as Andy makes it look....

    • April 18, 2017 8:33 PM EDT
    • Shawn Viggiano said:

      Looking good.  We all know Andy isnt the one behind the camera since he is too busy keeping the golf cart seat warm.  

      Shawn, It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.....     

    • April 18, 2017 5:58 PM EDT
    • Looking good.  We all know Andy isnt the one behind the camera since he is too busy keeping the golf cart seat warm.  

    • April 18, 2017 10:16 AM EDT
    • Matt Russell said:

      That is so cool! Will it be in the upcoming operating session?

      Ordered the siding switches from RLD yesterday..  If the weather cooperates, all track should be completed...   Buildings will be a ways off, however, I do have a couple of buildings for that area already...

      Measured the inbound mainline, and did some train configurations...

       

      Only time will tell...

    • April 17, 2017 10:30 PM EDT
    • That is so cool! Will it be in the upcoming operating session?

    • April 16, 2017 11:51 AM EDT
    • East end of Freeman Spur..    Mainline is in and switches are there for the 2 side tracks...   Need to order switches to install the sidings..

       

      West end pictures...  Track is installed on the bridge..

       

       

      Mainline coming off the bridge into freeman Spur...   Mainline between switches gives me about 38 ft of train that I can make up to serve the town..

       

      Exact train configuration is yet to be determined.. Need to measure freight cars and see what I come up with...

       

    • April 16, 2017 11:33 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I think the real challenge to this puzzle is going to be what to do with the "outbounds" as you prep sidings for "inbounds".  But then again, that is always the challenge.  Will the Freeman Spur Turn have a caboose?  That is always the challenge at Overlook, to get the caboose on the correct end to head back.

      Originally, my plan was to have cabooses on all trains...   Cabooses currently are required on the Overlook local and the Industrial park local, as they both require a backup move...   The Freeman Spur local doesn't actually require a backup move..   I don't consider pushing cars back while switching as a backup move...  Actual backup moves in my mind are backing up on mainlines..

      I am considering requiring cabooses on all locals, even MCL-1 and 2...   I have a picture of a P&L caboose.  Since P&L and EVWR have the same paint scheme's, I know how the caboose for EVWR should be painted and decaled...

    • April 16, 2017 10:41 AM EDT
    • Caboose, locomotive, boxcar, boxcar, gondola, boxcar, boxcar....sounds close enough for me.

       

      Oh, you wanted the crummy on the other end? oh, huh.

    • April 16, 2017 9:34 AM EDT
    • I think the real challenge to this puzzle is going to be what to do with the "outbounds" as you prep sidings for "inbounds".  But then again, that is always the challenge.  Will the Freeman Spur Turn have a caboose?  That is always the challenge at Overlook, to get the caboose on the correct end to head back.

    • April 15, 2017 2:09 PM EDT
    • Now if we could equip a car with hand brakes......

    • April 15, 2017 1:05 PM EDT
    • Seems to me that that rule is redundant, gravity has it covered.

       

      You could dare your 'habituals' to try!

       

      John

    • April 15, 2017 12:19 PM EDT
    • Looks good, Andy!   I am looking forward to seeing that come October.

      (I was hoping to see an unattended car on that bridge...)

    • April 15, 2017 10:30 AM EDT
    • Below are some pictures of the end wall of Freeman Spur.

       

       

      The base roadbed is in for the Main track and the 2 side tracks..

       

      Below is the bridge approach to Freeman Spur..

       

       

      The following pictures show the bridge grade up to Freeman Spur..  First piture is the west end, and second picture is the east end...

      The bridge in front is the mainline to Memphis, and that bridge is level, so you can see the rise up to Freeman Spur on the back bridge..

      Hence, the reason of the rule that no unattended cars will be left on the bridge...    

       

       

       

       

    • April 14, 2017 9:09 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Dry county?! Gee, that aint no fun.

      The men were gathered and the Mine owner gave them 3 choices; Wine, women or song.

      They are very happy with their choice.

       

      The RR has the nick name of The Route of the Soiled Doves.

       

      See ya,

      John

    • April 14, 2017 5:51 PM EDT
    • My Aristo WR switches are smooth as a baby's butt... and guess what John P? Aristo did fix them and gave the replacement frogs out free for quite a while.

       

      There are several Aristo switches on this loop you see below, and 2 of them are wide radius AND the train is taking the diverging route.

       

      If this is not a good enough endorsement of how well they work, I'd like to see one with more opportunities to derail!

       

       

      Sorry John C. for the temporary derailment, but I think your switches are fine, and your weathering even better.

       

      Greg

       

    • April 14, 2017 5:39 PM EDT
    • Dry county?! Gee, that aint no fun.

    • April 14, 2017 9:23 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      John, I agree, I shouldn't have to fix my new toys before I break them. But, somehow, Aristo got us into the habit of accepting the idea that we have to fix our new toys before we can play with them.

       

      So John, once you build a town, is the saloon going to be called the Rusty Rail?

      Wow  David, I thought this was going to be a major side track, but you deftly made it a passing siding.

       

      No saloon, dry county.

      FWIW My switches work just fine.

      John