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    • November 22, 2017 9:53 PM EST
    • Very nice !

      The molds are very cool!

       

      When I did a viaduct for my RR  I opted for a much lighter with free materials to build with. Been close to 10yrs outside now and still holding up.

       

    • November 22, 2017 8:38 PM EST
    • Thanks Joe, I forgot about that one. Bob.

    • November 22, 2017 7:48 PM EST
    • robert brown said:

      I have forms, one straight and one curved poured 3 inches thick and am pouring as I go to maintain allignment.  They are 20 inches by 30 inches and I install the columns and the arches the next day.  Bob.Here is another video.      https://youtu.be/Eg-X9_A3pJ0

    • November 20, 2017 12:14 AM EST
    • Thanks Robert, Great job on them they look like they would hold up a tank!

       

    • November 19, 2017 8:33 PM EST
    • How does urethane hold up to concrete?  Is it similar to latex?

    • November 19, 2017 8:08 PM EST
    • I have forms, one straight and one curved poured 3 inches thick and am pouring as I go to maintain allignment.  They are 20 inches by 30 inches and I install the columns and the arches the next day.  Bob.Here is another video.      https://youtu.be/Eg-X9_A3pJ0

    • November 19, 2017 4:53 PM EST
    • I'm in awe Robert, your viaduct components look fantastic!

       

      What sort of foundation did you prepare?

       

       

    • November 19, 2017 4:44 PM EST
    • Thanks Bob., I just posted some pictures for Pete Lassen or anyone else, for that matter, Bob.

    • November 19, 2017 4:41 PM EST
    • Nice!

    • November 21, 2017 9:08 PM EST
    • I wish I had made a video of what the train was like climbing the grade before I cleaned it successfully. I will at some point soon make a video of it climbing to have a reference as to what is expected behavior for my engine.

    • November 21, 2017 10:36 AM EST
    • That's right...that's the best Armorall brand I have found... at one time they made some variations and they had weird characteristics. I think people complained and they went "back" to the "original" formula, which is actually NOT the original formula, which was more watery and had no UV blocker ha ha!

       

      Sort of like original Coke..

       

      Greg

    • November 21, 2017 2:08 AM EST
    • This (Amazon Link) is what I started with and then bought a refill locally that had similar label. I assume this is what you mean by original formula?

    • November 20, 2017 5:03 PM EST
    • Yeah, I got you Nicolas. Next Armorall application, I will test traction before and after and see if mine is affected. I do it every 6 months. So far the wet swiffer (pre moistened) SEEMS adequate, I have also been using the "original formula" Armorall brand, in the 1/2 gallon refill.

       

      Greg

    • November 20, 2017 2:53 AM EST
    • You may very well be correct Greg. I definitely should have cleaned the track before running anything on it. 

       

      I may still go with the spray method for Amorall but will definitely clean the tracks using my steps. It will likely take multiple passes with a swifter anyways to get the rails clean so that the swifter doesn't show dirt. I only plan to clean the tracks after applying Amorall as the rest of the time its has not really seemed needed.

    • November 20, 2017 10:32 PM EST
    • When my layout was originally on the ground around the pond, I was using lime fines, and every year I would have to add a bit more because it does disappear through erosion and the weather dissolving it. Held the track well, almost like concrete.

    • November 20, 2017 9:36 PM EST
    • It's crushed rock. It works quite well, actually.

    • November 20, 2017 4:23 PM EST
    • They look like the stuff I get from Home Despot / Loews, not pea gravel with rounded edges, but relatively rough edges. Not as sharp edges as I would like to really lock in place, but readily available.

       

      I know where your question is going, and you are right, the sharper the edges the better. I accidentally got the rounded pea gravel once, might have well put the track on a bed of ball bearings.

       

      Greg

    • November 20, 2017 3:18 PM EST
    • Are those rocks crushed, or pea gravel?

    • November 20, 2017 7:00 AM EST
    • Eric,

      Congrats on running your first indoor train.  Brings back memories of 20 years ago, when I started building the indoor "southern" division of the KVRwy.  Enjoyed it for many years.  The last of it came down this past September and October as the house was prepared to sell.  That is all complete now and sold.  If  I can offer advice, always be prepared for the dismantle, it is not near as much fun and still has to be done.  Also, I was considerably younger and more agile at the time it was built.  Not sure what happened there, but it is just part of the life cycle.  Enjoy the ride.

    • November 19, 2017 9:18 PM EST
    • More progress.  About 60' of track laid so far.  I can't do much else until I receive the two 3-way switches.