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    • April 16, 2021 9:35 PM EDT
    • Jim, 11" tall, about 42" long and I believe about 8" wide, cant remember if that is inside or outside measurement

    • April 11, 2021 12:44 PM EDT
    • Nice, Pete! The camera angles make it look huuuuuuuge! Like you could ride your bike across it...

    • April 11, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
    • Well, I sprayed it Matte black so its a little shinier than I expected , but I am sure it will weather to a nice looking finish. Now when I can get some time I will start on layout installation 

      Talk about playing with fire, this picture has the bridge hanging from the arm on the garage door opener, the wife is due home soon and she always pushes the button before coming around the corner to our home

      right after taking this picture I realized the danger and about 10 seconds after I had removed it from its perch the door started closing. Disaster and bad words averted. 

      Now on to the next. One or 2 more are really needed, plus I may be building one for a friend.  This was a fun little build and fairly easy to do.

       

       

      edited because of spelling issues and to add content

    • April 9, 2021 4:38 PM EDT
    • Atta boy Forrest! I'm glad for you, that you have track down and a train running! 

      And your cat likes it, that's a big plus!!

      Cliff

       

       

    • April 8, 2021 6:01 AM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      Looking forward to the pictures! 

      Hey there. Since thanks to a constellation of neurological, endocrine, musculoskeletal, mitochondrial, I can't guarantee when or even if there will be something to take photos of, here are a couple from several years ago when during a long dry spell I had set up some of the tinplate Big Hauler strain set track out there.

      Eventually I added a couple of turnouts and a cutoff to provide an "alternate route" and/or a siding to switch cars out of either end.

    • April 8, 2021 4:06 AM EDT
    • Forrest,

       

      Looking forward to the pictures!  After returning to the hobby a couple years ago, I realized I had lost an opportunity to participate by not seeing railroad potential on the various apartment balconies between high school and Hawaii!

       

      Aloha,

      Eric

    • April 8, 2021 1:43 AM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      Track arrived today. Was wondering what they did with the screws for joining rails, they are in place, remove and replace when joining track.

       

      Hi Tim, Hmm indeed. This month even with the $1400 gift from the government I'm done spending money on hobbies for the month.
      My SSD is about 17 dollars a month below the poverty level for a household of 1, so there are other places the rest of that needs to go.
      And a fair chunk of it did get used on hobby supplies, now was the time, if ever.
      Will be next month before I'm good for buying more hobby stuff.

       

       

       

      no charge.  send a pm with your mailing address.

       

    • April 7, 2021 10:06 PM EDT
    • Track arrived today. Was wondering what they did with the screws for joining rails, they are in place, remove and replace when joining track.

       

      Hi Tim, Hmm indeed. This month even with the $1400 gift from the government I'm done spending money on hobbies for the month.
      My SSD is about 17 dollars a month below the poverty level for a household of 1, so there are other places the rest of that needs to go.
      And a fair chunk of it did get used on hobby supplies, now was the time, if ever.
      Will be next month before I'm good for buying more hobby stuff.

    • April 7, 2021 9:53 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      Ordered some Bachmann brass track from that $1400 which today finally got to me who is living on Social Security Disability.

      It will be the first outdoor G track I've ever had.

      Got 1 box each of the 4ft diameter curve and the 1ft straights because they will fit on my apartment balcony just like the

      tinplate track which came in the Big Hauler sets does.

      --> Plan is to put an oval on the balcony and leave it out there.

      It is molded in UV resistant plastic for the ties but I'm considering painting the ties and the sides of the rails for appearance.

      --> I've not yet looked up how power attaches to the track. I have several of the attachments for the Big Hauler train set tinplate track.

      And, eventually would like to get a pair of switches and those manual switch stands.

       

      And then while browsing around the couple places I have usually gotten model train stuff, discovered in the "NOT NEW - USED"

      section at Reindeer Pass, an Aristo Gentral of Georgia "football" boxcar, oh!  I was mostly raised in the center of Georgia, gotta get that! 

      & a set of LGB Swiss train crew that I'd been wanting to get and repaint their uniforms for my freelance traction line; it was something like 30% off

      because the guy with the "signal wand" was missing it, no sweat, I can make something.

       

      Anyway, assuming the track is still in stock by the time Walthers gets my order processed, I will now be joining the ranks of those who have outdoor track

      True, it will be on a little bitty balcony of an apartment, but it will be outdoor G track!

       

      --> And then a different track related thing, a few years ago I got some aluminum rail from a member of Bachmann's own forum & my intent is to use it on an 8ft display shelf on the living room wall,

      the track will have live catenary, -- I cut the rail in to scale 36 foot lengths, ? What would be good to use for rail joiners?

      I have probably asked that before but I've not been able to either remember the info or find the info.

      What I would like to do is drill the rails and bolt in actual fishplates, but with health what it is now that ain't gonna happen.

       

      --> Oh, another question, if on that display track which will have wooden ties (those were made a couple years ago) I want ties plates & can see cutting my own from sheet styrene but my hands have problems and say that ain't gonna happen, not for even just 8 feet of track, is there a place or person where you can get like a bag of, say, 3d printed tie plates?

       

      ----

       

      Hmmm...I have some R1 switches if you are interested.  Older, still workable.

       

    • April 4, 2021 1:26 AM EDT
    • Craig Townsend said:

      Ozark makes tie plates. White metal. I think they have ones that should work with code 332 rail.

      Ah, okay, that works!

      Went to their website and searched for plate - turns out they have 3 different sizes, 332, 250, and 215.

      Googled for Ozark's website since I didn't know it offhand or remember having it bookmarked - turns out I have it bookmarked, in the browser toolbar even, about 10th in the group which extends offscreen.

      Oh well, that's how it goes sometimes!

    • April 3, 2021 11:04 PM EDT
    • Ozark makes tie plates. White metal. I think they have ones that should work with code 332 rail.

    • April 3, 2021 10:47 PM EDT
    • Ordered some Bachmann brass track from that $1400 which today finally got to me who is living on Social Security Disability.

      It will be the first outdoor G track I've ever had.

      Got 1 box each of the 4ft diameter curve and the 1ft straights because they will fit on my apartment balcony just like the

      tinplate track which came in the Big Hauler sets does.

      --> Plan is to put an oval on the balcony and leave it out there.

      It is molded in UV resistant plastic for the ties but I'm considering painting the ties and the sides of the rails for appearance.

      --> I've not yet looked up how power attaches to the track. I have several of the attachments for the Big Hauler train set tinplate track.

      And, eventually would like to get a pair of switches and those manual switch stands.

       

      And then while browsing around the couple places I have usually gotten model train stuff, discovered in the "NOT NEW - USED"

      section at Reindeer Pass, an Aristo Gentral of Georgia "football" boxcar, oh!  I was mostly raised in the center of Georgia, gotta get that! 

      & a set of LGB Swiss train crew that I'd been wanting to get and repaint their uniforms for my freelance traction line; it was something like 30% off

      because the guy with the "signal wand" was missing it, no sweat, I can make something.

       

      Anyway, assuming the track is still in stock by the time Walthers gets my order processed, I will now be joining the ranks of those who have outdoor track

      True, it will be on a little bitty balcony of an apartment, but it will be outdoor G track!

       

      --> And then a different track related thing, a few years ago I got some aluminum rail from a member of Bachmann's own forum & my intent is to use it on an 8ft display shelf on the living room wall,

      the track will have live catenary, -- I cut the rail in to scale 36 foot lengths, ? What would be good to use for rail joiners?

      I have probably asked that before but I've not been able to either remember the info or find the info.

      What I would like to do is drill the rails and bolt in actual fishplates, but with health what it is now that ain't gonna happen.

       

      --> Oh, another question, if on that display track which will have wooden ties (those were made a couple years ago) I want ties plates & can see cutting my own from sheet styrene but my hands have problems and say that ain't gonna happen, not for even just 8 feet of track, is there a place or person where you can get like a bag of, say, 3d printed tie plates?

    • April 3, 2021 8:13 PM EDT
    •    I am the --- ah hummmm --- "gentleman from out there in Colorado."

       

       

       

       

    • April 1, 2021 7:04 PM EDT
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      THINKING .........Thank you for the responses .....repurpose and reusing after 15 yrs

    • April 3, 2021 7:50 PM EDT
    • John Le Forestier said:

       I don't even try to post pics on LSC any more - it was too complicated.

       

    • April 3, 2021 3:35 AM EDT
    • Hi David - By coincidence I just found out this week that the old club website is down and done.  It was supposed to be good for 15 years.  Anyway our webmaster died a couple of months back and that's that.  I don't even try to post pics on LSC any more - it was too complicated.  I have a PDF of that newsletter on my hard drive.  If you PM me with your email addy I'll send you the newsletter in question.  Cheers!

    • April 2, 2021 10:14 PM EDT
    • John Le Forestier said:

      A few years back I devised a single, simple manual control for all the points of a double slip switch.  This considerably simplifies life with one of these trackwork monstrosities.

      In May of 2016 I wrote it all up for our club newsletter, which you can download from our archives at: 

      http://www.backyardrailroaders.com/images/pdf/byrr_may16.pdf

      And since you asked, a Connie can indeed 'slip' through an LGB double slip switch.  I'm not sure of the diameter of the switch - I've heard it's five feet.  It's not a pretty sight, but she'll go.

      I hope you double-slip guys enjoy my article.  Cheers!

      Hi John! I am very interested in simple manual operation for an LGB 12260 double slip switch. I tried your link but couldn't get it to work. Would appreciate any help. Thanks, David

    • April 1, 2021 8:47 PM EDT
    • Mine are Aristo. I think they are identical to the USA, but not sure. Your pics will confirm.  Thanks!

    • April 1, 2021 7:38 PM EDT
    • I will get some posted over the weekend Jon, Thanks!!

    • April 1, 2021 7:02 PM EDT
    • I've pulled out the micro switch and all the jumpers from several of my outdoor switches and saved all the good parts. I think the micro switches that I kept are OK. Can you post a picture of which wires you need. If I have the parts and they test good, they are yours.