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    • January 10, 2019 10:23 PM EST
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      Adding a rebuilt bridge to access the Redding Yards.  See the build thread here.     https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/29074/new-life-for-an-old-bridge/view/post_id/377532

      Now mostly just waiting on my switches from Switch-Crafters to get the yard tracks installed.

       

    • January 5, 2019 12:26 AM EST
    • Got the turntable mostly installed today, the only thing left is the walkway and alignment connections once I install the trackage.

    • January 2, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • A little more progress on the Redding Yard area.

       

      I cobbled together a crossing to test the Consolidation and my largest Combine to to get a track pattern for the tightest  possible radius and still have it function smoothly. They are somewhere between 4-5 feet so should work at yard limits with no problems.  Building these bridge approaches on a radius and a grade is going to be fun.

       

       

      Well these are done, took some head scratching but I got them parallel, on a consistent grade and with smooth radius turns, now if they just work everything will be great.

       

      This is a little better view, the framing is level and the sheeting is angled on the grade using shims for solid support. The actual bridge span will be about 38 inches, plenty of room for a walk through.

      Oh Ya, it will be a lift bridge hinged on the right end (in this picture) probably a girder design.  I really wanted to use a Bascule design, like the Glouster Draw, but space limitations would't allow it.

       

    • December 29, 2018 1:44 PM EST
    • I'm not sure how much dampness you guys get out there. Probably about the same as Grant's Pass, which is minimal, compared with this end of the country. 

      I put a small stop on my TT pit, just to be on the safe side. It's a 3' drop to the ground. 

    • December 29, 2018 11:51 AM EST
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      Ken, I guess we are going to find out.

       

      I started the OSB decking and the half turntable pit on this end. 

       

      The OSB was painted with two coats of oil base stain on both sides and all edges.  since it will receive no direct rainfall the only  water it will have to deal with is moisture in the air and the oil should prevent that issue.  Should work but who knows for sure?  OSB is used for roof sheeting all the time and the overhangs are exposed to the air moisture with just a coat of paint for protection.

       

      The Turntable bridge and safety ring are being re-used from the old railroad, it is a half pit design that takes up less table space.

       

       

      Here is a picture of the pit and table on the old RR before the safety ring was installed.

       

      Here the safety ring is in place, the bridge removed for clarity.

       

      More later.

      Rick

    • December 29, 2018 9:14 AM EST
    • How does that OSB hold up out in the weather? 

    • December 28, 2018 6:31 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      I meant to ask you, Rick, when I was out there if you used a railbender when you do your curves? (Or maybe I did ask and just forgot). I know you use aluminum rail, the same as I do, I was just wondering if a railbender helps. 

      I build the curve with the ladder roadbed and then just tack the rail down to that. 

       

      What. you expect me to remember if you asked me?

      I don't use one for the aluminum rail/track never found the need.  I also lay the AMS .250  brass without a rail bender.  It is a little springier, but the radius is usually 8 foot or better.

      I do the same build the ladder then lay the track to fit.  However on this new table there will be no ladder just a layer of 1/2 inch OSB as a raised roadbed.

      Later

      Rick 

       

    • December 28, 2018 8:33 AM EST
    • I meant to ask you, Rick, when I was out there if you used a railbender when you do your curves? (Or maybe I did ask and just forgot). I know you use aluminum rail, the same as I do, I was just wondering if a railbender helps. 

      I build the curve with the ladder roadbed and then just tack the rail down to that. 

    • December 28, 2018 6:47 AM EST
    • I hope you have slopped the table top so water can run off if needed.

      Looks great !

    • December 27, 2018 10:00 PM EST
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      Time to post some on the new addition. 

      This is the area between the shop and the property line fence, where I built the line along the fence last year.  In the background you can see the wye and the steel bridge where the track comes out of the train shop.

      I made the decision to put a patio roof over this section because; the Summer sun beats right into this area from Sun up till mid day, Some of the buildings from the old RR will go in this area and they are not "all season", and finally this is Oregon and it can get damn wet.  If I had planned far enough ahead, not my long suit, I would have put the posts in when I built the tables along the fence, as it is I scabbed them into the existing table system and they turned out pretty well.

       

       

      The structure on the left is 3 and 1/2 feet wide and 27 feet long and will hold the Redding Yards.  The only way to reach this area with track is to use a switch back, actually a double switch back from the stub out you see on the right.  This track will drop to the new tables on a 1% grade across a lift bridge, probably a Bascule type lift. This new area, because it is covered from the rain will be on solid OSB table top rather than the usual hardware cloth and weed fabric.  For the same reasons I am using regular Doug Fir for framing, except the legs which are pressure treated.

       

       

      A closer look at the departure from the fence line to the bridge approach, this is just stubbed out and anchored temporarily with blocking so I don't crash into it and mess it up.  

       

      Will post more pictures as I get it done.

      Thanks for taking a look

      Rick

    • December 18, 2018 8:22 AM EST
    • Thanks, Jim. That is much appreciated!

      I've been to a few raised layouts and just took the parts that interested me and tried to tie them into a what I thought would work here. So far, so good. 

    • December 18, 2018 5:35 AM EST
    • I took a bit of time to review your progress over the last few years.  What a truly remarkable railway you have constructed!  A lot of creativity in your solutions to building above ground with scenery.  The main line has really come together and has become a truly outstanding garden railway.

    • December 17, 2018 3:46 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

      That's his problem, Pete, not mine................

       

      It's Amtrak, it will find its way to the ground.

    • December 17, 2018 3:32 PM EST
    • I had to explain that to club member when he tried to run his Mikado through the HO yard I built. I built it for Civil War era equipment, so his heavy Mike didn't like the one siding. Ats his problem.

    • December 17, 2018 12:10 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

      That's his problem, Pete, not mine................

       

    • December 17, 2018 10:54 AM EST
    • but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

    • December 17, 2018 10:24 AM EST
    • To Me, "Ken's Delores Yard" is what a narrow gauge yard should look like.  Nice results.

    • December 16, 2018 3:32 AM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      You put your brick moulding on upside down

      The brick molding's fine............it's your head that's upside down...................

    • December 15, 2018 9:56 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      You put your brick moulding on upside down

       

      It’s worse than that... I’ve seen him wearing left-hand shoelaces in his right shoe!

    • December 15, 2018 7:25 PM EST
    • You put your brick moulding on upside down