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    • April 9, 2019 10:48 AM EDT
    • if it is standard gauge, i would say it should be about 1:7.5 scale.

       

      (standard gauge divided by your models gauge)

      (Barbies are about 1:6)

    • April 9, 2019 10:02 AM EDT
    • Use a rubber ruler..... :)

       

      going back to my corner

    • April 9, 2019 8:45 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      So I've got this generically built, vertical boiler steam engine, that is gauged to ruin on 7.5 inch track.  Its big, so I think its bigger than 1.5 inch or 1.6 inch Scale.  Trying to figure out the scale.  Thought I could do it by comparing it to an LGB Steam Dummy or Tram, but now not feeling quite so sure of that.  The spoked wheels are 7 inches in diameter, so maybe that would be the key.

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      Opinions?

      Does it matter?  Are you going to be putting a scale figure on it, or is this just to answer the inevitable "What scale is it?" question?   If the latter, than I would follow your past procedure of just making up a scale that sounds plausible.

    • April 9, 2019 8:20 AM EDT
    • So I've got this generically built, vertical boiler steam engine, that is gauged to ruin on 7.5 inch track.  Its big, so I think its bigger than 1.5 inch or 1.6 inch Scale.  Trying to figure out the scale.  Thought I could do it by comparing it to an LGB Steam Dummy or Tram, but now not feeling quite so sure of that.  The spoked wheels are 7 inches in diameter, so maybe that would be the key.

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      Opinions?

    • April 9, 2019 8:00 AM EDT
    • Gary Armitstead said:
      Ric Golding said:

      Gary,

      Great work on the Class A.  The Illinois Traction Society Spring Issue 2019 has a complete write up on these units, that they created in their Shop.  Would you like a copy of it? 

      Ric,

      Yes I would :). Is there a link for it?

      I don't think so, send me a private email and I'll mail my copy to you.  Ricgolding at yahoo dot com.

    • April 4, 2019 2:02 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      The rivet counters should be happy .. very nice detail .. 

       

      Sean,

      Thank you AND they are the "real deal". Solid copper, round head. Each one personally hand-riveted in place. They truly hold the cab together :).

       

    • April 4, 2019 1:59 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Gary,

      Great work on the Class A.  The Illinois Traction Society Spring Issue 2019 has a complete write up on these units, that they created in their Shop.  Would you like a copy of it? 

      Ric,

      Yes I would :). Is there a link for it?

    • April 4, 2019 7:38 AM EDT
    • Gary,

      Great work on the Class A.  The Illinois Traction Society Spring Issue 2019 has a complete write up on these units, that they created in their Shop.  Would you like a copy of it? 

    • April 4, 2019 6:23 AM EDT
    • The rivet counters should be happy .. very nice detail .. 

    • April 3, 2019 9:02 PM EDT
    • Just caught up with craftsman build

      It is truly amazing work

       

    • March 31, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
    • I had some time today to do the painting on the aluminum lover door castings. Nice warm day for this work (85 degrees today-sorry East Coast :) ). A couple of photos taken today and the last one, shows one of the lover door panels install on my old Baldwin electric.

       

      I had a little file work to do on some of these castings where the sand mold gave way during the "pour". Not too difficult to do with small needle files. I don't think you can notice the "flaws" in these photos. There is a saying in the ride-on hobby.....Painted black and 5 feet away, you'll never notice it!

       

       

      The area around the louver door opening still needs painting (the entire cab body will be repainted and relettered with custom decals from our own Stan Cedarleaf (already purchased) The reddish brown area is where the old louvers were located.

       

      Now to go outside (out of the air conditioned house :) ) and get the other four grills painted.

    • March 19, 2019 10:28 AM EDT
    • Gary it looks like you're still having fun ... using tools and working on train related things..

      Very nice work ..

    • March 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
    • So they should help (complete the loop) so there kids have a same/ better memory...

      Have a Build a grandpa trestle party ...

    • March 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Would be nice though :).

       Have the family help .. then they would have there own amusement park ride..

       

      When our two girls were very young (they are 41 and 38 now-son wasn't even born yet), we had the Little Tikes train and we bought lots of extra track. It went in a complete loop around the pool deck (shown in the drawings). About a hundred to hundred twenty feet. They called it the Disneyland ride. Great memories then AND hopefully great new memories now with this short line.

    • March 21, 2019 7:18 AM EDT
    • Would be nice though :).

       Have the family help .. then they would have there own amusement park ride..

    • March 20, 2019 7:42 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      With this line, if you wanted to raise some of the back yard .. getting fill back there would be easier with some gondolas instead of wheel barrows that the rest of us would use..

       

      Sean,

      Raising the yard is not the issue. The minimum radius for these BIG ride-on trains is the problem. I'm trying to hold a minimum radius on the mainline  to 25-32 feet. Anything smaller just doesn't do these trains any "justice". I just did a quick and dirty drawing showing the addition of about 275 linear feet which DOES make a complete loop around the property. The whole layout would have about 425-450 feet of track including a couple of sidings. But if you look at the 25 ft. radius making the curve around the pool deck it is just too cramped. And amount 90% of this addition would have to be elevated. Elevated track in 1 inch scale is very common. But doing it in 1/8th or larger, then the structures for support become over-whelming in cost and design. Would be nice though :).

       

       

      Here's the drawing with the additional track.

      EDIT: Additional photos of yard to go with the drawing above. This photo is at the gate to the yard, looking west to the San Fenando Valley floor 600 feet below us and the Malibu Hills shrouded in clouds in the distance. Thois shows the palm and walkway stepping down to the pool deck. About a 3 foot drop in elevation. The trestle would have to be all along the planter to the right and make the turn over the lower patio and then all along the fence in the foreground. The trestle in the lower patio would be about 48 inches above the brick. Major trestle work!

       

      Second photo looking east back toward the gate and the driveway. Again showing the 3 foot drop to the pool deck and then the next drop into the lower patio of another 2 feet. Nothing is one level in this yard! Not made for railroading :). At least not in THIS scale. :)

       

       

      Looking north across the pool and deck. That wall behind the pool is over 9 feet high. My neighbors pool is in that location. we live on a steep slope in our area. And again, this would involve a trestle about 18-20 inches taller than the small wall at the end of the pool. Make a 25 ft. radius curve over the pool deck and have the track elevated here by about 36-38 inches above the deck and the back fence planter.

       

    • March 20, 2019 9:00 AM EDT
    • With this line, if you wanted to raise some of the back yard .. getting fill back there would be easier with some gondolas instead of wheel barrows that the rest of us would use..

    • March 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Gary

      Have you been using the line?

      Do you have a final /to date track plan ?

       

      Hey Sean,

      No, I haven't been using the line yet.......BUT the "official opening" will be Saturday April 20th, 2019. The day before Easter. The grandkids will be here for the day :)! We will have both trains running, bi-directional. Should be interesting.

      Here is the track plan as of today. Still waitng for the second turnout kit. Hasn't arrived yet, but this plan below will use the first #5 turnout as a siding/station spur. The kids can do some switching and trade cars back and forth between the two Baldwin electrics. Should keep them very busy AND they might even learn some things.

       

      This is a view looking NE across the property showing a large wall on the driveway side and the street and parkway to the right and pool at the extreme left and rear of the yard. The property is now large (a 1/4 acre) 11,000 sq. ft.. But it is on a hillside. The property drops about six feet from the driveway and street down to the rear at the pool. The street is on about a 4-5% slope down from the top of the plan to the bottom of the plan. You might be able to see the 72 inch long steel gondola at the top on the turnout and again at the end of the line in the backyard. Some size comparison.

       

       

      This view is looking from left to right (actually looking southwest) into the San fernando Valley. You can just make out the cinder block wall along the drive and the sidewalk and street in the front yard. The concrete and brick walks are embedded here. The open space is grass and some retaining walls and steps tpo various levels of the yard.

       

       

       

      Top view of the layout showing the roughly 230 of track.

       

    • March 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT
    • Gary

      Have you been using the line?

      Do you have a final /to date track plan ?

    • March 19, 2019 10:38 AM EDT
    • Randy Spring is coming .. are you going to come out and play/work on this monster..