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    • September 13, 2018 9:04 PM EDT
    • Sorry to hear about your hip problems Gary.  Glad to hear you're beating the issue and getting back at it.  You've definitely been an inspiration to me and I don't know that Id have any 7.5" track down at this point if it werent for your tantalizing threads on the subject.

      Yes your switch really looks nice but the process you went through to get there looks near sisyphean. when I received my switch,  I threw the boxes of parts on the living room floor ripped them open and started following the instructions.  After a bit it was ready to drag out to the yard.  I haven't had a bit of trouble with it despite all the grass growing up though it, but that is another story.  I really need to start a thread on my 7.5" adventures but this has just been a busy year with some big projects at the new house. They should be wrapped up by winter making next year,   "The year of railroading"

       

       

      Switch

    • September 13, 2018 12:02 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Gary how is the recovery going ?

      PT is also called personal torture .. You're doing well I hope .

      Sean

       Hey Sean....thanks for asking :). as a matter of fact, I have been back at it building the turnout for the past week or so. But not nearly the pace I was going before the muscle acted up :(. I'm working on the last few ties and drilling the base of the rail for track screws. Long and tedious process. Using gauges to keep the track in place and at proper gauge. I drill though the rail base right into the plastic tie. Once the ties and rail are "match drilled", I will then dis-assemble the entire turnout and drill the ties for the hole size for the #10 screws. Then assemble for good! Yeah, that will be a day to celebrate. Randy Lehrian (posts here on LSC) emailed me in July to say he had bought two #5 turnouts (RH and LH) in the full kit form and had one turnout unboxed and assembled and complete ready to use on his living room floor in less than 90 minutes. That made me "cringe" and I then decided that I would build my next turnout from a full on kit :)! Don't get me wrong....this was a great building experience and it was the first turnout in ANY scale, I have ever made. I guess I enjoy a good challenge. Now I know I can do it! I get some photos and post them here in a day or so.

    • September 12, 2018 9:42 AM EDT
    • Gary how is the recovery going ?

      PT is also called personal torture .. You're doing well I hope .

      Sean

    • July 22, 2018 8:31 AM EDT
    • Gary,

      Thanks for sharing.  That is so cool! Technology seems to be changing everything.

    • July 21, 2018 11:06 PM EDT
    • Well, a few months have gone by and no updates to this build for a while. We have been busy getting the remaining six cabs riveted. In the meantime, I was doing some research and designing the model louvered panel doors that were installed on the end hoods of these 1600 series locomotives. We were trying to decide if we wanted to have louvered panels made. These louvers were the result of that idea. These were actual louvers, but not to scale. AND we add to attach each panel together to make one large panel door. Bad idea....back to the drawing board and the computer.

       

      Then last May, I saw a company advertisement on Backyard Railroading Facebook site. A small foundry near Kent, Ohio specializing in unusual detail items for 1" and 1-1/2" scale detail castings and 3D printing work. I contacted the owner of Fair Weather Foundry and asked if he was interested in a project. He was and he said to send a photo of the actual louvered doors on a prototype P.E. electric engine and he would see what he could do. I have quite a few photos of the #1624 P.E. freight motor at Orange Empire Trolley Museum here in So. California. I found a photo and sent it off to him.

      This is the photo and the closeup of the louvered doors.

      AND the closeup..........

       

      I had my answer overnight! He took the photograph and embedded it in AutoDesk Fusion 360 software. I think many of us use this software to do 3D printing here on LSC. The photos below show how the photo became an actual mold for a sand casting in aluminum!

       

      From this Fusion 360 drawing, the foundry 3D printed the master model for the sand mold casting. Took one hour to "print" the master. He did some finish work to get rid of the tool marks and pressed the master into the sand.

       

      These are the results and the finish aluminjum castings. The crazy thing is that the technology was so fluid throughout the process. No charge to print the mold and $15 each for the castings!

      We have to do some milling around the raised area of the casting so it will fit the existing opening in our hoods.

      This was the first casting and hjad some blow holes and fall away of the sand. He sent this along for checking dimensions. All in all, it was a great experiment. It opens up a whole new world in making EXACT castings from any photograph!

    • July 9, 2018 9:25 PM EDT
    • Very cool and beautifully done.  Thanks for sharing.

    • July 2, 2018 3:39 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:
      Gary Armitstead said:
      John Caughey said:

      She's right purty, should be able to haul all the Grand kids!

      Dan is building a few ore cars in 3-3/4 scale to be used as riding cars for passengers. All steel and very heavy. We wanted heavy cars to really test the strength of this engine. I'll have to find out what the tractive force is for this loco "). It's very strong, I know that.

      I hope that weight doesn't over test your bridges!

       

      I won't run it on my home RR. Too big and not enough side clearance. The cab is around 24 inches WIDE! The bridges at LALS are rated for the heaviest steam engines built in the ride-on scales. The heaviest engines now are the #24 Sandy River 2-6-2  two-footers in 3-3/4 inch scale! These are massive engines and are nearing the limit of what can be run safely on 7-1/2 inch gauge track, even steel rail! These engines are around 2500 to 2800 pounds dry!

       

    • July 2, 2018 2:02 PM EDT
    • Gary Armitstead said:
      John Caughey said:

      She's right purty, should be able to haul all the Grand kids!

      Dan is building a few ore cars in 3-3/4 scale to be used as riding cars for passengers. All steel and very heavy. We wanted heavy cars to really test the strength of this engine. I'll have to find out what the tractive force is for this loco "). It's very strong, I know that.

      I hope that weight doesn't over test your bridges!

    • July 2, 2018 1:29 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      She's right purty, should be able to haul all the Grand kids!

      Dan is building a few ore cars in 3-3/4 scale to be used as riding cars for passengers. All steel and very heavy. We wanted heavy cars to really test the strength of this engine. I'll have to find out what the tractive force is for this loco "). It's very strong, I know that.

    • July 2, 2018 1:25 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I'm jealous.

      Don't be......this engine is a handful. Weighs over 600 pounds and handles like a full size steam engine. Has a very nice "bark" from the stack when pulling the 3-1/2% grade through the South Tunnel on the LALS club RR.

    • July 2, 2018 6:03 AM EDT
    • I'm jealous.

    • July 1, 2018 1:59 PM EDT
    • She's right purty, should be able to haul all the Grand kids!

    • July 1, 2018 1:47 PM EDT
    • I just received a photo of our 3-3/4 inch scale (on 7-1/2 inch gauge track), newly painted and lettered for her prototype sister. Came out very nice. Painted by the owner Dan O'Brien and lettered by a sign painter who works for Walt Disney Studios. AND yes, that is gold leaf outlining the lettering :)!

    • June 29, 2018 5:16 PM EDT
    • A bit more progress, to hot to work for very long outdoors.  I pulled up and relaid the landscape edge pavers, reset two path lights and wired them back into the circuit and pulled some weeds up along the deck that you cannot see in this pic.  Planning a board walk up to and across the future track, then up to a square rock or brick paver area around the fire pit.  I will fill in the new areas with river rock once I kill off the weeds and grass(mostly weeds).  Our front yard looks great, but the back has been neglected for several years.  There used to be a tree where the fire pit is, lightning got it a few years before we inherited the house.  So there are roots galore making setting brick walks down in the ground a real bitch.  So I am thinking boardwalk to a river rock area around the fire pit.  I have a holly bush that will get relocated near the crossing signal once it cools down some, way to hot to be digging.     Mike the Aspie

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    • June 29, 2018 4:12 PM EDT
    • That would I would do Tom, get a chassis and build a body for it, then go play on the club tracks.  Thankfully we have our own house with a fenced back yard that will be my playground so to speak.   I really really want a MTC G12 streamliner like I rode in as a kid.  The gentleman that I got the signal from has one but I was afraid to ask the price as all the ones I looked at are north of 12-15 thousand dollers in nice running shape.  Came with a loop of 12" gauge track that would fit perfect in our back yard.   Just way beyond budget for me for several more years.  

    • June 29, 2018 3:27 PM EDT
    • Sharp looking loco Mike,

           Our lot in our new FL home is small and no "outdoor train sets" are allowed so I'll have a screen room built to house an oval of Ga 1 track.  I've been thinking about a plum cove electric chassis for which I will build a body.  Fred Gandolfi took me for rides around the Big Boots track with both his electric and live steam beam engine.  It's quite a scenic place, running through the woods, claiming to be Florida's largest 7.5" gauge railroad and just over 20 mi from our home.

    • June 29, 2018 2:23 PM EDT
    • The loop of track will go right behind the signal.  I am planning a walking path from the deck to the fire pit area, boardwalk up to a point then a paver stone area around the fire pit itself.  The signal is powered by 110 ac right now, but that just feeds an power 150wt power supply that puts out 12 vdc thru a bridge rectifier to drive the relays bell and lights.  So 12vt dc could also be tapped in as well.  Looking for ideas to trigger the signal when the train passes thru the future crossing path.    

    • June 29, 2018 2:04 PM EDT
    • link to video of the signal flashing, both without and with the bell turned on.  

      https://youtu.be/3xG0-sfbleY

    • June 29, 2018 1:46 PM EDT
    • Tom, I am getting burnt out on G scale.  Anything else I desire, which is mostly live steam, is in the same price range as ride on scale stuff.  Track, when priced per foot at brand new prices is nearly the same between G and 7.5 gauge.  I am now hunting for some good second hand rail in the local area as with G or 7.5, new track is to salty for me while I am still paying for this engine for the next 3 years.  We had to get a small loan from the credit union to purchase it.       Mike the Aspie

    • June 29, 2018 1:43 PM EDT
    • I got an older Railroad Supply Co GE 25 tonner, Kohler 4hp gas powered with Eaton hydrostatic tranmission to chain drive to both axles thru a gear box.  Nicely painted in the CB&Q Everywhere West paint scheme.  LED headlight and LED Prime beacon on the roof.    Pic is from the club in OK that I bought it from. 

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