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    • February 5, 2019 8:16 AM EST
    • I know that cross track!


    • February 5, 2019 7:00 AM EST
    • I made a serious commitment last night.   All indoor operations were suspended for major renovations.  This is the before shot of BOX Tunnel so I can remember how to place the rocks & ballast...

      Immediately after that shot was taken the rocks, ballast, tunnel facade, wall facade and track were removed. Fortunately I had this in mind when I constructed BOX tunnel last year, so it was a matter of removing a half dozen screws and popping a few brads from the black PVC wall to allow BOX to be gently lifted out of place revealing this view not seen in over a year...


      Once the new bench is installed behind the existing wall, a shortened version of the BOX will be put back in place. The closed tunnel will end about 4" beyond where the footer steps down in this shot taken from the other side...


      Warm up the saw. Lets cut some wood!

    • February 5, 2019 6:28 AM EST
    • Jon

      You can get away with a curved wall.... It's done all the time..

      Image result for curved block wall

    • February 4, 2019 6:58 PM EST
    • Jon said: "Incompleteness"





      This post has been edited by: ROOSTER

    • February 4, 2019 6:46 PM EST
    • That's a very cool idea Sean.  I was undecided as to weather or not to decorate the back side of the curved track as it really would not be visible unless you hang your head over it; but the front I hadn't thought about.  This is the style / size of block I used at the BOX Tunnel and was planning on for the foundation of McGillicuddy's....


      In scale, those are 2ft tall by 4ft wide.  I could curve a thinner foam, but in real life it would be a series of angles which is easier.


      EDIT to add:  No problem with another project. Since this is the view that everyone will see first when entering the basement from the outdoor layout I want to do a nice job with scenery. The rest of the indoor layout is in various stages of incompleteness and will stay that way for quite a while.

    • February 4, 2019 12:26 PM EST
    • Make the retaining wall with the same colored block that the Building supply will be made with ..  

    • February 4, 2019 12:20 PM EST


      I am see another project for you you need one.

      In the above pic were you have the two blocks holding up the track in the lower left.. 

      What if you hid a draw behind/integrated  the fascia ?

      You could make the fascia into a retaining wall , with a print of this, and have it sweep around the front of the track I making any sense ?

      Image result for concrete block retaining wall

    • February 4, 2019 10:26 AM EST
    • This has become very interesting...

    • February 3, 2019 5:53 PM EST
    • Sounds like a plan, Jon....         

    • February 3, 2019 5:41 PM EST
    • I decided that I need to figure out all of the track and levels before I finalized my Mik build of McGillicuddy's Supply.  I finally made a decision today on how the bench work will be done. Referring to this picture..


      The rear track will run at about a 3.5% grade down to the freight door. Most likely supported by a wood trestle in the future. The center track will stay at bench level and run over a trestle where the track in the picture is unsupported. The foreground curve will stay at bench level.  The flat board at the left is bench level, the studs and plywood at the right are the lower level. The curved track will be on an embankment running down to the lower level.  Where the 5x5's are supporting the track, the bench will be at the lower level on a triangular piece ending about 18" toward the camera from the existing framework. The balance of the curve will be at bench level supported by the book case that lives along the stairwell wall.

      The center track car spot will either be a coal dump trestle, or a tank unloading facility. If I can squeeze in two cars, maybe both. Not sure if the curve will have car spots, or just be space to drill cars.


      I still need to confirm that the switches will fit before I commit to wood and nails.

    • January 22, 2019 9:15 AM EST
    • Looks like it will work, Jon..   

    • January 22, 2019 9:01 AM EST
    • I have been focusing on the Mik Challenge, which directly relates to the expansion project. In the mean time I have been gathering up track components to build that last configuration. Last night I think I finally made a decision on bench level as well. The bench will step down from current level to several inches below the test roadbed for the area to the right of the pipe.  I need to get that sketched before I forget the idea!


      Here is a test layout of track to see if my RR Track drawing can be done with actual track...

    • January 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST
    • Al Pomeroy said:


      looking good. before you go to much further did you think to stuff some insulation in that draft?


      Think about it; yes. Actually do something; no. The flat plywood face is all screwed on to allow opening and access to the space if needed.  There is a lot of volume back there, so filling it would not be an economical option and may not even help much since the wall to the right is just a single layer of paneling with no insulation behind. I think the best plan is to squirt some great stuff in the cracks to close it off completely.


      Al P

      for some reason I am not seeing you last picture with track diagram, will look again tomorrow.

      Not sure why that is. None of my pictures are hosted on a secure (https) site, but I haven't had any problems. My host might have had a hiccup when you tried to view.

    • January 13, 2019 9:21 AM EST
    • Good work, Jon. You have reclaimed what was useless space. Well done.

    • January 12, 2019 10:24 PM EST
    • Jon,


      looking good. before you go to much further did you think to stuff some insulation in that draft?


      Al P

      for some reason I am not seeing you last picture with track diagram, will look again tomorrow.

    • January 12, 2019 10:19 PM EST
    • Nice work, Jon.  I truly admire your use of the space you have.

    • January 12, 2019 9:11 PM EST
    • And playing around with track I came up with this...

        Now I need  brass or stainless Code 332 19.5 degree crossing. That will be fun to find.

    • January 14, 2019 11:10 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Image result for Kellys on revere beach When is this going to show up ?

      Unfortunately, am modeling the Midwest area..   Most restaurants out here list ""Catfish"" under seafood...


      I really don't think they have a clue....   But numerous stops at Kelly's is always on my schedule when I am back home....    


    • January 14, 2019 6:44 AM EST
    • Image result for Kellys on revere beach When is this going to show up ?

    • January 14, 2019 2:55 AM EST
    • Yeah, the Russian Orthodox Church here would be a build challenge...if I had the room for it, or the skills to do it justice. 


      Apart from false fronts and very small structures, I'm about out of space...