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    • February 22, 2019 12:10 PM EST
    • Jon,

       

      from an engineering perspective are you bell cranks moving thru equal angles relative to the center of the points? this may account for an error in the amount of throw translated between locations.

       

      Al P.

    • February 22, 2019 11:37 AM EST
    • I will have to open up a spare and look to see if there is enough room inside the housing for the rod to bend up, rather than down.  Not sure if that would help as it dos not seem to be binding at all.  I could also flip over  the bell crank making it closer to the tie which would straighten the rod a little. It is a major pain to open that little clevis to disconnect the rod.  If I am going that far I might try adjusting the length to get the trow more even from position A to position B.

       

      All of this is low priority now since it really is no big deal to give it a nudge after it's flipped.

    • February 22, 2019 11:16 AM EST
    • Is it possible to flip the rod coming from the throw .. so it is mounted under the cam ? It might be binding.

    • February 22, 2019 10:48 AM EST
    • Linkage was installed last night.  Reaching through the tunnel to screw things down was a bunch of fun.  It is now functional and clearance tests have been run making sure the throws (without the indicator) do not interfere with my mobile clearance gauge.  It works great to open the switch (pull on the long rod) but isn't perfect pushing. I traced that problem to the throw itself. I might be able to tweak the gear positions to resolve it, but for now a quick push on the bell crank gets it done.

       

      Latest pic...

       

      With this done, I can finally put the drawer back on the track and start loading it up. This project is two days away from 2 months in. I would like to be able to get rid of the temporary shelving holding all the stuff removed from this spot to allow construction to happen. Hopefully this weekend I can wrap up construction details and clean!

    • February 21, 2019 12:41 AM EST
    • I stopped at the local RC Car/Plane hobby store today and picked up a few bell cranks. Tonight I bread boarded the linkage. I used some of the extra parts that come with the Bachmann throws to support the cranks. This is close to what will be the final set up...

       

      I laid out the breadboard on the new bench to measure the tube and place the throw. Before this picture was taken the rod on the throw was changed to the shorter one and the crank moved...

       

      I cut the tube and attached the throw and put all the track back together and screwed it down. Tomorrow I need to crawl in again and screw down the bell crank and the tube. When that is done I can finally install and load the drawer.

    • February 20, 2019 9:32 AM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Can you put a shanty over them at their location?

      Not really enough room for much in the way of structures here.  I need to look at how it was really done with the manual inter-lockings of days gone by.  Probably just some simple ground mounted hardware.  The tube alone will look pretty ugly.  Will probably wrap it in vinyl. I think I may have some paint mask kicking around work with that rust paint on it!

    • February 20, 2019 9:28 AM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

        This is what will make archeology so much fun 2,000 years from now.  It'll be a "hold my beer and watch this moment".  Way to go!!!!!

      I've had that exact thought; but maybe just 50 years from now.  Can you imagine buying a home then when gardening find Deep Cut Tunnel buried there?  What the hack would this have been???  A drain to nowhere???

       

    • February 20, 2019 8:10 AM EST
    • Can you put a shanty over them at their location?

    • February 20, 2019 6:39 AM EST
    • If you build it strong enough, it will break something else.  ;-)  Never forget to use 15 lbs. of weight, when you needed an extra ounce.  This is what will make archeology so much fun 2,000 years from now.  It'll be a "hold my beer and watch this moment".  Way to go!!!!!

    • February 20, 2019 12:02 AM EST
    • In typical C.V.S.Ry. Over Engineering Dept. fashion, the remote actuation of the McGillicuddy's lead switch has taken on a life of it's own.

       

      Borrowing some hardware ideas from the RC Plane industry I picked up a length of Sullivan Carbon Fiber Golden Rod semi flexible control rod. First task: make a tight connection to the throw bar using a clevis provided in the kit.  I reinforced the throw bar eye with a thin piece of brass that was drilled as an exact fit to the pin tin the clevis. No slop in this connection...

       

      Next I worked out the route from where the stand will be to the switch. It will cross the lead through a short straight. I notched out a 6" piece of track and glued the outer tube in place. 72Hr full cure time (: :( :(

       

      To get this done all of the track laid out and screwed down yesterday was pulled up.

       

      Trying to come up with a cool railroady looking idea for the bell crank or two I will be using to turn the linkage at sharp angles.

    • February 22, 2019 6:51 AM EST
    • Just in cast the BBC link does not work for some, here is an alternative.  I hope it works.  

      https://encyclopedic.co.uk/2019/02/22/how-to-build-the-perfect-model-railway/

    • February 22, 2019 3:10 AM EST
    •  

      Very well done layout...........

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47163833

    • February 20, 2019 1:40 PM EST
    • Rick Marty said:

      Thanks Bill for the additional information. 

      Yea, that's how it starts, just a small loop, I will only run it when friends come over, I'm not going to spend a lot of time or money on this, etc, etc.

      Well almost everybody here started that way

    • February 20, 2019 9:46 AM EST
    • Welcome, Bill.

      We all started somewhere.

    • February 19, 2019 9:49 PM EST
    • Thanks Bill for the additional information. 

      Yea, that's how it starts, just a small loop, I will only run it when friends come over, I'm not going to spend a lot of time or money on this, etc, etc.

      Well almost everybody here started that way

    • February 19, 2019 8:32 PM EST
    • The name is derived from the 4 streets that border my block in Milwaukee.  Calling it the Flip Line for short. 

       

      Equipment I plan on running this summer on my little L-loop with siding:

      Lionel Large-Scale GP (IC-9033)

      Aristo FA (Rock)

      Aristo Lil‘ Critter (UP)

      EBT hopper (unknown), B&O trailer piggy-back (Aristo), Soo drop end gondola (Aristo), NS covered hopper (USAT), D&RGW hopper (unknown), Gramps tank car (Bachmann), Aristo UP bobber (electrifying project for evening runs), D&RGW lighted long wooden caboose (USAT)

       

      Just planning on setting up on days I have nothing planned and inviting friends over to watch them run around. And since the building super plans on gardening in there again, may have to modify my track plans. 

    • February 19, 2019 8:27 PM EST
    • Welcome Bill, tell us a little bit about your railroad, for instance, the name is interesting, from what is it derived?

    • February 19, 2019 8:24 PM EST
    • It’s been nice returning to the fold. And trying to get a whole new batch into the hobby at the school I teach at. 

    • February 19, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • Welcome to the nut house, Bill.

    • February 19, 2019 8:08 PM EST
    • Welcome Bill !