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    • 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 18, 2019 12:58 PM EST
    • Nice progress, Jon....     

    • February 18, 2019 12:11 PM EST
    • Had the mobile clearance gauge (AKA Bachmann 45 ton) out on the new track yesterday checking things before permanently attaching the track. First test: The left switch off the main. I intended this to be tight.  No fingers ion the hand rails please...


      It gets by without scraping. The loco is wider than my widest car, but short, so a long-car tests is also needed. I pulled these past the pinch point with no issues...


      Next; check the left switch - McGillicuddy's lead. Must have room for a 6mm mounted print on the wall without touching...


      And, as expected, M10 will not fit in the uber-tight box at McGillicuddy's - but the box car will....


      In the foreground you might notice my experiment with remote mounting a switch stand. The McGillicuddy's switch can't be reached from either end (without climbing in) so it will need a way to be thrown from a distance.  A choke cable would work, but I think I can make something with linkage that will work as well. I am going to stop at the RC Car hobby shop tonight and buy some quality push-rods and fittings.  Too much distance for extra slop.  I thought for a few moments about just using a servo, but then I need electronics to drive it.  A fun someday project, but I am in a hurry!

    • February 17, 2019 6:44 PM EST
    • Jon said: "exposed"





      edit because I can


    • February 17, 2019 11:51 AM EST
    • Close, but no cigar!  The exposed 2x4 will be trimmed out same as the rest of the layout: Covered with .063 flat black aluminum bent under at the bottom. The aluminum will continue at the same height completely across the opening.  The vertical plywood skin is a temporary cover to be replaced by a carved foam wall at some point. I may even take your suggestion and extend the pipe to come through the wall.  I did leave it exposed where the track will go over it near the wall...

    • February 17, 2019 8:25 AM EST
    • Am i right in thinking that you are going to place the stone wall on the exposed 2X lumber, it looks like you did think ahead and have enough plywood overhang...

    • February 17, 2019 7:04 AM EST
    • Looking great there Jon !

    • February 16, 2019 11:42 PM EST
    • I put in close to a full day on this today and got the framing closed in and decks in place. The biggest challenge was the low deck. I wanted to make it in one piece and used a heavier plywood (15/32). It was a complicated cut. I took my time and verified all the contours. It ended up being a perfect snug fit...


      Here is the obligatory long shot. I might get the furniture put back tomorrow...


      Gotta cover the last of that green soon!!!


      The next project is to get grass down and track laid behind the wall so I can put the drawer back in and start using it to clean up the mess I made readying this spot for demo on Christmas eve.

    • February 13, 2019 11:18 PM EST
    • Rumaging through the junk pile at work I found the good parts I salvaged of an old rotting MDO Plywood sign. I had cut them off and stashed away months ago with no use in mind. Today it jumped out as perfect size to cut a drawer kit on the panel saw. The "kit" came home with me flat and was assembled this evening using Fuze-it and finish nails.  It turned out about 3/16" wider than the test drawer and I was worried it wouldn't fit. Surprise it did!!  I guess I'm a cabinet maker now.


      @Sean - The door opens up because initially there was to be a static shelf above the RR. The sliding drawer idea developed after the door was installed. The ceiling is under 7 feet so I can easily open and latch the door when needed. Doing it this way keeps the weight off the track too. This MDO monster is heavy and the entire package - drawer plus load is only rated to 100 pounds.


      So here it is...


      I think I will hang a lightweight shelf about half-way up the back and close in the end with some PVC just to keep stuff from dumping out.  Almost ready to start putting stuff back

    • 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 !

    • February 19, 2019 8:07 PM EST
    • Two of the photos flipped on upload. Oh well

    • February 19, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • Finally got a place I could actually set things up, while temporary, for the first time since I was sleeping through trigonometry. 

      Here are some highlights from last summer/fall and hoping to expand as that raised flowerbed allows. 

    • February 16, 2019 10:01 AM EST
    • I was wondering what had happened to landrel myself

    • February 16, 2019 7:52 AM EST
    • is there any update for the work of last year?