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    • February 12, 2018 9:57 AM EST
    • Okie dokie.........

    • February 12, 2018 9:46 AM EST
    • Just put your Spring Fling on my calendar for April 28 / 29.  Looking forward to it.  I'll private message for your address before hand.

      Thanks-

    • February 11, 2018 11:47 PM EST
    • Ive had some success using zip ties to hold track together, in those spots where I try to join stainless and brass/aluminum.  I just have to remember to give the zip ties a squirt of black paint from a rattle can.  They dont like sunshine, at all.

    • February 11, 2018 8:19 PM EST
    • Yeah, I had REAL trouble with rail separation at the joiners with floating track too:

    • February 10, 2018 4:55 PM EST
    • That's why I like those darn tiny screws in Aristo. I torque 'em in and while it can move some, they don't come apart.

    • February 10, 2018 1:42 PM EST
    • My only problem with floating track is where I've connected Aristo stainless to brass or aluminum, and used Hillman's.  My first run each spring has to be slow, so I can find the track separations.  Electrolysis does not seem to be a factor.

    • February 9, 2018 8:42 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Graeme, Don't bother tying your track down. Let it float as a whole, it won't go anywhere, if the ends are secure to each other. My temperatures vary by 80degrees F. The rails grow and shrink with the seasons. Being free to float on at least 1/2" of ballast, works best here, no kinks. I have seen lateral movements up to an inch total where two long tangents forced a curve to bulge. Trains handled it as if it was planned!

      Thanks for the tip John, another one for the memory bank and its filling up fast.

       

    • February 9, 2018 2:21 PM EST
    • Last weekend in April is when this one is scheduled. After that, it's up for grabs. But your welcome anytime. 

    • February 9, 2018 2:16 PM EST
    • Ken-

      OK, Spring Fling it is!  Any idea when you'll do another?  You're right, West Grove is only about 55 minutes away right up US-1 from me.  

    • February 9, 2018 12:26 PM EST
    • It's official name last year was KOPS. Keystone Operating session(I think). I'm kinda liking the Spring Fling handle.

      Actually Robin it's an operating session. I print out a manifest for each train, hand them out to the operators/engineers/conductors, then they follow the manifest. Picking up cars at different sidings and dropping cars off. 

      Delores Yard is at one end, with an Interchange/Rico track and Porter at other other end with an Interchange track. In between are Mancos and Hesperus, with sidings for different Industries. 

      There's probably a lot more BS'ing going on then actual trains running, but we have fun..............

      Even if your not into that sort of thing, there should be a bunch from LSC here you can meet. Some come for the day, some for the whole weekend. Plenty of brains to pick for ideas.  

      Here's a few pix from last years: https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/26318/rgs-operations?page=9

       

    • February 9, 2018 10:07 AM EST
    • Thanks again, fellas, for all the great ideas, pics, and explanations, I really appreciate it.  To Jerry and Ken, I'd love to visit sometime so we'll see once the weather warms up.

      So tell me about the "Spring Fling" thing.  Is that the official name (seems it might have several alias's).  I'm all ears :)

    • February 9, 2018 10:07 AM EST
    • Thanks again, fellas, for all the great ideas, pics, and explanations, I really appreciate it.  To Jerry and Ken, I'd love to visit sometime so we'll see once the weather warms up.

      So tell me about the "Spring Fling" thing.  Is that the official name (seems it might have several alias's).  I'm all ears :)

    • February 9, 2018 7:36 AM EST
    • Now it's a "Spring Fling"? Geez, this thing got more names. 

      But now that you mention it: "Spring Fling"

    • February 9, 2018 7:16 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Your very welcome. And since your down there in MD, it isn't to far a drive up to here if you would care to visit. Your probably just an hour away. 

      Ken,

      Does Robin know about your "Spring Fling"?  Perfect time to meet the "tribe".

    • February 8, 2018 8:42 PM EST
    • That looks very nice Rick

       

      Jerry

    • February 8, 2018 8:27 PM EST
    • That makes a nice setting.

    • February 8, 2018 7:53 PM EST
    • Here are a few pictures of how I addressed one spot on my "old" railroad, I had about 8-10 planting locations scattered over the railroad.

       

      I built a box and hung it down from the table top using Cedar fence boards and metal straps then lined it with a double layer of good quality weed block cloth. then used chicken wire to build up some

      hilly shapes and covered them with a stucco mix that had burlap strips dipped in it.

       

       

      Here the boxes have been filled with planting mix and the shrubs, ground cover, and sprinklers planted.

      The shrubs/trees were left in their pots to control growth but the top rings of the plastic pots were cut off so the 

      wouldn't show above the fill dirt.

       

      Another view of the same area after the "hardscape" work was done and before ballast.  As you can see in the pictures I am not a fan of "letting the track float" 

      on a table top installation, just didn't work well for me.

       

      Just be sure to build your containers large enough that they contain enough soil to control freezing roots and drying out roots.

      Have a ball building.

      Rick

    • February 8, 2018 7:38 PM EST
    • Jerry's layout is beautiful!

      Ken's is too, and I'm sure looking forward to seeing it some day soon.

    • February 8, 2018 6:43 PM EST
    • I like the idea of an elevated RR with periodic raised beds using RR ties, man made stone, etc that are planted to supplement the plants in pots

      I am in Annapolis, and have a ground lever layout if you wanna play some time


      Jerry

    • February 8, 2018 5:30 PM EST
    • Your very welcome. And since your down there in MD, it isn't to far a drive up to here if you would care to visit. Your probably just an hour away.