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    • May 11, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

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      Rick Marty said:

      Well it has been raining for 39 days and 39 nights.

       

       

       

       

    • May 11, 2019 9:35 PM EDT
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      " Rooster " said:
      Rick Marty said:

      Well it has been raining for 39 days and 39 nights.

       

       

      Well since I was able to post pictures of the finished depot, you can obviously tell it didn't rain that 40th day.

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • May 11, 2019 11:04 PM EDT
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      Depot turned out nice, Rick.  Thanks for taking us on the journey with you.  Next up??

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    • May 12, 2019 4:52 AM EDT
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Depot turned out nice, Rick.  Thanks for taking us on the journey with you.  Next up??

      Yea, what he said................

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    • May 12, 2019 10:05 AM EDT
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      Very nice station!!!!

    • February 27, 2020 12:00 PM EST
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      Wow, it's been almost a year since this was updated. but there hasn't been much going on with the railroad itself, just maintenance and small projects, but that is about to change.

       

      Westward expansion

      The railroad will leave the mountain logging/lumbering community of Hyampom and wander down the west side of the coast range mountains to the port on Humboldt Bay where the city of Fields Landing and the main sawmill will be located.  This will be the last of the railroad expansions and will probably take a year to finish building.

      Pictures of the area and the start of construction.

       

      Looking west from the Hyampom Yards, foreground on right, the line will continue along the fence then turn and go along the west property fence.  The PVC loop on the ground is the line returning on itself creating a 220 foot loop for roundy round running. Where the PVC meets the new support post's is where I want to install the spring switch that I asked about elsewhere.  From this side the switch will be out of reach and the lift bridge location is out of site to the left, a long walk around while the train is closing on the switch. And it's to darn low for crawling under.

       

      Along the west fence, we left a 30 inch wide walk way between fence and tables for access, this will not be a regular walk along or viewing area.  What is hard to see in the pictures is that the railroad is on a 2 percent down grade from the time it leaves the bench near the TT in the first picture till it gets to the far end of the posts in this picture.

       

      The return loop.  The track will be level through the this area and start back up on the 2 percent after leaving the loop.  Due to room issues the loop is only an 8 ft 6 in radius but shouldn't be any trouble.  Here you can also see the reason for the grade, without it the track would have been about 72 inches off the ground, as it is now it's only about 54

       

      After leaving the loop it's back upgrade through the trees.  You can see the bridge sitting on the ground to be installed here.  No real reason for the bridge other than I have it and might as well use it.

       

      The silver bridge location is on the left kind of behind in this view.  The 3 posts on the left will be the lead into the future sawmill area the posts leading off to the right will be to close the loop. The lift bridge will be in this area and there will be a switch just before the Fir tree that will lead into the loop for the town area.

       

      Looking back at the area from the last picture, it will be nice to have a continues run track here by the Pavilion to just sit and watch trains run.

       

      Well looks like the frost has melted off out there so better go dig some more holes.

      More later.

       

       

       

       

    • February 27, 2020 1:56 PM EST
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      From the last picture it looks like you might have some tree trimmin to do..............

       

      One of these days I'll get back out there. Think I'll wait till your done so I don't get put to work. 

      This post was edited by Ken Brunt at February 27, 2020 6:53 PM EST
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    • February 27, 2020 7:16 PM EST
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      Only 4 post holes left to dig Ken and I'll get them in the morning, all the heavy work will be done, So come on out anytime we will just run trains, no work, err,well probably some switch maintenance 

    • February 27, 2020 7:55 PM EST
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      Love the layout snaking through the trees, Rick.  Looking forward to watching this next phase come to life.

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    • February 27, 2020 8:20 PM EST

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      Where is the wheel barrow lurking ?

    • February 28, 2020 7:19 AM EST
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      Nice work ...

      Have you thought of installing a manual switch and use a throttle cable to trow it ?

       

       

       

      John and Fred have used this approach...

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    • February 28, 2020 11:06 AM EST
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      Thanks Sean,

      It is a consideration, I have 3-4 of them in storage that were used on the old RR.

      They work very well but I like the idea of trying the spring switch in this spot, if I can't make

      it work the way I want it to out comes a choke cable.

    • February 28, 2020 3:11 PM EST
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      Maybe a Dead Weight return would be easier to adjust, off the draw bar end a fishing line through a tube bent to drop it out the bottom. Add and subtract weight until action is balanced with your wishes.

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    • February 28, 2020 6:42 PM EST
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      Good idea John, that would make it easy to adjust for sure.  

      Whatever I end up using is going to have to be a little robust because the 

      wild Turkeys some times use the RR tables as a means to get over the fence 

      and they are usually in a hurry because the dogs are in hot persuit

    • February 28, 2020 7:48 PM EST

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      Gosh Rick;

       

      My friend, Tom Harris, has a branch line on his Lakeside Lines HO railroad called the Turkey Trot, but your Turkey Trot is "fer reals!!!"

       

      Too cool, David Meashey

    • February 28, 2020 8:46 PM EST
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      Rick, I know a good turkey exterminator 

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    • February 29, 2020 6:51 PM EST
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      Yea a turkey exterminator, well the coyotes do a pretty good job of that.

      Way back when , I used to hunt them and they were scarce as hens teeth, now days 

      they are bigger nusience than pigions, dang things are everywhere. 

       

      This flock, about 30-40 birds feeds along the ridge in back almost every morning.  They work their way along the ridge

      then drop down, cross the road and feed back up along the creek, no problem.  The trouble starts when they decide it's time

      to cross back to the ridge and don't go around but through the neighborhood yards with the neighborhood dogs keeping them in a high state of panic.

      They will fly onto building roofs, RV roofs and that's really bad, as well as into fences and onto raised railroads.

       

      This morning while I was planting the last posts, they were feeding and watching me work. The dogs were of course on our side of the fence so didn't 

      bother them in the least.  I have seen them walk right up to within a couple feet of the fence and watch the dogs bark then gobble back at them.

      Different ballgame when everybody is on the same side of the fence.

      Big pain in the a++ in my opinion. 

    • February 29, 2020 7:12 PM EST
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      I'll trade my 'flock' of Javalina peccaries for your birds!

      Image result for Javelina

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    • February 29, 2020 7:55 PM EST

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      John C.;

       

      My daughter, Julie, sent me a link to a video of one of those javalinas "booking it" through a fairly built up neighborhood.  Like the camelback 4-6-0s, javalinas don't look fast, but I know I couldn't out run one of them.

       

      Best, David Meashey

       

      P.S.  Just occurred to me that I probably couldn't out run the common garden slug, but I do swim laps fairly well for an old guy.

    • March 11, 2020 11:47 PM EDT
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      Making some headway. 

      The mornings are like 29 degrees and foggy but by about 10-11 am the fog burns off and we reach 65+ degrees in the afternoon, great railroad building weather

       

      The structure is just about completed, need to add some more blocking and a second coat of paint and we will be ready to install track. The track addition will be of interest to some old timers here, stay tuned for the updates.

      The diverging track seen here will be the location of the spring or slip switch that I inquired about in another thread.

       

      The 16 foot dia. return loop at the end of the line, this looks like a great place for a trestle/bridge about 7 foot long sometime in the future. At about 54 inches above the ground it will really show up.

      Rooster, do you see the wheelbarrow lurking in the lower left of the picture???.  All joking aside, I bought that wheelbarrow new in 1976 and I can't even begin to calculate the number of loads it has hauled, probably well into the high thousands or more. 

       

      here the return loop heads back up through the trees, luckily I didn't have to cut too many limbs from the trees, that kept the wife on board with the expansion.

       

      The loop coming around past the pavillion and back to the starting point.  You can just make out the silver arch bridge near the pavillion, didn't really have an excuse for a bridge there but I had the bridge and it was either use it or get rid of it, I decided to use it.

       

      When track laying starts I will tell you the story of where it came from.

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