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    • January 23, 2018 9:31 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
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      I like the use of nails.  This will weather up nicely and in 6 months outside look better than castings.  Great build as always.

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    • January 23, 2018 9:34 PM EST
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      Eric Schade said:

      Ther is less fiddly work on this than Marion's library!

       

         Which reminds me, you never did get me a date. Thanks a lot Eric.

       

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    • January 23, 2018 9:35 PM EST
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      That was my thinking too, unfortunately the smaller nails are galvanized.   The musum used galvanized power pole bolts, so it is ok!

    • January 25, 2018 11:47 AM EST
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      I kinda got abstracted yesterday...I was at the railway cutting along the right of way.  we will be laying new track another mile or so "down the mountain" to trout brook were we will be installing a wooden bridge.

      Old number Nine pulled our work train to the end of track.

      here is a photo of the bridge as we assembled it at the museum parking lot.  it will be a covered pony truss bridge...a rare thing now a days.  this bridge came from the Boston and Maine near the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It was built for Standard Gauge stuff so is a "little" overkill for our two foot gauge railway!  it is a Howe Truss for those who care.  I thought about building this for the challenge, but when I plotted it out full size (to scale) it looks like I didnt have enough two by for the project, let alone stay withing the proscribed amount of wood!

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    • January 25, 2018 11:51 AM EST

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      Beautiful pics!

    • January 25, 2018 11:51 AM EST
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      Eric Schade said:

      ...I was at the railway cutting along the right of way.  we will be laying new track another mile or so "down the mountain" to trout brook were we will be installing a wooden bridge.

       

          So know we know how you stay in such good shape. Keep the great pictures coming.

       

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    • January 25, 2018 11:58 AM EST
      • Phippsburg, Maine
         
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      can you say TIRED!  I was exhausted after several hours tromping around in the snow with my chain saw.  we cut down trees, sawed them into manageable bits and stacked the bits off the grade.

    • January 25, 2018 2:39 PM EST
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       You are having too much fun Eric.   Most of us just get to play with our little trains whereas as you get to ride and work on the real deal.  

      That bridge is going to be a nice addition.  Is it to be covered on the sides but not the top? 

    • January 26, 2018 2:37 PM EST
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      OK it is back to the Grind Stone!  Ive made some progress...

      yesterday I fired up my lathe and turned a dozen wheels for the Roundy Round...gotta have wheels if you want to round and around and around and...

      3/4" brass rod, a 1/8" axle hole and a little shaping for looks.

      The base of the turn table is a pair of ring rails, one on the bottom of the Turn table and one on the ground ( well on a foundation and wood ties beyond the scope of Mik's challenge and impossible until the ground thaws some time in August at this rate)  A set of wheels between the two allows the table to go roundy roundy.  something has to hold the wheels in place but doesn't have to support any weight.  This will look like a wagon wheel on its side with little wheels nailed to the rim.  I made the hub of the wheel or "spider" from a bit of scrap brass stock like a thick 1/4" fender washer.  I drilled 8 radial holes around the circumference and threaded them for 2-56 screw thread.

      I threaded the ends of some steel wire with 2-56 thread so they could screw into the hub and also secure a wheel.

      adding all 8 spokes and a rim completes the "wagon wheel"  " added some 1/8" brass tubing to serve as a smooth axle for the little wheels.  the whole thing is assembled with a bunch of 2-56 hex nuts.

      you can just see the second ring rail on the right side of the photo.  I guess I will have to make at least a temporary base so I can spin my engines before spring and see how this all works.

       

    • January 26, 2018 8:05 PM EST
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      Nice machining Eric.  The merry-go-round looks good .. Just add a few horses and there ya go!!  Seriously, I don't think you will have any problems turning the table.  Enjoying watching you put this together.

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    • January 26, 2018 8:33 PM EST
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      Beautiful job on Boris!

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • January 26, 2018 9:36 PM EST
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      Mik is smiling.  I am too - awesome work.

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    • January 26, 2018 10:03 PM EST
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      Eric. You my friend are just brilliant. That is seriously cool.

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    • January 27, 2018 5:18 PM EST
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      some more progress today...it is too warm to plow snow  but too icy to run trains...

      This is one of 4 roller wheels for the ends of the turn table.  I used a 1/8" stainless rod for the axle and fitted it into brass tubing with ears silver soldered on to accept screws.  these will catch the end of the turn table when a locomotive steps on and tries to tip the table.  they will run on partial ring rails which follow a 16" radius.  Ill have to figure out how to get all the ring rails to line up outside...probably a big cast lump of concrete with a fancy shape.

      in order to try out the turn table before the ground thaws, I made a base to support the center and the small ring rail. the pivot pin was soldered to a plate which I could screw down to the base.  it has a boss which matches my plywood pattern so I could accurately locate the ring rail.

      with the turn table and spider set onto the base it turns very freely...a true Roundy-Round!

      the next order of business was to work on the "gallows" frame.  one for each side.

       

    • January 28, 2018 12:27 PM EST
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         Whoa there...when I first saw this a few days ago, I though, hey, I didn't know this guy was a machinist in addition to being a woodworker. This is all coming together well.

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    • January 28, 2018 3:04 PM EST
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      Eric is a man of many talents both modeling and 1:1

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    • January 28, 2018 3:20 PM EST
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      Wow, super nice. I love how casually you can say "fire up the lathe" and then out pops perfect parts. Fantastic.

    • January 28, 2018 3:32 PM EST
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      Eric, you make it look so easy.  It is a pleasure to watch you work, so to speak.  Excellent, excellent.

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    • January 29, 2018 8:12 AM EST
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      Jim...yes just fire her up give her a peice of brass, twiddle some knobs and the old gal does all the work, all i have to do is catch the parts as she spits em out!

    • January 29, 2018 9:39 AM EST
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      Jim,

       

      Don't let him try and fool you. i remember when he fired the old girl up feed it some brass and fiddled with some knobs and this fell out the other end.

       

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