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    • August 19, 2020 4:41 AM EDT
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      Lol, mine did too John. 

    • August 19, 2020 12:18 PM EDT
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      Cheers Niel....indeed great job, love it

    • August 19, 2020 1:25 PM EDT
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      Very impressive!

       

      Hard to believe that you're making more than 20 of these!   I sure hope that covers current and future needs - I found my layout always needed more turnouts than I initially planned for...

       

      Once again, just beautiful work.

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      http://jbrr.com/

       

    • August 19, 2020 2:55 PM EDT
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      Bruce Chandler said:

       I found my layout always needed more turnouts than I initially planned for...

      Once again, just beautiful work.

      Or the ones you have won't fit where you need one. 

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    • August 19, 2020 3:39 PM EDT
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      Ken Brunt said:
      Bruce Chandler said:

       I found my layout always needed more turnouts than I initially planned for...

      Once again, just beautiful work.

      Or the ones you have won't fit where you need one. 

      Actually, I think it was more like "the ones I built I would NEVER wish upon anyone!"   I used to be so proud of them, but Neil's process and results is probably the envy of ALL of the commercial builders.

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      Bruce

      http://jbrr.com/

       

    • August 19, 2020 5:48 PM EDT
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      I use cedar or redwood, then soak everything in 50% Minwax Ebony Stain/50% boiled linseed oil for a few days.  They've been in crushed rock for ten years, with no deterioration.

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      Not only does my mind wander, sometimes it walks off completely.

       

      Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me.  I want people to know why I look this way.  I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.  Will Rogers.

    • September 3, 2020 5:07 AM EDT
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      A bit more progress.

       

      I realised I 'd better do an as built drawing of the turnout to work from, rather than try & do repeat builds from the first sketch.  As luck (ha ha) would have it I had a hardware failure on the computer, once I'd got back up and running my old Autocad licence spat the dummy because of a hardware change. 

       

      Spent quite a while finding a free replacement - ended up with once called nanoCAD.  Major selling point was that it actually opened my dwg files!

       

      Lotsa measuring and fiddling with calipers got me the two drawings below.  I've loaded both cad and pdf files into my freight shed (Neil W / Turnout builds) if anyone else wants to use them. All dims are in millimetres, Rail is AML/SV code 250.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The dots are where I drilled the foot of the rails and spiked thru them.  That helps fix the rails from sliding length ways and hold their position where there are gaps.  I had to do it for the guard/check rails too as there was no room for spikes between the rails.

       

      I'm gonna try and cut a set of rails this weekend and set if it all fits together.

       

      Cheers

      Neil

      This post was edited by Neil Wiggins at September 3, 2020 9:21 AM EDT
    • September 3, 2020 1:25 PM EDT
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      Neil,

      If you have questions, the PRR official drawings are online:

      http://prr.railfan.net/standards/

      I found them useful, especially for the point blades.

      The D&RGW drawings used to be online, but the 'owner' decided to sell them on a CD instead, I think. Not before I captured many of them! Most are std gauge, but some are NG.

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        Pete

    • September 10, 2020 5:25 AM EDT
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      Hi All,

      Cut the rails last Sat, and assembled on Sun.  Pretty good result.  A few measurement mistakes on the curved stock and guard rails for the drill holes but the rest went together as it should.  

      Rails took about an hour to cut, curve & shape.  Assembly took a day on and off around chores.



      New layout almost feels real now!  Took them outside for a photo in the ‘temporarily assigned’ plot yesterday.  Lots of work to get this ready but think I can see a passing siding in my future..





      Cheers
      Neil

    • September 10, 2020 5:26 AM EDT
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      Corrected Cad files and pdf templates are in my freight shed. Old files have been deleted..

       

      Cheers

      N

    • September 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

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      Neil Wiggins said:





      New layout almost feels real now!  Took them outside for a photo in the ‘temporarily assigned’ plot yesterday.  Lots of work to get this ready but think I can see a passing siding in my future..





      Cheers
      Neil

       

       

      Beautiful raised terrain and background!

    • September 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

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      Removed .... double post for some reason

      This post was edited by Rooster at September 10, 2020 8:02 PM EDT
    • September 11, 2020 12:31 AM EDT
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      Thanks Rooster,

       

      I want to lift it up another 8" (1 more landscaping board) - temporarily of course   That'll make it about 32" above the ground at the lowest point.

       

      Will start another thread once I get going.

       

      Cheers

      N

      This post was edited by Neil Wiggins at September 11, 2020 4:02 AM EDT
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