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    • April 3, 2021 7:07 AM EDT
      • Bundaberg, Queensland Australia
         
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      Ringbalin Sugar Cane Line

      I was facing a problem on my new layout the "Ringbalin Light Railway", I had sugar cane trains but no mill for them to run to and little room to add one.

      My solution was fairly simple I just started building another layout with a sugar mill as the centrepiece, this new layout is a standalone one with a planned interchange to the light railway.

      I am using code 250 track (the light railway uses code 332) so it looks similar to what happen in real life around the area I live in.

      A line will run out from the mill to a "farms" area and go through a reverse loop so there can be out and back traffic. 

      The loop is on a "Y" point that has no spring to keep it setting to one position, instead the blades "float" so that when a train approaches it pushes through the point thus setting it, and it departs back to the line, when the next train arrives it again pushes through the point and sets it to the opposite direction. This allows alternate trains to run around the loop in opposite directions (hope I have not confused to many folk).

      With this new layout I will be able to run set and forget trains on the light rail (mainline) and do shunting operations on the cane line, I can add interest by having a train running on the interchange just to mix things up.

      I have posted my progress so far on my blog for people to see the progress as this advances, this will save me time by not having to write things out twice and post a whole heap of pictures.

      So here we go; Link to blog below hope you enjoy.

      https://ringbalin-light-railway.blogspot.com/2021/04/1-03-march-2021cane-line-construction.html

      This post was edited by GAP at April 3, 2021 6:07 PM EDT
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    • April 3, 2021 8:58 AM EDT
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      Looks like you have put in considerable thought and started with a good solid base, should be a good link to follow.

      Dennis

    • April 3, 2021 9:39 AM EDT
      • West Grove, Pennsylvania
         
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    • April 7, 2021 5:19 AM EDT
      • Bundaberg, Queensland Australia
         
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      I have started construction of my sugar mill the blog post describes what I have done so far (actually I have progressed quite a bit with the corrugated iron cladding) and when It is finished I will post more pictures and a description.

      https://ringbalin-light-railway.blogspot.com/2021/04/2-05-april-2021-sugar-mill-construction.html

       

      If you are interested please have a look at my blog to see what I have been up to for the last year or so.

      https://ringbalin-light-railway.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

      This post was edited by GAP at April 7, 2021 5:23 AM EDT
    • April 7, 2021 7:48 AM EDT
      • Missouri, It's like Floodsburg, man
         
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      That pool surround material did work well.

    • April 8, 2021 4:23 AM EDT
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      Pool surround material?!?!  Cheater!  You missed the opportunity to drain, cut, bake, and crimp 100 cans!  It looks great!

    • April 8, 2021 5:53 PM EDT
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      Eric Mueller said:

      Pool surround material?!?!  Cheater!  You missed the opportunity to drain, cut, bake, and crimp 100 cans!  It looks great!

       

      Eric I can get 10c per can at the recycle centre so that is $10 I would have had to forgo, the pool surround cost me $1 from memory and then there are all those labour costs to consider.

      Its just simple economics by dear fellow.

      If I roll my own I use aluminium foil baking trays much easier to work than cans.

      Mind you I probably did consume 100 cans while planning this, hey it was hot and I had to keep the fluid levels up.

      This post was edited by GAP at April 8, 2021 5:54 PM EDT
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