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    • July 20, 2020 7:12 PM EDT
    • I just wanna use you're pullman bathroom  !!

    • July 20, 2020 7:11 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Well Rooster, all I can say is don't bring anything you care about, haha!


       

       What was this thread about....? 

       

       

       

      Bringing cars to run on you're RR that  I don't care about ?

       

       

      Which is nothing as it's a hobby and fun !!

    • July 20, 2020 6:55 PM EDT
    • Well Rooster, all I can say is don't bring anything you care about, haha!

       

      Yeah, shouldn't have said "butt crack" earlier about the access hatch; this is a family channel. However, if that's the sort of "crack pipe" you're referring to, those sorts of exams aren't fun either, and I'll never willingly go near that sort of thing again!!

       

      Maybe Dave Meashey will elaborate...

       

      But I sense that I'm derailing again.... What was this thread about....? 

       

       

       

    • July 20, 2020 6:34 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Got more cleaning done this morning, with about 4 hours more for that (next weekend).

       

       

      Cheers,

      Cliff

       

      LMAO ....what else can you say other than put the crack pipe down Cliff!

       

      I gotta get down there with some Amtrash and see if it clears the tunnels !!

    • July 20, 2020 4:34 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:
       

      So, I get to sit in the shade, eat burritos, drink beer, and throw out a steady stream of commentary while watching you make some mountains? This plan is shaping up!! Who else wants in?!

       

       

       

      Thanks Chris, I really appreciate it!

       

      I have corrected where you went wrong in your line of thinking. 

    • July 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT
    • Chris Kieffer said:

      Cliff, when my RR gets the to the point I need mountains how about you make a trip to Kansas?   I will provide all the microwave burritos and cheap beer you desire.  I might even let you bring Jerry along for moral support.

       

      Seriously, the work you are doing is looking GREAT!

       

      So, I get to sit in the shade, eat burritos, drink beer, and throw out a steady stream of commentary while watching you make some mountains? This plan is shaping up!! Who else wants in?!

       

       

       

      Thanks Chris, I really appreciate it!

       

    • July 20, 2020 4:18 PM EDT
    • Cliff, when my RR gets the to the point I need mountains how about you make a trip to Kansas?   I will provide all the microwave burritos and cheap beer you desire.  I might even let you bring Jerry along for moral support.

       

      Seriously, the work you are doing is looking GREAT!

    • July 20, 2020 4:06 PM EDT
    • Dennis Rayon said:

      Wow Cliff you are making quite the mountain side for your building fronts.

      Dennis

       

      Thanks Dennis. Yeah, it kinda grew while I wasn't paying attention... 

      This should be the last of the heavy construction on the layout though. I was sort of ignoring the issue, but the buildings pushed me to deal with it.

      The mountain and tunnel have been in the plans since the start, so I'm really relieved to finally get it over with. 

    • July 20, 2020 7:58 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Very nice!  Your relentless work ethic inspired me to bust my butt as well for the last three days getting my storage shelves built.  Day off tomorrow will be spent relaxing on the lake. Want to join me?  It's only like what - 6 hours each way?

      Thanks for the invite John, sounds lovely and relaxing!

      I'm glad my work could provide some inspiration for you, thanks very much.  

    • July 20, 2020 7:54 AM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

      Looks really great Cliff, what are you going to use for color?

      Maybe you said and I just missed it.

       

      Rick, thanks for asking, it's a watered-down deck paint, in a few colors, applied with cheap pump-sprayers. 

    • July 19, 2020 11:53 PM EDT
    • Wow Cliff you are making quite the mountain side for your building fronts.

      Dennis

    • July 19, 2020 8:18 PM EDT
    • Very nice!  Your relentless work ethic inspired me to bust my butt as well for the last three days getting my storage shelves built.  Day off tomorrow will be spent relaxing on the lake. Want to join me?  It's only like what - 6 hours each way?

    • July 19, 2020 6:49 PM EDT
    • Looks really great Cliff, what are you going to use for color?

      Maybe you said and I just missed it.

    • July 19, 2020 1:31 PM EDT
    • Got more cleaning done this morning, with about 4 hours more for that (next weekend).

       

       

      Cheers,

      Cliff

       

    • July 19, 2020 11:30 PM EDT
    • Glad to be of assistance.  Did you locate the relevant point for the Allan wrench on the jigsaws underside?

       

      That said, for reasons unclear, I recently received a realtors flyer for 'hot property deals' in Hawaii.  Since when were human sacrifices part of the down payment?  And what's this about yearly bloodletting?

       

    • July 19, 2020 11:13 PM EDT
    • Update:

       

      Progress lurches ever forward...Thanks to Tim and Pete L for the tool  tips.  To be clear, here is my nemesis:

      I assumed it was a jigsaw based upon the informative sticker.  The white table was my work surface.  I had tried to cut along a carefully measured line, but, yes, a "jig" or steel square would've made a huge difference... Next time!

       

         Below please find a series of  photos I took as I sketched and fiddled my next steps:

        

      This was really, really informative for me.  This thing is BIG!  I mentioned the tight clearances in my last update, but a picture is worth a thousand words.  There are some real space constraints that will impact how we proceed.

       

          Speaking of "proceed," OD joined me yesterday to put in my not-so-square bracing.  She began with the obvious comment, that someone with actual saw skills should cut the wood next time.  I offered to get out the saber saw to square the edges, but she decided that would just make things worse.  When does she graduate?    I drilled tap hole into the backer board, she held the 2x4's, then I screwed in the anchors.  I had to back them out a bit to allow the braces to pivot to the vertical.  More comments from the help followed... OD then decided to get a picture of yours truly doing work, in this case lathering Titebond III onto our supports:

      She hit upon the idea to use scrap foam to  fill in the gaps.  No piece of scrap goes to the trash, and we have three coffee cans for scraps based upon material (wood, foam, other).  Anything in these containers is available for projects of any sort without first asking.  I had forgotten we had foam in them...The net result looked like this:

      Perhaps some day I shall invest in more and proper clamps!  

       

          I manhandled this back onto the lanai, scrounged up the mock unloader shed, and the results are below:

      My original plan was to have processed sugar come out of the left, where it would be wheeled over to load onto box cars at the edge of the backerboard.  I am not sure I have the clearances to to that.  I am now weighing extending the shed the full length of the building and its roof all the way to the loading track.  Many of the Islands' mills had cane go in on the left and out on the right.  My landscape prohibits that, so it all has to go and come from the same side.  I am also weighing a raised platform in the whole shed area, which, of course, would facilitate loading on one track and give the impression there was a depression for the unloader's conveyor on the unloading track.  I have been thinking about how to simulate that conveyor, too, but I have to figure out the cane in / sugar out flow a bit better first.  More mock-ups to  come before I sacrifice more material to the project!

       

         Our local primaries are in early August.  I sense  roofing material may be in abundance shortly...Plexiglass is not readily available, it would seem, but I have to check the Big Box stores, too.  Backerboard may be an option for the roof, too.

       

      Progress will be slow, so I thank you for your patience.  This industry will define a third of the Triple O, and it will anchor it in time and place.  The allowances for constrained space - and crummy saw skills - cannot reduce the end results ability to say "sugar mill."

       

      And with that, I think I'll run some trains!

       

      Have a great week!

       

      Eric

       

    • July 19, 2020 6:39 PM EDT
    • 19 July, 2020 - Well "da boys" (the Evil Twins) are now in our possession.  Mr Marconi was kind enough to bring them to Ken's after his visit to the Humane Society.  He didn't bring the cat.  Truly great work!  Other than sitting them in the Marengo Yard at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers, nothing much has happened with them and won't until I get them back home after the 15th of August.  They did get their own private carrying case to protect them and with a lock on it to protect the World from them.  The batteries, radio control, signage, decals and various equipment will be added in the near future.  A special thanks has to go out to Mr Buchanan for the traffic cones, that will be proudly displayed and used when approaching a crossing or going in to a doughnut shop like the telephone and cable guys do.

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      As far as answers to the clues, nothing, nada.  Just like many conversations with Rooster, you just get more questions with the answers he gives you.   Its part of what keeps life interesting.  Thanks again to Dave and the others that made this little piece of history.

    • July 19, 2020 11:39 AM EDT
    • Cutting up cedar always makes more sawdust and waste than actual product. I figure a 2:1 waste to final product. ;) But when cedar fencing is only $2 a board you can get a lot out of it. Recently I found a small lumber company that only sells cedar. When I showed up and asked about pricing the owner says I take 50 cents off a linear foot for 6' boards as I can't get rid of them fast enough. Darn... 

    • July 19, 2020 11:22 AM EDT
    • Thanks JB.  3/16" crown staples sound real interesting. I have air nailers ranging from a big Senco framing machine down to a 23ga pinner from Grex. I rarely use my 18ga stapler, but that tiny one looks like something to put on my wish list.

       

      Your friend does an awesome job ripping down the Cedar. I know from experience that it's a big chore.  I get tons of Cedar as drops and old signs from work. The new stuff I don't care for much. I have about 6 feet of new 6x6 in 2 foot long chunks waiting for a project, but I'm still using up an old sign that is much denser grain - might be redwood.

       

      If you tarp your bridge, I'd suggest you build a tarp frame from something; PVC pipe maybe, so that there is no direct contact with the wood that can retain moisture.