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    • February 18, 2019 3:54 AM EST
    • No fair. Your walls are a lot longer than mine.

      And welcome to the club. Mother Nature and life are not cooperating here either. I've been wanting to run a train over mine to test it out. Nada. 

      You do have a very interesting track arrangement. I like it. 

       

    • February 17, 2019 11:21 PM EST
    • Looking good Rick.  I'm at the final alignment function test point myself. Pretty satisfying when the plan works!  Good luck with yours.

    • February 17, 2019 10:31 PM EST
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      Now that the Build Challange is complete I can get back to building my railroad.

       

      The #4 switches had arrived from Switch Crafters and so everything was ready to go once I had the time, but weather has been crappy, I know it is a covered area but the cold and wind have made for some delays.  The last couple days we have had a little sun in the afternoon's, so was able to get some work done.

       

      All the track work is installed except the final connections at the turntable which should be finished tomorrow.  One thing about this that may make it easier is that I can spray paint all the rail and ties in place then just clean the rail tops. But before painting I need to get a loco and some cars out here and spend some time shifting cars around to verify that it works in practice as well as it worked in theory.  

       

      View from the turntable end.

       

      View from the future depot end.

       

      Till next time.

    • January 10, 2019 10:23 PM EST
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      Adding a rebuilt bridge to access the Redding Yards.  See the build thread here.     https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/29074/new-life-for-an-old-bridge/view/post_id/377532

      Now mostly just waiting on my switches from Switch-Crafters to get the yard tracks installed.

       

    • January 5, 2019 12:26 AM EST
    • Got the turntable mostly installed today, the only thing left is the walkway and alignment connections once I install the trackage.

    • January 2, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • A little more progress on the Redding Yard area.

       

      I cobbled together a crossing to test the Consolidation and my largest Combine to to get a track pattern for the tightest  possible radius and still have it function smoothly. They are somewhere between 4-5 feet so should work at yard limits with no problems.  Building these bridge approaches on a radius and a grade is going to be fun.

       

       

      Well these are done, took some head scratching but I got them parallel, on a consistent grade and with smooth radius turns, now if they just work everything will be great.

       

      This is a little better view, the framing is level and the sheeting is angled on the grade using shims for solid support. The actual bridge span will be about 38 inches, plenty of room for a walk through.

      Oh Ya, it will be a lift bridge hinged on the right end (in this picture) probably a girder design.  I really wanted to use a Bascule design, like the Glouster Draw, but space limitations would't allow it.

       

    • December 29, 2018 1:44 PM EST
    • I'm not sure how much dampness you guys get out there. Probably about the same as Grant's Pass, which is minimal, compared with this end of the country. 

      I put a small stop on my TT pit, just to be on the safe side. It's a 3' drop to the ground. 

    • December 29, 2018 11:51 AM EST
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      Ken, I guess we are going to find out.

       

      I started the OSB decking and the half turntable pit on this end. 

       

      The OSB was painted with two coats of oil base stain on both sides and all edges.  since it will receive no direct rainfall the only  water it will have to deal with is moisture in the air and the oil should prevent that issue.  Should work but who knows for sure?  OSB is used for roof sheeting all the time and the overhangs are exposed to the air moisture with just a coat of paint for protection.

       

      The Turntable bridge and safety ring are being re-used from the old railroad, it is a half pit design that takes up less table space.

       

       

      Here is a picture of the pit and table on the old RR before the safety ring was installed.

       

      Here the safety ring is in place, the bridge removed for clarity.

       

      More later.

      Rick

    • December 29, 2018 9:14 AM EST
    • How does that OSB hold up out in the weather? 

    • December 28, 2018 6:31 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      I meant to ask you, Rick, when I was out there if you used a railbender when you do your curves? (Or maybe I did ask and just forgot). I know you use aluminum rail, the same as I do, I was just wondering if a railbender helps. 

      I build the curve with the ladder roadbed and then just tack the rail down to that. 

       

      What. you expect me to remember if you asked me?

      I don't use one for the aluminum rail/track never found the need.  I also lay the AMS .250  brass without a rail bender.  It is a little springier, but the radius is usually 8 foot or better.

      I do the same build the ladder then lay the track to fit.  However on this new table there will be no ladder just a layer of 1/2 inch OSB as a raised roadbed.

      Later

      Rick 

       

    • December 28, 2018 8:33 AM EST
    • I meant to ask you, Rick, when I was out there if you used a railbender when you do your curves? (Or maybe I did ask and just forgot). I know you use aluminum rail, the same as I do, I was just wondering if a railbender helps. 

      I build the curve with the ladder roadbed and then just tack the rail down to that. 

    • December 28, 2018 6:47 AM EST
    • I hope you have slopped the table top so water can run off if needed.

      Looks great !

    • February 10, 2019 5:42 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      I like this!  Looks like you've had weather good enough to get outside and snap a few pictures.

      Had a couple of days were it got into the 60's and didn't rain..........;)

    • February 10, 2019 6:42 AM EST
    • I like this!  Looks like you've had weather good enough to get outside and snap a few pictures.

    • February 9, 2019 9:51 PM EST
    • Looking good Ken!!!

       

    • February 9, 2019 9:10 PM EST
    • I like it, Ken.  Good job.

    • February 7, 2019 9:01 AM EST
    • Thanks, guys.

      Hopefully it will relieve some of the congestion in Delores Yard. If I can get some half decent weather I can try it out. 

    • February 6, 2019 7:31 PM EST
    • That turned out very nice, Ken.  I like the change.

    • February 6, 2019 2:29 PM EST
    • Looks good, ken....           

    • February 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST
    • The locomotive servicing track has now officially been moved. 

      Here's the old spot. I moved Delores Freight to the spot the coaling used to occupy.

      I haven't decided on if or what building will go in it's old spot.

      The new service facility.