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    • December 27, 2018 10:00 PM EST
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      Time to post some on the new addition. 

      This is the area between the shop and the property line fence, where I built the line along the fence last year.  In the background you can see the wye and the steel bridge where the track comes out of the train shop.

      I made the decision to put a patio roof over this section because; the Summer sun beats right into this area from Sun up till mid day, Some of the buildings from the old RR will go in this area and they are not "all season", and finally this is Oregon and it can get damn wet.  If I had planned far enough ahead, not my long suit, I would have put the posts in when I built the tables along the fence, as it is I scabbed them into the existing table system and they turned out pretty well.

       

       

      The structure on the left is 3 and 1/2 feet wide and 27 feet long and will hold the Redding Yards.  The only way to reach this area with track is to use a switch back, actually a double switch back from the stub out you see on the right.  This track will drop to the new tables on a 1% grade across a lift bridge, probably a Bascule type lift. This new area, because it is covered from the rain will be on solid OSB table top rather than the usual hardware cloth and weed fabric.  For the same reasons I am using regular Doug Fir for framing, except the legs which are pressure treated.

       

       

      A closer look at the departure from the fence line to the bridge approach, this is just stubbed out and anchored temporarily with blocking so I don't crash into it and mess it up.  

       

      Will post more pictures as I get it done.

      Thanks for taking a look

      Rick

    • December 18, 2018 8:22 AM EST
    • Thanks, Jim. That is much appreciated!

      I've been to a few raised layouts and just took the parts that interested me and tried to tie them into a what I thought would work here. So far, so good. 

    • December 18, 2018 5:35 AM EST
    • I took a bit of time to review your progress over the last few years.  What a truly remarkable railway you have constructed!  A lot of creativity in your solutions to building above ground with scenery.  The main line has really come together and has become a truly outstanding garden railway.

    • December 17, 2018 3:46 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

      That's his problem, Pete, not mine................

       

      It's Amtrak, it will find its way to the ground.

    • December 17, 2018 3:32 PM EST
    • I had to explain that to club member when he tried to run his Mikado through the HO yard I built. I built it for Civil War era equipment, so his heavy Mike didn't like the one siding. Ats his problem.

    • December 17, 2018 12:10 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

      That's his problem, Pete, not mine................

       

    • December 17, 2018 10:54 AM EST
    • but will Rooster be able to get his Superliner/Viewliner(whichever they are) cars in and out around those switches and curves?

    • December 17, 2018 10:24 AM EST
    • To Me, "Ken's Delores Yard" is what a narrow gauge yard should look like.  Nice results.

    • December 16, 2018 3:32 AM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      You put your brick moulding on upside down

      The brick molding's fine............it's your head that's upside down...................

    • December 15, 2018 9:56 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      You put your brick moulding on upside down

       

      It’s worse than that... I’ve seen him wearing left-hand shoelaces in his right shoe!

    • December 15, 2018 7:25 PM EST
    • You put your brick moulding on upside down

    • December 15, 2018 5:31 PM EST
    • About the only I'll be doing out there now, Bob, is putting the side sills on. And if the weather cooperates, I'll try and get some dirt in there, too. 

    • December 15, 2018 4:55 PM EST
    • My only caution would be to remember that water plus ash equals lye. I would be careful working that stuff after rains. Alkali burns are tough. Otherwi the new area looks great! Someday I may get from Michael ravaged Florida to PA.

    • December 15, 2018 3:32 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:
      Joe Zullo said:

      Ken,

      Won't ashes just wash away when it rains?

      It really can't go anywhere. The sides and the ladder roadbed hold it all in place. The rain just settles it down. It's raining out now, so I'll take a picture of it later and show what it does. 

      Ken

      Who'da thought? It looks just as good after the rain as before. You da man!

    • December 15, 2018 2:43 PM EST
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    • December 15, 2018 10:51 AM EST
    • Randy Lehrian Jr. said:

      Dang Ken All, that moss really looks good.   You gotta do something with all that ash so you might as well put it to work.    Really hoping to make it down to K-ops this year and see it in person.

      I gotta do something with some of that moss too. It's growing over the rails in some spots. 

      I hope you can make it, Randy. If it weren't for you ordering all those tie strips for me, Hesperus would be trackless.............

    • December 15, 2018 10:45 AM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

      is there any worry with the Ph of the ashes causing any corrosion problems on either the track rails or the actual roadbed?

      I haven't seen any, Pete. The stuff get's washed off the rails when it rains and the roadbed is all PVC. Once it gets some dirt down on top of it, and some granite fines put down,  it'll be covered up.

    • December 15, 2018 9:45 AM EST
    • is there any worry with the Ph of the ashes causing any corrosion problems on either the track rails or the actual roadbed?

    • December 15, 2018 9:00 AM EST
    • Dang Ken All, that moss really looks good.   You gotta do something with all that ash so you might as well put it to work.    Really hoping to make it down to K-ops this year and see it in person.

    • December 15, 2018 8:41 AM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Ken,

      Won't ashes just wash away when it rains?

      It really can't go anywhere. The sides and the ladder roadbed hold it all in place. The rain just settles it down. It's raining out now, so I'll take a picture of it later and show what it does.