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    • March 8, 2020 8:55 PM EDT
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      After you insert your pic, move the cursor below the pic with the Enter key, now you can insert the next one.

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    • March 9, 2020 1:39 PM EDT
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      Thank you Joe & John for picture posting tips.  Telling me about the "Freight Shed" was the key.  Who wudda thunk it!

      Here is my test insert of three photos:

      Yippy!  It Worked!  The resizing feature is a bit glitchy however...

      Thanks guys!

      p.s. more photos and then a video coming to this thread soon!

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    • March 9, 2020 2:04 PM EDT
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      Here are a few more pics:

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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    • March 9, 2020 3:10 PM EDT
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      John Carmichael,

      You are a quick study! Nice going on your picture inserting and a beautiful funicular RR!

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    • March 9, 2020 6:11 PM EDT
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      That is cool. Funiculars are short yet hugely fascinating.

    • March 10, 2020 12:17 AM EDT
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      Way, way cool!  

    • March 10, 2020 10:31 AM EDT
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      Hi Forrest:

       

      You said: "Funiculars are short yet hugely fascinating".

      You are only half right.  They are hugely fascinating, but they are not all short. Some are VERY long! Mine is short due to space limitations, but the track can be almost any length.   You can also have long cars and even trains of coupled cars.  But these require a longer passing switch that is made by inserting two sections of straight track in the middle of the passing switch.

       

      Here are two great videos of long funiculars.  They remind me of a slow moving roller coaster!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=T_VlWIVUqzg&feature=emb_logo

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdiEBZbQzI

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    • March 10, 2020 2:03 PM EDT
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      John Carmichael said:

      You said: "Funiculars are short yet hugely fascinating".

      You are only half right.  They are hugely fascinating, but they are not all short. Some are VERY long!

      They are short compared to the typical RR route between towns, cities, regions, or the transcontinental Chicago to Los Angeles BNSF line I was watching on Virtual Railfan's YouTube live feed from La Plata, Missouri, while occasionally browsing forums when I typed that.

      I used to keep track of this website but it hasn't been updated in quite a while, http://www.funimag.com/

    • March 10, 2020 3:05 PM EDT
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      Ya got me there.  I guess they are short when using that comparison.  But they can be as long or longer than a trolley line, cable car, cog railway, or urban streetcar line.  I guess we can agree that what they lack in length they make up for it in fascination!

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    • March 10, 2020 5:50 PM EDT
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      Speaking of cable cars, this book is well worth at least borrowing to read if not acquiring; 484 pages, Stanford University Press

    • March 10, 2020 8:03 PM EDT
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      Interesting that you mention cable cars in this discussion.  While making the funicular I often thought how similar the mechanics are.  It occurred to me that it seems possible to use the exact same mechanical design in a model cable car system (motor, gears, cable, etc.).  Unlike real cable cars which latch onto a constantly moving cable to move and unlatch to stop, this model cable car system would have two cars attached by a hook to the cable ends- just like a funicular.  You'd need to leave a cable gap along the entire length of track in the road surface for the cable and hook which would be invisible hidden beneath ground level in the groove.  It would look just like real cable cars lines which have a cable gap in the cement between the rails. The automatic controller will work just like my model funicular powering two cable cars.  One goes up as the other goes down.  It would LOOK just like a real cable car and would also be moved by a cable, but it would be designed like a funicular.  And it could go up hills like San Fransisco!

       

      p.s. Afterthought: You'd probably want to use a 4 rail (2 track) funicular design for the cablecar which would allow you to put one car on each side of the street- like in San Francisco.  With a 4 railer you don't need a passing switch...

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    • April 3, 2020 11:09 AM EDT
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      This is our last and best funicular garden railway video that contains many short clips edited together- some with onboard video.  Makes you feel like a passenger!

      We worked real hard on getting the perfect angles, lighting and editing.

      Filming it was a great quarantine project.

      Hope you like it!

       

      Funicular Garden Railway Ride: https://youtu.be/2xV-1awAJOs

      This post was edited by John Carmichael at April 21, 2020 8:41 AM EDT
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    • April 6, 2020 7:44 AM EDT
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      Great video John ..

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at April 6, 2020 7:45 AM EDT
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    • April 6, 2020 9:48 AM EDT
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      The funicular with its mechanics, sounds and lights is brilliant the video is superb.  I think you should set up a speaker with a MP3 player on continuous loop with Pavarotti belting out the Funiculi Finicula.

       

      Amazing modelling. I just have one question, where does the funicular shuttle people to?  Is there an observation platform on top of the mountain complete with coffee and gift shop? 

       

       

       

       

    • April 6, 2020 12:35 PM EDT
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      Very interesting and great detail ,John. Right up my alley with the great work of the of outdoor animation. Love it.

      Noel 

      This post was edited by Noel Wilson at April 7, 2020 9:19 AM EDT
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    • April 7, 2020 9:37 AM EDT
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      Hello Todd:

      At the moment. the funicular only goes to the upper station.  But it must have a reason for being as you suggested, so eventually, the upper station will be connected via a suspension foot bridge to the treehouse complex in the mesquite tree behind the funicular mountain.

      Here is a photo of the treehouse:

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/jlcarmichael/41175672612/in/datetaken/ 

       

       

      This post was edited by John Carmichael at April 20, 2020 10:10 PM EDT
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    • April 20, 2020 3:03 PM EDT
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      Here is a helpful diagram that shows three basic types of funiculars that differ only in track design: two rails, three rails, and four rails. The earliest ones were four rail (two track) funiculars, but they are the costliest to build because rails are expensive, they take up a lot of space, and they need double stations. More advanced three rail funiculars are less expensive but a little harder to build because they require a passing switch. The least expensive is the modern two rail funicular. They use less iron rails, don’t need double stations, and occupy less real estate, but have the harder to build ABT Passing Switch. This unique type of funicular was invented in 1890 by Swiss engineer Carl Roman Abt (1850–1933) for the Giessbach Hotel funicular which is still in operation. It was made possible by his innovative and revolutionary ABT passing switch - the only railroad switch without any moving parts! Abt called it the “automatic turnout” solution. It became an instant success and most funiculars constructed afterwards use the ABT design to this day.

       

       

       

      This post was edited by John Carmichael at April 22, 2020 7:21 PM EDT
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    • April 20, 2020 10:12 PM EDT
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      That's a really nice treehouse John!

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