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railman28 Posted - 06/12/2012 : 02:00:55 AM
Most of this spring I've spent my hobby time on procurement and planning. My layout is about 23 years old and needs some love. It needs its scenery refreshed, a good cleaning, buildings repaired and track maintenance. All of which has been delayed by the knowledge that I wanted to change a few things to ease maintenance, improve running, improve presentation and be more correct for my time period. The biggest change to make the layout correct for my time period will be to replace all turnouts to stub points. But here is what my current track plan kinda looks like;


The layout layout currently doesn't have any Three way switches on it. This drawing was a planning sketch that most accurately shows my original layout.
This is what I hope it will become;

As you can see the most obvious change is the orientation of the turntable roundhouse. But also the passing track at Beaver Hill has been moved so that the south turnout is reachable for maintenance. The same reasoning lead to the log dump entry being moved.
This next view won't impress any of the fine craftsman here but it show me testing these drawing on the layout to see if they would actually work. It appears that they will;



The next step is to see exactly how much room my new turntable will take. So I will now take time to build it and escape the mud bog that planning can become. I'm using Freshwater Models' Sellers Turntable kit. Here's a progress shot;


As this kit is no longer made and Dave and Craig have already ran detailed building treads on this kit (which I have found very helpful) I'll just share progress shots here and then.
Any and all comments are welcomed.
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railman28 Posted - 07/15/2019 : 6:53:51 PM
for further coverage please see part two here;

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51882
Michael Hohn Posted - 07/09/2019 : 8:43:49 PM
Bob,

I like the detail on the one set but they look a little heavy. I miss the detail on the photo etched set.

Mike
railman28 Posted - 07/09/2019 : 4:46:07 PM
Here's a little Progress Report.

I continue to test the 1/8" version. It is running well with no sign of screws backing out of the crossheads. Taking a break from the testing I worked on the 3mm version. This version will use Rods Photo-Etched in Nickel Silver for me by Håkan. They are closer to scale. Which do think look better?




Draped across the pilots are the raw castings for the screws that will replace the Frankenstein bolts now on the model. Believe me, this is not the way you want to get screws.

Bob
railman28 Posted - 07/07/2019 : 2:22:01 PM
Mike and Håkan, Thank you. I appreciate the support.

Bob
masonamerican Posted - 07/07/2019 : 08:54:39 AM
Runs great Bob! Its getting closer and closer to finish!

Håkan
Michael Hohn Posted - 07/06/2019 : 06:56:38 AM
It appears to run well.
railman28 Posted - 07/05/2019 : 11:50:58 PM
Thank you Andre, It's getting smoother as I run it. Igot a couple of these http://cwrailman.com/blog/12-volt-15-x-20-x-32mm-motor-review

on Ebay that were recomended be CWRailman (Denny)

Bob
OK Hogger Posted - 07/05/2019 : 10:56:12 PM
Bob:

Looked pretty smooth in the video!

What motor will you be using?

Andre
railman28 Posted - 07/05/2019 : 8:51:37 PM
First, here's a better view of the valve gears;


I then took everybody's sugestion and got some tread lock blue (package says it's for 1/8" to 1/2" bolts and mine are 1mm but it's worth a try). i stop using the NWSL 1mm screws and replaced them with cheap one I got a few days ago. I figure cheap screws would mean sloppy treads. I filled the back od the main rod so the head didn.t stick up past the side of the rod. Then more adjust, tinker, ream and this is the result;

https://youtu.be/IsgWsu3QBO8


and finally this is the total mechanism.


but it still need a little work.

that's all folks

Bob
OK Hogger Posted - 07/05/2019 : 12:54:52 PM
Oh yeah, I was being facetious! (A funny.) No way I would have the patience to do what you're doing!

Hats off to you, my man!

Andre
railman28 Posted - 07/05/2019 : 12:46:46 PM
quote:
Originally posted by David Clark

Bob,
Have you thought about using Thread-lock? You can get semi-permanent stuff (blue, I think) and it is like a plastic liquid that gums up the threads. I remember getting a tube of it in with my RC cars back in the day. Any automotive shop will have it.
Cheers,
Dave



Thanks i'll look into it

Bob
railman28 Posted - 07/05/2019 : 12:44:23 PM
quote:
Originally posted by OK Hogger

Nice! Love all the nut/bolt details that emphasize the "railroad locomotive" look.

Seeing as how quickly this engine can be thrown together, how many of these engines are you going to build for your theme?



Andre



"thrown together" I hope you're being facetious there. I'm building two. Maybe a third if I feel the need to better illustrate construction. Thanks for noting all the detail I've added.

Bob
David Clark Posted - 07/05/2019 : 12:39:22 PM
Bob,
Have you thought about using Thread-lock? You can get semi-permanent stuff (blue, I think) and it is like a plastic liquid that gums up the threads. I remember getting a tube of it in with my RC cars back in the day. Any automotive shop will have it.
Cheers,
Dave
OK Hogger Posted - 07/05/2019 : 08:14:26 AM
Nice! Love all the nut/bolt details that emphasize the "railroad locomotive" look.

Seeing as how quickly this engine can be thrown together, how many of these engines are you going to build for your theme?



Andre
railman28 Posted - 07/05/2019 : 12:55:14 AM
Adjust here, test here Fasten done the cross head yoke. test again. install gearbox, test under power. It passed. remove gearbox. install valve gear;


The valve gear is one of the few commercial casting I used. They are a Precision Scale product.

Back to comforting the pets.

Bob

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