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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Michael Hohn Posted - 08/16/2019 : 9:24:38 PM
Thank you, David, Pete and Bob.

David, every so often Iím in the right mood, looking at the right place in a photo Iíve studied dozens of times, at the right time to build a little something new.

Pete, Iíve long been trying to decide on something to take care of those edge of layout track terminations. Iím glad you find the idea useful.

Bob, itís a little delicate, but I was pleased that it actually functions. Iím not sure Iíll require visiting operators to use it.
railman28 Posted - 08/16/2019 : 12:42:22 PM
Even neater now that it's working.
Orionvp17 Posted - 08/16/2019 : 12:03:12 PM
Mike, this is an elegant little device, and with only a small dose of revisionist history, I can use this as a bumper for "interchange" trackage that is headed directly for the fascia and the long trip down to the deck.

Very cool, and I thank you!

in Michigan
Guff Posted - 08/16/2019 : 11:39:03 AM
Very interesting idea and great modeling job!
Michael Hohn Posted - 08/16/2019 : 08:59:12 AM

I see now. Iíll change my ďthank youĒ to a ďthank you muchlyĒ

Michael Hohn Posted - 08/16/2019 : 08:56:39 AM

Thank you. I donít see any reason why a remote couldnít be used. However, I would re-engineer it to be more robust. Maybe use styrene or even brass for the cross arm.

Bill Gill Posted - 08/16/2019 : 08:01:53 AM
Mike, I saw that prototype photo, but it was your idea to model a working version and to use a variation as a "bumper".
Bernd Posted - 08/16/2019 : 07:53:47 AM

Have been following along with our progress and enjoying the updates.

That car stop looks like a great addition. As I was looking at that I was wondering if it couldn't be manually controlled from the front of the layout (fascia front) when it's in a location where you can't reach it by hand, such as between two other tracks or a tight spot in the scenery? Similar to controlling a turnout in an inaccessible location.

Michael Hohn Posted - 08/15/2019 : 9:39:23 PM
Thank you, Bill!

Not really my idea. Perhaps you missed this photo I posted yesterday:

Bill Gill Posted - 08/15/2019 : 8:44:22 PM
Neat idea and execution, Mike!
Michael Hohn Posted - 08/15/2019 : 6:12:37 PM
Thank you, Andre. I enjoy little details that both solve a problem and add to the early rail scene. However, I don't want anything too weird.

I built a car stop; only one for now until I'm happy with the design.

The purpose of the stop is to prevent cars on the team track to move onto an adjacent city street.

OK Hogger Posted - 08/15/2019 : 10:15:28 AM
What an interesting tidbit you've turned up there, Mike.

I find myself cogitating some type of easily used/portable "brake" for holding cuts in place on the grades of my Ozark layout. I currently "set handbrakes" (i.e. use GHA to derail the lead truck on "X" amount of cars to hold them in place on the grade while an industry is being switched.)

I was originally going to use a between the tracks raised/lowered "pin" to accomplish that, but would prefer to come up with some type of wedge or clip that can be placed strategically on the layout hither n' yon for easy access.

Your find has restarted that cogitation process.

Michael Hohn Posted - 08/14/2019 : 8:27:14 PM
Thanks Bob, Dave and Greg!

Bob, I agree. Iíve never thought much of the pile of dirt solution.

Dave, indeed, that is true. For an isolated spur the derail makes sense, but with a close adjacent track a bumper might be better.

Greg, youíve got me to thinking about the best way to make one functional.

Ensign Posted - 08/14/2019 : 2:30:13 PM
Mike, that simple little device should stop them dead in their tracks!
You should also make up some like shown in the old photo, and use them around your layout where needed.
Just another historical detail for your layout.

Greg Shinnie
deemery Posted - 08/14/2019 : 12:28:25 PM
That prototype photo looks like the very early equivalent of a derail, something that can be moved off the track when necessary to spot a car. And it would make a great operating device to spot a car on a sloping spur.


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