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jbvb
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Posted - 02/14/2018 :  10:32:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Pete, Michael, Rob and Mark. I'm continuing to work on track. Last night I got two turnouts filled in and the 3rd ready for its guardrails.



For better looks, I started gapping the area with a razor saw. It's harder to see the gaps themselves, but as usual, there are marks in the ballast and a couple on the ties in the diamond. Win a few, lose a few...

Today was warm (50F is warm for February in NH) so I got the points ready and silver brazed the point rods:



The only above-the-roadbed work that remains is 4-5 feeders. Switchstands and wheel stops will come with the scenery. But I have three mechanisms to build. Because the pushrods come out below 'water level', they're going to be a little different than any I've built before.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 02/14/2018 :  11:08:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is some beautiful track work!

Jerry

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/15/2018 :  12:41:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, James.

Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 02/17/2018 :  08:39:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Jerry and Pete. Yesterday I finished the track and power wiring. And of course, ran a test train to deliver the high priority load of meat so residents of Newburyport and vicinity could have their Saturday roast:



There probably will be a little tune-up as I play with this area, but construction of Downtown Newburyport will now shift to roads, foundations and landforms.



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/17/2018 :  08:51:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like!

Pete
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MarkF
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Posted - 02/17/2018 :  7:41:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done James!

Mark

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 02/17/2018 :  10:19:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Smells like 'lobstah', but looks like Filet Mignon! The Civil AP in one shot!

Jim



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/17/2018 :  11:42:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
James,

Looks terrific to me. I am thinking along similar lines as Jim regarding the AP.

Mike


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jbvb
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Posted - 02/18/2018 :  10:06:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, all. Jim, Mike, I got Civil back in 2015, including my earlier 'bits of rail' diamond as a feature. Perhaps this is in the same vein as me signaling the layout after I got the Electrical AP award...



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/18/2018 :  11:09:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
James, I probably should have known you have the Civil Certificate. Youíre obviously very comfortable laying out fairly complex track work and getting it done in short order.

Mike


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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 02/19/2018 :  10:48:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
James, well done.

I just started building Fast-Tracks O-Scale switches from the template for our O-Switching Modules, but someday I'd like to explore with some radical design.



Edited by - Frank Palmer on 02/19/2018 10:50:18 AM

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jbvb
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Posted - 02/21/2018 :  8:32:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Michael, I must confess that there were months of thinking about this track, and a computer drawing, and a full-scale cardboard template before I committed to the arrangement I built.

Frank, once you've built several turnouts with the jigs, I expect you'll get a feel for how the layout and tolerances work. I don't think it will be too difficult to step out on your own at that point.

Today was going to be an 'electrical projects' day, but the first one took much longer than I'd expected. However, it's in service:



Adding this RJ-45 'keystone jack' box lets operators with wired throttles reach any part of the north half of my layout. To preserve a 'clip up' plug orientation, I screwed what was designed as the cover of the box to the underside of the layout frame.

It took all day because 1) some parts I'd bought got 'put away', so I improvised with what I could find AND 2) I made a couple of punch-down errors AND 3) high-end Category 5 cable is stranded and you can't play 'double-punching' games with it. I couldn't get continuity on all pairs so I had to solder a splice.



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 02/21/2018 :  9:36:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb


Today was going to be an 'electrical projects' day, but the first one took much longer than I'd expected. However, it's in service:

It took all day because 1) some parts I'd bought got 'put away', so I improvised with what I could find AND 2) I made a couple of punch-down errors AND 3) high-end Category 5 cable is stranded and you can't play 'double-punching' games with it. I couldn't get continuity on all pairs so I had to solder a splice.



James,

After A couple more years and those 'put away items' get lost forever. I can spend a day looking for that 'special place' I stashed something! Keep up the good work!

Jim



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jbvb
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Posted - 02/23/2018 :  5:01:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm one of those who remembers my inventory mostly by position. If it's not filed in a common location and out of sight for too long, I might as well have never have brought it home.

This afternoon, I learned a lesson: track is easy to lay on a prepared roadbed, not so much otherwise. I wonder if this is why I occasionally see an exquisitely crafted, detailed and lit diorama whose track is plastic-tie code 100 painted brown.

Section gangs and track cars vanished from most US railroads pretty quickly as Hy-Rail equipment became practical in the 1950s. I expect the track gang was how many railfans older than me got introduced to the subject. Employees living locally, most walking to work at the same section house every day and then putting away to noisy manual labor jobs up and down the line - summer entertainment before TV. But by 1965 they were gone from Newburyport, so my introduction to railroaders was via train crews.

I recall magazines articles of the 1960s and '70s featuring construction and equipping section houses, but it's been years. They weren't favorite photo subjects and their denizens were rarely social equals of the operating employees. But as I'm a spike pounder at Seashore, the Eastern Route must be properly equipped.



My Newburyport Section House had a track-car setoff for each door. I knew this was going to fall afoul of the Hytron turnout, but a building of those dimensions would only fit in one place in Newburyport. So I decided the existing section house had been moved to accommodate the turnout. And the rails and platform for the eastbound track were removed in favor of the crossover 100 yards west.

I do creosoted wood with stain, so it had to be wood, which has to be held down so it won't curl when I finish the scenery. I think I bent 25 spikes putting 32 into the plywood and wood putty 'subgrade'. Slow, and not a picture-perfect rendering of the B&M standard plan, but it's 24" from the audience.



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/23/2018 :  5:09:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And it looks good to me!

Pete
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