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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 08/27/2016 :  09:20:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave,

You make some good points. I think the secret is to do all the wiring before putting up the fascia, or having a fascia that could be removed. For that previous layout of mine I had mounted all the toggles for block controls and turnout motors in the fascia so that was not an option I considered at the time. No toggles now with DCC and ground throws.

My scenery is minimal. Most layout space is taken up with track and structures.

Nevertheless I'm going to keep what you wrote in mind for the next layout (shudder) or later stages of the current one.

Thanks for looking in. I appreciate your comments.

Mike


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engineerkyle
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Posted - 08/27/2016 :  09:58:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit engineerkyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by engineerkyle

Hi Mike,

First, I see this thread is over a year old. Second, I wonder why it took until today for me to find it. Third,GREAT craftsmanship on all projects! I will subscribe now, for ideas and inspiration. Thanks.

Kyle


Kyle,

Thank you for your interest and kind words. I hope I can get enough done in a reasonable time to hold your interest. As you might have noticed I move around from project to project and each one seems to move at glacial speed!

Mike



I'm subscribing now, so I won't miss anything. BTW, I too use Red Caboose ground throws and DCC. I use them up front where I can easily reach them. Then I use DCC and a stationary decoder to control the other 8 turnouts.



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 08/27/2016 :  10:47:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a stash of Tortoise switch machines from my previous effort. Perhaps I will use them again some day. I think they've increased in value about 100% since I bought them so they were a good investment.

Mike


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  5:09:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This has been a nice Labor Day weekend, with much progress on many fronts. Fixing holes in ceilings left after an air conditioning upgrade; clearing the site of an overgrown shrub in our front yard in readiness for planting grass; continuing to refinish the living room floor; shredding old bills and records; and of course, progress on the new benchwork.

Again, a series of photos from left--where the new benchwork meets the existing layout--to the right. You've already seen this part:



I redid the part in front of the window to better fit the ultimate plan. Besides, I built the first version in too much of a hurry and was not square. Although more work to make, the new version requires less bracing. This area will be rather dense with turnouts, so the less benchwork the better.



Another view of this area:



Here is a view down the long wall. This area will have a depot, freighthouse, coal shed, lumberyard, packing house, and interchange with the New York Central:



The long shelf from the other direction:



I've been planning a major re-do of my layout for a year or longer, but the installation of the ac unit in the far wall required disconnecting the long shelf and moving it down the long wall about a foot to make room. The auspices were favorable for a change.

Mike




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railman28
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  5:33:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking Good there Mike. Do you got a track plan?

It's only make-believe

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  6:15:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bob,

Here is a portion of a very old Sanborn map. The area I am modeling includes the area in the red box, where the Southern Central (Lehigh Valley) crosses the New York Central and Hudson River RR.



To the east are the SC depot, freighthouse etc. and interchange track between the two railroads. I'm leaving my options open as to how many of the tracks I model.

Mike


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deemery
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  7:08:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a fairly large and interesting carriage(?) works in the bottom left corner of the Sanborn map.

dave


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  7:47:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave, I hope to model part of the E.D. Clapp Co. facility. It was indeed large and the firm was very successful into the twentieth century. Here's a lithograph of the first building:



I've been told they eventually made parts for automobiles.

Mike


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deemery
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Posted - 09/05/2016 :  7:53:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like it'll be a signature structure when you get it done.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/14/2016 :  10:36:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some progress on the benchwork. I have bolted all the sections together,drilled holes and strung bus wire.



Here's a closeup of the way I do the legs.



Each leg is a 1 by 3 attached down the middle of a 1 by 4. The 1 by 3 extends several inches beyond the 1 by 4 and this extension fits into the slot created by the recessed ends. Adjacent sections are joined by a couple of carriage bolts, which really squeezes everything together. The adjacent sections sort of sit on the shoulders of the 1 by 4's, as shown here:



The tongue of each leg is screwed to one of the adjacent sections. I can assemble several sections and then go back and drill holes and install the bolts. The results are amazingly stable even though I don't have a any diagonals. I treat them with the same respect that I do modules at a show. Even so, I can lean against them and there's not much deflection.

This design gives me a lot of space underneath for bookcases etc.

Mike






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Bernd
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Posted - 09/15/2016 :  06:55:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice looking bench work Michael.

Those bolt ends sticking out give me the shivers just thinking about getting an arm scrapped on the end. I'd either make them shorter or put a plastic cap over the ends.

Bernd


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/15/2016 :  08:36:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bernd,

You are right, of course. I'd better do something about that.

On all the others I had bolts the size I needed. I'm pretty much at the bottom of the barrel on my supply.

Mike


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engineerkyle
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Posted - 09/15/2016 :  09:53:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit engineerkyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That looks like 14 gauge... pretty heavy wire. Is that your power bus?


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dave1905
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Posted - 09/15/2016 :  10:23:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Bernd

Those bolt ends sticking out give me the shivers just thinking about getting an arm scrapped on the end. I'd either make them shorter or put a plastic cap over the ends.




We all must have similar scars, that was the first thing that went through my mind too.


Dave H.

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railman28
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Posted - 09/15/2016 :  10:40:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bench work is looking strong and rugged. and yes, eliminate any protruding bolts, raisers and other causes of mayhem you can.

It's only make-believe

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