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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  10:41:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike we're going to add Lake Erie water. This is a small port near Cleveland, OH.

Frank

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Tampa Jim
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  10:54:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tampa Jim's Homepage  Send Tampa Jim an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes, indeed. Inspired by the Cleveland Flats Railway. We are thinking a car float as well.

Jim

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Tim Godfrey
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  11:48:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tim Godfrey's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That car ferry sure needs a docking facility!!


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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  7:08:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I felt a car float was in order for the layout instead of a trestle type wharf. So I began one yesterday. Iím using a piece of 2Ē foam as the basis of my construction. It will be a small one for sure but in model railroading compression rules. It just has to be credible looking. It will hold 3 - 50í railcars.







Today I refined the foam block by running it through the table saw to true up the edges. Now Iím going to ďwrapĒ it with 1/8Ē Sintra plastic. So far I have the bow, stern and the port side done. Iím using non-foaming Gorilla glue which takes 2 hours to set up so progress is very slow by my standards.

I still havenít figured out how to mount the rail to the barge. So Iím still pondering that phase.



I write the time on the tape so I'm not tempted to peel off the tape too soon. I'm not to be trusted.




Frank

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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  7:11:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Frank nice start. Looking forward to more progress.

Just stay away from the beach!


Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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David Clark
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Posted - 06/04/2018 :  9:58:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so copying this!
Cheers,
Dave



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Carl B
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Posted - 06/05/2018 :  06:23:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
we're going to add Lake Erie water

I grew up next to Lake Erie- I'll be watching closely for errors!

1/8Ē Sintra plastic.

Who is your source for the Sintra?



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/05/2018 :  08:56:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jerry, you just keep watching. No way Iím going to the beach Ė itís too hot there.

David, donít look too close youíll find my errors.

Carl, give us some slack on the water. Iíve never seen Lake Erie water. Dave buys the black Sintra and I buy it in white, I don't know if they have other colors.

Hereís the Sintra supplier:
Laird Plastics
8320 Adamo Dr.
Tampa, FL 33619
813-319-1000
www.lairdplastics.com


Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 06/05/2018 08:58:39 AM

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 06/05/2018 :  4:58:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool Frank', I would love to see more video navigating those
switches'..Sure looks like you are having fun, now that all the really hard work is finished'...Really looking very good Frank and Company'..




ted :<)

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JeffB
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Posted - 06/06/2018 :  1:34:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This looks great guys!
Somehow I missed seeing this and just got caught up.
A belated welcome to the forum, Jim!

Jeff Betcher



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George D
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Posted - 06/06/2018 :  2:44:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank. the car float is a nice idea for operations. We have one on our club layout and it can receive or deliver any kind of car. You don't need to define the industry.

I'm interested in learning more about Sintra plastic. Why did you use it rather than the more conventional styrene?

George



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/07/2018 :  10:43:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ted, Iíll make sure Jim does his video thing on Saturday. I hope we donít stall on the switch and keep going with the construction.

Jeff, thanks.

George, I'm looking to have similar fun with this one.

I started using Sintra over 20 years ago. I went to a Florida Garden Railroad convention in Orlando and one of the Disney Imagineers was giving a clinic on outdoor building construction. He was touting the good features of Sintra. You can use PVC cement or CA and it cuts easily with a knife. It doesnít melt like styrene when you cut it with a power saw. It comes in 4í x 8í sheets; I buy the 1/8Ē thick verity.

This is what the web site states: lightweight yet rigid board of moderately expanded closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) extruded with a low gloss matte finish, rigid and durable.


Frank

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/07/2018 :  11:34:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Iíve finished the rough out of the car float. Iím experimenting with track plans. I made a RT switch track plan and later today Iíll make a ďYĒ switch. I donít remember what method will work best on the layout.

The float will hold 2 - 50í cars and 2 - 40í cars. Thatís pretty good for the size of the float.

I saw a switching program for unloading floats yesterday. In this case you hook up to one of the 50s back out and come back for the 2 Ė 40s then come back for the other 50. That way the float doesnít capsize.







Frank

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railman28
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Posted - 06/07/2018 :  12:17:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Frank, I don't know how I missed this thread until now but I just spent a lazy morning enjoying it. I really enjoyed the Ford method of turnout building. I would be nice if someone could make a commercial version of that tie cutting jig in HO. I found the car float building method interesting too. I wonder if it would work for a lumber schooner?


It's only make-believe

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/07/2018 :  2:36:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Bob, good to see you. If anyone could make the foam work it would be you.

Hopefully we can use a LT or RT switch since the ďYĒ causes both tracks to merge instead of just one. If we use the ďYĒ weíll have to go with 40í cars only, bummer.







Frank

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