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  • #76
    Frederic

    Glad to see you back at work on the layout.

    I have also been relocating land and track to include Walt's Wharf but nothing compared to what you have undertaken in Operation Phoenix.
    <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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    • #77
      Thanks Doug and John.

      Bruce, John : I HAD to do it to convince my wife that after all there would be something even better after. She has never been fond of disposing of anything so you can imagine her state of mind when I told her that I was going to dismantle almost everything...

      Bruce, I have located my turntables near the sides of the layout to be able to turn them by hand. To my opinion, it is the simplest and most reliable solution. Maybe I'll keep the mechanism for a turntable on another project (I have ideas of an On30 small pike some day...).

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      • #78
        Frederic,

        I had to shudder at the dismantling of such a beautiful layout, but I agree that the new one will be much better and look much better because you have a lot more experience now. I look forward to it, as well as the new on30 pike you may plan someday!

        Arthur
        Arthur

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        • #79
          An update about the Operation Phoenix. Two days of work have allowed me to remove almost all that has to be removed. (The large mill complex on the left of the current highline will stay here - and it's the only part that won't be removed).

          First, a picture of a magic flying mountain.



          The cliffs below the highline have been removed, as well as all the track on the lower level.



          The supports for the right part of the highline have been carefully removed and this big module has been put on the benchwork.



          The tipple and the water tank were built on smaller units and could be saved with only minor and easy to fix damages.





          The other structures were unglued and will be stored until the new layout is ready for them.



          Work almost done...


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          • #80
            Awesome layout and congratulations on having the courage to recycle the project.

            Your wife will be extremely happy with the results.

            I have recycled a few layouts.

            here is one of them


            cheers mate and best wishes with the new journey. Look forward to having a french wine with you one day.

            http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_chamatiago_hon3.html
            " Stay Motivated in Life "

            http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_mario_rapinett.html

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            • #81
              That's a pretty gutsy move. The original layout was very nice indeed, I'm sure the new one will be even better.

              I laughed a little when I saw the "Operation Phoenix" title, it reminded me of the "Phoenix Program" . . . I hope you are able to "eliminate the undesirable elements."

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              • #82
                Frederic

                when you get a chance... could you post a few pics of your Laverite Mine as one piece

                thanks
                " Stay Motivated in Life "

                http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_mario_rapinett.html

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                • #83
                  This is great Frederic. Your layout is very inspiring and this move is encouraging to see. I look forward to seeing more pix
                  Chris Lyon

                  http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

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                  • #84
                    Frederic, your saved fragments already look like beautiful dioramas... can't wait to see them in the new context!
                    Troels Kirk

                    Näsum, Sweden

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                    • #85
                      Frederic,

                      You have some wonderful plans to improve on a great layout. And work is well underway. Have you forecast a date for the beginning of operations with the new plan?

                      My eyes were drawn to the photo of of salvaged structures waiting to go into temporary storage. What a fabulous collection of excellent models! You are indeed very talented and the new layout should be a gem. Thank you for sharing your progress photos.

                      --Stu--
                      --Stu--

                      It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!

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                      • #86
                        Frederic,

                        I was so impressed with the first layout, I can not wait to see how you improve on it!

                        Glad to see you were able to save so many excellent buildings.

                        Larry

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                        • #87
                          Many thanks to all of you for the nice comments.

                          Mario, your recycling of the Chamatiago was masterfully done. It's not easy on "one-piece" layouts. Hat's off for this.

                          I'm also looking forward to share a good bottle of wine with you. If you come to Europe before we go to Australia, don't forget to let us know so that we can arrange a meeting.

                          I'll make a series of pictures of the Leaverite mine tomorrow or monday.

                          The removal of the old layout is now completely done. I'll post some pictures of it too. I hope to be able to start building the new layout as soon as possible.

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                          • #88
                            Frederic

                            I can only imagine the amount of courage and conviction needed to begin the dismantling of such a beautiful layout. It must have been a remarkably tough decision to make . Looking forward to the first photos of the new layout for all of us to enjoy.

                            Peter

                            BCT

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                            • #89
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by Peterpools


                              Frederic

                              I can only imagine the amount of courage and conviction needed to begin the dismantling of such a beautiful layout. It must have been a remarkably tough decision to make . Looking forward to the first photos of the new layout for all of us to enjoy.

                              Peter

                              BCT


                              +1

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                              • #90
                                Fred,

                                Tearing layouts apart is never fun, but putting them back together goes much faster than anticipated. After all, you have more experience now, know what you want this time and don't have to build all those structures and rolling stock kits this time.

                                I was looking your track plan over Fred. I really like it. Have you considered running a track into a tunnel to connect with the rest of the world...............or a room for staging?
                                http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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