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  • #46
    Russ

    Looking forward to some progress photos of Sundays Trackgang work.

    Peter

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    • #47
      Well, the track gang knocked off for the day...something about getting dark out or some such thing. [:-bigmouth] Anyway, I spent most of the day working on my crossover and mainline. One things I stopped doing was using the Pliobond adhesive to glue down the ties to the foam. The solvent in the cement was eating craters into the foam under the ties. No matter how I tried to control the amount that I put on the tie, it still happened enough to make me switch to Elmer's yellow glue. There's no instability or problems from using the Pliobond, just a few ties that sink into the ground a bit. I also found a spot that made my reefer look like one of the wheels was climbing the rail as it passed over. I checked it with my roller gauges and sure enough...out of gauge. Usually I solder a pc board tie on the end of a length of track, but couldn't in this case because of the way the crossover track rails come so close togther...the rail on one track would contact the pc board tie on the other and create an electrical short. Anyway, I re-gauged the section, pulled out the spikes, put Pliobond on the spikes, and re-spiked the two inch section causing the problem. I left the gauges in place while the cement dried...problem solved. Here's a few progress shots of the day's work. The last shows a weathering powder test prior to washing the powders down with a damp brush to tone the colors down. I still have more touch ups to do and then move on to the next area.






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      • #48
        Russ

        Ties and track look great. How about using DAP Alex Clear latex to hold the ties down?

        Peter

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        • #49
          Thanks, Peter...

          The Elmer's carpenter's glue works okay so far, but the DAP sounds like it'll make a very strong bond. How long does it take to dry? I just went back downstairs to even out the weathering powder color and I came up with the effect that I want...a grey/black/brown that just fell right into place! :up: I don't want to get carried away with other operations, but did the tie weathering 'cause I just couldn't help myself. [V] More to come!

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          • #50
            Russ

            It gets tacky pretty quickly but I normally let it dry over night to be on the safe side. I found that track glued in place with white or yellow glue and be 'popped up' up pretty easily.

            Peter

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            • #51
              I spent the weekend getting track down. The turnout in the upper right corner is for the turntable lead that will be located on an 'L' section. I used the Fast Tracks rail bender for the curves and the outcome was smooth, graceful curved track. Great little tool! :up:



              Good to see my rolling stock being able to roll on rails!




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              • #52
                Russ,

                Just did some catching up on the tread, you are making great progress, I really like the trackwork. Looking forward to the next update.
                Ron Newby

                General Manager

                Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                http://cvry.ca

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                • #53
                  Thanks, Ron...

                  Track work under construction doesn't look too appealing, but the ballast dresses it all up. The main thing is that I have electrical conductivity in every section and that the track is smooth and flat. So far so good. Next comes the section along the left side of the layout. That'll be next weekend.

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                  • #54
                    Good progress again this past weekend, Russ.
                    Bruce

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                    • #55
                      Looking great Russ! Your road gang really has the touch with laying that track. Now that the snow has arrived they must be grumbling about working outside. Better have plenty of hot coffee for them! At this rate we're going to need to get the "L" section of the layout hooked up soon! Keep the photos coming.

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                      • #56
                        Very nice trackwork Russ. I'm enjoying this thread!![^]
                        Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!



                        Andy Keeney

                        Dewitt, MI

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                        • #57
                          :up:

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                          • #58
                            Russ, I’m just getting caught up on you progress. Thanks for giving us a detailed description of your work. It’s nice to see someone take the extra time to make sure everything is right.

                            George
                            Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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                            • #59
                              Hey, Russ: FINALLY, after so many thoroughly fascinating phone conversations, I get to see FIRST HAND the TRULY EXCEPTIONAL work you've obviously becoming famous for, and deservedly so! Man, the high level of crafstmanship in EVERY aspect of your work truly MORE than speaks for itself!!

                              As I've always been (and always will be) a "snap-track RTR" fellow, you may be sure that, seeing your fine work is truly a most IMPRESSIVE experience indeed! I sure hope that we get to see at least some of your outstanding work in RMC or MR sometime! Again, my friend, be VERY proud of your excellent modeling skills! John
                              "I LIVE FOR VINTAGE VARNISH"

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                              • #60
                                Hey, John...

                                Thanks for the atta-boy, John, but I'm simply a student here. I learn from the real masters of the art and craft of model railroading here on RR-Line.

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