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  • What an interesting tidbit you've turned up there, Mike.

    I find myself cogitating some type of easily used/portable "brake" for holding cuts in place on the grades of my Ozark layout. I currently "set handbrakes" (i.e. use GHA to derail the lead truck on "X" amount of cars to hold them in place on the grade while an industry is being switched.)

    I was originally going to use a between the tracks raised/lowered "pin" to accomplish that, but would prefer to come up with some type of wedge or clip that can be placed strategically on the layout hither n' yon for easy access.

    Your find has restarted that cogitation process.

    Andre

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    • Thank you, Andre. I enjoy little details that both solve a problem and add to the early rail scene. However, I don't want anything too weird.

      I built a car stop; only one for now until I'm happy with the design.









      The purpose of the stop is to prevent cars on the team track to move onto an adjacent city street.

      Mike
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      • Neat idea and execution, Mike!

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        • Thank you, Bill!

          Not really my idea. Perhaps you missed this photo I posted yesterday:



          Mike
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          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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          • Mike,

            Have been following along with our progress and enjoying the updates.

            That car stop looks like a great addition. As I was looking at that I was wondering if it couldn't be manually controlled from the front of the layout (fascia front) when it's in a location where you can't reach it by hand, such as between two other tracks or a tight spot in the scenery? Similar to controlling a turnout in an inaccessible location.

            Bernd
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            • Mike, I saw that prototype photo, but it was your idea to model a working version and to use a variation as a "bumper".

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              • Bernd,

                Thank you. I don’t see any reason why a remote couldn’t be used. However, I would re-engineer it to be more robust. Maybe use styrene or even brass for the cross arm.

                Mike
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                • Bill,

                  I see now. I’ll change my “thank you” to a “thank you muchly”

                  Mike
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                  • Mike,

                    Very interesting idea and great modeling job!
                    Dave

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                    • Mike, this is an elegant little device, and with only a small dose of revisionist history, I can use this as a bumper for "interchange" trackage that is headed directly for the fascia and the long trip down to the deck.

                      Very cool, and I thank you!

                      Pete

                      in Michigan

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                      • Even neater now that it's working.
                        It's only make-believe

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                        • Thank you, David, Pete and Bob.

                          David, every so often I’m in the right mood, looking at the right place in a photo I’ve studied dozens of times, at the right time to build a little something new.

                          Pete, I’ve long been trying to decide on something to take care of those edge of layout track terminations. I’m glad you find the idea useful.

                          Bob, it’s a little delicate, but I was pleased that it actually functions. I’m not sure I’ll require visiting operators to use it.
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                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                          • Mike, glad to see that you were able to recreate that car stop, and make it look very authentic.

                            Greg Shinnie

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                              Originally posted by Ensign


                              Mike, glad to see that you were able to recreate that car stop, and make it look very authentic.

                              Greg Shinnie


                              Greg,
                              Thank you. It became sort of a personal challenge, small but challenging in its way. It was nice to do something in a day, a welcome break from bigger projects.

                              Mike
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              • Michael,

                                I read through a few pages of the construction you have accomplished in this thread this morning. I like what you have done so far. Your ground cover is very pleasing to the eye. It appears that you can run some trains, even if you're not yet finished. I envy you for having that much space for your layout. Good work.

                                Rich

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