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  • Thanks for following, Larry.

    I think I've run enough rolling stock through the switches to be satisfied that they are reliable. I'm ready for a change of pace, so I'm joining the Choices Challenge and scratch building an ice platform for the layout. I printed up the side views of my drawings on cardstock and made a mockup to see if it would fit and hide the entrance hole in the backdrop.



    I've started a new thread for this construction project. http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=53480

    George
    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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    • At last! Some scenery!!!!

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      • quote:


        Originally posted by Tyson Rayles


        At last! Some scenery!!!!


        Where are the RR-Line's sarcasm police?

        George
        The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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        • [:d]
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          • I took a break from layout building to build this ice station for the layout. It was part of the Choices Challenge and I detailed the build here, http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=53480



            Now I'm back to working on the layout. I've been running some switching operations and I've been using pointed bamboo skewers for uncoupling. I found myself leaning on my elbows to steady my hands while uncoupling the cars. I suddenly realized this wouldn't work once scenery was down, so I needed to look at some other method. For a number of years I've been playing with magnets for uncoupling Kadee couplers. My experiences have ranged from Kadee under the track magnets on a Timesaver layout to movable magnets that I wrote about in the December 2010 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. The under track magnets have to be installed as track is being laid – too late for that. The movable magnets that I wrote about were better suited for permanent layouts and also had to be installed before track was laid. My friend Chuck Davis wrote an article in the November 2008 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman about using cylindrical neodymium magnets mounted between the ties. I've seen his clinic and been to his layout and saw how they worked. I've also experimented with them.

            I dug out my old piece of test track and started playing with cylindrical magnets again. Specifically 1/8” diameter and 3/8” long magnets. I placed some magnets in some old holes I had in the test track base. These were mounted vertically between the ties inside the rails. It worked, but it's weak and doesn't always pull the Kadee glad arm out far enough to uncouple the cars. I also tried placing them outside the rails, which didn't work. For what it's worth I'm using N52 magnets, the strongest that you can get.

            I decided to try to boost the power of the inside the rail magnets by mounting a second one outside the rail. That increased the magnetic field enough to get reliable uncoupling.

            This first picture shows a coupler pulled to the side by one magnet inside the rails. The magnets are hard to see and will, hopefully be more difficult when painted the same color as the ballast. The magnets are at the same level as the ties.



            This pictures shows two magnets, one on each side of the rail. Here, the coupler pin is being pulled over the rail.



            One set of magnets are fine, but require very precise movement to get the couplers directly over the magnets. Several sets will be required. Further testing will decide that number.

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • Great looking building! Good luck with the magnets.

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              • Please keep us posted on your magnet experiments, George.
                Bruce

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                • George,

                  North to South, South to North, noticing any drag or lift on the metal wheels? Next you'll be doing MAGLEV on that neat project. :up: :up:

                  Jim
                  Take the red pill

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                  • Thanks for checking in, Mike, Bruce and Jim.

                    Jim, no problems with metal wheels, which all my cars have. The problem can be with steel weights, particularly the big weights on Athern Blue Box cars. On my Timesaver layout with Kadee under the track magnets the center of the cars would be drawn over the magnet, making it impossible to uncouple. I've replaced the weights with a sheet of styrene for aesthetics and put lead inside for weight.

                    George
                    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                    • It's been a while since I've posted anything on the layout. It's probably because I haven't done much. I've now completed the construction of the backdrop and it still needs painted. I built a 1/8” thick Masonite backdrop and described it earlier. I really didn't like it, it was heavy and the inside of one of the curved corners had some ripples in it, which I didn't like. Luckily, I was able to come up with some aluminum that I used for a new backdrop. We had our windows replaced this summer and the crew used a sheet of aluminum to fabricate trim pieces for the windows. It was 0.025” thick and 2' wide. They had a 12' piece left over which they gave me (I guess I paid for it).

                      Here's what the left over aluminum looked like. The white side had a texture, so the gray side will face the layout. That's the old Masonite backdrop in the back of the picture.
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                      I cut 6” radius curved pieces from a scrap 2x6 to help form the aluminum in the corners.

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                      I made a cardstock mock up to locate the openings for the track.

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                      I transferred the measurements to the aluminum. And used a cardstock template to layout the cut.

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                      I made a wooden frame for the aluminum from 1/8” plywood. You'll notice I painted and ballasted the track before I started on the backdrop remake.

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                      I fit the aluminum in place and started gluing it to the plywood with Liquid Nails. I worked one side at a time. In this picture, the right side has been glued on the frame and this shows the clamping arrangement for the back.

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                      This is how I clamped the left side.

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                      Luckily, we had a couple days in the 60's so I could do the gluing in my unheated garage.

                      After the cement on the left side dried, I trimmed off the excess aluminum and removed the curved corner pieces.

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                      The next step is to move it back inside and start painting the backdrop.

                      George




                      The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                      • George, nicely designed and executed.

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                        • George,

                          Well done.

                          In my experience, builders don't so much "give" us things as just leave stuff behind. A roll of aluminum flashing, for instance, which I donated to our club to use for backdrops.

                          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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                          • Very nice work, George. I'll bet that its quite a bit lighter, also.
                            Bruce

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                            • Thanks, Rick, Mike and Bruce.

                              Mike, you're right, there was no "give". Luckily, I recognized the utility of the aluminum.

                              Bruce, it is noticeably lighter.
                              The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                              • I somehow missed this thread, I'm caught up now and thoroughly enjoyed the read. That's some solid track work and very cool fiddle yard design. I'm very much looking forward to following along!

                                -Cody

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