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  • Kyle its looking great!
    Jerry



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

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    • Kyle, I really liked seeing your side-by-side comparison of the 'actual' and the rendering. Really neat. Great progress. You are lucky to have someone to work with on the RR!
      Bruce

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      • Larry C, Phillip, Scott, Rick, Jerry, and Bruce.......

        THANX FOR ALL THE FEEDBACK!!!!!!!!!!!

        I appreciate it so much. Whilst I was enlarging the radii I decided to make sure if there was or was not a way to install a 'spring-loaded' WYE turnout at the end of the bridge where I am currently going to install a modified KATO right hand turnout (so I don't have to throw the turnout each time the train makes a complete run around the section I'm working on). A sort of 'auto turnout' if you will. That's the great thing about the KATO turnouts, you can run through them when they're closed and not have a derail. Well I was gonna use a right handed one because KATO doesn't make a WYE. Everything looked fine till I noticed that the track could flow much better and would be much smoother "IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN...." I mean WYE. SO times being what they are I took a PECO WYE and modified it by removing the centering spring, and adding a very light tension home-made side mounted spring from a truck mounted electrical pickup wiper. I cut off the top tab, and folded the bottom tab in at a right angle, and used the wiper piece for the spring bar. At first I noticed that it was a bit 'stiff', so I trimed it's width by one third, and it worked. It has almost exactly the same tension as the KATO. Pictures to follow. Of course I won't know for sure till I test it with a locomotive pilot truck, but that'll come in the next few days. I just wanted so see if I could come up with a solution.....Sorry the pictures are so crappy.....

        KYLE CREEL
        SUPT./ GM BCRR

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        • Kyle, nice solution. At the Texas Western we modified Pecos in a similar way and they work great. Good luck with the test. ~mike
          O scale builds: Choctaw Lumber Kitchen, Dining Room, and Buffalo Canyon RR Caboose.

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          • Kyle great solution.....it's what we used to call "imaginerring".
            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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            • Thanx Frisco Mike,
              Thanx Larry C,
              I figured somebody some where had had the same idea. Now tell me what ya'll think about this..... I've decided to reposition the passing turnout from the end of the bridge on the Scavenger side in front of the tunnel entrance, to the end of the curve on the Dilapidated side in front of that tunnel entrance. I just didn't like the look of the double track on the Scavenger side. It was too much track, and I wanted a much more wilderness 'feel' for that stretch of track. Also, because it was part of the passing siding on the other side, it seemed to defeat the whole idea of 2 places separated by a mountain side and ever how many miles ones' mind can imagine; I wanted more isolation and separation from Dilapidated. So I mocked it up, and even placed the "daily local" in its' normal position for the stop at Dilapidated just to make sure the siding was long enough. I only put an express car and a combine and 1 coach in the consist because I think that's plenty enough to handle the little daily trips to Grizzly and back. "We don't need no stinkin' ZEPHYRS".........

              Thanx for following along...
              KYLE CREEL
              SUPT./ GM BCRR

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              • Kyle,
                Nice idea for the wye. The passing siding at Dilapidated looks good.

                Scott

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                • Kyle, I like the repositioned passing siding at Dilapidated. It looks like what a prototype RR would have done. ~mike
                  O scale builds: Choctaw Lumber Kitchen, Dining Room, and Buffalo Canyon RR Caboose.

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                  • Looks good to me.
                    Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
                    FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/A-Dog-A-Van-and-A-View-108345371976229

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                    • Scott, Frisco Mike, and Rick; Thanx alot for the comments, they are always appreciated and welcome. OK, now for the latest from the s--t, I really don't want to have to do all THAT department.....I'll be damned if I'm gonna tear out 6 to 9 months worth of work to re-do the trestle / radius curve, and the wye, and the scenery around Mt. Wilson where said trestle now resides!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I've spent the better part of the last week thinking about what to do. Well, if ya can't bring Muhamad to the mountain, then make some chicken salad outta chichen s--t, and see if he'll eat it as you bring the mountain over to him!!!!!!! Sooooo here's what I did. I read on line somewhere that the MMI K-27 will run on an 18" radius "with its' hind legs raised"???????????What the hell does that mean???? Well, I says to myself, Self: let's just look at the underside of the monster and see if we can figure something out. I don't know about raising any hind legs, but I figured out what I could, and would do. I removed the trailing truck axle and wheels, and made a set of 'fake wheels' like the ones on the locomotives for 2-4 year olds; you know the plastic wheels that are part of the side of the loco that aren't really wheels, they just look like wheels. The real wheels are on 2 axles mounted inside the loco. I took my compass and drew the right size circles, blackened 'em with my sharpie, and cut them out. Next I superglued them in on the inside of the journal box and glued a toothpick axle between to hold 'em in place. Let it dry and whadda-ya know; it worked!!! The new 'wheels' don't touch the rails and it easily goes around the 18" radius of the trestle and wye. When the locomotive is viewed from the normal angles, you can't tell. And most non-rr folks won't know and don't care as long as the 'choo-choo' goes by without incident. I figure most model RR folks will be looking at all the details on the boiler and asking if it's brass, or who makes it, or what kind of decoder is in it?????Anyways, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Pics to follow. Oh yeah, now I don't have to screw around with the trestle and all that other B.S.!!!!!!!!
                      Ya'll keep those cards 'n letters comin'


                      KYLE CREEL
                      SUPT./ GM BCRR
                      P/S I plan to 'plug' the hole in the journal box where the axle goes so it'll look 'mo-betta'!!

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                      • Kyle that is one "brilliant" solution to your problem and it looks fine to me. Well done!!!!!
                        Another fine example of "imagineerring".
                        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                        • Originally posted by Larryc View Post
                          Kyle that is one "brilliant" solution to your problem and it looks fine to me. Well done!!!!!
                          Another fine example of "imagineerring".
                          Larry said it like I would have.
                          Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
                          FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/A-Dog-A-Van-and-A-View-108345371976229

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                          • Kyle,
                            I agree with Larry and Rick. You're not a purist, just practical. I like it.

                            Scott

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                            • Nice work!
                              Philip

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                              • Larry C, Rick, Scott, and Phillip...... Thanx for following along. And now for something totally different.......my very own little WEREWOLF!!!!!!! meet ROLO!

                                KYLE CREEL
                                SUPT./ GM BCRR

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