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  • Kyle,
    Looking good
    BTW, I don't even own a cell phone, let alone a flip phone.

    Scott

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    • Larry C., Michael, and Scott; Thanx so much for the comments. I started the install of the new 'real-estate', and since it went so well I went ahead and began the install of the cork roadbed, and the final positioning of the track work at what feel like is the most critical spot; where the reversing loop crosses over the main line in and goes through a turnout before entering a long 21 1/2" radius curve. Next, I'll "On30-ize" the 3 inch piece of atlas HO 22 inch radius sectional track, and the Peco HO turnout; then solder them and the crossover together before installing the whole section as a single unit. Here's some progress shots.........
      Thanx again for stopping by..........

      KYLE CREEL
      SUPT., GM BCRR

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      • I can always count on Kyle's progress to get me in the mood to drive spikes. Nice work! ~mike

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        • Thanx Mike;
          It does the same thing to me when I see somebody jumping out there and 'gettin' with it'. I have to confess; I should have fixed the 'dip' in the sub roadbed that ran along the side in front of the depot at Dilapidated (the side I've been working on) a long time ago. I was always gonna 'fix' it with some Woodland Scenics inclines and 1/2" risers which I actually put into place; but that would prove to be really a really semi complex task involving a lot of cutting, measuring, sliding, cutting, positioning, re-cutting, re-sliding, re-positioning; and that doesn't even include the roadbed which would have to be put down and picked up after every 'look see'. Then I thought "just leave it; real RR's aren't straight and level. They have rises and falls".....then I couldn't sleep. SH*T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I got out there this afternoon and removed all the mocked up and ready to install track and roadbed, took off the white side panels, and removed and shimmed all the offending support pillars; screwed and glued them back in place, (that's why I use cheap caulk instead of wood glue, you can 'undo a booboo') then put back all the roadbed and track work, and reattached the panels. I then stepped back and looked at it and said DAMN !!, that's sooooo much better. I took a shot to document the finished work, which I'll post along with a couple of before shots for comparison. Ya'll might not really notice the 'diff'; but I know I'll sleep better tonight...................

          KYLE CREEL
          SUPT., GM BCRR

          Before......... Click image for larger version  Name:	007.jpg Views:	0 Size:	128.5 KB ID:	999625 you can see the 'dip' at the left end of the coach if you look at the piece of trim and the track running above it....
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          Now here is the same area after the 'fix'...... Click image for larger version  Name:	004.jpg Views:	0 Size:	130.4 KB ID:	999627 Anyways, I think it looks better; and my OCD won't be kicking my ASS tonight and every time I look at it, or think about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Thanx again; ya'll come back now............
          Last edited by kyle_creel; 06-29-2022, 09:43 AM.

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          • Kyle, nice redo. ~mike

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            • Kyle it's really looking nice!
              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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              • Thanx Mike, thanx Jerry; Well, I finally got all the track in position to start laying. This also included the old track running through Texas Draw. I got lucky and was able to just slide the paint scraper under it and it popped free without any damage whatsoever. Even the roadbed is usable. I also found an old short bridge that I built for the old G&D Ry but never used. I put it in position across the narrow portion of the ravine where Texas Draw comes out, and it's gonna do just fine. I will need to widen it about an 1/8 of an inch on each side to accommodate the extra width of 'the Beast'. But that's ok 'cause I was gonna do it anyway so as to add a couple of I-beams. I went ahead and modified the trackage through Scavenger so that both of the sidings have trailing switch points. This makes the switching more efficient, and saved me having to 'On30-ize' one less turnout. It also saved on space. I kinda thought Scavenger was getting a little crowded. Now with only 2 sidings and a whistle stop depot, I think it 'feels' just about right. Here's some shots for evidence............thanx for stopping by......

                KYLE CREEL
                SUPT., GM BCRR

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                ...all for now.....

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                • Hey guys; Mark and I agreed on a list of things left to be finished by Oct. 4. That's the week before the SW O-scale show and layout tours will be held. So today we finished up plastering the side of 2-Horns that faces Scavenger, except for the tunnel portal. We also installed the brown paper bag for the inside of the tunnel. More on that later in the week; Installed the brown paper bag that will be the inside wall of the new tunnel thru the extension of "OL FLATHEAD"; Erected a mockup of the outside of the extension for clearance purposes. We also erected the beginning of the low rock escarpment 'wall' between the outside trackage around the curve and the canyon wall cliff.

                  Shots to follow.............

                  KYLE CREEL
                  SUPT., GM BCRR

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                  • You will make that reasonable deadline, looking great man!
                    Philip

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                    • Kyle great job; it's all coming together nicely. Don't stress over the "due date"; just have fun.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • Thanx Larry C., thanx Phillip. Got to work again on the project today (Sunday) and put in 3 hours. Mark and I finished the plaster work on '2 Horns', and started the little creek area called Spring Creek ('cause it's spring fed) before the back said "hey,stupid !, that's quite enough for today".............So we knocked off and I took a few shots of the progress.

                        Thanx again for checkin' in.....
                        KYLE CREEL
                        SUPT., GM BCRR

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                        • Kyle, looking good. It is often hard to get the concept when the mountains are covered in snow , and they really come to life with paint. Have fun, mike

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                          • Kyle,
                            Your changes to the layout are coming along nicely. Taking care of those nagging problems really feels good, and looks good as well.
                            I think you have the "harsh" terrain down.

                            Scott

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                            • Kyle that is coming along very nicely and it's nice you have some help to make your
                              vision come to life. Keep up the great work.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                              • Thanx Mike, Thanx Scott, Thanx Larry C., !!!Today (Friday) I decided to take a little time this afternoon with Mark and start the extension on OL' FLATHEAD (which is the reason for the tunnel), and see what kind of 'Dramatic' scenery we could whip up. It's been a frantic week; the wife had a mini stroke and had to be sent to the hospital Monday night. They did all kinds of tests; ct's , mri's , x-rays, and found her left carotid artery was narrowed by 70%. No noticeable damage done, and she was also found to have pneumonia. She thought she had 'the croop' !!!!!! So she spent 30 hours in a small room in the ER until a room opened up for her. She got to come home Thursday at noon, and we were both really glad the Lord was with us and things are going to be OK. They'll put in a stint in a week or so (out-patient surgery) and she should be almost good as new.... Soooooo....today I fixed her some lunch and we both napped; then I said Mark had called and wanted to come over to check in on us; (and maybe work on the RR) She said " that's a great idea cause I'm gonna lie right here in bed and watch a movie.....go unwind !!!!! So we did ...shots to follow... it's just the styrofoam shaping right now.... but I think ya'll will get the idea..........
                                Thanx for following along........

                                KYLE CREEL
                                SUPT., GM BCRR

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