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  • That's a nice improvement.
    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,

      Very nice look you achieved. Appropriate to the theme of your railroad.

      I'd suggest that you use heavier timbers the next time; the superstructure looks a little insubstantial.

      Nevertheless, I like it. Good job.

      Mike
      _________________________________________________

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

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      • Good looking turntable.
        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

        Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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        • Thanx Rick, thanx Michael, and thanx Karl; Well It looks like the day of the move is set (fingers crossed) for Jan. 15th. This gives me plenty of time to get everything done that I think I'll need to do. The demolition of the remainder of the RR (I'm taking about half) will happen a couple of weeks after the move. CHAINSAW TIME. Here's some shots of the preliminary TT mounting. I'll do the permanent mounting once the TT is painted and all the detailing is complete. That'll all happen after the move is done. I got a good read on getting it all level; and I removed all the tracks that aren't needed . All the remaining tracks lined up nicely, and will fit perfectly once the TT is installed. I'll adjust the lengths so they meet the bridge track rails within 1/16th " or less at that time. So, here are the shots..................Thanx again.....

          MERRY CHRISTMAS,
          KYLE CREEL
          SUPT., GM BGRR

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          • Kyle, it breaks my heart to hear the words chainsaw and layout together. I still have those memories. Looks like you have a plan and are gettin' er done. Good luck. ~mike

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            • Thanx Mike; Merry Christmas. Well I started the disassembly process. I'm removing pieces that I'll use in the new configuration. Here are a couple of shots of what the general idea is. The trestle that went around Mt. Wilson has been sectioned, and the long straight portion will connect the 4'4" x 9' section with the 26" x 9' section. There will be a deep gorge that it spans, so some length will be added to the trestle bents, as per the photo. Also, the crossing at what's now Scavenger (soon to be DILAPIDATED) will connect to a left hand turnout coming off the main line as soon as it clears the bridge, and go into the tunnel, which will now be a mine. Ore cars will be spotted and picked up here. I'm not going to bother with rotating the section 180 degrees, or cutting and redesigning the framework except to trim off 6" that's not currently 'part of the framework'; instead I'll use the full 26" width and only 9' length as it is, and 'scoot' it down to meet the trestle. This will make both sections 9' long. I will post the original along with the revised track plan showing the changes. This will make the overall size 9'4"x 9' instead of 8'4"x 9'. The difference will be in the width of the layout. I could keep the width at 8'4", but it would narrow the aisle by about about a foot from 3' to 26". I ain't lost enough weight yet to try THAT.................Ya'll keep those cards n' letters comin' .....

              Thanx again,
              KYLE CREEL
              SUPT., GM BGRR

              here's the original track plan........

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              here's the trestle w/ planned extensions spanning the 'proposed' gorge'...

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              and as always, here's a birds eye view 'mockup'..............

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              Last edited by kyle_creel; 12-08-2022, 01:28 PM.

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              • friscomike
                friscomike commented
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                Kyle, the new plans looks good. Can't wait!

            • Kyle, hope the disassembly goes well.
              We'll all be watching rebuild the layout in it's new configuration.
              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 the TT looks really good so far; although I've never seen a long skinny loco with bubbles in the windows before.
                Best of luck with the teardown and the move. Looking forward to your new revamp.
                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                • Well there's good news and bad news......The good news is I'm not leaving; the bad news is I'm not leaving. I can't in good conscience leave Gage here to live with Patrice and her Alzheimer's condition. He's just now starting to mature enough to understand a little about money and bills. So, I can't just leave him to deal with her AND trying to figure out working, and becoming a responsible young adult (with autism). Therefore, staying is the only right thing to do. I'll stay and see about making things as comfortable as possible for everybody concerned. I guess this means the RR stays put and the show will go on (at least for now)......stay tuned...............................

                  MERRY CHRISTMAS,
                  KYLE CREEL
                  SUPT., GM BGRR
                  Last edited by kyle_creel; 12-16-2022, 01:52 PM.

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                  • Kyle~,
                    Wow, what a sequence of events. I'm staying tuned with the rest. Life is one weird roll of the dice eagh. Well I guess anytime a RR stays, is a good thing(?) Good luck with all brother.
                    Thanx Thom...

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                    • Kyle,

                      Your family is lucky to have you around.

                      Mike
                      _________________________________________________

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

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                      • Kyle, glad you don't have to move.
                        Nice thing you're doing.
                        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, your family is lucky to have you. ~mike

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                          • Very nice of you to stay and give that helping hand.
                            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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                            • Merry Christmas Kyle ! I can relate. I have been following horrified when you said you were moving for the second time. Glad your staying put.
                              My 35 year son who lives with us has ptsd and other arrays of instability.
                              Philip

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