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  • #16
    The south end of the Branford Steam Railroad passes under the ex-New Haven, now Amtrak Northeast Corridor main line. This might be the most widely known feature of the line, so I can see the attraction of modeling an overpass.
    James

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    • #17
      I‘m not a Z scale modeler. Assuming that the vertical distance has to be 1 inch and the maximum grade is 5% you‘ll need 20 inch of trackage to achieve that. So either the climbing track curves around two sides of the layout or you let one track go down and the other go up. But this will still need about one side of the layout.

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      • #18
        It will be fun watching your progress. :up:

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #19
          Tyson, jbvb,Martin, and Jim,

          I came up with two solutions. One is sort of what Martin said,

          A really long interchange.

          The other is adding another switch and having the interchange bridge go off over a brook.

          And yes, jbvb, I was trying to add an over pass similar to the BRSS.





          Scott

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          • #20
            Keep in mind also that the buildings will take up more space than you think. Besides their footprint you will need roads in and parking and...................

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            • #21
              Here are some maps showing the BSRR and the New Haven Trap Rock Co. that I am using as the basis of my fictional rock company.

              The first map is from an article in the 1915 issue of Pit And Quarry, when NHTRCo. opened.

              The second is from an article in the 1964 issue of Model Railroader.




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              • #22
                Scott,

                Any luck finding the Z Scale Construction gang? I saw the yellow Earth moving equipment going down the road, but the workers were no where to be seen.

                Jim
                Take the red pill

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                • #23
                  Jim,

                  Yeah, they don't like the very small pay they receive.

                  Okay,

                  Here is my latest progress. I was derailed by deferred molding work and an uncooperative camera.

                  I cut the holes to lighten the frame and to run controls for manual turnouts.

                  I am thinking of using exposed hardware to fasten the frame corners. I want to use square nuts,

                  bolts and fender washers to simulate fasteners on rolling stock.

                  What do you guys think?


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                  • #24
                    I think, I wish I could do woodworking. Looks lightweight.

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                    • #25
                      The lightweight ports will be your friend, when you get to wiring this railroad. :up: The exterior hardware will add to the quaintness.


                      Jim
                      Take the red pill

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                      • #26
                        Nice wood working skills!

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                        • #27
                          Nice looking benchwork, Scott.

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

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                          • #28
                            Nice benchwork.

                            You could even design a "cover" for easily transporting the whole layout.

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                            • #29
                              Larry, Jim, Tyson, George, and Bill,

                              Thanks for the compliments!

                              Bill,

                              I like the cover idea!

                              Scott

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                              • #30
                                Fine job on the frame, Scott.
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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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