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    .......Know how sometimes you want to try some new technique? Well I wanted to try building something with Woodland Scenics hard foam sub roadbed. I'm sure everyone is familiar with this stuff, there's inclines and risers etc. (I used their foam roadbed too, and a caulking gun loaded with "Liquid Nails for Projects" to glue everything) Well I decided I needed a test and break-in "layout" for new lokeys. What I ended up with is a folded figure 8 with a 2% grade going up and a 4% coming down or vicea versa.(Is that a word?) The curves have easement and vary from about 17"R to about 20"R. I wanted a 15"R loop too for logging lokeys, but couldn't figure out a turnout to work inside such a small loop and of course I want to be able to use it for diesels too, so having a way to bypass the 15"R loop was necessary. So in the end I decided to skip that idea, altho' I think there is room for a stand alone 15"R circle. There was room for a #4 turnout and a rerailer on the "outside" loop so I can test a loco's ability to negotiate that plus makes it easier to put a loco on the track. This "mini layout" works great! Gives the lokey a good workout in both "pull and coast" conditions. Wanna know how much it'll pull? Hook up a gondola and start adding lead! The varying radii works the trucks too, as opposed to having a constant circle. The curves are too tight for "some" of my 6 axle diesels and stiff legged steamers would have trouble too, but for "geeps" and "loggers" it's perfect. It's really lightweight and I'm going to hinge it off the back of my workbench and use a "prop rod/shock absorber" from a Mustang Hatchback to raise and lower it. For the crowning touch, I decided to scenice it with a stream and pond and a hillside to cover the rather "ungainly" crossover. This will add the advantage of using it as a "photo prop" too! All in all, it was really fun to build and will serve a couple of useful purposes! Cost? Depends what you have laying around, but not much!

    Another idea! Think I'll cut a small groove across the rails every 39 scale feet so I can break in a lokey all night while I fall asleep listening to the clickety clack of the track!.........(Jack!)

    Edited by - bucks owin on 05/30/2002 01:26:45

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    Another idea! Think I'll cut a small groove across the rails every 39 scale feet so I can break in a lokey all night while I fall asleep listening to the clickety clack of the track!.........(Jack!)


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      if you want to really hear clickety clack sounds you should hear my trains as they roll over a total of six crossings,their is a ten second lapse and they go over four more crossings.what a sound it makes.god i love this hobby.th in kansas.....

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