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elwoodblues
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Canada
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Posted - 03/02/2007 :  1:58:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
With other people posting on there layout progress and seeing as I like reading them I decided to start my own thread on my latest venture. After many years modeling in N scale I recently converted to On30.

First a little background. I've been modeling eastern Ontario for more years than I care to remember so for a change the new layout in located in the Thompson/Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. I like the backwoods feel so the railway is a rundown struggling operation barely eking out a living. The overall layout size will be and will be built in phases. The first phase being built is actually the center of the line and is "L" shaped. Size of this section is 6'-0" x 16'-10"


Eastern end of the layout, future site of the Okanagan Lumber Co.


Western end of the line, future site of Clearwater


Trackwork started and the beginnings of the switchback to the Okanagan Lumber Co, Camp #4


Ties laid for the tracks in Clearwater


Clearwater showing the track realignment for the team track.

I'll post more as things progress, until then if you want to see more of the layout, its history, track plan etc, check out my website at http://www.oapsry.com/cvr

If you have any question, please feel free to ask and I'll gladly answer them.
Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca

Tyson Rayles
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USA
11035 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2007 :  2:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good Ron!

Mike
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bpate
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Australia
3090 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2007 :  4:45:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to watching your progress Ron.
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Rick
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USA
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Posted - 03/02/2007 :  5:20:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, I'm enjoying watching you make progress.

As you think, so will you be.
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Peterpools
Engineer

USA
12335 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2007 :  5:48:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ron
Shaping up very nicely. Looking forward to your postings of the trackwork and turnouts. I am finishing up my first Fast Tracks turnout tonight and am always eager to see how everyone approaches hand laid track.
Peter [:-kitty]
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Cigarguy
Fireman

USA
3877 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2007 :  7:36:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You've got a lot more patience than me... I could never hand-lay track like that. I admire your efforts!

Mike
D&B Lumber Co.
"The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"
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LVRALPH
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Posted - 03/02/2007 :  9:14:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Outstanding! I love that trackwork! How are you fastening your rail to the ties?
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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 03/02/2007 :  10:12:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ron, congrats on the developments along your new line! Hey, I've gotta get over there to run a train along that handlaid track...when it's down! [:-apple][:-apple]

All the best, Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://craftsmanstructures.blogspot.com
http://bostonandmaine.blogspot.com
http://fridaynightgroup.blogspot.com
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MarkF
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USA
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Posted - 03/02/2007 :  11:07:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work Ron! Thanks for posting the pics and I'll be looking foward to seeing your layout develop!

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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elwoodblues
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Canada
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Posted - 03/03/2007 :  09:25:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments guys.

Peter here is a photo of one of the turnouts made using the fast track jigs installed on the layout. I used to hand lay track the old fashion way until I found out about Fast Tracks. Can't say enough about them, I can now build a turnout in about an hour.



I really like hand laying the track work. I don't find it daunting, but that maybe because I don't have miles of track to lay and at the end of the evening you see the progress made and feel like you accomplished something.

For the record my track work consists of code 70 rail laid on 5" x 7" x 6'-0" ties. Ties are made my Mt Albert Lumber and I must say, I'm very pleased with there ties, they are all dimensionally the same and no fuzz. Rail is spiked to every second tie using 1/4" spikes made by Micro Engineering.

And Mike H, your welcome to visit anytime, so is anyone else if your in the area.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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Mike Hamer
Engineer

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Posted - 03/03/2007 :  9:29:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Ron, I'm considering planning a branchline operations on a narrow shelf around my crew lounge similar to Mike Confalone's layout in MRP2007. When I begin construction (42 linear feet), I think I'll handlay my track as I've never done this before. A couple of the Friday Night guys have layouts with handlaid track so I'm becoming very interested in this aspec of the hobby.

I saw a clinic on Fast Tracks turnouts and was also impressed. Which sized turnout is the one you have in your picture? [:-apple][:-apple]

All the best, Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://craftsmanstructures.blogspot.com
http://bostonandmaine.blogspot.com
http://fridaynightgroup.blogspot.com
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elwoodblues
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Canada
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Posted - 03/03/2007 :  10:31:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike,

The turnout in the picture would be a #4.

If you want to see what its like to build a turnout using the Fast Track jigs let me know, I would be more than happy to show you.

By the way, I knew that one day you would be expanding your layout Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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Peterpools
Engineer

USA
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Posted - 03/04/2007 :  05:45:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ron
Thanks for posting the photo of your Fast Track turnout. The workmanship looks great. Yesterday I finally built my first turnout using the FT System. While everything works and a Kadee wheel set will roll through in good fashion, I made a number of beginner mistakes that I wasn't aware of before hand.
1. The location where the point rails are notched and bent by the frog, has to be perfectly even on each rail. If not the frog will be closer to one rail and cause all sorts of nasty problems.
2. I had a hard time keeping the rail flat in the jig when soldering. I actually wound up taping the rail in place to insure it would stay flat and not move.
3. Less solder is better then more.
4. Working with the very thin solder takes some practice.
I plan on building a second turnout today and with some luck and lessons learned, hopefully will be the first 'keeper'. My small switching railroad only requires 12 turnouts so I wont be building them for months.
Any suggestions?
Peter [:-kitty]

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elwoodblues
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Canada
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Posted - 03/04/2007 :  3:05:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Peter,

Don't worry you will have it down pat after your second dozen turnouts.

Just Kidding

Seriously, after you have done a couple the rest will be a piece of cake. As for the point rails here is how I do them. First I file the points. after that I lay the rail in the jig and with a sharp sharpie I mark the base of the rail where the "kink" goes, there is a mark on the jig there the kink goes. I notch the base of the rail at the mark and then bend the rail. Once I have the proper angle I cut the rail to length.

As for the twisted rail, that can happen if you pre-bend the rail by hand. I have a rail bender that keeps the rail flat when curving. I mainly use this when making curved turnouts. For regular turnouts I normally place the rail in the jig without pre-bending the rail. once soldered to the PC ties it doesn't go anywhere.

For soldering the rail to the PC ties I dab a but of liquid flux made by Testers ("817 flux) with a small pointed brush. I didn't find the soldering difficult but then again, I do a lot of decoder installs so I'm used to using very thin solder. When soldering I put the tip in the base of the rail and PC tie and the solder flows well. Again a little practice goes a long way.

Just remember to scrub the turn out in warm water and with a toothbrush to remove the access flux. Left over flux will cause corrosion problems.

Hope this helps.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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Peterpools
Engineer

USA
12335 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2007 :  3:24:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ron
One quick question about the Fast Track Turnouts. Have you seen a tendency for the diverging point rail to twist by the frog? That seems to be the only problem i've encountered.
Peter [:-kitty]
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elwoodblues
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Canada
5754 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2007 :  12:51:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Peter,

I did at first, but by filing the points first before cutting the rail to length plus making sure there were no burrs on the underside of the rail seams to have eliminated the problem.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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