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quarryman
Fireman

USA
1130 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  07:31:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit quarryman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by elwoodblues

Well time for another update.
In another development I built a small control panel to indicate the position of the turnout that is located behind Lacroix Hardware.




Ron-

Very nice. Your layout must be great fun to operate. The fascia is very clean and attractive ... will you be mounting car card pockets on your fascia?

For the turnout behind the hardware store: how is it thrown?

Thanks for the update,

Mark Chase
Richmond VA

Visit my Piedmont & East Blue Ridge Railroad
http://www.eastblueridge.com
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chooch41
Crew Chief

Canada
961 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  07:51:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the update Ron. The Frogs look pretty neat. Your layout is coming along really nice....

Brad
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sncf141r
Engine Wiper

Canada
186 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  09:09:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit sncf141r's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ron;

Just thought I'd let you know that your "track laying and switch building" presentation last Saturday was great.

You make it all look and sound so easy; that is not a skill that everyone has.

So, in addition to your modeling skills, add "model railway motivational speaker"

;-) JohnS.
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BBLmber
Fireman

USA
4674 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  10:16:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Ron, greast to see the progress, it won't be long before this section is finished.

Mark

W,L,&E
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LVN
Fireman

Canada
5210 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  4:05:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like the frog juicer would be the right ticket to solve the problem I have been having with the three way awitches on the LVN.

Chris Lyon
http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com
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Frederic Testard
Engineer

France
17604 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  4:43:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice progress, Ron. These frog actuators seem to be excellent.
I'll have to make some of these light panels to have a better hint about the turnouts directions.

Frederic Testard
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Rick
Administrator

USA
19683 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  6:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, I bought a Bullfrog at the Springfield show.
Haven't used it yet, but seeing how you attached it will help me a lot when I finally do.
Neat idea of recessing the the pull knobs too.

As you think, so will you be.
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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5754 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2010 :  09:02:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Thanks for the comments Brad, you are welcome to visit anytime. The invitation is open for anyone who would like to visit the empire, I do like to show it off.

Mark, the turnout is controlled with a metal push rod that controls a bluepoint machine.

As for the card card pocket question, right now I'm using switch lists to operate the layout. I'm considering using car cards to generate the switch lists and if I do the car cards will not go with the switch lists but stay in a central location. My operating scheme is still in it's infancy and right now is in a process of being refined.

John, Glad you like my presentation on hand laying track and switches, If you need any more information, just ask.

Chris, I'll be ordering a couple of frog juicers this week I'm going to use one for the frogs in the yard at Mara, so I'll order an extra one for you. Installing it for you will probably cost you a beer or two.

Frederic, Rick, I'm really pleased with the bullfrogs. They operate well and are easy to adjust. The reason I recessed the push/pull knobs is that Mosquito Flats is at the entrance of the layout and I was afraid of people accidently hitting them and shearing them off (as they are only plastic).

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

Canada
108 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2010 :  2:49:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron

Great work on the panel for the hidden switch. My neck was getting strained trying to determine which way it was thrown

I'll probably get a couple of the juicers once I determine where I'll need them. Can they be used as a poorman's reverser at the end of a wye do you think?

Now where are the pictures from the last op session

[:-angel][:-angel]

Bob Hobbs
Ottawa, ON Canada
CPR Southern Mainline
GN DIvision 7 in the 60's
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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5754 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2010 :  09:22:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well it has been so long since I posted on this thread I had to dust it off. Unfortunately not much progress has happened on the layout as other projects got in the way, the warm weather arrived, I needed a break, well you get the idea.

Recently I was asked if I would open my layout for layout tours during a convention that will be held here in May 2011 and silly me said yes. I did so for 2 reasons, 1 - I like to show it off and 2 - now I have a deadline to get things done.

First thing on the agenda is to finish the unfinished buildings that have been on the layout way too long. Rather than start a new thread I figured I would go my updates here.

First off is to finish Suzie Q's (Bar Mill's Wicked Wanda's), a local establishment that has an unsavory reputation. Rumor has it that the local ladies are going to try to petition the town mayor to close the place down as it is next door to the local church and the ladies that work there try to lure the men to come for a visit on their way to church (at least the men who attend church. It is going to be a hard sell as the mayor has been known to visit Suzie on a few occasions.



Here is the state of the building as it has been setting on the layout for the past year or so.





I decided to add a room where business is being constructed. Looks like the local clergy is going to try to convince one of the ladies to renounce her sinister ways.





Suzie seems to be making a decent living so the rooms are well maintained.

More later as I get the building completed.

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

Edited by - elwoodblues on 11/26/2010 09:29:05 AM
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
11035 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2010 :  12:32:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[:-thumbu]

Mike
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LVN
Fireman

Canada
5210 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2010 :  12:36:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks great Ron. Got more figures for me?

Chris Lyon
http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com
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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5754 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2010 :  12:46:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Chris,

I sure do, I'll bring them tonight.

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

Canada
5754 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2010 :  11:38:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well here we go, I finished Suzie Q's so here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.






I even managed to detail one of the rooms.




Next up is to finish the station. This stone station is produced by Schomberg Models.


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

Edited by - elwoodblues on 11/28/2010 11:38:38 PM
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Mike Hamer
Engineer

10308 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2010 :  07:50:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Ron, it was really nice seeing your modelling efforts in person this weekend. The Suzie Q is an awesome structure and I love your interior detailing! Seeing your Mini-Mo module at SLD was a real treat as well and your stone station is coming together beautifully. I look forward to seeing these structures as planted on your layout during your February session! Brilliant modelling! [:-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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