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Orionvp17
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USA
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Posted - 11/17/2019 :  10:09:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent news, James! I think Dave may be on to something....

And I vote for the brick pathway, with just a hint of grass between two bricks. Only.

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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USA
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Posted - 11/17/2019 :  10:30:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave, I might put that someplace close enough to the layout edge that it was readable at 1/2" square. But for the Ritchie-Gilbert house, I'm considering either the "house roof over board" style or the "stylized open book" type. Searching images for "historic house sign massachusetts" shows many of both types.

Edited by - jbvb on 11/17/2019 10:34:21 AM
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deemery
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Posted - 11/17/2019 :  2:25:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When we lived in Derry, there was a sign on a house "The old Emery place, 1793" (I forget the exact date) I wanted to do a sign on our brand new (at the time) house, "The new Emery place, 1986" :-)

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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jbvb
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Posted - 11/20/2019 :  11:09:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's fine, Dave, as long as you don't have to negotiate it with a Homeowners' Association. AFAIK that concept was unknown in Northern New England during my modeling era, and certainly in yours.

I did some weathering with A&I and a brass brush - the Dames are perpetually trying to defend their white paint from the B&M (and other neighbors') soot. But I couldn't generate quickie verdigris with any chemicals I had handy, so I put the copper flashing on after sanding it to get rid of any clear coating. I'll get my prototypical verdigris in a few months or years. And I added a stink pipe with the last little bit of flashing.

I applied static grass in Late Summer color (Scenic Express, I think, label unclear) and put the fences back. Then I consumed two cutoff disks making a 'door stone' from a core I found after drilling granite blocks at the old B&M station in Haverhill. It's barely visible in this photo (taken as if from the roof of Gorin Machine across Franklin St.).



I checked my stash of plants; All I had for late-summer flowers was Hollyhocks and Goldenrod. No flagpole either. So I'll turn the lawn into a garden later, after some sign-painting and shopping.

Next post will be back in the Bexley Depot area.
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 11/21/2019 :  12:14:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The asymmetry of the house gives it a certain charm. Very nice.
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Orionvp17
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USA
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Posted - 11/21/2019 :  09:53:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, James! Planting Season can wait... this looks good as-is.

Pete
in Michigan
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slimrails
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Posted - 11/21/2019 :  11:33:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What a great house build, James. [:-thumbu] I reminds me of the colonial era houses that I would see back in Madison and Guilford CT.
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jbvb
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Posted - 11/28/2019 :  9:28:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike, Pete & Russ.

This week I made progress on two Bexley-area structures I started for TdeC. The first is an automobile (and other freight) unloading platform for beside the Bexley Freight House area.



Fairly simple except that 1) it was going to be much easier to build out of place, and 2) I decided to use up the warped Revell 1/32" plywood I had on hand. First problem solved by a 1/4" hardboard base. Second problem solved by laminating 2 of each part with opposing warps. With the posts it has ~40 pieces.

The second is a platform shed for commuters waiting by the inbound track. I'd found 3D printed support columns on Shapeways several years ago, but I hadn't worked out how to do the curved platform realistically:



At 30" viewing distance, I didn't do any framing under the .040 styrene roof, but I did do the front edge as a series of straight segments. I hope to paint it tomorrow. I will deal with protecting the station entrance when I find the EF17 kit box with the front eaves Mieke held off applying.

Meanwhile I'll think about the outbound track. Typical B&M practice was either a smaller canopy or none. It was uncommon for commuter stations to have more than a half dozen people waiting on the outbound side. The outbound shed will also be in the way of uncoupling and rerailing.

My wife is working on a couple more kits for this area, but they may not make it onto the layout till into December.
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Orionvp17
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Posted - 11/28/2019 :  9:42:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done! Good fixes on the warps, too.

As to the outbound tracks, how did the commuters get across the inbounds on the way home? I have a number of places where this is likely to be an issue, and a lot of my LPs are lawyers, so....

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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Posted - 11/29/2019 :  07:49:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks. Right now, there is no inter-track fence, so they have to stumble across the ballast. Eventually, there will be a pedestrian overpass scratchbuilt after Winchester MA before the grade crossing elimination. One end will be at the top of the stone steps built into the retaining wall at the left end of the canopy. The other uses stairs built into the Baggage & Express building I did a couple of years ago. There will be either 1 or 3 board baggage cart crossings with gates in the inter-track fence.

Edited by - jbvb on 11/29/2019 07:55:28 AM
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Orionvp17
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USA
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Posted - 11/29/2019 :  10:55:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any thoughts on the wooden walkway across the tracks? Seems to me that there was something similar up in Wilmington and in other places. This would be a scheduling issue, and would require the "occupancy signals" on both sides of the station, which might make an interesting diversion for your operators. I need to figure this whole process out....

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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USA
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Posted - 11/29/2019 :  12:27:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rule 107 says "Trains must run at Restricted Speed when passing a train receiving or discharging passengers at a station, except where proper safeguards are in place". So the operating department will complain about delays until I get the inter-track fence installed. Because Bexley has two outside platforms, Rule 107's clause "They must not pass between it and the platform at which the passengers are being received or discharged unless the movement is properly protected" doesn't apply. Station signals were used at single-sided stations where the combination of sight distance, speed limit and traffic density created a risk. Newburyport as I built it would need one eastbound, but the prototype's sight distance didn't require one. They'd be easy to do with a commercial photodetector with one SPDT contact.
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Orionvp17
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Posted - 11/29/2019 :  12:49:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So noted, and thanks. That said, I think it might be beneficial for me to consider the signals, track fences and walkways due to space limitations that I have, but that are not present on your railroad. Might be an interesting learning experience for the Operators, too....

In other news, Chooch well! May the weather cooperate!

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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USA
6087 Posts

Posted - 12/01/2019 :  8:20:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tour de Chooch action report: ~60 visitors (48 wrote in the Guestbook). Adjusted one turnout during cleanup Saturday night, all performed well Sunday.

Need to figure out why one or two paths through Draw's diode matrix doesn't get enough oomph - fix will be complicated if it's due to mismatched switch machines.

- BLE E-7 decoder lost its marbles twice, cured by tilting one side's wheels off the rails.

- MRC tethered throttles lost their marbles a number of times, cured by unplug/replug.

- One passenger car developed an intermittent shorting problem through one main line turnout, need to investigate before it grows and melts a wheel's insulation.

+ Fixed truck swing on Ron G's combine.

+ Wound down after last visitor by starting to re-stage the railroad for the next op session.

- Won't be getting a N2 refill in tomorrow's weather, so no airbrushing till late in the week, if not the week after.

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Tyson Rayles
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USA
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Posted - 12/02/2019 :  10:02:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice progress!
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