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Miles
Crew Chief

514 Posts

Posted - 06/16/2008 :  5:02:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Miles's Homepage
Uh oh, look what you guys made me do! Now you've done it! ;)



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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2008 :  9:22:56 PM  Show Profile
Some pics of the finished ore car:









Mike
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2008 :  3:49:38 PM  Show Profile
It isn't often you can wire up the trackwork for an entire layout and test run it without ever leaving the workbench! [:-bigeyes2] I still have to add a few ties where I cut some out to make room for the rail joiners and weather them a little bit, but other than that my shoebox layout trackwork and wiring is finished!



Mike
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2008 :  6:27:56 PM  Show Profile
Cody I can barely get things to run on this (the curve into the mine is sharper than it looks) so a tighter curve was beyond my skill level! The track is glued to the foam and that is glued to the masonite but the mountain and ridge pieces are just sitting there. I will only have to trim about 2" off the top of the backdrop if I score it at the heigth of the box so it can fold over. [:-jumprefect]



Mike
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2008 :  8:34:51 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Larry! I finished the terra forming [:-blindfold] and painted the base colors of dirt, rock and water. I see Buford and Ludlow's albino cousin from the big city is still with us!


Mike
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shortliner
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
514 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2008 :  04:48:28 AM  Show Profile
My shoebox layout - Ingleferry Wharf

Basin City (usually known as Sin City) is somewhere in the United States of America, and is split down the middle by the River Dax.
There are rail and road-bridges joining the two halves,
but most of the freight traffic is still delivered in railroad cars floated across
the river on barges, pushed and pulled by small tugs called “Tow-boats”.

Ingleferry Wharf depicts one such operation.
It is set in the dock-side area of Sin City, and is probably not a part of town
that you would want to be lost in after dark. Freight cars arrive and are repositioned
on the barge for their next destination.

The box


Opened and showing underside of one half of the car-float



Carfloat assembled with the two fixed cars, making the two two-car tracks



Edited by - Tyson Rayles on 04/29/2013 08:04:10 AM
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shortliner
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
514 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2008 :  04:55:58 AM  Show Profile
The dockside being assembled

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An early view of the float-bridge - it is held together by magnets, and takes apart into three pieces




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shortliner
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
514 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2008 :  05:07:55 AM  Show Profile
Dockside, floatbridge and warehouses in box




Dockside and warehouses assembled

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River Lady doing her job bringing the car-float across the River Dax





View from the "Morning TV News" Live Helicopter Traffic-Cam as it crosses the river



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shortliner
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
514 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2008 :  05:15:43 AM  Show Profile
Overview 1

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Overview 2

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River Lady hard at work

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Cars and trackmobile on layout

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Trackmobile switching dockside

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shortliner
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
514 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2008 :  05:23:29 AM  Show Profile
Trackmobile on float-bridge

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Trackmobile switching car-float

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River load re-positions the carfloat

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Ingleferry Wharf. The layout will be appearing at the Inverness(Scotland) Model Railway exhibition on 20th September for its first public showing
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acousticco
Fireman

Canada
1672 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2008 :  4:41:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage
Cool micros everybody! There's allot of great work going on!

I've finally found some time to get the shoebox layout going again [:-bouncy]

I started to build a bit around the tunnel portal:

It's colored using Harold M's Gesso & Ink method, which I quite like.

I also decided to do something about the three different types of retaining walls along such a short stretch of track:


I like the heavy duty look of the new wall:

It'll be colored like the tunnel portal. I plan to add a small loading dock in front of the wall, which will be quite narrow but will add a little interest...

More soon!

-Cody
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acousticco
Fireman

Canada
1672 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2008 :  4:47:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage
Thanks Larry & Mike,

It's good to be back working on it again. I got the loading dock and retaining wall more or less done:




There'll be stairs connecting the loading dock and stone platform eventually, and maybe going up the hill. I bought some Titchy steel railings to go around the stone platform and have a Jib Crane that I might use for this project. I have lots of crates and barrels to paint up as well. I also have to backfill the landscaping that was cut away to make room for the dock and walls...

More soon!

-Cody
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 11/09/2008 :  8:22:00 PM  Show Profile
Well I got the coloring on the rocks done and some/most of the ground covers in. The area around mining sites is usually pretty beat up so I am opting for more muted colors than I usually do as well as sparser plant life. Not sure if the tree will stay or not. Still need a chute of some kind to get the ore from the car to the barge and a shed/shack on the left to house the "critter". Wouldn't want a fine engine like that to sit out in the weather you know!


Mike
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12666 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2008 :  5:48:07 PM  Show Profile
The first load of ore is dumped! The scene still isn't finished but it's far enough along that I thought I'd post a pic. Still have the shed for the engine to do, finish the water, finish the vegetation, add some details.......................... [:-banghead] [:-blindfold] [:-censored] How can a layout small enough to fit in a shoe box take so long?[:-crazy] [:-hypnotized]









Mike

Edited by - Tyson Rayles on 12/03/2008 6:01:39 PM
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TrainClown
Fireman

Canada
1584 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2008 :  11:40:59 AM  Show Profile
Update on progress.

I bought some different sheets of flat stock. some are brass and a couple are this thin metal called Solder Tin that is only .08 thick. The brass is .010 thick. I want to cut an HO scale 6" strip to build my track from. I have a small pair of tin snips that are in good shape and I sharpened them to get rid of any rounded edge on the blades. The problem cutting such thin strips is that they deform and curl in two directions. The strip rolls around and also bends sideways, so once the strip is flattened out it still has the problem of a curve to the right that is very hard to eliminate and return the strip to a straight even piece.

I also have a paper cutter. A small one that is made to cut photography paper for dark room work. I thought, long blade = less distortion, an I was right. Although there is some deflection that leaves the strips bent, it is only a slight bend that is easy to remove with the right pair of vice grips.

I have look around and the only place I could find locally who had a sheer could not sheer anything smaller than 1/4" in soft metal. He said this thin stuff would roll over the edge of the sheer. No time to make a sheer of my own, but it's something to think about.

I am going to try my Vacuum Clamp Table Saw and we'll see how that goes.

I am going to make a test set of rails to see what grade is going to work. Seeing as how gravity is going to be my mode of conveyance I figure it's easier to build speed control into the design than to try and control speed with gimmicks.

My ambition has to be harnessed, I'm afraid, because the track plan I like would be impossible to finish by the end of this challenge. I'm thinking a simpler one is more realistic.

This is the track plan I like.



This gives you an idea of the elevations involved.



Now you can see why the grade of the track is important.

Anyway, on to things.

Christopher [:-clown]

Clowning around with trains.

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