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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8302 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  12:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, your recent photos show how well your layout is coming along.
Do you have a overall track plan of your layout that you can share with us?

Greg Shinnie
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5186 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  1:04:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Th layout is coming along great. It's really looking good. The power might return after the glue completely dries. I've had that happen with DC. Ballasting, painting the rails real adds so much to the layout but not too much fun in themselves, but strangely relaxing. The coal
Distributor is fitting right and also looks Handsome at it.

Bob

It's only make-believe
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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
2651 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  1:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, I really like the variations in color and texture for your scenery.
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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

802 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  4:42:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! Lot of progress, Mike!

The scenes are coming together nicely for you. Nice smooth and flowing track work.

Andre
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5172 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  5:52:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, everyone.

Greg, I donít have a plan right now. Probably when things settle down and I stop moving track around.

Bob, this time there was no change after the glue dried. I needed more drops anyway.

Bill, I do try to get some variation. It is not entirely deliberate; the color of WS ďburnt grassĒ seems to depend whether itís static grass or fine turf.

Andre, I like my track to flow; Iím pleased you noticed.

Mike
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Guff
Fireman

USA
1730 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2019 :  09:18:49 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Nice progress on the layout. Your thought process on which structures to build is really paying off.
Trackwork looks great!

David Guffey
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5172 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2019 :  09:52:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Guff

Nice progress on the layout. Your thought process on which structures to build is really paying off.
Trackwork looks great!


Thank you, David.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5172 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  11:32:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I was looking through my archive of photos in search of ideas for details along my track, when I came across one that shows an interesting device. Here's a part of the photo:

It looks like a simple way to keep cars from rolling where they shouldn't be. I might build a few, watching clearance of the swiveling cross member and archbar trucks.

My more important need is end-of-track bumbers, and this device gave me an idea for a simple design. Here are the results:



I've especially needed bumpers to take care of this situation:



A fun one-afternoon project.

Mike

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Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
6642 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  11:51:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Elegant solution, Mike!

Bravo!

Pete
in Michigan
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5172 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  11:59:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Pete!

Another example:



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railman28
Fireman

USA
5186 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  12:23:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's great Mike. Looks better than a pile of dirt.

Bob

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
7686 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  12:28:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That prototype photo looks like the very early equivalent of a derail, something that can be moved off the track when necessary to spot a car. And it would make a great operating device to spot a car on a sloping spur.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8302 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  2:30:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, that simple little device should stop them dead in their tracks!
You should also make up some like shown in the old photo, and use them around your layout where needed.
Just another historical detail for your layout.

Greg Shinnie
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5172 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  8:27:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bob, Dave and Greg!

Bob, I agree. Iíve never thought much of the pile of dirt solution.

Dave, indeed, that is true. For an isolated spur the derail makes sense, but with a close adjacent track a bumper might be better.

Greg, youíve got me to thinking about the best way to make one functional.

Mike
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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

802 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  10:15:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What an interesting tidbit you've turned up there, Mike.

I find myself cogitating some type of easily used/portable "brake" for holding cuts in place on the grades of my Ozark layout. I currently "set handbrakes" (i.e. use GHA to derail the lead truck on "X" amount of cars to hold them in place on the grade while an industry is being switched.)

I was originally going to use a between the tracks raised/lowered "pin" to accomplish that, but would prefer to come up with some type of wedge or clip that can be placed strategically on the layout hither n' yon for easy access.

Your find has restarted that cogitation process.

Andre
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