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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 02/27/2021 :  5:56:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For my next Challenge Project I decided to build a coal dock for my water front. This will fit in #5. I got the idea for this build from a picture of the FSM layout.



It is the building next to the bridge. I don't know who took the picture but thanks for posting it. If someone knows PM me so I can give them credit due.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe

Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 02/27/2021 :  6:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, that will be a great project. I'm not sure who posted that photo.


Bruce
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2021 :  6:40:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the first post out of the way lets get started. A friend of mine turned me on to Anyrail layout planning solfware. I am using it to plan my new layout. Since I have wanted to do a water front for a long time the new layout will include it on one end. I printed out the area where the coal dock will go 1:1 for a template to work from.

Here I'm checking to see if two cars will fit on the dock. Also some free hand planning.



I next worked out the height of the trestle from 2 1/2" on one end to 0" on the other. It is also on a 18"r. It covers about 20" overall. The bents are set 10" apart and laid out on the template.



I cut the template to fit on my work board and taped it down.



I drew a template for the bents marked for the different heights.



Here are the first two bents finished they are the same height.



That's it for now. Thanks for looking.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe

Edited by - mikethetrainman on 02/27/2021 6:42:57 PM
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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 02/27/2021 :  6:49:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good looking bents, Mike.

I can't be 100% sure, but that picture looks like the work of Richard Josselyn who used to post a lot of F&SM pics here.

Bruce
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2021 :  6:56:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bruce you might be right I have got a lot of FSM pictures off this site. He did take a lot of pictures and also did some work for George on kit pictures before George's daughter started doing them.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 02/27/2021 :  7:48:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike,

Your coal dock looks good already.

Iíll be checking out Anyrail.

Mike
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2021 :  12:33:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike thanks. Anyrail is the first tracking planning software that I have used that is easy to use and doesn't have a long learning curve.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe

Edited by - mikethetrainman on 02/28/2021 12:34:58 AM
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  03:02:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike here is an enlarged picture from my copy of the F&SM book, if it helps.
Otherwise there'll be lots on the net.


Regards Rob

My current build.
http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53468
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2021 :  06:42:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob thanks for the larger picture. I have the same FSM book. I just looked at it and there are several pictures and that is the best of them.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  08:08:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like a good start Mike.

Jerry

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  08:54:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That looks like it'll be a neat addition to your waterfront.
Forgive my dumb question, but looking at the photo Rob added, how does the coal get between the dock and the barges?
I don't see any kind of chute or bucket or conveyor.

Edited by - Bill Gill on 02/28/2021 1:15:12 PM
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2021 :  4:28:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Jerry and Bill.

Bill the coal loader is based on FSM's The Rock Bunker kit. There are metal covers sticking out along the side of the coal bin. Under each of these is a chute. You can just barely see one thur the main steel members of the side of the bridge.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe
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mikethetrainman
Fireman

USA
1903 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2021 :  5:18:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In this update I have started to put the bents in Place. I put a strip of double stick tape on the template where every bent will go.

The first four bents in place. I added the cross ties and X bracing to hold every thing plumb as I build.





This shot shows all the bents finished and in place. The X bracing is in progress.



After the bents and all their bracing was done I started laying the stringers where the rail will go after the ties are installed.



Here is the trestle with with all the stringers installed.





I sanded the top of the stringers before starting to lay the ties. I put a long tie at the top of the bents to carry the walkway.







These are a couple of shots of the trestle with the tie work finished.





I first sanded the top of the ties before starting to spike the track down. I used a piece of code 83 flex track with the ties removed where they cross the trestle. I also had to cut the first two long ties off because they interfered with the switch going to the other docks.



Until next time Thanks for looking.

Mike Mace
Northern Division of the Santa Fe
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  6:45:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Your ramp is virtually a work of art.
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George D
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USA
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  8:32:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good design work getting the bents the right height for the transition at the top.

George

Fly Army
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
2939 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  01:38:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill / Mike, yes there are chutes down lower, near the water, for the barges.
I have a picture of this water level shot, but as It's not my picture, I can't post it here.
I'll see if I can post a link to it.

Bill, No dumb questions here.

Mike, nice progress.

Regards Rob

My current build.
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