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Nelson458 Posted - 08/20/2017 : 3:01:26 PM
I have only recently, after some 5 or 6 years, started building a small layout. Although I am not much into operations, I do enjoy a little switching, and have found Peco insulfrog turnouts just the ticket for me, easy to throw the points, very little wiring. In fact, I might have gotten a little carried away with their turnouts . My 5' by 10' layout, is more destined to be a large diorama than an operating layout. And that was my intention.

Soooo, that being said, I have always wanted a small facility for the engines, nothing big, an engine shed (rather than a roundhouse) and machine shop, coaling station and a source of water. Ever since I built Sierra West's engine house, I thought that might be just the thing for this layout. Since that shed is HOn3, it won't do well here, besides, I have plans for that later.

So I set about planning the actual size of the shed. I already knew from the beginning what I wanted, and where, I just hadn't gotten the track set up and everything 'sized' so it would fit. It will be about 13.5" deep, contain 3 tracks, and one off to the side. I'm building it on 3/16" ply, it is pretty flat now, but after I glue stuff down that might change, so I am going to re-enforce the bottom with some sturdy hardwood. The layout sits on 2" foam, so I would need to cut into that for the added strips underneath.

The engine shed will be built very similarly to the Sierra West model, board by board on a framework of 6x6 stripwood. Or maybe 4x6. The roof will be peaked in the center, and the right hand stall will be set back 4.5" which will be used for small engines.

So far, I made a simple cardboard moch-up to see how it fits. I am glad I did, as the two r/h tracks didn't line up like I wanted. I had a short l/h turnout leading into those stalls and open area, and replaced it with a medium length 'Y' turnout. That proved to be much better. Sometimes a simple change is all that is needed.

So here are a couple of pictures, a birds-eye view and a sketch of the front of the shed. I hope to start on the project soon, but with an upcoming trip to Colorado for the show, not sure how far I will get before the next weekend.

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Nelson458 Posted - 04/01/2019 : 5:27:56 PM
Originally posted by BurleyJim


The time and effort on the crane, sure made it something 'very special'. Excellent!


. Thanks Jim, it certainly has been a long lasting project.
BurleyJim Posted - 03/31/2019 : 8:13:44 PM

The time and effort on the crane, sure made it something 'very special'. Excellent!

Nelson458 Posted - 03/31/2019 : 6:24:04 PM
Mike, Dave, Bill and Rich.

Thank you all. I have the cable threaded through now, and am waiting for some hooks to arrive by mail. I know I have some, and probably spent the best part of all morning looking for them, but cannot find them. I know they will turn up just after I get the new ones in the mail.

On the turnbuckles, I didn't want to just thread some on the .016" wire, so I cut them at an appropriate length, and superglued to one end of the turnbuckle, then the other wire was added, making sure that I could see through. I bent the wire going to the end brass plate first, but waited until the second wire was in the turnbuckle before bending it to go through the long timber.
I pretty much assembled it "in-place", but took it all out after it was assembled, and put the wire that goes in the wall timber first, then the other end for the brass plate went in much easier. Something about the angles of the wire at the very ends made it easier one way than the other. All trial and error here.
Pennman Posted - 03/31/2019 : 10:03:53 AM
Wow Tony, I will echo the other folks before me. You do amazing things and now I can see why you wanted the nuts and bolts for the sizes you needed. That crane is superb. Nice work.

Dave S Posted - 03/31/2019 : 09:49:52 AM

This tutorial on building the crane is a superior bit of teaching. The photos that illustrate your step by step approach make a project like this seem very attainable by an average modeler like myself. It got my juices flowing just in time for modeling season out here in the desert southwest.

Later, Dave S. Tucson, AZ
The Heart of the Sonoran Desert
Bill Gill Posted - 03/31/2019 : 07:35:33 AM
Nice crane!
trains4ms Posted - 03/30/2019 : 9:42:55 PM

That is an outstanding job on the crane and the whole build. Thanks for sharing all of your work on this build. I have enjoyed all of it. I have also learned a lot of new techniques.

Mike S.
Nelson458 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 9:27:08 PM
Originally posted by railman28

Wow! super job on the crane. I love watching you work. I learn so much.


. Thank you Bob, I appreciate that
Nelson458 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 9:25:10 PM
Originally posted by George D

Wow! Very nice, Tony.


. Thank you George
Nelson458 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 9:23:36 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Beautiful work, Tony. Looks like itís had a hard life but can still lift as much as ever. The rod with turnbuckle is a neat detail. Did you think that up?


. Thank you. Actually I got the idea from UKguy Karl. He sent me photos of his work on his engine shed which showed how he did something similar
railman28 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 8:46:41 PM
Wow! super job on the crane. I love watching you work. I learn so much.

George D Posted - 03/30/2019 : 7:23:35 PM
Wow! Very nice, Tony.

Michael Hohn Posted - 03/30/2019 : 6:01:48 PM
Beautiful work, Tony. Looks like itís had a hard life but can still lift as much as ever. The rod with turnbuckle is a neat detail. Did you think that up?

Nelson458 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 5:46:14 PM
I am very close to finishing this little puppy. Wire (rope?) and a hook is all that's needed now. I constructed the top brace for the crane using 10-by stock. The end cap is of brass, brass wire and I think Grant Line turnbuckles.

Nelson458 Posted - 03/24/2019 : 5:05:51 PM
I made some 'pulleys' to guide the wire/rope up, over and down to the hook. I started with some square brass, filing off one side to make a 'U' section, then cut a slot for the clearance, and then drilled the .032" holes on each side. The holes will support the .032" brass tubing, and the inside of the tubing will accept some .6mm brass bolts, held together with the .6mm nut and washer. I had to drill out the tubing with a .0245" bit to give a little clearance to the bolt, but I only needed to take out a couple of thousandths.

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