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BobbyT
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« Reply #20 on: Nov 21st, 2009, 12:35am »
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I may post a track plan later on. I just don't have the time to make one right now.

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« Reply #21 on: Nov 21st, 2009, 5:50am »
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   Bobby,
 
   Unless my guestimateing abilities are getting feeble, and because I've walked that same property a few years ago, that looks to be a TAD more than 1500 feet of railroad your anticipateing there.
 
   WOW very energetic project. Go for it !!


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pockets
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 21st, 2009, 4:35pm »
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WOW, Bobby! That puts some perspective on what you were telling me.
 
Greg B.


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Mechanical engineers build weapons, whereas civil engineers build targets.

When the man at the door said," Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms", I, naturally assumed it was a delivery!
BobbyT
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« Reply #23 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 7:59pm »
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I walked the main line loop with a measuring wheel today. I guess the 1500 foot mark was a gross understatement. LOL. The main loop is is about 1900 feet. Then there is two more branch lines for an additional 700 feet plus about 700 feet of yard trackage. Whee!

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« Reply #24 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 8:42pm »
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Bobby T  
 
You are going to be a busy guy building all the track.  
Better get hot!!!!      Be safe and have fun.  
 
Tom C.


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BobbyT
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 27th, 2009, 9:01pm »
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What a week. Started by laying out plastic underlayment and ties for about 200 feet of track from the area of where the turntable will be. My thought is to be able to get rolling stock right on the track from day one, or so i thought. Tuesday morning I was welcomed with the news that the section I was on had not yet been final graded to the owners spec's. So day two was moving the plastic and ties to a section of main that was final graded. then I was able to start putting down rail with the new fancy track gauges. After about 20 ties something didn't look right so I measured the gauge....7 1/8"!!! The machinist that made the gauges used a 7 9/16 on center and not between. 2nd day trashed. On Wednesday I pulled the bad screws again and then started again using some quickie wooden gauges. Unfortunately we had a constant drizzily rain so by noon I gave up. Of course Thanksgiving was yesterday. Today dawned clear and cool. Armed with 3 new steel gauges of the correct measurement and a nifty little work car I cobbled together, I & the owner managed to put the screws into about 100' of track with 2 switches. Of course I forgot the camera, but I'll take some photo's on Monday. The rail bender should be here by Tuesday morning which is good since we have done only straight sections so far.  
 
Enjoy your weekend!


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« Reply #26 on: Nov 27th, 2009, 10:20pm »
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   Bobby, my friend,
 
   As I've said to you face to face, this is quite a journey you've set yourself on. Of course, I admire your tenacity in this endeavor. BTW, as you know from past expieriences, we have all gone through similar start up trials as you described.
 
   Hope to see you tomorrow.


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« Reply #27 on: Nov 29th, 2009, 8:58pm »
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Bobby,
   I hope you have some hair left when your done? Good luck to you.  
Russell


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« Reply #28 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 12:07am »
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Today was a good progress day. Last Friday the owner and I managed to get screws into 80' of straight track and 2 switches. Today I was by my self and got the entire 100' ballasted, tamped and leveled.

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« Reply #29 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 12:09am »
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Straight as straight can be.

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« Reply #30 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 6:18am »
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   My, my, my, this has a very familiar look to it. Ha, ha, ha.
 
    VERY NICE


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« Reply #31 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 9:36am »
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Very, very nice, Bobby. Are you, perhaps, going to be in Michigan in the Spring?!
 
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Mechanical engineers build weapons, whereas civil engineers build targets.

When the man at the door said," Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms", I, naturally assumed it was a delivery!
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« Reply #32 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 2:23pm »
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Bobby,
    I'm impressed! I didn't know you had it in you Just kidding. Very nice job indeed. Will we see you Sat.?
Russell


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BobbyT
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« Reply #33 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 10:57pm »
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Thanks for the kind words guys, they mean a lot to me.
 
Sorry Russell, I won't be out to Pete's for the next 2 weeks because of my commitment to the Christmas Pageant.


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« Reply #34 on: Dec 2nd, 2009, 12:57pm »
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I'm sorry too, we'll miss you .
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BobbyT
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« Reply #35 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 5:54pm »
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work, work, work yet I don't seem to be getting that far. We managed to get another 100' down, leveled and tamped as well as another 50' screwed to ties, but no ballast. I was slowed down a little by the weather and to install 2 more switches. I didn't take any pictures today, sorry.
 
Greg, I haven't forgotten the photo's of the built up frogs. I didn't have my camera with me and I managed to bury them in ballast before I remembered the camera But just as soon as the next switch is delivered I will take photo's for you. It is a relatively simple set-up. For the sake of this discussion, say the single track is the bottom of the switch and the two tracks are the top. The two converging rails from the bottom are bent at the frog like the prototype. The converging rails from the top are ground and welded together to form the point. Then a "V" shaped piece of steel plate is cut to the correct angle as a spacer. The Bent rails are welded to the long outside of the V and the point is set into the top part of the V.  It will be easy to see when I get the photo.


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« Reply #36 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 9:04pm »
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   Bobby,
 
   We sure did miss you on Sat. BTW, my heart sure did go out to you while we had those two and half days of rain. Almost impossible to get anything done outside. But,,,, we really needed the rain.
 
   See ya soon.


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« Reply #37 on: Dec 9th, 2009, 9:05pm »
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Hey Bruce, I sure hated to miss a Saturday at the BCRR. But my time is being spent on a very good cause.  
 
Greg, here is a close up of the frog I was telling you about. It is a bit hard to see.


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BobbyT
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« Reply #38 on: Dec 9th, 2009, 9:08pm »
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Finally remembered my camera. So here are some progress photo's.  
 
The first shot is of the resident inspection team. They let us know if something is not to their liking. This is usually in the form of a large "mass" deposited on or near the trackage!
 
I have had to deal with streams, trees and roads before but cows are a first.


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« Reply #39 on: Dec 9th, 2009, 9:10pm »
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Here is my assistant Trey working on installing ties. We had just finished crossing the road earlier today. We had to back fill with lime rock fill to make it solid enough for traffic as this is the entrance to the back property area. It will get a big test tomorrow as there are concrete trucks scheduled to pour the turntable pad. (fingers crossed)

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