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« Reply #120 on: Apr 30th, 2012, 3:32pm »
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The chooch is looking nice and I really like that little station.
 
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« Reply #121 on: Apr 30th, 2012, 6:22pm »
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on Apr 30th, 2012, 4:53am, fred_55 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Lastly, especially for Bobby, the "swinging" Australian Cat in the workshop

 
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« Reply #122 on: May 31st, 2012, 4:32am »
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Spent a very satisfying day at the club, carting the public for charity. (we don't normally do public)
Anyhow, several members bought carriages, one set used an airbrake system recently marketed by DNC Systems (shameless plug )
It works by remote control using garage door remotes and performed really well on the two riding cars. Just the thing for Jamaican bobsleds
As I was planning brakes for the country coach, this seemed the way to go.  
Here's a pic of some of the bits I've collected.


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« Reply #123 on: May 31st, 2012, 4:46am »
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Needs a car battery (exterally charged)  
12volt air compressor
Tank, possibly old fire extinguisher or propane tank, I recycled an airbrush kit
Control box, with on-off switch, pressure switch and solenoid valve.
Air ram 25mm x 20mm, one per bogie truck.
I wish to operate coach independant of train so I added a manual ball valve which can be turned on for train brakes to other wagons.
 
To operate you take one of the remotes back to the loco and if you need a touch of brake you hit the bottom button. The brakes stay on as long as you hold the button.
If you hit the middle button, the brakes go on and stay on until you hit the top button to release.
I have finally handed in my notice, so next month I commence a life of stress free trainplay, slowed only by the poverty that accompanies retirement
Pete


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« Reply #124 on: Jun 1st, 2012, 7:45pm »
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CONGRATS ON RETIREMENT!

 
....most of us are jealous of you!  
 
now you'll have time for more projects...and like the rest of us...you won't be able to afford them!  ....well, at least you'll have the time to post more about the projects you can't afford.  'that's how we do it.
 
pete, enjoy a little bit of time not doing anything.  after that, you'll be busier than when you were working. ...make sure you stay that way!
 
...9 more years for me...daumn long time.....


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« Reply #125 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 5:04am »
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One day to retirement and the boss tells me I cant go cos my replacement lost his licence for 3 months. Compromise is I'll do 3 days a week until he's back. Railroad empire on hold again.
Meanwhile it's mid winter here. This is what paradise looks like on the shortest day


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« Reply #126 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 5:14am »
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Seeing Tom's efforts spurs me on so some work on the carriage.
This is the aluminium sides, the matchboarding joints are done with a score-and-snap knife. More score and less snap.


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« Reply #127 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 5:15am »
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And closer

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« Reply #128 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 5:19am »
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Then the windows get rough cut with anglegrinder. (waterjet or laser would be much quicker )

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« Reply #129 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 5:25am »
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Then glued to the carcase with contact glue. Next will be to set up a mask for the router and trim the holes to size.

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« Reply #130 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 8:45am »
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Looking great?  Keep up the work and the updates,  Sorry to hear about your retirement delay.
 
Happy Steaming (and building)!
 
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« Reply #131 on: Jul 8th, 2012, 3:13am »
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Time to get the hands dirty again.   Robert escaped the frozen wastes of Canberra for some sunshine and a dose of train time. Thats him on the left with me on the right posing for his mom.


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« Reply #132 on: Jul 8th, 2012, 3:17am »
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While here he helped to attack the bush on the approach  to the waterfall, setting out a turning triangle. Something I couldn't do on my own cos you can't swing a tape measure in the dense undergrowth. Mainline heads to the left. Note the blue tractor on the back leg.

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« Reply #133 on: Jul 8th, 2012, 3:20am »
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Tractor hasn't moved, but this pic taken with my back to the waterfall. This area will have to be given a big tidy up in a couple of weeks, as there is no access once the track is installed

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« Reply #134 on: Jul 8th, 2012, 3:25am »
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And a bit more work on the number one important job, the workshop access road. Nearly ready for rail.
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« Reply #135 on: Jul 12th, 2012, 2:48am »
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Window mask in place. Way too hard to router a slot, so did a rough cut, slightly undersize, with jigsaw then ran round with router. Easy peasy!
I found a similar carriage article on home machinist, looks like the same methods. Pullman was from Roy Rabbits Comanche track (one of my favourites)
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« Reply #136 on: Jul 12th, 2012, 8:15am »
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Templates are your best friend.  We will use one when we cut the windows on the next caboose as the saber saw is to hard to control for a nice straight cut!
 
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« Reply #137 on: Jul 12th, 2012, 11:07am »
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Once the track is installed on the turning triangle you should have excellent access to the area for clean out.  Just think of all the "logging trains" you could run........
 
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Quick update. Logging trains on the tramway.....bring it on. Meawhile there's a few stumps and things that wont fit on trains, so I'll do those first.
Here's a rough of the country coach with windows and 4mm (3/16) alloy roof, sitting on its wheels.
In the foreground is B15, just returned from the boiler inspector with a brand new certificate (issued under the tough new legislation) Woo-hoo!


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« Reply #139 on: Jul 29th, 2012, 11:36pm »
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A chance conversation revealed a friend of my son has a laser cutter and has offered to do the verandah ends for the coach in 1/8th steel
I cant do CAD, so have done some pen and ink drawings that son will transfer to DWF.


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