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« Reply #160 on: Sep 11th, 2012, 5:35am »
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Your height +/- 20cm

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« Reply #161 on: Sep 11th, 2012, 8:12am »
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I've really enjoyed following the story of the Brisbane Valley Tramway.  
 
On our 5 acre lot in Tennessee we've got rock formations and a streambed too, but pretty much flat slabs peeking out of the soil cover.   No Kangaroos though, just the occasional Deer.
 
It would have been better if you had stuck to the iron barstock rail though....then I could have learned from you as I will be using "goovy track"....bar inserted into slotted ties.    I haven't found any threads yet by someone using it for their railroad although I've seen that a club in Vancouver uses  bar welded to metal ties.
 
When I start my railroad in a couple of months I will journal the adventure.   In my N Scale side of the Hobby I belong to a couple of groups who believe in "Better Modeling through Peer Pressure" and it seems to work here via the internet just as well and I need all the help I can get "staying on track" as it were....
 
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« Reply #162 on: Sep 12th, 2012, 5:27pm »
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Your height +/- 20cm    
Wasn't sure if you meant aerial shots, like your museum! Google earth doesn't do close-ups in this neck of the woods
I'll do some pics at the weekend when I start the tracklaying.
 
ncbguy. Welcome and thanks for your interest.  Be careful with large scale, it tends to become a hole in the backyard that you throw money into.
I had to move outside as the O gauge empire outgrew the building, what's your excuse
Pete


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« Reply #163 on: Sep 15th, 2012, 3:07am »
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Here you are, Steen.   I even posed some rail on it for you

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« Reply #164 on: Sep 15th, 2012, 3:15am »
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The other end is on hold as a bird is nesting under the middle bent.  I need it to rain to be able to compact the fill (hasn't rained here for 2 months) then the head of steel will move to station 2  
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« Reply #165 on: Sep 15th, 2012, 6:29am »
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  Hey Pete,
 
   Those are some nice looking trestles. Good to see the progress.
 
   Bruce R.


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« Reply #166 on: Sep 15th, 2012, 4:28pm »
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GD Pete
 
That is looking good.
 
I hope that you will some rain soon - it is OK if you take some of ours...


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« Reply #167 on: Sep 27th, 2012, 3:47am »
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Charlie, ncbguy, a few links for some night time reading for you.
Personally, I can't get enthusiastic about groovy track, however it is the cheapest to build and ok for backyard. 2nd cheapest apparently, is alum. on timber with steel ladder as 3rd in dollar terms (check Boulder Creek posts for steel ladder construction}.
I'm also not so sure about beautiful scale trucks riding on very unscale track.
 
Pete
 
http://railsystemsco.com/Groovy%20track.htm
http://www.discoverlivesteam.com/magazine/128/index.html
http://www.islandpondrailroad.com/rail/page3.htm
http://www.7-plus-ngm.org/arch1103.htm


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« Reply #168 on: Oct 4th, 2012, 4:15am »
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Been scrounging at the lumber yard again. 4 loads of #1 quality decking hardwood.

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« Reply #169 on: Oct 4th, 2012, 4:17am »
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Wore out the chinese drop saw halfway through load #3.  
Pete


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« Reply #170 on: Oct 15th, 2012, 3:02am »
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New mitre saw from ebay (12" Hitachi) and the tie plant is back in business.
This is the "bush" end of the process where the ties are dunked and stored. The laundry tub makes a great drainer.
These are mostly track ties, but in the rear are some 4' bridge decking, a hundred or so long ties for switches, and spare trestle bits (you never know when another trestle could appear
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« Reply #171 on: Oct 15th, 2012, 3:09am »
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Meanwhile the pile at the house (where the electricity is)  doesn't seem to have gotten any smaller.
These are 5" boards (boardwalk rejects) that also need ripping in half.
The pile of ripped ties are stacked waiting for drilling. This wood is too hard for screws without pre-drilling. (Just what you need. Bruce)
Drilling is afternoon work....comfortable chair, little table with the small bench drill, and a glass or two of diluted Johhny Walker
Pete


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« Reply #172 on: Oct 15th, 2012, 8:05am »
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   Holy mackeral!! That sure is one hell of a pile of ties! WOW, that should keep you busy building trackage for quite a while.


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« Reply #173 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 3:13am »
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Well, finally cleared the driveway. No that's not the same pile, it's another 1000 ties waiting to be drilled
Behind the truck is a bunch of rail, bent and painted.


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« Reply #174 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 3:20am »
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In the middle of all the heat, there was one day of cold, grey and non-stop rain. Then back to sunshine!  This must have been the rain that Steen promised (hope you enjoyed enjoyed the sunshine day, Steen )
All compacted, dressed up and mulched. Will screw the rail down tomorrow.
Note, each bridge took 46 feet of bolts and over a thousand screws. Man, am I sick of drilling holes!


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« Reply #175 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 3:28am »
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Another toy to find space for. A friend gave me first option at trade-in price.
Took a while to get it in place, but the floor needed clearing anyway!  
Took a few bites at my Bettendorf castings, but so far I can't loosen the tool shank yet (MT3 whitworth 1/2") Think its been on there a while.
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« Reply #176 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 10:00am »
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Fred, Nice score on the mill.  Very handy to have one.
 
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« Reply #177 on: Oct 25th, 2012, 4:15pm »
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Thanks for the sunshine day, Pete  
 
We had a Ham Radio Fieldday at a local Light House with 400 contacts...  

 
Keep the news coming..
 
PS After my problems at Parkbanen I found this  

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« Reply #178 on: Nov 9th, 2012, 3:35am »
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Not much paid work lately, so more time for railroad empire
Station 2 (Aramac) needs a level crossing (thats grade crossing to you) so time to weld 4 bars to some 3/8th reo mesh and call the concrete truck.


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« Reply #179 on: Nov 9th, 2012, 3:37am »
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Ready to plant

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