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« Reply #200 on: Jan 6th, 2013, 2:13am »
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To complete the Xmas preparations for carting grandkids, I needed to be able to turn the steamer, so a temporary turntable was built in the approximate location for an eventual yard table.

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« Reply #201 on: Jan 6th, 2013, 2:24am »
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Using TomC's "end of ROW" turntable as inspiration, plus half a trailer axle, this is what came out.  It's a lot stronger than it looks and handled the steam loco with ease.  To disconnect wagons, turn around, run round the train and couple, took only a few minutes. Very satisfying to watch my sons finally playing trains, having previously shown little interest.
This will be moved to head of steel as the track progresses.


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« Reply #202 on: Jan 6th, 2013, 2:33am »
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The next target is to have a "train" for show in May, as I have been invited to run steam during "Beef Week" in Casino, NSW.
This will need the B15 (beef tin )loco,2 cattlewagons and the country coach with Cow sound module!   I need to seriously get into the shop and make chips.
This is progress so far on the Bettendorf trucks, and a huge learning curve on the milling machine. OK it doesn't compare to the major builds of the experts, but it's a set of skills that hasn't previously existed and I haven't scared myself....yet!
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« Reply #203 on: Jan 6th, 2013, 9:20am »
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on Jan 6th, 2013, 2:24am, fred_55 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Using TomC's "end of ROW" turntable as inspiration, plus half a trailer axle, this is what came out.  It's a lot stronger than it looks and handled the steam loco with ease.

Hey Fred,  nice that we could inspire you.  It is neat a simple device can add some much interest to operating the RR.  Please send royalty check to Battle Creek address!  It is interesting that you posted this at this time as Frolin (our web master) got a request for the size of 25 from a person in Germany who wants to emulate it.  The SR&CL reach is expanding beyond Frolin, Pockets & Moose!   Keep the chips flyin!
 
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« Reply #204 on: Jan 9th, 2013, 5:16pm »
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Sorry Tom, no royalty checks......I'm calling it the "improved" version
 
Must have missed something. Do you mean the Sandy River 24 on your website?    Your locos are very different with the "vertical stretching" but quite attractive and practical.  A bit of a change for Germans from the usual Koppels and such.
Pete.
 
ps update. The milling machine grabbed and melted a tip, seems it doesn't like swarf buildup from digging down, and yes it's now scared me


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« Reply #205 on: Jan 9th, 2013, 10:48pm »
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To complete the Xmas preparations for carting grandkids, I needed to be able to turn the steamer, so a temporary turntable was built in the approximate location for an eventual yard table.

 
   Man, I really like th look of that stone. I wish that we could aford that kind of rock for our ballast. I guess we'll just have to keep useing the lime stone that we have.
   Keep up the beautiful track work.
 
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« Reply #206 on: Jan 9th, 2013, 11:44pm »
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Must have missed something. Do you mean the Sandy River 24 on your website?    Your locos are very different with the "vertical stretching" but quite attractive and practical.  A bit of a change for Germans from the usual Koppels and such.
Pete.

 
Pete I meant #25 our gas hyd. engine.
 
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Pete I meant #25 our gas hyd. engine.
 
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Ah, that 25
 
Bruce, Nothing wrong with limestone, so long as its sharp, not round.  Granite is mined reasonably locally so has less transport cost. I plan to use crushed limestone as my driveway, as it beds down tight when driven over.
Cheapest here is sandstone, which is useless to hold track in place, but makes good fill, then a thin layer of granite chips over.
 
 "I may be good but at least I'm cheap"
 
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« Reply #208 on: Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:22pm »
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Getting stir crazy hiding in the air conditioning (hottest summer on record)
Ventured out with the orange shovel and a new plan for the creek since discovering an unmovable rock.  "If you can't move it, feature it" so now the creek runs the other way, but the downside is that the fill mountain is mountin'
Plus a little culvert bridge that looks nothing like any on the SRCL
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« Reply #209 on: Jan 28th, 2013, 3:12pm »
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Fred,  we do have a short one like that on the SR&CL Ry.  Right at Kat Jct.  We will skip royalaties on that one as we copied some one else there.  Stay cool!  
 
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« Reply #210 on: Feb 5th, 2013, 7:36am »
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Major floods everywhere, but no real damage here. Huge rains have shown a few problems with runoff, and some diversion work has been started, while a track alignment change, further down, will avoid an area that is slow to drain.  
This is the aftermath of partly finished track prep. Should be OK when it dries. Meanwhile I bought an el-cheapo jackhammer to attack "the rock"


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« Reply #211 on: Feb 5th, 2013, 7:47am »
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This is one of the diversions. It used a fair chunk of the stored fill, and diverts water from the uphill neighbour. A channel where I am standing, carries mine and the neighbours flow, away into the creek before it can drown the right-of-way.
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« Reply #212 on: Feb 5th, 2013, 7:57am »
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  Man, you've done one hell of a lot of work there Pete. And, it certainly looks like your plan to divert the run off is mostly working. And thats a good thing, for sure. Thanks for the up dates on your progress. It always a pleasure to see.
 
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« Reply #213 on: Feb 13th, 2013, 4:38am »
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Meanwhile in the shop, the bettendorfs are ready to roll. I gave up on inches and 1:8 scale and just fudged it with double bearings and custom springs.

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« Reply #214 on: Feb 13th, 2013, 4:41am »
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Then knocked up a couple of frames. 40mm angle equals 10" timber rails. Provision for single air actuator for train brakes.

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These cars are for ride-in, so body is mostly aluminiun which scales the original timber body quite well.  There's several parts that were made on the mill.  How did I live without a mill?

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  It all looks pretty robust in my eye. Nothing wrong with those trucks by what can be seen in the pic. And nice car too.

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Bruce,
Thanks for your support, sorry you are turning a page. The world needs grumpy old men who play trains, and there aren't many who can also conquer the dreaded computer.  Hope you will keep lurking.
 
Pete
 
 
 
Oh.....and I painted No 1 cattle wagon!


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Paint looks good Pete.  Nice choice on color.  When will paint hit the car in the background?  I will miss Bruce also.
 
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Several components got in the "too hard" basket and it got shelved in favour of other pressing projects that were ready to go. Once the second cow car is on the rails, it's next.  My back wont allow outdoor work at the moment.
The red colour was removed from all freight stock and redone in grey, following several crossing crashes  (grey=hi-vis!) so red tags this as vintage.
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