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« Reply #60 on: Sep 4th, 2011, 3:11am »
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Hi John. Sent you a pm. My back hates me, but its done. Pete

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« Reply #61 on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 3:58am »
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Had a few spare days so did a bit more prep. Station slab, platform ready for final topping, soil, mulch and plants all done. what else does it need? Oh yeah........... track

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« Reply #62 on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 4:02am »
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And from the other end, prepped station yard. Looks like it's time to see if I can build a turnout for the siding.

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« Reply #63 on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 7:18am »
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   Hey Pete,
 
   WOW, I'ved missed a whole bunch of stuff that you've done. Holy mackeral, from rail benders, to earth moveing to drive way construction. And as an old track man, I like that track tool. Thanks for all of the pics.
 
   Bruce R.


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« Reply #64 on: Oct 5th, 2011, 3:43am »
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Couldn't resist trying a couple of track panels. Only 498 to go!

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« Reply #65 on: Oct 5th, 2011, 9:16am »
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This is developing into a sweet line. People new to the hobby don't appreciate the prep work involved before the first tie hits the ground.
 
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« Reply #66 on: Oct 9th, 2011, 9:10pm »
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Amen to that!  
The number of workers doubled this weekend. Young Isaac helped haul rail sections and put then through the roller. Seriously tough job for an adult let alone a nine year old. I think he's hooked
Then we bought sleeper ties up from the treatment plant and stacked them for drilling. There should be enough materials for another 80 feet of track next visit.
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« Reply #67 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 2:21am »
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A bit more progress. Tidy station area

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« Reply #68 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 2:28am »
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And some prep into the start of the serpentine. Lots of fill needed for the embankment in the distance behind the tank.  
I rechecked my calculations and found a mistake in the grades. doh!
To fix it, I've lowered the station exit, now it's 1 in 40 (2 1/2%) then goes into the serpentine at 1 in 50 (2%) but at 18metre (55 ft) radius. That'll sort out the engineers from the boys
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« Reply #69 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 5:59am »
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Good day Pete....I have got to give you full points for getting things done
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Can't get a much better start to the day than that....

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« Reply #70 on: Oct 23rd, 2011, 4:34am »
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Talking of points , another weekend draws to a close following construction of the first switch, using Dave's "Boulder Creek" method.
Following rough setout using alloy stock, the offsets are marked on the 2 by 4, then outer rails tacked to bar sleeper ties.


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« Reply #71 on: Oct 23rd, 2011, 4:38am »
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Assembly transferred to forklift (adjustable stand!) and the infill bits done.

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« Reply #72 on: Oct 23rd, 2011, 4:43am »
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A coat of rusty rail paint, and timber ties fixed on. (the closure rails will be added later when I work out how to machine them) and lifted out on to site with the excavator. The "head of rail" moves slowly forward

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« Reply #73 on: Oct 23rd, 2011, 4:48am »
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Another hi-tech special tool joins the arsenal. A starter rebar with a 5/16 socket welded on the end. Allows the track screws to be set tight with drill, then backed off half a turn to allow the expansion movement.
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« Reply #74 on: Oct 23rd, 2011, 9:57am »
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Pete,  the track work looks fantastic.  It's great to see , a young live steamer.   They are the future of the hobby.  Thank you for posting the pics. Ray III

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« Reply #75 on: Oct 27th, 2011, 6:59pm »
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Looking fantastic Pete,
 
I'm glad my points construction article has been of use!
For anyone interested, see: Boulder Creek "points construction"  
 
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« Reply #76 on: Nov 3rd, 2011, 5:00am »
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Spent the morning writing job applications and having thoroughly depressed myself,  I decided to turn the brain off and lay track
The turnout for the workshop road is now ready so it's off the forklift and on to the excavator for the slow trip.


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It's a wye of 18m and 15m radii, with a killer grade to the workshop, requiring a vertical bend to the rail straight off the turnout.  Hope it doesn't need a winch!

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Next challenge is the switch at the start of the embankment. It marks the connection of the balloon loop, which is all prepped and ready for tracklaying.
Unfortunately I've used all the sleeper ties so will have to go scrounging in town, but meanwhile there's lots of rail that can be bent and painted and drilled, (and the people power rig to finish, 2 wagons and a carriage to build, a steamer to finish...........yeah, right )
This is head of steel, with the balloon prep hiding behind the top wire of the fence.
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« Reply #79 on: Nov 13th, 2011, 7:36pm »
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I tried making points closers (the tapered bits ) using a small angle grinder, but it was a drag.  Fortunately my neighbour, who is a fitter and turner at a coal mine, offered me an end mill to try.
Long story and much head scratching, but this is what I came up with. 4 inches at a time, took about 7 hours machine time, but the result is good and the cost is my favourite, zip
Pete
 
 
ps He's getting me some coal too


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