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 Posted: Thu Mar 24th, 2011 04:31 am
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It looks like it's time for another update on the fate of the Chisos Mining Tram.

As most of you are aware I moved a while back and everything pretty much got sidelined. Well, I'm back to cooking now and I'm starting (kinda) over. I'll be working from the yard area around.

The first hurdle was how to support the foam sections. One of my good friends is Woodie Greene of the Mogollon. He uses camera tripods for support (as well as various cut-offs of 1x2's and the like). I figured if it works for him then I can use the same method.

So here we go...



...the standard tripod in all it's glory.

Here is the method I'm using for the end closest to the wall. This end stands on top of a convenient bookcase.



I had wondered how I could keep the ends lined up and several methods came to mind. I also got some input from the boys at the Gila and Goat. That's another story...

I decided to first put in some splice plates - little end rests...



These are made up of some squares (sorta) of 1/4" masonite epoxied AND screwed into the foam base. Yes, Virginia, foam will hold sheetrock screws! Just don't expect forever. Kinda like the ol' death do us part thing.

I cut some 1/2" ply to attach to those and screwed them in place.

Then the two sections were joined.



You'll note in this picture that there's a piece of ply all lonesome in the void there. When I went to set the spacing not all the tripod ends wound up under splice plates. And no, I did not figure they would. This was actually planned.

I'm using 1/4 -20 3-prong T-nuts to hold the camera adaptors...



...and yes, that piece of ply is really just screwed into the foam - no glue!

With all this in place I just mount the foam sections onto the tripods and true it up - a little more to that than just sayin' it - but it works.



I realized after my little photo session that planning was not my strong suit tonight because I didn't take a picture of the whole set-up for you all to ponder.

That will come tomorrow...



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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 10:24 pm
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So...I've been thinking over how this little mining road needs to progress. I've assembled the first major section...as you've seen above...and decided these need to just stay together for good.

Next I started laying out switches and tape to establish the track plan for the yard area. I knew it would have to be pretty compact since I don't have that much space to work with.

Here is the layout plan as it stands now...



Pretty simple...

Small yard...couple holding tracks, runaround, through track to the furnace (for those not in the know, mercury is extracted fron cinnabar by cooking it in some way), an engine service area, and two tracks to the mines, the high road and the low road.





The main book I've used for a lot of my initial research is Quicksilver, Terlingua & the Chisos Mining Company by Kenneth Ragsdale.

 

The Chisos Ming Company never had a railroad...but now it does...

I'd appreciate any feedback from you folks about the plan so far.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 10:56 pm
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EXCELLENT! FAR OUT! COOL! and all those other 60's things. The CMT is coming along nicely, you have made some great progress. Is that a 3 way switch I spy? Mopman and I are waiting for the golden spike or colden brew or whatever you plan to have when the line is operational. Of course, your method of attaching the pieces to the tripods is far superior to mine...I just stick em' on and keep going.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 12:14 am
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I'd like to see closeups of the 3-way stub and the other stubs.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 02:49 am
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Dwayne,

You got 'em!

Woodie has already berated me for not building my own. Eventually I'll have to bite the bullet and just do it.

The top switches are built by Cream City Turnouts. Fast service and really nice people to do business with.

I took a bunch of shots. Here are the best of the three-way...

This one gives a highlighted viewof the end where all the tracks converge...



Another...



Here is one of the regular switches...



...and the bent iron...what is that called? This is from the underside to show how the rails are pinned to the tie.



Here is the other type of switch. I really like these because the work is really excellent. The only problem I have is I ordered these in March 2009 and I can't get the balance of my order. At least I got three of them. These are built by Light Iron Turnout Co.




I hope these photos are good enough. If not just ask...

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Heart of mine be still...stub switches! Track envy!!!



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 01:48 pm
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Really nice trackwork!

I would have put the rails closer at the end where all the routes diverge, so that the rails leading up to the switch don't have to bend so far---on the prototype they touch- but other than that, I can't find any fault (and that's one thing that I'm good at!)

Woodie is giving you good advice (and that's one thing that HE'S good at!) about switches being easy to build. You have examples right in front of you now to copy--give it a try!



Herb  :old dude:



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 03:18 pm
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Herb Kephart wrote: ...I would have put the rails closer at the end where all the routes diverge...Woodie is giving you good advice...about switches being easy to build.



Herb,

Yes, I would have built those a bit different, too. The three-way looks pretty good though. I like the way Gary at Light Iron does his...I just can't get the balance from him (and he's a 'friend').

Woodie is right. I'm just chicken to try. Guess that needs to change. I have all the materials close to hand. Granted, he builds his in place. I think I'll try 'at the workbench' first.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 03:34 pm
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James-I have been building most of the switches off layout these days. I am adding those 2 extra sidings we talked about on the workbench. Using r/c, we can solder the rails to brass ties and just glue it all in place with some wood ties here & there. I know you can make switches...I dare you...double dog dare you!

                             Woodrow



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 03:47 pm
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Wow James.  That is looking good.  I can't wait to see what else you have planned for your mining empire.



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