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 Posted: Thu Apr 1st, 2010 01:38 pm
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Finally getting some rail down.  Let the op session begin.  Look forward to seeing the progress now that the track work has begun.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 04:22 pm
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Well, I'm a' waiting for the news on the handlaid switch (turnout to overseas folks). How's it coming?  Expiring minds want to know.

I remember when my mom would tell me to go "git a switch"...Is that the same thing?                               Boudreaux



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 05:06 pm
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With my head held low - so I don't have to look you in the eyes - I'm using a pre-fab switch on this one (still a stub, though). I told you I was a wimp when it comes to hand laying. I've never hand laid a switch in my life and it scares me to no end. No - I don't know why.  :sad: I guess it's just the thought of making one or several mistakes. Funny, too, as I don't have that same fear at all in scratchbuilding those ore cars. (No...they ain't pre-fab!!)

I have looked at it over and over and wondered why I didn't just try to build one but - oh well.

Everything is in position though. I'm waiting for William to come over this weekend to help me distress the ties a bit and stain them. Then I'll spike the little sucker into place and start adding the connecting rails. I could have had all this finished but really want to include the little guy as much as possible.

I do promise to try my hand at laying a switch in the yard section 'cause I just know you'll call me a loser if'n I don't at least make the effort. Maybe you can bring that mulberry bush switch over and threaten me (that's the kind my Momma always made me go get out of the alley. And if it wasn't big enough I'd have to go back and get another.)

(He walks off dejected by all humanity...laughter and finger pointing following his every step.)



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 06:32 pm
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It was a peach tree switch, much springyer and able to raise a nice whelp. These days that is considered child abuse, but back then it was considered "training". In your case, it might be a basswood tie switch. Shame, shame, shame...after all, it's only 65 cents of rail!  Remember that your MMR certification depends on this.

                                        Woodrow



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 07:29 pm
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W C Greene wrote: Shame, shame, shame...after all, it's only 65 cents of rail!  Remember that your MMR certification depends on this. 
                                   


Yes, I want the MMR certification so I can put it next to my name on all my emails. The only problem is the NMRA will recognize it but the National Model Rairoad Association won't. (We'll see if that gets a, "Huuuuh?" from anyone.)

I promise I will build the ones in the yard but I might need help for the three-way.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 2nd, 2010 08:58 pm
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Come on James, man up :bg: and just lay the thing.  So if you make a mistake, you learn.  Come over and I'll show you the best way to get 'er done.  Or if youwant to go it alone, before you lay the first one on the layout, build one at the work bench just for practice, then go to it.  After the first two turnouts, it will start to come natural and you'll wonder why you didn't start sooner.  Besides, a stub switch is easier to lay than a point switch.  As you know I have laid a couple of turnouts in my life time and I know you can do it.  The work you did on your ore cars was super.  :apl:



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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 03:34 am
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My grandson was over Easter weekend so we worked on the layout section a little. We had to alter the position of some of the ties to make the track flow better.



We set the switch into place to get it lined up properly. Yeah, something we wouldn't have to do if it was just laid in place rail by rail.



The ties were given some texture and stained and the switch spiked into place. We started laying track into place but since it was Easter we had to go hunt Easter eggs and stuff our faces.

During the past couple days I've laid some of the track in place and adjusted the flow to look good. It's not perfect like a Class I railroad but it suits me.





I hope to have more done in the next couple days so William and I can start on a little bit of the scenery this Saturday. We'll glue some more foam in the areas where the scenery needs to be higher for the mine area and I'll let him slop in some Sculptimold.



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Here's one more shot of the overall layout from the front as it presently looks.




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Sullivan wrote:


During the past couple days I've laid some of the track in place and adjusted the flow to look good. It's not perfect like a Class I railroad but it suits me.





Isn't that all that really matters James? Of course since the president of the RR wasn't there the last couple of days he may require some re-work. :bg:

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 Posted: Thu Apr 8th, 2010 01:23 pm
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He better not!! The track gang will go on strike. And like most presidents and desk-bound execs, he ain't very good at driving spikes. Heck, the track gang is bad enough. I don't know what the problem is but I've had a few of the little buggers bend when they hit a hard spot in the ties and glue on the cork...or it seems like a hard spot.

Now understand...like most execs these days, he's young and has soft hands. And his hand-eye coordination hasn't had time to develop properly. He will get better.

I am glad I started out working on this small section first to get back into the groove, so to speak. I just wish I had more time to work on it. It seems to really be going slow compared to the pace Woodie seems to maintain. But as long as I'm having fun... 



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