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 Posted: Thu Jul 29th, 2010 04:45 pm
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James-Herbie is right about those "cranked links", loggers coulden't run without them! Knowing you, your trackwork will be laid nicely and to NMRA accepted standards so your links may work just right. On the "other hand"...with bumpy roller coaster track, I have found that I need longer links, some "cranked", all with rather large holes for the pins to wiggle in. And those 10 foot poles are a wonderful tool for keeping things on track pushing or pulling.

Mopman believes that I should use car cards for operations, I keep telling him that the cards would melt outside. As I remember, you were the guy who sold him on that scheme. Of course, I have seen flying pigs, so anything is possible.

            Keep working, it will make you feel lots better.

                              Woodie (using BC's computer)

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 Posted: Thu Jul 29th, 2010 06:54 pm
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Woodie/Muj:  James didn't sell me on CC&WBs but he did confirm that was the way to go.  It was the operation of Tony Koester and Joe Fugate's layouts that started me on the track with CC&WBs.  Believe me they have made a big difference in the way the layout operates.  It's an whole new kind of fun.

 On your layout I would only use car cards for the oddball cars (box, tank, etc).  The ore cars to me are somewhat self explanatory i.e. loads to the smelter...empties (or mty's) to the mines.



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 Posted: Thu Jul 29th, 2010 07:08 pm
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I'm at work so not much time to post right now.

For Lucas: I'm working on some parts for the car so I can lay them out for you to see what I start with. Of course, a close-up of the assembled car is on Page 1, my first post for the Chisos. I will also try to have some dimensions for you.

For the rest of you guys. Yeah, I needed to get my focus back and get away from all the irritating facts of life. I decided I would need more ore cars and had the parts all cut so went for it.

As to operation, I have a loooong way to go to have anything to run these babies on. I am working on a plan for the yard area and will concentrate on that before tackling any more mining areas. As you will remember I had started one but became disenchanted with the way it looked and especially the amount of action it would give for the space. I don't have a backyard to use...yet.

Car Cards: This is the way to go for a good sized layout if you don't want to invest in a computer program for printing out switch lists. That involves in-putting all the info for cars and towns/industries before anything can work. Mistakes can be made with this type of system and can take a little bit to straighten out at times. Been there...

The Chisos will use hand written switch lists...eventually...for all equipment including extra runs. Hitchcock uses that method for his RR (with car cards as backup).

More later... 

 



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James-I have decided to go the train order route...I will print the forms on homemade paper with a Gutenburg press that Muj has somewhere. The ink will be made from cactus juice and scorpion venom. The pencils to be used will be made by a Mr. Thoreau at his company in the woods. I will try to  be authentic in every respect and above reproach from punters and pitnickers.

Just when you thought I had faded into the shadows...I'm baaaaack!

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Homemade paper-my butt.  It comes in rolls and is perforated every 5 inches. Just remember NOT to use the brown side.


Herbie   :old dude:



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 Posted: Sun Aug 1st, 2010 02:32 am
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Herbie-the pitnickers use the brown side to write on. Just thought you'd like to know.

     James-I refuse to hijack your thread.. Chisos is a mysterious place and I believe the dreaded chupacabra lives there also. Nicht whar?

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 Posted: Sun Aug 1st, 2010 03:46 am
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When good friends get together for a chuckle or a pint there is no hi-jacking. I enjoy good-hearted banter as much as the next guy...unless the next guy is a rivet counter or a picker of nits.

And...ay...here thar be dragons and other mysterious beasties of the Jules Verne variety and perhaps more. Who knows?

 

On another note:

The Prez and I were getting parts together and photographed today. However, he wanted to use the 'puter to "work" so I was unable to download the pictures. He will be heading home later tomorrow so perhaps I can get them posted Sunday evening. I'll still need to post a few dimensions for those that want them.



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It looks like the problem with FreeRails disappearance also deleted posts from this thread.

The entire package of ore car pictures and construction notes is gone.

Since I didn't have that saved anywhere else it would be very time-consuming to re-construct and post again. Once I get over the loss perhaps I'll try to get something back up.

However, this time I'll make it a separate document and save to my computer.

The dreaded Blue Swirlies have won another round...



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James-

It would seen that the swirlies really have it in for you.

When you are done grieving, I hope that you give it a third---or is it fourth---shot.

A shot from a fifth is in order!!



Herbie:old dude: 



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 Posted: Sun Aug 8th, 2010 12:00 am
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Very nice rolling stock :thumb:

Your "Gilpin" ore car are excellent



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