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 Posted: Wed May 11th, 2016 08:16 pm
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Switches are manually thrown by the ground throws. The turntables are manually turned (armstrong). Coupling and uncoupling are manual as well. No track magnets here although I did have to use a tape deck head demagnetizer on some chains and uncoupling tools.

Manually operating everything really adds to the enjoyment of operations as well as simplifying construction. Along with the fact that this railway is dead rail it also eliminates problems that plague many model railroads.

My simple couplers and tool is pictured. I learned right away that a clear reach to all sidings was needed. Placement of buildings, trees etc has to consider big fat hands.

Bob

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 Posted: Wed May 11th, 2016 08:34 pm
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Howdy Bob, yes I know how "fat hands" can mess things up while operating. My link & pin couplers (even after years of use) are still a pain in the a$$ to operate but I wouldn't have it any other way. Besides, the cost of converting all to knuckle automatics (and the work) ain't in my program!
I love those chain couplers and the simple tool is great. I use tweezers, several are scattered around the layout wherever switching is involved. Keep up the great work.

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My hats off to you Woodie. I use link and pin on one of my display layouts. That is 1/24th. Link and pin with 1/32nd? You must have steady hands. My back up for the day my hands shake to much is to move to 1/12th. I have been toying with some models in that scale.

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Working hard to get the layout ready for an NMRA convention layout tour. I would like to add more details which it is lacking at this point. Made another car load from a 1/35 scale military sand bag set. Decaled with tissue paper decals printed on my inkjet printer.

Bob

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I'm VERY impressed. Great work!



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Bob,

I was intrigued by your post on operating your layout. I like the simplicity of your card system that you are using. I hope you have more posts on your layout operations!

Keith

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+2 for what Keith said----about everything!

Herb

PS--There is always 1/1 scale--bur that requires a bit of space (and strong rafters under the room)



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 Posted: Sat May 14th, 2016 08:00 pm
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Just finished another Northern Conifer. I think it is my best tree to date. It is 20" tall and kinda overpowers the scene but, I like it.

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Looking east....

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Closeup.....

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