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 Posted: Fri Jun 16th, 2017 08:15 am
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Just obtained an OO scale Hornby Dublo Bogie Bolster flat car.  Seems to be all cast metal.  Has possibilities.





My work space gets kinda messy.  Just so much to do.




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 Posted: Fri Jun 16th, 2017 08:18 pm
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Howdy Michael, great work. I might advise you to attach that guard rail on the curve a lot closer to the running rail for it do do the job. An NMRA HO (On30, 35n2) STANDARDS GAUGE is a valuable tool for such things, guardrails included.
Take care & have fun.

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Woodie,

You're right I didn't get the guardrails as close to the main rails as I would have liked.  Still it provides a little comfort knowing that if I have a derailment on those curves that RC loco won't go bounding across the countryside, or worse taking a nose dive into concrete canyon.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 17th, 2017 08:36 am
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Three main projects in the works:

Slowly working on a rail car.  The RC donor car should be showing up in the mail soon.  Once I get dimensions on the parts I can make better progress.

Decided I needed another borax car.  Need to finish the painting and lettering, then install trucks and couplers.

And of course there's the layout.  Installing the borax ore bin that will have a working chute so that I can actually load the borax cars.




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Still working on the operating borax ore bin.  Plan A didn't work.  Plan B doesn't look too promising.  Plan C just might come through.  I'd really want to be able to control the chute from a knob on the front of the layout.  It just bugs me to have to reach into a scene to throw a switch, or make something happen.  It should be hands off, or at least as much as possible.  If I ever get this thing to work right I'll post a short video.



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Can you post a pic of the bin showing how it works and it's position relative to the layout edge?
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Could you screw/glue a piece of, say, 2"x3" along the back edge ?


2" - 3" wider could be enough ?


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There is a rod underneath the tipple that goes up and down to move the chute.




I was looking at installing some linkage underneath so that when the rod was pulled or pushed the chute would go up or down but that got a little too complicated.

Now the rod is attached to a lever or fulcrum that when turned the chute goes up or down.



Still need to attach a small lever at the front of the layout, but it looks like this is going to work.



Need to let the epoxy setup to be sure it works, but it is looking good.  This is really just temporary as the ore bin will later get moved to a module on the left.  After this I can start adding some buildings and scenery.

Phase II will be a module to the right with a run around track, turntable, and unloading facility for the borax ore cars.



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Hi Michael,some off the wall thoughts -  from a dump layout operator (See my Jaxcilliest Enterprises below)
  1. Find a Lifelike operating coal loader bin (HO) This gives you a bin structure with a basic slide gate mechanism
  2. look at disabling the spring (not sure if this can be done easily)
  3. modify the pull arm on the gate so that it accepts a servo to operate the slide gate
  4. If you can't get the spring out, you'll need a high torque servo and mountings strong enough to ensure that nothing flexes when the servo operates.
  5. Add a curtain of chains (cheap jewellery stuff with small links will do) around the delivery chute to the car with chain lengths that will just hang inside the car hopper. This helps to minimise any "overspray" of cargo when loading. 
  6. If all else fails, at least you have an operational slide gate model to work from,
I hope that this helps you get to an operational bin sometime soon, 



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Oztrainz,

That's a really great setup you've got there.  Thanks for sharing.  Might try something like that down the road. 



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