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 Posted: Mon Jun 19th, 2017 08:34 pm
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Plan A, B, and C didn't work.  Spent most of Sunday afternoon working on this with only failures (must be a glutton for punishment).  Plan D: Did what I should have done in the first place.  Would have saved a lot of frustration.  Move the push/pull rod over to the right, along with moving the ore bin.  Installed a simple bell crank underneath the bin.  Pull on the rod and the chute goes up and closes; push the rod and the chute comes down and loads the ore cars.

Photos to follow.



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Hi Michael,
That is probably a pretty good call. Raising and lowering the chute is a whole lot easier than trying to make an operating slide gate. It also gets around larger particles jamming the slide gate part way shut while allowing smaller stuff to keep flowing and overflow your wagons.
Looking forward to your photos,



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I'm gonna try posting a short video tomorrow if I can figure out how.



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The 1/24 scale (?) RC race car just showed up in the mail.  I'll rip the guts out of this donor car for the rail truck.  4.5 volts, stick speed control, and all for $5.26.  Can't go wrong.

Need wife's help in uploading the video.  Coming soon.



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A working ore chute.  Simple, but it works.

https://www.facebook.com/michael.mazzacano/videos/vb.1469863415/10209116526218179/?type=2&theater

Last edited on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 10:53 pm by Michael M



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@oz
that two-storey dumper idea seems to be international - here's a 'historic' clip.



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Third borax car (on the left).  Still needs trucks and couplers.  Trying for a different effect with faded lettering.  The story goes that when the original paint had faded so bad the shop foreman had a worker grab a paint brush and a can of black paint to give an area for new lettering and numbers to be painted on.  "Doesn't have to look good as long as it works."






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Making progress on the layout.










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The donor race car showed up finally.  Now I can start making some serious progress on the rail truck.  Still waiting on the voltage booster.  I'll be using a 3.7 volt Li-Po battery and kick the voltage up to 4.5 volts.





I'm using a Bachmann Brill Trolley for the lead truck which is powered.  The red wheels will be the rear.  Planning on installing couplers, at least on the rear, so that it can haul the lone passenger car when needed.






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Got the rear wheels mounted on an axle, and that attached to the frame of the rail car.  Now to take the donor RC car apart and see how much room I'll need for the electronics.  This will be a rather short truck used for packages and mail. 






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