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 Posted: Fri May 26th, 2017 04:02 am
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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 06:35 am
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Making progress on the layout.
Dimensions are 30 inches deep and 26 inches wide.
I measured the width of all the doors in the house and the garage,
allowed for a little extra room so I wouldn't loose any knuckles,
and came up with 26 inches.

I considered using a variety of materials for the base,
but decided just to keep it simple since it was so small and used 1 x 3 framing with plywood top.
The scenery is going to be fairly flat anyways.
Taking Si and Woodie's advice I'm going with Peco On30 flex track, which is on order and should be here soon. 





Just a basic loop with two switches for future expansion.
Minimum radius is 10 inches.
I'm used to making my equipment handle 6 inch radius curves, so 10 inches radius will be no problem.




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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 07:54 pm
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Hi Michael :wave:



The photos of car No.74 and loco No.9 out in the Californian sun look great !

I think your models were 'designed' to be outdoors in the sun !

Dark blurry flash-photos, don't do 'em justice !

Your 'outside' build photos are my favorites. :!:



I think you will like the Peco 'Crazy Track' ... as us Brits. sometimes call it. :Crazy:

I have a yard here, my cars look pretty cool with the code-100 rail and chunky ties.

Looks like you have worked the 24" switch in & got your tight radius as well.


Trying to ballast over HO track to me seems ... Well, I've thought about it & aint doing it !!



I figure you need to think about your couplers next Michael.

You have almost got enough car/loco builds, to decide on a basic 'coupler-height'.

The couplers must be reliable, to have a 'fun' railroad, cars un-coupling themselves don't make me happy.


I think you simply gotta dump the HO couplers ...

... and fork out $2 a car/loco, for the San Juan Car Co. 'Evolution Couplers'.

Get a small pack of 4 to try out ... You will love 'em & so will the models ... They look & work great.


You could follow the recommended mounting-height.

Or like me, decide your own.


I'm not that interested in 'magnematic' un-coupling ...

... so I've 'side-cuttered' the 'air-hoses', perfect for my hand-brakes.


A twist of a suitably sized flat-blade screwdriver, being my favorite cutting technique !



All looking cool Michael.



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 09:42 pm
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Si,

Okay, went and ordered some of San Juan's Evolution Couplers.  They're suppose to fit in a Kadee coupler box and mate with Kadee couplers.  Guess I'll find out for sure when the couplers show up.  I'm just so use to using Kadee couplers from my HO and On30 days.

I am really leaning toward leaving the layout out under the back patio.  I've already put a wood sealer down before laying the cork roadbed.    On the left rear track I've got just enough room to install my operating borax tipple temporarily until I expand further to the left.  The right side will extend out to give some room for an unloading facility and a small engine house.  Enough room in the center of the circle for a few buildings.  The rest will just be rolling desert with a little sagebrush...a bucket of sifted sand and gravel with some dried weeds.
 
The main problem I see with leaving the layout outside is dealing with the Santa Ana winds that we get; sometimes gusts up to 60-70mph.  A couple of years ago I lost part of the roof off the garage.





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 Posted: Sat Jun 3rd, 2017 04:29 am
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The Peco On30 flex track arrived today so rails should start going down in the next few days.

Got a name for the little railroad:  NYE, INYO & ESMERALDA RAILROAD

Kind of a big name for a short two-foot gauge line.



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I'm liking the name.  Three of my favorite places for certain.  Looking forward to more.:)



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Here is the beginning of the Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad.








I did use Peco HO switches with a couple of ties removed.
I like the Peco 240 & 241 because of the sharp angle.
Room is tight so ya gotta do what you gotta do.
I'll bury the rest of the ties in dirt and ballast.
Only took me a few hours this morning to get the track down.
The track nails will get removed once the ballast is laid down.
Also planning on installing some guard rails where the curves get close to the edge,
just so my RC critters don't take a dose dive concrete floor.

Still need to add a backdrop to the back.
And I want to build some sort of box that will cover the layout when not in use.
We can get some strong winds here in north San Bernardino, plus the Santa Ana winds can wreak havoc.

It's a start.
Need to get some buildings installed.
Planning on an extension to the right with a rotary dumper and engine house.




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 Posted: Tue Jun 6th, 2017 10:11 am
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Need to do some test running of my equipment and make any track adjustments where needed.

Next I need to paint the rails and ties.  Got some rattle cans of spray paint.  Think I'll mask the switches and paint them by hand.  Don't want any paint gumming up things.



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 Posted: Wed Jun 7th, 2017 03:24 am
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Painted the track today on the NI&E Railroad.
I covered the switches so that the rattle can spray paint doesn't gum up everything.

Here is the first test run just to make sure everything works.
You can see how my R/C loco is packed pretty tight.











Can't forget Woodie's Cantina.







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 Posted: Wed Jun 7th, 2017 04:32 am
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Si,

My San Juan couplers showed up today.  A little larger than the Kadee HO couplers, but they look very nice!



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