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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 10:23 pm
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PS, looking at the above pix, I realize that I need to do "something" to the coal! I just love photos of incorrect stuff!!!



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Must be one of those newer highly fuel efficient models......it looks like the coal has gotten dusty.
Ordered a bunch of reed switches today.  Will be converting my fleet soon.  Then will only need to touch when removing to charge.  Thanks for the inspiration.



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That's great Bob...Your r/c life will be easier for sure. I found that I could use a piece of an old motor magnet to energize the switches but settled on the teeny rare earth magnets. I don't have too many spare motors and want to keep them assembled. I have since modified the little magnets, instead of making tool boxes, etc., I attached one or two to a piece of wood or plastic strip using CA and then painted them bright red. When not in use, they attach themselves to the locos' pins in the couplers and I can always see where they are. Plus the brass tweezer that I made makes it all ultra simple...just what I wanted! And remember what Jose warned about-be VERY CAREFUL bending the leads on the switches, they can get broken with too much horsepower. I learned that long ago, thankfully.



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OK then, here are three "last"photos of what's happening at the Boquillas Prismoidal RR interchange with the "Big Bend RR"(no, I haven't got around to an incorporated name yet!) at Boquillas, TX.





The "engineer" is showing off his new little puppy (inside his shirt) that he rescued from down in one of the canyons. Some of the "doings" in the little town can be seen in the background.





Here's a view of one of the monorail's cars built to haul sacks of cinnabar (mercury ore) which will then be loaded on a flat car, over the trucks, then hauled to the standard gauge interchange at Terlingua for the trip to the processing plant.





Here's another view of the "bag car" and the overhead hoist used for unloading the sacks and loading any equipment that is needed by the mines way down in the canyons. One of the fellows is unloading ore from the monorail to an ore car for delivery to the smelter.

The monorail scene is probably about finished, I am interested in working on a new mine with it's own "baby gauge" railroad.



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Very effective scene.  All the activity in the town along with the laborers working the exchange between the monorail and narrow gauge really bring it life.  Looks like a photograph taken a long time ago.



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Now we're talking.  Woody your scene "rocks"!  :thumb:  That is very well executed.



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Following up on use of reed switches.....
Ordered a batch from Mouser.  As you indicated they were received quite quickly.  Have converted all eight of my engines - love not having to pick up and turn on or off.  
I mounted the reed switches under the cab floor on the steam engines.  Using a piece of plastic straw and wire I turned the batteries into buckets.  Still need to fill the buckets with something.  
Thanks for the motivation.

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Bob, excellent! I have been operating much more since I got rid of the pesky little SPST's or whatever they were! After looking at your bucket/magnet, I think that I'll make my magnets into coiled up hose or something. The switches are between the coal load and water hatch on the Shays and vertically installed on the Porters. I think that I was too interested in getting things running again to devise some "detail" to hide the magnets. BTW, what kind of magnets did you use? The little rare earth jobs? I know that you are happy with this "conversion"...



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Yes - rare earth 1/4 x 1/8 magnets.  Very pleased with the outcome.  Understand the comment about running more now.  

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Here is a photo of "Hairpin Curve" as I built it on the late Silver City narrow gauge layout. I couldn't scrap this piece so it is the "centerpiece" of the new Bend layout.
I will post a photo of how it has been re-located from New Mexico to the Big Bend.  Matter of fact, the track leading to the curve is quite similar to the way it is here.



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