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 Posted: Fri Jan 19th, 2018 09:08 pm
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Here is the "Hairpin Curve" in it's new situation...just about the same as the old situation.











Since I don't have "proper" lighting as yet, ye gets what ye pays fer...
On this freezing day in Texas, I opened the garage door which let out the nice warmth but allowed these pix. 
The curve has "sprouted" more flora and a sharp eye might be able to see a roaming puma (mountain lion) which frequent places in the Bend.
Lots have changed but the place remains about the same. 

One thing that used to bother me was a 6% or so grade on the far side of the curve in it's original form, 
now it is flat, in fact, the only grades on this layout now are these here on the curve, about 2% or less. 

My poor old lokies were wearing out from the 10% on the outdoor Mogollon and an almost as heavy grade on the Silver City line. 
Less is more, at least in grades VS locomotives.





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Looks great!  

To reduce the grade did you re-lay the track?  

Also, in my experience however, if you see a big cat, it is generally too late! :shocked:




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Howdy Steven, no I didn't do anything to the curve except introduce some greenery. Out there in NM, the location of the real curve is now "alive" with shrubs & trees...a far cry of what it looked like in 1907 or so. The track on either side of the curve is pretty much level. One side of the layout is 2% lower than the other side, or vice versa. I will try to take some better pix of what is now VS what was then. I tried to reuse as much of the layout as possible, I spent too much time & dinero building it to just trash it out. I still have much to do and boxes of "details" to include. Fun, fun, fun...





Here's the photo that started it all..."Hairpin Curve" on the Silver City, Pinos Altos, & Mogollon RR. Love that cabless Shay!





And a look at the under construction curve with little #1 and train in much the same pose as the original.



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Good job incorporating the old hairpin loop. You should buy a warehouse so you can just keep building new modules for us to enjoy.

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Brewdreau fellers..
Found you..boo waaw aw hahahahahah SO..Uuum..the idear about these engine sheds is that a railway will be familial in designs of buildings and lokey s/ rolling stocks..
same dude designs stuff.goes with what he knows..and etc..
I don't know where this message will fall 
Probably at the bottom of the thread...But foam is great stuff..I bought a hot wire foam factory years ago..one of the most clever things I have done.
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I think all railroads will have some kind of family appearance.  Class 1 railroads much more than narrow gauge shortlines.


I took a old solder gun, took some brass wire bent to the desired shape, and screwed it into the two terminals on the solder gun to make my own 'hot wire' tool.  What can I say...I'm cheap!



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Hot wire cutter...I just screwed together 3 pieces of old 1X2 pine into a "C" shape, put a screw in each end of the "C", then ran some nichrome wire between the screws along with wires from an old Marklin power pack I have and when I turned the thing on full out, the wire cuts through blue & pink foam like "burnin' hell"...cost was about 3 bucks for the hot wire. I love it when a plan comes together.
Duane-I have a warehouse...my garage!



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Woodie,

What gauge of nichrome wire would work?

I got a couple of old Lionel transformers that would probably work.



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Michael, I just went to the LHS (Hobby Lobby would have this also) and bought Woodland Scenics hot wire. I don't know what gauge it is but looks similar to 20 gauge solid wire. This stuff is in 6 foot lengths for around 3 bucks. Probably any craft store would have the wire, many folks are into cutting foam for things other than making model rr scenery...I suppose there ARE other hobbies besides this one!!



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Continuing onward...some years ago I spent a bunch of time building this little sawmill for the old Mogollon Railway. This operation was just to supply ties, mine props, and trestle timbers, not your large lumber mill.





But then when I dismantled the outdoor layout and moved into the living room with the Silver City line, I couldn't find a place for this structure and it sat on a shelf...almost forgotten and getting dusty and full of cobwebs. With the new layout, I was determined to find some place for this. After all, I had spent all this time and made all this stuff and had no place...again. But then...











I managed to make room for one of my favorite things, the little sawmill. Right across the "street" from the little town of Boquillas I fitted in some more "land" and provided a few more jobs for the locals and another customer for the railroad. Of course there are more "details" to add and how about that be-ute-full old Chebby truck and 2 wheeler provided by Larry G up in the Dakotas. She needs some weathering but won't get as nasty as the old Ford TT sitting next to her. And now I have a job for the little CAT dozer, helping to load timber into the mill. Yep, the CAT was sitting unused also. All in all, it has been a nice project and all I had to do was add some "land" and dirt.



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