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Colorado In Connecticut - HOn3 & HOn30
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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2019 12:13 pm
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Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
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" ... the knives for any visitors who says "Those trains are so cute".

And still no clouds or painted backdrop! "

Hi Kevin  :wave:

Simply AWESOME progress on your VERY ambitious project !  :thumb:

I like the 'knives'.  :w: ;)

But 'still no clouds' ... I guess I'll have to bring my shades then.  :cool:

I agree with Doug, who wouldn't, the bridges & mountainous landscape are looking ACE !  :)

It's great to see, even quite large buildings, dwarfed by the surrounding terrain ...  :shocked:

... just as it was in Gilpin County & possible to achieve in HOn as you've shown.

My only complaint is ...

... don't make us hang on so long for an update !  :time: :P  ;)

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



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 Posted: Wed Mar 6th, 2019 01:22 pm
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Kevin Fall

Joined: Thu Nov 9th, 2017
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I have a place behind the Stanley mine where the 18" gauge track from the mine,
switches into two tracks and crosses over a narrow gauge siding for the Stanley mine building.

One track goes into the main building, and one goes to the mine dump.

In the prototype photo the mine trackage actually does go through a switch, and goes over the 3 foot into the building,
and it is impossible to see if it goes over the track a second time, but for my purposes it does.

The prototype photo shows the crossing in the distance, so no closeup details are available to see what it looks like.

My first question is, would they bother to spend the time using wing rails on the crossing for the 3 foot,
because it is only a siding with a small break in the rail to allow for the 18" gauge flanges on the mine cars going over the siding rail?

As you can see I have not added any wing rails, but there is a smaller cut in the 3 foot rail.

Keep in mind that the siding rail is obviously larger (code 55),
and the mine trackage is smaller (code 40-probably a little big, but that's the smallest size available). 

A series of photographs showing the backside of the Stanley mine is currently on eBay,
where you can see what I am talking about.

My switch is a stub switch, which I assume mines would have used at the time (1918) as well as point switches.  Easier for me to build!  ;)

I cannot find any prototype photos of switches for mine trackage that shows how they threw the switch.
I can find photos of diverging tracks, but not the switch stand.
A harp switch that might be used for the narrow gauge is way too large for 18" gauge trackage,
so did they use some sort of a ground throw, or a miniature switch stand?

So before I glue the track down I need to figure this out.
I have tried looking through the various posts on Freerails, but to no avail.

Any help would be appreciated.

And rock coloring would be nice someday, that's true!

Plugging along,


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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 01:04 am
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Ken C

Joined: Tue Jun 16th, 2015
Location:  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 660

Although I can find numerous mining related photos, the photo of a switch stand I have remains to be found.

Photo is a similar switch stand on a 2 foot mining Rly. in Brazil.

Slightly fancier then the one I came across.
Switch throw should be straight and hinged on cross bars at base of switch.
Had U shaped supports on both sides, spaced for throw.
A chain and pin were attached to the throw to lock it in place when swung over.

Will keep looking for the photos.

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Ken Clark
real men don't use instructions. they are only
the manufacturers opinion on how to put the thing together!
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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 03:40 am
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8025
Howdy Kevin, nice work on the crossings.
I assume that there are regular stub switches used on 18"ga. mine trackage,
but most all the switches I have seen on 18" mine tracks are single point "kick switches" which don't have frogs or guard rails.
Just a single rail that is kicked (really!) back & forth to go from one track to another.
I don't have a photo I can get to right now but somebody out here probably has one.
If I can, I will snatch one from somewhere unless one gets posted.
Nice track laying by the way, very nice.


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