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  1. #21
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    Very impressive so far....I look forward to (lots) of photos..the photos are what let's us enjoy it without being there....thanks....

  2. #22
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    Hello Jim,

    thanks, it indeed sounds like you have thought it through! A high ridgeline will definitvely help to get to the trains.

    Cheers
    Dirk
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  3. #23
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    Thom, no problem. I'm in Spring Hill, so we're only a half hour away. Let me get a bit further on, though!

    Mike, glad you like the cars. And the room is not QUITE as pristine as it looks. Until yesterday there was a whole pile of "stuff" over on the right side, and my lumber pile is behind the camera to the left.

    But I DO think that you need to keep things fairly neat and clean. That way you don't lose things too much, and I also think it makes for a better mindset, almost forcing you to do neater work.

    Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement. I intend to continue to document progress, much the way Jerry DeBene has done. It's just another facet of the hobby, and an enjoyable one.
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  4. #24

    Custom built turn-outs

    Jim, that is one beautiful start to a great looking layout first class all the way. I was wondering since you are having custom built turnouts what size would they be?
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  5. #25
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    Route 66 - The staging area will have Rob de Rebel's #8s (Which should be here today!)...and no, I'm not "the guy". I chose #8 for operational purposes, no one will see them in there. They're long enough for smooth operation with long cars, they're short enough to give me pretty much maximum storage track length.

    I chose to have them custom built because they must be bulletproof in this area.

    On the mains, I'm still pretty much undecided. I was originally going to do Atlas #10s but there have been disturbing reports on several forums regarding their quality. It's not out of the question to think I might do some custom built #12s for crossovers - I DO have the room - but that decision is in the future.
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  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Reising View Post
    Route 66 - The staging area will have Rob de Rebel's #8s (Which should be here today!)...and no, I'm not "the guy". I chose #8 for operational purposes, no one will see them in there. They're long enough for smooth operation with long cars, they're short enough to give me pretty much maximum storage track length.
    Ahhh!! Jim Ya got me :-) You are doing an excellent job on your construction of your layout. A beautiful job..I look forward to your updates.
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  7. #27
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    For all those who have mercilessly been riding Rob because his camera isn't functioning and they want to see his switches, here you are:


    Before anyone howls at the bare bones appearance, let me quickly state this is how I wanted them built - no ties, no paint, just the bare #8.

    They're great.
    Last edited by Jim Reising; October 6th, 2008 at 01:30 PM. Reason: Photo Location Change
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  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Reising View Post
    For all those who have mercilessly been riding Rob because his camera isn't functioning and they want to see his switches, here you are:


    Before anyone howls at the bare bones appearance, let me quickly state this is how I wanted them built - no ties, no paint, just the bare #8.

    They're great.
    That's the way we used to make them in a club I was in. They can then easily be adjusted for each individual position where the turnout is located. In effect, each turnout is custom made for exactly that particular place on the track work. Of course, you may need to do nothing, but if they need tweaking, it is easier to do with just the PC board ties in place.

    The turnout does look very nice.

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  9. #29
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    Here's this week's installment. It was a busy week but I can't show everything that was done. Here's where I was just before my RDR switches arrived:


    I was sweating this curve big time. The drawings SAID it should fit - and it DOES! Yea!


    I'm currently working on the departure section of staging - switches are down and track is cut to fit. Staging should be completed next week.
    Last edited by Jim Reising; October 6th, 2008 at 01:32 PM. Reason: Photo Location Change
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  10. #30
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    Man you are going fast.What will the longest train in staging be?What percent grade are you using?

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