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badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

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    HAd a good weekend building two bridges to an almost complete stage. I elected to leave out the side supports until I have the track installed. I also got the two short girders built up. Then I just had to set them together, and put them in their approximate final location!

    It was a pleasant building session, as trains steamed around and cruised past, the crews hanging their heads out to gawk at the B&B crew building away!

    Before any of that, I had to spend a bit of time doing a small leak repair on the roof. Time to start thinking about a new roof on the trainshed! PIC_0344 (2).JPG PIC_0346 (2).JPG PIC_0348 (2).JPG PIC_0333.JPG PIC_0334 (1).JPG PIC_0342 (1).JPG PIC_0343 (2).JPG PIC_0345 (1).JPG PIC_0349 (3).JPG PIC_0350 (2).JPG
     
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    Only three more to build !

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    Bridge 4 arrived and is in process! PIC_0601 (1).JPG Am screwing up some courage and working to improve the pulling power of the AC-12. Here some weight is added to the cab, about 1/4 ounce. PIC_0597.JPG PIC_0599 (1).JPG But it's biggest issue is the location of the traction tires, the lead axle of each engine. It appears to be correctable, with some tough axle work. Then the big concern will be can the siderods and pins handle the torque? Hmm, pondering to do. PIC_0598 (1).JPG So, while I was under there, the pilot wheels got swapped out and some solder added for better tracking. PIC_0600 (2).JPG
     
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    So not much has been happening on the road lately, summer busy-ness and all.However, I was able to hit my LHS in Billings last week and pick up some brass strips so I can finish these bridges. I tried using the plastic strips, SNAP! So, bras it will be!
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    And a little bit of scenery imaginings going on with styrofoam leftovers from work projects,
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    The only other bit of excitement was having a co-contractor bring her nephew over to watch and play trains! ( years old and excited! But he did very well not touching anything and just driving them like I asked him to. A good kid that! His dad sat and was just amazed at all of it and the detail available in N! Yay! Just another day of spreading the modelrailroad disease!(y)
     
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    Way to go and be a pusher. :D :D :D
     
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    Anything I can do to infect the next generation with it!
     
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    Great job, badlandnp!!! Fortunately there is no age limit for someone to love trains.

    Joe
     
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    Solder for axle weight...love it !!!(y)(y)(y)(y)(y):D:cool:
    (as long as one wheel is insulated)


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  9. Mike C

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    Loks like the crank pin is coming out there George !
     
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    Had to look to see what uou were seeing, and I think it is just the little rivet that holds on the reversing rod to the eccentric. It has a lot of play on both sides. Thanks for looking tho! I miss stuff like that all the time, which is one reason I do close up pics and look at them on the PC!
     
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    This is the extent of my layout time today, I built a pc tie bridge and put it in where the temperature extremes caused the track to seperate. As you can see, the near rail really moved a long way. And even tho this are of the layout got up near 80 today, nothing buckled anywhere. I will fill the gap with styrene, eventually. These two switches are slated for replacemnt with #8's so it can wait. Having fixed this I was able to run trains again! Aaaaaaahhhh, relaxing. PIC_0215.JPG
     
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    I am surprised the temperature was so low. Air conditioning?
     
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    Definitely! It was working hard, but is a requirement or it would have been 100+ in there!
     
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    Got motivated last night and put in some more foam and sheetrock mud. Then paint this am. The point here is to hide the "not-tunnel" going into the cut and disappearing into the scenery without it being an obvious tunnel. I think it is successful here. PIC_0254.JPG PIC_0255.JPG PIC_0259.JPG PIC_0256.JPG
     

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    Made a little progress on this corner this last week. Evenings in the trainshed at 80 when it is near 100 outside sure does feel cool! PIC_0289.JPG PIC_0288.JPG PIC_0287.JPG
     
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    Wow

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  17. BoxcabE50

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    How are you doing now, Gene? Much better, I hope!
     
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    I am doing better Ken. Day by day. This has not been diagnosed as to why yet. Which has been hard to swallow.

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    It's been good to hear from gcav since his incident. Now to get him back into working on his rails!

    Here's a quick video of the first train through the new scenery in this corner I have been working on. There is still more detailing to do, but it looks a lot better than open space!

     
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