Rainier Great Western Const Update

RGW Feb 19, 2007

  1. RGW

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    The yard is currently painted yellow, so once the tape is down I will give it another coat, then after a couple of days I will paint the yard woodland scenics asphalt.
     
  2. Philip H

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    gotcha. Probably easier then the other way around . . . .
     
  3. RGW

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    I'm hoping so.
     
  4. RGW

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    One week after spreading and gluing the primary Maple Valley turnout, here is how it looks:

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    Real happy with it.
     
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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Will you have a depot at Maple Valley? If so, will it be a copy of the GN style, third (last) such building?
     
  6. RGW

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    I wish, don't have the space
     
  7. Yannis

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    Michael terrific layout and skills. I really enjoyed your posts walking me through the various locations of the layout.
     
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  8. RGW

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    Thanks Yannis
     
  9. RGW

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    It's been a while since my last post and frankly with little league in full swing, not sure I'll get to these any more frequently for a while, sorry. Last Tuesday Doug made excellent progress with our mainline ballast. We've really put a major dent in the mainline and have only about 30 feet or so remaining.

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    As for me, I'm starting work on the South Seattle Yard. It needed some additional adhesive around the edges as the carpet tape didn't hold. So, back to white glue and plenty of weight.

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    This week we put the finishing touches on a few problematic areas, so that next week I can start masking off the paint stripe areas.

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    Rey has been building cabooses. He's been customizing them by removing wooden catwalks and adding other, more modern touches. I'll try and detail those soon.

    One major project to update, our decision on how to handle routing. We have elected to go with Dave Fenton's Megapoints product line. If you haven't checked out his YouTube videos, you should. Here is the first set he put in the mail to us. We expect delivery this next week.

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    This system is for Franklin and it will handle individual turnout control, as well as routing. It also contains a DCC module so that the engineer can switch individual turnouts from his controller or the Yard panel, whichever is easiest at the time. Here is a look at Franklin:

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    It will also control the Wye at Franklin Junction:

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    We are very excited to be collaborating with Dave.

    More soon. M
     
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  10. BoxcabE50

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    Nice to see an interlocking tower. I don't believe any still survive in the State? But there once were a fair number of them.
     
  11. RGW

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    Well, they beauty of a freelance based on the prototype is you can make assumptions, whether they were really there or not is almost immaterial. Since Franklin never existed beyond the 1920's, we can do whatever we wish and I think a junction that interchanges between the RGW and the BNSF would have one.
     
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  12. dalebaker

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    Michael,

    Nice to see the update! That is one great MRR you guys are building. It's fun to watch you progress!

    Take care and enjoy LL!
    Dale
     
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  13. RGW

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    Thanks Dale, really looking forward to getting the yards running, it's all we have left before we can operate.
     
  14. RGW

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    Quick recap of last night's progress. As mentioned before Rey has been building a couple of old cabooses. He is custom fabbing new parts to bring the old versions into a new era. Here's good progress so far:

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    Meanwhile Doug and Scott added another 30 feet of mainline ballast. It still needs some additional work and glue, but you get the idea.

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    As for me, got there late from baseball, but did make some progress in South Seattle Yard.

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    That's it for now.
     
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  15. RGW

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    With my father in law in town, he and I started working on the town of Black Diamond. We laid out the roads, the curbs and the green space. Next we will use the woodland scenic road system to put in the streets and curbs.
     
  16. RGW

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    Here's a shot of the layout[​IMG]
     
  17. Alan

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    Not been here for a while, but pleased to see the recent progress. Looking forward to reports of full operating sessions. ;)
     
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  18. RGW

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    Today we started adding the rail crossings and approaches. In this first shot you see two angles of the Woodland Scenics steel road crossing in place and a pipe culvert.

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    Minutes later we masked it off, then used spackle to fabricate the road approaches.

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    One it dries, we'll sand it and fill in any deficiencies. Then we will begin laying out the paving tape.

    Thank you for checking in.
     
  19. BoxcabE50

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    Is that culvert also from Woodland Scenics?
     
  20. RGW

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    No, plastruct tube and I added corrugated metal to the visible ends.
     

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