Rainier Great Western Const Update

RGW Feb 19, 2007

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yikes. Safety. I can recall landings where this was not practiced. Such as a couple up near Stampede Pass, where such a thought was nowhere in mind. (1980's) The driver was standing very close by, and as soon as the load was up, before even binding his load, pulled quickly away- So the next guy could back in and start loading. It was rush, rush, hurry, hurry! Move it, buddy! (Actually "buddy" was not the word they used...)
     
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  2. RGW

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    You mean colorful epithets were en vogue, surely you jest...
     
  3. BoxcabE50

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    Ha ha. This being a family oriented site, I refrained from the actual language. Otherwise we might learn of readers suffering heart attacks, melting monitors, etc. :)

    The worst I ever heard was one day when an anchor wire broke on a high lead Skagit spar, under down hill load. (It was an eighty footer.) The broken cable caused sparks on ground, during fire restrictions of late July/early August, which caused concerns. That whole tower whipped back and forth. When it settled down, the operator climbed out, with loaded trousers and spewing language which would make a drunken sailor blush. :eek:
     
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  4. RGW

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    Wouldn't we all.....
     
  5. dalebaker

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    It’s the big scene that’s easy, it those small details that make it that drives you crazy...... looking good guys!!!
     
  6. RGW

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    Scott and I will be discussing this scene in greater detail and scope tomorrow evening. Thanks guys. M
     
  7. RGW

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    Busy night at the RGW. Wain, Scott, Doug and I all tackled projects. Wain brought in the Franklin Yard panel to work on the mounting bracket. He also used a rotozip saw to cut an opening in the fascia where the wiring will be channeled to the tortoise machines. In this pic you can also see the wire support I mentioned last week. Wain fabricated that out of a coat hangar. It is imperative that wires do not hang down once inside the fascia, as there are tracks running behind the fascia board.

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    On the back side of the panel Wain mounted the mating piece of the bracket.

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    When put in place, the panel will look like this:

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    We will eventually place supports behind the panel to account for the curvature of the fascia.

    Scott continued his fine work on the logging spur. He added more detail and completed the ballasting of the gantry track.

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    Doug added more ballast on the Franklin Wye and also continued to trim off half of the branches on some of our remaining pine trees, or as we now refer to them as, backdrop trees. By trimming off one side of the branches, we can place th flush against the backdrop. This eliminates double shadows.

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    As for me, I worked on the revolving door at the Black Diamond town hall. I first drilled a hole through the foundation and through the lower half of the door.

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    I also mounted the upper door with a "pivot" guide installed.

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    When the building is in place it looks like this:

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    In between I will use 1/16 K&S music wire sheathed in styrene tube. The wire will be glued inside the tube and will have a small piece sticking out to go into the pivot. The remaining exposed wire will go through the floor and under the table.

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    I will eventually put four grooves in the tube so I can attach acetate that will simulate the glass door. Under the table I will mount a servo that can be controlled from the fascia to turn the revolving door by rotating the music wire. I will also add curved door panels on each side of the door opening.

    Well that's a lot for one night, so until next week, thanks for checking in.
     
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  8. vince p

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    That is cool.
     
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    Don't forget to light the revolving door .
     
  10. RGW

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    Ugh, ok
     
  11. dalebaker

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    Kids love revolving doors! Put a kid in there pushing it round and round! LOL!!!
     
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  12. RGW

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    Just got back in town from a week away from the rain. It's rained all day today and I want to go back. Unfortunately, that's not happening. So I continued a project that we started months ago, the mining row houses from City Classics.

    You may recall my father-in-law, Mike Petty, and I started painting these kits during Christmas break. Here Mike is, airbrushing one of the units.

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    I took them back with me to Palm Springs to make more progress. I started by gluing all four sides together, then began working on the front porches. These are very tiny parts and not altogether sturdy. But they went together just fine. One thing's for sure, you use any means you can to hold parts in place as you test fit them and ultimately glue them together.

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    I used blue tack to hold the porch roof assembly in place while the glue set where the supports met the deck. This kept the entire assembly square. I then fit the roof in place, assuring a nice tight joint against the building. Here's a tip, I sanded the back edge of the roof to a 45° angle. This allows just the upper most tip of the roof to sit against the building. It promotes a nice tight fit. Here is one ready for stairs.

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    We got back last night so the weather gave me ample reason to stay inside and paint the porch assemblies. I used the window color, Tamiya medium blue, for the accent colors and Tamiya light gray for the porch itself.

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    Here are all 3 ready to be glued in place.

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    I need to complete the acetate windows and window shades before putting on the roof. You'll also note the porch roof needs shingles. So will each main roof once they are installed. Then these beauties will be ready for the Franklin mine.
     
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  13. vince p

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    Very nice looking row houses.
     
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    Spending time today on the shingled porch roof. Using 600 grit sandpaper that has been marked and cut for 3 tab single dimensions. I used a square and a triangle to draw pencil lines every foot, then just using the square, I cut the shingles out. I then go back and cut the long strips into the length needed, letting them run a foot or so long to trim back after install. Here's how they look at that point.

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    The next step I do is cut about half way on each pencil mark to simulate the tab. I also cut the first tab in half on every other strip. Shingles are staggered to promote effective water runoff, so I want to ensure it looks correct. Here's how they look installed.

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    Two down, one to go.
     
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  15. RGW

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    Testing out the future home...

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    Windows in, each roof ready for shingles.

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  17. vince p

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    Nice thanks for giving the tip on the shingle making.
     
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  18. BoxcabE50

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    These remind me of an NP RR housing row at Garrison, MT.
     
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  19. RGW

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    Just a short update on the Black Diamond town hall. Drilled the hole for the music wire through the base and into the plywood substrate. Then I glued the center shaft onto the music wire using two part epoxy. After making sure it was secure on the music wire, I fit the parts together to check alignment.


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    As you can see it aligns pretty well. Might even be just about right if I could actually put the building on the base correctly. Ugh.

    Next task is adding the acetate door panels. That may prove an interesting challenge. More later.
     
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  20. RGW

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    Here's a recap of our work session from last Tuesday. Doug was busy with the Franklin Wye landform. Adding trees and bushes on all three sides and the center island.

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    Rey was somewhere in the building helping, but his regular work area was full of parts, so I'm assuming he was using the drill press in the garage.

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    In a recent post I discussed how Doug was trimming the backside of trees so we could place them flat against our backdrop. The goal is to simulate depth, but more so to get rid of unwanted shadows. Here is how that looks. First without the trim:

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    Then with the trim and flush against the backdrop:

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    Love the difference.

    As for me, I spent time on the revolving door at Black Diamond town hall. It's working like a charm. Here's the latest:

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    Then I also started working on the roof details. A satellite dish and the police/emergency radio tower.

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    I will also add solar panels to the roof and security fence when all is said and done. This is a nice kit from Faller.

    Ed and Scott were working on clearance at one of our shadow box tunnel openings. I will detail that next week. Until then, thanks for checking in.
     

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