Rainier Great Western Const Update

RGW Feb 19, 2007

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Waking up during the middle of the night. All that you could see in dreams were wires, wires and more wires..... :eek::D
     
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  2. RGW

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    "wires, wires and more wires....."

    Yup, but definitely in home stretch now.
     
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  3. gjslsffan

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    I hope this is the end of your electrical troubles.
     
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  4. RGW

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    When I posted earlier today I didn't have photos of the shrink tube work from last night, so I took those tonight.

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    We decided to strengthen the pin connections with the shrink tube. It might be overkill, but anytime we can reduce the impact of movement, I'm willing to err on the side of caution.
     
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  5. RGW

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    Last night's work session consisted of all hands working on the install of the South Seattle Yard megapoints panel. Just so there is no confusion, that meant yours truly was upside down on a dolly all night, but I digress. As we did with the Interbay panel, we fabricated a simple channel for the panel to slide in.

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    In this case, the panel is 28 inches by 8 inches. So it was wide but not deep. Here is the opposite side. You can also see Scott's handiwork and his platform for the power supply.

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    We had to move two of the tortoise control boards inward to give us enough clearance, but that was a minor adjustment. In the end the panel slid right in.

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    We still have to fabricate a locking mechanism to ensure the panel stays in place but otherwise this part of the install is done. The next step was to mark each tortoise with its correct number and then we started installing the wires.

    One step closer. Until next week, thanks for checking in.
     
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  6. RGW

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    To summarize tonight, we created a rat's nest of wires, then unscrambled it and stretched each to their appropriate tortoise switch machine.

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    It was an all hands effort to run all 30 wires to each tortoise and we still have work to do. Each wire needs an edge connector to attach to the tortoise, so next week we'll start soldering them on and perhaps even putting them in place. We'll see when the time comes. We also need to course the wires through hanger clips and do a little tidying up, for sure.

    The good news is we are one step closer to operations. Figure two more work sessions to finish this install, then at least three to get the railroad in shape (including yard testing) and finally one for staging. That puts us in October, but the time will pass very quickly.

    Thanks for checking in.
     
  7. RGW

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    Been a couple of weeks since our last update, so thought it was about time to get everyone caught up. As I stated in the last post, we expected a couple of weeks of work to debug the South Seattle Yard panel. We completed that work tonight and can report complete success.

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    All turnouts (30) and routes (14) are working as intended!

    In other news, we received the Maple Valley backdrop from the printer today. For now it is taped into place to remove the curve in the backing paper (white area at top). I had the printer delete the sky, so our painted backdrop with our own clouds will be what you see once it's in place.

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    It is 122 inches long and was purposefully printed deeper than we will actually need. We will trim it to the "best fit" depth once we start jockeying it into position. It is a peel and stick product, so once we are ready to install it, it should go on smoothly. We may have to do a little surgery on the backdrop to assure that's the case, but we'll see.

    That's it for now. The next phases are cleaning, then testing, and finally operation. Woohooo!

    Thanks for checking in.
     
  8. dalebaker

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    The above post is Likeable on many levels!!! Video of the first run is a must!
     
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  9. RGW

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    Using the weekend to prep for backdrop installation on Tuesday. First thing was to remove the foam against the backdrop and then sand the glue and excess paint. This will give us a nice clean and smooth surface to attach the picture.

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    Then I painted the background for the mountains at each end.

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    Finally added the landforms.

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    Once we have the photo backdrop in place, we'll come back and add more foam in front of the photo to close up the gaps and then we intend to use tall static grass to help create the idea of distance to the pasture and mountains on the photo.

    Thanks for checking in.
     
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  10. RGW

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    Just a quick post to get up to speed on our progress. We finished the prep for the picture backdrop. Spackled all the imperfections and sanded them back out, then put on frog tape to protect the surfaces for the next step.

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    Next we will put down a layer of caulk against the backdrop and once dried, spackle to close the gap between the track and the backdrop.

    As for the cleaning process, what do you do with your cars in order to clear track so you can vacuum and then brite-boy? Answer, put them anywhere you can...

    Here's but a small sample of how it looks.

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    More next week.
     
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  11. RGW

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    Another short update from tonight. We continued to clean track. Our process is simple, vacuum, hit really dirty track with Brite-boy, then using a simple block of wood we burnish the track to a high shine. For our final step, we flip the wood over, hit the block with CRC 2-26 and then spread it over the clean track. Here's Doug during the burnishing stage.

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    I started the evening early, before the guys arrived. I put AC weathering strip foam down into the gaps between the track and the backdrop. Once I had it in the right place, I filled the space with Dap gap-filling clear caulk. Once hard, it will support the foam landforms and prevent anything from falling through to the yard below.

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    This will take a while to dry, so next week we will start putting in the foam landforms. And based on this picture we have a lot of ballast touch ups in our future

    Until next time, thanks for checking in.
     
  12. vince p

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    Almost looks like Rock Island track woooops to much ballast.
     
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  13. RGW

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    Can't be its too straight.
     
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  14. RGW

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    In advance of this coming Tuesday, I went out to the layout and removed the frog tape from the backdrop area. Really pleased with how this DAP caulk is working out.

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    One other item we added last week was pipe insulation to the areas of the fascia where a person might duck under to fix derailments or other track situations.

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    This stuff is strong and will help prevent scraping the back of one's head. Trust me, I'm happy to have installed this stuff.

    More on Tuesday.
     
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  15. BoxcabE50

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    Sounds like there were a few "experiences" which led up to this installation. :)
     

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