Rainier Great Western Const Update

RGW Feb 19, 2007

  1. RGW

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    Fairly productive night by the crew of the RGW. Wain brought in his scratch built RGW Rip shed and began affixing the foundation.

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    Scott continued adding details to the Edwards and Bradford lumber mill. Here he is making a woodchip load using sifted sawdust:

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    In the foreground you can see the first bark load container. I understand he intends to put small chips in as well. Here's a closeup.

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    Ed has moved on to the next electrical project, our coal scale in Franklin. The Cornerstone scale and platform needed to be cut to fit, I believe he stated he took off about 3/8 inch from the back of the platform and scale house. Here he is cleaning up the rail so the platform fits perfectly.

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    I started my evening off with installing more backdrop photos. In this case a first attempt to give the viewer the sense the warehouses are in a freight district.

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    We'll let that sit there for a while and chew on the composition to see if it works or whether we need to change anything. After that was done, I set out to paint the majority of the crane.

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    Later in the evening I brought it into the train room for some prep and a test fit.

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    Well, that's it for tonight. Thanks for checking in.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2020
  2. RGW

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    More time than I probably should have spent, but the scratch built hoist is done.

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  3. vince p

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    Really liking the progress your all making.
     
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  4. dalebaker

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    Well done Michael! I have never been able to make mine come out like that!
     
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  5. RGW

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    My update tonight actually begins two days ago. I spent some time working on the traveling crane. I wanted to add a trolley festoon and a pendant festoon. I fashioned the parts of the conductor tracks using a combination of 020 and 032 brass wire. I added 1/16th brass tube to make the festoon. I laid it all out on my soldering base (an old piece of scrap homosote) and soldered all the parts in place. I later added JB Weld to the tube sections to mimic connections to the tracks.

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    I drilled holes in the front bridge section and just used a press fit to secure the festoon in place.

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    This morning I gave the bridge a second coat of primer so that it would be ready to work on this evening. I rusted up the bridge, specifically the rails, then began to form the cabling of the festoon using 24 gauge wire. It took a while and the wire broke several times, but in the end it fit like a glove.

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    I can now consider this piece all but done. Just need to connect the cable to the hoist frame and add the pendant control and it's a wrap. Once I had that set aside I started putting the styrene on the building front.

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    In other action tonight, Wain began working on the roads in Maple Valley.

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    They're just lines on the cork at this point, but then he carved away some ballast in preparation for a curbed alley along the road bed.

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    Ed completed his prep for the scale house and platform. It took a lot of work to remove ballast that had been in place for years, but it's ready for the next stage.

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    Rey was also busy finalizing a Dash 9 upgrade; new lights and a new decoder.

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    We were short staffed tonight, but the evening was productive, so we'll gather again next week. Hope you'll join us!
     
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  6. RGW

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    Just a couple of updates. Wain dropped by early this evening to bring over and put in place the RGW RIP shed.

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    He's all smiles as the build has gone very well. This structure will make an excellent addition to the layout and to the Renton Yard in specific.

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    I'm very impressed. He hopes to have all the track connected and the surrounding scenery complete by next Tuesday.

    I have been working on the PACCAR building. As you can see it is a combination of Masonite for the main building and foamcore for the loading area.

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    I finished adding the primary styrene layer and giving the building two coats of primer. I have the lower portion of the structure cut out, but it will be painted a completely different color so I'll install it after painting. The bay on the left will be where the crane goes. On the right will be a standard loading dock with three rolltop doors.

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    More on this building soon. Thanks for checking in.
     
  7. gjslsffan

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    Looking good Michael, you guys seem to be making progress.
     
  8. RGW

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    Here's a quick recap of tonight's work. Scott continued building loads, in this case woodchips using sawdust from my garage workshop collector.

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    Doug started using the Woodland Scenics road system by laying out the foam edging. He also put in the first of four crossing ramps.

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    I took the night off from building structures to try my hand at scratchbuilding this:

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    Using Northeastern dimensional lumber and Nn3 wheels, here is what I came up with:

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    There will be two of these, one at each entrance to the town of Black Diamond.

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    That's all there is tonight fellas, thanks for checking in.
     
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  9. vince p

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    Love it.

    So will one side say welcome and the other side say thanks for coming. Lol

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  10. RGW

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    Think it said good riddance....
     
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    Lol must be a Wash in ton thing.
     
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  12. BoxcabE50

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    Thought I had at one time taken a picture of that coal car. Guess not. :(
     
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  13. RGW

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    Would you like me to send over what I have?
     
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    A quick update from Tuesday. Wain began the process of adding scenery around the RGW rip shed.

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    I'll have to go out again this weekend and get shots after the glue dries.

    As for me, I put the final coats of white on the PACCAR building and finished the lower trim. I tried for a speckled look on the trim, as if there was texture on the panels. Not sure I accomplished that but I like the randomness of the look anyway.

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    Earlier in the day I spoke with a good friend of mine about using his 3d printer to make stacks of pallets for the Edwards and Bradford lumber mill. I sent him this pic of what I'm trying to replicate.

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    He's going to print a mock up and we'll see how it goes. Well, that's all for now.
     
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  15. BoxcabE50

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    Still looking for mine. :rolleyes:
     
  16. RGW

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    That moment you realize you don't have enough 1-2-3 blocks in your arsenal. Amazon here I come....

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  17. RGW

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    A quick update on the status of the PACCAR building. Today I made good progress on the warehouse area. It will have 4 separate rolltop doors. I'm using Plastruct shapes to simulate the door roller supports.

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    I then fabricated the loading dock where the trucks will depart the building to be loaded on flat cars. I really like using the magnetic gluing jig from Micromark.

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    Here is where we stand tonight.

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    As you can see I've incorporated a photo of stacked shelving units behind the freight doors. I still have to paint the new sections and add the rolltop doors at the freight dock, but we're getting close.
     
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  18. gjslsffan

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    Mike you have some of the nicest bldgs I have seen on a MRR. I enjoy seeing your efforts.
     
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  19. RGW

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    Thx Tom, your support means a great deal. M
     
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    In the age of social distancing, I did what any hobbyist would do, I rearranged my sock drawer. In this case, I previously ordered these two acrylic paint racks from Model Designs and decided today was as good a day as any to freshen up the workspace.

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    I clearly need more Tamiya paint.
     

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