Train show jackpot!

Keith Dec 10, 2018

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    Bought bricks recently, for the eventual start of my tunnel project.
    Not nearly enough to finish, but enough to give me a decent start!!
    Went to look for a garden cart yesterday, with no luck. But, what I did
    find, was a leaking drivers side rear brake cylinder!!
    Scheduled appointment online, with new shop.
    Going in tomorrow at 10AM.
    Previous owner retired and sold!
    New place has currently, over 1400 5 start ratings!!
     
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    Spend several hours today, running trains, after a quick
    repair! Something so simple, just about wiped me out!
    But, trains ran, with minimal problems. The GP30’ ran
    along with the K27 for a change!

    At the moment, I’m flat wiped out!! But, had fun
     
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  3. HemiAdda2d

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    Sounds like you had a good time. Wait, you said K-27 and GP30 ran together? Are you modeling the dual gauge from Alamosa to Antonito? No? Was that the sound of a prototype police siren?!? *ducks* :D
     
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    Was a false alarm! They showed, but I showed them the rules to MY railroad!
    That is:

    1. This is MY railroad

    2. I make the rules

    3. Prototype discussions welcome, but if you’re gonna nitpick, consult Rule #1.

    Problem solved.
     
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    *snicker*
    I see what you did there.... :p :p
    How did the garden railroad fare the winter?
     
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    Considering I wqasn't able to do the needed maintenance over the
    ast 2 years, because of health issues, it actually held up pretty good!
    Been told there's a pretty good size washout in the back, which I have
    not seen yet. Tie ends are hanging in the air in places. Don't think it'll
    take too much work to get things back in shape! Just gonna have to go
    slow at it, until I get used to working again! The Geeps ran fine. The K
    caused a few issues Jumping Aristo frogs or snow plow hitting Aristo
    switch machines! Have a couple of spots were rocks are a hair too close to the track!

    Simple fixes, once weather warms up again! 5-10 inches of snow expected by tomorrow morning, last I heard!
    However, I'll believe it when I see it! Gonna show trains off in July, pending bug situation, towards the end of July.
    Might have the K fixed by then, I hope. Have a friend in the Denver area who is willing to help shim the lateral play
    in the drivers, as well as help add the necessary shims to counterweights, since I've got an original first run.
    With faulty counterweights.

    Then, just gotta slowly start placing bricks, and getting an idea of how the tunnels I'm wanting to add, are gonna work.
    Wanted to do that Tuesday, while I ran things. Didn't expect adding jumper wires to a switch was gonna kill me!
    Half the railroad was dead, until jumpers at switch were added, then things ran perfect all day! Maybe one more set of
    jumper wires, after I do some switch replacement. Gonna upgrade currect Aristo Craft turnouts, with all brass USA Trains turnouts.
    Remote switches, with NO machine above railhead, for things to snag on.
     
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    Amazing how effectively our equipment finds the flaws and obstacles in our track/ROW!
    We just got 3.5" of snow this morning. Been a mild winter with minimal snowfall. If I ever build a garden railroad, drainage will be a challenge!
     
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    Drainage is definitely a problem! I've got issues in the back, that I need to look at.
    A friend filled in the problem areas last year. However, the first good hard rain we got
    washed all that work away!
    Front isn't too bad any more.Just gotta find a way for granite ballast to NOT wash away!
    I've heard of folks using Portland cement, lightly mixed with ballast. Also glue, dribbled over
    ballast, just as in the smaller scales. Or, run it on a ladder type roadbed. Elevated if one chooses.
    If not for issues I've been dealing with the last 2 years, things might be much better off than they are currently!
    Fun, but plenty of work involved.
     
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    Is it just washing away in a specific place, or two? Or long sections? I as thinking that you could model some cribbing in a short section, just like the prototypes...
     
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    Sounds like a couple of places. I’m not sure, as I haven’t seen
    what happened, or how bad. Would give me an excuse to add a
    short trestle in back, depending on location. But, since I’m also
    looking to upgrade turnouts, I’ll have a chance to do some rebuilding.
    Maybe a slight redesign. Gotta wait for warmer weather first! Maybe
    I’ll be able to manage better by then! And the work won’t darn near kill me!
     
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    Ran a train about 3 1/2 hours on Tuesday, while weather was nice!
    Had a GP30 going for a while, before changing to the U25 I picked
    up a couple years ago. Ran fine in 1 direction, and derailed at a specific
    switch, in the other direction. But, I think I know why. Surprised trains run
    as wells they do, despite the serious lack of maintenance over the last 2 years!
     
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    Actually got out and did what I wanted today, started working on the tunnel project
    I've been wanting to work on over the last 2 years! Nothing permanent at this time.
    Just setting things in place for now, to give me an idea. Of course, comments/suggestions welcome.
    Nice to see the front starting to come to life as well!

    Front, in general.
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    A few from my tunneling start.
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    Again, all temporary for now. Just getting an idea of how this is gonna work out!
    This is ONLY 25 bricks!! Think I'm gonna need a few more! :D
     
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