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Keith Dec 10, 2018

  1. Keith

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    Car does not like the Aristo switches. Was something related to the frog that caused issues.
    Doesn’t know, yet, how it handles the USA switches, as I haven’t run it back yet, to check.
    Hoping to maybe try today pretty quick! If not, I’ll try next time I have time!
     
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    Started the process of replacing the South switch out front.
    Still have work to do. Going to require a fair amount of redesign
    it looks like! The USA switches are 6 inches longer than the Aristo.
    And the diverging route curve is maybe 3 inches longer than the Aristo!
    Will get this one switch in, and leave the rest until AFTER layout tour
    in July, then maybe start working on the rest! That is, if tour goes as scheduled.
     
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    Little work today, after I got home from dialysis and had dinner.
    Got my switch almost installed! Still need to make one joint connection.
    And get switch for short siding realigned. May need to move track about
    1/2 inch to get everything aligned right! Then get rails clamped in!
    Next, maybe, might be swapping out the switches the make up the wye,
    to and from the back! Will see what I feel like doing and when!
     
  4. HemiAdda2d

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    Alignment is critical in smaller scales like N, but I don't know how important it is in large scales. I would still err on the side of reliable running and keep alignment as perfect as I could get it.
     
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    If the gapi needed to close wee much larger, then I’d probably work
    on custom cutting a section of track. With rails clamped in, the whole
    thing moves, and doesn't introduce kinks. The only time I seem to have
    issues with curves, is if track is super elevated the wrong way! And usually
    with my passenger cars only! I’ll be checking things, by running trains, when I’m done.
    Making adjustments if and as necessary.
     
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    Finished getting the South switch clamped in.
    Then, set up and ran the PA with cars when done.
    Pullman still causing issues. But, think that’s because
    of reverse super elevation! Outer rail lower in places, so
    lead wheel of trailing truck derails. A little track work to be done!
    Again, satisfied with results. Knowing what I gotta do to fix the issue.
    And it’s just the Pullman that’s causing the problem! GP30’s are having
    issues, but if I bend the slider shoes up slightly, they work.
     
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    Good to know that N scale PAs are not the only picky locos when it comes to track work.
     
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    The one I'm curious to try, is gonna be the K-27. See how it handles things!
    Or better yet, the NW-2, with a narrow gauge freight train!
    Think the reason I'm having issues in back, is because switches are NOT level!
    If I get down, and get switches leveled out, I have a feeling that locomotives
    might run better! My NW-2 does NOT snag anything out front, but will in back.
    The GM U-25 still derails. Think I need to find a way to add a bit of weight back to the unit!
    Fuel tank was the weight, and I had to pull it out, to fit speaker.
     
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    Finished injstall of south switch out front. Today, got spur switch reinstalled.
    Now, just need to reconnect ineer loop and track work is done For now!
    Then, I can work on regrading ballast and releveling track, adding super elevation
    to curves as needed. Helps passenger cars and narrow gauge equipment goes round the curves!

    May be adjusting inner loop out front as well, since I may need to make a slight change in track.
    Gotta see how I feel next week. Couple of days off due to weather. Besides, knees are killing me
    although not as bad as earlier in the week. Hope ballast work goes easier than clamping rail joints!!
    Something so simple, darn near kills me!
     

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