Yard progress

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    That Val girl, just goes and goes.
    Good work Miss Fullard.
  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Very nice Val. These paint and weed additions make the yard look so real. Can you tell us a bit more about those rail stops please!
  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Some close up shots, showing some of the clutter I'm gradually introducing. Joe's waving at the through freight passing on the mainline.


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  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Finally, switcher No. 8718 works the yard. That's it for now. Stay tuned for more progress this Saturday, when the crew arrives to install the turnout motors.


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  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Will. Robin, I wish I could tell you more about the wheelstops, but I bought them quite a long time ago and removed them from their package, so I don't remember who makes them. A guess would be Cal Scale, or Miniatures by Eric. I do know Credit Valley carries them, so if you want some, I'd start there.

  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Val: Glad to see you have a man with a wheelbarrow cleaning up the litter. This is Toronto, you know!
    Robin: the wheelstops may be by that place near Kemptville (can't remember the name, and mine are out of the package).
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Nice Stuff Val :) :) :)
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    That is impressive Val, nice work, it really looks "lived in"...:thumb::thumb:
  9. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Val i said it once and i will say it again. You do great work. You never seem to amaze us with the talent you have. Keep it going and we will be looking forward to more shots of your work. :wave: :wave: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    That place near Kemptville... Larkspur Line Trains in Merrickville? (www.larkspurline-trains.com) That's my LHS!

    The stops would be from some detail parts co. though - available anywhere.

  11. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looks nice Val. I'm wondering, if you use Peco turnouts and are going to use their machine, shouldn't you have put the machines on the turnouts prior to laying? or are you using something like a Tortoise? If so, did you alter the click stop feature of the points on the Peco turnouts?
  12. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Gary, I have the Tortoise switch machine. I did not do any alterations to the Peco switches. I hope this won't be one of those unforseen problems. Actually, this is kind of crazy but the only reason I want to install switch motors is to power the dwarf signals. Maybe there's an easier way to do this..... one that I can do after the turnouts have been installed.

    If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. :)

  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Did you drill a hole for the throw wire beneath the throwbar? Not much fun to drill up from the bottom and try to stop just short of the turnout! Tho its been done. Drill a small hole from the top down to see where the larger hole should be drilled then mark the depth needed on the drill bit with some masking tape.

    The Tortoise machines key feature is it moves the points nice and slowly. With your unmodified Peco's the throw wire will build tension until it is enough to throw the turnout, with a snap action. May need to use a beefier wire than supplied.

    Others may have some ideas I'm not aware of. As I see it, your choices are:

    1 Drill up though the roadbed very carefully and use the Tortoise, live with the snap action, which is same as would be supplied with a Peco machine. The signals are wired to the Tortoise, no problem.

    2 Just thow the turnout by hand, throw a toggle to operate the signals.

    3 Pick up the turnouts and drill the hole for the wire, relay, and install the Tortoise as usual. While the turnouts are up, remove the little clip deals which engage the slotted rail bottom to allow slow motion movement.
  14. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Gary. Fortunately I've already drilled holes under the turnouts. Chris tells me that heavier wire is needed and he's bringing some along on Saturday.

  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Robin: re: Wheel stops. I think they're by Juneco. I had a brief hobby shop stop in St Catherines today but didn't see any.
    Val: check if your points tension can be adjusted from the top. May depend on how old they are.
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

  17. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks Val, they are just what I need.
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    An update on the switch machines. Interurban and Duckman (alias Chris and Brian) came over last night to help me wire the Tortoises. After looking things over we all came to the conclusion that for what I wanted to do, it was the wrong way to go. The thing is, I have Peco turnouts, which snap into position, and they are all readily accessible. The main reason I wanted the motors was to power some dwarf signals, but Chris showed me a much cheaper way to do this. So, I'll be returning the Tortoises to the LHS.

    The good news is, we had a great visit, some tasty pizza, and a chance to run a couple trains. Chris suggested I lose the duckunder and sketched an alternate plan for the benchwork. He's right that now would be the easiest time to make the changes, so I'll be thinking about that, and working out how that would change my track plan.

    Meanwhile, the yard will stay the same, so I can continue working on it, while I mull over the rest of the layout.

    Anyway, thanks to Chris and Brian for a fun and informative evening! :thumb:

  19. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Val, always good to find a cheaper way. :cool: :thumb:

    Chris is just a trouble maker, one visit and he wants you to rip up your layout and change it around. :eek: :D

    Seriously, it is always nice when other model Railroaders come over, a different perspective on things helps.
  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Sounds like a good time was had by the three of you Val. Now am looking forward to seeing this revised track plan.

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