A new track in Maine

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A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Thu May 06, 2021 7:24 pm

I have ballast down, so I feel I can now post about it! I've been slowly working on this for several years, but I have made some serious progress this spring. It's been slow going, I had to figure out how to build turnouts, and this short section has two in it. They ain't pretty, but I think they will work fine. This is the beginning of a roughly 60' diameter loop. I hope to have at least this part done by summer. It's not going to be a huge layout, probably 6 or 7 hundred feet of track, and a few turnouts. Hey Dick! Wanna race and see who gets a complete loop done first?
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by NP317 » Thu May 06, 2021 7:27 pm

"It's not going to be a huge layout"

...until you have to maintain it!
Looks like fun.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Thu May 06, 2021 8:07 pm

That's half the fun, ain't it?
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by Bill Shields » Thu May 06, 2021 9:29 pm

LOOKS COOL...make my back ache just looking at what you have accomplished so far...kudos

Dumb ?

What gauge is the track?

Would hate to drive all the way to Maine and have my drivers in the ballast :shock:
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Thu May 06, 2021 10:06 pm

7 3/8", all the way around. So, ostensibly, 7 1/4" gauge. 30' max radius on the curves, due to grade considerations and the size of my property. So, probably nothing larger than an 0 4 0, or a two axle switcher. At some point, I might have a meet, but it'll be small. It's going to be basically two loops connected by a single track. So, not too exciting.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by Bill Shields » Fri May 07, 2021 6:06 am

So my 2-8-0 loco in 7.25 may be a bit of a squeeze and my 2-4-0 in 1" would be off the rails.

Keep up the good work.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Fri May 07, 2021 8:36 am

Yeah, a 2-8-0 would straighten this rail out in short order.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by Bill Shields » Fri May 07, 2021 8:55 am

esp since no blind drivers.

there are areas at PLS and PVLS where I cannot go....
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Fri May 07, 2021 9:15 am

Another negative is handling facilities are going to be minimal at best. Still wrapping my head around how to make a steaming bay of some sort, the budget probably won't allow for a powered lift, so it's probably going to be a hole in the ground sort. You know, an evict the spiders before using type.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by Bill Shields » Fri May 07, 2021 2:21 pm

is all a matter of scale....and of recent years have been rapidly heading toward stuff that I can carry....not that I don't really enjoy my my 7.25 loco -> it is just a lug to get around...
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by OddDuck » Fri May 07, 2021 7:55 pm

More progress today, the track is now past the ballast pile! I also repainted my embarrassingly pink hopper ( oops shelf at Lowe's, the paint thumbprint on the can looked a lot more brown...) and got it out on the track. It works okay, I need to make a few tweaks to it, and figure out some way to keep it from derailing when I dump it. I have a few ideas. Also, I have a video of it on YouTube, but I can't copy a link for it because I'm on my cell.
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Re: A new track in Maine

Post by Erskine Tramway » Sat May 08, 2021 10:08 am

Hi, OD...

On the big railroad, before the radio controlled ballast cars, we used to push a tie with the front wheels of the rear truck to knock down and spread the ballast.

(edit) Since it's unlikely that your car would have enough mty weight to not ride over the tie when the car was light on that end, here's an idea. You could take a piece of, say, 1" channel, legs up, and hang it with a pair of links from the frame or center sill. Then, lag screw a piece of 2x4 to the bottom of that so it rode on the rail. The hangers would pull the 2x4 along, and the flanges of the wheels rubbing on the back edge, would help to push it down. Make it so you could pull a couple pins to release the whole thing when you didn't need it. Just a thought.

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