Building a roundhouse

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  1. toptrain1

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    * This is one that was in service before 1840. Located in Jersey City NJ. It was built by the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company. This structure isn't just a roundhouse but also a machine shop and a Locomotive assembly and repair shop. I have a lithograph of it from a 1841 map. It is found in a map of that year of Jersey City and Hoboken. It is in the Rutgers Historical Map collection of their library in New Brunswick NJ.
    * This is the view from that map.
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    Hi Frank,

    Looks good. Are you planning on building the roundhouse? Would make a nice model.
    Doc Tom
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    Well Doc.,I have almost 2 weeks building it. Here at the start I copied the foundation drawing found in a 1848 map of Jersey City.

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    In this view I have added and glued down a wood curb to allow for attaching the walls to.
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    Here a is a later view. I have made the first two wall sections. 1 the roundhouse end wall and the locomotive assembly and repair section. These are glued to the foundation curb.
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    Another latter view
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    Another more recent view .
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    Then I started on the shop area. You can see the other 2 walls.
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    Yesterday I put up the other 2 walls. I am looking at a building very hard rear wall of the roundhouse. Just getting it curved will be hard, never mind putting in curved windows. I may have to make it like I am planning to do the front wall in separate small 1 door sections. Here is the shop addition with all 3 walls up.

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    Seven roundhouse sections end in this rear round house wall. All nine are in the front. I have to see what kind of windows I have for the rear wall. I'll need seven. I am still not sure of and how I will do these walls.
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    WOW!!! That is coming along very nicely. You got a lot done in a couple of weeks.Using the actual foundation drawing of the original is a really nice touch. Going to enjoy following along with your progress.

    Doc Tom
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    That looks cool! Thank you for sharing this with us! :)
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    I always will
    Yesterday and today I didn't and won't be touching the project. Tomorrow I will start on the roundhouse back wall.

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    Roundhouses are amazing. I lived in Branchville Ct. where there was a roundhouse around 100 years ago. It was used to send the train up to Ridgefield Ct., a spur off of the Norwalk to Danbury Ct.
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    I started framing the roundhouse to support a rear curved wall. I hope I can put windows in it.
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    It is saturday and I am done for the day. Here is a couple of photos of what it now looks like. The upper curved frame came out Ok. I hope it doesn't pull itself apart. IMG_3154 -M.JPG IMG_3156 -M.JPG IMG_3157 -M.JPG IMG_3159 -M.JPG
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    Framework looks good.Seems like everything is coming together nicely.

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    Tom, I liked the way the rear wall went together. By notching the uprights in the rear wall at the top to give the curved top beam a place to sit and align, all the uprights became well aligned. I am going to do the same to the top of the front wall. I have removed the roof rafters and the front uprights and will start replacing them today.
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    The framework is so solid. This structure will endure for many decades, if not longer, to come! When I built the pergola off of the back of my house, I notched the 4 x 4's the same way. Last week a Tornado dropped a tree on it, it blew apart like match sticks but protected the house by taking the tree (150 feet tall) away from the house. I had a 9" inch limb go through the roof, but it could have been much worse. :)
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    The top front board didn't work and brook loose the 2 side walls and rafter supports of the roundhouse. I have been fixing the damage and am now ready to attempt to build the front again.

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    On this second photo is seen a piece cardstock i've drawn the curve for the front on, and a parallel curve 4' back. I can use this as a template to make the same thing out of a thin piece of wood. Maybe I can just build the front door section on the wood base and just when done slide it right in. I may get lucky.

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    Here is the curved piece of cardstock closer up. IMG_3175 - s.JPG
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