Come on back to the caboose and get a cup of coffee [or sweet ice tea] Part I

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  1. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    Good Morning All from NE Ohio
    where the temp is 42 deg and heading to 52 with Blue Clear Skies.

    Gil - you are up bright and early. I have been up, just work has got to me this morning.

    Well the Christmas layout is well under way. Boards and track is down and tested. The tree is up and lights test. The village houses are on the layout. The details will be added in the next couple of nights



    We converted our 2 rail box car to 3 rail and it also runs good. I have to take some pics of it yet.

    Last years Christmas Layout

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  2. Gil Finn

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    What track is that, MTH or Lionel?

    Why cant you operate two raois cars on 3 rail track? Why change the trucks?
  3. spankybird

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    HI Gil,

    The track is MTH.

    The flanges on the 2 rail trucks are too small for tube track and turn outs. Also it had scale couplers on it.
  4. Gil Finn

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    Do you use new trucks or salvaged ones from old cars?

    I understand you are an engineer, do you think you might give me some suggestions on my lay out.

    I decided to circle the room and I will need a lift bridge at the door.

    An idea of making the bridge would be helpfull before I start cutting wood. Trail and err isnt the best way to build.
  5. Roger B.

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    Gil, try doing a search of both CTT and OGR, a few years back there was an artical on building a lift, or drop, bridge. The more I think about it I lean toward OGR.
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    Gil,

    Here's a link to some bridges I built - adaptable for any scale One is a swing, The one behind it is a lift out. The last post shows the wiring. If you want more pics, visit my clickable track plan (At my site below my sig)

    http://www.the-gauge.com/thread12457-swing-bridge-construction.html
  7. spankybird

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    Good Morning All from NE Ohio

    where the temp is 52 deg and heading to 62 with over cast skies.

    N gauger - great link on your bridges. Gil - Buckeye Riviter is an expert on bridges, he builds them in real life for the RR. :thumb:

    On the replacing trucks on cars. Sometimes I buy new trucks at shows or recycled ones. Most recently I have been buys cars for $10 to $15 that someone is blowing out. This is the price of the trucks and I still have a body to kitbash.

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    Morning gang. Busy today. Got RR email working again. Went for 24 hours and engineers could not get it to work. Long time of NC.RR to be down. Have a good one. OH, will get ot 80 tomorrow. No joke.
  9. Gil Finn

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    Thank you Mikey.

    I book marked that post and I am getting out a ruler, pencil and paper now.
  10. Chief Eagles

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    Morning gang. Off to Kerr for some fishing [for a little while] and finish storing the pontoon. Have a good one and God bless all.
  11. spankybird

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    Good Morning All from NE Ohio

    where the temp is 61 and falling to 50 :(

    WE woke up to big t-storms this morning.

    Chief - good luck on the fishing.

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  12. Gil Finn

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    That is a great frieght station, is it a kit , a ready made or scratch built?
  13. spankybird

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    HI Gil,

    We have two of them, One was a kit (Lionel) and the second one was pre-asmembled. It has a flickering light in the pot belly stove and also a lenteren inside and also a smoke unit in it.

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    Good Morning All from NE Ohio
    where the temp is 44 and heading to 47 with overcast skies and very windy. :rolleyes:

    Gil - we posted for Pastor John.

    Here is a project that we have been working on


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  17. Gil Finn

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    Spankybird, I saw that, thanks ...is that red '32 one of Boyds hot rods?
  18. Gil Finn

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    I just got the joke...donuts and cop cars, lmao.
  19. Chief Eagles

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    Morning. Been busy this AM. Already packed for tomorrow's flight to Denver. Got to run some errands now. Have a good one and God bless.
  20. Roger B.

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    Just tried getting on to the CTT forum, it is slooooow. The header came up reasonably fast but then after, maybe, a minute + with nothing happening I jumped over here. Seems it just gets worse, can't handle the traffic.

    Ran trains a bit yesterday afternoon. Was shuttling a Lionel log car up the mountain on the branch line with the 0-8-0 going in reverse and the car in tow, the curves are between O-27 and O-31, Gargraves track. The car would continually derail at one point. Seems its too light to pull the front engine coupler to the side. I've reduced the centering spring tension on the coupler in the past. Added some weight to bring the care up to standards to see if it'll help. I'll have to give it a try later, glue should be dry by now.
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