Has to be a Helix

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Pitchwife, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. Pitchwife

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    Mike, I really like your idea of using nuts and washers instead of tubing for spacers on the threaded shaft. It would give a lot more control and flexability. That's the beauty of forums like this, many minds coming together with a lot of good ideas.
    Gary, I bet you got your idea from a recent issue of MR. There was an article about a layout that did exactly what you are talking about.

    Clark
  2. Gary Pfeil

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    Clark, Which idea is that? The helix is 4 years old already, I guess you mean the thought of a seperate scene totally unrelated to the rest of the layout? I honestly don't know which you mean but you know what they say about great minds thinking alike!<G>
    And nuts with washers on threaded rod seems like the way to go, use some loctite when positioned correctly.

    Gary
  3. Pitchwife

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    Hi Gary. Sorry about being vague. I was refering to your idea of a short winter scene. In the August issue of MR they showed a layout that for the most part was a summer scene. However in one corner they had a short section, probably not more than two feet with tunnel portals on each side that was a winter scene. It was visually seperated from the rest of the layout so it didn't detract from the overall effect. Although I am no fan of winter and my world will be forever summer, it looked pretty nice.
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    Hi Clark, I'll have to look for that article, I'd like to check it out. About 8 years ago when I lived in an apartment with a 10x11 room available for a railroad, I considered a layout with one wall having each season. Didn't do it but still have the urge to do a winter scene. It's pretty much a daydream for now, there is so much to do first!

    Gary
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  6. Pitchwife

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    Hi Rich
    I tried your link but never could get it to work. Maybe you could post the formula. Then I could find out that my design won't work. :D
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    Hey Rich. I just tried it again and couldn't get the page to load. All I get is "this page cannot be displayed" message. Don't know what the problem is. I'm using IE5.1 if that makes any difference. I'll keep at it. Sounds like a good download.
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    dont know pitch it works for me on both links i wonder if i can email the file to you:confused: rich
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    I would appreciate it if you would try Rich. You can send it to me at clark@highdesertnet.com
    Marty, those are some impressive photos. It's a little hard to judge dimensions, but it gives me hope that mine will work.
    Clark
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    Pitch,
    Sorry. The first web site I listed should have what you need.
    Look under Helix Calculator towards the end of the page.
    Marty
  14. Pitchwife

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    Hi Marty
    I tried the helix calculators and either I did something wrong entering the figures, or I don't remember my trig functions. That or there is another factor that I'm not taking into consideration. I guess that the only way I'll know for sure is to build a prototype model and see how it comes out. I'm keeping my toes crossed. :)
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    hey pitch cleck your email and marty there are great sites too bookmark them myself:D rich
  16. Pitchwife

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    Rich, it came through and works just fine. Still not exactly the figures I came up with on my own, but close enough. The grade is a little steeper than what I came up with, but it will be hidden, so as long as a loco will pull it there shouldn't be a problem. This would be a valuable tool for anyone contemplating building a helix. Thanks for both yours and Marty's help.
    Clark

    ps: this photo from the Widow Creek Layout Photo spread shows something that I would never have thought of, an intermediary entrance and exit. This really shows some smart design work.

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    Seen Pictures of your Helix

    Gary, being an old cabinet builder, I've seen pictures of your helix, and I think it is just fine, anyway it's not supposed to be a piano case right? Will you be building a mountain scape around it and or inside of it?

    Duane
  18. Gary Pfeil

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    Thanks Duane, you sure brought a really old thread back to life! I still have done nothing around the helix, though I still think I'll build that winter scene I mentioned someday. However I am geting ready to build the turntable which goes over the center of the helix. I am glad to report the helix still operates near perfectly, I've had no troubles with the annual drastic swings of humidity in my unfinished basement.