Progress on trolley module

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  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Those of you who have seen my new trackplan will know that I added a peninsula for a city/trolley module, which will be 10 ft x 3 ft, accessible from both sides. I started the benchwork last weekend, and began laying track last night.

    Most people try to fit as much track as they can into a given area - I try to fit as many buildings!! :eek: :rolleyes:

    So, this first shot shows how I am making sure that my plan for the buildings, fits in reality.

    Val

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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    This shot is the area to the left of the peninsula, showing where the elevated mainline will go. It was almost finished, now it's a total mess!!!!!

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  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    This photo is a closer view of the streetcar tracks - and no, they will not meet at a right angle! LOL!! :D :D :D

    Funny thing about trolley modelling. With trains, we're always struggling to find room to have decent radius curves, but with trolleys the opposite is true. It's a struggle to model the tight radii of the prototype.

    I'm using an extremely generous 9" radius. Prototype would be more like 6"!!

    I found a source for girder rail and curved crossovers (6.5" radius), but I can't wait to place a special order. I'm laying track NOW!!!!

    Val

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  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Looking good Val. Glad to see you got enough interest to go with a more elaborate plan than you thought you'd want back when we discussed possible plans. I'm looking forward to watching the development!
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Lookin' Gooood! I see the Semi-detached home has a prominent place on the new section! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Nice!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    You sure have been busy Val. Great to see your progress. I sure don't see any mess anywhere!
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Thanks Gary, Pete, Mikey and Robin!

    This is section 1 of 2. I just finished laying the track. I have tested it -- with a 40 ft. boxcar since I don't have any locos that will handle a 9" radius! :eek:

    The next step is to raise the surrounding area to track level and start paving. I am going to work on this section first and then start the next one.

    Val
  9. TrainClown

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    Looks real cool, Val. :D

    TrainClown ;)
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Val: I have one slight concern with your track plan: the crossing in the loop at one end. Crossings in trolley overhead are one of the hard things to do; can you arrange it to go around the other way? Or are you going to use pantographs, like a certain other gauger?
  11. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Looks like things are off to a good start!
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Bare wood, no scenary, track just placed to give an idea where it will be...and your layout already looks great! I really like the placement of your buildings. The city has a pleasing realistic look. Fantastic backdrop too Val. Very nice. Can't wait for more!
    Ralph
  13. SAL Comet

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    Nice work, How are the old and new sections going to meet?, the new one looks alot higher than the old.
  14. Tyson Rayles

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    Looking great Val!
  15. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    David, I eliminated the cross-over. I really liked the way it looked, but the tightest crossing I could find would have put the 2 tracks too far apart. I since found some cool track and crossings made especially for trolleys, called Orr Girder Rail, but I would have to wait over a month to get it, and you need a special tool to bend it so I decided to go with the flex track and no crossing.

    Val
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    spitfire Active Member

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    Thanks Chris, Tom, Ralph, and Tyson!! :)

    SAL Comet, the city module is higher. The mainline will pass underneath it. Where that happens is the RR station, so the tracks will be "underground".

    Right now I am tearing my hair out over the whole issue of putting streets in. They have to be level with the top of the tracks (actually a beensy little bit below). And I have to allow for the thickness of the brick sheet that goes beside and between the tracks - yikes! Off to the hobby shop I guess.

    Val
  17. Gary Pfeil

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    Hey Val, don't limit yourself to available crossings, lay your own. It will give you a great look which you'll compliment so nicely with your scenic work. Don't know about the problems with trolley poles, have to leave that to others! Process is easy when the track will be in pavement. I lay one route, then bring second up to first, continue on other side, then cut two pieces to fit between. Spike then use cutoff disc in Dremel to open gaps as required for wheel flanges. I used some 5 minute exopy like stuff to build up the frogs. Not a good shot and nothing painted yet, but you can see where I soldered leads to the rails in the diamond from the burn marks. My plan for adding street is to use .040 styrene cut to fit between the rails with .020 on top of it cut more closely to the rails. Be a bit of fitting involved, but no big deal. Rail is code 70 so that should work. When in pavement ought to look good.

    Gary

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    Posting this so you can see how nice the flowing lines to the crossing look. Go for it Val!

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  19. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    That's cool Gary! I never thought of spiking directly to plywood like that with no ties. Wish I had, because it's the ties that are causing all the trouble. Anyway, sorry but the crossover is toast. I already laid the track without it.

    Here's a progress shot from tonight. I'm putting wood supports for the brick that lines the track right beside the ties, and outside of that is the styrene which will set the level for the pavement.

    Val

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  20. SAL Comet

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    Val, I like that idea, I took a better look at your plan in the track planning forum. Looks like it's going to be a nice layout.