"The Original" Kittom Lumber Co.

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I just noticed the link to the "Railroad Forum". I didn't know what that was. I really appreciate that you respond to the people on this forum. I had a guy who would just copy and paste his threads all over the place, and never interacted with anyone here. I asked him 3 questions in the thread. I then sent him a P.M. and asked him why did he not reply to my queries, or anyone elses. He said he was just interested in showing his work. I deleted him, and every picture he posted.

    By the way, it seems like you're going to be the go to guy for rock making, for dioramas, these are coming out great! :)
  2. Doctor G

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    Thanks Zathros. I like the camaraderie of these sites and enjoy "shooting the breeze" with other RR modelers. It is like a cyberspace model RR club and they are good places to swap out ideas. thanks for all you do keeping this very nice site operating.:Bravo:

    Doc Tom
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    Gandolf50 Researcher of obscure between war vehicles... Moderator

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    Looking Great!...I want to see what kind of trestle is going to bridge that gap! Should be interesting!
  4. Doctor G

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    Thanks. I am hoping for a rustic pole trestle that a small backwoods bunch could throw together with simple tools and animal power. Should be fun. Doc Tom
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  5. Bill Nelson

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    Odd you mentioned the limestone capped with sandstone. On the Cumberland Plateau, it is the opposite, with a hard cap of limestone over the softer sandstone. where ever there was a hole in the harder limestone, the softer sandstone would erode away. the edges of the sandstone cliffs would erode faster than the limestone cap rocks, which lead to all the nice overhangs, strange chimney rocks, sinkholes and caves we have on the Cumberland Plateau. While my Model railroad is based considerably to the south and east of the Cumberland Plateau, that is the geography I now best form my years at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. on top of the Cumberland Plateau.
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    One issue with soldering the feeds to the rail joiners is if we trusted the rail joiners to transmit electricity efficiently, then we would not need as many drops. Since Peco flex track's ties move on both rails, one could nip the joint between the ties, move them a distance from each other on the flex track, and then solder a wire to the rail, and then move the ties back in place.
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    Looking ridiculously good! thanks for sharing! Isn't Peko track a joy to work with!
  8. Doctor G

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    Yes, it is incredible. The little Heisler can crawl through the turnouts (and there are a lot of them on this mini layout) without any stuttering or stalling. Have you ever seen groundthrows in in use with Peco turnouts??? Thinking more along the lines of something old fashioned and made out of iron (1910 layout). Tom
  9. Bill Nelson

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    I have always just pushed the sprung points with my fingers. the only exception is if I needed to gang the switch to an electrical switch to get fancy. in those cases, I have used a blue point controller underneath the sub roadbed. I have one such switch where the Southern Main splits off from the DG CC & W RR main in harlow. when the switch is thrown for the Southern, both crossings are powered for the Southern main, and when it is thrown for the DG CC and W RR, both crossings are powered correctly for my RR.


    In the past I have seen some really nice O scale brass castings for Harp switch stands . I don't remember who made them off the top of my head though.
  10. Bill Nelson

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    OK, Ton, you have convinced me, I'll have to play with some sculptamold. perhaps it would be a good material for my Hon3 portable whioch has languished in the garage since I statered my big rebuild.


    I have to say, you scenery work on this project has been impressive. Seems to me ther is a bunch more planning and doing things step by step going on in this scenery than on your previous stuff. I have to say I think it is really going to pay off in spades. That's aways been my approach, but with a portable like this, yo are way closer to the payoff. looking good!
  11. Doctor G

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    Thanks Bill. I am doing a lot of research and planning before building on this little layout. The fact that it is small allows for a very careful attention to detail. Interestingly, Kit (my wife for other readers) encouraged me to go small in the layout construction as she knows my modelling time is limited.

    Another helpful tool on this layout has been "just in time" delivery of modelling supplies ordered off the internet. Helps me to get some good products quickly and cheaply.

    Tom
  12. Bill Nelson

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    Looking good Tom!! great to see you doing this much planning. It slows the progress way down, but makes the end result so much better. Of course it helps if you have been doing this so long you have made most of the possible mistakes. I'm having fun on Iron Mountain , am wishing the work would go faster, but I know I'll have to live with what I do as long as I'm at the farmhouse, so I want to make it as good as possible, and theat means go too slow.



    Nelson
  13. Bill Nelson

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  14. nevadablue

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    Thanks for sharing all this. I love to learn from other modelers and you have some great ideas.

    Oh, I noticed a palm tree in a pic above. I'm not sure what palm lumber looks like though... grin...
  15. Doctor G

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    Thanks Ken. The palm tree is on my other mini layout.......1920 Haitian Sugar Train. It sits nearby in my train shed.

    It's build was documented on Zealot also. Here is a link to page 4 that also shows its own little movie.

    http://www.zealot.com/threads/sugar-cane-train-in-1920-haiti.162454/page-4

    Not so much palm wood but sugar cane and the finished product RUM on this little RR.

    Doc Tom
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    RUM with Latin American (made with cane sugar) Coca Cola is ambrosia. :Bravo:
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    Is Latin America Coca Cola the new bottles with the green labels??? Doc Tom:King:
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    Not sure. I lived in Nicaragua for most of '08 and the Fluor de Cana Rum and regular coke was the life giving fluid. Coke then was normal red label...
  20. Bill Nelson

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    At the Grocery store , in the Latin food section, they often have Coke with the proper Cane sugar, It is awesome. have not tried it with the rum, so your results may vary.




    Sure do like the look you are getting here. almost jealous of your ability to make progress on the small RR, where my massive projects get so bogged down in prep work for stuff that isn't going to pay dividends for a long time.


    I just figured out, you could use those cane cars as bark cars!



    Nelson