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I figured I start a new topic on my railway that way you dont have to scroll through the same stuff. I started working on my portals. So far they are coming out nice (Considering I never really built anything before and I have no talent when it comes to working with my hands) I just have to cut some wood to put behind the portal frame. I am also going to put a hinge on top of the portals that way when I have to get inside the tunnel for maint I can just lift it up. Here are some pictures of the frame.



I also added some stone to the left. It needed something and the stone did the trick



I also made this small fence. I could have used rock but I planted some forget- me -nots behind the fence. I did not want to disturbe them since they were just starting to come up so I made the fence. Still have to add something else to the fence, maybe a piece of wood running horizontal. Still playing with this though



Here is my track cleaner I made. I took a swifter and glued a scotch brite pad to it. it works great because it has a joint so it can turn on a dime and anyway I turn it. Makes cleaning cake.

 

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I think your roadbed and track work looks great. really!!! Takes practice...
 

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I'll have to try out the track cleaner idea. Looks much easier than doing it by hand. The hinged portal also makes a lot of sense, and may work on the coal mine I've been planning. Thanks for the update.

Paul
 

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Really starting to take shape and looking good! Amazing what a few, small, well-placed details like the small fence and a few stones change things.
 

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I've really enjoyed watching your RR grow.:) I wish I could get mine to grow also./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blink.gif

Tommy:cool:
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Thanks everyone.
I Was unable to get any outside work done due to rain in the AM. Used the time to finish both portals. All I have to do is put some thompson water seal. The wood on top is whats going to be glued on the tunnel. That way I can lift the portal up for tunnel maint. It has hinges attached from the portal to the light clored wood. Not bad for having no skills with wood working.

 

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Posted By snowshoe on 06/04/2008 12:06 PM

Thanks everyone. I Was unable to get any outside work done due to rain in the AM. Used the time to finish both portals. All I have to do is put some thompson water seal. The wood on top is whats going to be glued on the tunnel. That way I can lift the portal up for tunnel maint. It has hinges attached from the portal to the light clored wood. Not bad for having no skills with wood working.



Hey, I like that ! Nice job !
 

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I got my portals up today. Came out pretty good I had to use some cement on the sides to hold some of the rocks in place and fill in gaps. I also improved my little fence. Looks much better now. The small pond i built in the corner of the layout suffered a hole. Now I have to find the hole in the liner and patch it. We had a few good T-storms came through and one of them blew a branch into it. My guess is this is what caused the hole. Thats when it started to loose water. I have been using my LGB engine, seems to run much better then my big hauler. I though it was the track being dirty because the engine slowed down in a few spots and even stopped. I tried the LGB and it ran fine. Strange considereing it only has 2 contact shoes where the bach has the 4 truck wheels and the wheels in back for contact. Im thinking dirty wheels is the problem. When I clean them it works fine. Any solutions. Im thinking of just going basic battery for this engine. Here are some pics.



 

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Posted By snowshoe on 06/09/2008 6:32 PM

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I have been using my LGB engine, seems to run much better then my big hauler. I though it was the track being dirty because the engine slowed down in a few spots and even stopped. I tried the LGB and it ran fine. Strange considereing it only has 2 contact shoes where the bach has the 4 truck wheels and the wheels in back for contact. Im thinking dirty wheels is the problem. When I clean them it works fine. Any solutions. Im thinking of just going basic battery for this engine. Here are some pics.





Snowshoe - LGB engines with their slider pickups have traditionally outperformed other brands in that regard. The sliders are in *addition* to electrical pickup from the wheels so the LGB actually has six pickup points as opposed to the Bachmann's four. The sliders have downward pressure via spring tension so they maintain better constant contact against the railhead whereas the somewhat "stiff" motor block of most 0-4-0 engines that don't have sliders doesn't tolerate much uneveness in trackwork or any resistive gunk (tree sap, pollution, oil) on the rail head.

Try lightly spraying some CRC 2-26 (comes in a small 5 oz spray can) on your engine wheels while they are on the track and on any rolling stock (including the tender) that have electrical pickups (such as lighted passenger cars etc). Spray just a litle on the track where the contact problems seem to occur repeatedly. CRC 2-26 is a lubricant but it cleans wheels and track AND helps maintain good electrical conductivity. Use very sparingly everywhere, be careful on any graded track - expect some slippage until it drys a bit.

Oh and the Kittatinny Mtn RR is looking terrific.
Al
 
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