Tuesday, April 6, 2021

GN Cross Over Install

 Track has made it all the way to the GN cross overs; making progress.



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Fascias

 Long time associates of the Richmond Terminal will remember that the old layout was very raw in feel, with a severe lack of finish or expected polish.

On version 2, we are working to produce a higher quality product.


Fascia is reused 1/8" masonite from the previous layout's backdrops, ripped to 5" wide and painted flat black.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

GN Cross Over Build

 Here's a couple of shots of the build process for the crossovers at GN Control Point.

Here's the LH in the Fast Tracks jig.


All soldered up


Both crossovers cleaned of flux and getting ready for ties.


Gluing the ties on



Friday, April 2, 2021

GN Cross Overs Planning

 A couple of shots showing the layout, testing and first few stages of the crossover build.

We will start with a low angle shot; the overall design calls for two #10 single crossovers, followed by a single RH #10 to give us a lead into the Amtrak station track.


A higher altitude shot.


Once satisfied with the general layout, a wide angle shot with rail being measured and cut.



Thursday, April 1, 2021

A break from the #10s

 Had to build a number 6 for some industrial trackage.



Here's where it will be installed.



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Manufactured Variance

 I've mentioned this on the blog and site before, but there is variance in manufactured products.

Homasote seems to be a constant repeat offender.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present exhibit #1 for the prosecution:


A different view of this exhibit:


This shows about 15 or 20 minutes work with surform rasps and coarse sandpaper.

As homasote is a paper based product, dust is absolutely retched. 

The prosecution rests.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

More Power!

Had to start getting ready to install the LED lights for the lower level so a +12V supply was called for.