Nov 5, 2016
Two long sections being glued in place, short section cut to fit and awaiting cans to hold down!
I like the use of canned fruits and vegies for weights. Then you have a good food supply as well.
Actually progressing. Got the roadbed put down on the new oval using something new for me, Copydex. Went on really easily by applying about 10 inches at a time on the roadbed and positioning on the risers with a whole lot of repeating!
Checking my supply of turnouts and seeing whether the plan will actually work! May be a winner.
Looking for help! In the drawing below, are the red x's the best place to isolate and use an auto reverse?. If not, what would be suggested?
Thanks to a person on another forum, it's been decided that a smaller section be AR protected. Here is the revised version.
A lot has changed since I last looked in! Making progress though. What is Copydex made of, and how do you like working with it?
Layout looks great! Looking closely at your work....it's excellent.
btw, it is quite obvious you like canned fruit......me too!
@CNE1899 - It's something new that I saw referenced in a video recently. From a wikipedia entry, "Copydex is a common latex-based rubber cement in the UK. It can be easily recognised by its characteristic "fishy" odour. It has been owned since 1986 by Henkel." I found it to be smelly, but it worked extremely well in putting down the roadbed on the risers. No weights were used. but I did use the pins as shown, and it was easy to move it slightly after putting the two surfaces together but seems to be holding very strongly.
@hawkdriver - Thanks! Actually, it's my wife who is a canned fruit addict. Convenient when I do things like this! lol
First attempt at putting down track with Copydex. Seems to dry fairly slowly, but at about 1/2 hour seemed to hold track pretty well. It is fast, which I like and not as thick as white glue or Elmers Carpenter's Wood Glue (which I've been using).
Does it stay white?
Pardon my ignorance, but what material are you using under the track?
@Shortround - No, as can be seen here.
@CNE1899 - Woodland Scenics 2" risers and Woodland Scenics foam roadbed.
Ah! That looks more like the syrup from the fruit. Helps make the layout sweet.
Actually, was able to run a train again! Here are two videos, neither of them you will probably want to sit through, but including in my blog for a record. First run was partially successful, and the second was good.
A shorter video. This third video shows the scene from the other end of the layout and the engine has swapped out for a Northern Pacific loco. Bumped the running speed up a bit and it still is running smoothly! So far, so good. This is the last video for a while, until the reversing section is added and the yard in the right foreground is setup.
I see the sixth car, brown box car, is shacking a lot. Is that normal? Not enough weight?
@Shortround - Actually the green NP car also does that. I haven't taken the time to adjust these, either thru washers or tightening the bolster screws. Just means I've not been doing some of the tuning that is needed. Another problem is the yellow headed pins stick up at times and the truck frames on some cars will hit them. Eventually, all the pins will be removed, as they are a temporary aligning measure.
A little more progress. First picture shows the cutoff track risers being fit to the track planning mark and the second, the gluing in place of this important connection. Won't be able to make operational until I get an autoreverse to control it. And see, I don't always use cans of fruit, sometimes it's beans and veggies! lol