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Steffen B Jan 14, 2016

  1. mdvholland

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    Haha Steffen!! - yes sir, that is A&W ROOTBEER. Pour it in a glass, drop in a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, get a straw and a spoon and enjoy. It’s called a Root Beer float. An American tradition. You’ll swear life just got better!
     
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    It's pretty good with chocolate, too. I'm a chocolate nut, so there's that... :p
     
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    Great stuff, fellows. Many thanks!
    I didn't still explore all the material, but noticed this picture, showing train order signals at a real junction (St Croix tower, Hastings, MN):
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    There are one TO-signal for each line, so I think I have to do so too. The upper signal has to be connected mechanically under the bottom of raised depot to the agent room.
    That would be version 4. What's your opinion?

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    Milwaukee Road (upper quadrant) signal at right, Burlington (lower quadrant) at left. Note- This building is not a depot, rather it is an "interlocking tower". The people who manned these were not Agents. This tower was not an agency, just a train order office. They were originally known as "levermen", and as time passed, they were more commonly spoken of as operators.
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Well BoxcabE50, I know.
    I showed the picture above as an example for TO-signals at a junction point with the "operator place" (here a tower) between diverging tracks.
    That's my problem, on my layout I have the same situation, but with a depot instead.
    I just would like to find the right signal-related solution for this situation.
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Hi fellows,

    for those who need some basics to understand US signals (like me ;)) may be this website of Mike Roque is of interest.
    As an ex-locomotive engineer on german lines there were some key informations for me like "Why they have up to 3 signal heads on 1 single post?" or "3 red apsects and nonetheless I may proceed?"

    For those who are interested in US signals with focus on their technique I found this website of Todd Seresto with lot of informations and details.

    I ask Todd how I have to signal my junction and he came up with the idea to give the question to a group of signal experts here. In this group they discuss signal related things only.
    As a result I will make only one train order signal for the main line (the loop) while any train to and from the branchlines has to stop for clearance before proceed.

    Meanwhile I finished the depot with the platform deck and some weathering, still needing station signs.

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    Well, you sure take prototypical modelling seriously (y)

    Matt
     
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    Hi all,

    I 've been working on a (low budget) train order signal. I didn't want to try a 3D-print because of its fragility.
    Materials are printed paper, pieces of tube and ladder (scrap box) and a telephone pole base.
    It represents an electrically activated semaphore and meets my needs, I am pleased with this.
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    Steffen,
    I feel that some of the most talented modelers are the ones who can work with found objects, scraps, and unconventional materials to make something very nice! Well done!

    Scott
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Scott, thank you very much. :)
     
  12. ddechamp71

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    Very nice ! Any chance to see it working in the future, for example moving with a thin steel rod worked by an undertable Tortoise switch motor ? :)

    Dom
     
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    Hi Dom,
    I didn't have the intention to make it moveable to keep things simple. The blades are glued on the mast without a fulcrum. I think they had to be made of a stiffer material for this purpose.
     
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  14. JoeS

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    Great job on the signal. I never thought of doing it that way. You have some creativity!
     
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    Hi all,

    the last building is in the making process :)
    It is a small street shop RSLaserkit #4031. I plan to make it more weathered, with boarded-up door and signed "for sale" to show the changing era from the "good old times" into more modern times of the 50's and 60's.

    First layer is of white and grey paint, then I used a brown felt pen. This brown layer I sanded a bit with a glass hair eraser (is this word right? :whistle:) to show the bleached wood. I finished with some black and white powder paint.

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    It will be situated next to the depot.
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    Steffen,

    Really nice work!

    Scott
     
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    Now I 've glued the little one and the depot on the ground.

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    While both structures are drying I did some work on details.
    I remember someone who wrote " Name everything to give it personality!"
    So I made signs for depot and for a post besides water tank to give the crews some orientation...

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    I had to decide how to protect the crossover of main line and branch.
    I found a very nice simple and man-operated example in "Mixed Train Daily" by Beebe & Clegg.
    So I made a version of this. Again I wonder under which operating rules crews had to pass this point. I can not see any kind of a distant signal...

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  18. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, it's all in the details!:D

    Great job your doing on this!(y)
     
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    Hi all,

    last weekend I could finish the old and forlorn street workshop.
    My father gave me some surplus oldtimer from Marklin - nice models, but a bit to old for my era.
    So I came up with the idea to add a fence and one of these cars as an abandoned vehicle, waiting for rediscovery like the Princess in the old german Brother Grimm fairytale "Dornroschen":

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    The whole area around the depot received some fine tuning regarding paints and turf, now looks like that:

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    So guys, this project is coming to an end slowly.
    I will prepare and add some more cars, figures are ordered too.
    That are the last tasks...
     
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    I love the details on this layout!

    John
     

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