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jagged ben

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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2014, 10:46:22 PM »
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To repeat, this is an awesome thread.

Thanks to you all who've posted pictures.

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Ready for gaps…
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2014, 01:27:20 AM »
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2014, 01:34:19 AM »
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Guess he's trying to say my breath stinks   :P


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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2014, 01:36:04 AM »
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nah, it is my obligatory "tic tac photo".  should have tapped to focus on the track  :face palm:   Here is a better pic:


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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2014, 12:00:33 PM »
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Next time, clean the railheads.   :trollface:  It looks like a nice functional turnout.  Congratulations...that's a part of the hobby I have yet to try and take on.
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2014, 02:32:32 PM »
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nah, it is my obligatory "tic tac photo".  should have tapped to focus on the track  :face palm:   Here is a better pic:



And the Atlas C55 version is available when?  :D :D :D

Hope it runs as nicely as it looks.
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2014, 05:30:54 PM »
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And the Atlas C55 version is available when?  :D :D :D

Heh, I had originally planned on splicing this together using Atlas turnouts— but that probably would have been tougher.

Hope it runs as nicely as it looks.

I think in some states I'd have to marry my NMRA gauge. So far, roll testing looks good with both pizza cutters and some lower-than-low profile wheels on a BLMA gon.  Every bit of rolling stock will need to roll through this, as this is the connection between the float bridge, yard lead, and the classification tracks.

Waiting for a nifty new jigsaw to arrive in the mail before cutting the gaps.

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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2014, 05:47:03 PM »
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You'd have to marry BOTH ends of the gauge: track and flanges
(which most states in America still have an issue with  :facepalm: )

When I first started handlaying I just paid attention to the track side, and then had all sorts o' trouble with the flanges.
Play with both track and flange sides of the gauge and you gots yrself some groovy track.

Yours looks great, and if things roll through, things roll through (no matter the gauge).

A beautiful piece of trackage!
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2014, 05:49:56 PM »
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Before you get to the float approach 3-way we should co-ordinate with Scott (his State Belt module) and my future Sausalito NWP ferry module ( :scared:) so that all the floats have the same trackage and can accept the same cassettes off the floats (or the floats themselves).
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2014, 08:08:24 PM »
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Before you get to the float approach 3-way we should co-ordinate with Scott (his State Belt module) and my future Sausalito NWP ferry module ( :scared:) so that all the floats have the same trackage and can accept the same cassettes off the floats (or the floats themselves).

I need you guys to subsidize enough extra apartment space for me to build a module and join your club.

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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2014, 09:03:01 PM »
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Before you get to the float approach 3-way we should co-ordinate with Scott (his State Belt module) and my future Sausalito NWP ferry module ( :scared:) so that all the floats have the same trackage and can accept the same cassettes off the floats (or the floats themselves).

Yeah.  I was going to email Mr. Nolan about the 3-track float kit track spacing (and I hope that Scott's Powell Street slip has that spacing already)

The NWP 2-track float looks like it could be nifty.  I was also super surprised that the WP 4-track float could actually dock at Powell Street (from the pic on Bill Kaufman's site).

I still think I'm going to build the layout in the form of modules. The big "aha" moment for me was realizing that I had 11' x 30" deep surface on the OPPOSITE side of the room from my 7'x 18" deep "shelf layout" space, including some space to build out Pier 50 along an adjoining wall in an "L" shape.

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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2014, 10:10:47 PM »
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I need you guys to subsidize enough extra apartment space for me to build a module and join your club.

There's plenty of people who have "joined our club" who don't have a module (yet).
The do make sure to be there to help with set up & tear down, though!

BTW: we have an "anarcho-collective," not a "club."

BTW: space is no excuse.  You have 12"x24" to 18"x48" of space SOMEWHERE in your apartment.
It's more a question of habit and dedicating the space to work on it.
Even if that's pulling up a TV-dinner tray over your lap while you're on the toilet.

Why don't you come out to the Layout Design SIG meet in Alameda on Sat. 25th?
A lot of us will have our modules set up there for a fun run:
http://pcrnmra.org/sigs/
We can meet and talk.

Dave: I know Scott's already built his apron (all on one sheet of PC board, lined to look like wood planking).
So perhaps we should work off that.

The Sausalito pier I'm brainstorming had three ferries (one Narrow Gauge, one dual, another Standard)



All the SG ferries should have the same track spacing / bodies.

Let's find out from Scott what he did.

And congrats on finding more room in your room!
Muhahahahhaha!  :D
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2014, 09:49:45 AM »
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BTW: space is no excuse.  You have 12"x24" to 18"x48" of space SOMEWHERE in your apartment.
It's more a question of habit and dedicating the space to work on it.
Even if that's pulling up a TV-dinner tray over your lap while you're on the toilet.

Ha.  There's really no such space that isn't spoken for.
It's more a question of it being okay with the wife to create sawdust and scenery mess. 

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Why don't you come out to the Layout Design SIG meet in Alameda on Sat. 25th?
A lot of us will have our modules set up there for a fun run:
http://pcrnmra.org/sigs/
We can meet and talk.

That may be possible.  I do already belong to the club (okay, officially a 'society') in Richmond, and have some ambitions for the layout there that will come first.  But the idea modeling Bay ferry operations on a bunch of modules might be enough to make me split my time.

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another round of track planning
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2014, 02:36:04 AM »
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Got out the tape measure and got a bit depressed— space is always less than you think.  I lost some sleep last night to hash out another iteration of the track plan:



For a comparison, here is the prototype track diagram which I obtained from the Western Archives - Santa Fe Historical & Modeling Society:



I seriously compressed the yard to fit the space, and decreased the number of tracks to allow for manual fiddling of cars, as 11'-14' scale track centers are a bit tight for 160X fingers.  Since this was a shelf layout, rather than a Free-moN module, I also made sure to include switching leads, even if they are a bit shorter than I would have liked.

To account for any other planning transgressions, I've actually limited the length of the layout down from the full size of the space.  I'm actually probably going to eat up some of the space to keep that Pier 54 crossing out of the points of the nearby turnouts and ensure that the nifty car float isn't land-locked.

The one bummer is that this is probably only a 1-2 operator layout— but M.C. reminded me that I *could* build another switching layout on the OTHER side of the room with a ferry slip.

-Dave
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Re: Santa Fe in China Basin
« Reply #44 on: January 24, 2014, 07:30:11 PM »
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Can you move the last turnout on the left all the way to the left edge and use a temporary bridge or hinged section for the tail of the track?