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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #105 on: April 15, 2019, 04:42:17 AM »
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ATI arrived after my cutoff for Birth of N, but it has close associations with Postage Stamp, so you can read all about this enigmatic company here:

http://davidksmith.com/postage-stamp-trains/american_tortoise.htm

Seller does combine shipping. He also accepts offers, so I'm sure a deal could be made for a large lot.

Thanks David! I knew of the American Tortoise and the Minitrix connection, but I guess didn't know that ATI was American Tortoise Inc.  I also thought that they were somehow related to the Tortoise Switch Machines (but I that is not the case).
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #106 on: April 15, 2019, 03:56:56 PM »
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Golden spike set around 3:30 on 15 April; the B&M boxcar (upper right corner) marks the spot:



Next up: soldering all of the rail joiners, then spray-painting the track.
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« Reply #107 on: April 15, 2019, 04:29:22 PM »
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Congrats! But the only boxcar I see is on the upper left.  :)
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #108 on: April 15, 2019, 04:31:03 PM »
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Huzzah!  And in near record time!
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #109 on: April 15, 2019, 04:31:47 PM »
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Congrats! But the only boxcar I see is on the upper left.  :)

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #110 on: April 15, 2019, 04:32:20 PM »
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Congrats! But the only boxcar I see is on the upper left.  :)

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #111 on: April 15, 2019, 04:39:58 PM »
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Found it - thank you!  Photo is rather small and I should be wearing glasses.  :facepalm:
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #112 on: April 15, 2019, 05:01:12 PM »
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Golden spike set around 3:30 on 15 April; the B&M boxcar (upper right corner) marks the spot:



Next up: soldering all of the rail joiners, then spray-painting the track.
The only sectional track layout I helped build for a club raffle worked fine until we soldered the rail joiners. When we did that it narrowed the track gauge so much that nothing would run on it. We ended up replacing the sectional track with flex track, then things ran just fine.

I wish you better success than we had.

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #113 on: April 15, 2019, 05:07:04 PM »
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It looks eerily familiar to the late, great 3rdRail's little layout...

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #114 on: April 15, 2019, 05:22:51 PM »
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It looks eerily familiar to the late, great 3rdRail's little layout...

Yeah, well, there's just so much one can do with a folded dogbone on 2x4 feet. Actually, my Penn Central layout began as a direct copy of Gregg's layout, adapted for Unitrack:



Gregg's plan was cool, but it had no runaround (not that I really needed one). So it morphed into what I'm building (sort of, on and off):



Out on display for @Ed Kapuscinski when he visited The End of the World in August last year:



https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=44969.0

The only sectional track layout I helped build for a club raffle worked fine until we soldered the rail joiners. When we did that it narrowed the track gauge so much that nothing would run on it. We ended up replacing the sectional track with flex track, then things ran just fine.

I wish you better success than we had.

I've never had a problem, and I've always soldered joints on every layout I've built (save for Unitrack ones). Guess I'm just lucky...

 
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #115 on: April 15, 2019, 06:09:58 PM »
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Found it - thank you!  Photo is rather small and I should be wearing glasses.  :facepalm:



Better?  :trollface:
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #116 on: April 15, 2019, 06:19:37 PM »
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Thanks for the close-up. In the other picture, it looked like a European diesel, to me. Is the building base where it is, for the Atlas factory?

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #117 on: April 15, 2019, 06:29:58 PM »
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Is the building base where it is, for the Atlas factory?

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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #118 on: April 15, 2019, 06:33:43 PM »
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Better?  :trollface:

Much better - thank you!  :D :trollface:
Ah, a natural black plastic roofwalk - is than an Atlas car?  I really liked the fact that these had metal wheels (but unfortunately also steel axles, which could make magnetic uncoupling a bit of a challenge).  Assuming that you kept the original trucks and body mounted Kadee 1023 N scale couplers like I used to do.

Is that foundation for Atlas "factory" or is it called "Machine Shop"?
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Re: Newport & Rock Falls: Another Retro Layout
« Reply #119 on: April 15, 2019, 06:36:42 PM »
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Ah, a natural black plastic roofwalk - is than an Atlas car?  I really liked the fact that these had metal wheels (but unfortunately also steel axles, which could make magnetic uncoupling a bit of a challenge).  Assuming that you kept the original trucks and body mounted Kadee 1023 N scale couplers like I used to do.

That's actually a Postage Stamp car, but nearly identical to the Atlas version of the same era. Rapido couplers only on this layout--note the uncoupler tucked inside the building.

Is that foundation form Atlas "factory" or is it called "Machine Shop"?

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