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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #150 on: July 28, 2020, 01:09:58 PM »
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Hi Tom, Thanks for posting the photo, I never knew there was a difference in railhead sizes between the Peco and Atlas code 55 track. I would venture to say Peco can probably get away with a narrower railhead, because 0.025 of the rail height is buried in the ties, with only 0.055 exposed, making the rail stronger. Whereas the Atlas rail height is actually 0.055. I don't work for Atlas, but my guess is they went with a slightly larger railhead for added strength.

I remember reading somewhere that the profile of N-scale rail is often (always) due to that same rail being originally produced for HO.  Makes sense to me.  BTW, the Peco code 55 railhead is the narrowest, the Atlas code 55 a bit wider, and the Micro Engineering code 55 railhead is unfortunately the widest.  :-(

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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #151 on: July 30, 2020, 10:39:19 AM »
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Nothing like the anticipation of construction.  Supplies are arriving at the soon-to-be-railhead including track materials, roadbed, trestle timbers, more rolling stock, electrical components and so on.  Just because this is my side-piece doesn't mean she can't be as pretty as my main action...I intend for this to be as photogenic as the HOn3 RGS and just as reliable operationally.

Guess what we found in a garage clean-out a few weeks ago?  The folding/telescoping table legs from the old Juniata Division Enola Yard section... :D  I think this new Colorado Midland will have its own legs rather than resting on a Costco banquet table.
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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #152 on: July 30, 2020, 11:01:01 AM »
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That frees up the banquet table to stack more boxes of things on!  I need to get me one of them!

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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #153 on: July 30, 2020, 11:04:02 AM »
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That frees up the banquet table to stack more boxes of things on!  I need to get me one of them!

Lee

And pile stuff up under it!

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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #154 on: Yesterday at 11:58:09 AM »
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The Colorado Midland received another boost in motive power on Friday when--after a little horse trading--it took delivery of a well-known Chris Schmuck @Chris333 4-6-0 project!  She runs like a fine Swiss watch.  There are some details left to add, but Chris surprised me by including an entire other Bachmann 4-6-0 shell in the package.  Besides some lowering of the boiler, Chris shortened the running boards and made some other detail modifications that have really helped backdate this engine to looking much more like a CMRy class 102 4-6-0.  the biggest modification--and the one that initially piqued my interest--is that new MRC cut-down tender.  Again, while not an exact CMRy style, it looks so much more the part than does the oversized stock Bachmann tender.



EDIT:  Yep, I see the derailed tender truck.

I'll need to settle that tender shell on a little more snugly.  I'll also want to reapply the boiler handrails, the pilot braces, and a few other things before she gets her CMRy paint.  But still, she really looks like she belongs even in the current state.  Chris is a master (as we all know) and an exceptionally generous man at that.  I'm honored to have one of his renowned locomotive projects running on my very own layout.



Look at me...I'm like all excited about N scale and stuff again!
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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #155 on: Yesterday at 12:26:12 PM »
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I have another tender shell that will still snap into place, but it's taller.

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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #156 on: Yesterday at 12:52:41 PM »
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I have another tender shell that will still snap into place, but it's taller.

No worries there...  The shorter tender is perfect.  I'll get it settled.
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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #157 on: Yesterday at 07:46:40 PM »
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Looks like Lee uploaded your photo  :P

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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #158 on: Yesterday at 08:03:27 PM »
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And now, from the department of "sh!t just got real" yo:

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I have additional foam and plywood leftover from the RGS, along with more than enough Masonite to do the fascia.
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Re: Colorado Midland in N scale 2.0
« Reply #159 on: Yesterday at 08:16:22 PM »
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And now, from the department of "sh!t just got real" yo:

Excellent. Anxiously awaiting further progress.
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