Fall Tinkering

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yard do over

Amazingly resiliant stuff this Kato trackage!

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Yard and 2nd Lower bridge development

Added some seneic material.
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Added the lower bridge
I think that "completes" the mountain side construction phase?
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Added a switch for the South yard runout

And the lower bridge departure needed some shoring up.
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Superchief enters yard via south runout.
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Yard Emerging


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New Yard

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Now;
No loopbacks anywhere on layout.
Routes run clockwise.
Upper Main
Lower Main
Combined Main
Lower and combined with "sneak path" via S. Yard Runout extension.

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Yard - Phase 1

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Construction Milestone!

Milestone of progress with the construction phase

The "Duck-Under" bridge


Basic structure and functionality is there.
Need to level and position laterally (which will require some tweaking)
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An Ebay addition - string of ore cars


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The Yard Module


15" x 5'
Need to level the surface (somehow), the track work is designed, but purchse and actual install will be "later".
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BTW-

That polyiso foam is crap.
The covering doesn't remove well, it is not flat (many depressions across surface) and its expensive.
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Also-


Removed the track and 2 switches from the siding modules. Scraped one module because my attempt to level the surface of the polyiso foam had made it much worse. The original modules, I think we sized wrong. They should be 310 mm. exactly the same as the ballast of the Kato straight + the 62 mm (1/4). One of the T-Trak sources had said 308 mm. I think that's wrong. But, cutting the 2" foam with the sharpened putty knife is not very "accurate" - very diffucult to be precise.

Never-the-less-


I believe the module constructon phase, and bench work, is complete! Thank gawd. My least favorite part.
Ordered enough track to finish the loop.
I think that's

PROGRESS


operational Phase 3 Rev A

More Modules, Yard

Glued up 2 more single modules.
Ordered legs. Still quite a few hurricane nuts, but used up the legs, already!
Cut and assembled Yard module 4' x 15"

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