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Author Topic: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.  (Read 19615 times)

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #405 on: November 13, 2017, 04:16:29 am »
All those cars kinda remind me of Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino  ;D ;)
« Last Edit: November 13, 2017, 05:13:40 am by Bealman »
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #406 on: November 13, 2017, 04:34:42 am »
Just brilliant dats.
« Last Edit: November 13, 2017, 04:36:41 am by dannyboy »
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #407 on: November 13, 2017, 07:02:12 am »
Your clips just get better and better Dats.

I suppose my guess of manure was sort of right. Your biosolids make perfect fertiliser as they have the right mix of minerals. Plants grow, we eat plants, our waste gets back to plants again. I think it's all pretty cool.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #408 on: November 13, 2017, 07:13:21 am »
Another great video Dats!

 :claphappy:

I'm sure the housing market around the Poogrow plant has rocketed since the plant opened.  I can imagine sitting outside with my barbecue on a hot August evening, smelling the fragrance when the wind is blowing in the right direction....

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #409 on: November 13, 2017, 07:30:53 am »
Must admit that is a very interesting industry  :sick2:
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #410 on: November 13, 2017, 09:19:19 am »
Very... er.... aromatic, Dats! Having spent many hours at sewerage plants in my youth I get the full flavour of your video. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #411 on: November 13, 2017, 09:34:18 am »
 :laughabovepost:  :sick: :sick2:
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« Reply #412 on: November 13, 2017, 12:26:05 pm »
Hi Dats, The Closet Branch is looking great. I'm not sure, but it sounds like working CBL1 is a crappy job  :smiley-laughing: Keep up the great work Dats, your videos are very entertaining.  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #413 on: November 14, 2017, 05:24:37 pm »
Hi Dats,
    I have a question regarding your Caboose Industry ground throws. When installing your Caboose Industry Ground Throws, do you center the points on your turnouts with the ground throw handle centered (Handle pointing straight up) before mounting the ground throws? I've noticed a few of your Caboose Industry Ground Throws have the handle in the up position, they should be in the horizontal position when the points are aligned.




Are you using sprung or rigid Caboose Industry Ground Throws?


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« Reply #414 on: November 14, 2017, 08:09:49 pm »
Thank you for watching, guys!!
If you feel "emptiness" or "anxiety" from waisting time, that's normal for watching my videos.
You don't need to see your doctor. It'll fade away.

Rich, you noticed it!!
Yes, I thought I centered the throws.
But it came out messed up.
Although I succeeded some of them,
rest of them are just embarrassing.
I usually test fit them and make sure it works as intended before installation. Then cement it with liquid nail and actual nails.
But when I come back to it later, it becomes funky positions.
It is holding tightly so I'm not doing anything to fix it.
Some of them are spring one and some of them are not. Depend on which one was discounted sale price at the moment of purchase.
My question is do you glue the throws?
And are you using Atlas code 80 turnouts?
If so, how do you do to ballast so perfectly?
Your picture's turnout is perfect!!

Dats

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #415 on: November 14, 2017, 08:30:43 pm »
They look good to me Dats -that's the kind of detail only seen in high end exhibition layouts -not a novelty to me -hats off mate your eye to detail is something to aspire too !
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #416 on: November 14, 2017, 09:34:07 pm »

My question is do you glue the throws?
And are you using Atlas code 80 turnouts?
If so, how do you do to ballast so perfectly?
Your picture's turnout is perfect!!

Dats


Hi Dats, If you look closely at the Caboose Industry Ground Throw, you'll see the long tack head in the base of the ground throw holding it in place. Yes, all of my track is Atlas code 80. I was going to use Atlas code 55, but they were having a supply problem, so I just went with the tried and true Atlas code 80. Thank you for the compliments on the ballast. The first thing I do is use Smith & Son real stone ballast for N scale. Unfortunately Dale does not have a web site. Another source for real stone ballast is Arizona Rock & Mineral Company (http://www.rrscenery.com/

Once I have all of ballast in place, I wet everything down with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, then I drip some 3 in 1 oil on the tie bar. Then I drip on 3:1 Elmer's white glue, using an old small glue bottle.
 


I keep everything centered until the glue has completely dried. So I guess in actuality, my ground throws are held in place by both the long tacks and the white glue holding the ballast.  I should also mention, all of my track is on cork roadbed. the cork holds the nails in place.

« Last Edit: November 14, 2017, 09:37:34 pm by Rich_S, Reason: Added additional information »
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #417 on: November 14, 2017, 10:20:31 pm »
Rich

I too thought your ballast looked very nice.

I'm using the rubbing alcohol mix as well, but in my case it is 50:50 with water. My ballast is fine mineral stuff like yours. Unfortunately I found that a few drops of detergent in the glue mix was not a strong enough wetting agent to prevent major divots forming in the ballast when the glue was applied.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #418 on: November 14, 2017, 11:07:25 pm »
Rich

I too thought your ballast looked very nice.

I'm using the rubbing alcohol mix as well, but in my case it is 50:50 with water. My ballast is fine mineral stuff like yours. Unfortunately I found that a few drops of detergent in the glue mix was not a strong enough wetting agent to prevent major divots forming in the ballast when the glue was applied.

Webbo


Hi Webbo, I use a spray bottle that has a very fine mist setting to apply the alcohol. I like the get the ballast very wet, then I apply the glue. Since the ballast is very wet, it breaks the surface tension of the water allowing the glue to soak into the ballast. I continue dripping the glue onto the ballast until the entire area has a white tint from the glue. Once the glue has dried, the ballast is as hard as a rock.

Wish I had a better camera, but I spent all my money on my trains, so I have to use this simple pocket digital camera  :smiley-laughing:




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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #419 on: November 15, 2017, 01:01:10 am »
Thanks Rich

I use a mister too to dampen the surface, then I drop more wetting agent on using a hypodermic needle. By the time the glue is dropped on, it spreads very well through the ballast and sets like a rock as does yours. It's a multi-step process and time consuming, but by the time I repair the divots if I take short-cuts, it takes even longer.

Finding a suitable mister took me a while - I found one in an arts store and I've that the glasses cleaner bottles produce a nice spray as well without big drops. The Woodlands Scenics spray bottle was totally useless.

Your pictures look pretty good to me. The smartphone cameras also produce a surprisingly good result. With their small apertures they have a big depth of field which is great for model railway photography.

Webbo

 

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