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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #225 on: December 30, 2020, 11:56:02 AM »
Curt,
 Lots of progress since my last visit to this thread 4 months ago.
Keep the fire going and thanks for sharing the new updates of your railroad.
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #226 on: January 06, 2021, 03:15:41 PM »
Afternoon All,

Thank you Jerry and Tom Boyd for following along and commenting on the thread.

Since my last post I have finished laying track in the yard (peninsula). In a nutshell the left side is wired into the regular main buss and has been tested. The right side has the feeders attached to the rails but not to the reverse loop buss yet.

Over the last several days I have been running diesel powered trains in both directions (main line trackage) without issue for more than 2 hours. Today I started running a train with the 2-8-8-2. It made 6 complete laps then started derailing on the right hand side incline loop around. I messed with it for awhile, thought I had fixed it but no. I noticed late today that there appears a dip where the derailments keep happening. You can only see it in one viewing spot. The front 2 wheel guide wheels are what's derailing. I'll give it another go tomorrow.

The milestone today is the track laying is now complete (just need to fix what's already down. :'( The building is a scratch built freight house that's a couple of years old, but I need to rebuild the platform it sits on.
Curt Webb
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #227 on: January 06, 2021, 03:19:07 PM »
Nice work Curt.   :)

I'm jealous.  I haven't seen a model train running in almost a year!   :(
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #228 on: January 07, 2021, 03:00:39 AM »
Hey Curt:

Wow!!!! looks just great. Can't wait to see more scenery and buildings.

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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #229 on: January 07, 2021, 09:31:18 AM »
Curt,

Congrats on the finished track laying. The freight house looks great.

Tom  ;D
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #230 on: January 10, 2021, 03:28:23 PM »
Afternoon All,

Thank you Bob, Karl, and Tom (ACL) for following along, your kind words and encouragement.

Since the last post I have hooked up the reverse loop and tested with the F3 and large steamer without issue. I was pleasantly surprised how easily the large steamer negotiated the 18" radius loop around section.

Today I hooked up the programing track and changed the F3 address to 95 then back to 9503. I can't take credit for the wiring of it. Back probably 4-5 years ago Jon Shubert wired everything together for me at his house and I installed it on the old layout. I was careful removing it so it could be used again. It is connected to a PTB-100. Afterwards I painted the remaining rails on the peninsula.

At this point the only electrical work to be done is building lighting and signals (not looking forward to it). Trackwork is complete except ballasting and roads. Today is 9.5 months since I started the benchwork.

Tomorrow I'm starting to build everything for the company town that will be in the back right corner. It will also give me a break from layout work. None of the kits are big enough to enter the build contest so I'll add the photos here as usual. I have 6 Bar Mills company houses and general store, a AMB (Laserkit) small gas station and church, and from Wild West Models 8 outhouses in 3 styles. I also have a Walthers Substation to build. As you can tell I'll be busy for awhile.

Sorry for the poor photos. If you blow up the track photo there is a green LED that indicates normal power to track. It's off while programing until CV's are changing then it flashes.

Curt Webb
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #231 on: January 10, 2021, 04:16:19 PM »
Looking really good, Curt.

It will be a nice change to get back to some structure building.

If you wanted to I'm sure any of those builds would be big enough to enter the build challenge.  I've seen a scene on a peanut butter lid take out best in show!  Deservedly, I might add.  It was a scratch-built cabbage tree and some flaxes on a hillock.  The scenery was quite simple exquisite. 

I even managed a bronze award for a scene on the base of a film canister.  There is a chap in NZ that does brass etchings of native birds (Marks model works) and so a special competition with trophy was set up for a scene incorporating one of his birds, on a film canister base.  The brass etchings are filled with solder and then the bodies and wings caved with an engraving tool.  Two of the entries achieved a gold award.  At the awards dinner a high quality photograph of the winning entry was blown up and displayed on a projection screen.  Even at that magnification the detail was extortionary.  I was with Barry (the winner) when he was working with the engraving tool and he spent a full 10 hours on this alone.  The birds are S-scale, BTW.

Enjoying watching your progress.

Cheers, Mark.

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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #232 on: January 11, 2021, 06:29:45 AM »
Great progress Curt. 
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #233 on: January 11, 2021, 08:52:26 AM »
Well done with the completion of the track work Curt.....time for some SBG test runs.  8)
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #234 on: January 11, 2021, 11:27:38 AM »
Well done with the completion of the track work Curt.....time for some SBG test runs.  8)
I echo the sentiment. But beware of Greg running Greg speed on the layout! ;)
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #235 on: January 13, 2021, 03:15:03 PM »
Good Afternoon All,

Thank you Greg, Mark, and Mike for following along, kind words, and insight. It is greatly appreciated.

Since the last post I have finished the Blair Line Company Store and weathered it. The light makes the roof brighter than it actually is. I substituted corrugated roofing for the tar paper that came with the kit.

I made my first video of the new layout. I should of ran it a little slower and I don't know why it's not a sharper image.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W8LUYexxxs

Next up to build is the AMB rural church.
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #236 on: January 13, 2021, 06:27:19 PM »


Curt,

The layout is looking very nice my friend. Love the company store, weathering on the roof looks great.

Tom  ;D
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Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« Reply #237 on: Today at 02:12:03 PM »
Well done with the completion of the track work Curt.....time for some SBG test runs.  8)
I echo the sentiment. But beware of Greg running Greg speed on the layout! ;)
Mike


Hey Mike.....I'll try to good when we get over to Curt's..... ::)
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