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David KS - I was trying to install one of those on a curved Ross switch where the extended ties, which would otherwise hold the caboose throw, were cut off by the previous owner (or who ever took down the layout). Taking a lot of futzing around and still not right. Maybe I should put a spring between the caboose operator and  the throw bar so alignment is not so critical. 

Best wishes in this trying time. Jeff

David

Never feel bad about unloading here. We are all here for ya. Sometimes it takes working or muttzing on trains to just clear our head and hearts. Trains and the process of building a layout can be soothing even the parts that some do like to do. It is different for everyone. Some hate bench work or wiring where I love both of those. Others love scenery while I struggle with it. But I come here and read and express and get support of how I can make it thru the struggling parts and am reminded constantly of two big things.

1. Running trains or even working on them can be a major stress reliever and people here tend to be supportive

2. If I say I am struggling due to health or other issues People again here will build me up and support me to bring me out of the gloom and doom while either offering words of encouragement or prayers. Both are successful as I have received both many times.

So remember we are all here together, we all have or have had health, or family or whatever happen to us. Yet we are a big family that not only shows it to each other but also needs each other.

Enjoy the forum , the company and the trains.

Curtis

David Sorry about your losses. I lost my mom a couple months ago.

I think I mentioned this in earlier post, Have you thought about building Down to create storage tracks. As long as your layout is you could ramp the trains and cars under the layout for storage and easy access. My friends layout we build a massive 14 track yard to hold all his consists complete. They also stayed cleaner under the board. We designed off the back side with a reversing loop to bring them back out. Also being in the rear we were able to leave future expansion for a subway system along the front side.

we all know how rapidly our fleets expand.

@CSX FAN posted:

David Sorry about your losses. I lost my mom a couple months ago.

I think I mentioned this in earlier post, Have you thought about building Down to create storage tracks. As long as your layout is you could ramp the trains and cars under the layout for storage and easy access. My friends layout we build a massive 14 track yard to hold all his consists complete. They also stayed cleaner under the board. We designed off the back side with a reversing loop to bring them back out. Also being in the rear we were able to leave future expansion for a subway system along the front side.

we all know how rapidly our fleets expand.

I have thought about that and it’s a possibility in the future. Hard to see in most of the pics but there is a couch along the one wall that was moved last night. That’s the proposed location of at least one yard. I have about 10 feet of length and would probably go no deeper than 3 feet or less so that I could reach the back. Either plan is for sometime in the future. The yard “lead” is installed, but is just a dead end for now.

David- sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and step-dad. Always hard when a loved one passes. Looks like you are doing  well with your therapy with the layout though.
Things are looking good. I'm with @CSX FAN- a hidden yard below the table may be the answer. You have a long run along the wall where you could build the ramp down and then have room for a big yard. It sounds like you want to run long trains and not build and break them down all the time.

Hope your kids recover soon and you and your wife don't catch it.

Bob

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Dave Here is a shot of Paul's Passenger station. This is on the leading edge of his layout and was used to store Passenger Trains. Pure storage was one layer below this level. Paul was very good creating multiple levels along with his "Highline" you were operating on three tiers. Not good for TMCC operation, which we had to add several ground plans in an attempt to operate Lionel. Great for DCS operation though.

This allowed Paul to use more of the surface for scenery and sidings. 

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Thanks to each and every one of you for the well wishes. I’m not replying to each individually as to not turn this into pages and pages of a memorial thread. But thank you.

I like the under table idea but I have a few small issues. I built the table at 36” as I’m only 5’8” and that’s the table height that looked pleasing to me. Issue 2 is under table storage. It seems as soon as I got a piece of bench work installed and wired the underside was filled with Christmas stuff or other things to store. It’s definitely a possibility in the future though.

Thanks to each and every one of you for the well wishes. I’m not replying to each individually as to not turn this into pages and pages of a memorial thread. But thank you.

I like the under table idea but I have a few small issues. I built the table at 36” as I’m only 5’8” and that’s the table height that looked pleasing to me. Issue 2 is under table storage. It seems as soon as I got a piece of bench work installed and wired the underside was filled with Christmas stuff or other things to store. It’s definitely a possibility in the future though.

The issue we had with Paul's was I had to be sure all the wiring was complete. I board several holes through the supports to make sure we didn't have to do it in the future.  I ran miles of wire under his and my layout. I think we had his dead storage about 24" off the floor. It wasn't high. His base bench work was probably at 40" and raised as much as 12" to the high line. 

The boxes need to find a new home. I have been dealing with that for years my self.

@RSJB18 posted:

David- sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and step-dad. Always hard when a loved one passes. Looks like you are doing  well with your therapy with the layout though.
Things are looking good. I'm with @CSX FAN- a hidden yard below the table may be the answer. You have a long run along the wall where you could build the ramp down and then have room for a big yard. It sounds like you want to run long trains and not build and break them down all the time.

Hope your kids recover soon and you and your wife don't catch it.

Bob

The funny thing about my original plan to not do any switching and just run long trains is how much it has changed. I’ve run very few long trains and instead  have taken the greatest joy from my “no hands” rule and moving things from one location to another. Reminds me of working the service track at the railroad with the amount of strategy required.

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The funny thing about my original plan to not do and building and just run long trains is how much it has changed. I’ve run very few long trains and instead  have taken the greatest joy from my “no hands” rule and moving things from one location to another. Reminds me of working the service track at the railroad with the amount of strategy required.

David Are you near Bob Bartisac? (spelling) He has a beautiful layout with a lot of switching/ industrial sidings. he does operating sessions with locals. You might want to contact him and visit his layout. It becomes very prototypical to operate if you want that hands free operation.

Not much of an update other than I got the DD40X back and the Boom car for the crane showed up. Other than money reasons, there is no way the crane and boom cars should have been sold separately. They absolutely need each other. Also picked up a speeder which is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen run. Also brought my DOA Dash-9 back to life by sacrificing the board from my Alaska F40PH which I never really liked. GGG fixed the DD40X for me and did a fantastic job. Very thorough. Unfortunately it seems the shipping company used the box as a football and the rear steps got broken. Not AT ALL the fault of GGG. It was packed better than any package I’ve ever received. Still a shame though. B185343C-269C-48BE-A065-1EEB98EF7799A1010E13-35EF-4518-99E2-AF024B985624539FBDB9-D4A2-4D82-85AF-412BF0C21CE384CB1606-5008-4433-941B-DDCFC49CAE167F925FEF-E336-4004-BD54-ACB7B63F1B17

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