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I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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Lou1985 posted:

I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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Looks great! Would love to hear more details on the materials used and how you did it. How long is the bridge?

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Lou1985 posted:

I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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Looks great! Would love to hear more details on the materials used and how you did it. How long is the bridge?

The turntable has a 30" bridge to fit my largest locomotive, a MTH Premier Santa Fe 2-10-4. I didn't go any bigger as the only scale articulateds I'd buy would be either a SP cab forward or AC-9, neither of which would fit on my layout (I only buy Santa Fe or Southern Pacific locomotives). 

So far materials used are 1X4 pine, 1/2" plywood, 1/4" plywood, some 027 curved rail, and a lazy susan bearing. The pit is almost done. The bridge is going to take much longer, as I've got a bunch of details to add to it.

I put in a 12 hour day and have little to show for it.  I finished drilling the new holes in my control panel.  It took a long time and a rat tail file to make nine SAE holes into metric holes.  Next up was a good coat of primer, front and back.  I sprayed a light coat of "BRM" green followed by a way-to-heavy top coat.  I'll have to sand and try again tomorrow.  I decided my next adventure should be simple.  I intended to mark the power cords on my two transformers for proper phasing.  But... when I fired up my "Type S", I had no voltage on A or B to common.  I read my "Greenberg's Manual" before taking the cover off the transformer.  I found the wiper badly bent and making no contact.  A small pair of needle nose pliers made that all better.  I failed to take a before photo.  I cleaned everything and put it back together.  Once again, the dinosaur lives.  Now I have a second supply to power my switches.  Finally, I marked the plugs for correct phasing.  I will be on my ham radio tomorrow until noon.  Join me on 7.251 MHz if you can.  Sanding and painting the control panel will follow.

73 and good night,

Bill

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Thanks Mark. I used 6 strand metallic embroidery floss. On the bottom of the bridge roadway I drilled 1/4x1/4 counter sinks and then cut a channel between them all with a dremel. The floss was just over 8 yards, so it was just enough for one side. After feeding it thru all the holes we double knotted the beginning and then filled the counter sink with hot glue. After it was stretched taught the last hole was filled with hot glue and then the tail was laid in the groove and hot glued again.Bridge2

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Vincent, The Coca-Cola bottle cap facility looks good, but most of all looks fun!

Brian, nice Santa Fe's! I am glad your having fun! Wonderful photo's Thanks for sharing them with us!

Ed, The wooden deck turned out looking wonderful! Nice work!

Lew, That is quite the undertaking! But I would have to say it really turned out looking good!

Bill, take care and keep us posted as you go along! Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you but I can only think its all going to be for the better!

Bruce, The bridge looks great! Wonderful work!

Lou, the turn table it really looking good! I also like the price!

Well folks its Sunday and I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I hope to get out to the train room today to do something, maybe work on my new crane!

Everyone have a great Sunday and please have some fun!

Did I do work on the layout?  That depends on your point of view. 

I put YLB Batteries in 27 of my steam engines to allow the engines to pass over my Atlas O switches without the sound shutting off momentarily. The batteries made by Gunrunner John come in two ways.  YLB #10500 has the 9-Volt battery clip on the end. It clips to the battery clip in the engine. YLB #10510 has a plug that goes into the sound board socket. Both connect to the center roller power to quick charge the battery. The battery then provides power to the sound board as it passes over gaps in the center rail.

It has made running my Lionel steam engines an enjoyable experience.

Please note that the front end cow catcher and front scale coupler are missing from the Southern Pacific AC-12. They did not return on this engine that was serviced by Lionel two plus years ago. (I have been the only family member caretaker for my 92-year-old mother since her two hospital stays and transfusions), and did not open the repaired engine until this weekend when I put the YLB Battery in the engine. Do not trust Lionel Service to do things correctly. Immediately check everything.  This why some of my engines have gone back three times, and I have been refunded on two Warranty engines that could not be fixed.  I am reluctant to send my new Western Allegheny H-10 that just lost its Cab Light back for Lionel Warranty Service. This is not a complaint, but a statement of Fact.  Have a good week.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Lew, the new track arrangement looks great! Nice placement of the building to hide the hole!

John, great job on the station! Also the work on the engines are always what did you do on the layout! LOL

FL9TURBO2, Very impressive bridge! Al does amazing work!

Larry great photo's of your layout! But I missed the Red and Silver Santa Fe! LOL

I went out to the train room and placed an old Lionel steam engine I got from my grandson! Not my thing,but it needs to be on the layout somewhere! I know Lew I didn't take a picture so it didn't happen, I will post one tomorrow! 

I hope everyone had a great day and a good week coming up!

 

 

    

              hope everyone had a good weekend... it sure was nice out !

 

         I had a helper while waxing my truck yesterday...

                                                think he was checking out the finish for me...

 

                 try to have a great Monday !!       mine started out a little hazy...

    

        

    

        

 

 

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briansilvermustang posted:

 

 


     

              hope everyone had a good weekend... it sure was nice out !

 

         I had a helper while waxing my truck yesterday...

                                                think he was checking out the finish for me...

 

 

                 try to have a great Monday !!       mine started out a little hazy...

    

        

        

 

 

I don't think I've ever seen this 2-2-2 locomotive before Brian. Who makes it?

The big question is - how many cars can he pull?

Bob, I can only say I ever saw one of these 2-2-2 engines even move, and it wasn't pulling any cars.  Maybe Brian tried it out!

Larry, Great photographs as always!!

Yesterday, I finished spraying the rock textured paint on the rest of my roadbed.  I'm letting it all dry well before putting down the track.  Things are a bit of a jumble, so no photographs

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Brian, Nice photos! does Izzy know that your hiring extra help to take care of things around the place? LOL

Shawn, Nice work on the fascia! Looks wonderful!

Larry, you could post photos of your layout every day and I would still be excited to see them! You have such an impressive layout I wish I lived closer to come and see it in person!

Nothing in the train room today as the wife had different ideas. We relocated a rose garden and cleared an area for a new deck! This summer sure has been killing my train room time, I am ready for winter! LOL

I got up the courage to dust off and run my Vision Line Big Boy #4014 while I was putting YLB Batteries in my other steam engines.  There isn't room in the Big Boy Tender for a battery.  I was able to get the steam blow-down effect to work on this engine for the first time.  That was a nice surprise.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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