Ringbalin Light Railway

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by Andrew » Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:16 pm

Great progress, thanks for the update.

The completed part of the upper trestle is looking great with the stones underneath it...

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:18 am

I had a think about the 5% grade and decided that it may be to steep, so I extended the horizontal to 6.1 Metres (20Ft in old money) with a drop of 255mm (10 inches) this gave me a grade of 4.1% which should be OK.
Downhill Side View Extended.JPG
Downhill Length Extended.JPG
Because the support rails are in between fence posts I had to put in a small post between the rails, I use some galvanized C Purlin to do it.
Purlin Post.JPG
Now that the 2 lines are at the same level they will now pass through a 180 degree 3.1 Metre (10 Ft) Diameter curve leading to a straight which will head back parallel to the lower line at the same height before turning 90 degrees.
I laid some boards out on the ground to get an idea of what I will have to do, looks like at least 3 posts to be concreted into the ground.
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Now that this is finished I will be going back to the Low Trestle

Blog has been updated. https://ringbalin-light-railway.blogspo ... -page.html

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by philipy » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:19 am

Good progress there. Glad you altered the gradient, it did look a bit fierce originally.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:20 am

Live steam locos with Slomos love gradients!

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by gregh » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:09 am

Very original solution to the trestles and ground level. Good thinking.

Don't worry about the grade. Either shorter trains or a second loco will add to the operating fun.
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by LNR » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:28 am

Interesting to see how you go with the grades, contemplating a 1 in 29 grade against the load at the moment. About to do tests.
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:13 am

gregh wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:09 am
Very original solution to the trestles and ground level. Good thinking.

Don't worry about the grade. Either shorter trains or a second loco will add to the operating fun.
The longest train will have a Shay on the front end so with 3 motors it should work OK.
My biggest problem is going to be how to raise the line back up to the upper level I do not have the same space to gain the elevation.
I am thinking possibly a Helix or some sort of "S" loop to take it up bit of thinking to be done.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:45 am

Speaking of the Shay I have just updated my blog with a description of how it is wired for battery remote control.
I used a robotics motor controller of a type which I have found to be both economical and easy to use.
Link to the blog page https://ringbalin-light-railway.blogspo ... -shay.html if you do visit please have a look around at the other pages and posts.
I will be adding descriptions of the other locos that I have and the methods of radio control I use as time goes by.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by gregh » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:51 am

I'm enjoying your Blog. Nice work with the RC.
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by ge_rik » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:27 pm

Really coming along nicely!
I agree with Greg re the blog. Interesting detail on the RC system

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:51 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:27 pm
Really coming along nicely!
I agree with Greg re the blog. Interesting detail on the RC system

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Thanks Greg and Rik.
The RC system I found while looking for some parts, they are reasonably priced relative to others and I can get them readily plus the R/C gear from Hobby King is very keenly priced.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:11 pm

Work on the low trestle area has started.
A few pictures to show the work, I have put some stones and roughed in some turf to get a feel for what I am trying to do.
Blog to be updated.
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Low Trestle bench work Lengthwise.JPG
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Meadow bank roughed in.JPG

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by philipy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:50 am

Using the chicken wire to support the stones to contour the slope/gap is a very clever idea, I do like that.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:17 am

Using the chicken wire and mesh allows the rainwater to pass through and air to circulate, so hopefully there will not be any rot due to the timber staying wet.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:25 am

I have updated my blog with another loco description.

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