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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:52 am

The framework for Stage 3 has been finished and the baseboards for the Lower Loop running through Stage 3 have been installed, this now allows me to lay track to complete the Lower Loop so I can run a train continuously.
Once they are painted track laying can commence.
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Stage 3 baseboards toward back corner.JPG
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by Jimmyb » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:15 am

Graham, very impressive.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:32 am

Jimmyb wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:15 am
Graham, very impressive.
Thanks Jimmy,
There is still some more to be done to finish the upper level loop.
An idea I have is for a peninsula coming off the centre of the lower loop which will have a sugar mill to act as the focal point of the whole layout.
Time will tell if that comes to fruition just want to get both the loops running first.

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:23 am

That is one serious structure there.... even after the earthquake you will still have shelter!
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by ge_rik » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:28 pm

Wow! That's some serious engineering, Graham. will the upper track descend to join the lower one before the lift-up bridge?

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:23 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:28 pm
Wow! That's some serious engineering, Graham. will the upper track descend to join the lower one before the lift-up bridge?

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Yes Rik,
The pictures below show a string line that is the route the upper level will take about a 3-3.5% grade.
The bridge leaving up against the fence in the background will be put in so that I have a way of getting a line into the shed where a series of storage tracks under the HO layout will be built eventually.
Across front of shed.JPG
Looking from Stage 2.JPG

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:17 am

The lower loop track has been installed and the loop is now continuous.
Lower Loop toward back fence.JPG
Lower Loop back corner.JPG
A set of points were put in the middle as an entry to a peninsular that a proposed sugar mill will be built on.
Sugar mill Loop points.JPG
A cross over was installed before Stage 3 to allow trains to cross between the loops when both are finished.
Cross Over toward shed.JPG
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:36 am

What panel material are you using for baseboard as it looks like wood?

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:09 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
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What panel material are you using for baseboard as it looks like wood?
The framework is made out of recycled hardwood decking boards.

The baseboards are a Fibre Cement product called "Villaboard" in Australia it is used for lining bathrooms, they have been painted with a water based paving paint to get rid of the stark white colour.
I score it with a metal cutting blade in an angle grinder.

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Post by Old Man Aaron » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:38 am

Just catching up, lot of good solid work there. Particularly looking forward to seeing what you do regarding the sugar mill.
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Post by ge_rik » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:20 pm

Looking good Graeme. Looking forward to seeing that video of the first train run round the loop. .... 😏

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by GAP » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:36 am

It's been a while as I had to wait till my shoulder recovered from an overuse injury (SWMBO keeps banging on about old age) but I have now started taking the upper level, line that came down via the "High" trestle back up "Uphill" to where it started.

To save timber I cut a steel C purlin so it formed a ramp of sorts that carries the track up to a point where it curves and rises up to a bridge which after it crosses will again curve and rise till it gets back to the Upper Level.

I had to join 2 pieces of track part way through the curve and to stop a kink at the joint I soldered the joiners in place to give added strength (I have used this method in HO and it worked well).

I have some artificial turf offcuts and I have placed a piece against the "ramp" to hide it, I will contemplate using more if I can work it into the scenery.

At the moment all components have been "roughed in".

Pictures explain it better than I can, and as usual the blog will be updated in due course.
Ramp rough in with track lengthwise.JPG
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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

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Re: Ringbalin Light Railway

Post by Old Man Aaron » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:39 am

That's coming together nicely. And broad curves to boot. (a joke in there somewhere, I'm sure)
Your anti-kinking measure looks a good move. Wish I'd have thought of that before laying my own line!
Blog looks great too, seems nicely laid out, I reckon.

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