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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by FWLR » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:58 am

Great job Greg. :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by gregh » Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:04 am

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That point at the entrance to the reverse loop looks interesting, Greg. Scratchbuilt?

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Thanks Rod and Rik.


Yes that was my first scratchbuilt turnout. I could only buy some "O" gauge rail at the time, so used the 'old' copper clad board method from HO days. (all the old track power wiring is still in place!)
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You may be alluding to the 'funny' guard rails at the entrance to the turnout. They were the solution to the fact I didn't allow enough clearance as is this pic. I could have resoldered the moving rail, but chose this simpler method. (It's a recurring problem even with turnouts I make these days - some people never learn!)
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by FWLR » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:07 am

Your'e not the only one Greg....I seem to make mistakes all the time..... :roll: :roll:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by ge_rik » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:39 am

Nifty!

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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by gregh » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:56 am

and now the next exciting episode of my maintenance.
How come that for every job I do, I find another two????

While leveling the 4 parallel tracks at Sandstone, I noticed that the left end of the platform had sunk (I sometimes step on it, and it's just a piece of 2" thick Hebel.)
And the track had buckled up due to expansion. The result was a platform almost at ground level.
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The main problem is that in front of the building the track must be level, but at the left end the track height is fixed by the big sandstone ledge. So that 2' length of platform has to be on a grade.
So I reduced the rail lengths by 3mm to allow expansion, did some 'horrible' vertical bending of the track to accommodate the two grade changes. Then dug up the platform and raised it. And repainted it all with oxides mixed with water. I also repaired and painted the fences. Here's the result
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and the overall view.
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Then while running a test train for the platform, I had a derailment on one of my concrete path crossings. I have 6 crossings. The earlier ones (c. 1995) are my aluminium bar rails in slotted wooden sleepers, covered in concrete.
But now I notice that the concrete over the sleepers has broken and the sleepers rotted so the track is under gauge. I'm not going to rip them up!!!
So as a start, on the worst crossing, I made some aluminium 45mm spacers to temporarily hold the rails at gauge, then used pure cement (no sand) to fill between the rails up to 3mm below rail tops.
You can see here..

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I only did half the crossing and will wait for summer weather to test the conc strength before I do the other crossings.

And if you look at the top of the left pic you can see the timber crib wall. And guess what? It's rotten and falling apart, so watch for the next installment on repairing it.
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by FWLR » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:07 am

Really nice job on the platform Greg. Love the colour of the stone....
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by gregh » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:09 am

FWLR wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:07 am
Really nice job on the platform Greg. Love the colour of the stone....
Would you believe the official name of the colour I use is "Sandstone" !!
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by ge_rik » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:22 am

Very smart, Greg. Something which rarely seems to be covered in posts is general maintenance, but it's something we all have to engage in constantly. Maybe you've started a trend?

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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by FWLR » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:25 am

gregh wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:09 am
FWLR wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:07 am
Really nice job on the platform Greg. Love the colour of the stone....
Would you believe the official name of the colour I use is "Sandstone" !!
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by gregh » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:15 pm

ge_rik wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:22 am
Very smart, Greg. Something which rarely seems to be covered in posts is general maintenance, but it's something we all have to engage in constantly. Maybe you've started a trend?

Rik
I don't know if it will start a trend. We all seem to enjoy reading about new builds. BUT since I am not building anything new, all I can offer is the maintenance work.
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Re: Sandstone and Termite

Post by Old Man Aaron » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:03 am

Certainly interesting, nevertheless. I'm looking forward to seeing more, as and when it happens. It's a bit like seeing those videos on Youtube, wherein some old object, tool or machine is fully restored - we get to see the repairs and improvements, without the chore and drudgery of actually doing the work! :roll:
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