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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by bazzer42 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:02 pm

Love that shot on the bridge. Does it smell nice when trimmed being mint related?

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Post by Dwayne » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:31 pm

bazzer42 wrote:
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Love that shot on the bridge. Does it smell nice when trimmed being mint related?
No mint scent at all when trimmed. I did plant some mint at a couple of places on the layout but neither is next to the track so no need to trim.

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:50 pm

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You could plonk a Darjeeling loco in those pictures and it would look like it was steaming away in India!
I'm not sure that's what Dwain was aiming for but you're absolutely right Tom. It's amazing how a carefully built railway with no trains can be a back drop for any number of prototypes (in any number of countries!) and even a variety of scales!

The shots of your loco look great Dwain. It's a very believable railroad in a very realistic landscape. I'm still in love with your track!

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Dwayne » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:57 am

It was a beautiful, warm day here in central Oklahoma (81°F/27°C) so I decided to fire up Ida and run her around the layout a bit. This is the first time this year since completing the layout that I've actually taken the time to run live steam. She would make six or seven laps with each fill up (the layout has a 100 foot mainline).

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I also made some room in my bike shed/man cave for my train workbench (back corner).

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by philipy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:34 am

I love the middle shot of the three ( 3/4 from above). It reallys hows the embankment well.

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:32 am

The line is looking great but is that a V-twin lump I spy in your workshop? :thumbup:

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:01 pm

Hi Dwayne, like the second two railway shots. They show off your earthworks and track laying to really good effect. Your little loco looks great trundling through the landscape. You do keep my inspiration fired up!

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Post by Dwayne » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:57 am

Glad ya'll enjoyed the photos. With the more pleasant weather I'm trying to do a little bit more before the weather goes south for good this year.

Tom... not a V-twin motor. It's a parallel twin that came out of my '83 Suzuki GR650 as the bike undergoes a cafe racer conversion (the more expensive hobby considering that I have a total of eight Suzuki bikes of which seven are projects).


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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Maple » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:33 pm

The railway and the bikes look amazing!

Yes bike are more expensive, i am trying to preapre for riding next year after 2 years of road at the moment....

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Its is looking better than this already
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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:26 pm

I use to have a Suzuki SV650 99 all street fightered up.

I don't trust other road users these days to ride anymore.

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Dwayne » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:12 am

Back to the layout... the desire for a tunnel keeps popping into my head. I have the screen break "tunnel" between the town of Imagination and Figment (see photo) but am wanting something more solid for the tracks to bore through.

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The previous layout had a tunnel but unfortunately it's placement wasn't ideal as I was limited to the size of hill because of the tracks. I felt that hill was too small and didn't fit my concept of "plausibility".

So over the weekend I'm going to look at potential locations for it. Since there are no straight sections of mainline track it'll be a curved bore... something to take into account.

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Dwayne » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:04 am

Weather went to crap overnight but regardless I got myself outdoors to the layout. Scoped out a few spots for the future tunnel and opted for the curve going around the east end of the layout. The existing hill will be built up once the tunnel is in place. So I cleared out the overgrowth of ground cover along the tracks and began piling dirt on the end. It's a start at least.

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Dwayne » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:28 am

I completed the tunnel bore a couple of days ago. Began shoveling dirt on top and snapped a pic looking from one side to the other. Total length is about 3 feet. Still need to construct some retaining walls along the approaches on both sides to keep the added dirt from sliding down over the tracks. Simple project that cost about $12 for three bags of concrete (each 80 lbs).

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:19 am

How did you shape the tunnel with the concrete?

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Re: Nonaim Tramway

Post by Dwayne » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:12 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:19 am
How did you shape the tunnel with the concrete?
I used some scrap 12"x12" pieces of sheet metal. I bent the metal in my brake press so that the vertical sides were 8" tall but not quite at a 90° angle.

The 4" sides connected at the top and were secured together with duct tape for the inner form. A length of 4" wide plank the length of the tunnel was used to add support beneath the forms held up with scrap wood blocks. This would support the weight of the concrete to be added to form the roof later.

Unbent sheet was used for the outer form and just held in place with some dirt tamped in behind to give walls about 2" thick. Concrete was mixed into a damp, crumbly consistency and troweled into the forms.

I then installed 1/2" wire mess atop the formed walls and let it set for a few hours to set. I then mixed more concrete and trowled it atop the form and mesh to create the roof giving it a slightly curved top on the outer side.

Let everything stand for another 24 hours before dismantling and removing the forms. Allowed it to set for another 24 hours for additional drying time before piling on the dirt.

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