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    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=42.66....2&r=0&src=msa

    not the best pic but....this is a ADM elevator in Webberville Mi...i worked here as a CSX employee...the main road to the left of the tracks is State Route M-52 and the only thing stopping the grain cars is a 8' berm of dirt...no timbers no rubber blocks no nothing...

    since yours is "cut" and "graded" IMHO i think it would look sweet with a 2 tier timber wall on the face....
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    Thanks JEdgar, I will most likely take your idea and run with it. What is the best thing to use for timbers ?? small balsa ?

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    0.060 x 0.060 inch styrene is about 10x10 scale, 1/16"=10"scale
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    I've gone with the 'ol walthers standard.



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    diezmon, your pavement looks awesome. Love the weathering.

    Here is the wall with bumpers added.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottHofferPhotography View Post
    diezmon, your pavement looks awesome. Love the weathering.

    Here is the wall with bumpers added.
    Thanks! I'm actually working on an article about it to send to NScale magazine.

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    After seeing the one that Charles (zosimas) made in the first pic of his post I knew that was how I wanted mine for my Old West layout.
    He made his out of match sticks but I made mine from the ties I cut off of an old piece of flex track.
    I also cut a piece of 5" straight track in half to mount it on.





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    This was received today

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    30 July 2012
    TVR STANDARD STOP BLOCK


    These Standard Stop Blocks are used throughout the Tickford Valley Railway (TVR) system and are provided here without charge, for the use of members of nScale.net, with the compliments of TVR management.

    Component: 1 x standard rectangular pencil eraser.

    Method:
    Use a sharp craft knife to cut eraser into a rectangle measuring:
    4ft (scale) wide

    6 ft ( " ) tall
    4 ft ( " ) long (5 ft long (USA))

    At the extreme Left Hand end of the long side, measure a point 4 ft from the bottom.
    Draw in an angled line between the front (RH - 6ft tall) end of the Block to the back of. the block, to the 4ft point just measured-off.
    This creates an angle.
    Cut along this line.

    You now have an angled block of pencil eraser which SHOULD fit snugly between the rails. If it doesn't , shave-off slivers on the narrow (Cross) end of the block until it does.


    Location / Gluing:

    Place at the end of whatever siding (Spur) you wish to stop wagons moving along - wherever a 'Bumper' would be placed on your layout.
    Use Super Glue (CA) to fit the block to the end of the track - placing it on the sleepers (ties).

    Painting:

    Paint 'block' as you wish, using acrylic tube-sourced colours for the purpose.
    I use grey (for concrete) but equally have seen light brown used for the purpose. The choice depends on the builder.

    Note: if you wish, you can put the 'block off the end of the ties at a skewed angle to replicate a stop block that has been knocked over as the result of some 'heavy' shunting (switching) moves. Where this happens, add a bit of ground cover to give the impression that the 'block has been there for a while and is all overgrown etc. At a raked-angle it can look very realistic.

    Additional detail:
    As an additional detail, you can put a very small eyelet on the top of the block so that it can (at least in theory) be uplifted and moved should that be necessary.


    Examples of two TVR Stop Blocks at Puketeroto, Kereru Branch, Tickford Valley Railway (London) ltd


    1. Stop Block on Shed Road, Puketeroto (1)
    Kereru Branch, TVR
    (Scale: 1: 148)


    2. Stop Block on Shed Road, Puketeroto (2)
    Kereru Branch, TVR
    (Scale: 1: 148)




    3. VERY battered Stop Block, Tank Road
    Puketeroto. Shed Road 'Block in background
    Kereru Branch, TVR

    (Scale 1:148)

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    I have made and used these 'Blocks for years and find they are very realistic and easy to make.
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    Bumpity bump for any of the new members, or old members with new scratch bumpers?
    ~ Charles

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    I bought a package of the Walthers bumpers quite a while back and stored them in such a good place I haven't seen them since. So I gave up looking for them and tried scratchbuilding a bumper from a few leftover lengths of rail, a slab of basswood, and a blob of glue. It looks pretty crude from the back so it's placed on the layout where nobody can see the back


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    Quote Originally Posted by code40 View Post
    stored them in such a good place I haven't seen them since.
    hey look again, maybe some of my stuff is stored there too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by code40 View Post
    I bought a package of the Walthers bumpers quite a while back and stored them in such a good place I haven't seen them since. So I gave up looking for them and tried scratchbuilding a bumper from a few leftover lengths of rail, a slab of basswood, and a blob of glue. It looks pretty crude from the back so it's placed on the layout where nobody can see the back

    http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/z...R/DSCN4444.jpg

    I dunno, from this pic it looks ok to me.
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    Looks good Code 40..

    Your Walthers bumpers should show up soon.. It's been my experience that as soon as I don't need a lost item (or replaced it) the darn thing shows up..
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    As I fear for my couplers, I've been using some I made using the atlas 5/8 segments of code 80 track.
    I place one of them perpendicular to the track, slide the plastic ties so they are are flush to the track ties. A little drop of CA and it is fixed.
    I then remove two segments of rail from another 5/8 and solder them at an angle, making two paralell triangles, one on each rail. After they are cold I remove the original plastic ties and slip one single tie tying them together, leaving it at a hight that clear the couplers. Easy, quick and functional, although not very prototipical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rnjorge View Post
    As I fear for my couplers, I've been using some I made using the atlas 5/8 segments of code 80 track.
    I place one of them perpendicular to the track, slide the plastic ties so they are are flush to the track ties. A little drop of CA and it is fixed.
    I then remove two segments of rail from another 5/8 and solder them at an angle, making two paralell triangles, one on each rail. After they are cold I remove the original plastic ties and slip one single tie tying them together, leaving it at a hight that clear the couplers. Easy, quick and functional, although not very prototipical.
    photos? pls?
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    Final result. Never mind the bad focus and lousy weathering, it stays hidden behind the trees...
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    Anyone have the old Lionel type lighted bumpers? Do they exist in N Scale?
    Charlie Hoens,
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    They have these, not quite the same but they do light up.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Model-Po...item4d089b520b

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    Here's what I put together using the copper wire for an A-frame then some snipped scrapped flex.
    To Train or not to Train; that is the question. Whether its noble to lay the track or watch life roll by.
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    :wooty: thanks for the revival :m: anyone got anything new (custom) to show?
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