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Thread: Ntrak module set of Cresson PA

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    Track is down and trains are running all the way to Blacksburg.
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    What do you know. Closed the loop. Ugly, but a train is circulating.
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    A tin spike?
    Seriously well done.

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    Tin? More like duct tape at this point. But it is exciting and I am anxious to get back in there.
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    Spent a bunch of time in the train room today. Drug out some more DC locos that have not seen the light of day in years, or in a couple cases, ever. Threw some more rolling stock out and ran a coal train. In running, some issues have come up. Spent a lot of time clippling coupler pins. Spent a bunch of time using a dremel and a cut off disk to widen older Atlas c55 turnouts through the flangeways. The Blacksburg module was built when Atlas had that bad batch of turnouts. Figured out I have two SD35s with the warp speed motors and with DC can't be run with anything else. Resurrected 6 cars from the dead line. Put 8 more there for various reasons. Found the underframes for two 40ft boxcars I painted and decaled last fall and got them reassembled and on the layout. Figured out that I am going to have to get serious about getting weight in my rolling stock. Figured out that until I get some sort of positive point control in place for my turnouts, operations are not going to happen. Confirmed my thought that if I am going to run any kind of 86 ft boxes or TOFC curves need to be very broad. Going to have to be very diligent in hooking body mounts to truck mounts especially with the longer curves. It is funny how all of these things I have been reading about for years are suddenly very relevant. When something happens, and I think about it for a minute, it's like "oh yeah, this is what they were talking about." Lastly I was doing a little switching and started having loco issues. Turns out my SD24s have the cracked ball joints and are slipping. Oh the joys of the hobby.
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    I checked Google Earth and it's clear the flyover was still there in 1993 and gone by 2003. Conrail sold the Clearfield Cluster (the main line to Clearfield and also the branch up to Irvona) in Dec. 1995. The flyover in Cresson was still there but I don't remember it being used. But, you have got some intriguing potential there - don't forget you have the RJCP operations where your aisle is, and that other RJCP yard just out of sight. I've hi-railed all that trackage over the years.

    Cresson is still where the unit trains of corn come up to Clearfield to the Bionol ethanol plant - although that's all current-era.
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    Spector, great progress pictures! We just bought a new home and moved in last week (30 Jan). It has 2-2 car garages, the 'Man-Cave / Train Room' is 25'x27'. Im in the room design and layout planning stage now. Looking forward to seeing more progress!
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