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    I used a pair of slide locks on my drop-leaf bridge, and those seem to work well. A single slide latch/lock had too much play in it, but with two I was able to set each one at the maximum of their side-to-side tolerance so that, once both are engaged, there is no actual play left.

    I also built my gate by affixing both "towers" to a common 1x8 base plate, that way the gap between them stays fixed. Basically, I built one freestanding gate and then built the other benchwork up to it.

    One thing I can think if is that, with yours being a side-swinging gate, you could use gravity to your advantage. You could have a little roller somewhere on the edge of the "door", and on the "jamb" you cut a little V-shaped notch into a block. Gravity would pull it to rest with the roller down in the notch, but when you open the gate it will have to roll up and over the lip of that block. I've seen turntable indexing done this way.

    You might also want to plan in some ability to fine-tune the door's geometry, for instance with a plywood end that is on a threaded rod with nuts to set the height (the way we've seen helix construction done), so that by turning those nuts up or down you can ensure that it matches the mating benchwork. Over time, your hinges will probably allow thing to sag a bit, and you'll need to be able to make such adjustments.

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    Scan_20190729 (2).jpg This is the far corner from the helix.

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    Scan_20190730 (2).jpgThis will be a fun one to get installed.

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    Scan_20190731 (2).jpg This is coming from the helix down the 8 foot wall going into that corner up above .

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    I'd like to see the track plan superimposed on the framing. Still concerned about location of turnout motors in relation to the beams. While there are work-arounds, easier if planning eliminates conflict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I'd like to see the track plan superimposed on the framing. Still concerned about location of turnout motors in relation to the beams. While there are work-arounds, easier if planning eliminates conflict.

    Most will be servos with remote rods. and the closer ones will be hand throughs. all the turnouts will be custom hand laid to fit. I will work on getting some of them views.

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    Don't mind me. I just get nervous seeing the framing plan separate from the track plan.

    I generally do a track plan, then draw the framing on the same plan using AnyRail. That way my framing members don't interfere with using a Tortoise or other under table switch machine.

    However I recognize that there are other valid or better ways to design a layout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I'd like to see the track plan superimposed on the framing. Still concerned about location of turnout motors in relation to the beams. While there are work-arounds, easier if planning eliminates conflict.
    Scan_20190802 (8).jpg Is this what you wanted to see. this will be the same for both decks.
    Lower deck will have all hand through turnouts. Upper will be servo controlled.

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    Yeah, like that! Although you have some turnout vs framing areas that would cause me concern (using Tortoise switch machines), with your plan to use servos and remote manual throws you may be fine.

    Thanks for humoring the over-planner!
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    Scan_20190811 (2).jpg this is the big table on the long wall. this is the same top and bottom level. I finally got back from the fun, 67566956_1960030324096709_8628256149935751168_n.jpg can you guess where I was?

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    Looks like someone had some fun in Sturgis!

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    I don't know where you are, but is that you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I don't know where you are, but is that you?
    No i'm the nut behind the nut taking the picture!

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    AAAAA...crap, I got Good, Bad news to day. The kid is going to stay home and go to school. so yay for staying home, but boooooo for the room i lost. I guess the layout is going out in the office. that might be more fun out there anyway.

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