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    Quote Originally Posted by rick773 View Post
    Gee Gene, can you remember 3? (Which I think you already know: Vertical: Go as fast as you can before Rick yells at you; diagonal: Go slowly until you run into the back of the train ahead of you; horizontal: Stop the darn train NOW!
    That sounds as though it will work
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick773 View Post
    Vertical: Go as fast as you can before Rick yells at you; diagonal: Go slowly until you run into the back of the train ahead of you; horizontal: Stop the darn train NOW!
    Pretty sure that's how they're described in the GCOR or equivalent. ...

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    @rick773
    Nice work there. Figures the cool stuff goes in when we can only see it virtually. It will make the op session more fun.
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    Posted this color slide I found from March 15, 1978, of a Slate Fork Mine Run.

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    So I made this earlier today:


    It's going to connect the two bridges underneath and serve as a bracket to attach the shoes to, like this:


    Four bridge shoes. Still trying to figure out how to scratch build those. Right after cutting out the bridge shoe "bracket thingy" (that's a registered trademark technical name), I loaded up the kids in the car to go here:


    My wife needed the kids out of the house for a teleconference meeting so, duh, we went trainspotting. We're sitting near the crossing waiting on the next train to come through as I type this.

    On the way I saw this:


    It was tied up on the Columbia River in Pasco, WA. Got shots from a couple angles. "Someday" I need to get one of these for a rail to barge grain facility I'm going to model, it was nice to take some of my own photos for reference. I need to see if "Lincoln" was in operation in my modeling period as I was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the early and mid 1990's so it would be a perfect tie in.
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    Now that I'm officially on lay-off (thank you COVID-19 - NOT!!), I've spent the last few days finishing out the work-bench area in the train-room.

    I tapped into the overhead closet light and ran power down to the main workbench and got it wired up so that I can turn the lights and outlets on and off with a single switch.

    I installed some additional shelving and started reorginizing things.

    Still some reorganizing to do but it's getting there.
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    Building bridge shoes step 1, triangles, lots and lots of triangles:


    I figured out I needed 40 triangles (5 triangles per shoe, 8 shoes), so I cut 80 (thank you Chopper!) and kept the best ones. Don't bother counting, I cropped out a bunch of triangles that were hard to see due to the reflection of a light fixture.

    I made a jig for gluing triangles:


    A drop of glue on the tip, lay a triangle on it overlapping the tips, repeat 3 more times. Glue to a base.

    Here's the first one:


    Bad photo, but it turned out okay. Move over Nike, you aren't the only one that can make nice shoes.
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    Moose have break down...


    Trying to sort through all of the model railroad "stuff" that Moose has collected over the years - rolling stock kits, building kits, bridge & trestle kits, car & truck kits, water tower & wind power tower kits, boat kits, kit bashing supplies, half done locomotive conversions and "some day" projects, dozens of wee people & animals, miscellaneous do-dads and what nots - and put all of these into separate boxes that will be easier to find things, well, it's madness. Madness Moose tells you!


    After spreading things out across the floor - and trapping Moose in the room because Moose no can walk out - Mrs Moose comes walking to train room door way, frowns, looks at Moose, gives Moose "the look," and says: "Moose, you were told last year to not buy anything more until you've finished the layout. Moose, no more buying any model railroad things..."


    She went on, but Moose no bore you further ... The wallet will feel happy about this, but ... ... ... Moose is still trapped in the train room until all of these things are sorted into their new boxes and put away!
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    Hurry. We can all post stuff without needing to add photos. No stampedes until Moose can clean himself out of his room. By the sounds of it, we should be good for at least a week!

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    Moose spared Covid-19 because of Mrs. Moose lockdown. But now Moose faces MRR-20!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Moose "the look,"
    Ah, yes, "The Look," the bane of many a model railroader. I'd rather face a stampede than get "The Look." No good is "The Look." "Model Railroading is Fun" never accounted for "The Look."

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    No modeling adventures for me, but working on the new property to make things ready to move the Trainshed onto the land. That has to wait until the ground dries out enough to get into the current location without destroying the yard there. So, railfanning it is! I spent the evening chasing this train east, and imagining what it must have sounded like to hear a mighty Yellowstone blasting up the same hill!!

    Here's a link to my adventure - https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...583#post582583
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    Ooooops, silp, splat !!! No modeling for me for a bit as I can't pinch anything with my left hand
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    I was out climbing yesterday and took a bit of a tumble

    The maths look like this:

    Fall, 49 feet
    Mass, 163 pounds
    Impact speed, 39.6 mph
    Air time, 1.81 seconds
    Fracture/breaks 7

    = Mikado build comes to an end

    You haven't got rid of me that easily though ! I'm an expert at typing with one finger !!! One has to be good at something

    So you lot, post lots and lots of interesting things to keep me entertained
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    Ouch, I guess there was no bounce calculation subtracted... Take care.

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    Ouch X 1000!!!!! It isn't the fall that hurts - it's the sudden stop at the bottom

    But glad your (more or less) okay and can still type and rain havoc upon our Moose
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    Wow, Tom, glad you weren't seriously hurt and were able to fix it at home! You don't want to be going to any hospital with this pandemic going on!

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    Sorry to read of your misadventure. Sounds uncomfortable. The Mikado isn't finished, so stop surfing the net and get back to it.
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    And the good news is that your right hand is still good to hold a wine or beer glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    And the good news is that your right hand is still good to hold a wine or beer glass.
    Oh I get the impression that it wouldn't matter which hand he hurt - he'd STILL be able to have that wine or beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    so stop surfing the net and get back to it.
    Err, Can't use my left hand so the Mike will stay as it is for a while Give me a couple of weeks and things will take off again. Not me that is !!!! I've clocked enough air miles for now
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