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    Default I am crazy, yes this is a teaser.

    I am crazy. You probably figured that out from my post history. Too many projects underway, I need to finish some of them.

    So what did I do? I picked up the project least finished and decided to move it forward. That's the way to get something done, right? But this is no ordinary project, it's another to prove that I am completely crazy.

    Why is this in the modular section? Well, it's finishing off some modules I started to design around 2010 or so, bought the lumber for in 2018, and finally, finally I have started to assemble them. But they are no ordinary modules. That's the teaser part. Yes, I will show all of you when I have a bit more together. You will also think I'm crazy. The scenery may take me another 10 years to finish. Oops, that was a bit of a giveaway. I promise that the modules will have some unique features.

    I honestly think these may be the last modules I ever build. I have 4 other modules in states of partial finish that I need to get finished. These new ones are going to add to the scenery work load. By the time I'm done I may be too old to build another module. Maybe I'll build one more....these have a great place for an add on.

    I know what you're thinking. When is he going to let us in on the secret! Well, thanksgiving break has given me some good time to move the project along, but I don't think I'll have something to show off by Monday. I should be able to finish them off between Christmas and New Years though, so maybe around the 1st of the year I can unveil my frankenstein masterpiece with a bunch of pictures. It's not a POFF, oops another giveaway, so it doesn't go together that fast.

    I will provide one hint, it's loosely based on a real place on the C&O railroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    I will provide one hint, it's loosely based on a real place on the C&O railroad.
    New River Gorge, Hawks Nest even?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    I am crazy.
    Welcome to the Asylum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    New River Gorge, Hawks Nest even?
    Good guesses, as they are very popular locations. But no, while pretty in real life they aren't very interesting to me from a modeling perspective. I'm doing a place most people probably wouldn't know by name unless you're deep into C&O history. That said, it has been featured in a previous C&O Historical Society magazine or two. Oops, was that another hint?
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    Thurmond WV ....................... fantastic place. Glad I got to see it before they replaced the original cantilever signal. Seeing as Thurmond is a historically registered town the RR should have made an exception and left it alone, but nooooo. They just ruined the time frame setting for all of us. I know that Paul could have went back there and rewired all the relays etc. and installed modern LED lights in those original housings with no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    Thurmond WV ....................... fantastic place. Glad I got to see it before they replaced the original cantilever signal. Seeing as Thurmond is a historically registered town the RR should have made an exception and left it alone, but nooooo. They just ruined the time frame setting for all of us. I know that Paul could have went back there and rewired all the relays etc. and installed modern LED lights in those original housings with no issues.
    Thurmond! That's a great thought, Michael.

    Yeah, I could have done all that no problem, but it would not be satisfying, for certain, Michael. Those old relay logic signal bungalows "just worked" and worked well. And Thurmond should have been left alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    Thurmond WV
    Another famous guess, but no, no Thurmond.
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    Something that looks like a module to show off....but this is still just a teaser. In fact, this may make it harder to guess....I dunno.

    Mountain line off, so you can see the tunnel work:



    Mountain line on, so you get a sense of the module:



    I have just a little more trimming to do before I glue on the mountain line, but this module's woodworking is all but done...

    But it's just a teaser again. What are you noticing about this module?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    But it's just a teaser again. What are you noticing about this module?
    It's got a wye on the mountain line.

    Oh, it's built squarely, a sure-fire sign I didn't build it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It's got a wye on the mountain line.
    Why yes, yes it does. That's a very interesting detail, now isn't it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Oh, it's built squarely, a sure-fire sign I didn't build it.
    I can assure you it's built super square, and super sturdy. It needs to be both because.....wait, I just about gave away more details. Can't do that just yet.

    I will note the plywood used for the frame is special. Very special. Took a lot of work to source that. I'm not sure from the picture you can tell why it's special though. There's past threads where I have talked about plywood though.

    I promise to reveal everything though, once a complete picture can be presented....
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    Hmm, how about the Laurel Creek Branch?

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    Nicely built Leo . I'm following along on this one

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Hmm, how about the Laurel Creek Branch?
    Right idea, wrong part of the system.

    None has mentioned the two of the three things I thought would have been first noticed! Ya’ll got the wye quick though.
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    I thought I'd have the next picture for you this evening, but work did not progress quite as fast as I had hoped. I think the next picture will be a bit more...revealing.

    Hopefully next Saturday I can get the couple of hours I need to get to where the next picture would show something that made sense. Sorry for the delay.
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    Ooohhhh...did some work this morning. If I get another hour or so this afternoon I'll have more to show off -- and I bet it will confuse a lot of people.

    Still surprised no one has pointed out what to me is the most obvious odd thing about this module. Maybe the camera angle makes it less obvious, maybe I should have included a banana.
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    Sure seems like a strange way to build a module.....

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    I finished gluing everything I had to on module 2 today, and hope to start on module 3 next weekend.
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    Only a little progress this weekend. Modules 3 and 4 of the set had all the prep work done for assembly, and #3 got started but is only about 40% assembled. Oh, did I just let it slip this is a 4 module set. Humm, I should be more careful about sharing details.

    I may get some time mornings and evenings this week to finish assembly of #3, since it's all prepped now it's almost all glue....wait....glue....wait....glue....wait.
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    I got 3 of 4 assembled over the weekend. Maybe this will provide some more clues on where this could be......



    The top is intentionally not installed yet as I have a few more steps I want to do that will be easier without it on. I'll put on all the mountain line tops after a bit more prep work is done.



    Maybe during the Christmas weekend I can finish assembling #4.
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    If you're clampy and you know it post a pic.
    If you're clampy and you know it post a pic.
    If you're clampy you can show it while the glue sets up to hold it.
    If you're clampy and you know it post a pic.



    Hopefully tomorrow #4 will finish assembly. I also picked up some legs yesterday. I'm going with commercially made legs for this one. Once I get some attached I'll post a pic.
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