Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby MacG » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:27 pm

That's an interesting jig. Cool idea for a smooth finish on outsides of the module.
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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby Bernd » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:58 am

MacG wrote:That's an interesting jig. Cool idea for a smooth finish on outsides of the module.


Yes it is. I saw this used by Norm Abram's many years ago on his TV series "The Yankee Workshop". Joey Ricard uses it on his module layout building in his series of video's.



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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:33 am

Great jig - will have to pick one up. I think the TOMA methodology is going to start catching on more and more. I'm becoming more inclined to not ever build a classic layout but do toma instead.
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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby Bernd » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:03 am

ConducTTor wrote:Great jig - will have to pick one up. I think the TOMA methodology is going to start catching on more and more. I'm becoming more inclined to not ever build a classic layout but do toma instead.


I think the concept is great. You actually get a part of your empire build and running. The nice thing I discovered about the 5 modules is that I can make the connection parts any length I want or change the length of my run any time I want. This will allow you a long run. I'll demonstrate that as I get the other modules built. Also allows me to take different modules to shows for display.

On the jig order the extra driver bits for the screws. They have one the is only 3 inches long. I wish I would have had that. Here's a link to their main page. https://www.kregtool.com/store/c1/joining-solutions/

You have a choice of three different makes. The Kreg HD, Kreg RS & Kreg Mini. The ideal one for the modeler not wanting to much money could go for the Kreg Mini and get the 3" & 6" #2 Square Driver Combo. For only $26 bucks you'd have a nice joining system that can be used else were besides a model railroad layout. :wink:

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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:38 pm

Thanks for the jig advice. I will take it!
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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby Bernd » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:42 am

While waiting for some track supplies from Clover House, PC tie strips & wooden ties, I started to layout out the track design on the module.

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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:52 pm

Just curious what scale cork you used or you cut it yourself?
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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby Bernd » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:57 am

ConducTTor wrote:Just curious what scale cork you used or you cut it yourself?


I have a box of N scale cork that I was using for my HOn2½ quarry line. I think it works great for TT scale. Might be a bit narrow but should work for main line track laying. I won't be using the cork for road bed on this or any of the other modules I want to build. This will be more secondary track. I used the cork just to get an idea of where the track will be.

More to come when track supplies come from Clover House.

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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby Bernd » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:56 pm

My track supplies showed up this Friday from Clover House. Thank you Tom.

In the mean time I came across a video by Tim Warris of Fast Tracks video on MRH (Model Railroad Hobbyist - e-magazine). It showed how to make a manually controlled turnout with a simple spring wire. I thought I'd give this a try since I was looking at a way to manually control the turnouts on the module. Here's what it looks like.

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I think I'll be using this method for all my turnouts. I was going to fabricate my own twin solenoid switchmachine .

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Re: Otter Creek Falls Coal & Lumber Rwy

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:56 pm

The wire spring is great idea! Never thought about it.
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