CFRiad's workbench and the box of suspended projects

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CFRiad wrote:Who's familiar with this: you see, read about, hear about this and that train modelling thing and immediately think that is very neat, you want it and you can totally do it? You then get the bits, and put them in The Box Of Future Projects? And then over a few years the box gets fuller and you're busy and life happens and you are a master procrastinator? And the box becomes The Box Of Dead Projects?

Yeah, I though so. I also have one of those.
Oh, yeah, I have a few bins of model train projects over the years, in a multitude of scales. I have opted to focus on TT, S, and 8.75" gauge trains, so the rest will be pared back and sold off.

I am trying to work through the backlog of projects as quickly as I can.
CFRiad wrote:So it's time I get off my butt and do stuff. I am not as disciplined as AstroGoat to have a resolution thread, but will still try posting about what I am up to. It will be a bit a motivator for me to get things done.
Me, disciplined? Pfffft.

If I was disciplined, I wouldn't have such a backlog of projects.
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CFRiad's workbench and the box of suspended projects

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I finally made progress on the new yard access modules. The curves on the old set-up were R3 (393 mm) which were a bit too tight for some of our steam locos.

The new modules will have a minimum track radius of 600 mm (between R8 and R9). The module boxes are built from 5 mm plywood. They connect together using alignment pins and a hand-tightened bolt.

The wood working part was the most time-consuming. I hope to be able to start laying track next week in the evenings after work. Unfortunately, my order from MBS still hasn't shipped :( . I borrowed a 10° Kuehn turnout from Bill and I am still missing the conversion joiners between code 70 and code 83 rail. Will have to figure out how to borrow, substitute or jerry rig ten of them.
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600mm radius? Nice..... Double that and you're almost prototype :wink:
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How to join code 70 to code 83 rails when transition joiners are not available... Come on, Kuehn, get your act together.

Bill proposes the following possibilities:
  1. Make your own - file away the sides in the middle of a joiner and try and bend it. -- too fiddly
  2. Put a .010" brass shim in the bottom of a code 80 rail joiner to raise the code 70 rail up. -- don't have shims
  3. File away the head and web of the code 80 rail to leave a flat base to solder the code 70 rail to. -- has potential but seems a lot of work.
So a riffed on #3. Inserted a joiner on the code 83 rail, squished half of it flat and soldered the code 70 rail on top of it. The result is within tolerances. Back in business. I hope to finish laying the track by the end of this coming weekend.

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For me, the number one works. Insert the Code 83 rail to the half into the joiner, press the joiner with the rail onto the workbench and use the file or a fine saw. Rail joiners aren't soldered! They are useful for the length expansion of the rail.
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For the longest time I struggled with how to pack my trains for travelling to shows. I had lots of misadventures and damage to my rolling stock.

Eventually I discovered a Stanley sorting box that nicely stores TT cars of almost any size, passenger and freight. Later I upgraded these boxes with Kaizen foam inserts for a very solid package that can go on any road trip.

The last issue to be solved remained packing the old BTTB double-decker four-car trains.These fit in the Stayley boxes only if taken apart but that, as you know, is not a long term solution. My cars are almost 50 years old and the spring-loaded pins are worn out from too much handling. The final call to action came after the 2019 NTS, when the cars completely fell apart on the way back due to vibration and, probably, heat.

So I decided to solve this problem once and for all. I replaced the old BTTB car joining pins with the Peho screw assemblies. This means I cannot take the train apart any more.The cars are now reliably assembled.
As for packing them for show, I went all out with the Rolls Royce solution: I bought two Train Safe Travel boxes. They look and feel very solid. The track inside is powered and can connect to the layout through a thingamajig so the cars can just roll out onto the track. The box is made of thick plastic, padded with a sh!tload of foam and closes at the top with magnets on its entire length. The end caps lock the box shut. It seems you could use it as a baseball bat and the trains inside would be unharmed. Other than the serious hole they burned in my wallet, I am happy with them.
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So yeah, my package from MBS Sebnitz arrived after 6 weeks, 3 of which spent between Toronto and Vancouver. Such is mail service in the times of COVID-19. It is understandable, since there are no more commercial flights for the mail to hitch rides on.

Which reminds me that I am waiting for a small package from Rob at Zeuke. It is probably in a container, on a ship, somewhere in the Atlantic. It will certainly take its sweet time.

Sigh...

On a second thought, this is such a first-world problem. Why am I complaining for not getting a hobby product at the snap of a finger? I'm an idiot.

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CFRiad wrote:Why am I complaining for not getting a hobby product at the snap of a finger? I'm an idiot.
:lol:

Because sitting at home with nothing to do sucks :thumbup:
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Rob's package arrived today. It only took 8 weeks to get here from Holland. Now I have the bits to finish the yard entrance module.

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