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Old 08-23-2020, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 08-23-2020, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice! And that will be very cool looking when it starts to mature! Trees, building ballast etc

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Old 08-23-2020, 09:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The sound file in the F3 sounds like a steam loco....


Very nice and I commend you on your sculpting and nice broad curves.


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Old 08-24-2020, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliments!


2 things have changed since the post.



1.) I'm going to replace both 10' radius switches with #6 turnouts.

2.) I'm redoing the S curve grade, the one where the DRGW gondola behind the locos started to tip over, but survived. I'm going to lower the grade and widen the curves to ease my stress when running heavy trains up that hill. Can't wait till I show you the progress in another video!
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Good call on the #6 turnouts, whose are you going to use? They usually can stand some tweaking, be sure to run a track gauge through them, Aristo ones, for example tend to be tight in one direction.


Can you give the time x:xx in your video so I know which S curve you are talking about? Your curves look so broad I did not see a problem, but perhaps the grade is more than I can see, what is the grade there? (hint: get a small computerized level that reads in %)


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Old 08-29-2020, 02:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This S curve is a 3.5% ruling grade. I lowered the grade on the curves and raised the grade on the straight sections. I also made the curves a bit wider. One thing I learned, Aristocraft brass rail is really very soft. If you mistreat it, it will bend. Not so with LGB brass rail. So I used brand new Aristo 8' rails with LGB Flex Ties, and at the critical curve tied those to LGB 5' Flex Track with screw type joiners. It makes all the difference. The rails naturally will 'cant' in the right places and Aristo SD45s (which have the most finicky of diesel trucks IMO) won't derail. My USA Trains SD40 will take curves and questionable track very well, but it has such a wide swing on curves that its body mounted couplers will pull the first freight car off the rails. So I have to now widen a curve or two so I can run the SD40 as a trailing unit. Right now, it can only run as the lead unit.


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Yes, you are learning!


Had a heated discussion on another forum with a guy claiming that an SD40 would work on 4' diameter curves and was happy on 8'..... I told him put it on 8' and try coupling a car to the loco...



I told him he was crazy about 4' diameter curves with that loco.


He could not admit he was in error, but you are seeing the evidence of long locos and body mounts.


A hint, with a long loco, use a longer car behind it, it's overhang will more closely match the loco, so as wrong as it sounds, a 50 foot car with a body mount coupler behind the SD might be more successful than a 40 foot.



No truck mount couplers on the car behind the loco.


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Looks really great! Congratulations on the milestone!
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Good call on the #6 turnouts, whose are you going to use? They usually can stand some tweaking, be sure to run a track gauge through them, Aristo ones, for example tend to be tight in one direction.

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Thanks Greg - you are right about those Aristo #6 turnouts. I've been seeing the cars jumping (not derailing tho) on the point rails. Investigating I've found the point rails are wider at the point on one side than the other, hence they squeeze flanges. Seems like the quality control at the factory wasn't up to snuff.



Looking for tips and tricks to fix these otherwise great switches.
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Old 09-04-2020, 06:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Aristo and quality control should not be in the same sentence ha ha!


Well priced, but often need something fixed/tweaked.


look on my site, several pages on fixing/improving the Aristo #6
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