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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by backyardrails » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:37 pm

It looks great Steve. Can't wait to see more photos.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by tsph6500 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:45 pm

Put the kettle on, we'll be right over. Well done chum, well done.

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by steamingdon » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:07 am

Golden Spike ?
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:22 am

Weather report for hell. Very hot for the rest of this year and the beginning of next. Possibility of snow with ice pellets by early next October.

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by B&OBob » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:46 pm

Congratulations on your thoughtful layout, clever mechanical design, and neat workmanship!

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Ironflyer » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:11 am

Looking good chum, Great job!

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:17 am

Thank you for all the kind support. Here is a little tale about getting ties for this line. In March, I went to the local saw mill and asked about ties. I showed them a sample of what I was looking for and that I needed enough material to make 3600 of these things. They said no problem but it would take a few weeks. OK, since I am still working on the steel work, that would be no problem.
Around the middle of AUGUST, I thought I should check in. Oh we have some cut but not all. Come back in two weeks. Two weeks later, there was no material cut but they would get on it after they finished cutting firewood for the local parks. I said "I will call YOU" and left.
Next I found another sawmill that was close and their website said they do big and small custom work. Great, I will pop in and give them my order. Driving up their long driveway I noticed a nice wood caboose but there seemed to be a lack of any large looking buildings. I met a guy coming out and asked about the mill. "Why that mill burned down five years ago". They need to update their website.
Next I tried a place where my dad used to buy wood for making fiddles. This is the stuff you want. "How does it cut.?" I asked. "Oh, this is like steel. You can't cut this stuff easily at all". Not what I am looking for. After some discussion on prices of wood and availability, he said he would get me a price on cedar and call me. Two weeks later, no call.
Finally I decided to try a mill that is right behind the railway shop where I work. I was told they only serve large customers or contractors. In I go and yes, they sell to the general public. After some discussion about what I am doing and what I might need, the salesman recommended I take a hickory board to cut and see if it will work out. I go over to the mill and the guy there says he has a bundle of 8' long white oak material that was returned. The thickness was already planed to the right size but I just need the boards split to width. No problem. Material is now at home being cut into 9" ties and grooved for three rails. The rails will be mill edged mild steel and press right in to the grooves.
And now you know........... the rest of the story. Good day!

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by steamingdon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:55 am

This story to all to common today. well you are on the right track ( I think ) now.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Andy R » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:25 am

Steve, Your RR progress was the subject of much talk/admiration at Jack B's this past weekend. It's really great to see two new highlines under construction. There really is a resurgence of interest in the portable size locomotives. Are you going to build track panels and attach them to the supports or build as-you-go (as Jack is doing)?
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:34 am

Yes, the plan is to run a 20' length using the common Rail and ties to eye the straights and curves. Every fifth tie will be the ones cut with the slot giving a little tighter grip on the rails and this one will be used to tie the track to the bridge. Once the main is set, the 3/4 and 1" rails will be pressed in with the joints staggered as usual. With the bridge and the rails being of the same material, I hope they expand and contract together.

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by James Powell » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:10 pm

Dad will probably visit- with MY loco !

Who knows when I will next be in Southern Ontario, though I'd love to come visit.

I'm assuming 4 3/4" rather than 5" ?

(his loco's are 5", or 3 1/2")

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:09 am

On August 2,2019, a milestone was reached on the Kirkwall Central. The three rails on the main were joined to form a loop on the main. While no large crowds gathered for the event, the local K9 crew was there to witness the occasion. Much still needs to be done to make the track "useable" but we now have a light at the end of the tunnel. Late fall of 2020 is the target date for completion.
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The excitement is too much for some as the final rail is tapped into place on the main of the Kirkwall Central

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