Kirkwall Central

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Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:02 pm

Here is where I am after working on this thing for five years. The bridgework is complete, the switch stands are in and working, most of the landscaping is done and I am starting to cut ties. The two way switches are thrown using two switch stands from work while the three way is a home built job. The two ways have adjustable stops at either end to line up the track when thrown. A 1 1/2" black pipe is used as a spring to hold the switch bridge against the stop. The three way had a three position plate to line up the leaver (not installed yet) and fixed stops on the main and shop track. The centre or water track, has a movable stop. It stays in place when working the main and water track but is lifted when you want to access the shop lead.
There is a lead at either end for coming and going. The bays are on rollers so the engine can be rolled to or from the track. This prevents anyone getting trapped as with a transfer table set up.
Next year is for putting down patio stones, laying the track, installing the signals and fixing all the bugs out of the whole shebang.
Here are some picture. (I hope they load as I seem to be having troubles here.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:06 pm

A few more pictures.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:09 pm

And the last few.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Builder01 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:12 pm

What gauge is this?

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:23 pm

I should point out that the south shop lead is not in place as we will park our RV under the canopy for the winter. This is a high line for 3/4 and 1".

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by rwmorris » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:26 pm

Awesome! I just received orders from headquarters last night that a high-line has been approved for our house. Won't be as elaborate as this but it will at least allow for making steam and playing choo choo!

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by JohnK » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:13 pm

That thing looks awesome. Great work.

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Rich » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:31 pm

Great!

How long and minimum radius?

Does this mean you won't be visiting us at the NJLS any more?

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:43 pm

680' long, 42' minimum radius. Not visit Jersey! That is where I go to give my wife a rest.........from me!

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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by JBodenmann » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:47 pm

Hello My Friends
Wow, what a wonderful railway. My hat's off to you as your engineering of the track and switches looks superb. The use of full size switch stands is also a nice touch. The setting, with the lawn and trees surrounding your railway... very cool. You have been very busy. I know how much work it is!
It's great to see another high line.
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by neanderman » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:54 pm

Looks great. And like it was a LOT of work!
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Re: Kirkwall Central

Post by Glenn Brooks » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:13 pm

Very impressive layout!
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