Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Getting There

This past weekend my daughter came downstairs and helped me put up the first 16' feet of sub-roadbed, 1/2 plywood on top of risers. I decided to do it in a way that would make putting it up quicker. Over on the staging side, I was putting up a riser on every support. Mentioning this to someone at my operating group session on Friday night, told me what he did to make it go quickly, do every-other one, put the sub-roadbed down, then go back later and put in the filler risers. Doing this made this 16' go up in about 45 minutes, about as long as I could keep a 5 year old entertained. This section is going to the Orrville area/representation. Here are some pictures:

Risers connected to plywood by pocket hole screws

Plywood top

2nd one
I stopped where I did because I had to figure out the rise at the end as from Orrville to Massillon I need to gain 1/2 of my elevation change needed for the swing back from Alliance into staging which goes over the line at the west end of Orrville. I went down last night and figured it all out. I plan to use the Woodland Scenics 2% starter kits and just start from the height that matches. Anyways, I figure I need 1 7/8" from the top of the plywood to the bottom of the plywood. I tested this using one of my auto racks. As I, most likely, won't have double-stacks, this was my tallest car. I could've gone another 1/8 or slightly more, but decided to give myself and extra few 1/16" to be safe. Basically, I now know that my plywood top needs to be 1 3/16 higher at Massillon then at Orrville. I'll work on those risers the next few nights as I complete up other work around the house (it's amazing what you can do when you finish various tasks around the house, just part of the momentum). I'd like to have all of the tops for the 1st level in by next weekend. The upper level should go much easier as there's no change in the elevation (that's planned). Ultimate goal is track laying starting Labor Day!


Mike McNamara said...

Looks good Phil, keep the momentum going!

Phil D said...

Thanks Mike!

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