Rack 'em up !!!

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Rack 'em up !!!
Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:26 AM

 my cog railway project is starting !!!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:30 AM

 Got rack components ordered, and laying out the route

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:35 AM

 Experimenting with these footings for track support. If I continue at 15% grade, I may get to 4 feet off the ground.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:41 AM

Fur ka Oberalp rack locomotive. Always wanted to try this !!!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:44 AM

 A similar consist

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:51 AM

 To be continued...

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:54 PM
Cool! Keep 'em coming! If you are looking for fun figurines, PLAYMOBIL has some Alpine sets you could use to populate that portion of the railroad.
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, January 18, 2020 4:49 PM

Rack railway components have arrived.

 

 

 And, I have a track plan:

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, January 18, 2020 4:53 PM

After leaving a switch from the main loop, the track will climb at 15% for 32 feet.

 ...do the math...

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:35 AM
I'll forgo the math, thanks! This is going to be awesome.
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, January 19, 2020 10:31 AM

PVT Kanaka
I'll forgo the math, thanks! This is going to be awesome.
 

LOL

I was kidding around anyway, but that works out to 54 inches elevation. 

I have read that it is recommended to slacken the grade on curves, but it will still probably get to 4 foot elevation. It's exciting, but I have a very,very long way to go yet. And, lots more ideas.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, January 19, 2020 11:54 PM
Did you figure out the landscaping? Are you going to go for an alpine look, or are you going to take advantage of local materials you have ready to hand?
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:02 PM

As usual, I tend to " engineer on the fly ".

Which is a polite way to say I have no plan whatsoever....

But, my current line of thinking has 3 options:

1. Support the track first with foundation footings, and pile/ mortar medium size stones around and stack to create a mountain feel.

2. Treat it as a very large model railroad, and cover the track supports with window screen covered with a hard shell of concrete.

3. Leave the support posts naked.

keep in mind the cinder block walls will have painted murals to form a backdrop. One side will probably depict Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.The other will probably depict the rock faces of Jungfrau, Monch,and Eiger.

But, things will probably change as construction progresses, and better ideas come to mind.

Thanks for asking, though !

Paul

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:34 PM

And, I'm still doing my homework. when I get some time, I need to go down to our local rock yard, and see what is available.

And also if they can deliver...

This is probably the biggest consideration for how exactly I will proceed...

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Posted by York1 on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:45 PM

Postwar Paul
And, I'm still doing my homework. when I get some time, I need to go down to our local rock yard, and see what is available. And also if they can deliver... This is probably the biggest consideration for how exactly I will proceed...

 

Please keep posting pictures!  I don't post often on this thread, but I'm very interested in what you're doing.

John  --  Saints Fan  

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, January 20, 2020 10:08 PM

Thank you !

I'll share as I make progress. My first task is the track itself. I'll be working on that this week. As for the mountains, real rocks and stones would be my first choice. 

But, that's not set in stone !!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:33 PM

 Time to re-tie'er!!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:37 PM

Ah !!

 

 

 The ties that bind....

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:41 PM

 If you hand lay your track, make sure to drop in the rack rail anchors before final spiking down

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:46 PM

 That went well !!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:50 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:56 PM

 First order of business is to induce a vertical bend to start the grade.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:00 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:05 PM

And...

 

 

 

 we have lift off !!!!

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:23 PM

Nice work.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:52 PM

Thank you !

now, to start building the long climb....

Paul

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:40 PM

 Roughing it in to see what I have so far.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:45 PM

 The initial grade from the ground up to the first curve exceeds 20%.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:53 PM

 Although LGB says their cog engine can handle up to 25%, I still may shave down the posts a little to lesson the grade. I'll look at it with a fresh eye tomorrow...

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, January 24, 2020 6:33 PM

 My solution to the grade dilemma is to start with a gentle slope right at the switch.

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