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Georgetown & Allen Mountain Railroad 5.0

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:44 PM

As I'm still in laser withdrawal I have to find other ways to work on the layout. The left half of the tunnel track didn't have walls yet so I started cutting some foam and gluing it on:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:21 PM

I added another 8 feet of subroadbed to the branch line:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:15 PM

Update on the laser: after doing a few tests it looks like the high voltage power supply for the laser tube is dead. I've removed it from the machine and shipped it to the manufacturer. Now we sit back and wait...

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:25 PM

This is the last subroadbed I can mount in place before the laser comes back to life. I have enough roadbed for this area so I will glue it down and then lay track in this area.

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:28 PM

I've glued down and painted/sealed the last of the roadbed until the laser comes back to life... 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:10 PM

Without my laser I have to find other jobs around the layout. Today I decided it was time to install some lighting at Gustavsburg. It's not complete yet but 17 feet are up and shining.

Before:

 

After:

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, July 30, 2017 1:48 PM

I added a few more led strips to light up the corner:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 5:38 PM

This part of the mainline doesn't need any bridges so I can lay track in this area:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:04 PM

I laid more track along the back wall of the layout room:

 

I still have the mill from the last layout, even if it's been damaged a little bit. But it gives an idea of how this scene might look later on:

 

 

A few additional pictures of this area:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, August 03, 2017 6:17 PM

I laid some more track at this small station:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, August 04, 2017 6:13 PM

More progress:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Brunton on Friday, August 04, 2017 7:47 PM

What's happening with the laser repair?

Mark B.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, August 04, 2017 8:42 PM

Brunton

What's happening with the laser repair?

 

Waiting for the test result. Takes a while...

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Posted by tedtedderson on Friday, August 04, 2017 8:46 PM

They should send a loaner. 

At any rate, this layout is awesome. Free magazine article. 

Thanks for sharing. 

T e d

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:16 PM

tedtedderson

They should send a loaner. 

Wouldn't that be nice Big Smile!

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:40 PM

michaelrose55
tedtedderson

They should send a loaner. 

Wouldn't that be nice Big Smile!

 

Hey Michael-

In industry there is a phrase 'mean time between failures'. It denotes a reasonable expected working life for a given piece of equipment.

You've done a ton of work and cut hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces. In terms of calendar months or machine hours or pieces cut, has your laser stood up to the tasks and performed as advertised? Or, has it suffered a premature death? And if so, is it covered under warranty? I assume you haven't abused it or tasked it beyond its limits.

I'm just trying to get a feel for the useful lifespan and output of one of those marvelous toys. Should you have gotten a higher-capacity model? Or a heavy-duty industrial model? What would be the cost differential of the next higher model? And would that extra cost result in a longer life for the kind of work you've been doing? 

Robert 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:59 PM

Robert,

Many questions...

I have used the laser for 4 years so no warranty. I have cut a lot of pieces so I've always expected that something would fail. I would call this a normal occurance. Laser tubes have a limited life, that's well known. I didn't expect it to kill the power supply though but I've since learned that it can happen.

This machine costs $3,500. The one I would really like would be about $15k which is the reason I didn't get it as I'm only using it for my hobby. But that does not meant that the more expensive one would hold up better, laser tubes are still laser tubes. The higher priced machine has some additional features that would be nice to have but in my opinion don't justify the extra $11,500 (and I wouldn't know hot to explain it to my wife...).

So hopefully next week I will get replacement parts shipped to me and then life is good again!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 5:13 PM

As I need a lot of rocks for this big layout I have been thinking of different ways of rock coloring lately. One thing I didn't like the last time was the way my mountains looked, way to lightly colored. Therefore this time I want to make them look a bit darker.

Today I took a leftover rock casting and tried my new concept. This is how it looks:

 

 

So what does everybody think? Is this acceptable? Should I go even darker or is it too dark already?

 

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Posted by Brunton on Sunday, August 06, 2017 9:42 AM

Looks like rocks to me!

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Posted by richhotrain on Sunday, August 06, 2017 9:46 AM

I thought that it looked just a bit dark. But, if you thought the previous try looked a bit too light, then you are there with the current try. Go for it.

Rich

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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, August 06, 2017 1:15 PM

 That looks pretty much exactly like some rock cuts I've driven through. The shape, the texture, the color variations - looks spot on to me. Around here there is a lot of slate and shale (lots of coal around here, and one nearby area isn't called "the slate belt" for nothing), which looks completely different, however there is also a solid formation through the area so there are highway and railroad cuts through harder types of rock that come out looking like this.

                                     --Randy

 


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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:08 PM

Thanks everybody for their opinion. I like the way the rock looks quite well and will probably go this route.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:09 PM

Today I've made 18 tunnel walls for the layout. I'm using 12" long strips of 5mm foamboard, covered with a thin layer of sculptamold to give the walls enough texture.

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, August 06, 2017 3:13 PM

I've laid the last few missing pieces of track in this area today as well:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, August 07, 2017 8:05 AM

I came in early this morning and put on some alcohol/india ink mix:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, August 07, 2017 2:16 PM

Update on the Laser:

The manufacturer has found that the power supply is bad. Because the laser tube might be bad as well I have ordered replacements for both which should be shipped today or tomorrow. With a little luck I might get them before the weekend.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:32 AM

Yesterday I had a visitor again: Jeff Shultz from Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine came to see the G&AM.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 5:32 PM

The replacement parts for my laser won't be delivered before Monday so I'm still looking for other jobs...

Today I gave a few tunnel portals and retaining walls a first wash:

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:53 PM

The beginnings of more background mountains:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 5:18 PM

I haven't done much on the layout this weekend. Only a single tunnel portal has been placed:

 

 

 

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