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Offline jbblunck  
#1 Posted : 29 March 2020 18:55:05(UTC)
jbblunck

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After some time away I've finally managed to complete my layout. There still remains the task of calibration for automation, but I can drive my trains around manually. I have other hobbies waiting in the wings as the weather warms up and the isolation shackles are lifted.

Some of you may have seen the website I made to document my layout:

www.acreageline.com

You might remember the strange and hardly believable tale of Joachim Von Reinbek and his Sonoma County train collection. There's a page of history, as well as a complete list of his locomotives. Worth a read and good for a laugh in these shut-in times. And there's a Journal that follows the layout construction with pictures. The layout features a 14-turn helix. 14!

Have fun and stay healthy!

JB

P.S. A short video made for friends who wanted to know what I was up to:

https://vimeo.com/362877324

If you don't want to dive into the website, here are a couple pics of the helix:


Edited by user 31 March 2020 19:27:56(UTC)  | Reason: Added helix pic & video links

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Offline LA2019  
#2 Posted : 29 March 2020 20:17:19(UTC)
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Cool site JB!
Ken
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#3 Posted : 30 March 2020 09:04:15(UTC)
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Well, that IS a different way of doing a helix ... Blink OhMyGod ThumpUp
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Offline Jimmy Thompson  
#4 Posted : 30 March 2020 12:42:32(UTC)
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That helix has as many rings as some of your Redwoods! Cool

Awesome!
Jimmy T
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There is a Prototype For Everything
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Offline rbw993  
#5 Posted : 30 March 2020 18:09:24(UTC)
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I thought my helix was tall!?? It only does 5 rotations. Helix envy?

Roger
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Offline jbblunck  
#6 Posted : 30 March 2020 18:14:11(UTC)
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Roger:

Ha! At five rotations I was just getting started. An early test: https://www.dropbox.com/...lu/Helix%20Test.mov?dl=0

Yes, I thought mine was tall, too. Until I saw this one: http://www.augustatrack.com/world-record

When I lamented that world record, my wife asked, "It's not really about size, is it?"

I take solace in knowing mine is a more permanent installation.
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#7 Posted : 31 March 2020 04:29:49(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: jbblunck Go to Quoted Post

Yes, I thought mine was tall, too. Until I saw this one: http://www.augustatrack.com/world-record


Sheesh, that would take some setting up. Wouldn't be impossible with C track though. Blink

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Offline rbw993  
#8 Posted : 31 March 2020 14:28:46(UTC)
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Pretty impressive JB. Frankly it is a little boring after awhile as it does just go round an round. Better to be going some where.

Roger
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Offline Jimmy Thompson  
#9 Posted : 31 March 2020 14:41:05(UTC)
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I love the tunnels behind the books on the shelves - clever! Love

And the wonderful backstory! A labor of love!
Jimmy T
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Offline rbw993  
#10 Posted : 31 March 2020 15:56:46(UTC)
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I like the cabinet quality wood working. This one of your other hobbies?
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Offline jbblunck  
#11 Posted : 31 March 2020 17:58:30(UTC)
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The books on the shelf are all train books that donated their spines -- it's a false front. Behind them is the main track and a siding for Von Reinbek's Zeppelin.

My dad was a cabinet maker. I picked up some skills along the way. Just never look too closely. I've worked on my house, grounds, etc, and occasionally have made something nice, but more out of necessity.

As for going round and round, Roger, isn't that what almost all model train layouts ultimately do? Ha!

Acreage Line track workers are currently dealing with an alien invasion. All traffic stopped. No casualties yet, but it could be serious:

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Offline rbw993  
#12 Posted : 31 March 2020 19:27:55(UTC)
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You need to get an anti-aircraft train to protect the track workers.

I have an attack underway as well but the bugs use gas weapons that stink like funky bananas.
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Offline jbblunck  
#13 Posted : 31 March 2020 19:36:33(UTC)
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Things are getting desperate. Unfortunately the workers only read German, so the choice of poison is questionable. And the can won't fit on the helix. I think they may bring in a crane.

Edited by user 03 April 2020 19:26:57(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline rbw993  
#14 Posted : 31 March 2020 20:48:40(UTC)
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On the can it says "Kills by Contact"! Does that mean the crane has to drop the can on the creature?
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Offline jbblunck  
#15 Posted : 31 March 2020 21:37:44(UTC)
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Bringing in the military.

Offline rbw993  
#16 Posted : 31 March 2020 22:57:36(UTC)
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One of my favorites. Gotta love those bugs. Pitch Black is good too, same genera.
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Offline jbblunck  
#17 Posted : 31 March 2020 23:04:59(UTC)
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Started with this one:

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