Re: Stumbled across this photo I haven't seen before...
Oh Contraire, my friend, I was very amused and appreciative to discover that it was folded dogbone. I have the same respect for his plan as you do, the best ideas are simple, and this one is simply marvelous. I really appreciate all of your writing, as I’m sure we all do, it’s great to follow your steps and I look forward to seeing your updated plans. I’m playing a much longer game, and have a lot more to learn to be in your league, but it is a great learning opportunity.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
On Jan 21, 2019, at 10:00 AM, Randy Decker randyleedecker@... [GandD] <GandD@...> wrote:
Yes Indeed Bob. I am trying to figure out the nuts and bolts of this thing as we speak... No way I could finish the hiogh bridges over the yard area without at least ONE good 150' span Two worked better.. but now to see he had a LONG bridge fitted to a more normal span makes perfect sense.. and it looks great to..!
I have a complete " tight squeeze" right there in front of the cutoff switch and the small mountain and my feeder runs to the yard are going to be an interesting change but they do fit and they work better and seperate the yard even more....(no practicality in that but I like the look) So I have crowded out some of John's used space there but added a bit more in length to the yard runs...and width on the back end.. I will also be connecting the main line to a track that runs independent of the yard and gives the whole operation another option for change of direction and delivery options.
The plan drawing I made has morphed twice since I last drew it. I really need to update it. I am finding this project the most fun ever. And John's design is a dogbone. Is that not the best design ? You sound as though it is a disappointment to discover this.. lol. Not sure how you can get more out a run and use more of a room than this design.. But let's really be fair..... is three dog bone runs all set at different heights with lopes that are built right into the scenery.... and not hidden like a stacker add and subtract height. The design is brilliant and I can say that my attempts to build something better into my space was pretty courageously done. I had two real nce ideas... but in the end my designs did not cover as much mainline in the same space.. and I had to use a stacker to achieve the differing heights just to make two full dog bone runs.
I really think John's design made the most use of the space he had than any design anyone could ever come up with.. and the overall result with some, full to floor scenery, was and still is unsurpassed.
I just finished the cutoff line (under the yards) down to the X junction and am fitting in the plywood that form the platforms for the Hillside Station and the curves there... and the stone bridge back by the yards and the trestle and the portals and curves to establish this whole area.... WOW, there is a lot going on right there.....Lots of head scratching...this area also allows me some artistic licence to change the approach for the long bridge that will establish the backside of Gorre and doing everything to get every inch out of my space to make things as close as possible. Right now it looks like my Gorre and Daphetid layout will be 70" by 35". That is a bit smaller than John's original set up. His was approx 80" by 43". But it works... and all the other tracks fall into place this way and it leaves me a little more room in Goore to add a few things.
Anyway it is a blast to be doing this and I respect John more and more for his modeling skill and design every day. I just try and I get it as accurate as I can and so far I am pleased with what this is looking like.
"Miles to go before I sleep"