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    Quote Originally Posted by beeiilll View Post
    Beautiful job so far Bob! So when are you going into the train manufacturing business?

    You certainly wouldn't have any trouble finding buyers from the looks of your work! I have wanted to build one but upstate NY is not a great place to try and run a train around when you get 2 feet of snow!

    Question for you. What kind of paint are you using on the train? Looks like a beautiful shine on it.
    Hey Bill....

    One the cars, I used better grade wood so that really cut down on the prep work ... but
    Believe it or not .. its spray paint.... Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X.

    On the train engine body:
    I used water putty to fill the cruddy ply that I used and somewhat smooth the surface .. (that was MY BAD...)
    Sanded
    applied sanding sealer
    sanded
    first coat of paint
    lightly sanded
    second coat
    I may have repeated for a third finish .. honestly .. I don't remember
    At this point it had a smooth finish and a nice shine.. .
    I then shot a couple of coats to polyurethane to protect it...

    That's pretty much it .. the paint really does flow well...

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
    Looking great. A train build is on my mind for next year. I've been tidying up the garage over the last few days and building racking for storage. Will be building a small bench soon for soldering work and other pixel related mayhem. Maybe I do have space to build a train.

    What are you doing for lighting? Wifi controlled pixels to blink with the show?
    Awesome idea !!! but ... no...LOL
    There is lighting in the cab and in the caboose.
    I will light parts, if not all, of the track along the route..

    There might be something riding on the flat car that will color change, blink, chase ... I have several parallax boards and arduino processors that i can load some static 2811 sequence on...

    But ... MAN,,, that was a good idea!!!

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by didjareally View Post
    Looks really good, how many others watched all the way to the end of the first video to watch him chase it down and unhook the power?
    didjareally......... YES.. I did..
    Funny thing is that there really is a video (not published) of the first time i ran the train ...
    basic frame. not even the guide rollers yet. just 4 wheels on casters (should have been a disaster in the making)
    Battery out of one of my trucks bungee corded to the frame.
    two wires with battery clips on them...
    (do you SEE the comedy building??)
    Did I mention all this is occurring in my immaculately kept and perfectly flat yard? (yeah ... right...)
    and then there is Bob... Camera in hand at the ready ...
    Clip on the battery and ... They're off!!!!

    Surprisingly, the train.. even bumping and jumping around went very straight...
    I'm trotting along beside it looking at the camera screen while recording ..
    Realizing I now have to catch this thing ..

    So.. YES.. it really did happen... LOL ..

    Bob

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    This is absolutely pimp! I must say, a project like this is quite an undertaking, and takes a lot of dedication to stick with it even just to get one car built and operational, much less all the track-work. So I definitely commend you for dedicating your entire garage to this project. Looking at all of your detailed photos showing each step of the way was very well documented and impressive.

    What I'd like to know is, how do you plan to break-down & store all of this during the off-season once you complete it? That's quite a footprint that would take almost a separate warehouse to store everything.

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    The track sections are 8' long and I think 16" wide .. there are 20 of them .. and they will stack
    The corners .. will stand up and lean into the track ..
    The train itself can sit on a track section..

    YES.. it will take a pretty good foot print to store it.. A few years ago I built a 12 x 16 shed dedicated to Christmas stuff.... and Sandra does a pretty good job of keeping in check from collecting much cr...... ummmm.. non-essential stuff.. LOL ..

    On the near horizon is a 30' x 50' shop ... work shop, wood shop, machine shop etc... I will also have some storage there as well ..

    You are right on the money though.. it takes space to build and store.. my current shop is 24' x 24' and I'm using just about every square inch of it...

    Bob

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    Super Nice work !
    thanks for sharing this.

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    Bob, what was the width of your track? In other words, how many inches apart are they?

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    Inside rail to inside rail is 10 1\2"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Moody View Post
    Well... Sandra and I took the plunge into a yard train. Simple oval .. 4 corners, 48' on the long straight and 32' on the shorter straight.

    Started in January and this is where we are with it now ..

    http://moodychristmas.weebly.com/yard-train.html

    a lot of pictures and a couple of videos...
    We are not finished yet... but finally at a point where we can show a little of what we have done so far.

    Bob
    I only have one comment.....how did you talk your wife into this and can you talk to mine. Lol. That's awesome!

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    That's amazing. I'm jealous.

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