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steve



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Duncan's Mine 2 - New pictures Reply with quote

Yes, you did read that right. Wink

I've just made a start on my next US project. As with DM 1, it is a mine pocket set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It too will have no points and a sector plate. Other similarities include Micro Engineering Code 70 track, ready weathered and an endloading dock on one of the roads.

Differences are - a better baseboard (from Black Cat Baseboards), 4 roads instead of 3, a scratchbuilt working car loader and it will be Finescale HO with Code 88 wheels on all the cars and, possibly, scale head Kadees.

Progress so far - Foam laid on the board and the sector plate half finished but with all timber available.

Progress reports and phots as and when.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to it! I'm a fan of the original Duncan's Mine layout. Are you reusing the mine buildings from DM1 or going with something new?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Doc.

This is all new. The original layout was sold as a 'going concern'. DM2 will have scrachbuilt loader, rather than another kit.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have restarted work by cutting track to length for sector plate and gluing down the section of copperclad for 'locating' end.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phew, It's all go!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Track laid on sector plate and soldered to copperclad end section. Copperclad end sections soldered to track lengths that will be used on the scenic section.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The datum road has now been laid. It's the one right at the back and will be one of the two that run under the loading dock.

I'm using Micro Engineering flexitrack but it is not so co-operative as P*c* when attempting to put curves in it. Still, from the pics I've seen, mine railroad tracks aren't exactly straight! Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The track has all been laid, the wiring done and tested, one building partially constructed and the mine pocket structure identified.

The real milestone is...the first loco has run on the layout!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now locators/power transfer 'bolts' in place so the electrics are now fully functioning. In the past I've used round brass tube with steel wire sliders but this time I have used square tube. It was easier to solder as it stayed in one place! Thanks go to Mally Baker for providing the square tube from his brass stock drawer.

The section on the sector plate was done first. I then used a rail joiner between the sector plate and running rail to hold it in place. Then I slid the the steel wire into the loose section on the layout side after first tinning the copperclad. The loose section was held down with a screwdriver and then the iron held on the pre-fluxed solder until it all settled. The rail joiner was slid off and then the process repeated for the next 3 rails.

I think I need to add some pics that should make things clearer.

Structures are also coming on a pace. A shed from the Walthers Clayton County Lumber kit is just right for the location and the loading pocket has changed from the scratchbuilt structure I originally had in mind to the other half of a Knightwing 'Mine Top' kit that I didn't use on DM1. The change is because I discovered an excellent prototype photo of a mine pocket and what I had originally envisaged was totally wrong. Embarassed

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the pics:

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q791/EarlMarischal/PIC_0616_zps3f08bd2b.jpg

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q791/EarlMarischal/PIC_0619_zpsa9b45d37.jpg

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q791/EarlMarischal/PIC_0620_zps3956d708.jpg

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q791/EarlMarischal/PIC_0622_zps1c8f907b.jpg

Sorry about any picture/soldering quality issues! Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest progress:

All four roads now ballasted.

Mine loading structure under construction.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of work has been undertaken over the last few weeks as the layout has its first outing at Stowmarket show this Sunday, 27th. It's not finished by any means, but it is running.

Come along and see for yourself!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw Duncans Mine 2 in flesh today, good catch up with Steve. Made my Photo of The Day.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75088377@N06/14031284562/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers, Ian!

Great picture.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!
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