Funicular

PhilP

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But a very comprehensive set of points-to-consider, and set of supplier links.

Thank you for sharing! :):clap:
 
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John Carmichael

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Then you should like this Trammayo because you can't buy a funicular kit! But you'll probably need to buy most of the important components unless you know how to make complex things like motors, gears, and circuit boards!
By the way, my lists of Suppliers and Tips have been updated because these comprehensive lists are a work in progress. I love to share.
 
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I've updated the funicular Modeling Tips page with important tips on cable management - specifically the cable hooks, cable guards and track pulleys. (see Above)
 
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Yesterday, after 10 months, I finished installing the funicular outside within the Cholla Patch Railroad layout. It now has a new mountain range to climb. Most of the iron support structure is buried within the mountain. The entire mountain (except around the plants) is coated in a 2:1 water/Titebond III solution which solidified all the small particle sand and clay. This controls erosion and makes cleaning the leaves off easy with a leaf blower without all the sand blowing away. I use the same Titebond solution on my track ballast- like the HO guys do. I've designed and built a passenger boarding area with lots of anxious travelers and an ornate Victorian ticket booth (modeled after the precious upper tramway station booth at Saltburn Cliff Tramway in England- saltburn cliff tramway - Bing images ). This summer, I'll make a suspension footbridge from the upper station over to the Treehouse behind the mountain.

You can see photos of the installation details here: G-Scale Funicular Garden Railway

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p.s. I plan on making a more professional video (with tripod) after Tucson's Rails in the Garden tour next weekend. Damn! I'll need to polish all the copper roofs again! (Then I'll let them age naturally)...

John
 
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JimmyB

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John, very neat :clap:, but how do the two switches (points) work :confused:
 
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The switch has no moving parts. The cars are guided through the ABT passing switch by the outside guide rails. Each car has double-flanged wheels on one side and non-flanged wheels on the other. The doubled-flanged wheels are only on the outside guide rails. This ingeneous arrangement guides each car to opposite sides of the passing switch which prevents collision. If you read my initial posting, and you look closely at the photos and videos, you can easily see for yourself how the wheels engage the rails. Thanks for your question.
 
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Nice work John!
 
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John excellent, I can see that now, very ingenious.
 
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Hello All:

Thanks to all for your kind comments. I'm so glad that all you experts liked my work. That helps to make it all worthwhile.
I have been keeping sane distracting myself by making several cool G-Scale funicular railway videos including the very first known ONBOARD video of a model funicular!
We’ve really tried to do a good job of filming using the GoPro camera and special lighting effects.

Here is a photo of the little funicular movie camera car that we used for the onboard shots. Note the cable hook and flange-less wheel.
What you can't see are the 453 grams of lead weights underneath the car! The total weight of the camera car exactly equals the 753 gram weight of the passenger cars. (for cable weight balance)

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I published all the funicular videos in SD in a playlist on You Tube located here:

G-Scale Funicular Railway - YouTube

We had a good time making these and hope you enjoy them.

John

p.s. If you listen carefully to the audio of some of them, you can hear the same groans and creaking noises that real funiculars make. I love that!
 
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musket the dog

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An ingenious way to model something not often seen. I really like the view of the winding mechanism as the car comes into the upper station, very special indeed :)
 
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