Mooseville & Rio Grande

mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
May 2018 - construction continued

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Under the pear trees, earth was deposited, creating a hill about 1 meter high. On the side facing the road is a retaining wall made of railway sleepers. The sleepers had previously been installed as a fence on the property.
The garden slopes down towards the road. The grade between the two stations is only 1%, but the the second station under the pear trees is raised up by almost 80cm.
Between the two raised sections is the 2 meter long bridge .

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The bridge over the Atlantic is installed:
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Once the concrete set, the bridge was removed for the rest of the construction.

The concrete and earth is mostly in place:
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The area before and after:
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The bridge was temporarily removed during the rest of the construction.
The weather was not always sunny...
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The dry river bed under the bridge got used for actual drainage for the first time.
Water is pouring from the gutter down into the catch area, filled with stones.

By the way, the bridge leads from the USA over the Atlantic, the raised area under the pear trees is Switzerland! ;)

Once the weather cleared up I started laying track on the lawn edging stones:
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Immediate test run...


Celebrations were in order as the tracks reached the location of the planned town site under the pear trees!
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The section was finished in May of 2018. This is largely what it looks like now, with more greenery...
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Different parts of the layout are in sunshine throughout the day. This area works best in the evening.
 

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mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
68
20
near Burgdorf, Switzerland
In the summer of 2018 I built the last part of the line, from the pear trees down to the house.

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I wanted to use the ladder method that is common in the US. A kind of continuous bridge construction is built using boards made of a wood-plastic compound, on which the tracks are laid. My buddy and I spent a long time in the local DIY store looking at wood composite boards, but in the end we decided against those and built the whole thing out of metal.

I got 3/4 inch threaded water pipes and hammered them at least 70cm deep into the ground with a mallet. I used a wooden block with a 3/4 inch hole, drilled only a little ways into the wooden block, which I stuck on the pipes, so as not to damage the thread. When the pipe had the desired height above ground, I screwed a wall disk onto the pipe to create a base for the aluminum L-shaped profiles. Wall diskes are used to fix water taps to the wall if the water pipes are mounted on the wall.

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A wall disk
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Cutting a thread to fix the rails to the aluminium sections.
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The lawn robot just fits underneath! :)

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My buddies then helped me to close the circle. The tracks are still just laying on the path. I am currently pouring concrete molds, to let the tracks in to the path. The top of the rails will be flush with the path.

In this picture Daniel and his son connect the final rails, while Willy the builder looks on.

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Then of course we had to run some trains...

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The truck is 1:16 scale, so slighty too large, but a fun addition that day.
 
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Paul M

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Great line. All that space!
 
BakerJohn

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This is incredible! Great work!
 
beavercreek

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A great layout is born...love to have that space... and a flat garden in which to create my own small gradients rather than have large ones foisted on me!
Marvellous stuff! :clap::clap::cool::):)
 
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Everything fine to see : the railroad , the pictures , explanations ...... a great thread

In addition very pleasant to read you .....
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mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
We are almost up to date with the railroad report. Here are some pictures from running in 2018.

The coal tipple is getting a track up the ramp.
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Patagonia station, scratch build by me from a real building in Patagonia, AZ
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The sheep are still getting used to the horn.
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One of my favorite photos....
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I need to get some grain hopper cars!
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Filisur station, Switzerland
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simon@mgr

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Very realistic harvester in background:D
 
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Inspiring, love your stations, to say the least!
 
royale

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Superb - I really enjoyed that.
 
mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
Inspiring, love your stations, to say the least!
Thanks! The Filisur station is made by somebody in Germany, who sells them on Ebay.

Patagonia station is almost completely scratch built. I measured the depot out in Arizona as best I could, drew it in 3D with Sketchup, cut out the parts from PVC sheeting and glued and screwed them together. I might write about the build in this forum some day.

Old Patagonia Depot, a Southern Pacific Depot #23, compared to my exterior
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The interior of the Goleta depot, an identical building and now a museum, compared to my interior.
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mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
Some photos from the Open House sessions. The US G-Scale Friends Switzerland came over to run trains.

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mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
Work on the M&RG has progressed. I made a concrete track bed for the tracks to cross the garden path.

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Making the mold

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On of the 4 sections, ready to go in

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Cutting out the paving stones

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The finished track bed

I worked on some winter projects in the last few months.

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Kit bashed from two POLA kits. The car is a Hubley kit. The signes are images off the internet, printed out in mirror image on a laser printer and Foto-potched onto painted PVC.

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I am now working on a sand house
 
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I like your path crossing, will you be filling it in?
 
mrcheddar

mrcheddar

American Railroads, Swiss Railways, Travel
15 Mar 2013
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near Burgdorf, Switzerland
I like your path crossing, will you be filling it in?
Yes, I plan to add ballast made of fine gravel and glue it down