Bay Area Garden Railway Society

Falling into place, but we need a welder!

03/24/2010 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
To make the load as lightweight as possible, some soil will be replaced by air spaces in useful boxes and foam board. We are using the following 1/4"-thick plastic parts with the help from TAP Plastics: 1. a big lengthwise storage box on bottom with a slide-out tray to house a mining tunnel, 2. four sides to hold the rubber liner in place (end side being glued here), 3. a gate (inside) cover, 4. two wheel well "shelf" covers for track, 5. an electric connection box under town buildings, and 6. a 3'-radius tunnel for our upper loop. All the plastic will be covered or decorated with scale scenery material, but the plastic gives us something to work from without using heavier materials for framework. Here you see all the pieces in place, but some are covered already. The liner is covering the foamboard and tucked between the plastic sides and the expanded metal sides. Resting on the top foamboard is a structure of recycled redwood for building a mountain that will stay in place on a bumpy ride. Behind that is the plastic box that will be covered inside and on portals with strip wood for a believable tunnel. Here we will place the Bidawee Cottage right above the tunnel. Notice track coming out of the upper tunnel. We want the mountain high enough to block the view, side to side, for a surprise  diorama on each side. The town will be lined up on the front box, beyond the curving steel bridge. We need welding done now, please, because John and Joe can't hold up this bridge forever. Wednesdays we party on. You are welcome. Call Nancy for details and directions: 925-408-9402.

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