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Old 09-15-2019, 11:50 PM   #571
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My photo of the day. A 636 and a 936 Erie Cable cars. The 636 was already converted to knuckle couplers when I bought it. AF pics for Forum 165.jpg
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:05 AM   #572
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Nice cable cars. I have bid on a few but still do not have one.
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:19 AM   #573
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Thanks Mopac. The other side of the 636 is actually better looking. No marks like in the pic. Of course I wasn't paying attention when I took the photo. Those cars have some weight to them with the die-cast bodies and the reels combined.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:40 AM   #574
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Seems all my cars have a picture side.
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:30 AM   #575
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Yep I know what you mean. Not all but some are that way in my collection.
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:33 AM   #576
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:57 AM   #577
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That is funny and a bit timely. I was going through my son's old stuff and found his Megabloks "Hanger 18". It is just like Lego. And i thought it would be funny to incorporate it into a layout. Pretty big though. Maybe inset it into a hill, like Cheyenne mountain.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:49 PM   #578
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Funny how sometimes brilliant minds think a like! That hanger does look a little big but if you put it far enough back from the front edge and in some sort of mountain scene, I think that would work. Maybe surround the hanger with mountains and have only a portion of it showing? The mountains would take some of the size away.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:17 AM   #579
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I mentioned a while back that I had an around the walls layout with a bridge connecting the 2 sides. It has been in operation for 3 years and still don't have the bridge deck done yet!!
You can see in the last picture how the bridge hinges. It is actually 2 x 4 construction with Plastistruct side pieces to represent steel construction. The beveled track ends are shown a part and not touching to illustrate how the track current is transferred. The track on the bridge is wired as well as each end of track leading up to it. When lowered, the beveled ends make good solid contact. There are guides on the landing side to make sure of proper track alignment when the bridge is lowered. There was a lot of trial and error involved in that project!

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Old 09-18-2019, 01:36 AM   #580
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I mentioned a while back that I had an around the walls layout with a bridge connecting the 2 sides. It has been in operation for 3 years and still don't have the bridge deck done yet!!
You can see in the last picture how the bridge hinges. It is actually 2 x 4 construction with Plastistruct side pieces to represent steel construction. The beveled track ends are shown a part and not touching to illustrate how the track current is transferred. The track on the bridge is wired as well as each end of track leading up to it. When lowered, the beveled ends make good solid contact. There are guides on the landing side to make sure of proper track alignment when the bridge is lowered. There was a lot of trial and error involved in that project!
Wow, that is way cool. I like your out-of-the-box thinking! Very ingenious. Thanks for sharing that.

I've been wanting to ask: did you prepare the edges of the ceiling tiles for your "bluffs" in any particular fashion? After breaking them to size, how did you shape them? Knife? Sanding? Other method?
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