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    • November 26, 2019 1:29 PM EST
    • Do the outer wheels have double flanges? edit: I saw on your other post that they do, it all makes sense. Thanks!

      Watch out I may give you a call, neighbor. 

      Fun set up

      Thanks,

    • November 26, 2019 11:29 AM EST
    • Hello All: 

      To see a new G-Scale Funicular Garden Railway see this new album:

      https://www.largescalecentral.com/albums/g-scale-funicular-garden-railway/12773/set/121.333281ttd3s2a16b1307173840511729636605dd215098631945dd715387110005ddd714835425595ddd4370145ddd46407211

       

      This is a rare two rail G-Scale Model Funicular with the ingenious and revolutionary ABT Passing switch. (the only railroad switch without moving parts!) 

       

      See video of the first full system test here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jlcarmichael/49105795553/in/datetaken/ 

       

      and another video here: https://youtu.be/SmoXgy7kNUo

       

      After seven months of design and construction, I moved it to my garden railway for permanent installation where I'll build a mountain around it. My funicular features automated station stops, delay, and reverse- all programmable.  Speed is adjustable with a throttle.  It also has an automatic warning bell just like the real ones, and extensive cabin and structural lighting.  Controls are conveniently located outside of the rear of the Gear Room. Everything is weather resistant for outdoor use. The track slopes upwards at 30 degrees and is 72 inches long. I created the track and passing switch using LGB brass Flex track.

       

      I believe this is the first G-Scale fully functional garden funicular railway in the United States with the ABT Passing Switch.

       

      See ABT Switch Info: https://www.giessbach.ch/en/abt-switch.html

       

      And see this VERY interesting article: Giessbach Funicular.pdf (2.1 MiB)

       

      Most of the people I talk to- even railroad aficionados, don't even what a funicular is.  This is understandable since very few exist in the United States.  But there are some incredible ones in the rest of the world.

       

      To make a fully functional G-Scale model I had to teach myself everything about it since there is almost no information on modeling a funicular on the internet or in railroad magazines.  Everything, including the crazy tracks, had to be designed by just using old photographs of real funiculars.  It is the biggest railroading challenge I have ever undertaken. Precision in all parts of the design and construction was imperative. The split-level cars had to stop exactly in line with the boarding platforms. The cars had to travel at 3 inches/sec. so I had to teach myself all about gears and gear ratios and how to do the calculations knowing the motor's RPM.  Difficult but lots of fun!

      I’m making the full design drawings, electrical diagrams and construction photos available to everybody hoping that more will be built.  This way, future modelers won’t suffer the learning pains and design errors I had to solve teaching myself how to make it.  

       

      wishing success to those who try to make one,

      John Carmichael

       

    • November 26, 2019 10:49 AM EST
    • This is a rare two rail G-Scale Model Funicular with the ingenious and revolutionary ABT Passing switch. (the only railroad switch without moving parts!) 

      See video of the first full system test here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jlcarmichael/49105795553/in/datetaken/ 

      and another video here: https://youtu.be/SmoXgy7kNUo

       

      After seven months of design and construction, we moved it to my garden railway Nov. 23 for permanent installation where I'll build a mountain around it. My funicular features automated station stops, delay, and reverse- all programmable.  Speed is adjustable with a throttle.  It also has an automatic warning bell just like the real ones, and extensive cabin and structural lighting.  Controls are conveniently located outside of the rear of the Gear Room. Everything is weather resistant for outdoor use. The track slopes upwards at 30 degrees and is 72 inches long. I created the track and passing switch using LGB brass Flex track. I believe this is the first G-Scale fully functional garden funicular railway in the United States with the ABT Passing Switch. In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find ANY G-Scale funicular anywhere in the United States or anywhere else for that matter.

      See ABT Switch Info: https://www.giessbach.ch/en/abt-switch.html

      And see this VERY interesting article: Giessbach Funicular.pdf (2.1 MiB)

       

      Most of the people I talk to- even railroad aficionados, don't even what a funicular is.  This is understandable since very few exist in the United States.  But there are some incredible ones in the rest of the world.

      To make a fully functional G-Scale model I had to teach myself everything about it since there is almost no information on modeling a funicular on the internet or in railroad magazines.  Everything, including the crazy tracks, had to be designed by just using old photographs of real funiculars.  It is the biggest railroading challenge I have ever undertaken. Precision in all parts of the design and construction was imperative. The split-level cars had to stop exactly in line with the boarding platforms. The cars had to travel at 3 inches/sec. so I had to teach myself all about gears and gear ratios and how to do the calculations knowing the motor's RPM.  Difficult but lots of fun!

      I’m making the full design drawings, electrical diagrams and construction photos available to everybody hoping that more will be built.  This way, future modelers won’t suffer the learning pains and design errors I had to solve teaching myself how to make it!

       

      See G-Scale Funicular Album here:

      https://www.largescalecentral.com/albums/g-scale-funicular-garden-railway/12773/set/121.333281ttd3s2a16b1307173840511729636605dd215098631945dd715387110005ddd714835425595ddd4370145ddd46407211

    • November 17, 2019 1:52 PM EST
    • Eric Schade said:

      So, do you see the ties flashimg by when you flush?

      I remember that!

      Made the 'no flushing in station' sign necessary! 

    • November 17, 2019 12:36 PM EST
    • Eric Schade said:

      So, do you see the ties flashimg by when you flush?

       

      Hahaa! That would be cool, Eric... A little seat-mounted, water (and pee) proof projector, shining onto the porcelain, you bet!  

       

      [edit] I should have replied, "No, but anyone outside that window gets a nice spritz effect."  

    • November 17, 2019 12:29 PM EST
    • So, do you see the ties flashimg by when you flush?

    • November 17, 2019 11:53 AM EST
    • A bit of an update... 

       

      The grand entry to the throne room. The "1st class toilet" that Pete mentioned will go here somewhere. I'm also thinking of hacking that ad to read "If ya gotta go... Go Pullman"

       

       

      The shower curtain and towels. The bath towel's printing was off, so Zazzle's reprinting it. The mining poster and items on either side of the window will get some framed up P'man ad's from old magazines.

       

       

      The other side of the pseudo-berth. 

       

       

      The over-toilet view...

       

       

      And the exit, with a view of various Pullman trinkets. 

       

       

      That's about it for now on this,

       

      ===>Cliffy 

    • November 10, 2019 6:50 PM EST
    • At least your nuttiness is charming... Nice job!

    • November 10, 2019 10:48 PM EST

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    • November 10, 2019 10:42 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:

      Hollywood was there today so this thread is just asking too be jacked up with his pics proving Lincoln was there. Hollywood had expresso with the man back in the day in the hood at Glen Rock or was that Railroad ?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • November 10, 2019 10:36 PM EST
    • All kinda clues here Ric but nothing boxcab related .

    • November 10, 2019 10:18 PM EST
    • Prototypical issues not withstanding, Rooster, that is a good looking engine.  I like the historical pictures contrasted to modern day.  Thanks for sharing.

    • November 10, 2019 10:07 PM EST
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      Yep!  IF I would have done the video and pics I posted the way it should have been done instead of how I did it they would have been soooooo much better!

       

      However you will just have to use your imagination to make them better. Anyone have Rod Stewarts E-mail addy ?

    • November 10, 2019 10:06 PM EST
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      I don't even like steam locomotives !

    • November 10, 2019 9:51 PM EST
    • Lincoln is dead man !

    • November 10, 2019 9:50 PM EST
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      There is so much stuff that is not prototypical correct with these pictures!

       

       

      However Richard Nixon may still be in Argentina serving up Elvis's favorite jelly doughnuts to Michael Jackson, Prince, Jim Morrison  and Hitler. 

    • November 10, 2019 9:22 PM EST
    • We all have google right ?