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Date: 09/10/23 18:09
Up the helix we go.
Author: SALGUY

In the video, 4 Tampa Northern GP38-2s get an assist from a Seaboard Air Line GP35.  This is the first train to get a helper on the Tampa Northerns helix.   It went flawlessly. I also backed it down the helix, with no issue. 

I'm going to attach some stills, from video, so i don't use up my allotted number of videos. 

In the first photo we have 2 Southern SD45s getting an assist from a SAL GP35. 

The 2nd photo shows a train on the helix.  In this photo you can really see the size of the helix.  Yes, it's large. 

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Date: 09/10/23 21:48
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: ts1457

Nice!

Though you have a big helix, you haven't crowded the operating space.



Date: 09/10/23 22:02
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: boejoe

Looking good.



Date: 09/11/23 04:04
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: SALGUY

ts1457 Wrote:
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> Nice!
>
> Though you have a big helix, you haven't crowded
> the operating space.

Thanks, yes, it's large.  It's footprint os 10x7 feet.  We needed to go up 19 inches and this design let us keep the grade a very reasonable 2.1% with 36" radius curves as well.  It does take up a lot of space at that end of the basement.  Eventually, there will be a similar sized peninsula at the other end of the basement. 



Date: 09/11/23 04:05
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: SALGUY

boejoe Wrote:
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> Looking good.

Thank you.  



Date: 09/11/23 23:26
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: WP921

Great photos and terrific video of the train ascending the helix.  That SAL GP35 shoving on the rear end sure looks good.  Operation seems very smooth.  Congratulations on this new milestone in your progress.



Date: 09/12/23 01:01
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: Notch7

Most excellent video.  Well done.



Date: 09/12/23 16:19
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: SALGUY

WP921 Wrote:
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> Great photos and terrific video of the train
> ascending the helix.  That SAL GP35 shoving on
> the rear end sure looks good.  Operation seems
> very smooth.  Congratulations on this new
> milestone in your progress.

Thank you very much.  This helix still has, perhaps, 3 more loops to be added to it. Its large now, in the end, ots going to be a monster.  

yes, it's a significant MILESTONE for the layout.  It's one of many to come.  Thankfully, I've got a good work crew, made up of long time friends.  

thanks again

Denis



Date: 09/12/23 16:20
Re: Up the helix we go.
Author: SALGUY

Notch7 Wrote:
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> Most excellent video.  Well done.

Thank you very much.

Denis Blake



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