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Construction work underway shoring up the incline; here a protruding section is being added which will provide space for a signal, and other plausible-looking lineside gubbins.

 

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embankment-construction-2019-01-08_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

From the other side:

 

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embankment-construction-2019-01-08_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

And a random bonus shot, cunningly hiding the under -construction bits:

 

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bathhouse-farm by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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Embankment outcropping all faced up, with signal temporarily placed for effect:

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embankment-construction-2019-01-09_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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embankment-construction-2019-01-09_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

(no doubt the driver is cursing the "caution" aspect while ascending this relatively steep incline).

 

Checking for clearance on the bridge below:

 

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embankment-construction-2019-01-09_03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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The problem: a fault in the tectonic boundary between scenic plates:

 

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scenic-gap-2019-01-10_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

The solution: strategically-placed cable trunking.

 

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scenic-gap-2019-01-10_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Just needs a bit of strategic shrubbery to hide the slight vertical gap (cable trunking is affixed to the block on the far side).

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Some ballasting today:

 

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embankment-ballast-2019-01-11_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Work-in-progress, glue still drying. Later I'll add a layer of finer ballast which matches the Tomix track colour (there's a small patch visible centre-right).

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JR 500系

Wow it's nice to see the progress building up here squid! The rust pen really seems to work pretty well... I would need to get started on mine... What is the ballast you are using may I ask? It looks pretty realistic! 

 

On ‎1‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 7:52 AM, railsquid said:

 

I'm not quite comfortable with the height clearance though, being a bus driver and all ~  😛

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On 1/12/2019 at 1:50 PM, JR 500系 said:

Wow it's nice to see the progress building up here squid! The rust pen really seems to work pretty well... I would need to get started on mine... What is the ballast you are using may I ask? It looks pretty realistic! 😛

 

This stuff by Morin:

 

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morin-ballast-local-type by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

The coarser ballast is Tomytec.

 

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I'm not quite comfortable with the height clearance though, being a bus driver and all ~ 

 

 

Kato bus top deck strippers bridge guards will be installed later.

 

 

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On 1/7/2019 at 1:50 AM, railsquid said:

And another one:

 

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azusa-station by Rail Squid, on Flickr

These pics are amazing. 

But after looking at this one, I find myself wanting a Toblerone 😕 

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4 hours ago, Sheffie said:

 

But after looking at this one, I find myself wanting a Toblerone 😕 

 

I'd better get this one painted into JNR express livery then 😉

 

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sankaku-densha by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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20 hours ago, railsquid said:

Methinks I should add a bit more clearance before too many vehicles get stuck under there.

 

The reason I kept that bridge low, I recall, was structural - it's a weak point and while making it the whole embankment structure may have snapped if the bridge "ceiling" had been too thin. Now the track is fixed in place I can safely remove another 5mm layer.

 

Glue drying...

 

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embankment-construction-2019-01-16_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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21 hours ago, railsquid said:

 

Methinks I should add a bit more clearance before too many vehicles get stuck under there.

 

Me too ~

 

56 minutes ago, railsquid said:

 

The reason I kept that bridge low, I recall, was structural - it's a weak point and while making it the whole embankment structure may have snapped if the bridge "ceiling" had been too thin. Now the track is fixed in place I can safely remove another 5mm layer.

 

 

Hopefully it raises the clearance a bit more... That height is pretty nerve-wrecking for bus drivers ~  😞

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NateJ93

Nice, this is shaping up to be quite the layout.

Keep up the good work.

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Densha
On 1/16/2019 at 3:04 PM, railsquid said:

Not that it's a route suitable for buses anyway.

Nonsense. In Japan they will get a bus through any narrow passageway.

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11 hours ago, Densha said:

Nonsense. In Japan they will get a bus through any narrow passageway.

 

Haha this video comes into my mind immediately:

 

 

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Any bus or other long vehicle passing under that bridge will soon find itself in this tricky situation:

 

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no-bus-route by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

It's possible it can be resolved by a couple of spry elderly men with whistles and illuminated batons, but the cost of permanently stationing a small team there would outweigh the benefits of that particular route.

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Sheffie

Great work. I particularly like the combination of ballast and power conduit. 

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Kamome

Love that low bridge. Very indicative of Japan. Just needs some height warning signs to finish it off.

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