Well if you had a flash back and said "TOOL TIME!!!" you would be loved .. but incorrect... Its CRUNCH TIME!!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen it's down to counting days before setup begins not weeks or months.
So .. what have we been doing besides NOT posting to the blog, NOT updating the website HowTo's and NOT immediately answering our emails? Glad you asked...
We have been going through each element and making sure that cables are made, power supplies are boxed and ready and that each element is complete and ready to put out. Doesn't look so impressive when you type it out, but it's basically an everynight marathon in the shop.
So stay tuned ...
For those that have followed our display, you know that lasy year we moved the train from under the porch to platform under the MegaTree. The ring is a hay ring (actually turned over) and the base was plywood. The old Bachman "Annie" train ran on the platform. While a good idea, the original design had several flaws and the Bachman train was ... well.. lets just say ... less than stellar...
Welcome 2013... We really loved the idea but had several problems. First was the megatree pole was in the ground. Okay .. nothing wrong there.. well .. the problem was the ground around the pole was not flat and since the lights of the tree tied to the frame being a little off really showed (to my eyes anyway).
For 2013 a couple of things have changed. The megatree and hayring are now an single unit and the platform support was really beefed up. I can actually stand on the platform without it bowing. 5 2x6's across the rails that are u-bolted to the frame then the platform (in two pieces) are laid perpendicular to the cross members and bolted down.
I can now level the frame which in turns squares up the mast for the megatree and using "cane bolts" driven in the ground secure the whole thing. The light strings will come from the top rail of the hay ring, up and over the topper, then tie to top ring 180 degrees.
Also brand new for 2013 is the new train. Thanks to Jim H (California) I purchased an LGB loco and powered tender. In terms of how it runs think .. CHEVETTE vs CORVETTE!!!. I will take pictures after I take it all apart and put it back together for the display then create a "How we did it" int he How To section.
I know its been awhile on postings and updates.. but ... yes !!! we are still working hard...
Bob and Sandra
Bob and Sandra Moody.