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dtsteam

dtsteam

Location : Preston, England

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PostSubject: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyThu Aug 11, 2011 7:08 pm

Yippeee - I've mostly finished one of those projects that sat on the bench for far too long. A few years ago a 3m board with track on it appeared in the corner of my little empire, set at a jaunty angle. Subsequently, my so called mates have concluded it is a ladder for the cat. Anyway, I decided that if I couldn't build a car I wouldn't make the rest. I could only find one drawing, so I worked out some basic dimensions from an LGB tram saloon
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and drew up a side, based on a picture of a swiss vehicle
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expanding the lines, it became a template to ensure that the verticals stayed vertical
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the rest was faily straightforward plastic bashing, but now we have a car !
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I know there should be 2 of them, but we'll just reverse this one sharply at the top of the hill, and pretend that its just below the passing loop. Any I can now get on with girders for the track, the winding mechanism, and some controls - probaly another three years on the bench.
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mikeyh

mikeyh

Location : Dordogne France

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyThu Aug 11, 2011 7:19 pm

Thats a great project. Looking forward to seeing its progress (even if its 3 years!)
What mechanism will you use?

mikey
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Carl Hibbs
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Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyThu Aug 11, 2011 7:32 pm

Neat....

How did you make it?

I don"t think there's anything wrong with just one going up and down on a single track.
It goes down by gravity and get's wound back up. Very Happy
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KleineDicke

KleineDicke

Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyThu Aug 11, 2011 8:08 pm

Some funiculars had only one car and were counterbalanced with a weight - on some the weight was provided by tanks of water.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funicular#Inclined_lift

I like yours.

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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyThu Aug 11, 2011 8:15 pm

Nice project Dave. I have some photos of the one at Aberystwyth somewhere on my PC uptairs, I'll see if i can post some of them on here

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Clive

Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR
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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyFri Aug 12, 2011 9:37 am

As promised, in case they are of use:

https://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb256/clive_t/Real%20Railways/2008/2008-05-03%20Aberystwyth%20Cliff%20Railway/

Let me know if you would like any higher resolution versions of any of these.

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Clive

Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR
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Paulus

Paulus

Location : The Netherlands

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyFri Aug 12, 2011 7:47 pm

Very nice! Hopefully we see it run in a bit shorter period than 3 years... Wink
I'm interested in the mechanism also. How did you plan to let it work?

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dtsteam

dtsteam

Location : Preston, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyFri Aug 12, 2011 7:53 pm

Thanks for sharing that album Clive. I hadn't realised that Aberystwyth had stepped cars. It has a nice run down atmosphere appropriate to the british seaside. As an aside, when I was a student I worked a pair of ferris wheels on Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The rock stall next door did a roaring trade in fourpenny rock - apparently they had made 4500 sticks of Aberstywyth rock before anyone noticed !

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dtsteam

dtsteam

Location : Preston, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptyFri Aug 12, 2011 7:54 pm

More about the mechanism tomorrow- hopefully I'll have something working by then
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KleineDicke

KleineDicke

Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 12:35 am

dtsteam wrote:
Thanks for sharing that album Clive. I hadn't realised that Aberystwyth had stepped cars. It has a nice run down atmosphere appropriate to the british seaside. As an aside, when I was a student I worked a pair of ferris wheels on Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The rock stall next door did a roaring trade in fourpenny rock - apparently they had made 4500 sticks of Aberstywyth rock before anyone noticed !

Blackpool Rock - reminds me of George Formby.

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dtsteam

dtsteam

Location : Preston, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 10:07 am

The idea is to find a suitable winch to pull the car up the track. I've kept various motors out of toy cranes but they arent really going to last, and most of them are way too fast. I need it to run dead slow, as I'm going to use a couple of relays and reed switches to make a reversing circuit, but without a delay at each end. I bought a kit for a time delay, but it will probably take me longer to put together than the rest of the mech, so I'll come back to it.

Anyway, we have been here before - many years ago I converted a couple of Rigi Duo cabins into a simple cliff lift. The cabins still exits, so I am hoping I can find the winding mechanism....
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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 12:11 pm

Now that's clever!

I am really looking forward to seeing this most unusual project develop - thanks for sharing, Dave.

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Clive

Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR
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dtsteam

dtsteam

Location : Preston, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 12:45 pm

A quick shot taken whilst I was measuring up for a lower platform a few minutes ago.
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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: Funi peculiar   Funi peculiar EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 7:15 pm

Looks great!

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Clive

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