- indescribable - defying expression or description; "indefinable yearnings"; "indescribable beauty"; "ineffable ecstasy"; "inexpressible anguish"; "unspeakable happiness"; "unutterable contempt"; "a thing of untellable splendor"
As we wrestled with how to go about building something none of us ever built before, let alone even having any guidelines or instructions on how to build it, the crews thoughts throughout the night probably encompassed just about every one of those definitions stated above.
We talked about and debated over what our plan of attack would be for about 25 minutes. We finally chose how we would start and went on from there.
First, let me introduce the cast of characters who braved the Parkway South traffic to venture down below New Jersey's version of the Mason Dixon Line (The other side of the Driscoll Bridge which crosses the Raritan River). Craig Bisgeier (of Housatonic RR fame), Tom (we call him lovable Tom) Callan, Jim Fawcett (No relation to Farah), and Ted Pamperin, who has a beautiful layout based on the C&O New River and Alleghany Subdivision, set in the winter of 1943. There is no way I could have gotten this helix started and built to its present state if it hadn't been for their help. This hobby is always at its funnest when I'm around these guys. And, as I said would happen, I heard the phrase, "who cares, it's only Ted's layout", plenty of times. Paybacks a bitch..
So.. I think I'll try to show what we did Friday through the pictures I took, and I will do my best to describe how we did what we did..
First we laid out the inner and outer helix loops on the frame. I was trying to give the guys an idea on how the backbone helix concept worked. In this picture, Tom Callan and Ted Pamperin.
There was quite a bit of discussion on how to start. In this picture: Craig Bisgeier and Tom Callan.
It was decided that we'd screw together two full loops, one inside, one outside, then set the elevations by temporarily adding risers to get the first two loops at the proper height and grade.
Jim Fawcett was the first one cast into.. uh I mean.. to crawl into the pit. Here Jim starts to set the first elevations for the loops.
Ted Pamperin carefully set the height of the first inner loop. He and Tom checked both the height and the grade (Tom brought along a grade measuring level).
Tom secures the temporary riser under the inner loop as Craig starts to set the height on the first outer loop. Though both loops will be separated by the masonite backbone eventually, we still want to have each 4" higher than each other.
Tom is double checking the grade on the first outer loop. We decided to leave the riser in on the bottom outside loop.
Tom is thinking "Is this thing actually gonna work? Why did I agree to come here anyway? Will the Johnnie Walker Black run out before we finish?" :)
And this is why you ALWAYS wear safety goggles. Don't worry. Craig didn't get hurt. :)
With the helix being half way to completion, here is a look at the back half. You get a good feel for how each loop crosses over the other.