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Here is a little piece that shows how the Mogollon Railway's Garratt takes a couple of ore cars from the smelter to a couple of mines and then runs light to the enginehouse.



#4 is turned at the smelter and after taking on water, is ready for work.



The loco is between 2 ore cars, the front car is coupled with a 10 foot pole. The train now leaves the smelter bound for the mines.



The train crosses the Silver Creek bridge along the way, here the 10 foot pole can be clearly seen.



The old Gilpin Tramway ore car belongs to the Devil's Own mine and is the only car they allow on their property. #4 backs the worn out car into the siding and under the tipple.



The Out-Law mine is then switched using the 10 foot pole. The clearances are too close for a locomotive to push the car in. The loco will leave the pole attached to the car which will now be loaded.



#4 now runs light to the enginehouse for the evening.



The locomotive nears the enginehouse......



and is turned before being run inside the enginehouse.

The scenes you are viewing really happened, the locomotive actually did the switching moves, nothing was staged for the camera. This is just one of the many operations on the Mogollon Railway. It is now time for a couple of beers at the Bloated Goat.              Woodie



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Woodrow :-

You spin a good yarn, actually a bloody good yarn.

The pictures are pretty good also.

I liked the way you mixed the pictures with just enough text, it added that little bit extra to the overall presentation.

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Yes Don, I agree- but I think that you overlooked a very important point.

While doing all this, Woodie showed remarkable self control- he never mentioned power or loco control once.

Either self control----or???

Now he's got me worried!

Herbie:old dude:



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OK Herb-I was just having fun in the sun without making any political comments. There are many more operations that I will expose in the future and some that I haven't even figured out yet. Along the way, that crazy explosives car will be involved in another tableaux. Hasta la vista...........................Woodie



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I always love your operations threads woodie :thumb:

That Garratt doesnt look too out of place at all.

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Woodie wrote:

"#4 now runs light to the enginehouse for the evening."

Dear Mr. Greene,

I wish to seek employment on your railroad. I see by the shadows in the yard that you end your workday at around noon to allow your enginemen to socialize. Obviously you have developed the management skills for keeping enthusiasm high.

 

As always a great tale and wonderful shots of the Mogollon.


 



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Alright, James...so the crew knocks off early for a big night. Actually, there were only 2 cars needed this day and the management pays the same whether it is a 3 hour day or an 18 hour day. Pretty good job, right?  Now that the hoist mechanism is working, there will be more operations from beyond the Gila Rim.

                 yuk yuk...Woodie



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The hoist mechanism has been rebuilt and can now lower 2 or 3 ore cars to the mines on the low line and can bring at least 2 loaded cars back up to the high line for the run to the smelter. This operation takes about 5 actual minutes to go up or down and gives the crews time to take a short break.



Shay #1 brings the empties to the hoist where they are hooked up to the cable to be lowered. Auto "traffic" on Camino del Luna comes to a stop while this happens.



The two cars are being lowered.



Down the hill, #2 Rudy waits for the ore cars. Notice the wrecked cars and debris, this is a most dangerous operation.



Rudy spots the ore cars at the Lost Scotchman Mine to be loaded. The low line runs to the Gila Cliff dwellings and the ore cars need to be loaded quickly and taken back up before Gila Tram's tourist train arrives.  After this run, the crew needs a long break!         Woodie
PS-I will show how I built the hoist in another few days. If anyone is interested, get a dpdt toggle switch, a AA battery holder for 2 batteries (3 volts), an old r/c car or plane servo, and some assorted junk to make the capstan and hoist line. This is relatively easy to build and makes a great operational addition.

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It just gets better and better...



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Next up will be a bit about how to switch an explosives car on an extreme grade and the Mogollon's grade "brakes" exposed. Right now, the railroad's locos are being fitted with oil tanks and dealing with fuel supplies will become an operational consideration. Another excuse for more tank cars.

                                          Woodie



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