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 Posted: Sat Jul 6th, 2019 05:35 pm
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Awww, come on James...
handlay the rails at exact 56 1/2" gauge.
You CAN do it!

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Woodie,

Yes, I COULD hand lay all the track to the precise 56 1/2".
As I mentioned in my previous statement, they even have a name for it.
There are companies that offer the bullhead rail and proper chairs for it
( no spiking - they are screwed on to the sleepers [ties] ). 

One of the issues I might have is doing that proper double-slip switch
(and I need two of them).
That could be a set back.
Of course, I could just drag you over here to lay the thing.

Naturally, the other issue I would have is,
none of my equipment would run on it.
It would be a deserted railway in effect.

I believe I'll stick with my original idea.

But thanks for the input.




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 Posted: Sat Jul 6th, 2019 10:37 pm
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@Sullivan

These models, even on 16.5mm track, do have their charms..





I admit this is just a fraction of the stuff I have amassed...




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Howdy Woodie  :cb:



AWESOME photo of one of James 1:35n2 ore-cars !  :thumb:

Very nice lookin' models.  :cool:


Looks great in ye oldy timey black & whitey.  :old dude:

No.119 as well ... Same No. as one of the 'Golden Spike' locos ... right ?  L:



So Texas  :cb:  James is making Brit. OO-scale these days !  :shocked:

Whatever next ? ... Might even find a Brit. or 2 liking American stuff ?  ;)



James ... come on then ... SHOW US YER HORNBY !  :old dude:

Go on, start a Thread in the OO Forum !!  :thumb:



Done any switchin' of the mines lately Woodie ?  ???:us: L:



:java::mex:



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Hi James,

If you're planning double-slips, then I don't recommend this.

 



And that's a bifurcated O-scale Peco double slip, but that's another story from another mine.
 
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Si, I am still "switching the mines" but rarely have a camera handy.
Taking photos takes some thought and I don't have thoughts these days.

James painted and lettered the ore car,
I didn't envision any car numbers with 3 digits.

As for John's double slip switch...that's a cool thing!

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OK then, I am back with more SWITCHING THE MINES....

The smelter/mill has a very steep siding to bring in the ore for processing.
Matter of fact, it is too steep for the Shay #4 to push 2 loaded cars up to the ore tipple inside the mill.

So I was looking at some "junk" by the Boquillas engine house,
and noticed an old Bachmann On30 wooden dump car frame.

Hmmmm, the basis for an idler car which will keep the Shay on pretty much level track,
while she pushes the 2 loaded cars up to the car stop and winch,
to haul the cars up the incline to the processing area.





A view of the Shay & little 4 wheel idler car.





Here the Shay has coupled onto one ore car to show what happens next.





#4 and idler car pushing the "loaded" ore car up grade,
and past the "car stop device" seen in front of the ore car.

This thing will keep the ore car(s) from rolling back down the grade,
and the hoist cable can be connected to the car(s),
and then they get pulled up into the processing area.

Operating is fun, that's why I am behind on building stuff...except the idler car.




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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 11:30 pm
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What a good idea Woodie.


Lateral thinking to keep good traction on the Shay,

and make sure the loaded ore wagons get to the stop,

before it runs out of steam and starts slipping its wheels!




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Howdy Doug,
What you don't see is that there is a winch and wire rope which attaches to the 2 or so loaded cars,
and they are hauled up the incline into the mill/smelter.
Then after being dumped, the empty cars are lowered back down the incline to the stop,
and wait for the loco to take them away.
There may be as many as 8 or 9 cars to be dumped so this takes a while but is interesting work.
Since the equipment is now equipped with Kadee couplers, it is a joy to operate.




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Woodie,

How does the rope/cable attach to the cars?
Eye loop?
Hook?

What does it attach to on the cars?
Something on the coupler?
On the car itself?




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