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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 10:24 am
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Great Stuff:apl::apl: What did you start with for your bashed Garret? What scale did it end up as? Do you have a trackplan for your outdoor empire? How do you keep the critters away or have you found any additional groundcover added from birds? It would be great to see how you came up with the outdoor ideas and how you've made it work. Anyway it's great and would like to to see it in person. KInd of like looking at Grand canyon pics until you see it in person.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 10:45 am
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Gee Clif-in the narrow gauge section, there is a bunch of stuff about the railroad, the Garratt, a track plan, and plenty of other stuff. Basically, I build in 1:35 scale (military scale) using 16.5MM gauge so it is 35n2. The Garratt is this scale and is a "copy" of K1, the first Garratt...if one was built for a Mexican mining road and then sold to a New Mexico mining road. Switching the mines is an ongoing thing which I haven't added any new stuff for a couple of months. But, there is lots more to come. If I can answer any more questions, feel free to ask.      Woodie



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OK, now we're rollin'... Sullivan has built 5 ore cars and I have 3 in the shop and more to come. As soon as the Dallas weather returns to a "stable" near freezing temp but without rain/sleet/snow, there will be full scale operations on the Mogollon Railway. During the mine shutdown, the ore cars are loaded but can't make it to the smelter till the weather clears. There are new "wrinkles" also-oil tank car movements, insulated boxcar movements,  new equipment to be moved into the smelter, and of course that crazy dynamite car in "the mix".  There hasn't been any talk here for a while, but soon.... get ready!            Woodrow



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I had these photos showing a little action with oil service. The Mogollon Railway has converted it's locos to oil and now movements with an oil tank car have been incorporated into the scheme. The tank car is filled from a tank truck down at the yards and then begins it's journey to the smelter where it will fill the oil tank there.



The tank car is being pushed up the line with Shay #1 and a 10 foot pole. In the foreground is the Boquillas Prismoidal Railroad (monorail) which takes silver ore across the border for processing.



#1 and tank are on the heavy grade outside Mogollon. The loco is pushing the car since the loco's brakes can keep the car from running away if a pin or link fails.



The one car train rolls past the cantina and miner supply on Chahuahua Hill. The hoist trackage to the left is to service 2 mines down in the canyon, shown earlier in this series.



The tank car arrives above the smelter, to be unloaded at the fuel facility there. The hose will be hooked up to the FM pump on the tank car and run up to the tank (underframe shown). This operation must be done at least 3 times a week (in real life) and maybe once during a "normal" operating session. These photos were made during nice fall weather, more will follow as soon as temps get higher and winter moves out. Switching the mines will continue.       Woodie

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Woodie,

Great, as always! On the very first picture the Mogollon Railway's Garratt is on a 'turntable'. This turntable looks wonderfull. How did you manage to bent the outsiderail to a perfect circle? And is this circle rail functional or cosmetic?

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Albert-I built a "jig" for both turntables' ring rails. Basically it was just a piece of rod that fit into the pivot with an arm attached with a small groove like a gauge so when I turned the jig around, I was able to line up where the rail went. I just bent the pit rail with my fingers to the approx. curve and then spiked it down on the small ties. Nothing special to it. The ring rails actually do keep the TT bridge from tilting when a loco goes on the table but there are no wheels involved. The bottom of the TT bridges are made of brass and that just slides around on top of the rail. I will try to get a photo of this posted. The "jig" is long gone...I used the pieces for something else. The turntables are manual and since there is no wiring, no special work is involved in the operation.        Woodie



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The weather was very nice today so the Mogollon Railway did a little operation. Life on the railroad is not always just mine cars and smelters...some days there are other things to do. In this bit,  some large crates need to be run to the warehouse on the edge of Mogollon.



The crates are loaded the "hard way" at the enginehouse, some ways from town.



#5 backs up to the flat, links & pins are a dangerous way to couple.



The Shay runs around the train-it will then be pushed along the "low line" to town.



The train is now being pushed with a 10 foot pole along the very bumpy track to town.



The train arrives at the warehouse. The tunnel under the Caldwell Escarpment may be seen, the trackage leads up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Mogollon's locomotives cannot run on that line, it is owned by the Gila Tram which has it's own locomotive. Well, that's another day of switching the mines...sort of.



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And I was sitting in the office looking at the computer all day......

of course I was able to do a little CAD work...:bg:



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bobbyb wrote: And I was sitting in the office looking at the computer all day......


Weren't we all...weren't we all...   :sad:



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Not much switching the mines going on right now but Spring is coming and stuff will happen again. The next thing may be "Outlaws switching the mines"...I will throw in the exploding dynamite car and watch what happens! Stay tuned.



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