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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 01:21 pm
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Since it's Easter, the mines and smelter are closed so the MRy has this "special" run to the Gila Cliff Dwellings...beyond the Caldwell Escarpment. Here's some photos of this unusual run.

 



The train consists of Gila Tram's open excursion car and the beautiful D. Caso coach, pulled by Mogollon #1 Shay. The tourists have parked all over the MRy's yards but this is the only movement planned for today.

 



The train moves along the passing siding outside of Mogollon, empty ore cars are set out for Monday's work day.

 



The special train crosses Tres Diablos Canyon on the low line. The extremely sharp curve here has caused many "accidents".

 



The train has run up to the cliff dwellings which have become one of the "must visit" places for tourists to the Gila Rim area.

 



The train crosses the canyon  again on the way home. The passengers will probably visit the Bloated Goat #2 for some drinks and bar b q after this special run. No mines were switched today, but everybody had a great time.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 03:09 pm
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Wonderful pics Woodie.

I like the green and white colouring of the half-open coach.

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Good to see you got the passenger run in before the rains (as light as they were aound here) came.You know what those canyon areas can be like when the water comes racing through. Dry one minute, sloppy the next.



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 Posted: Wed Apr 14th, 2010 02:29 pm
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Today-here is a "switching the mine(s)" which will work mucho better for the old Mogollon Railway. I have been building a little On20 layout-the Gila Tramway-and had built this fine "metal" ore tipple from styrene for the little mine. I guess I got carried away because it turned out way too big for the small time operation I had in mind. The boys at the Chupacabra mine across the yard on the Mogollon Ry had been eyeing this nice tipple so I made the "switch".

 



The old tipple is on the left of the new one, you can see what a difference it will make. The entire Chupacabra mine had to be raised 1" to accomodate the new tipple's height. A large serrated kitchen knife was used to whack off the top of the mesa with mine and this was glued to a new piece of foam which raised it to the right height. I still need to scenic the area back in and get everything looking as if nothing happened. I have already switched a couple of cars here and the clearance is fine so I am happy. Now I have this old funky tipple which will be used in another location.

To sum it all up, even when a scene looks to be "finished", it sometimes is just waiting to be "upgraded". Now, the mine has a "proper" tipple and the little On20 layout has a smaller wooden tipple that fits the scene better also.



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 Posted: Wed Apr 14th, 2010 03:28 pm
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Hmmm...from the looks of it the "old funky tipple" would fit just fine on the Gila. It's definitely appears closer in size for that layout.

That bigger tipple sure looks nice on the Mogollon but it would look better on the Chisos...:bg:

...still trying to get some scenery going on the Chisos. The president's attention span wouldn't last this past weekend.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2010 02:06 pm
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James-the large German lady at the Gila Hotel actually owns that mine so you will have to talk nicely to her if you want her new tipple. Be sure to bring her some bratwurst and lots of beer!

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Now, here are a couple of "new" things that make switching the mines and smelter easier.



At the Chupacabra Mine, there was a need for some kind of "brake" to keep the cars from rolling down onto the main line. Since the Mogollon Railway does not have actual working brakes on their cars, sometimes a stick or piece of old rail was used to keep the car(s) in place. You can see the red lever across the end of the car, this does the job.



The crewman has put down his bottle long enough to show how the red lever is moved out of the way and the car is now free to be switched out. All the mines are now being equipped with these lever-brakes. Also shown is the "rotating rooster" which is normally used at the smelter's rotary dump. Here it is:



The left end of the rooster fits onto the loco (or idler car) coupler pocket by just dropping it into the pin hole. This end swivels like a fishing weight and will stay coupled while a car is being dumped. The right end goes in the ore car's pocket and the little piece underneath is slid into position to keep the rooster from dropping out of the pocket when the ore car is rotated upside down. Easier to do than to explain. This thing was made from square brass tubing and soldered up. The MRy has 2 of these and more are planned to be built.



Here, the rooster is shown in place with the "fingers" on the right side slid under the coupler. The roosters are painted yellow so they can (hopefully) be seen when they are dropped into the grass or dirt under the layout. In actual practice, the rooster stays in place when the car is rotated and can then be removed by sliding the "fingers" out and hooking up to another car. The old Mogollon Railway may be funky and seedy, but the equipment they use is "state of the art" and makes life much easier out here in the boondocks.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 07:32 pm
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I do hope this works. Mopman came over and took some videos of the operations at the smelter. I will send this link (or whatever) so everybody can see that we do indeed run trains, not just talk about running trains.

http://s182.photobucket.com/albums/x19/wcgreene/?action=view&current=Adayatthesmelter.mp4&newest=1

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                          Woodie
PS-please excuse the rotary action being in the shadows...one day we will have a light on it and that red thing on a wire in the background is the antenna for the Model T's transmitter. You only see this stuff after you are through!

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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 08:16 pm
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Aw-right!

Herbie  :old dude:








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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 11:52 pm
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Herb said it!!

Now that's how to spend a proper day. Better'n workin' for a livin'.

I'm jealous!



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