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 Posted: Sun Mar 25th, 2012 03:19 pm
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Since I hadn't "updated" this thread in some time, I thought that I would send a photo of some work at the smelter. Today, the regular switcher-#3-was in for maintenence (battery charging), and road loco-#4-was ditto, so Shay #5 Lizzy brought in a couple of limestone cars (4 wheel dump cars) and picked up some empties for a couple of mines. Newly shopped Shay #1 did Rosa's duties at the rotary dump. Here is a photo of them at work, in black & white:




Here, you can see the new "idler car" as the limestone cars are about to be dumped. #5's fireman has a bottle of ......... in his hand as Lizzy waits for the cars to be emptied and then will haul them and some ore cars to the mines. It is a beautiful Sunday in Mogollon and everyone is happy, maybe REALLY happy.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 25th, 2012 06:55 pm
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Luv the black and white images Woodie makes the whole scene look real.

Nothing like real sunlight to make pics just right.

Enjoy the weather, it's starting to get cooler by the day here in Melbourne.

Rod.

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Great pic Woodie.
Lovin' the old-school B&W look.

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Hey Woody,

This is a cool thread. I really enjoyed seeing the photos of your operations and reading the captions. I have a question, if you don't mind. I saw your swiveling pole a page or two back and I understand it's use. Is that the same use as the 10' wood poles earlier in the thread? If not, why use the Jpoles? I'm sure plenty of knowledgeable guys here know but I'm a newbie and I'm baffled.

Thanks,
Mike

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Howdy Mike, the swiveling pole is needed when the cars are pushed into the rotary dump. One end goes in the coupler of the ore car and has a sliding "keeper" that keeps the pole in place when the car is upside down. The other end has a swivel which stays coupled in the idler car/loco while the ore car is dumped. Takes a bit to describe, but it works like a rotary coupler on a modern car that is used in a rotary dumper. The 10 foot poles have been replaced by several of these swiveling poles, we actually use the poles to push cars under mine tiples with close clearances and to "pole" cars on adjacent tracks when needed. I hope I made this understandable.

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 Posted: Fri May 25th, 2012 12:32 pm
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I see, the old poles served the same purpose as the new swiveling poles. I thought that may be the case but I was confused early on "before your description of the new swivel poles" and I guess I just needed to have that cleared up.

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Mike-here's a photo that may work:




 

The pole at the top has the "keeper" slid back, the bottom one shows it closed. The left ends of the poles swivel and are coupled to the idler/loco. Is that better?

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I got it.... Very cool!

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When you only switch ore cars with a rare "other" movement, just how much can you keep a thread going? It's been a while but I thought that the "dyed in the wool" steam fanatics would appreciate this one.

The Gila Cliff dwelling "visitor center" needed a full tank of water there for the tourists and archaeologists (egg heads?) when they arrive on the Gila Tramway. The old wooden water car is in for repairs (leaks) so the ancient Gilpin Tram water car #301 needed to be filled and taken to the low level siding for pickup by the Tram. Problem was that the car was sandwiched between the Brownhoist crane and a caboose on the smelter machine shop track. Some head scratching switching was needed.




You can see the water car with a shaft of light on it, how to get this one out and "on the main"?




The new gasoline/mechanical #6 (Dee-named for Mopman's wife) was fired up for the task. It takes a couple of hours to get a Shay, etc. up to pressure; just the turn of a key and pressing the "start" button and #6 is going. #6 needed to move the Brownhoist & flat away from the water car, giving room for the next move.




#6 is using a swiveling pole from the smelter rotary to grab the water car from it's place on an adjacent track and pull/push it onto the crossover so Lizzy (#5) can hook up and take the car to get filled and then to the siding a "couple of miles" away.




#5 then uses another pole to snatch the car onto the "main" and then to the water tank at Tres Diablos canyon. So, an IC locomotive did in fact make life easier at the smelter and switching the mines.



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Ah yes Woodie.
That's why I figured the IC could be a good puller for the Brownhoist !
Quick fire-up; & to the disaster scene FAST, to save the day !

If the dudes didn't have a handy pole for the car push...
...could they have Brownhoisted it over to the right track ?
( I'd be operating the Brownhoist all day; & never get around to switching the mines ! )
Dat Brownhoist is cool.

You must keep switching the mines Woodie.
THE WORLD NEEDS ORE IT CAN GET !!!!

'Switching The Mines' is 1 of the 'top 10' reasons I pay my internet bill each month !
You just can't see stuff like this on cable !

Thread rating ***** 101%

Cheers

Simon

P.S.

Woodie, do you use Bachmann On3 'long wheel base arch-bars' on some of your cars ?
They seem about right for 1:35
But I've never seen any in the flesh.
Good ?



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