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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 11:57 am
   
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Yes, Unk...most impressive and the name on the loco denotes the original maker...the beer can is a cool addition. With all this talk of beer cans & whiskey bottles, just make sure you get rid of such things when you write an article for an unmentioned magazine. As it goes, I love it!

My layout is not "table top", stuff would fall off into the dirt, no table for me.

                      Woodie



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 01:59 pm
   
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It's a bean can, Herbie--you can SELL beer cans.

Woodie gets an "A" for paying attention!  Sharp eyed readers will have observed that 'ole 51 is a 30 tonner made by "KEPHART LOCOMOTIVE WORKS" (EBTM3)  A few weeks back, a friend and I made a streight up/streight back trip to Pennsylvania to take delivery of this fine old machine.  It had been in storage for over 10 years but when I got it home, I put some gas in the tank and third pull of the rope it fired right off.  Herb had done a fine job of preservation!

While there, we got to see Herb's really fine O scale layout!  Great job! (wish we could have stayed long enough to run it) and a lot of other neat toys.   As we were leaving, Herb promiced to come to South Carolina and ride the thing if I ever get it all operational.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 06:40 pm
   
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If you start researching ride on trains, you will discover there are 2 track guages almost the same size,  7 1/4 and 7 1/2.  This is something like 1/32 and 1/29 scales in G guage, but worse.  The G guage stuff looks odd when mixed but 7 1/4 and 7 1/2  won't mix.  Most everyone in my area uses 7 1/2.   My problem is right now no. 51 is 7 1/4.

Do I reguage?  That question was answered for me.  I have a nephew who is big into live steam.  He has a 60ft by something oval of portable track which he isn't using and will let me have!(guess who is my favorite nephew).  This track is 7 1/2 guage.     Plans for reguaging 'ole 51 are under way.

While things are torn down I hope to do another change.  The locomotive was built as a road unit and runs like a road unit.  To use it as a small narrow guage switcher and actually DO switching, I'll need it to be able to crawl.  I plan to add an additional shaft to the drive train to reduce final drive by about 3 to 1 or 4 to 1.  To make room for this I'll need to convert to a 2 axel unit (0-4-0).  I have found pictures of small narrow guage switchers with B-B trucks but the 2 axel arrangement is by far more common.

Things don't have to be simple, I can make them complex!:glad:

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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 06:50 pm
   
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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 06:52 pm
   
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Above is Herb's son, more than a decade ago, at the controls of what is now becoming narrow guage number 51.  (note:  I'm using the other end as front)

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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 06:43 pm
   
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I brought home my hand-me-down track oval yesterday.  18 pieces of sectional track, 16 curves sections (25ft radious) and 2 streight sections, all 10 ft in length.  It occured to me this is the exact same track layout I got in an On30 train set I once bought.   But as our trains go up in scale, we no not.  It may scale out to be indeed a micro layout but 50ft X 60ft is pretty impressive curving between the trees in my back yard!

I spent time today removing rusty bolts from joint bars (rail joiners) and wiping sweat and swatting misquitoes!  (they love me)  And I got to thinking, "wonder if anyone ever considered making really small train models--you could have them INDOORS-- maybe put tiny electric motors in them.....LOL!!!

My dad was a railroader--not on a train crew,  a track crew.  That was a pretty tough job.    As scale goes up, we get closer to prototype.    In more ways than one.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 07:11 pm
   
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Hey Unk-I symphathize with you. Running outside is an adventure..sure, you will be able to ride on your train while I just run mine. In your scale, twigs on the track can be knocked off, in my scale, they knock the train off. Bugs can be squashed on the rails, my train will squash the little ants, but let a catapiller get on the rails...well.. And even though I can run through bird crap, you can probably run through some real BS! Them guys who run trains inside need to get some fresh air and sunlight, ain't nothing better! Have fun..

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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 10:04 pm
   
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It IS fun, running outside, isn't it, Woodie?  Weather is an important part of prototype railroading. 

 With the exception of the couple of years I spent building the Miami layout I've been modeling outdoors since 1993.  (even Miami Rail Service was partly outside)  Outdoors things are just what they are,  If it's hot, it's hot,  If it's cold, it's cold.  And when it gets dark...well, you get my point.  Which is to say you are railroading in the same element where prototype railroading is done.

Throughout my years in this hobby I have searched for ways it make the model experience more realistic.  Being outside is one way.  Working in a much larger scale is, I hope, another.    

Maybe I should have taken that job on the Illinois Central back when I got out of high school.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 10:52 pm
   
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By the way, I should point out, as much as the Rio Grande prototype, my inspiration for this"little"rail system came from Woodie's Mogollin line.  If you haven't already done so,PLEASE, click out of this thread, RIGHT NOW, and go to"The Mogollin Railway" (here--in Narrow Guage) and read all 39 (and growing) pages.  Enjoy the pictures.  Soak up the atmosphere!  This is a true "prototype" line and should be viewed as such.

I'll not be able to create the "look" as Woodie has (might help if I lived out West) but the Feel of "make-do" railroading, I'll try for that.  With the big, BIG stuff, one dosn't build scenery, as Woodie has done so well, one builds IN the scenery.  Pretty much, what you have is what you can have.  Considering that, I probably should be modeling East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.     But I just LOVE that Rio Grande stuff.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 28th, 2010 08:24 pm
   
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Gee whiz, Bob...thanks for the ego boost! The crews and ladies at the Gila Hotel will surely appreciate your kind words. Just remember that while I am removing little critters from my rails, you will be running over them with no problems. You lucky dog..

                           Woodie



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