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 Posted: Tue Jun 26th, 2012 12:09 am
   
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So, what scale is it ? 

No 3's design was strongly influenced by ET&WNC's #16, an 8 ton Plymouth but it is NOT A MODEL of that unit or any other. 

Indeed, No 3 is not a model at all.  It is an experiment into how small a real industrial locomotive can be.  There will be no "scale" details.  No scale grab-irons, no scale walkways.  No fake louvers or pipes.  Everything on it will be there because it's needed and "scaled" to be used by full size people. 

Simply put, it will be a quarter ton, 7 1/2in (narrow) gauge, gas mechanical locomotive.  Period!

This little critter is to railroading what ultralight planes are to general avation. :)

PS:  Go back to bottom of page 9, to see drawing.                                                 Bob

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 Posted: Sun Jul 1st, 2012 02:39 am
   
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Work continues.  The cab is all welded, ready for sheet metal skin.

The design is evolving as we build.  This is the latest version.       Bob




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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2012 12:23 am
   
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NO, THIS IS NOT A DOUBLE POST!

The design keeps evolving as we build.  It is hard not to think "model".  We really don't need a grill on the nose; there will be a round fan (electric) on the hood to draw air up through the open bottom past the motor.  "No grill" is stronger, easier and provides space for the front light. 

I've figured a way to move the exhaust stack nearer the motor and added brace panels to each frame corner.

Bob




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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2012 03:35 am
   
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Bob-that's gonna be UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT! Cool as home made ........! I love it.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2012 04:12 am
   
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Thanks a bunch, Woodie!

In the US, 7 1/2 (and 7 1/4) seem to be pretty well all "scale".  Either 1/8th or there abouts, full size, for standard gauge or 1/5th, give or take, for narrow gauge.

In Europe and especially in GB there seems to be (based on what I see on You Tube) a LOT of "micro-narrow gauge"  (It's 7 1/4 over there, not 7 1/2).  These, like mine, are actual 1 to1 trains - but, indeed, little ones.  Look up "Moors Valley Railway" for a good example.

I think we'll all agree that narrow gauge is pretty cool.  We don't usually think of the prototoype being less than around 15 inches of gauge. 

But it CAN be.  It can be half that.   :!:  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxBobxxxxxxxxx

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2012 03:41 pm
   
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Ride on Z scale, Bob?



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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2012 10:49 pm
   
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Don't be bitter, Herb!

Did our first roll test today.  Yellow lines indicate planed construction. 

The motor had not been re-mounted in this view (sitting on floor in background)

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Bob xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2012 12:38 am
   
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Today we did our first powered test run.  And it all went GREAT!  :rah::rah::rah:

I set up 3 sections of track in Harry's shop.  We now have a 30ft, point to point, indoor, VERY large scale, narrow gauge railroad.

The point is that the engine performed well in all respects.  It is totally stable, tracks well and zips along at a top speed of about 5 or 6 MPH.  But that's what I wanted.  It's a tiny little switch engine and slow speed operation will make my limited oval of track seem longer, just like on a MODEL railroad.

I am very pleased.  :bg:  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Bob xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2012 12:47 am
   
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Mmmmm..send a video!

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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2012 02:41 am
   
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Wish I had a video camera, Woodie.

This project is designed from the inside out.  And it keeps evolving as we go.  this may well be the final design.  Tomorrow I plan to cut sheet metal for the hood section.


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