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 Posted: Thu Dec 21st, 2017 07:28 am
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Herb, the TV is gone from the garage. However, I still listen to Radio Moscow and Mozart...
...and the occasional Lennard Skinnard (redneck rock to the unwashed!)...oh yes, Willie & Waylon & the boys...you know.



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Sounds like Agustus McRea and Woodrow Call might pay a visit, well at least Gus, sounds like a place right up his alley.  Would that be up river or down from Lonesome Dove?

No TV in our train room either.  But my 'puter plays westerns and Jamie Johnson, Joe Ely, R.E. Keene... and of course Willie, Waylon and me, 'cause they heard that the Burritos out in California could fly higher than the Byrds.

That monorail is the most coolest.  There was the old Sonoma Prismodal Railway built out near Sonoma, CA the only problem was they they could figure out how to make a crossing.  It quickly became a standard two rail affair.  I would think that thing might be not too hard to power.  



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Steven, it would be a "do-able" project to make the monorail operate. The loco could have pinion gears (like what I used) and a tiny gearhead motor inside the dummy motor. The board and battery (r/c of course!) could be stashed in a car right behind and wired to the loco. I suppose a DC or DCC loco could be built but then the single rail would need to be powered as the side bearing structure...and all that would need to be exactly built so voltage would be routed correctly. I did build a working monorail on my ancient On20 layout. It was DC and had brass strips on the side bearers, positive voltage on the rail, negative on them. It did in fact run but I only had about 6 feet to run it on. It was so fiddly to make it go that I never ran it but once...just to say "yes, it runs!". A larger scale and r/c would make it much easier.



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Steven B posted

"they they could figure out how to make a crossing."

Now I'm thinking that you meant that they couldn't figure out how to make one--right?

Why not have a piece of track a little longer than the widest  car or loco width, mounted on a turntable arrangement?

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If the monorail needs to cross a "standard railroad" line then it could either go up & over on a trestle (not the best) or go under the track in a culvert of some sort. If you're meaning a crossing of 2 monorails, that would be a problem since on an "A" frame line (Sonoma & Epsom Salts monorails), there are side bearers to keep the equipment upright. I don't see how that could be "engineered" but then I ain't no engineer. I can see where a standard railroad would be better, capable of hauling more tonnage, etc. but the monorails were built in places where it would be damn near impossible to locate even an "extra narrow gauge" roadbed.
Remember however, there's a prototype for ANYTHING!

**Turntable, Hmmm, that's an idea to think about***



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 "extra narrow gauge" roadbed

I guess can't be narrower than just one rail... unless you slice it lengthwise.



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If I remember there is something on wiki.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lartigue_Monorail
scroll a bit down
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http://www.lartiguemonorail.com/index.php
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/71677537
http://www.aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/lartigue/lartigue.htm
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Thanks for the links. The Epsom Salts line was a Lartigue type, the single rail laid on top of "A" frame structures. The last link MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO shows the line, slightly different info than in Myrick's Railroads of Nevada book. However, the photos show how narrow the canyon in the scene was...no "regular" rail line could be located there. Although the author of the piece couldn't see a loco, the "thing" with the umbrella sticking out the top is the loco. My "replica" of that loco was posted earlier. There was a nice article about this in an old Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette but I don't have that and don't remember the date.



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W C Greene wrote:

There was a nice article about this in an old Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette but I don't have that and don't remember the date.



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Thanks TC, I knew there was some info in an old Gazette. I sold my "collection"off about 10 or so years back and really haven't found anything interesting enough in the mag to spend $7 on lately. I do have the Myrick books about Nevada RR's and there is another bit of info in a little paperback I have. I may just find a bit of "real estate" on the new layout for a monorail terminal, there wasn't anything like that in the Bend...and no 2 foot railroad either...but I won't let such things get in my way!



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