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Rod Hutchinson
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I have been constructing a wooden rail tramway on which battery powered locomotives run controlled by Radio Control. 

It will feature it's first public display at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention 2019.

Below is a series of cameo scenes showing finished scenery.    


 



  



 

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Rod

Looking forward to seeing it in person, come this April


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Hi Rod  :wave:



Really nice lookin' greenery in your woods !  :thumb:



And not a single Volt to be found on those 'genuine' wooden 'rails' either.  :us:

Your railtractor you Posted recently looked great !  :)

I was trying to work out where you hid all the batteries & electrickery ?  :!:


All very  C :cool: :cool:


What part of Aus. does 'The Points' represent ?  L:



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Si. wrote:  Really nice lookin' greenery in your woods !  :thumb:

And not a single Volt to be found on those 'genuine' wooden 'rails' either.  :us:

Your railtractor you Posted recently looked great !  :)

I was trying to work out where you hid all the batteries & electrickery ? 


What part of Aus. does 'The Points' represent ?  L:


Si


In the rail tractor the battery is in the roof.  The construction of the timbers in the roof frame are spaced so the battery fits.

Neither timber or steel rail is powered.  All my On30 locos are BPRC.

Receiver is about the size of your thumbnail, motor / gearbox is off the shelf with bespoke cross drive fitted.


The Points was a real world location, East of Melbourne, Australia.

The arrows, below, show where the timber meets steel rail.





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The arrows show where the timber meets steel rail

AHA! INSULATING GAPS!. EXPLAIN THAT!

Jose.



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Great scenery Rod!

Do you have a photo of your railtractor? Can't remember seeing it.

Alwin



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My scratch built  Tractor Appliance Company Ltd (TACL) rail tractor. 

BPRC, using Deltang RC receiver. 

Battery in roof. 





Early video showing It running

https://youtu.be/8pJqBeeND1o


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Very nice and great video.

.........LUV the TACL and disconnects.

...Peter

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Nice work on the railtractor.

I also like the detail of tightening the chains on the cars.

Alwin


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This looks really great.

I have sometimes wondered how to model one of the log rail operations that existed around here in the early days.

Battery power would certainly be a good solution.

And the thing I need most is another modeling project.  

NOT!

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I have added a horse drawn wagon, made up of two log bogies and some planks of wood,

taking supplies back to the saw mill located in the bush.















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Hello Rod!

Very nice work on your layout and your models!

I'm considering wooden rails for my deadrail logging operation in On30.
I'm working on a Class A Climax right now.

I see you have very wide tread width on your wheels.
Is that for realism, or did you have issues with standard HO tread width?
I'd like to not have to find wide tread wheel if I don't have to.

Thanks for your reply.

Dana


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Dig around and find some books on logging railroads. 
Railroads in the Woods comes to mind, and This Was Logging.

Both have photos of pole road logging railroad operations. 
They tended to run wider tread width.

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Dana,

Timber rails were not used with motive power much at all. 
They were primarily used for horse drawn logged or sawn timber. 

In cases where it was used, steel rails would be used on curves,
or the timber may have flat metal sheet nailed on to them.

Where locos were used, the weight of the loco,
would quickly cause the timber to break down. 

In addition straight pieces of timber were used on curves,
so the gauge on curves would vary with distance.
 
Hence the wide tread.

Another option is pole roads and double flange wheels. 


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For single flange wheels on pole roads,
the tread was wider than wide wheels used on sawn timber rail.



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Thanks guys!

I was really asking more about the performance of standard HO wheels on scale wooden rails.

I guess I can set up a temporary track and see what happens.


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