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 Posted: Fri Dec 15th, 2017 09:06 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 1105
I am going to have to check the manufacturer.  One of them may be Grandt Line.  I don't even remember what types they are, though I am pretty sure one of them is GE.  They are both brass and produced many decades ago.  I can't remember why I even bought them.  I have never modeled HO narrow gauge, nor intended to.   "Back in the day" if I was going to buy an industrial diesel it would have been HO or O standard gauge.  Anyway, I am glad I have them, now. 

I will dig them out and take some photographs.

I am a ways from thinking about how I am going to operate them.  It has been awhile since I dug into my "stash" and looked at them.  I am curious as to what other HO items I might have lurking in that cabinet.  If memory serves, I have a set of three GN box cars in the green and orange, and an undecorated Athearn caboose with some GN decals stowed in the box. 

I did some rough measurements last evening and squeezing in a bit of narrow gauge is quite feasible.  

I have five structure kits, all Walthers Cornerstone,  I want to complete before I start actually laying out track center lines at the west end of the layout.  Two of those are now complete.  I set up a card table in the family room and worked on one while we all watched a Christmas movie (The Santa Clause) last evening.   That may turn into a pattern.   The nice thing about the plastic kits is that I don't need a complete shop to put them together.  Though to really do them up right they need some additional paint.  I will probably do some touch up on them at a later date.  Right now, the objective is to get something up and running as soon as possible.  

I also have a bit of a bridge project.  You will recall the wood Howe truss bridge I built for the On30.   I left the water feature in place.  I was kind of hoping just to use that bridge, but when I posed some HO equipment on it, it really looked silly.  Also, my current concept calls for double track across there. 

So I ordered a couple of the Atlas through plate girder bridges, double track.   I ordered two because the span is a bit more than the as-built span of the Atlas bridge.  I plan to do a bit of cutting and pasting in order to come up with a bridge that spans the space.  It may end up being a bit long for a single span plate girder bridge, but I'm not going to tell anybody.  The span is 15-1/4" (110 scale feet), which doesn't quite match up with anything available right out of the box. 

I am hoping the kitbash will take less time than scratch building a bridge.  But we will see.  Sometimes the cutting, fitting, and finagling takes up as much time as just building the thing from raw materials.    

I think if I were to scratch build I would do a through truss bridge in styrene.  That is a lot of work.  What I may do is do the kitbash for the time being and build a truss bridge at my leisure.  

Anyway, a lot more going on in my head than on the layout at the moment.  

Complicating matters is the horizontal mill engine model (steam) under construction in the shop.  I have the 1" X 3" cylinder bored out, but that is the extent of progress on the project.  It has been slowed down by the same situations slowing the layout, and some modifications I am making to the plans.  Whoever drew the plans obviously has access to a Bridgeport mill.  I just have my little bench top Seig.  So I need to modify the plans to some extent in order to be able to fit the pieces into the capabilities of my equipment. 

The plans call for milling the cylinder and the crosshead guide from a single piece of 7" long stock.  The rear cylinder head not being a separate piece, just boring the cylinder as a blind hole.  My equipment is not big enough to do that.  So the cylinder is bored through and the rear cylinder head and crosshead guide will be milled from a single piece of stock, but separate from the cylinder. 

Also, the plans do not include a packing gland where the piston rod goes through the rear cylinder head.  That won't work, and the photos of the author's model shows what looks like an arrangement to include a packing gland.  In order to make room for a packing gland I have to make some modifications not only to the rear cylinder head, but also the crosshead guide. 

Now, if I could just figure out a way to retire and still have the money to do all this stuff...


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