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    • April 23, 2019 4:40 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      That's a fun video, Todd! I like the hand cranks on the loader :-).


      Thanks Jim I try to make fun videos where the train has a purpose.  My biggest mistake on that steam donkey is that the hand cranks are not removable and they stick out too far to be placed on a flat car for a ride round the RR.

    • April 23, 2019 2:54 PM EDT
    • That's a fun video, Todd! I like the hand cranks on the loader :-).

    • April 23, 2019 2:27 PM EDT
    • I can see why you are inspired by that loader Jim it looks GREAT and I'm sure your rendition of it will be amazing.

      I built a steam donkey years ago with working winches and I used a beer bottle and a soup can for the boiler, such were my modelling skills.   I had the rig setup on the RR with a high line and used it to bring in some vegetables.  

      Here is a video from 7 years ago that shows my hack job. LOL  Look to the 3:50 mark when you have a few minutes to kill.

    • April 23, 2019 12:22 PM EDT
    • Ric: That is so cool that you are a member of that club! Sounds like great fun.


      As to how it relates to the log loader picture: that's not my log loader. The photo was taken on the Eagle Point RR somewhere. I just found the picture on the web and provided context as to where it came from. So that EBT Transfer Tower must be on the Eagle Point RR. At least that's my impression...

    • April 23, 2019 8:17 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Ric: That picture was for inspiration and I don't have any backstory, sorry. The picture itself appeared in an online magazine article [link].


      The loader appears to be from the Eagle Point Railroad [link] in Tennessee, an impressive 1/8" club, see their current track plan and an example image from their site below:




      The layout is big enough that the little bit of clicking around I did could not find that specific stretch of track. Maybe somebody here on the site would know...


      [edited to add the link to the original magazine article]

      Morning Jim,

      We are members there and normally participate in their Car Card/ Waybill Ops sessions running one of the passenger trains.  Their Spring Ops was this last weekend, Palm Sundayand conflicted with a granddaughter's confirmation or would have been there.  not quite sure how that related to the EBT Transfer Tower in the background of your log loader picture.

    • April 21, 2019 7:25 PM EDT
    • Dan: HO track nails. I also have some pins but I think the nails are the right size...

    • April 21, 2019 7:24 PM EDT
    • Jim, You did a great job on the taper.  Once painted it will look good as ne....... well, not new, but old ..... used ...... you know what I'm getting at   What are you planning to use for rivets?

    • April 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT
    • I made a small bit of progress on the boiler for the steam engine for the Surry Parker loader. I chose to continue with the putty taper (though lots of people had funnel suggestions) as it turned out to be not a big deal to sand it down to be smooth and it won't kill me to do it this way. Next time.


      I've got banding and the door in place and partially drilled for rivets. It should look a lot better with actual rivets in it :-).




    • April 22, 2019 9:34 PM EDT
    • I emailed this "new" seller a couple days ago to get the story, and heard back from him today. Like John said, this is the same gentleman (Jim Warren) who, with his wife, ran Northwest Precision Lumber, which shut down a couple years ago. 


      Jim said he wasn't planning on getting all his former offerings up again, just some here and there. Apparently there's a medical issue, and he can only put limited time into this. 




      [edit] It's Tuesday, and I just got the bundle. These sticks are cut to custom dimensions, and I only ordered them Friday! That's dang good service.

    • April 21, 2019 2:00 PM EDT
    • Hollywood found a lumber yard near me that lists western red cedar boards. Never been there, have to check it out.

    • April 21, 2019 1:40 PM EDT
    • John, that what I was wondering, the pics sure look the same, and the first name (Jim) is the same. So thanks for the confirmation, that's good news.

    • April 21, 2019 10:35 AM EDT
    • That is the same guy that used to sell on eBay. He went on a hiatus and then restarted under a different user name.

    • April 21, 2019 9:53 AM EDT
    • We can buy Western Red Cedar in lumber yards here in CT. For work we buy what they call STK grade - Sound Tight Knots.  I collect the drops and at the moment I probably have more supply than I can ever cut up in my lifetime. I've also saved pieces of old wooden carved signs. They were made from Cedar or Redwood. No idea if it's old growth, but what I have is very tight grained.  I will be setting up the saw to mill trestle timbers later this spring. I'll share some pictures then.

    • April 21, 2019 8:32 AM EDT
    • I have several pieces some old growth California redwood available for sale.

      Most are around your dimensions except they are about 1/2" x 3/4" x 5-6 feet long. Approx.


      Would like to find a good home.

      Probably around 20 pieces.

      Price $5.00 a piece.  Can cut them to smaller lengths for shipment.


      If interested please PM me.



    • April 21, 2019 8:01 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:


      Old growth redwood from Williamsport PA ( google is your friend) . I was lucky enough to stumble upon and trade a 30 pack of high test Budweiser for the material back in the day in the hood.

      What are you after Cliff ?


      Sweet deal!   Yeah, redwood's hard to get too... But Hollywood indicated that western red can be gotten in PA, so a little road trip to obtain a stockpile seems to be in order -- especially for when I finally get to trestle building. 


      But for pre-cut stuff, my main point is that it looks like there might be a replacement to Northwest Precision Lumber. A few times, I sent them a lumber list, and how much, and they'd make it up and send it. Super convenient, great prices. 

    • April 20, 2019 11:07 PM EDT
    • Also; for strip wood, look to "Mt.Albert Scale Lumber"

    • April 20, 2019 11:00 PM EDT
    • Odd ball stuff can secretly be found in the hidden hollows, and valleys of back woods PA...?

    • April 20, 2019 9:54 PM EDT
    • Rooster,

      How is it possible that old growth Redwood can come from PA.?

    • April 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT




      Old growth redwood from Williamsport PA ( google is your friend) . I was lucky enough to stumble upon and trade a 30 pack of high test Budweiser for the material back in the day in the hood.

      What are you after Cliff ?