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    • April 16, 2019 9:50 PM EDT
    • Hi Jim,

      Those are all good suggestions for tapers,but, if you take a few minutes and learn to use radial line pattern development you can build any cone or funnel shape you need.  You control the larger and smaller diameters, you control the height, you control the taper, just like Outer Limits.

      Your pattern then can be placed on Styrene, brass, or any other light material and rolled up for a perfect fit on your project.

      Below is a diagram and instructions I plucked off the internet that you can take a look at to see what I am talking about. If your interested in learning this I can walk you through it step by step.


    • April 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the suggestions and pointers, folks!

    • April 16, 2019 10:57 AM EDT
    • That's were I got mine. About 1" to 1 1/2" in dia. Find a size that fits your piece of pipe, or vis versa.


    • April 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT
    • A small funnel makes a great tapered dome for your boiler as well.

    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • 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]

    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • yikes! double post...

    • April 15, 2019 7:31 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      On the Durango & Jasper garden railroad [link] there's a spot to load logs onto buggies for transport to the (not yet built) sawmill). Originally, the plan was to put a spar tree there, but then I discovered the Surry Parker log loader. Instant infatuation. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of models:





      Looks like a little "EBT influence" down the track in the background.  Nicely represented, any story behind that?






    • April 14, 2019 7:16 PM EDT
    • Great project Jim.  Yea the Surry-Parker's were used mostly in the East and South areas of the country.

      Your correct they were transported on a flat or skel log car around the woods then jacked up and secured once in position.

      I have an O scale model I built abot 30 years ago still kicking around here somewhere.

    • April 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT
    • Nice, John!

    • April 16, 2019 8:08 PM EDT
    • Hi guys,

      After cutting the radiators out of each end, I glued a flat piece of styrene to their backs. That allowed me to cut each radiator in half without trashing the louvers. I then cut a notch in each side of the nose to allow the radiator halves:



    • April 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dan, I had not seen that pic of #38 before. I am guessing the pics I'm basing my model on were taken early in its career, with a different dual gauge coupler arrangement.

      This is how the model looked after the dual gauge coupler was created:

      All was made from various styrene. Couplers and air brake hoses from Burl Rice.


      You can also see the start of the modifications to the hood. I cut out the end radiators and replaced them with styrene, cutting in the outline of the access door.




    • April 15, 2019 9:56 PM EDT
    • Hi Matt,

      The reason I mentioned o-gauge standards is that at 1.25" gauge, the gauge scales to 36-1/4" inches in 1:29, which is pretty close. 

      It also allows the use of existing dual gauge track:

      (Sunset Valley dual gauge)

      And the use of O-gauge mechanisms for any narrow gauge locomotives you may build.

      Just a thought

      John R.

    • April 15, 2019 3:24 PM EDT
    • Very interesting.  I assume this is the other end.


    • April 15, 2019 11:32 AM EDT
    • Hi guys,

      Thanks for the comments. The third rail was spiked down at a scale 3'. The prototype dual gauge coupler I am modeling looks like this:




    • April 15, 2019 7:11 AM EDT
    • mods seem to be moving right along. Nice work Matt.


      Odd coupler mounting. Anyone know the reasoning behind it?  

    • April 15, 2019 12:25 AM EDT
    •     Matt, I don't know if this will help at all, but here's a couple of pictures I took in the yard when I was over there at Cumbres-Toltec.

          Hope it's useful maybe.





      edit: how come I see the typos after I hit the post box? Geez!



    • April 14, 2019 10:32 PM EDT
    • Hi Matt,

      Great progress. I'm following with keen interest as I am also considering doing 1:29 dual gauge.

      Did you spike the second rail at O-gauge/32mm ?

      Please keep updating your progress.

      John R.

    • April 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT
    • Hi Craig,

      It is made for 45 mm track. It's a 1:29 scale model. My next step was to re-attach the trucks and spike a third rail to a piece of track to figure out centerline for the narrow gauge coupler: