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    • April 14, 2019 5:21 PM EDT
    • Here's the one I built a few years ago.

       

    • April 14, 2019 2:06 PM 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:

       

       

      This is your standard steam driven crane with the difference being that it is built over the top of the tracks and empties run underneath the crane. I believe the deck, boiler, boom, etc. were transported to the site and then raised up on pilings to the right height.

       

      Of course, I have nothing yet. I'm started on my boiler, following the great work of Devon [link] and Rick [link] in their recent Mik builds. Not having a lathe, I needed to do something different to create the tapered top to the boiler so I am trying putty (using milliput epoxy putty recommended by boomer). We'll see how this goes.

       

      Here's where I am so far:

       

       

      Waiting for the putty to dry (tapping my toes impatiently) so I can sand it down.

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to remove a stray close paren]

       about as neat as neat gets, oh next time try a turkey baster no drying time

       

    • April 14, 2019 1:41 PM EDT
    • 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:

       

       

      This is your standard steam driven crane with the difference being that it is built over the top of the tracks and empties run underneath the crane. I believe the deck, boiler, boom, etc. were transported to the site and then raised up on pilings to the right height.

       

      Of course, I have nothing yet. I'm started on my boiler, following the great work of Devon [link] and Rick [link] in their recent Mik builds. Not having a lathe, I needed to do something different to create the tapered top to the boiler so I am trying putty (using milliput epoxy putty recommended by boomer). We'll see how this goes.

       

      Here's where I am so far:

       

       

      Waiting for the putty to dry (tapping my toes impatiently) so I can sand it down.

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to remove a stray close paren]

       

    • April 14, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys! Really appreciate it. Rooster, PM sent.

       

    • April 14, 2019 5:00 PM EDT
    • I've got some 3/8 spikes. PM me your address and I will,mail them to you.

       

      Rooster beat me too it. If he chickens or is that roosters? out let me know.

    • April 14, 2019 4:59 PM EDT
    •  got you coverd . PM me your address

    • April 14, 2019 4:45 PM EDT
    • I'm working on a car model display which involved a pit of hand-spiked rail; and I need around 40 spikes, 3/8" or 1/2", in black.

       

      Cheapest I can find is a pack of 1,000 by ME, on ebay -- ~$22 with shipping. And they're too short. ME's site has the size I want, for $12 for 1,000. Which would be fine, but they want $18 for shipping, sheesh.  

       

      Since I don't need near that many, would someone be willing to sell me some and ship em cheap, say, 1st class small padded envelope? 

       

      Or, anyone know of a source for smaller packs or more reasonable shipping?

       

    • April 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT
    • Matt,

      So are you making it run on 45mm track or larger 1:20.3 standard gauge track?

    • April 14, 2019 10:45 AM EDT
    • Hi Craig,

      The prototype is standard gauge. My model, like the prototype, will be equipped with dual gauge couplers which enable it to switch standard gauge and narrow gauge equipment.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 14, 2019 10:40 AM EDT
    • Is the prototype a 3' or 4' 8.5" gauge? 

      Interesting that a center cab in "standard gauge" (1\29) could be used to model a center cab in "narrow gauge" (1/20.3) without too many modifications.

    • April 14, 2019 10:04 AM EDT
    • The easy part was the cab. Once I had it stripped, I removed the windows and wipers. I then primed it, painted the inside light green and the outside black, and lettered it. The lettering is custom dry transfers from All-Out Graphics in Vancouver:

      And there the project sat for several weeks while I procrastinated on the hard parts. ;)

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 13, 2019 11:15 AM EDT
    • Hi Kevin,

      Yes it is.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 13, 2019 11:11 AM EDT
    • Matt, is that South Fork?

       

      Later,

       

      K

    • April 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT
    • By incredibly good dumb luck, the last surviving Grande example of one of this class of switchers is rusting away on a siding about an hour and a half away. I made a visit for pics and measurements.

      More to follow.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 13, 2019 9:59 AM EDT
    • Hi Rooster,

      Not exactly. Mostly I wanted to remove the stripes and lettering - I wasn't too worried about the yellow. Later pics will show the extent of paint removal.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 12, 2019 8:09 PM EDT
    • You have pics of the stripped paint?

       

    • April 12, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
    • Hi guys,

      Over the past few weeks I have been turning one of these:

      into one of these:

      So far I have dismantled everything and stripped the paint:

      I got the donor model off of eBay pretty cheap - even came with a radio and Phoenix sound! Ultimately this will have dual gauge couplers as it appeared in Alamosa in the 1940's and 50's.

       

      More on that later.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 10, 2019 9:39 PM EDT
    • Impressive work gents. John, that is really neat. and somewhat tempting as I do have a mogul drive laying around :)

       

    • April 10, 2019 6:41 PM EDT
    • Here's mine. I haven't got around to painting it yet.

       

    • April 10, 2019 9:10 AM EDT
    • A few years ago I took a Doodlebug and turned it into a Pennsy MP-54 Combine. I did shorten it.