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

      Interesting: 

      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:

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • 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 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?