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    • May 23, 2019 8:31 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Jerry, How will you do the front truck? It's a tad cluttered as I remember.


      I'd like to know as well! 


      For the V&T's, they couldn't restore the original (gas?) engine, I forget why. So a newer one replaces that, mounted right over the lead truck just like the original. 


      That star-disk thing really puzzled me, because it wasn't spinning in a manner synchronous with engine or wheels. So I asked Wendell Huffman (the curator of history there, who's driving in the video) how that disk was linked, and he said it's not linked at all; they put in a little motor makes it turn. But originally, it was part of the drive train, I suppose like a small flywheel. 


      That said... are you going to make the wheel spin somehow, Jerry?





    • May 23, 2019 6:08 PM EDT
    • Jerry Barnes said:

      I followed that online Cliff. So sad only one is left.

      Sad, but I saw pictures of one in a rail yard in Australia. It was badly neglected, but one can hope someone finds it before its too far gone.

    • May 23, 2019 1:01 PM EDT
    • Jerry, How will you do the front truck? It's a tad cluttered as I remember.

    • May 23, 2019 11:56 AM EDT
    • I followed that online Cliff. So sad only one is left.

    • May 22, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
    • What a fun project Jerry, I love that car. Here's a short video I took a couple years back, while they brought the V&T's version out of the NSRM shop.



      Those portholes, the shape, all the woodwork, and brass details really make this a ship on rails. 


      Looking forward to watching your project!



    • May 22, 2019 10:06 AM EDT
    • Jerry, that looks like an interesting project.

      Those round windows have given me an idea for my kit bashed ICE train.

    • May 21, 2019 3:26 PM EDT
    • I got this McKeen car from Robert's Lines, he did the Zephyr  I have and my metal streetcar. Bob always does his models in metal, has done mostly Standard Gauge cars over the years but had some kits that were in 1/29. Made of metal of course! He's a nice guy, made a few of these awhile back and I finally broke the bank and got one, may spring for the trailer soon also. You get the metal shell with the pilot. Some simple seats are welded inside and brass window frames. He has some original run FA's for $100 and I got one for the trucks to power this. will part it out for other trains. Interior will go in the E-7, once I chop it down some.

      I did a plastic model of a McKeen car years ago-my first scratch build. Pix on my web page I think. This one will go on the back burner for awhile(I hope!) while I finish up a few other things first.

    • May 23, 2019 3:55 PM EDT
    • Really cool idea Rick! I'll have to dig though my scrap piles now and see what gold I find. 

    • May 23, 2019 10:41 AM EDT
    • Great repurpose

    • May 23, 2019 8:31 AM EDT
    • Impressive looking whateveritis............

    • May 23, 2019 8:19 AM EDT
    • Great idea for a load Rick

    • May 22, 2019 8:15 PM EDT
    • So when will the "Incline " be finished ?

    • May 22, 2019 7:44 PM EDT
    • Cool looking load, Rick.  That is a serious roller and gear assembly.  You might be able to move the world with that thing 

    • May 22, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

      Digging through a junk box a couple days ago and ran across this gear cluster that has been kicking around here for years waiting for something to happen to it. Looking at it i thought that sure could be a drum/gear assembly on a donkey engine, hhhmmmmm.  I have no memory of what the cluster is actually out of, for some reason i'm thinking gas pump,maybe? 


      Anyway I cleaned it up and hit it with a little paint and thought it looked usable so started digging for other pieces.  Found the old wood flat that was in good shape so built a shipping skid for the "engine" and mounted it on the car.  Seemed to need something more so scrounged up some PVC pipe from the barn, turned it down on the lathe and made a boiler shell and put shipping closures on the openings, built a skid and mounted it to the car. 


      I got the idea from a friend that used the guts of a burnt up Makita battery drill and made a very convincing flat car load.  I think this will make an unusual and conversational load for the Shasta Pacific.  


      Lidgerwood produced a lot of donkey and other hoisting and lowering engines back in the steam days.  the story behind this load is that it was shipped from the factory in New York on the standard gauge then transferred to a narrow gauge car in the Redding Yards for the trip up the mountain where the South Fork Timber Co is putting in an Incline and this will be the Lowering Engine.  The rest of the equipment, cylinders, ash pan, flue, and piping are on another load.


      Thanks for taking a look








    • May 21, 2019 2:59 PM EDT
    • Thanks Lou, There is an obs. car on the end.



    • May 21, 2019 9:28 AM EDT
    • Can't tell from the picture if you need an Observation Car, but there is a C&O on EBay item number:192921933625
      Ends tomorrow.


      High bid so far is $4.01

    • May 21, 2019 10:29 AM EDT
    • I got lucky as well on the dozer with the arch. And with Dan's pics I weathered it.