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    • November 8, 2019 8:25 PM EST
    • Send me the buggy! I'll fix it up for Aunt Jan .....it already has ditch lites which is probably why she bought it anyway!

    • November 8, 2019 10:21 AM EST
    • Nice buggy.....               

    • November 8, 2019 9:56 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Very........cute...............

      I've always thought so.  But I'm very prejudice.    She's a little crazy to put up with me, but I think the buggy is going to be fun, too.

    • November 8, 2019 3:08 AM EST
    • Very........cute...............

    • November 7, 2019 9:31 PM EST
    • Thanks Joe!!!

    • November 7, 2019 9:29 PM EST
    • Jan's question to her wanting to run the unit at Ridge Live Steamers in Florida during the Winter was, "Ric, you can make that changeable, right?" 

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      The unit was built by a Rich Mock of the Tonawanda Creek Model Engineers and the Mud Creek Live Steamers.  The original railroad was the Weehawkin, Hoboken & Troy from a 1948 book called "Little Hank" about Hank the Hand Car.  A copy of the book came with the engine.

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      So, this is what I've been working on lately.  With help from a local welding shop, put a new axle under the rear end and made the rear wheels adjustable from 4.75 inches between the rails to 7.25 and 7.5 inches.  The front wheel change has been accomplished with different trucks for the 3 track sizes in the 2 scales of 1 inch and 1.5 inch scales.  The former front fenders were put over the rear wheels, as the new rear fenders.  And new front fenders were constructed.  Also installed a battery charger and L.E.D. lights both front and rear, plus ditch lights. Also installed new couplers for both scales and a hand held throttle, plus new switches for direction and to control the L.E.D's.  If you haven't checked out -

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      www.SuperbrightLED.com

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      I think you'll find it interesting.

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      Final touch up of paint, re-lettering for the Kaskaskia Valley Railway and signage is going on, while we are in route to the track at the Ridge Live Steamers in Dundee, Florida.  

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      Fun project.  More pictures to follow once it proves itself going down the track.  Maybe I'll eventually remember how to get pictures from my phone to LSC. 

       

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    • November 7, 2019 8:57 PM EST
    • Jan Golding said:

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/14418/1911071-rail-buggy-jpg

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      Yes guys,once again I need someone to help turn this file in to a picture.  Thanks in advance for any help given.  Yes, this is Ric posting on Jan's site because her Freight Shed has space.

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      Anyway, this is Jan's new toy.  She bought it from Roger Caiazza at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers.  Yes, it ran or runs on 4 3/4 inch track, which is 1 inch scale.

      Finger Lakes Live Steamers has that, Ridge Live Steamers outside Dundee, Florida doesn't. 

    • November 7, 2019 8:46 PM EST
    • http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/14418/1911071-rail-buggy-jpg

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      Yes guys,once again I need someone to help turn this file in to a picture.  Thanks in advance for any help given.  Yes, this is Ric posting on Jan's site because her Freight Shed has space.

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      Anyway, this is Jan's new toy.  She bought it from Roger Caiazza at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers.  Yes, it ran or runs on 4 3/4 inch track, which is 1 inch scale.

      Finger Lakes Live Steamers has that, Ridge Live Steamers outside Dundee, Florida doesn't. 

    • October 11, 2019 10:04 PM EDT
    • Actually that kid is 15 feet tall...

    • October 11, 2019 7:36 PM EDT
    • Yes... the rail is 192/16ths on center.  Now as for the rest of the math it's on you !

    • October 11, 2019 11:13 AM EDT
    •    Okay, so let me get this straight. We think it's a 2.5 inch to the foot scale locomotive on a rail that is 12 inches apart?

       

         Do I got that right?

       

          Thanks guys.

       

       

       

    • October 11, 2019 7:19 AM EDT
    • Either way I wouldn't want to move that thing ….

    • October 11, 2019 1:16 AM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      David Maynard said:

      I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

      Could be Maynard.....was thinking 12" gauge myself

       

      I agree....more like 12 inch gauge. Way too small for 15 inch standard gauge. 12 inch gauge was usually for smaller estate size home railroads. 14 and 15 inch gauge were common large estate layouts in the early 1900's.and even today. The photo shows a standard gauge locomotive on 12 inch gauge or roughly 2.4-2.5 inch scale. BTW, 5 inch scale on 15 inch gauge is considered narrow gauge in the "Grand Scale" sizes. (anything above 7.5 inch gauge). There are quite a few 15 inch gauge NG locomotives running the Bay Area around Berkeley, CA and even those engines are larger than this one.

    • October 10, 2019 9:29 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

      Could be Maynard.....was thinking 12" gauge myself

    • October 10, 2019 3:54 PM EDT
    • I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

    • October 10, 2019 3:16 PM EDT
    •    The child appears to be one to one, but what scale is the locomotive? A friend sent me this asking me about the loco; the picture is of him as a kid. He thinks it might be Idaho Springs, but if anybody recognizes the location that would be good too. The cribbing kind of looks like the Argo, but not really.

       

         Thanks!

       

       

    • September 26, 2019 12:54 PM EDT
    • Hey stranger. At least you know where your priorities lay. Moving into a new house and into a new job is a big adventure. Your still young, you've got time. Besides once you start on the new layout, will it ever get done?....................

      Just don't continue to be a stranger, keep us posted. 

    • September 26, 2019 12:42 PM EDT
    • Sadly, no Sean.

       

      I've spent all year so far working on my shop, working on my farm tractor (1948 Frod 8n) , working at the EBT, and making sure I still pay attention to my family.  Things have progressed well in all the fore mentioned areas though, and I'm looking forward to a lot more model train time next year and this winter. 

       

       The 7.5" gauge has steadily been sinking into the ground due to a lack of any road bed beneath the ties.  You can't even see any of the ties any more unless you dig through the grass between them. The track still functions fine though and we regularly transfer large loads from the cars to the house on the flat car.

       

      I'm really getting antsy to start the F scale layout this coming spring, and one way or another it will happen. I've actually been acquiring a lot more equipment lately that helps drive the desire. In the past year its been a second Accucraft #12, 16 more hoppers, 2 passenger cars and two box cars.  I really want to get this stuff rolling! 

       

      So yeah, not a lot going on with the railroads right now, but tons of prep and I'l have great space to work on this stuff when I start. It's just taken almost three years to recover and get things the way I want after our move. I'm not complaining one bit though. The house, yard and work space will be 10 x better than what I had before the move. Sorry I've been a stranger around here.

      -Randy

       

    • August 25, 2019 7:50 AM EDT
    • 25 August, 2019 - Been working on the suspension and distance between the drive axle problem.  Everything I do is reflected/aggrivated by a frame that is not true.  Time to "fish or cut bait".  After the testing proved that the principal of the boiler and "Coke Bottle" engine is sound, we are going to use a different frame and wheel set.  This gets the weight closer to the ground and shortens the wheel base to a proven dimension, that is quite popular and used extensively on the "Conner Beam" vertical boiler "Grasshopper".  I already own this frame and wheel set, so much of the work is done.  It also fits into the bed of the pickup with the other equipment, so is easier, and is a more manageable size.   Scale equals 2.5 inches to 1 foot.

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      A major item I've learned this Summer is to have check valves be very easy to access and don't let poor appliances, like old axle pumps and poor plumbing designs control the project.  In a way it feels like a step back, but in reality this is a giant move forward as ideas become solidified.  Nothing to see in pictures right now, however stay tuned. 

    • August 14, 2019 9:44 PM EDT
    • We don't have a spare bedroom, nor basement, nor.....

      So I go outside to play.