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    • 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 13, 2019 7:21 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Want to have an enjoyable waste of an hour or two?  Google "Rube Goldberg".

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      This has wondered from the original intent of the Topic?  Anyone able to come up with a better idea of scale?  I'm actually beginning to think 1/2 scale and a full size engine running on 15 inch track for an industrial purpose.

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      Your thoughts?

       

      My thoughts are if you want to waste more than an hour or two?  Google "Seth Wilmarth"

    • August 13, 2019 11:39 AM EDT
    • Different but reminds me a bit of the Maxitrak Chaloner in 2.5" scale.  7.25 or more correctly 7.5" (as you mentioned depends on region) guage track at 2.5" scale is used to represent 3ft narrow gauge equipment.  Been eyeing this stuff for years.  Got the room (40 acres) but the cost of the stuff is out of my pocket book though some of the Maxitrak imported by Accucraft is getting close.

    • August 13, 2019 9:42 AM EDT
    • 13 August, 2019 - Lots has happened on this project over the last couple months.

      Memorial Day Weekend, it had a fire in the boiler for the first time and made LOTS of steam.  Once again, learned a lot.  First - the "Pop Valves" didn't lift at 120 and 125 lbs.  Got the pressure gauge up to 140 lbs, when I shut off the propane and let it cool (so much easier than coal).  Lots of leaks and mis-design of some plumbing.  Back to the drawing board.

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      At Finger Lakes Live Steamers, I was able to measure the axle to axle length of the "Tram" against Bob Wattecamp's H-10.  Axle to axle on the Tram - 34 inches.  Axle of Number 1 driver to axle of Number 4 driver on the H-10 28 inches.  Driver's 2 and 3 are blind, so the comparison is fairly comparable.  Back to the drawing board.  Planning to move the driving wheels closer together and add a trailing truck, so the Tram will become a 0-4-4, with brakes on trailing truck.

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      Also working with an FLLS member, Tim Guenther, on his 1.5 inch model of the Accucraft 2 cylinder T boiler Shay, I realized how accessable

      all of the engine appliances and check valves are.  Note, first paragraph has the mention of many leaks.  Took two days to repair just the axle pump on the Tram.  Lots of unrelated plumbing tear down and rebuild, just to try and repair leak.  Its back together, but still don't know if leak is fixed.  Abandoning this pump for a steam injector and steam pump, donated from the "Crab".

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      What scale is it?  At FLLS, I was able to acquire a roof and riding car in 3.75" Scale, so that's a reference of what it can or will be.  Roof is coming from a "RMI Nellie Inspection Car".

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      https://www.rmirailworks.com/Nellie-Inspection-Car.asp#.XVK-fnt7nv8

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      Yes, its 3.75" scale, but another RMI chassis is 20 inches wide and so is the "Tram", so we may follow that.  Roof and parts of the "Nellie" were too big to bring it all home with other stuff, this trip.  Will get parts to Carlyle, after the September Open House at FLLS. 

       

       

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

      So I go outside to play.

    • August 14, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Does Jan know that you are using her Freight Shed ? Besides you just got home so why not unpack first !

      Too Hot!

       

      David - This room has to be shared as the spare/guest bedroom.  Jan did allow me to have the bigger of the two bedrooms.  Trust me there were lots of negotiations.

    • August 13, 2019 7:52 PM EDT
    • If I had that much indoor space, I never would have gone to playing trains in the back yard.

       

    • August 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT
    • Does Jan know that you are using her Freight Shed ? Besides you just got home so why not unpack first !

    • August 13, 2019 11:26 AM EDT
    • 13 August, 2019 - Using Jan's Freight Shed, I thought I'd update progress on this HO project.

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      Overall picture of spare room HO layout

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13414/1908134-overall-jpg

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      Cherokee St. Yard

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13416/190813-cherokee-st-yard-jpg

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      Arsenal Street Engine Terminal

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13415/190813-arsenal-st-terminal-jpg

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      River Yard

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13417/190813-river-yard-jpg

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      Working on this when too hot to be outside.

      No clue why pictures don't post, except that I don't do it enough.

       

    • May 3, 2019 11:25 AM EDT
    • Operations and doing "heavy" work with models this size, is what makes it so awesome. But sometimes you forget that these things ARE models and stuff gets damaged :(.

    • May 3, 2019 9:15 AM EDT
    • Gary Armitstead said:
      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ok make sense ….  

      Sean,

      Much of what we do in this large scale ride-on hobby, relates more to running a 1:1 RR, than a model railroad. EVERYTHING is just bigger and bulkier :). Some folks on the garden railroading sites find that out the "hard way" sometimes. People are interested in getting started in 1.5/1.6 inch scale, but soon find out that the amount of "real estate" needed to run on can be overwhelming. Building engines and rolling stock this size is easy because it IS so large, but the material needed and the tools to build can also be overwhelming. Setting up a portable track (even a small track like I have) can be real work! Marty Cozad's RR in 1" scale is really becoming a "club size" track now. He "knows" construction and what it takes to build a large layout (even in 1"). He now has thousands of feet of track. He found early on that what made the ride-on scales so interesting was the use of equipment and engines to do track ROW maintenance and building. 

      I do follow Marty and love watching him spreading ballast with his hoppers ..

       

       

    • May 2, 2019 4:36 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ok make sense ….  

      Sean,

      Much of what we do in this large scale ride-on hobby, relates more to running a 1:1 RR, than a model railroad. EVERYTHING is just bigger and bulkier :). Some folks on the garden railroading sites find that out the "hard way" sometimes. People are interested in getting started in 1.5/1.6 inch scale, but soon find out that the amount of "real estate" needed to run on can be overwhelming. Building engines and rolling stock this size is easy because it IS so large, but the material needed and the tools to build can also be overwhelming. Setting up a portable track (even a small track like I have) can be real work! Marty Cozad's RR in 1" scale is really becoming a "club size" track now. He "knows" construction and what it takes to build a large layout (even in 1"). He now has thousands of feet of track. He found early on that what made the ride-on scales so interesting was the use of equipment and engines to do track ROW maintenance and building. 

    • May 2, 2019 12:26 PM EDT
    • Ok make sense ….  

    • May 2, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ooooo…Nice...

      Wouldn't the flat car be easier to move track .. not having to lift so hi .. and just sliding of into place..

      Actually.......no :). This flatcar has a real wood floor and it's made of oak flooring....individual pieces at that. That floor would be damaged if I slid the track panels off that car. The best reason for not using it is that the car is only 4-1/2 feet long. The track panels are ten feet. The steel gondola is over 6 feet long and stands about 12 inches above the railhead. I did use the wood gondola as an idler car to compensate for the track panel overhang.....much the same way that the D&RGW did for carrying long oil well pipe in Colorado. Also the plastic ties on the track panel don't scratch the steel sides on the gondola. 

    • May 2, 2019 9:41 AM EDT
    • Ooooo…Nice...

      Wouldn't the flat car be easier to move track .. not having to lift so hi .. and just sliding of into place..

    • May 2, 2019 3:02 AM EDT
    • Paul Burch said:

      Gary,

      Judging from one of those photos, I think you need a garage sale!  Just kidding.

      Hey Paul,

      Actually we haven't parked a car/cars in that garage since 1978! 12X36 Atlas lathe, small mill, 12" Craftsman radial saw, 10" table saw, 5 HP Delta wood shaper and a Shopsmith. Three storage racks for the 1-1/2 inch stuff and assorted small tools. Way too much hobby stuff. File cabinet after file cabinet of milling machine cutters and tooling for the lathe and mill. Most of the railroad guys call their garages something like a "Rubic's Cube".

    • May 2, 2019 12:54 AM EDT
    • Gary,

      Judging from one of those photos, I think you need a garage sale!  Just kidding.

    • May 1, 2019 10:09 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      I used to post blanks to allow the poster I was following along but that upsets the Gods. So I write this to let you know I'm following along.

      I used to smite roosters that posted blanks -  GOD#42....apparently that is no longer needed 

       

    • May 1, 2019 8:11 PM EDT
    • I used to post blanks to allow the poster I was following along but that upsets the Gods. So I write this to let you know I'm following along.

       

    • May 1, 2019 6:57 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      I'm thinking your going to build a flat car next... Looks great!

      :) :) :)....you mean like this????

      These three photos are of the same car. Top is with the seats in place and the gondola sides installed. Second is the gondola only as a non-riding car (just for looks in the consist. And the third is shown without the removable wood sides with just the stake pockets. I have some more photos of this car taken about a year ago with the oak stakes in place in the pockets. When the car is run as a "flat only", then I install the brake wheel and stem as part of the model. Usually the brake wheel and stem stays with the wood sides.

      For size comparison, the "little" flat car riding on the 1-1/2 inch scale flat is a Bachmann 1/24th scale flat.