Not meaning this as an insult, but I hate you guys, LOL. I and my salting crew are in a snow drought here in Chicagoland. Last measurable snow we got was the first week in January. We had a couple salting operations with freezing rain and black ice, but no snow. Been praying for frozen precipitation for a month now, and all it keeps doing is going around to the north, or south of our location, and slamming into the east coast.
I've run the salt and snow crews for 15 of my 25 yrs here in Streamwood, IL, easy overtime for the guys that want to be on it.
Sean, I hate to tell you this, but here at one-mile high in altitude at the base of the Rocky Mountains, on February 10th, against all sense, it was 77 degrees today. I have no idea what the hell is going on.
Thanks Todd! I really like flexing track too. Since it doesn't cause any issues at all, I never bothered to add more ballast.
Those Chessie hoppers are the one's I had pre-ordered from Robby. I picked those up the day they came in........I can't remember when though. It's been a few months. It's funny you mention the weathering. I hadn't planned on it, but last weekend I set one aside to weather. I didn't like how shiny they all are. I'll leave one, maybe two in stock for. Take one and just knock the shine off and the last one I'll make look used. I've been looking at a few prototype pictures. :D
Thanks guys. I'm glad you liked the video and my Garratt.
Dan, I just made the 2 trips for that evenings fire. I have used the train to haul weeds, leaves, acorns and veggies but with limited loads it gets to be a chore after a few trips.
John, you should go for it and build one. The only thing I would have changed is to lower the whole body. I think it sits a bit tall at 7". My shay in comparison is 8" tall at the balloon stack.
The Garratt was a challenge to build. I used 2 bachmann drive units that I bought when they came on sale. the boiler, cab and tenders are also bachmann. To date the biggest challenge was in getting the middle bogies to stay on the track. I tried many configurations and finally went with the swivel axle setup from a 2 axle LGB boxcar but it is still not perfect. When making the video I caught one of the wheel sets dragging more than once. There is a pinch point on my RR, a 15' long horseshoe tunnel built around 5' diameter curve track. The one wheel derailed each time through there and at one other spot on the RR.
Randy the water tank with the windmill was built from a photo in a book I have about old Cape Cod RR's In the photo there was just a peek of the top so I guessed on most of the build. Glad you like it.
5 years ago I made a similar video to this one where my Heisler pulled wood from the pile (over temporary track) along the layout which has changed A LOT and into the house (over temporary track) right up to the hearth.