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    • November 16, 2017 6:14 PM EST
    • While not steam, I've derailed a few,pieces of modern equipment. A few locomotives with wood pieces and a eye and ear for the MOW crew. One hand on the throttle, one hand on the brake.

      Boxcar are easy too. Just throw a few scraps of wood under them and they pop back up. 

    • November 16, 2017 10:30 AM EST
    • We've only had 315 on the ground twice.   Once in Durango on the D&S, And once on the C&T.   On the D&S it went inside the rails in the yard,  and they just backed it up and it climbed back on the rails. about 10 min. total.    On the C&T it went over one side at a bad joint in the yard,  two wheels.   Used the Frogs,  ( thats what those heavy metal things that look like frog feet are called) and walked it back on in about 10 min.  No Damage, no big deal.  Thats railroading in 1:1 scale.   I am glad that 315 is a smaller, lighter engine when it comes to that kind of stuff.


      BTW:  The C&T has spent several Million $ on track work in the last few years.  Having driven most all of it recently, I can say that there is long sections ( most all of it ) that are at class 1 standards.  I think that they are two seasons from completing a 6 year total rework.   They have replaced tens of thousands of ties and re-ballasted 10's of miles of road bed.  Also as a direct result of great track, Loco and car maintenance has decreased.  On the D&S they have started a major track work program of upgrading,  bringing in outside contractors to assist their track crews.

    • November 16, 2017 8:38 AM EST
    • Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

    • November 16, 2017 1:55 AM EST
    • Wow, those are some impressive model trains! 

    • November 16, 2017 12:56 AM EST
    • Here's what we use in the "hernia" scales.......Re-railing a 900 pound 1/8th scale diesel at Orange County Model Engineers in Costa Mesa, California.

      Split a switch!


      The "set-up".


      Re-railed and back on the track.


      The Rail Rider/Dan O'Brien Re-Railer Kit.


      My Rail Rider Re-Railer kit in use at home. With this kit, I can easily re-rail my 350 Baldwin Electrics or my 225 pound, 6 ft. steel gondola on my home 7.5 inch gauge layout (by myself) and not "break a sweat". 

    • November 15, 2017 9:29 PM EST
    • Here's when the "Modern, Model Railroaders" are way ahead in technology...

           Most operating Model Railroads have developed the  "Five or Ten Fingered Lift", which if used properly, can usually re-rail an average locomotive in minutes/seconds.

             The only safety instructions needed are..."Don't over extend yourself, and strain your back"...!!


    • November 12, 2017 11:25 PM EST
    • Fascinating! What a monumental job to rerail such a huge, heavy loco. Even the tools for the job are too big for a single man to carry!



    • November 12, 2017 11:11 PM EST
    • It's a lot easier with a Bachmann locomotive

    • November 12, 2017 8:44 PM EST
    • Both, actually.  It was in the era of "the track sucks" and a lot of it was soft.  Combined with a recently rebuilt locomotive with too-stiff suspension.  Kept popping off the rail.  They rerailed using the wedge-shaped climbers.  

    • November 12, 2017 8:39 PM EST
    • What was the issue Bob? Bad loco or bad track?



    • November 12, 2017 8:09 PM EST
    • So, 10 hours for the one RR trip, wow! Did they use similar equipment Bob? 


      I just saw this modern-day Euro re-rail system, pretty efficient.


    • November 12, 2017 7:49 PM EST
    • Maybe 10 years ago I was riding the Cumbres and Toltec, and they kept putting the locomotive on the ground (at least a half dozen times).  Got to see them do this a bunch of times.  I have pictures somewhere.  That was a very long trip (somewhere around 10 hours total)

    • November 12, 2017 6:12 PM EST
    • I've wondered how they do this...





    • November 9, 2017 2:27 AM EST
    • Good to see you back. I've been missing your interesting and entertaining posts. A visit to the remaining D&RGW railroads is one of the things on my "bucket" list.

    • November 8, 2017 9:21 PM EST
    • Well it's only been 8 months since I last updated this log..  Where to pick up?    Wellll we got the tubes in and ran a lot this summer....


      I'll see what might be interesting and try to get caught up..

    • November 9, 2017 12:59 AM EST
    • Darn....   I've done quite a bit of research on all three places via  Google Earth...

    • November 8, 2017 10:04 PM EST
    • They wouldn’t alllow photos at any of the manufacturing places, citing proprietary tech. 

    • November 8, 2017 8:53 PM EST
    • Good pics.   OK now wheres the ones of the tie factory, and the CWR joint?   The Steel mill should be fit in there somewhere too!!


    • November 7, 2017 8:03 PM EST
    • Jon great job and donation.


    • November 7, 2017 10:47 AM EST
    • Looks great Jon!