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    • November 12, 2017 6:12 PM EST
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      Re-railing a steam loco

      I've wondered how they do this...

       

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzaI84GCFYk

       

       

       

      This post was edited by Cliff Jennings at November 12, 2017 7:03 PM EST
    • November 12, 2017 7:49 PM EST
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      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)

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    • November 12, 2017 8:09 PM EST
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      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. 

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmol18BrCf4

       

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

       

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    • November 12, 2017 8:44 PM EST
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      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.  

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

    • November 12, 2017 11:25 PM EST

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      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 15, 2017 9:29 PM EST
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      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"...!!

        Fweddy

    • November 16, 2017 12:56 AM EST
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      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". 

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 16, 2017 8:21 AM EST
    • November 16, 2017 1:55 AM EST

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      Wow, those are some impressive model trains! 

    • November 16, 2017 8:38 AM EST
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    • November 16, 2017 10:30 AM EST
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      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.

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    • November 16, 2017 6:14 PM EST
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      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. 

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