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    • December 18, 2017 9:38 AM EST
      • Phippsburg, Maine
         
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      7/8th scale snow plow

      Since I live in Maine and we get some snow from time to time, and since I have switched to 7/8th scale, I need a snow plow to keep the line clear.  I have a pony plow on a couple of my engines but that only solves the light snows.  for the heavy stuff I needed something more substantial.

      The maine narrow gauge lines had a very specific style of plow so no using a Backman hopper car with a sheet metal front end added.  I started by making custom trucks based on the train Department's 20" 7/8th wheel sets.  one of the unusual things about the Portland company plows is the use of two different trucks.  the rear truck was basically a standard freight truck but the front truck had a shorter wheel base and seemed to be inside framed.

      I made mine using 1/4" plywood with an oak bolster.  the rear truck has brass tubing bushings, the front needed custom bushings.  I machined some up from Teflon.  they seem quite free rolling.

      the plow framing is quite substantial and complicated as you might guess.  building the frame took quite a while, boat building skills were put to use too.

      you can see the cutout for the front wheel set under the angled timbers making up the plow.  the sides of the plow are built up with "nailers" of pine that bulk up the sides making the car wider but tapering down at the bottom and rear.  this is how they were!

      The siding i used is pine sawn from some planks my neighbors had in their cellar which they wanted out...FREE WOOD!!!  I made the wood "ship lap" by running the edges through the table saw. I used my Grex pin nailer and Titebond III to keep them in place.  there are a lot of studs and they are quite big to scale...this car is built to take a licking!

      1/8" planking was used on the front of the plow...think "strong"  The top few planks were ripped with an angle cut so they would fit tightly like.  the remaining planks had to be tapered from the spine of the plow out to the edge.  the spine is shorter than the edges.  again I used my pin nailer.

      I sanded the plow face smooth...remember we want the snow to slide easily over the surface!  you can see the tapered planking in this view

      I wanted the plow to look like it has been around a few years. 

      I started by giving the entire car a brushing of alcohol and india ink to "weather" the wood.  then I splashed some water onto the surface and sprinkled some nasty sawdust from my table saw onto that.  I blew off the excess and gave the car a light spray with Ace red primer.  I let it dry then brushed the surface clean.

      for the numbers, I made a stencil...printed on paper "stencil" font, covered it with clear packing tape and cut with an Xacto knife. I taped the stencil onto the car and masked off the rest with blue tape.  i sprayed the number red, let it dry then dabbed on some white which was toned down with some dark brown.  The WW&F has the original siding off a box car and the white pained number protected the red underneath.

      This post was edited by Eric Schade at December 19, 2017 9:25 PM EST
    • December 18, 2017 10:18 AM EST
      • Phippsburg, Maine
         
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      the cutting edge of the plow was reinforced with a plate of steel ( tinned steel which has been in my scrap bin for many years)  I used a punch to round over the heads of some little brads and used them to fasten the plate to the edge.  the same material was used along the spine.  this required some hand work to get to fit around the curved top section of the plow.  I started with a flat strip, folded it in half along its length then heated the section that needed a curve til it glowed red.  i could then bend it a little at a time hammering it flat again on my little anvil until I got the shape i needed.

      the front coupler was always a link and pin deal.  I made this one on the lathe with some filing and drilling.  the link was forged from a thicker bit of wire just for fun!  the coupler parts were all heated to red and allowed to cool to get the blackened look.

      and a test run in the snow...sorry it was hand pushed.  it was also dark so the photo isn't really perfect!

    • December 18, 2017 10:38 AM EST
      • Spokane Valley, Washington St.
         
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      Fantastic! Great modeling job.

    • December 18, 2017 10:51 AM EST
      • West Grove, Pennsylvania
         
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      Yea, ditto!!

       

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    • December 18, 2017 10:57 AM EST
      • Missouri, It's like Floodsburg, man
         
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      That baby is definitely built to last. How much does it weigh?
      Would think a certain amount of weight would be wanted for reliable plowing.

    • December 18, 2017 11:37 AM EST
      • Pleasanton, CA
         
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      Very nicely done!

    • December 18, 2017 1:12 PM EST
      • Phippsburg, Maine
         
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      It weighs quite a bit.  We will see how it works.  I do have a hunk of lead i can add.  I did that on my 1:20 version.

    • December 18, 2017 6:52 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
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      Fantastic Eric!!!!!

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    • December 19, 2017 7:35 AM EST
      • Not one of the WannaBe's,
         
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      Another fine looking piece of equipment Eric. Well done

    • December 19, 2017 8:14 AM EST
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      Eric nicely done!

      I hope to see it in Springfield .. Hint Hint

      Were you planning to wax the plow blade with Butchers wax ? 

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    • December 19, 2017 9:15 AM EST
      • Shut up Rooster
         
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      Wow amazing work as always.  Cant wait to see it in action. 

    • December 19, 2017 11:44 AM EST
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      Plow 401 showed up on display at the WW&F Santa runs this past weekend.

      WW&F plow 401

       

      I got so excited seeing the picture in my post I forgot to credit the WW&F Victorian Christmas.

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WWFRailway/?hc_ref=ARSBRymt_-aTkbtzmh1u2R_YHY-YlLD4dfAcXnTTd9l3f9lPtorxvSdQxDQWUhAiD2s

      I've seen another similar plow but not with Eric's lovely weathering technique.

      This post was edited by Don Howard at December 19, 2017 9:32 PM EST
    • December 19, 2017 1:06 PM EST
      • Missouri, It's like Floodsburg, man
         
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      Looks like it needs oars and Greek shields on the sides.

    • December 19, 2017 4:50 PM EST
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      She is very boat like...all part of the charm for me.  I saw that or a similar photo on the WW&F facebook page this morning!

      I tried plowing a little of last nights snow.  it was nice and powdery but way too deep to manage expecially with the chunks of ice covering the rails. butchers wax would probably be a good thing.  I suspect they kept fresh paint on the plow face at least to help the snow slide.

      This post was edited by Eric Schade at December 19, 2017 4:51 PM EST
    • December 19, 2017 9:30 PM EST
      • Streamwood, IL
         
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      Excellent build, that's one heavy duty plow

    • December 21, 2017 5:16 PM EST
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      Nice work!

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