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    • March 28, 2019 6:41 AM EDT
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      Jon is Devoning his build... were are the other pics that will finish  the back grown  ......

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    • March 28, 2019 6:19 PM EDT
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      Quoting to bring this to the current page: Jon Radder said:

      Body mounting couplers on a Delton Classic Wood Hopper.

      There is not enough meat here to start a thread. Since it's related I'll drop it here.  I picked up a pair of slightly damaged Delton Classic Hoppers from David Maynard at the Drag & Brag for a really nice price. I still have a few NIB, but can always use more. These 1:24 cars scale out pretty close to 1:20.3 and are very similar to wood cars run by the EBT. Kevin Strong and I discussed years ago how they could be changed to be more correct to EBT cars. He did some mods while I watched and drooled. So far all of mine are still stock.

       

      To run these with my Fn3 equipment they need body mounted couplers.  I've done this before on Delton Classic cars, so I had a clue where to start. A couple of thicknesses of styrene, one .125" and another .040" were welded to together with Weldon 16 then wrapped in matte black vinyl. It's too cold still to paint and the vinyl doesn't need dry time.  The styrene pad was then glued to the car frame with Weldon 16...

       

       

      Next a Kaydee style draft gear box that may have come from a Bachman Spectrum hopper is attached with a sheet metal screw through the pad. And yes - I know the coupler is upside down. I figured that out when I went to test the car! I am slowly switching over to Bachman couplers. I like the look of the Accucraft that I have been running, but the pins get rusty and don't like to drop. Bachman couplers will mate with Accucraft if the Bachman is left closed when coupling.  I looked at the new Kaydees, but Ric's report of problems uncoupling made me reconsider. Coupler attached...

       

      The height works out to be about perfect. I didn't check with my home made gauge, but it lines up perfectly with Olde #3. Some weathered trucks with metal wheels and we are almost ready to roll...

       

      My next task was to modify the identical car numbers using a trick Ric taught me - Remove the first number from one, and the last number from the other. I tried Alcohol on a Q-tip but neither the car lettering nor the paint even flinched.  I may just paint it over like an intentional patch.

      Turns out I didn't have 4 of those smaller draft gear boxes, but I do have a ton of the larger 910's which are similar, just longer with ears...

       

      So whip out the razor saw and cut up the 910 to make it the same size as the small ones (number unknown)...

       

      Tonight I need to cut the coupler tongue off trucks that came with these cars. The pair I'm using had the bolster block cut off and even with a spacer to take it's place they are too wobbly side-to-side. I'll paint them at work tomorrow and save final assembly for Sunday.

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at March 28, 2019 8:31 PM EDT
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    • March 30, 2019 8:54 PM EDT
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      The Wood Hoppers are ready to go into service. As luck would have it 2 will fit at Brunt Coal without fouling the main!

       

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    • March 31, 2019 8:15 AM EDT
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      Willow Hill should keep you occupied for a good while switching it out.

    • March 31, 2019 8:50 AM EDT
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      Wow, those wood hoppers are quite small! But nice

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    • March 31, 2019 2:03 PM EDT
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      Joe Zullo said:

      Wow, those wood hoppers are quite small! But nice

      Yes they are. As an 1800's narrow gauge prototype car it was very small. I can get away with it because my railroad is an operating museum line of both CO and PA narrow gauge equipment of all eras.

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    • March 31, 2019 2:06 PM EDT
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      David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Willow Hill should keep you occupied for a good while switching it out.

      Indeed!  About 2 hours to do a full turn from the yard. I need to modify the bumper on the main to allow another half inch and I'll be able to spot two loaded wood hoppers on the main while pulling two empties from Brunt Coal.  Sean's supply building will need yet anther mod, Good think it is still just on paper.

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at March 31, 2019 2:09 PM EDT
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    • March 31, 2019 3:12 PM EDT
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      Jon Radder said:
      Joe Zullo said:

      Wow, those wood hoppers are quite small! But nice

      Yes they are. As an 1800's narrow gauge prototype car it was very small. I can get away with it because my railroad is an operating museum line of both CO and PA narrow gauge equipment of all eras.

      It's YOUR RR you can do what ever you want.

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    • April 1, 2019 6:45 AM EDT
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      Hey ... I see a nice wall build in progress ...

      Jon you have done a tremendous amount of work ..It looks great ..

      As the weather gets better you will have no excuse not to paint the kaleidoscope looking track ...  

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at April 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT
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    • April 17, 2019 2:01 PM EDT
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      Jon

      Is this being shelved until the weather gets bad... 

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    • April 17, 2019 3:45 PM EDT
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      I think he's working on his RV. Trying to get it livable...........

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    • April 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT
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      Pretty much done for now.  In the worst part of summer the basement can be a nice refuge from the heat. Might get something done then.

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    • April 18, 2019 7:28 AM EDT
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      That's why we call this stuff we fiddle with a "Hobby".  You work on it and enjoy it when you want to.  No deadlines, no boss or customer breathing down your neck.  

    • April 18, 2019 6:14 PM EDT
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      Ric Golding said:

      That's why we call this stuff we fiddle with a "Hobby".  You work on it and enjoy it when you want to.  No deadlines, no boss or customer breathing down your neck.  

      Should be that way, but s soon as I put the name out there for the new industry Sean has been relentless

       

      And yes, a few of you on FB know that I'm deep it trying to salvage my RV to travel another day.  It has some major floor issues I am trying to fix. That will keep me away from trains for most of the spring, if not all of it.

       

       

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    • April 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT
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      Jon Radder said:

       And yes, a few of you on FB know that I'm deep it trying to salvage my RV to travel another day.  It has some major floor issues I am trying to fix. That will keep me away from trains for most of the spring, if not all of it.

       

       

      Rooster purchases a new toilet wax seal and bolts for Jon so this will never happen again wrecking his spring!

    • May 5, 2019 10:17 AM EDT
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      RV Repairs haven't ruined my spring, but nearly daily rain has.  Today being no exception I turned my attention back to the indoor expansion.

       

      Talk about great timing; just after I finished the temporary trestle, the FEBT Timber Transfer magazine arrived with a construction article on Puckey's Coal and Wood.  They were a retail fuel dealer located within the EBT wye at Rockhill Furnace. A feature of the dealership was an elevated coal delivery trestle for loading trucks. Since much of my RR is EBT inspired it's only natural that I use this as my trestle bent design!

       

      The build article included some basic sketches and sizes which I translated to 1:20.3 in Visio and came up with this basic plan. Component and End view...

      Side view. Bents are spaced every 6 feet with no lateral members EXCEPT the 12x12 stringers under the rail.  This will work for me as I can attach the bottoms to the plywood bench, but outdoors I might need to modify with some bracing...

      Since this is a delivery trestle, men need to access the dump controls, so there is a deck for access..

      If it ever stops raining I can set up the table saw outside and mill up a couple of thousand scale feet of 12x12 timbers!  That will give me something to do on rainy days and evenings while Arvy dries out inside.

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