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    • March 25, 2020 8:20 PM EDT
    • Jim,


      You need to get a job as you think too much!

    • March 25, 2020 7:24 PM EDT
    • Jim and all,

       I'm not certain but with what I'm seeing the carts seem to ride on wheels which are concave on their tread area surface, possibly indicating use on log type rails also. Maybe they are loaded on a log rail system and transferred to a road system and pulled by tractor over the road to get to distant mills

    • March 25, 2020 12:30 PM EDT
    • Uh oh, I think Rick Marty just inserted another complicated scratchbuilding project into my little pea brain and I bet I won't be able to rest until I build this log cart and tractor [link].


      Some screenshots from the video he posted:



      Is this plausible? To use this at the loading end? The pictures from the video seem to imply it is used at the sawmill, with fairly short logs. My logs will be on the order of 16 feet long.


      So cool! Thanks, Rick, for sending me off on this direction.....


      [edited to fix a typo]

    • March 25, 2020 8:45 AM EDT
    • Coffee pot hanging over the fire pit.

    • March 25, 2020 8:45 AM EDT
    • Coffee pot hanging over the fire pit.

    • March 23, 2020 9:36 PM EDT
    • Love the barrels, Jim, and all the other details, too.  Be careful with all these details, you won't be able to see the loader or the cabin 

    • March 23, 2020 6:47 PM EDT
    • That is necessary !

    • March 23, 2020 6:44 PM EDT
    • You are absolutely right Rooster. Edited the original post to add it :-)....

    • March 23, 2020 6:40 PM EDT
    • You forgot the homemade sickle !

    • March 23, 2020 1:51 PM EDT
    • Had a good chat with other LSC folks the other night (7pm eastern, 4pm pacific every evening if you want to join) and got a bunch of suggestions for details for the log loader. Thanks, gents!


      I am listing them here so I don't forget:


      • guy lines with tent stakes at front and rear
      • hatchet, axe to cut fire wood
      • largish pile of cut wood (I'm thinking of hiding the electrical connections under a wood pile)
      • hose
      • rifle to keep the bears away (probably not a problem when the loader is running, eh?)
      • ladder
      • peevee
      • handsaw
      • more chains
      • outhouse on skids
      • coffee cup and pot
      • dog or cat
      • variety of hooks
      • extra pulleys
      • come along
      • ash bucket
      • case of beer or likker jug
      • water pail
      • rooster's "homemade sickle"


      Can use some of those for the tent cabin area too, plus maybe:


      • animal skins on a rack
      • fire pit with a spit
      • variety of logging tools sprinkled around
      • supplies under a tarp
      • largish pile of cut wood, stump to cut on, axe/hatchet
      • bare bulb lighting
      • rough chairs, tables
      • keg on a rough stand
      • lean to with more supplies
      • pails
      • tin bathtub in a rough privacy enclosure (canvas sides, no roof)
      • latrine or outhouse
      • pile of trash
      • rusted metal junk
      • pathways


      Any other suggestions?


      [edited to add Rooster's sickle]

    • March 23, 2020 10:15 AM EDT
    • Looking good Jim, takes me back 60+ years when we stayed in half tent cabins at Yosemite.

    • March 21, 2020 6:34 PM EDT
    • Well done Jim

    • March 24, 2020 11:15 PM EDT
    • Ray,


      Great job!

    • March 23, 2020 6:43 PM EDT
    • Ric,

       Are you sure you want solid black with NO safety painting where necessary ? BTW are these being badged for the CVRR ?

    • March 22, 2020 6:40 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Like the use of the coupler springs, great repurpose



       Re-read the entire thread is all re-purposed as it's a "KITBASH"  with an effort of nothing wasted !


    • March 22, 2020 6:32 PM EDT
    • Like the use of the coupler springs, great repurpose


    • March 22, 2020 6:11 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      Rooster ' said:



      Ric's overall outlook ^^^^







       Ric is pretty close to owing me $100 and his brother from another mother still owes me $20. So if you compound that over the years with interest we can go back to this.





















      The hook and loop coupler springs made a great air line cooler and manifold. 1/8" styrene tubing and some 1/16" brass....done!







      Still making junk outta junk "Once again this is a kitbash not a scratch build " There is a prototype for everything but I haven't found it YET! Besides as I was told "There are NO rules with boxcabs" !!

    • March 23, 2020 3:35 AM EDT
    • Bill,

      You read my mind.  I was about ready to write you and ask about your home-made interior lighting strips!  As we are now in lock-down, I guess I'll have to order that tape or wait until the end of the month.  I have projects enough (thankfully) to get the Triple O's crew through!



    • March 22, 2020 10:12 AM EDT
    • all lite

      all lite




          Now that I have finished the painting on my new CFRR combine it is time to light it, going back to both my observation car and baggage car I did it pretty much in the same way. Used a RC car very small switch assy to turn it off and on, + a 2 cell AAA battery holder with a styrene strip down the center mounted in the factory stock location using copper foil tape for the wiring and 10mm cool white LED's. First was trimming the clearstory panels in the center to make room for the bulb holding styrene strip and making a template for the switch. After the trimming and switch location fitting this time I found with the new battery holder I didn't have to cut out any of the clearstory roof to make room for it. Used copper foil tape, type used to make stained glass windows just because  when done there is no wiring hanging down just makes it neat. after drilling the styrene strip to mounting location and adding the foil tape, drilling small holes for the LED leads to go thru I soldered them to the foil after bending them down and cutting off the access be careful to index them correctly as to + here - there. Once installed I mounted the styrene strip to the top and wired up the switch to the LED's and colored the LED's with a yellow magic marker which helps town down the LED look. Have found that after 1 to 2 hours running the batteries seem to last for several months at a rate of running at night of 3 to 4 time a month.


    • March 21, 2020 9:35 PM EDT
    • Eric,

      I made some "springs"similar to what was on the site.

      I rolled some styrene around different sized tin cans and held it in place with rubber bands. 

      I then filled the cans with boiling water and let it soften the styrene, then  let them cool down with the styrene still held in place.

      Checked the curve and repeated till I was satisfied with the curves

      I then glued the pieces of styrene together to form layers and when dry cut the "springs" of the end.