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    • February 28, 2020 6:42 PM EST
    • Good idea John, that would make it easy to adjust for sure.  

      Whatever I end up using is going to have to be a little robust because the 

      wild Turkeys some times use the RR tables as a means to get over the fence 

      and they are usually in a hurry because the dogs are in hot persuit

    • February 28, 2020 3:11 PM EST
    • Maybe a Dead Weight return would be easier to adjust, off the draw bar end a fishing line through a tube bent to drop it out the bottom. Add and subtract weight until action is balanced with your wishes.

    • February 28, 2020 11:06 AM EST
    • Thanks Sean,

      It is a consideration, I have 3-4 of them in storage that were used on the old RR.

      They work very well but I like the idea of trying the spring switch in this spot, if I can't make

      it work the way I want it to out comes a choke cable.

    • February 28, 2020 7:19 AM EST
    • Nice work ...

      Have you thought of installing a manual switch and use a throttle cable to trow it ?




      John and Fred have used this approach...

    • February 27, 2020 8:20 PM EST
    • Where is the wheel barrow lurking ?

    • February 27, 2020 7:55 PM EST
    • Love the layout snaking through the trees, Rick.  Looking forward to watching this next phase come to life.

    • February 27, 2020 7:16 PM EST
    • Only 4 post holes left to dig Ken and I'll get them in the morning, all the heavy work will be done, So come on out anytime we will just run trains, no work, err,well probably some switch maintenance 

    • February 27, 2020 1:56 PM EST
    • From the last picture it looks like you might have some tree trimmin to do..............


      One of these days I'll get back out there. Think I'll wait till your done so I don't get put to work. 

    • February 27, 2020 12:00 PM EST
    • Wow, it's been almost a year since this was updated. but there hasn't been much going on with the railroad itself, just maintenance and small projects, but that is about to change.


      Westward expansion

      The railroad will leave the mountain logging/lumbering community of Hyampom and wander down the west side of the coast range mountains to the port on Humboldt Bay where the city of Fields Landing and the main sawmill will be located.  This will be the last of the railroad expansions and will probably take a year to finish building.

      Pictures of the area and the start of construction.


      Looking west from the Hyampom Yards, foreground on right, the line will continue along the fence then turn and go along the west property fence.  The PVC loop on the ground is the line returning on itself creating a 220 foot loop for roundy round running. Where the PVC meets the new support post's is where I want to install the spring switch that I asked about elsewhere.  From this side the switch will be out of reach and the lift bridge location is out of site to the left, a long walk around while the train is closing on the switch. And it's to darn low for crawling under.


      Along the west fence, we left a 30 inch wide walk way between fence and tables for access, this will not be a regular walk along or viewing area.  What is hard to see in the pictures is that the railroad is on a 2 percent down grade from the time it leaves the bench near the TT in the first picture till it gets to the far end of the posts in this picture.


      The return loop.  The track will be level through the this area and start back up on the 2 percent after leaving the loop.  Due to room issues the loop is only an 8 ft 6 in radius but shouldn't be any trouble.  Here you can also see the reason for the grade, without it the track would have been about 72 inches off the ground, as it is now it's only about 54


      After leaving the loop it's back upgrade through the trees.  You can see the bridge sitting on the ground to be installed here.  No real reason for the bridge other than I have it and might as well use it.


      The silver bridge location is on the left kind of behind in this view.  The 3 posts on the left will be the lead into the future sawmill area the posts leading off to the right will be to close the loop. The lift bridge will be in this area and there will be a switch just before the Fir tree that will lead into the loop for the town area.


      Looking back at the area from the last picture, it will be nice to have a continues run track here by the Pavilion to just sit and watch trains run.


      Well looks like the frost has melted off out there so better go dig some more holes.

      More later.





    • January 21, 2020 9:37 AM EST
    • awesome work David! Just think what you could do if you had "a full machine shop", probably the same thing, I doubt it could be any better than these are. Great work.

      I guess a full machine shop means a couple of Zona saws, a drill , some paint and some brass wire, and a great eye for where to cut.


    • January 21, 2020 6:48 AM EST
    • Thank you for the comments Jane, Stan, and Pete

    • January 20, 2020 2:41 PM EST
    • Very Nice!

    • January 20, 2020 1:04 PM EST
    • Those are awesome, David.   Very, very nicely done..  

    • January 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST
    • Cool, Hollywood, Real cool.....            

    • January 20, 2020 8:20 AM EST
    • And to get back to, and finish the Stream liner conversions the following pics have been added to the article

      This finishes the Baggage/Dorm and the sleeper. And the Article is found here

      I will be adding the finished Horse car pics and then will move on to a Solarium car

    • January 15, 2020 8:01 PM EST
    • Yeah it’s been a while since I have been able to do much to it, so I need to get on the ball . The Boss just mentioned the ladies are coming over in about 3 weeks and she wants it to look “nicer” , so off I go the the landscaping for some rock and stuff

    • January 15, 2020 7:12 PM EST
    • Pete, I really like the tunnel.  The natural stone "portal" looks ..... well ..... natural   I prefer it to the wooden one but that is not to say that the wooden portal you built and the one Jim built the other day aren't good looking, they certainly are, I just prefer the stone.  Great to see you back working on the RR.

    • January 15, 2020 6:43 PM EST
    • Nice addition Pete

    • January 15, 2020 11:40 AM EST
    • Looking good, Pete!

    • January 15, 2020 10:23 AM EST

      Well since it is winter, here in AZ that means outside work is OK. So I had been looking at the back, North wall and decided it needs something, and my plans for the Mountain do not seem to be working out so I copied (that sounds familiar, bridge from Diesel dude) Jim Rowson and made a small tunnel

      I used bricks as a base, wall blocks for the height and 3 pavers as the roof. 3 of the massive stackable wall blocks are used for the "cliff" before of the inner track. Everything was glued together using Liquid Nails construction adhesive, then after a break to let it dry I shoveled dirt on it and then started tossing rocks on to give it some substance.

      for the opening I have a readymade tunnel portal courtesy of the Mik Build Challenge from 2 years ago, and when I made it I didnt have double stack well cars it turned out to not be usable on my orginal planned spot, but here it will work just fine and there is clearance( not a lot)maybe from this ! !, but since cars do not bounce I think I will be ok. The portal is sitting on a flagstone base and a brick was placed behind the wall to keep a lot of the direct to dirt contact

      plenty of room, until something settles anyway.

      the west portal is more natural rock and stones. the "wall" on the left side is 4 rows of paver blocks I chiseled into pieces for a rock like look with a couple of rows of AZ flagstone for some contrasting layers. I look for different looking rocks on my travels and when I can i bring some home, the right side rock proved to be a perfect looking entrance . the large rock blocking the far side was there to hold the portal while the construction adhesive dried.

      2 of the interesting rocks are the large one in the middle top of the picture, it has lots of layers to it, I found that one on a visit to my mom in her flower bed, and ASKED before i brought it home, the standing pillar rock to the left of the very dark one is a rock from a camping trip years ago, we were shooting and my step daughter hit this rock, not the can she was aiming for and knocked it out of the pile, so I kept it. I know I am going to re-arrange the rocks, or get more that kind of match, but for now I think it works ok