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    • May 2, 2019 12:26 PM EDT
    • Ok make sense ….  

    • May 2, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ooooo…Nice...

      Wouldn't the flat car be easier to move track .. not having to lift so hi .. and just sliding of into place..

      Actually.......no :). This flatcar has a real wood floor and it's made of oak flooring....individual pieces at that. That floor would be damaged if I slid the track panels off that car. The best reason for not using it is that the car is only 4-1/2 feet long. The track panels are ten feet. The steel gondola is over 6 feet long and stands about 12 inches above the railhead. I did use the wood gondola as an idler car to compensate for the track panel overhang.....much the same way that the D&RGW did for carrying long oil well pipe in Colorado. Also the plastic ties on the track panel don't scratch the steel sides on the gondola. 

    • May 2, 2019 9:41 AM EDT
    • Ooooo…Nice...

      Wouldn't the flat car be easier to move track .. not having to lift so hi .. and just sliding of into place..

    • May 2, 2019 3:02 AM EDT
    • Paul Burch said:

      Gary,

      Judging from one of those photos, I think you need a garage sale!  Just kidding.

      Hey Paul,

      Actually we haven't parked a car/cars in that garage since 1978! 12X36 Atlas lathe, small mill, 12" Craftsman radial saw, 10" table saw, 5 HP Delta wood shaper and a Shopsmith. Three storage racks for the 1-1/2 inch stuff and assorted small tools. Way too much hobby stuff. File cabinet after file cabinet of milling machine cutters and tooling for the lathe and mill. Most of the railroad guys call their garages something like a "Rubic's Cube".

    • May 2, 2019 12:54 AM EDT
    • Gary,

      Judging from one of those photos, I think you need a garage sale!  Just kidding.

    • May 1, 2019 10:09 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      I used to post blanks to allow the poster I was following along but that upsets the Gods. So I write this to let you know I'm following along.

      I used to smite roosters that posted blanks -  GOD#42....apparently that is no longer needed 

       

    • May 1, 2019 8:11 PM EDT
    • I used to post blanks to allow the poster I was following along but that upsets the Gods. So I write this to let you know I'm following along.

       

    • May 1, 2019 6:57 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      I'm thinking your going to build a flat car next... Looks great!

      :) :) :)....you mean like this????

      These three photos are of the same car. Top is with the seats in place and the gondola sides installed. Second is the gondola only as a non-riding car (just for looks in the consist. And the third is shown without the removable wood sides with just the stake pockets. I have some more photos of this car taken about a year ago with the oak stakes in place in the pockets. When the car is run as a "flat only", then I install the brake wheel and stem as part of the model. Usually the brake wheel and stem stays with the wood sides.

      For size comparison, the "little" flat car riding on the 1-1/2 inch scale flat is a Bachmann 1/24th scale flat.

    • May 1, 2019 1:42 PM EDT
    • I'm thinking your going to build a flat car next... Looks great!

    • May 1, 2019 1:48 PM EDT
    • That looks like fun ..!

    • April 28, 2019 10:06 AM EDT
    • Looks like the little kids and the big kids had a great time, Gary.  RR is looking good.

    • April 28, 2019 2:13 AM EDT
    • Well Easter Sunday Railroad Run Day came and went.....with ONLY a few glitches :). Like the military always says about a battle.....you go into it with all kinds of plans. As soon as the "first shot" is fired, the "plans" are tossed. Pretty much how the day went here :). The gardeners left about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon and I immediately started laying the track panels in the grassy area and proceeded up the front walkway. Just dropped the panels in a rough manner so I could see if I could fit the curved track according to my drawings.

      Well the radius on the track was not close enough to the drawing.....I wanted 25 ft. and apparently I was closer to 26-1/2-27 feet. Just enough of an error to throw off trying to fit the walkway and still meet the #5 turnout in the driveway. Bummer.....:(. That pretty much shot the hell out of any more work until early Friday morning. And I'm already worn out :)! Get up bright and early at 7 a.m. Friday morning and it's already 75 degrees! First thing I do is to disassemble a couple of curved panels and sharpen the radius a little. That procedure takes a few hours. Finally by the time the sun goes down on Friday evening, I needed to take a break. Here is a photo of the track in the grass area. Of course the CFO of the RR has placed Easter Bunnies and white picket fences (guarding the eggs) that the chief track layer NOW has to avoid.

       

      Saturday morning rears its "ugly head" and I have an eye doctor appointment right in the middle of the day. Nothing much gets accomplished until near the time the sun sets again. All the track is layed out and it looks like it will fit. All I have to do early Sunday morning is slide the panels together with the track joiners. My daughter and son-in-law and three grandkids arrive at 9:30am. Then the "chaos" really starts :). My son-in-law helped me to slide all the track together, check the joints and try a test run, while the grandkids are running in all directions on an "Easter Egg Hunt" Finally my son-in-law and I are ready to get the engines and rolling stock out. Of course by this time, I have more neighborhood kids in the front yard and sidewalk I've never seen before. Ah trains......like a Pied Piper.....:). Below are a few photos I managed to take during the day.

       

      2-1/2 yr. old Christopher is already into Grandpa's tools and has completely filled the reefer with plastic Easter Eggs!

       

      He has also discovered the bag of new plastic wheel chocks from Accutie and starting to scatter them in fifteen different directions. I finally got him to place the wheel chocks on the track so the rolling stock would not start down the street.

       

      The kids decided they wanted to run these cars in the first train. First time the restored caboose has run since its "rework".

       

      3-1/2 yr. old Jason first time at the throttle :).

       

      He wanted the headlight on so he would be ready to run at night.

       

      Under Dad's watchful eye.

       

      Carefully going through the new #5 tuirnout and doing some switching on the siding. His Dad and I came up with some switching "puzzles" for him to solve and switching cars around.

       

      Son-in-law getting a little throttle time :).

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • April 24, 2019 8:48 AM EDT
    • Want to have an enjoyable waste of an hour or two?  Google "Rube Goldberg".

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      This has wondered from the original intent of the Topic?  Anyone able to come up with a better idea of scale?  I'm actually beginning to think 1/2 scale and a full size engine running on 15 inch track for an industrial purpose.

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      Your thoughts?

       

    • April 23, 2019 9:26 PM EDT
    • Word on the street is Rube was the illegitimate son of Seth Wilmarth

    • April 23, 2019 6:15 PM EDT
    • I admire Rube and his drawings/creations.

    • April 23, 2019 7:58 AM EDT
    • Rube Goldburg sure has gotten a bad rap over the years.  I wonder if he was trying to understand how a steam engine works and get it to go down the track.  I have no idea who originally built this thing and when I originaly saw it, I walked away thinking "Wow, what a mess".  I made a ridiculous low ball offer for it and it was accepted.  If it never goes down the track, I have still learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  

        

    • April 21, 2019 3:36 PM EDT
    • In person it looks like something Rube Goldberg put together...........

    • April 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT
    • Well that sure is cool no matter what scale!!!  Thanks for the pics.

    • April 21, 2019 9:32 AM EDT
    • Sorry guys, got the other pictures posted, as to their address, but I can't seem to make them show or get it posted the right way.

      Gary, we run this style engine at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers in upstate New York, Eagle Point Railroad in Dunlap, Tn. and the Ridge Live Steamers in Dundee, Fl.  There is a track 4 hours north, near Chicago, and 2 hours west on the other side of St. Louis.  Most tracks are 7.5 inches between the rail, but in the northeast, they are 7.25 between the rail.  As Ken says, right now its setup for 7.5, but plan to make the wheels adjustable on the axles  so they could be set for 7.25 and maybe all the way to 12 inch.  Its all a work in progress and my final goal is to put a body around it like Pete's Trams or Steam Dummies.