Forums » Other Scales

List of newest posts

    • October 11, 2019 7:19 AM EDT
    • Either way I wouldn't want to move that thing ….

    • October 11, 2019 1:16 AM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      David Maynard said:

      I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

      Could be Maynard.....was thinking 12" gauge myself

       

      I agree....more like 12 inch gauge. Way too small for 15 inch standard gauge. 12 inch gauge was usually for smaller estate size home railroads. 14 and 15 inch gauge were common large estate layouts in the early 1900's.and even today. The photo shows a standard gauge locomotive on 12 inch gauge or roughly 2.4-2.5 inch scale. BTW, 5 inch scale on 15 inch gauge is considered narrow gauge in the "Grand Scale" sizes. (anything above 7.5 inch gauge). There are quite a few 15 inch gauge NG locomotives running the Bay Area around Berkeley, CA and even those engines are larger than this one.

    • October 10, 2019 9:29 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

      Could be Maynard.....was thinking 12" gauge myself

    • October 10, 2019 3:54 PM EDT
    • I dunno, but it looks kinda like it would be about 15 inch gauge, or 5 inch scale.

    • October 10, 2019 3:16 PM EDT
    •    The child appears to be one to one, but what scale is the locomotive? A friend sent me this asking me about the loco; the picture is of him as a kid. He thinks it might be Idaho Springs, but if anybody recognizes the location that would be good too. The cribbing kind of looks like the Argo, but not really.

       

         Thanks!

       

       

    • September 26, 2019 12:54 PM EDT
    • Hey stranger. At least you know where your priorities lay. Moving into a new house and into a new job is a big adventure. Your still young, you've got time. Besides once you start on the new layout, will it ever get done?....................

      Just don't continue to be a stranger, keep us posted. 

    • September 26, 2019 12:42 PM EDT
    • Sadly, no Sean.

       

      I've spent all year so far working on my shop, working on my farm tractor (1948 Frod 8n) , working at the EBT, and making sure I still pay attention to my family.  Things have progressed well in all the fore mentioned areas though, and I'm looking forward to a lot more model train time next year and this winter. 

       

       The 7.5" gauge has steadily been sinking into the ground due to a lack of any road bed beneath the ties.  You can't even see any of the ties any more unless you dig through the grass between them. The track still functions fine though and we regularly transfer large loads from the cars to the house on the flat car.

       

      I'm really getting antsy to start the F scale layout this coming spring, and one way or another it will happen. I've actually been acquiring a lot more equipment lately that helps drive the desire. In the past year its been a second Accucraft #12, 16 more hoppers, 2 passenger cars and two box cars.  I really want to get this stuff rolling! 

       

      So yeah, not a lot going on with the railroads right now, but tons of prep and I'l have great space to work on this stuff when I start. It's just taken almost three years to recover and get things the way I want after our move. I'm not complaining one bit though. The house, yard and work space will be 10 x better than what I had before the move. Sorry I've been a stranger around here.

      -Randy

       

    • August 25, 2019 7:50 AM EDT
    • 25 August, 2019 - Been working on the suspension and distance between the drive axle problem.  Everything I do is reflected/aggrivated by a frame that is not true.  Time to "fish or cut bait".  After the testing proved that the principal of the boiler and "Coke Bottle" engine is sound, we are going to use a different frame and wheel set.  This gets the weight closer to the ground and shortens the wheel base to a proven dimension, that is quite popular and used extensively on the "Conner Beam" vertical boiler "Grasshopper".  I already own this frame and wheel set, so much of the work is done.  It also fits into the bed of the pickup with the other equipment, so is easier, and is a more manageable size.   Scale equals 2.5 inches to 1 foot.

      .

      A major item I've learned this Summer is to have check valves be very easy to access and don't let poor appliances, like old axle pumps and poor plumbing designs control the project.  In a way it feels like a step back, but in reality this is a giant move forward as ideas become solidified.  Nothing to see in pictures right now, however stay tuned. 

    • August 13, 2019 7:21 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Want to have an enjoyable waste of an hour or two?  Google "Rube Goldberg".

      .

      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.

      .

      Your thoughts?

       

      My thoughts are if you want to waste more than an hour or two?  Google "Seth Wilmarth"

    • August 13, 2019 11:39 AM EDT
    • Different but reminds me a bit of the Maxitrak Chaloner in 2.5" scale.  7.25 or more correctly 7.5" (as you mentioned depends on region) guage track at 2.5" scale is used to represent 3ft narrow gauge equipment.  Been eyeing this stuff for years.  Got the room (40 acres) but the cost of the stuff is out of my pocket book though some of the Maxitrak imported by Accucraft is getting close.

    • August 13, 2019 9:42 AM EDT
    • 13 August, 2019 - Lots has happened on this project over the last couple months.

      Memorial Day Weekend, it had a fire in the boiler for the first time and made LOTS of steam.  Once again, learned a lot.  First - the "Pop Valves" didn't lift at 120 and 125 lbs.  Got the pressure gauge up to 140 lbs, when I shut off the propane and let it cool (so much easier than coal).  Lots of leaks and mis-design of some plumbing.  Back to the drawing board.

      .

      At Finger Lakes Live Steamers, I was able to measure the axle to axle length of the "Tram" against Bob Wattecamp's H-10.  Axle to axle on the Tram - 34 inches.  Axle of Number 1 driver to axle of Number 4 driver on the H-10 28 inches.  Driver's 2 and 3 are blind, so the comparison is fairly comparable.  Back to the drawing board.  Planning to move the driving wheels closer together and add a trailing truck, so the Tram will become a 0-4-4, with brakes on trailing truck.

      .

      Also working with an FLLS member, Tim Guenther, on his 1.5 inch model of the Accucraft 2 cylinder T boiler Shay, I realized how accessable

      all of the engine appliances and check valves are.  Note, first paragraph has the mention of many leaks.  Took two days to repair just the axle pump on the Tram.  Lots of unrelated plumbing tear down and rebuild, just to try and repair leak.  Its back together, but still don't know if leak is fixed.  Abandoning this pump for a steam injector and steam pump, donated from the "Crab".

      .

      What scale is it?  At FLLS, I was able to acquire a roof and riding car in 3.75" Scale, so that's a reference of what it can or will be.  Roof is coming from a "RMI Nellie Inspection Car".

      .

      https://www.rmirailworks.com/Nellie-Inspection-Car.asp#.XVK-fnt7nv8

      .

      Yes, its 3.75" scale, but another RMI chassis is 20 inches wide and so is the "Tram", so we may follow that.  Roof and parts of the "Nellie" were too big to bring it all home with other stuff, this trip.  Will get parts to Carlyle, after the September Open House at FLLS. 

       

       

    • August 14, 2019 9:44 PM EDT
    • We don't have a spare bedroom, nor basement, nor.....

      So I go outside to play.

    • August 14, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Does Jan know that you are using her Freight Shed ? Besides you just got home so why not unpack first !

      Too Hot!

       

      David - This room has to be shared as the spare/guest bedroom.  Jan did allow me to have the bigger of the two bedrooms.  Trust me there were lots of negotiations.

    • August 13, 2019 7:52 PM EDT
    • If I had that much indoor space, I never would have gone to playing trains in the back yard.

       

    • August 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT
    • Does Jan know that you are using her Freight Shed ? Besides you just got home so why not unpack first !

    • August 13, 2019 11:26 AM EDT
    • 13 August, 2019 - Using Jan's Freight Shed, I thought I'd update progress on this HO project.

      .

      Overall picture of spare room HO layout

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13414/1908134-overall-jpg

      .

      Cherokee St. Yard

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13416/190813-cherokee-st-yard-jpg

      .

      Arsenal Street Engine Terminal

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13415/190813-arsenal-st-terminal-jpg

      .

      River Yard

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/13417/190813-river-yard-jpg

      .

      Working on this when too hot to be outside.

      No clue why pictures don't post, except that I don't do it enough.

       

    • May 3, 2019 11:25 AM EDT
    • Operations and doing "heavy" work with models this size, is what makes it so awesome. But sometimes you forget that these things ARE models and stuff gets damaged :(.

    • May 3, 2019 9:15 AM EDT
    • Gary Armitstead said:
      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ok make sense ….  

      Sean,

      Much of what we do in this large scale ride-on hobby, relates more to running a 1:1 RR, than a model railroad. EVERYTHING is just bigger and bulkier :). Some folks on the garden railroading sites find that out the "hard way" sometimes. People are interested in getting started in 1.5/1.6 inch scale, but soon find out that the amount of "real estate" needed to run on can be overwhelming. Building engines and rolling stock this size is easy because it IS so large, but the material needed and the tools to build can also be overwhelming. Setting up a portable track (even a small track like I have) can be real work! Marty Cozad's RR in 1" scale is really becoming a "club size" track now. He "knows" construction and what it takes to build a large layout (even in 1"). He now has thousands of feet of track. He found early on that what made the ride-on scales so interesting was the use of equipment and engines to do track ROW maintenance and building. 

      I do follow Marty and love watching him spreading ballast with his hoppers ..

       

       

    • May 2, 2019 4:36 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Ok make sense ….  

      Sean,

      Much of what we do in this large scale ride-on hobby, relates more to running a 1:1 RR, than a model railroad. EVERYTHING is just bigger and bulkier :). Some folks on the garden railroading sites find that out the "hard way" sometimes. People are interested in getting started in 1.5/1.6 inch scale, but soon find out that the amount of "real estate" needed to run on can be overwhelming. Building engines and rolling stock this size is easy because it IS so large, but the material needed and the tools to build can also be overwhelming. Setting up a portable track (even a small track like I have) can be real work! Marty Cozad's RR in 1" scale is really becoming a "club size" track now. He "knows" construction and what it takes to build a large layout (even in 1"). He now has thousands of feet of track. He found early on that what made the ride-on scales so interesting was the use of equipment and engines to do track ROW maintenance and building. 

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