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 1   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: BOILER BUILDING + Other Projects by STEAMHEATON  Posted Today at 1:18am 
Response #1111 By SteamHeaton       Thread Started By ErieAtlantic7597
Thanks Bobby.  Yes aux tender and eventually 15 hoppers.   Ray III
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 2   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update    Posted Oct 21st, 2017, 9:43pm 
Response #46 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc       View Thread with rsz_letchworth82.jpg - 144207 Bytes
Ben Clark photo
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 3   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update    Posted Oct 21st, 2017, 9:41pm 
Response #45 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc       View Thread with rsz_letchworth81.jpg - 178128 Bytes
Ben Clark photo
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 4   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update    Posted Oct 21st, 2017, 9:40pm 
Response #44 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc       View Thread with rsz_2letchworth80.jpg - 50050 Bytes
Ben Clark photo
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 5   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: Vancouver Island Model Railways  Posted Oct 21st, 2017, 2:33pm 
Response #303 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By cn2220
on Sep 17th, 2017, 12:49am, churlish wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A photo of my scratchbuilt Albion shed model for my Store Street switching layout. It's not exact but I think it captures the feel.  
There's more here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30619
Nice work.  
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 6   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Meadville Area Opps  Posted Oct 21st, 2017, 8:13am 
Response #62 By towny72       Thread Started By towny72
A few non-directly shale industry happenings never did quite pan out as well.
Ellectralloy was to ship large components by rail from a new shop inRouseville, nothing happening there.
 
 
The bio-diesel plant in Rouseville also fell through. This plant would have likely made a run down the branch a 5 day a week operation.
 
 
But like the old saying goes, "if and buts were candy and nuts"
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 7   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Oct 20th, 2017, 5:43pm 
Response #106 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
Light engines northbound for Superior Propane at 1:10. Returned with 2 cars at 2:30.
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 8   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Meadville Area Opps  Posted Oct 20th, 2017, 2:24pm 
Response #61 By roc       Thread Started By towny72
The great hope for the Franklin, OC, and Titusvillle area is the shale layer below the Marcellus (Utica). Development of that hasnít taken off ó costs are high and Marcellus isnít close to playing out. Also, thereís a lack of infracstructure and, again, recovery costs are high. No salvation just yet.
 
http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
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 9   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N/SVI photos and video  Posted Oct 20th, 2017, 1:31pm 
Response #1927 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By cn2220
Your welcome MinionII . BTW, I think the train was about 13 or 14 cars that particular day.on Oct 19th, 2017, 12:29am, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Thanks for sharing Jamie.
 
3 locos and all pulling too....I wonder how long the train was. †

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 10   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CN pics    Posted Oct 20th, 2017, 12:43am 
Response #576 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By vicguy       View Thread with Scan_316_670x670.jpg - 43289 Bytes
March 25, 1957, mile 59, Cowichan Sub  [Photo by Elwood White, collection of Jamie Masters ]
 
The CNR 2128 is steaming westbound over the Holt Creek trestle, headed for Youbou twenty three miles distant.
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 11   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....  Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 9:07pm 
Response #231 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT
Hi guys, miss me?
 
I have been remiss in updating our progress but I haven't had time to turn on my home computer. For some reason I cannot log on at work. (but I do get to read the forum)
 
Hurricane Irma took it toll on the old oaks on this property. the most dramatic was a 200+ year old oak in the "Hog Pen" photo. The tree was close to 3 feet in diameter and it sheared off 8 feet in the air. We lost a couple weeks while a crew came in to cut up trees. the owner has enough firewood for the next ice age!
 
But the Good Lord was watching over everyone here as no injuries or structural damage.
 
We had one 40' stretch to rebuild where a big branch landed on the track.  
 
Since then we have officially finished the new trackage. We are steaming up this weekend and i will get some finish pictures for you.
 
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 12   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: What type of wood do you use for your ties?  Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 8:57pm 
Response #4 By BobbyT       Thread Started By Darthmoose74
Dartmoose74,
 
I have had the pleasure of laying many actual miles of live steam track yet I don't think of myself as any track expert. I can tell you about my experiences and what has worked well for me.
 
I prefer building the track "on the ground"  using pre-curved rail for the curves, Both aluminum and steel work well this way with minimal movement. A problem that the track panel method can sometimes suffer. You can see this on some tracks where the curves look more like a series of straight segments than a smooth curve. The pounding of engines combined with heat expansion causes the rail to want to return to it's natural form which is straight. Pre-curving corrects this.
 
I know I have deviated a little, but we are talking track. The very best results I have had has been from steel rail on 2" x 2" extruded plastic ties. Not the molded hollow ones but true extruded plastic. It is heavy and the ballast grips it well.  The plastic also works well with the aluminum rail with no ill effects.
 
I built a small track here in Florida 6 years ago using this method, and using a nice sharp ballast stone, and we have not had to address any major track issues. We do have one section of pressure treated wood ties (we ran out of plastic) but many of those ties a rotten.  
 
The lesson is you can spend a little more time and effort doing it right the first time, or do it cheap and spend many work days fixing track.
 
Bobby
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 13   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: BOILER BUILDING + Other Projects by STEAMHEATON  Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 8:44pm 
Response #1110 By BobbyT       Thread Started By ErieAtlantic7597
Ray,
 
oh man she is looking good. soon the jacket and then ........... we start that string of hoppers!
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 14   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 8:43pm 
Response #840 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with Riv_LV_John_Wilks_S.jpg - 280993 Bytes
Today a colorful locomotive of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It is #2102.  
***    The streamlined John Wilks.
frank
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 15   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Getting into Live Steam  Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 8:42pm 
Response #4 By BobbyT       Thread Started By roberticus01
Rob,
 
You don't mention what state you live in. There are live steam tracks both club and private everywhere. Many more than you might realize. I suggest you go check one out.  
 
Volunteer your time and learn all you can. Many new comers to the hobby want to tell everyone their sometime grandiose and complex plans for what they want to build. I suggest to every new comer to stay humble in both your opinions and ideas. If you do you will find the old-timers more willing to share their knowledge and experience.
 
Don't plan on building a "Big Boy" for your first engine. start out with a riding car or a 4 wheel  "critter". It will save you from being overwhelmed and discouraged.
 
Welcome to the hobby.
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 16   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CN pics    Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 11:14am 
Response #575 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By vicguy       View Thread with Scan_315_701x473.jpg - 33161 Bytes
Summer, 1958, mile 5, Tidewater Sub [Photo by Elwood White, collection of Jamie Masters ]
 
The new GMD1 1000 at Tyup, with the last active CNR steam engine [2149] just in front of the diesel interloper.
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 17   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CN pics    Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 11:02am 
Response #574 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By vicguy       View Thread with Scan_314_691x399.jpg - 32912 Bytes
May 1958, mile 5, Tidewater Sub, [Photo by Elwood White, collection of Jamie Masters ]
 
With the ancient 2149 steaming behind it, the brand new Alco 1734 awaits further duties at Tyup.
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 18   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CN pics    Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 10:56am 
Response #573 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By vicguy       View Thread with Scan_313_680x433.jpg - 29490 Bytes
March, 1958, mile 5, Tidewater Sub [Photo by Elwood White, collection of Jamie Masters ]
 
The newly arrived Alco 1733 is seen here switching at Tyup.
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 19   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CN pics    Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 10:29am 
Response #572 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By vicguy       View Thread with Scan_311_788x546.jpg - 64948 Bytes
Winter of 1949/50, Victoria  [Elwood White photo ]
 
On a clear, cold winter's day, a switching engine is at work at the CNR's Point Ellice Yard.

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 20   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N/SVI photos and video  Posted Oct 19th, 2017, 12:29am 
Response #1926 By MinionII       Thread Started By cn2220
on Oct 17th, 2017, 10:54am, Jamie_Masters wrote:       (Click here for original message)
September 20, 1989, Mile 4.5 Victoria Sub [Photo by Jamie Masters ]
 
Rolling through View Royal, an northbound E&N freight [didn't catch the engine number †that day] is passing View Royal Elementary, and about to cross over Helmcken Rd.

 
Thanks for sharing Jamie.
 
3 locos and all pulling too....I wonder how long the train was.  
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 21   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Meadville Area Opps  Posted Oct 18th, 2017, 5:56pm 
Response #60 By towny72       Thread Started By towny72
Word on the street is a lot has changed this year on the south end and not for the better. Seems traffic remains low and nothing really took off again in 2017.  
 
Did happen to see the crew heading down the branch on Monday, at least the rails are still shiny.
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 22   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update  Posted Oct 18th, 2017, 5:53pm 
Response #43 By towny72       Thread Started By roc
Nice!
 
What a difference a year makes...
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 23   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update    Posted Oct 18th, 2017, 1:15pm 
Response #42 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc       View Thread with rsz_1letchworth60.jpg - 263525 Bytes
John Kucko pic
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 24   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N/SVI photos and video    Posted Oct 18th, 2017, 1:01am 
Response #1925 By Jamie_Masters       Thread Started By cn2220       View Thread with Scan_308_1406x938.jpg - 97933 Bytes
February 4, 1994, 11.35 am, mile 5.2 Victoria Sub  [photo by Jamie Masters ]
 
CP Work Extra 3058 dumping ballast in View Royal near the Colwood Overpass.
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 25   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Infrastructure / Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY  Posted Oct 17th, 2017, 6:12pm 
Response #86 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By George_Harris
That is going to be a very handsome bridge when done. Will look forward to seeing some trains on it. Maybe even a steam-powered excursion train...
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