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The Clam Lake Railway, a 3 3/4" scale railroad!
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« Reply #100 on: May 15th, 2009, 10:45pm »
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I got out in the shop, today. In between bouts with a mower deck rebuild, I made some progress on the draft gear. Interresting chore, today, drilling a 3/16" hole, lengthwise, through a piece of 3/8" square stock 1-1/2" long. Eight times! I'll try to post a picture, tomorrow. Forgot the camera, today.
 
I envy you your castings, Tom.
 
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« Reply #101 on: May 19th, 2009, 5:03pm »
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Did a little better, today. Made a little progress AND remembered the camera....
 
These are the fore and aft stops, for the draft gear. They are what transfer the push and pull to the car and, by extension, to the rest of the train. First, lay in a heavy fillet, on what I call the front side.
 

 
 
Next, turn it over and prep for a bead. Even  if it looked like good penetration, I ground out a "V" and layed in another bead. In my opinion, these pieces have to be 100%.
 

 
 
Backside bead.
 

 
 
 
 
 
After a little grinding, 'cause these parts have to mount flat to the draft timbers.
 

 
 
The next two pics are the set for one end of the car. The mounting holes have to be drilled and there is some rounding off, of the thin end, yet to be done.
 

 

 
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« Reply #102 on: May 19th, 2009, 10:29pm »
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Yes Greg,  casting are neater.  That is why we have been working so hard to get a foundry up and running.  Mel had to do this with our second car as we had no parts at that time.  I think we will be able to offer some for sale next year.  Our foundry is working farliy good right now.  We will see what happens over summer.
 
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« Reply #103 on: May 21st, 2009, 5:16pm »
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Keep me posted, Tom.
 
Here are some pics of the mechanically functional draft gear. There is some, significant, cosmetic work, sand blasting and paint yet to be done.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
That's a 6" scale, at the bottom of the pics.
 
Anyone got a source for 10-24 X long, square head nuts and bolts?
 
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« Reply #104 on: May 22nd, 2009, 8:36am »
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I have a couple, try this one, www.smithfast.com/mssqandhexnuts.html
or this one www.instockfasteners.com/HOME.asp
or this one www.nutsandbolts4u.com/index.php
or this one www.fastenersuperstore.com/stores/superstore/step3.cfm?category=Nuts&productCategory=Square%20Nuts
 
Is that 2?
 
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« Reply #105 on: May 22nd, 2009, 11:20am »
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Thanks, Tom.
 
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« Reply #106 on: May 22nd, 2009, 10:23pm »
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Your are welcome.  By the way.  U r doin good with the couplers.
 
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« Reply #107 on: May 25th, 2009, 11:07am »
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Greg,
 
Here are some of the shots of our foundry output.  I put the coupler stops in just for U!  Mel lined up 4 of em. Just have to cut apart with the band saw.
 
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« Reply #108 on: May 25th, 2009, 11:11am »
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Here are some box car detail parts.  Door guides and center castings.
 
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« Reply #109 on: May 25th, 2009, 4:16pm »
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That's some good looking stuff, Tom. Is that brass, or painted aluminum? The pics have a golden tint to them.
 
What are the dummy leaves for?
 
I hope to have my foundry this fall, or winter.
 
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« Reply #110 on: May 25th, 2009, 9:05pm »
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Greg,  Pure aluminum.  The tint is from no flash under florescent lights.  The dummy springs are for a passenger car truck.  We find they don't need to work just look like they do.  The coil springs will handle the load just fine.  Good to hear about your foundry.  Send pics when you can.
 
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« Reply #111 on: Jun 12th, 2009, 10:14pm »
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Sorry about no current updates. Real life stepped in. Aside from some family stuff, the Clam Lake's 2-2-0 F100 is spread all over the shop...    
 
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« Reply #112 on: Jun 13th, 2009, 10:12am »
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hi all,
 
greg:  at least you can repair the 2-2-0 f100...i had to trade my 2-2-0 exploder in for a 2-2-0 gmc, now the pocketbooklet smarts every month!
 
you'll get it back together and i know it will be better than ever.  best to swmbo, just make sure she takes the slow and steady course.
 
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Sorry about no current updates. Real life stepped in. Aside from some family stuff, the Clam Lake's 2-2-0 F100 is spread all over the shop...    
 
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« Reply #113 on: Aug 5th, 2009, 7:07pm »
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Hi Gang,
Just some progress shots to let those who care know that we do keep plugging away on the Clam lake. As per my normal modus operandi, I got these pics absolutely bass ackwards!! If you are interested, scroll to the bottom and read up.
 
We keep arcing to the left and swing by the distant grape arbor.

 
AH, I see open country ahead!

 
The main will swing around this monster Ash tree on a 60' radius

 
There was no serious effort to stay exactly on the ROW, at this point. The whole purpose of this exercise was to gain construction access.

 
This was taken from the west end of Strawberry Yard. You can see the venerable John Deere, down in the woods, and the temporary access bridge (ramp to put said tractor into truck!).

 
In this shot, you can see the sight of Strawberry Yard, running behind the shop. Yet to be decided is whether it will be two or three tracks. One of the yard tracks will be the temporary main. The real main will eventually run parallel to the yard, out of sight and across the creek to the right.

 
 
 
Here, we have crossed the currently dry Tudd Creek. The foot bridge is behind my left shoulder. There will be a switch, here, with one branch entering the shop and the other becoming the yard lead. This is also the east end of the fill that I've been hauling. Most of the fill is now in for this lead and Strawberry Yard.

 
 
These past three pics take you west, along the right of way to the temporary foot bridge. In the pic, the foot bridge is just to the left of where the RR bridge will be. To the right, across the picture from the bridge, you can see a sunbeam. Straight through that gap is where the permanent main will run. That's going to involve some SERIOUS construction.

 
 

 
 

 
This is the east entrance to the Robert Rogers Division. We've got the eastern third cleared enough that we can run a mower down it to keep it open.


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« Reply #114 on: Aug 5th, 2009, 7:31pm »
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hi all,
 
pockets:  i know we've talked more than a few times about your progress....but OMG, it's great to see the pictures!  keep it up, i hope our mutual friend allows me the opportunity to spend time with you in the coming month(s).
 
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« Reply #115 on: Aug 5th, 2009, 10:59pm »
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   HOLY HANNA !!!! Thats a lot of progress. Much more than you described to me by phone. Great to see all of those trees too. Please, keep the pictures coming.
 
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« Reply #116 on: Aug 6th, 2009, 12:11pm »
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George and Bruce,
Thanks for the kind words. You two know how much labor you're looking at.
 
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« Reply #117 on: Aug 7th, 2009, 10:42pm »
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   Greg,
 
   I took the time to look a little better at those pics. Man I can almost see trackage there. This should be a nice run within the shade of those trees.


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« Reply #118 on: Aug 7th, 2009, 11:50pm »
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Bruce,
Yes, it should be a nice run. I'm only going to have something around 1200' of main line, but a fat third of it will be through the trees and more than half will be shady at various times of day. That will help an old man during construction and maintenance, too!
 
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« Reply #119 on: Aug 8th, 2009, 10:21pm »
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Greg,
 
The ROW looks great. I really like the woodsy feel. You will be amazed at how the woods will make your 1200 feet feel much longer since you won't be able to see all the track from any one spot. I am excited for you brother!


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