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Topic Summary
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:44am
Creativity, inventiveness and not settling for compromise, that's key for any growing business including railroads, large or small. The Buckingham Central with Pete Bialecki and his merry band of members seem dead set on obtaining this goal, even if it's purely for pleasure. Some people would be content with a simple track oval but not Pete. He has big plans for the Buckingham and his members are behind him 100 percent. Set in his yard of a few acres, there's a lot of action to see. Rails and switches amounting to thousands of feet of operating railroad and yet he's still looking to expand the line more and more. A lot of teamwork to make the effort, to have it work smoothly and it shows. I would think Mr Gould started his railroad in much the same manner.  
 
Upon my arrival to the Buckingham, I'm greeted by a pair of cross bucks. Instinctively, one looks left and right before crossing onto the property. LOL
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:47am
The smell of burning coal fills the air as you pull onto the lot. Brian Master's 0-4-0 Porter is firing up.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:47am
Modeled after the narrow guage engine of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:49am
Alongside Brian is Bruce's Atlantic, almost ready to start his fire.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:51am
His special coal from NC at his feet, he adds his starter fluid to the wood and coal.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:52am
In goes the wood...
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:53am
..and with flame we have smoke
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:54am
Meanwhile, Pete is pulling his 4-8-2 Mohawk out from the engine shed.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:56am
With a little effort he gently moves a thousand pounds of engine
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:57am
Unique little apparatus to move the engines from engine shed to the raised platform
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 1:58am
All lined up and ready to move onto the platform track
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:00am
Bruce's is oiling and waiting for the pressure to rise as Pete starts his preliminaries
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:02am
Meanwhile, Brian has already made his first run so I catch up to him on the bridge that Pete built from scratch.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:04am
Brian is proud of his engine and loves to talk of the prototype it's modeled from.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:04am
Fire in the chamber
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:07am
Backing out onto the main. A lot of yard there and beautifully landscaped to boot.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:08am
Riding behind Brian we head down the line..heavy brush ahead
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:10am
Into a curve, up ahead, a switch
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:12am
Almost to the end of my ride with Brian
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:12am
One more shot of his train
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:15am
Pete and Bruce each have their way of firing up the boiler, propane or coal.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:16am
Bruce's Atlantic is up to pressure, all fittings and gears lubed, we're about ready.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:17am
A good fire in the box
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:19am
His engine set, Bruce lowers the platform to move the Atlantic onto the turntable.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:20am
On the turntable
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:22am
Ain't she a beaut?! Just smoking to show off to the visitors
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:24am
Bruce walks back to check that his train is intact and ready for coming out onto the main.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:24am
On the main and ready to haul
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:26am
And we're off. Hitting the starightaway, just a couple of hunred feet of open track
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:28am
Approaching the crossing, Bruce hits the whistle. What a beautiful sound.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:29am
A little adjustment on the spur
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:31am
Gotta love the smoke and steam, it's the real thing
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:35am
Pete's Mohawk is off the platform and ready to hit the main now. Remarkable detail in this engine
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:38am
A good day for visitors. Pete loves to show off his railroad and it's engines and who could blame him.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:39am
A little last minute instruction
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:40am
...and he's rolling. Notice the propane tanks used to power the engine.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:43am
After my run on Pete's Mohawk, we disconnect the cars from his engine and add them to Bruce's consist. Talk about hauling some weight!
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:45am
The Atlantic growls a little harder with the strain but easily pulls away, cars and bodies and all.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:47am
Going round the bend and through the switches
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:49am
Back at the train shed, Jim Behnke is making more track sections. With Pete's expansion plans, he and the other members will be busy.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:51am
Jim and Brian in discussion.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:53am
Brian has already pulled his engine off the line and waiting for the boiler to cool. Bruce is just about to do the same having brought his Atlantic onto the turntable. More visitors...
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:55am
Some final shots before the fires are allowed to die.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:56am
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The cars are tucked away into the shed.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 2:59am
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Pete uses the pressurized steam to clean off his Mohawk before putting her away.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 3:00am
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Brian's is first to be stalled
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 3:03am
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Bruce here is blowing off steam
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 3:06am
Pete's Mohawk is next to moved from the platform onto the rack. Here a visitor gets to help out.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 3:07am
The running gear cleaned. Notice the detail
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 3:13am
After a hard working sessin, this engineer's ready for a break. Coffee cup in hand, my kind of guy.  
 
Hope you enjoyed some of the shots. My deepest thanks to Pete, Bruce, Brian and Jim. Their hard work in building this railroad did not go un-noticed. Truly a successful work in progress. Thanks for allowing me to actually run the Mohawk and Atlantic, an experience that will last me a long time. Hopefully, I'll be able to make a return trip to see what further progress you have in store for the Buckingham Central.
Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 7:53pm
Awesome. That Look's like it was a TON  of Fun!
Posted by: WMSR_734 Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 9:08pm
Hey Bob,
 
WOW! What a show man! Thanks so much for posting those!
 
Bruce, your engine is somethin' else when there's some good pictures posted of it. I can't get over how beautiful the '97 is lookin'. I really have to get down to Florida to visit you and your atlantic (and the whole Buckingham Central Railroad) ASAP!  
 
That Mowhawk is another brute! Holy mackeral, in those close-up shots, it looks like a real NYC 4-8-2 is thundering down the rails. Man, what a locomotive.
 
Once again, GREAT show, Bob.
 
-Colin
Posted by: Adam17 Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 9:10pm
I'm so there this summer! Great shots Bob! You are very lucky to be able to run those awsome looking loco's. Great shots, and thanks for sharing them with us! Hope to see more!
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 9:37pm
What's to say, Bob? Great shots of great subjects, obviously built by a great gang. Did I mention how great this is?
 
Best regards,
Greg B.
 
PS: Gonna be at Largo in March?
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 12th, 2006, 9:44pm
Thanks everyone for the kind words. Pete, Bruce and the others really put on a good show and love to show their engines to visitors. Bruce emailed me and said that another 100 foot of track has been added since I was there. At that rate, it'll be into downtown Ft Myers by the time I return. I took over 170 shots and to pick out 50 for the thread was tough. I feel sorry if you have dial-up knowing how long it will take to view all the shots on each page so I'll apologize for that. I'll post more of the other engines and cars found at the station at a later date. I was up till 3 AM last night setting up the thread and I'm feeling the effects now. Back to work tomorrow It was kind of nice having these last 10 days off.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 13th, 2006, 1:03pm
WOW is an understatement! Bob the photo's are great. As one of the "crew" that was not present during your visit, I have to say that you have presented the Buckingham Central in a very professional and fresh way. Thank you. With your permission, I'd like to link this thread from our Website. (another) Bob
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Feb 14th, 2006, 8:51pm
wow!
 
talk about vision, when you guys plant railroad seeds, boy, what green thumbs!   those are some great pictures coffee!   you have the talent to tell a good story.  for those that aren't familiar with the b-c rr,  you're telling a story worth hearing.   good railroads are a success because of solid team work and a central vision shared by all.  the b-c rr is certainly an example of that.   good foundations, solid construction, and superb maintenance mean worry-free operation for guests.   congrats, guys, i'm envious!  the b-c is a heck-of-a-railroad!
 
moose the caboose
 
Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Feb 14th, 2006, 9:06pm
All I Can say is AWESOME!
That RR Looks like alot of fun, and Bruce and Coffee, you are both lucky to have TWO awesome live steam railroad's neer you!
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 15th, 2006, 5:28am
Thanks for the compliments George. It's easy to tell a story such as this when the subject matter speaks for itself.  
 
 
BC, 1100 miles doesn't quite make it closeby. But when Bruce puts out the invitation, he means it. Always a pleasure that when I make the trip, I know I can impose upon Bruce's hospitality  
 
on Feb 14th, 2006, 9:06pm, BC_and_A_railway wrote:       (Click here for original message)
All I Can say is AWESOME!
That RR Looks like alot of fun, and Bruce and Coffee, you are both lucky to have TWO awesome live steam railroad's neer you!

Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Feb 15th, 2006, 8:24pm
on Feb 15th, 2006, 5:28am, Coffee wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for the compliments George. It's easy to tell a story such as this when the subject matter speaks for itself.  
 
 
BC, 1100 miles doesn't quite make it closeby. But when Bruce puts out the invitation, he means it. Always a pleasure that when I make the trip, I know I can impose upon Bruce's hospitality  
 

1100 WOW!!!  
Maybe Once I can drive ill make it down to The Buckingham Central or Largo!
 
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:40pm
Time to show some of the other power that can be seen at the Buckingham. These two were not running at the time I was there.  
First is Pete's Hudson which at the time of my visit was being stored within the trainshed.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:42pm
Pete's CSX switcher model SW1
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:45pm
Some of the rolling stock
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:45pm
Close up
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Posted by: Adam17 Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:49pm
Good to see all that equipment. Pete really has one of the best backyards in the world. I really hope to get down there this summer. Great shots again, Bob.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:52pm
Right Adam. What good is a railroad if there's no revenue to haul. One last one...
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2006, 5:56pm
A great weekend at the BC! We had a very delightful visitor and his wife  from Nottingham England on Saturday. He is a 5" gauge live steamer. It is funny, but I have made an observation on how to tell a fellow live steamer from just a visitor. The first time visitor usually has his mouth open and gawks at the cool equipment. Another tell tale sign is the inevitable "how fast will it go?" line of questions. Now the fellow live steamer is easily spotted. He is the one with his face 3 inches from the locomotive talking to himself saying things like "so thats how you did that" or they won't say much at all but just stand there with a glazed eyes and a big smile. Yeah, I admit it, I fall heavily into the second catagory. No matter how much I am around this hobby, I still get excited when I am looking at new equipement or going to a meet. I strongly suggest to anyone wanting to check out live steam, to locate a club in your area, and check out one of their meets.  
Bobby
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Feb 21st, 2006, 8:00pm
Yeah BC, mighty nice of you to add the sticky for these threads. Looking at the hits/replies and their numbers, there's obviously interest.
Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Mar 1st, 2006, 5:27pm
Cool!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 5th, 2006, 2:36pm
Tom, Speaking for myself, I wholeheartedly encourage you and any other railfan to check out live steaming up close and personal. If there is a club close by, then by all means go check them out and don't be afraid to jump right in and get your hands dirty.  Live steamers are more apt to welcome a newby that isn't afraid to put in some sweat equity.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 5th, 2006, 11:06pm
I really like that transfer table. It looks like a giant scissors type car jack. When someone has the time I would be interested in knowing about its design and how it was built. It looks as if the motor turns a long threaded rod that transfers motion to the legs sort of like some garage door openers I’ve seen. How much weight can it support and how was the load capacity determined. What types of skills are needed for this phase of the hobby? It seems as if a degree or two in mechanical and structural engineering would be an asset.
 
The club near me is closed for the winter but come the spring I will be knocking on their door. I have a lot of sweat…Tom
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 1:21pm
Hello everyone, yes the crossing of the Bruce Raykiewicz bridge for the first time was a great and much anticipated event. Bruce's Atlantic was "talking" the whole way.  There was some concern by some members of crossing the bridge with out the guardrails in place, but it was quickly agreed that it would be no problem changing the name of the bridge to the Bruce Raykiewicz memorial bridge if there was a problem.   . Actually the only accident was when Jim Behnke lost his balance and fell off the bridge to the soft marshy area below. We have since renamed this area as Behnke Bayou in his honor. Fortunately the only thing bruised was his pride. I had hoped to have photo's posted, but our granddaughter came over last night and I lost control of the digital camera. I will get the pictures uploaded shortly. Thanks Bruce for providing the perfect ending to a most productive weekend. On to the next phase.............
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 9:34pm
Here is the first photo of Bruce crossing the Bruce Raykiewicz Bridge for the first time.
 
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 9:41pm
Here is a view of Jim inspecting the newly laid trackage: Jim lost his balance and fell off the left side and landed to the other side of the palmetto bush to the left of the bridge. We are very happy to report the only thing bruised was his pride.
 
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 9:51pm
Here is bruce coming through the "S" curve with a full head of steam. Sorry fr the blurring photo, but Bruce was moving along to make the next grade.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 10:00pm
One last shot from "up top" showing Bruce crossing the Bruce Raykiewicz bridge one last time.
 
PS never try to post photo's when your cat wants to play!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 10:04pm
There would have been more........But hey, I wanted to ride too
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Mar 24th, 2006, 5:34am
Nice photos Bobby. They really show this scenic part of the Buckingham on this new stretch of track. Hope it holds together Bruce but I'm sure you prepared for rain and standing water by using the right combinations of stone. Enjoy! Keep those shots comin'.
Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Mar 24th, 2006, 9:38pm
Awesome!
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Mar 25th, 2006, 12:18am
Just to let you know, I'm watching.  Awesome.  Gotta sneak down there.  George
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 26th, 2006, 9:37pm
Wow, what a day. We had steamers, steamers and more steamers! LOL. In addition to Bruce and his Atlantic, Brian Masters and his 0-4-0 saddle tank, Bob Dean came by with his 2-8-0 consolidation. Duncan Herring from Georgia, had his Beautifly detailed Southern Rwy Pacific and Ray Heaton came all the way from Illinois with his 2-4-0 and 2-6-0 locomotives.  Duncan also had his GE Diesel demo on hand (which I must say, I was overwhelmed by this engines detail and operation).  I gotta tell you, they were still running after the sun went down! I will be posting photos onto the website this week.  Bobby
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 30th, 2006, 8:20pm
Last weekend, the Buckingham Central had the pleasure of teaming up with Bob Dean Supply, to run the trains on a small portable track for the Cancer walk. At last count we had over 400 passengers that night. Brian Masters little Djilling RWY 0-4-0 did most of the work with Bruce's Goose assisting when needed.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 30th, 2006, 8:22pm
here is another of the cancer walk photo's. Here Bruce is getting his Goose ready.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 30th, 2006, 8:26pm
Today we were hosting the Sunshine Region NMRA Convention as a tour layout. The convention itself was hosted by the Scale Rails H.O. Modeling club. Around 40 conventioneer's made the trip out to the track. I think we may have "converted" a few of those "little guagers"
Here we see the station platform is a beehive of activity.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 30th, 2006, 8:28pm
Here we see Ron Apt on Bruce's venerable Atlantic, holding at the signal for the hot shot express driven by Pete.
 
*note: Yes that is a working signal that Pete scratch built just 2 days ago!*
Posted by: TAB Posted on: May 2nd, 2006, 9:53am
Hey B+MNW21201....When you have the time I would appreciate hearing about how the signal system is activated that you mentioned in reply # 156....Tom
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 2nd, 2006, 1:10pm
TAB, I will have to ask Pete for the details there. I will post the info here. I won't see him until the weekend.  Bobby
Posted by: TAB Posted on: May 2nd, 2006, 1:26pm
Hey Bobby... Re: My signal question....thanks for your efforts...Tom
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 15th, 2006, 6:01pm
TAB, OK here is how the signals work:
 
There are 2 signal stands each with a red and green LED lights. When a train enters the first isolated/insulated track section (approx 10' section), in this case coming off the arch bridge, it causes a reverse polarity to the signal on the other track causing a red indication. When the train reaches the second isolated/insulated section just before the switch where the two tracks merge, it reverses the polarity again causing a green indication. The same holds true for the second track but in reverse. So if both tracks are empty they are both green, but whoever trips the signal first gets a green while the other is red.  So far it has worked well, although we are limited to our train sizes. You have to keep the train size smallr than the section of track between the 2 isolated sections.  As Bruce had mentioned before, the circuitry is from Duncan Herring of Herring Engineering.  
 
Sorry for the delay in response but I was on vacation in Key West with the wife!  
Posted by: TAB Posted on: May 25th, 2006, 9:15am
Hey B+MNW2 1201....Thanks so much for the information on the signaling system. Sounds like simplicity itself. The train in the block completes a circuit to throw a relay. The relay reverses the electrical polarity to the signal and since the LEDs only allow the current to flow in one direction, they do the rest. Very nice....Tom
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2006, 1:01pm
Whew, I finally was able to add some photo's to the web site for the cancer run and Scale Rails Convention tour. You know, there is just not enough hours in the day!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2006, 1:59pm
That turntable pivot is a modified (cutoff the control arm) spindle from a Volkswagon Rabbit. When I first met Pete, he owned a Rabbit that he restored, and had a few spare parts. So when it came time to build the turntable one was "volunteered" for the task. I have to admit, it has worked flawlessly for the last 4-5 years. Yes, all the original bearings are used. Of course a fair amount of the weight is supported by the rail / rollers on the ends.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jun 20th, 2006, 3:51pm
Thanks, B&M.
 
Volkswagon, huh. I'd have suspected something significantly more substantial, but people have been underestimating those things for years. Since the ring rail carries a large percentage of the weight; ie it's not a balanced table, I can see the logic. I also agree with the frugality of using what's handy. I can't remember where I heard it, but a partial quote is, "To make, of what is here, that which is needed." Not a bad philosophy.
 
Thanks, again,
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2006, 5:42pm
Nice philosophy. Being the "cheap" sort myself, I try to do exactly that.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jun 20th, 2006, 6:42pm
B&M,
I like the picture of the switcher. However, if that main generator ever needs re-brushed, get someone else to do it. Those bottom brushes are a back breaker. You go in, on your back, through those short doors. Your feet and legs are out on the running board and the bottom end of your spine rests on the door sill. Got the t-shirt AND the hat for that one!
 
I love trains and models, but I don't miss working on the real ones one bloody bit.
 
Have a great one,
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2006, 6:34pm
on Jun 20th, 2006, 6:42pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
B&M,
I like the picture of the switcher. However, if that main generator ever needs re-brushed, get someone else to do it. Those bottom brushes are a back breaker. You go in, on your back, through those short doors. Your feet and legs are out on the running board and the bottom end of your spine rests on the door sill. Got the t-shirt AND the hat for that one!
 
I love trains and models, but I don't miss working on the real ones one bloody bit.
 
Have a great one,
Greg B.

 
Greg, thanks for the tip. My NW2 will have a completely removable bdy just so I can avoid resting my spine on the door sill. LOL  
 
Someday I will stop being lazy and snap some in progress photo's.
 
Bobby
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jul 30th, 2006, 5:38pm
I have added some new photo's on the web site, in the project update section. One is some photos of the bridges and some photo's of the beginning stages of our most ambitious project yet. the Up & Over trestle.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Sep 4th, 2006, 1:14pm
A quick note; The blue and yellow hopper was also scratch built by Pete and the CP Rail riding gon, by yours truly.  
The vast majority of rolling stock at the BCRR is home built and more are in the works. There is something to be said for the "extra" feeling of satisfaction when you take one of your "own" around the track for the first time. Bobby
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 4th, 2006, 7:16pm
Bobby,
If you guys aren't careful, you're gonna end up with one heckuva railroad.  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Sep 4th, 2006, 11:28pm
You know Pockets, I don't think that would bother Pete one bit. LOL
 
Though, I must admit, I have been scarce at the track as of late. It seems since I spend 12 hours a day in an air conditioned office, I no longer can handle the summer heat. At 46 I feel like 72!. But cooler weather s coming so I expect to be active again. To tell you the truth, I do not know how Pete, Bruce and Don do it!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2006, 7:25pm
Did someone say pictures? Well here we go. It was great to spend the day with George. Bruce's Atlantic lived up to its well earned reputation as a heavy weight puller!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2006, 7:27pm
Here is another angle of Bruce going under the trestle.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2006, 7:31pm
Check out the exhaust, the combination of 21 cars and a slight grade really forced to Atlantic to work. But as GOD is my witness, that little Atlantic ran flawlessly and had absolutely no problems pulling the weight. We guesstimated a combined weight of 2.5 tons behind her!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2006, 7:33pm
Howard Pike would be proud, his Wabash caboose is making the rounds. Here she is on the BCRR main line.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2006, 7:36pm
Heres another shot of the entire train.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 12th, 2006, 10:17am
Rob,
George called me, on his way home. He raved about the great time he had. I truely regret not being able to make the trip, but life sometimes gets in the way.
 
Your photos of the train should quiet the doubters as to the pulling ability of Bruce's Atlantic. That thing should be painted John Deere green!
 
Pete's railroad will, undoubtedly, become one of the premier roads in the country. It's already well on the way. The bridges, alone, place it head and shoulders above most.
 
Thanks for the invitation. I just have to take a raincheck. This is a trip that I WILL make.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Nov 12th, 2006, 12:32pm
Nice pics B+MNW21201
 
Bruce, your Atlantic is stronger than I thought to pull all of those cars
~AnthonyD~
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2006, 2:18pm
Greg,
I can fully appreciate about having to deal with lifes issues. Your invite is always good and we look forward to your visit. That is WHEN and not if you visit.  
 
You are probably correct about Pete's track being one of the premiere tracks but not for the reasons you stated. I think it is one of the better tracks because of the attitude and cameraderie of the participants. Being an UN-CLUB, we don't get bogged down with rules or opinions. We just enjoy playing with the trains and workin on the railroad. And one other major difference is we enjoy introducing newcomers to the hobby.  
 
You know yourself, how much labor, time and love goes into building one of these locomotives. And some would be  overly protective. But here, guys like Pete and Bruce love to take the time and show people of all ages, what a thrill it is to run a real live steamer. There are many in the hobby today that got their start on the back of a certain "Erie" Atlantic.
 
We emphisize the positive aspects of the hobby and we promote the hobby as well. This for no other reason, makes us different.
 
*reads over post* WOW it must be Sunday cause I just wrote a sermon!  
 
Bobby
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 8:15pm
hi all!
 
to pete, bruce, bobby, and crew of the bcrr...WOW!  did i ever have a good time!  the bcrr is one hell of a railroad that simply has to be experienced...period!  from the first moment i set foot on the property, it's affable owner made me feel right at home.  i could write a book of my experiences with the bcrr and it's crew, but 'WOW' will have to do!
 
it was a time of great railroading, great friendship, and great comraderie.  i have no other words to describe it so i'll say "many, many thanks for a great time!"  i hope to return and visit with the complete crew of the bcrr in the not too distant future...after all, we were having such a great time, we forgot to load the 'erie' caboose into my truck!  hmmm, any excuse to return!
 
i took more than 375 photos during my visit, here are a few of my favorites.  i'll post more later on.
 
thank you again to pete, mrs pete, bruce, bobby, bcrr crew, and dogs for making my visit to the bcrr the highlight of my railroad year!
 
yes, pockets, you will be going with me next trip!  tell bill to eat his heart out...in this pic, bruce's backing the whole train around!  talk about what that erie-atlantic can do!  can bill's le atlantic do this?!  maybe he should visit sometime and try!
 
 
moose the caboose
 
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 8:25pm
hi all!
 
like any other great railroad, the bcrr has it's own railfans...uh oh!  that's bobby!
 
moose the caboose;D
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 8:35pm
hi all!
 
meet pete and 'dog', well, 'dog' has a real name, but she answered to 'dog' (easier for me to remember).  i should be so easy going!  she rode just about every lap we made!
 
moose the caboose;D
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2006, 11:45am
That would be Diamond the railroad dog.  
 
George you old sneak, when did you get that shot of me? I make it a point to be the photographer just to keep my ugly mug off the forums!
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Nov 14th, 2006, 3:56pm
Hello , to all my friends in sw florida.  Bruce , after looking at all the great pictures of the certain Atlantic that does not  know it  only has  4 drivers. I can't decide which is bigger  the train you are pulling or your smile. That thing  looks great . I cannot wait to get back down there to shovel some coal and see all of you again. Pete, the  trestle is looking fantastic. take care Ray III
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Dec 27th, 2006, 1:40pm
SPAM ALERT*SPAM ALERT
 
There is a great article in this months Live Steam magazine about the Buckingham Central RR!
 
Brian Masters did a great job!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2007, 1:23am
Happy New Year to all our friends!
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 13th, 2007, 9:56pm
Gang,
I had the distinct pleasure, today, of visiting the Buckingham Central. This is a pilgrimage I had longed to make.
 
I would like to extend my profound gratitude to Mr. Bialecki for his gracious hospitality.
 
These guys know how to hustle. During Moose's and my visit, a patio was build and most of the sub-grade for the trestle approach was put in. NO, there was no skimping on the quality of work. This gang doesn't know how to do shoddy work.
 
I walked up onto the trestle, to get a different perspective, and the view is beautiful. The woods, creek and railroad blend so well. Whether by design, or accident, the Lewis and Clark Division looks like it belongs.
 
Thank you and well done, Pete, Bruce, Bobby and the rest.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jan 14th, 2007, 4:55pm
Greg and George, it is always a treat having good people stop by. Greg, it was very nice to finally meet you in person.  
 
Saturday was very productive and there were many who lent a hand.
 
Pete, Bruce, Brian, Ben, Ron, Mario, Don, Jim, George, Greg and yours truly!  
 
Special thanks to Brian for the fine spagetti lunch! (all this and food too!) what better way to spend a Saturday?
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jan 18th, 2007, 7:10pm
hi all,
 
okay, so i've been kind of quiet on this thread.  i did want to post a picture of someone who had a great time (besides me) on our last visit to the crazy workaholics on the bcrr.  we had a great time...me and guess who!?
 
enjoy,
 
moose the caboose
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2007, 8:50pm
Got a quick update on track progress for today.
 
1) we pushed the Mohawk to the top of the trestle today and it went very well. there was no noticable movement at all. I was lucky enough to be the engineer on the diesel pushing it while Pete and Bruce wached from the (safety) ground  . Let me tell you it is an awesome ride and the view is fantastic.
 
2) The Wounded Knee section of the track by the front fence will now have to be re-named. Anyone that has riden on the track by the front fence knows what I am talking about. For those that don't. There was a section of track that came very close to the fence to the point that many have bumped elbows, knees and feet on the fence post. Well this weekend we moved the fence back 1 foot, giving us ample clearance and thus saving ourselves from needless bruises unless we choose to fall off the trestle and onto the neighbors fence......eh Bruce?
 
Peace all!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 1:20pm
Greg you will be happy to know that the Port-a-john was my only responsibilty. It was delivered last Friday and will be there until next Friday (a week from this coming friday) so we are prepared for your arrival.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 20th, 2007, 2:37pm
Rob,
It wasn't me I was worried about. It was Mr. B.. If you want to put a wife right off allowing gatherings like this, let a dozen greasy, smokey Live Steamers start wandering through her home to find the can .
 
You have a ways to go, but you will reach an age.......
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 10:32pm
WOW, what a great UN-meet we had at the BCRR. Over the past few days we have many Live Steamers visit and run. We even had a live steam boater stop by. What a great bunch of guys and gals. I never did learn all of the names of everyone but let me try to recap as much as I can here. The Steamers running included:
 
Duncan Herring - Pacific
Ray Heaton - Raritan (and a beautiful Mikado chassis which we all hope is finished by next year)
Bruce Saylor - Mikado
Dave Johnson - Ten Wheeler
John Barden - Mogul
Bob Dean - Northern
Bruce Raykiewicz - Atlantic
Pete Bialecki - Mohawk
 
Plus Dan Post with his steam powered boat.  
 
We had a very good group of Railfan.netters here aso. In addition to Bruce (Erie7597) and my self (B&MNW21201) we also had the privaledge of being visited by George (Moose the Caboose), Greg (Pockets),  Devon (ATSFfan), and Ray (SteamHeaton)
 
The trestle was a big hit, even though it is only half done. That did not stop anyone from running up it. At one point some crazy guys,I won't name names but their initials are Duncan, Bruce and Ray, triple headed up the trestle with a very long and heavy train..............AT NIGHT!!!!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 10:38pm
Like most great railroads, the Buckingham Central is plagued by those pesky railfans! Here Bob Dean's Northern is strutting her stuff up the trestle in front of the paparrazzi!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 10:45pm
Alas, as all good time have to come to an end, so too did our gathering. Here we see (L to R) Ray H., Bruce R., Devon, Pete, Duncan, and Ray S. cleaning up the engines prior to loading up. Notice the extra temporary steaming bays that had to be made to accomodate the number of engines.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 11:06am
AWSOME pics. It must of been fun to run at night
 
Anthony
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 11:37am
First, I want to thank the Bialecki family for their gracious hospitality. There was nothing more that could have been desired. Pete, Bruce, Bobby and Ron, through their untiring efforts made this invitational the PLACE TO BE in Florida, last week. If, for what ever reason, life intervenes and I am never able to return, I will treasure this week forever.
 
There was none of the "theme park" intensity of a formal meet, where you feel that you have to be everywhere at once, for fear that you'll miss something. The patio and the depot benches were popular gathering places where one could engage in protracted conversations. There was almost always at least one train, and usually several, making the rounds, for those that wanted to ride. It seems like we spent a lot of time eating delicious food.
 
Duncan Herring was there with his Pacific and two diesel outline locomotives. These three machines defy this humble scribe's ability to describe adequately. Maybe it's because I spent too much time fixing the real ones, but I'm not a diesel fan. Having said that, these are the finest running, looking and sounding replicas I have ever seen. Many people test drove these locomotives and nothing but raves were the result. The Pacific...OMG, yes, the Pacific.....I was dozing, on one of the depot benches (try THAT at a club meet), when Duncan came and roused me out. Next thing I know, my butt's on the tender and he's telling me that she's stoked and watered and all I have to do is pull the throttle! She's big, she's unGawdly powerful and I managed to avoid humiliating myself, too badly. Thank you, Duncan.
 
The next day, Bruce took time, from his busy schedule, to put me in the saddle of 7597. Yes, I have joined the distinguished list of those who have operated this legendary Atlantic. Thank you, my friend. I hope I didn't enbarass us, too much.
 
Ray Heaton's Raritan had everyone excited. This thing is a HOT ROD and he runs the beejeezus out of it.  Ray, if that Mike runs like the Raritan, it'll be "Katy bar the door!"
 
I will add to this aknowledgement, later, but I'm still pooped.....
Greg B.
Posted by: livesteamsteve Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 9:55pm
You guys at BCRR have done a fantastic job with what you have accomplished so far.  I wish you continued success with your RR and I hope to visit in the near future.  I wish 1/2 of our regular working members at PLS had the zest that you guys have for getting stuff done.  Fortunately, we have "northern" Bruce and a few others that motivate everyone.
 
Steve
Posted by: ATSF_railfan Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 10:39pm
Yes, quite a day indeed.
 
I'm not going to be long winded (for one, I have a lot of homework to make up for my weekend railroading escapade!), but first, I must thank my gracious hosts down there at the BCRR. So thank you to Pete, Bruce, Bobby, Ron, and all the others who made it a memorable Saturday and a most worthwhile trip. The railroad was superb, the locomotives astounding, and the comraderie dumbfounding. Simply put.  
 
It was amazing to finally see what they've all been telling us about--and I can tell you that nothing, and I mean nothing does that railroad justice. The trestle--on top of the trackwork, bridges, station and everything else--is truly an engineering masterpiece.
 
I will say I'm a little disappointed that 7597 was not able to run on the day I was there, but there's always a next time and it didn't hinder my visit in the slightest.
 
I have a "round-the-railroad" engineer's point of view video from Duncan Herring's beautiful pair of diesels a.k.a. "lawnmowers", and a ride up the trestle, taken with my new video camera, so I'll try to get that edited and up on youtube in the next week or so.
 
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about what those guys have done at the Buckingham Central Railroad. Thank you Bruce... it was great seeing you again.
 
And hopefully you guys get a little rain down there so the trestle doesn't go up in flames.  
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 6:16pm
on Feb 24th, 2007, 10:45pm, B+MNW21201 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Alas, as all good time have to come to an end, so too did our gathering. Here we see (L to R) Ray H., Bruce R., Devon, Pete, Duncan, and Ray S. cleaning up the engines prior to loading up. Notice the extra temporary steaming bays that had to be made to accomodate the number of engines.

 
I was wondering how you were going to fit all those smokers on the bay line up.  Hope to be there next year....
 
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 1st, 2007, 7:54am
Yeah, and the guy with the light (the only one in the herd without a camera) was the last one out of the woods. Seems he had to kick some dirt on a couple of glowing coals There were some very full ashpans at the BCRR and that only comes from running!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 3:18pm
Hey Guys I just have to post a couple more UN-Meet photo's. The first one is for our friend Pockets:
 
Here he is running Duncan's Pacific..... yes I said running and what you can't see is that under that bushy mustache is one very large grin!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 3:22pm
Bruce Saylors beautiful 2-8-2 Mikado, and she runs even better than she looks!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 3:24pm
Of course where there is a Bruce S. there is usually a Dave Johnson. Here he is with his equally beautiful Ten Wheeler!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 3:27pm
John Barden was on hand with his Tweetsie 2-6-0 Mogul. Anyone want to guess what fuels this locomotive? LOL
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 3:38pm
OFF TOPIC - SAFETY NOTE
A serious subject revealed itself during the meet however. One that most coal burning live steamers try to deal with and that is of unintentional fires. We ran all those days with only a couple very small trackside grass fires starting. But late in the afternoon on Saturday the reality of a fire hit home when just down the road from the BCRR a real brushfire was spotted and it quicly turned into a raging inferno that threatened homes and livestock of some of the nearby farms. No one is sure how this one started (not live steam related at all) but it serves to remind the rest of us how important it is to use screens and ashpans, desite how inconvenient they are to use. Many of the visitors to the BCRR were first hand witnesses at just how fast a brushfire can build and spread in dry conditions. Please use proper care to protect yourselves, equipment, track and property when running during the dry season.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2007, 6:31pm
Thanks Bobby. I'm still wearing that grin. Boy, have I fluffed up! It's a good thing I build in 3-3/4" scale!
 
Bruce and John's engines are always a treat. John Barden'sentire train was a sight to behold. The picture of his engine, as nice as it is, doesn't do Tweetsie justice. And to see those cars, up close, is to learn a few things about technique. I have several notes, about them, that will find their way into my bench reference.
 
Bruce, et al, I'm prepared to be corrected on this next passage....Is it just coincidental that coal burning roads often had a place to clean the fires convenient to where they took water. Perhaps, when the tank needs water, the ash pan could stand a looksee. I realize that I'm thinking way above my pay grade, but it's just one on a long list of my character flaws.....
 
No offense intended,
Greg B.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Mar 5th, 2007, 6:04pm
Nice pics Bobby. I tlooks like the 2-6-0 runs by gas or propane
 
Anthony
Posted by: superberky1204 Posted on: Mar 6th, 2007, 1:52pm
taken in 2004 with 29 freight cars at Dick McCmloys track in OH.Bruce,
 
I had a great time running on the BCR. It will be exciting there when the bridge gets finished.  .  
 
The mike gave me some more fits with the atomizer.  . All together 4 times I had to remove it to cleam out the microscopic particles trapped in the knozzle. I gave it a good physic at Largo. Put in about 4 ounces of CLR.  Thursday AM and Boy, did it foam. I drained it and gave it a boiler wash. Hopefully next time it will behave.
 
Hope all of you there are keeping warm. It was 13 this AM and Wednesday we will get up to 4 inches of the white stuff. After being in FL for 2 weeks it is hard coming back to this.  
 
Hope to see you on the track somewhere this year.
 
I will try to put up a photo.
 
Bruce in PA.
Posted by: Slipped_Eccentric Posted on: Mar 21st, 2007, 12:12am
Hey guys,
 
My father and I both had a GREAT visit to the Buckingham Central!  I can't say enough about the generosity of Pete and Bruce and the rest of the gang down there.  I was also nice to meet up with some old friends and to get acquainted with some new ones.
 
This was the first chance I've had to run my engine in probably 6 years and considering how long it sat for it ran great.  Some minor tinkering was needed but thats just par for the course.  I did get some pictures taken and I'll try and get them posted up soon.
 
Once again thanks guys, it was a great end to my trek to Florida.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 21st, 2007, 7:25am
Justin, it was great having you and your Dad visit. It nice seeing you both again after so many years. Off hand, I think that you and your little American are the unofficial holders of the BCRR land speed record, LOL. For a tiny engine, that little bugger can really move! Take care, try not to wait another 10 years before visiting again OK?  
Bobby
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Mar 21st, 2007, 8:17pm
hey bobby,
 
fast is one thing....,but did they beat the heaton fireworks show?!
 
moose the caboose
 
on Mar 21st, 2007, 7:25am, B+MNW21201 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Justin, it was great having you and your Dad visit. It nice seeing you both again after so many years. Off hand, I think that you and your little American are the unofficial holders of the BCRR land speed record, LOL. For a tiny engine, that little bugger can really move! Take care, try not to wait another 10 years before visiting again OK?  
Bobby

Posted by: Slipped_Eccentric Posted on: Mar 21st, 2007, 9:26pm
Bobby, I can't make any promises as to when, but I definatly need to make the trip back again before too long.
 
I don't know about the land speed record, I don't think I can hold a candle to Mr. Heatons run that Bruce posted up!  I know I didn't have the spark show either.  It was nice to be able to open her up though, never really had the chance to before.  Was a little suprised how quick she could be though.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 6:56am
With the help of a friend with ACAD, I have finally gotten a track plan onto the BCRR web-site for all of those that have been asking for one.  
 
www.BuckinghamCentralRR.Com  
 
oh, I'm sorry, this was SPAM! LOL  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 10:02am
RESPONSE to SPAM,
Thanks for the track plan, Bobby. I've been there twice and it still answered a couple of questions.
 
Nice shot of me, in the associate member's section...
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 1:15pm
doh, my bad. Thanks for reminding me Greg, I gotta get that fixed.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 1:41pm
Hey B+MNW21201…Thanks for that track plan. It really helps to put all the photos and videos into perspective. What an impressive undertaking…Tom
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Mar 31st, 2007, 4:46pm
You gotta love autocad these days, so simple to draw out things, shoot, all the parts for my GE 44 are done in autocad.  Nice track plan.  Now all you need is a dispatcher with electric switches and signals and a tower onto of the barn    
 
Ok, only a thought...  
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 5:31pm
I was looking around on Google.com/maps  and looked at the BCRR, boy has it changed since this sat. photo..
 
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=+++North+Ft.+Myers,+FL&layer=&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=19&ll=26.751335,-81.808504&spn=0.001061,0.002669&t=h&iwloc=addr
 
Check out the yard and the wye..wow, this really shows how far this railroad has gotten.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 5th, 2007, 1:42pm
Bruce is right, that has to be a very early aerial of the site. Notice all of the fences that have since been removed for ties and trestle bents. Also there are only 2 steaming bays and no patio  stone work in the steaming area. I agree it must b early 2005.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Apr 5th, 2007, 6:45pm
Well, that sure shows how much has been done in two years, you guys sure too steam right along at track laying and bridge building
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2007, 11:13am
Many happy returns, Bruce.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2007, 3:49pm
hey bruce,
 
many, many more...had pockets and i known, we'd have brought cake!  as it is, when the brass-work is completed, your erie is next!
 
hope everybody on the bcrr has many, many more years together.
 
moose the caboose
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:15pm
Sounds like you guys really had fun...
 
WAIT..  SINCE WHEN DID RON HAVE A SW1!!!  
HOW DID I MISS THIS!
Is it electric, gas, foot powered?  Why didnt I hear this before!
Geez....
 
HHHmmm,,  I am going to have to call him!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:38pm
Dean, lets just say that nice things happen to good people and leave it at that.  
 
Now here is a photo of a very rare sight on the BCRR as anyone who has visited can attest:
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:44pm
Here is one of Andrew doing what Andrew does best..... Running steam.
 
I don't think I have ever seen a person so at home on a live steamer before.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:48pm
Here is Andrews dad Bob, falling in love with Petes Hudson like so many of us have done before.
 
Bob is a delightful man to talk with. Ironically it was the son Andrew that got the dad into this hobby and now he too is lost to the allure of steam.  
 
I personally look forward to seeing the completion of their planned projects.  
 
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:51pm
OK, so what run day at the BCRR would be complete without a couple prerequisite runs up the unfinished trestle.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:53pm
Remember Dad's, get the kids into live steam!
 
CHUGS not DRUGS!
 
Here is one happy kid!
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 14th, 2007, 6:55pm
Last but certainly not least. I wanted to include a shot of the hardest working guy on the BCRR. Don was an engineer on the Rock Island at the end of steam and beginning of Diesel. He had his turn at the throttle of the Hudson.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 15th, 2007, 4:16pm
I like that catch phrase Bobby . More people need to follow it. Nice pictures. The bridge looks good with a train on it
 
Anthony
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jun 11th, 2007, 6:08pm
CHUGS NOT DRUGS, yep, I agree, but;  what if you run a diesel, anytakers on coming up with a catch phrase for that one!?
 
Nice to see that you put up a 18' long steaming bay for my GE 44, flat car and caboose!
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Jun 30th, 2007, 10:41am
Bruce, I'm sorry ot hear of your surgery.It's great to hear your back out the live steam track. I hope that you are doing ok and get fire the atlantic soon
 
Take Care,and remeber steam is the best cure
Anthony
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 16th, 2007, 8:01pm
hi all,
 
bruce:  you may already know, mikey says hi!  there's a big electric bell that could easily fit on a 3 or 4" post that will make it's way down to the bcrr before long.  i will talk to you after i return in early august.
 
my best to the crew of the bcrr until i can be there myself.  fabulous work you guys have done!
 
moose the caboose
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 18th, 2007, 7:45pm
hi bruce,
 
i'm not positive about when, but late august or mid-september if the city events don't get stacked up against me.  the 1st and 2nd week of september...they slammed me with 7 events.  can't wait to get down there though.  i want to bring the completed bobber and wm cabooses.  if i can get the afternoon weather to cooperate, the legacy erie should find it's way home if september becomes the plan.  i will be calling you by twisted pair after the 1st week of august to comfirm.
 
keep up the great work guys!  it's simply phenominal!
 
moose the caboose
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 20th, 2007, 5:25pm
I know this was brought up a while back but,
 
What are the dates for the Un-Meet coming up, or are they set yet?
 
I would love to come down and see some steamers run'in.  
 
I got to put the dates and mark the calendars, I just get soooo busy.
 
Dean
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2007, 12:41pm
Dean, we don't post the dates since space is limited. We don't have the facilities to handle a very large crowd if everyone decided to stop by at the same time.  
 
If you have any other questions about the BCRR feel free to call Bruce on the phone.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Sep 25th, 2007, 10:23pm
OK, Just when you least expect it................I updated the web-site  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 8th, 2007, 1:43pm
Thanks for the update, Bruce.
 
The last time I was there, someone was talking about the roundhouse. This is going to be exciting and require LOTS of posted pictures. I'm very interested in this project.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Oct 12th, 2007, 1:37pm
The weather report says we should be free of rain, so we can get alot done tomorrow.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 15th, 2007, 10:16pm
Bruce,
You may color me properly impressed. The yard looks great and will be very useful, soon..... Give Bobby a big "Thumbs Up!" It seems his talents are legion.
 
Would I be wrong in wagering that the structural steel, in that roundhouse, will be electrically fused into one piece? When a hurricane comes, everybody's gonna run to Pete's roundhouse for shelter!
 
Way to go, Gang,
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 15th, 2007, 10:18pm
Bruce,
You may color me properly impressed. The yard looks great and will be very useful, soon..... Give Bobby a big "Thumbs Up!" It seems his talents are legion.
 
Would I be wrong in wagering that the structural steel, in that roundhouse, will be electrically fused into one piece? When a hurricane comes, everybody's gonna run to Pete's roundhouse for shelter!
 
Way to go, Gang,
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2007, 6:59am
Greg, as usual you have hit the nail on the proverbial head. The steel will in fact be welded. I will be creating the short stub leads at the turntable, out of angle iron this week. Then we still need to build up the engine house pad 12" to 18". Once that is done, we will do our final vertical measurements and cut the posts accordingly. (which is why they are at staggered heights now).  With an internal track length of 16' I think we should be able to accomodate anything that visits.  
 
Greg, what is the overall width for your scale narrow gauge equipment?  
 
Bobby
Posted by: WM734 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2007, 7:21am
Wow!!  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for you guys.  It's great to see dedicated people with a work ethic that doesn't stop...great for you and I hope the roundhouse follows through.  I only wish I could head down there myself to witness everything for myself.
 
Thanks for the pics,
Colin
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 16th, 2007, 7:34am
Bobby,  
Thanks for your consideration. You know that George is moving to this scale, as well, don't you? At any rate, #15's roof will be around 28 1/4" wide.
 
Great job, guys,
Greg B.
Posted by: Anthony_SRR Posted on: Oct 16th, 2007, 6:43pm
That is looking pretty good Bruce. You guys do great work. The turntable pad with the dog on it (LOL) is very impressive looking, You guys sure are doing allot up there. I can’t wait to see the compellation.
 
Anthony
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 1:23pm
on Oct 29th, 2007, 12:59pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
  Guys,
 
   It seems that I was "called on the carpet" somewhat for posting too much about the Buckingham Central.

Keep it up, Bruce.  Those that aren't interested don't have to read about it.  If they have not learned how to skim past info they are not interested in, it is about time they did.  I certainly find it interesting reading, and I would think others would as well.  
 
George
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 3:06pm
What variety of misbegotten so and so could find anything to whine about in your coverage of the BC? Many of us, out here, anxiously await your postings. Especially those of us who are on the verge of ground breaking for their own roads.
 
If you don't like a tv show, you change the channel. If you're just a Live Steam wannabe, skip this thread!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Anthony_SRR Posted on: Oct 29th, 2007, 6:21pm
I always look forward to hearing about this group. The amount of work you guys got done is impressive. Anyone wants to come over to the Railroad Museum of Long Island. There is [plenty to do around there LOL. But really that i9s very impressive. You guys are doing a great job
 
Anthony
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 1:31pm
It just gets better and better. Thanks for the photos, Bruce, here and in the other threads.The roundhouse is going to be awsome, the tank is a very worthy replacement for the garden hose and the trackwork, as usual, shows the touch of a master.
 
Can't wait for my next visit,
Greg B.
Posted by: SnG42 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 9:07pm
Building a railroad is an incredible amount of work and no little headscratching. a little pride is justified. Those who are critical of your writing should try it.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 10:28pm
Thanks for the kind words. Not to beat our chests but to reenforse what Bruces has been saying, we at the BCRR have been blessed with a great group of like minded individuals. It is truly amazing what you can accomplish once you take the "politics" out of the equation. The real secret to how much we accomplish is that we all have our own little areas of expertise (though that is not the word I'm looking for). For instance, Bruce and Ron love to do track work with a passion, I don't. I love to build up the engine facilities area. Pete loves to fabricate and machine. Don, whose health doesn't allow him much mobility it happy cutting up wood for ties. Marvin who is the newest to the group is also proving invaluable in taking on projects and running with them. Pete allows us to explore our ow abilities and is always ready to help with advice or labor, but only if we ask. You could not ask for a better and more accomidating track owner. I guess to summarize this sermonette, I would have to say that we get so much done so fast because it is not work, it is fun.  
 
Now, before you guys ask, a few notes about the pending engine house. The track leads as you see them had to be made from steel as such to mate properly with the turntable lock. The rest of the radiating trackage will be standard aluminum rail on ties. The leads as you can see in Bruces photo's are about 15 inches off the ground. This entire area will be filled in and a retaining wall will be built around the entire engine house pad. I have planned for 6 tracks inside and 3 additional outside storage tracks. The structure will be weather tight to give us some much needed overnight storage during meets. The steel in the pictures will be cut to finish height once the pad fill is in place and final measurements are done. The 4 inner bays will have 24" wide openings and the 2 end bays will have 30" openings to allow for any 3.5" scale visiting equipment (hint hint Pockets).
 
Thats all for now. I or Bruce will post some up dates after this weekend.
 
Bobby
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 10:37pm
Bruce again great pics,  it is truly amazing what  a few dedicated  people are capable of.   Bobby the round house project looks great.  That will be a nice addition to the railroad.  I can already see the future pics  the round house will provide ,a steamer poking out of each stall.  great work guys. I wish I was there to help.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2007, 11:50am
Ray, we are just getting ready for your steamers to be poking their noses out of the roundhouse for pictures! I am looking forward to a full house of Mikados, Mohawks, Husons, Northerns, Pacific and of course Atlantics.
Posted by: Anthony_SRR Posted on: Nov 7th, 2007, 7:22pm
Great work guys. That thing is really looking good. But Bot you guys work pretty fast and do a good job at what you build!
 
Anthony
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:50pm
Way to go, Bobby!! Sure wish I was in the area, to help.
 
Bruce, et al, that low trestle work, in the back ground, looks NICE.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 19th, 2007, 11:25pm
Bruce,
Again, thanks for the pics.
 
A lifetime ago, there was a Rock n Roll band called the Buckinghams. They were what we called "One hit wonders"> Well, Pete's little band of Buckinghams just keeps cranking out the hits!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 7:01am
Yes Greg, we keep ROCKING and ROLLING along. It is going to be a challange, but I hope to have the roundhouse funtional by February. This retaining wall is by far the most time consuming portion.  
 
Bobby
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 26th, 2007, 8:55pm
Dang, there's gonna be so much new stuff that you guys are going to have to be tour guides!  
 
Two quick queries; 1. In response #472, does Pete know where his indicator base went? 2. In the next to last pic, does the Chairperson of the Board know where the ladder to her pool is?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 27th, 2007, 9:43am
Greg let me answer those quieries:
 
1) yes he does, but it is not the one you see, that one is mine and works real well for this application.
 
2) probably not, but since the pool has "deflated" to the point that one only has to step over the side to get in, it is not an issue.
 
Bruce, thanks for the kind words but lets not make too much out of it. Compared to the works of others, this is just "playing with blocks".
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 14th, 2007, 8:37pm
Okay, Bruce, we cut ya some slack, dis week. Between the roundhouse, tank and pevo pass, we gotta have some pictures next week. Otherwise Vinny an' Guido will be around ta see ya. I know, they're your cousins, anyway.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Dec 14th, 2007, 10:49pm
Sorry Greg, but there hasn't been any workdone on the roundhouse last week or this week. I am performing in my churches Christmas Pageant. We had 5 shows last week end and another 5 this week end. That and the mid week rehearsals have not left me any time toget to the track. But fear not, I'll be back up there next weekend!
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 15th, 2007, 7:01pm
Boy, a Live Steamer in a church Christmas pageant! I'd of bought a ticket for THAT show! Good on ya. At least your slackin' off was for a good cause.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2007, 11:00pm
Nice photo Bruce, too bad it doesn't show the Pacific that Bob Dean had under pressure for the first time. Not too bad for a "play-day".
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jan 16th, 2008, 7:04am
Oh what a great problem I have..........
 
I just found out that more stone and pavers are to be delivered and I am running out of project idea's! At this rate the entire 5 acres is going to be a giant mosaic of paver stones. LOL
 
Tip for all clubs and larger private tracks with space to store rock, contact your local commercial roofer and offer to take such materials. You will be surprised at how easy it is to get free stone. Sometimes it is too large for ballast but is great for fill or landscaping. Other times they may have roof pavers that can be used for retaining walls or patios / walkways.  
Most commercial roofers must pay for landfills to dump the used stone so they are usually willing to give it away.
 
Tip #2 Engineering firms that test concrete strength will always have a stockpile of 6" x 12" concrete cylinders that were "reserves" from test batches. Aftre the test period these cylinders are usually taken to the landfill. Again, many of these companies are willing t give them away for free if you haul them. These are great for edging along the right-of-way if laid end to end. The keep the ballast from spreading into the lawn and make it easy to use the edger without hitting the rocks.
 
Part of the secret to why we have been able to do so much so quickly is from the ability to recycle materials when ever possible.  
 
Bobby
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2008, 4:38pm
This is one of those classic Good news/ Bad news things;
 
Good News, the wife has taken an interest in the live steam hobby.........
Bad news, she has also taken ownership of my engine............... C'mon dear, its my turn to run the engine............
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2008, 6:07pm
Oooooooh, stick a fork in him. He's done!! ROFLMAO Way to go, Mrs. T!!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: PRR#90 Posted on: Mar 14th, 2008, 3:49pm
Thanks, Bruce. I've been wondering about the roundhouse. Can't wait for the pictures.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 29th, 2008, 12:07am
I have it on good authority that a certain "naked" NW2 will be feeling its way around in the dark as well.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 29th, 2008, 7:27am
Oh, Bobby, do you have the loan of Mrs. T's engine, or is she going to be runing?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Mar 29th, 2008, 9:46am
hi all,
 
a night run!  sorry that i can't be there to see the parade, but i'll certainly be thinking about you guys.
 
bobby t:  knowing the sensibilities of mrs. t and ladies like her, how long is she going to put up with her engine running 'neked'?!
 
enjoy the running, and give our best to those who must return to the northland!
 
moose the caboose
 
 
on Mar 29th, 2008, 12:07am, B+MNW21201 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I have it on good authority that a certain "naked" NW2 will be feeling its way around in the dark as well.

Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Mar 30th, 2008, 5:18pm
I am happy to report that everyone survived the night run, what a hoot. You couldn't see 2 feet in front of you. I got to run Petes Mohawk, but gave it up after one short lap. I couldn't see the water gauge or the injector. I am nervous enough running that beauty in the bright sunlite, it was pure white knuckles cruising around with out being able to see switch points and sometimes each other. The scariest moment for me was when I had timed my travel along the back section track to go under the trestle at the same time as Bruce and his Atlantic were crossing overhead. It was a cool sight seeing his headlight and cab light and that firebox and ash pan all a glow...........FIREBOX!!! It was at the moment I was going under that firbox that visions of raining fire went through my head. Forunately Bruces ash pan does a very good job and I remained unscarred. All in all a fun time was had by all.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 1st, 2008, 1:05pm
OK, where is their Railroad lanterns?  No one Should be out and about with out one.
 
You could even get some with the Railroads initials on it and be Official.  Maybe even sell some.  A club fund raiser item.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 1st, 2008, 9:10pm
OMG, Tom....You don't really want to go there.... You don't want to open that whole "hand signals" can of worms in this crowd. Suffice it to say that there are those of us who could and would, those of us who can't or won't and some who wouldn't if they could. This is why clubs mandate walkie talkies. Half the people in the hobby can't read a switch (with or without a target). How can we expect them to memorize 8 - 10 hand signals.
 
This rant is NOT directed at the BC Crew. Individually, and as a group, the are made of better stuff.
 
Sorry for the short circuit, Bruce, but you and I have talked about this at length, back at Largo.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 1st, 2008, 9:20pm
Greg,
 
No mention of hand signals.  Just thought it would help read the water glass and look down the track.  Since the battery died on #7 I have to use one to see when it gets dark.  May have to break down and buy another battery.  Lucky summer and longer days is a commin.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Apr 2nd, 2008, 7:58am
Actually my dear friends, both the Mohawk and Atlantic had official CSX style railroad lanterns on board and the "neked" NW2 had an old school style lantern on board. All lanterns were in working order and I can say that some lantern signals were used.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 15th, 2008, 9:12am
OMG. I'm so sorry to hear that. You told me that he was hurt, but I had no idea to what degree. Please, extend the strongest get well soon wishes, from the Boden family, to him. Pete is a dynam, and for him to be down has got to be torture. Be assured that your request is being honored.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 15th, 2008, 1:25pm
My sympathy goes out to Pete also.  A bad back is no fun.  Heal fast!!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: May 3rd, 2008, 8:07pm
Bruce, Glad to hear that Pete is doing as well, as to be expected at this time. I know that with you all there in Fort Myers, and at the BCRR will help him even more.
 
All the best during these times.
 
Your Northern Fan, and Friend
 
Adam V.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: May 4th, 2008, 8:39am
Also great news to my ears!  Remind Pete when he gets back that he has a lot of friends pulling for him through this difficult period.
Dan
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: May 16th, 2008, 5:50pm
hi all,
 
bobby:  if you guys continue to get the ladies out on the railroad, i'm a gonna have to finish the tune i've been workin' on...."steel rails and a dozen roses"!  with the recent events, it's a pleasure to see them breath life back into some saddened hearts.  tip'o'the hat to them.
 
moose
 
 
on Mar 2nd, 2008, 4:38pm, B+MNW21201 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This is one of those classic Good news/ Bad news things;
 
Good News, the wife has taken an interest in the live steam hobby.........
Bad news, she has also taken ownership of my engine............... C'mon dear, its my turn to run the engine............

Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: May 16th, 2008, 6:12pm
Moose, by all means finish that sound. The track gang can sing it while using the track bars to move the new alignment into position.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jun 14th, 2008, 8:55pm
Not a bad looking (iron) horse barn. Not bad at all..... Thanks for the memories, Bruce.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Anthony_SRR Posted on: Jun 14th, 2008, 10:13pm
Great photos Bruce! I really like them, dirty steamers after a hard days work. Just Classic. Thanks for posting them
 
Anthony
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2008, 11:42pm
Here is the much talked about and highly anticipated track plan that we are working on for the BCRR. I color coded each section to clarify it as best as I can. The trackage appears to be double tracked in sections but it is actually a single track main that folds over itself.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2008, 11:45pm
Compare that with the original track plan. *note in this plan the trestle wasn't finished yet. It has since been tied into the main.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 4th, 2008, 10:52pm
AH SO! Now I see how it works. Dah
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 12th, 2008, 1:22pm
Way to go, Gang! What a clever idea. At least you had the good sense to modify a Chebbie. That way, if it doesn't work out, you're not out much!
 
Who spilled paint on my napping bench?!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Aug 12th, 2008, 4:57pm
Hmmm, I will have to consult my wizards handbook for this one Bruce.
 
Greg I don't think that is paint..........think........aviary by product
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 19th, 2008, 4:55pm
Bruce,
 
Thanks for the update! I was wondering how yawl were doing!
 
Henry
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 19th, 2008, 5:39pm
Yes, Bruce, thanks. My thoughts have been with you and the gang, the last couple of days.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2008, 7:34pm
I'm OK, nothing to report from my area except lots of puddles. I even went to work this morning during the height of it. We were fortunate it didn't strengthen like they thought it would. I am curious about how well the track fared. I seem to remember a tropical storm named Ernesto that put everything under water.
Bobby
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Aug 20th, 2008, 3:01pm
Hello everyone,
  I spoke with Bobby last night and just wanted to let you all know I'm fine, a little wet and dishufled but otherwise fine. I managed to come out of this storm unscathed. How'z Pete's place? I am expecting that the tree tops were cleaned out. See you all Sat.
 
Russell
Posted by: Bruce_T Posted on: Aug 27th, 2008, 7:43am
Hi Bruce, Bruce T here. Have been watching things from up here in New England. Talked to Pete after the rain storm, lot's of water there. Hopefully not to much damage. keep up the good work.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2008, 12:18am
Bruce,
My footwear was well suited to the conditions (no wet socks!) except for the occasional floating fire ant  
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Sep 11th, 2008, 11:10pm
Bruce,
 
In case you guys need some inspiration on the wooden tunnel project, have a look at this site:
 
http://www.sn3.org/eprr/
 
This is the Eagle Point Railroad near Chattanooga.  It's the track we were discussing when I was down there in August.  Here's what their tunnel looks like on the inside:
 
http://www.sn3.org/eprr/facilities/eprr-tunnel-interior.jpg
 
Good luck with the project!
 
Dan
Posted by: Bruce_T Posted on: Sep 12th, 2008, 8:27am
Bruce
Hope that the BCR is finally drying out. Maybe normal operations will resume. I checked out the web site that Dan posted, for the tunnel pics. A friend of mine here in New England has built one made of the same construction materials. 75' in length, and curved like largo. Has the safety lights and walkway inside. Also did the large berm over it with the plantings. That is his train storage for the winter months. Will be back to Fl. in Oct. Will try to get down to see yall.
Bruce T
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Oct 19th, 2008, 10:23pm
Friends,
 
Well I made the journey to the Buckingham Central in conjunction with a business trip and I would like to express my greatest appreciation and thanks to both Pete and Bruce.  I was given the red-carpet tour of the railroad and even became accepted by Diamond, as she decided to go for a ride with me.
 
What a wonderful place and the beauty of the locomotives and the workmanship.  I saw the newly finished boiler sitting on Bruce's Atlantic ( I could almost hear the loco begging to hit the rails again).
 
I am looking forward to my next visit and am very glad that I made the trip earlier today.  Both Pete and Bruce were great hosts.  To all those associated with the Buckingham Central, great job you guys!!!!
 
Don
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 1st, 2008, 9:53pm
Naw, naw, naw, Bruce..... The word frugal was not part of it...... The statement was, "The Buckinghams are so tight they squeak when they walk!!!"  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: B+MNW21201 Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2008, 7:34am
Bruce, when the track crew starts acting this way towards each other, then it's time to find a new track! lol  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2008, 8:08pm
The thoughts that must go through Pete's mind, on that rare, quiet, evening, when he joins Diamond & Co. for a walk around the property. The steaming bays, the roundhouse and turntable, the coal and water towers, three bridges and a thousand foot trestle.......Not to mention Pevo Patio and the started tunnel..... Being the gentleman that he is, I'm sure it is not lost on him, what a great bunch of friends he has.
 
Friendship and respect don't come freely. They must be earned and nurtured. It's a simple equation that so many fail to grasp. That gang, that I refer to collectively as the Buckinghams, has a solid lock on it.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 6:40am
There comes a time when you must simply enjoy the fruits of your labor. These times don't have to be shared with the whole world. Sufice it to say that I'm glad you had a good time.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:00pm
We had a very enjoyable time with Pete's guest's on Saturday. Everyone loved the steamers (who wouldn't) and one young man got a real surprise when I threw him onto the back of the diesel and he ran his very first large scale ride on train in his life. I couldn't see since I was sitting behind him, but I was told he had a smile from ear to ear. Here are some photos of that little get together. For us it was a thrill to see both of Pete's engines out there strutting their stuff at the same time.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:05pm
Peter standing with one of his guests.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:06pm
Bruce on the beautiful Mohawk
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:08pm
Marvin, AKA "Speedy" was running the neked NW2. Note that the body has been started. I hope to have an interesting update on this project soon.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:10pm
I didn't get a head count, but most everyone is in this photo..... I think.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:12pm
Another shot of the pivo station action
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 18th, 2008, 11:14pm
........ok, now that switch turns on the chug chug sound card, and that one starts the fake smoke generator, now watch the battery meter to be sure you have enough juice..... tee hee
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 20th, 2008, 7:18am
Wow, I am actually a bit surprised you guys let me get away with the joke on the last photo.  
 
Bruce in the photo you are referring, if you look at it long enough, it looks like I photoshopped you into the scene. It was a weird overcast day without shadows. If I remember correctly, as I was composing the photo you decided to get out of the shot......... too late.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 6:03pm
Chris taking a train load over the trestle with his RS3
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 6:11pm
down the trestle
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 9:34pm
I think we have hit the limits of locomotive size for the transfer table.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 5th, 2008, 4:02pm
Shame about that transfer table. I was gonna start hammerin' the ERIE guy to build a triplex!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 21st, 2008, 5:37pm
Uh, George, make a note to take your trailer to the unmeet....  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: WMSR501 Posted on: Jan 6th, 2009, 9:59am
To Bruce and all the guys of the BCRR,
 
I really want to thank all you guys for having me. I had a blast.  It was a real pleasure to finally get to come down and see the railroad in real life. Like I told you. "Pictures dosent do the railroad any justice." You guys are the definition of real live steam railroaders and teamwork. And after getting to see the BCRR in real life made me realize how much hard work and pride you put into it. You guys made my first trip to Florida a memory I will never forget. It's defientaly worth the 18 hour drive lol.  I can't wait to come back and visit again. Again I want to thank all you guys for having me over I appreciated it very much.
 
Take Care,
 
Cody Cook
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 8th, 2009, 7:00am
on Jan 7th, 2009, 11:18pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
      Expected at the Un-Meet of "09" are as follows;
 
   N&W "J" class 4-8-4, builder D. Herring, coal fired
   Southern Ps4 4-6-2 builder D. Herring, coal fired
   IC 2-8-2 Mike  owner, boiler builder R. Heaton coal fired
   2-4-0 Raritan, owner, boiler builder R. Heaton, coal fired
   4-6-2 Pacific, rebuilder B. Terlink, coal fired
   B&M 4-8-2 owner, C. Colby, coal fired
   C&S 2-6-0, buildr. Dr. Swanke, owner, boiler builder C. Wilks, coal fired
 
locomotives already at the BCRR facility
 
   NYC Mohawk 4-8-2 builder, P. Bialecki, propane fired
   NYC Hudson 4-6-4 builder, P. Bialecki, propane fired
   4-4-2, Atlantic, builder, B. Schneider, owner A. Heckerman, coal fired
   4-4-2, Erie Atlantic, builder B. Raykiewicz, coal fired (moderator)
   B&M0-6-0 switcher, owner B. Timson, propane fired
   and one brand new scratch built IC caboose, builder G. Taylor (moderator)
 
  

 
Bruce,  
 
I took the liberty of correcting a couple typo's above.
 
More engines coming to the Unmeet;
   Central of Georgia 4-8-4 Northern, owner/builder B. Dean, propane fired
   Rio Grande 2-8-0 Consolidation, owner B. Dean, coal fired
 
Bobby
 
 
Posted by: SnG42 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2009, 7:46pm
This is a pretty impressive list. Can you stand to add a little 040 Mercer switcher? I would like to attend again at least a day or two. It was built by Mort Tiley of Tavares a few years ago.  
 
George Johnson
Posted by: SnG42 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2009, 9:05pm
I would not miss it. You guys have been working on everything but the road. Maybe I missed that....
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 28th, 2009, 5:46pm
Congratulations goes out to Pete's daughter Lyndsay and Mario for the birth of their son Gianni D'Angelo Scartozzi, 8 pounds 13 ounces, 21 1/2 inches. Mommy and baby are doing fine.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 28th, 2009, 10:27pm
That's terrific. Congrats to the proud mom and pop. Pete has to be beside himself.
 
Let's see... Running the Mohawk by age four. Building his own engine by age eight. Helping Bruce on and off the Atlantic by twelve. Walking into the Dean's office, his freshman year at MIT and saying, "Just give me the paper. I've done all this, before." What a childhood this kid has in front of him!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jan 29th, 2009, 7:42pm
hi all,
 
congratulations and welcome to the world to the 'newby'!  this little guy is gonna have lots of 'aunts' & 'uncles' looking out for him!  it's humbling to note that in pete's arms, a miracle exists...one of the sweet mysteries of life.  the look in pete's face is priceless..'yes, i'm going to spoil you rotten!'  
 
all the best to mom, pop, grandpa & the love of their lives.  pete, the blue 'welder' will be available to you anytime you need it!  the buckinghams will be recipient of one who loves through innocence while learning and living in a caring extended family.
 
additions to the human family still melt my heart...
 
moose
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 29th, 2009, 8:03pm
Moose... you ol softy.  
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2009, 1:02pm
Hey,  
   Congrats. to Pete on becoming a grandfather once more. Sorry I missed you all last week, I had to work and I will be out of town this next weekend. Someone might want to pick up where I left off painting and I'll finish when I get back . Can't wait to see the new bambino. Take care all.
 
Russell
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2009, 2:31pm
I'm sorry, do we know you?  
 
actually Russell, Pete took over the painting chore, but don't let that bother you, we have more projects available  
 
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Feb 9th, 2009, 7:46am
Bruce, you are just "itching" to post those "special project" photo's aren't you?
Posted by: Dave_J Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 10:30am
Bruce,
 
Looks like you guys are ready for this years Un-Meet.  Wish I could be there.  Maybe next year.
 
Dave J.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 12:29pm
That hammock is MINE, next year. IIRC, every time I closed my eyes, someone stuck me on a steam locomotive!    
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 6:56pm
Dave J., You and Bruce S will be missed this year. You guys know you are always welcome.
 
Greg, The hammock is reserved for you buddy.
Posted by: Dave_J Posted on: Mar 15th, 2009, 11:17am
It's great to see the young folks at the throttle!  
 
DJ
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 4th, 2009, 10:28pm
hi all,
 
bruce:  great to see all the doin's around the bcrr again!  very nice to see the older equipment come out and stretch a leg.  it shows that equipment built well lasts...sometimes outlasts the builder.  the blue english welder is alive and on the build table for some cosmetic work.  hoping to come down for a weekend in august.   gonna see how well it does in work-train service.
 
to all:  once again, the bcrr has shown that the 4th of july is special.  a time for family, friends, and remembering those that gave so much for their country.  the gift of freedom to do what we want to do came with the cost of lives and futures.   with freedom came responsibility to maintain and keep it dear to our hearts...happy 4th of july everybody!
 
moose
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:35pm
I have to plug and chug my few photos into the line up from this past weekend (July 3rd, 2009) that I took.  I took mainly video footage and I am in the process of editing it together and will post it hopefully by the end of the week!  
 
I can't thank the un-members of the BCRR enough for inviting me out on the 3rd for such a special occasion and fire-up.  I surely had a BLAST (of steam and fun... Peter opened the blowdown while I was standing there, oops, ..hahaha)!  I really enjoy the honor of my finger on that throttle and such fine equipment of consists.  So, once again, thankyou.
 
I also would love to say God Bless to all and hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.  Thankyou to all the troops that keep us free and safe in our wonderful country.  We honor and praise those across our seas and hope for their safe return.
 
To start my filmstrip of picture, I'll show the steaming bay at the BCRR...
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:43pm
This is probably one of my favorite pictures from Friday for two reasons...
 
1)Peter is enjoying checking his engine out and making sure she is running like clockwork.  I think it's just great to see that smile on his face....
 
2)This is the engine Peter literally told me to take off with.  Bruce ran her around the loop and came back in to check the valve, fixed it, and then Peter told me to climb on.  I questioned where the throttle is and should I worry about the water for the trip around and he said "here and no it'll be fine"...  So I took off with her.  Coming back through Pivo Patio there I made a stop and questioned where the injector valves were.  He explained them to me and adjusted them a bit and told me to keep running.  
 
I really enjoyed running that engine, Erie tender and all.  She ran with out trouble and I made several miles around the loop with her under pressure.  
 
I have to say, these two fine Bialecki "steamies" are beautiful sleeping or not.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:47pm
This next photo an image seen through-out the later part of the day.  Russell Dostal (ConrailRed9504) snoozing as Ron Abt glided the NW-2 around the railroad.  
 
 I may have even dose off in the gondola a few times on the ground loop...it's quiet comfortable really...  
 
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:51pm
With credit to Ron Abt for this shot, and I actually think the one above it, Peter holds onto BCRR at-the-ready-bloodhound Max for a trip around the railroad.  I think, correct me if I'm wrong guys, this is one of his first trips aboard the loop.  
 
Max quickly jumped out when he saw the switch lined for the trussell.  Maybe he is scared of heights?  
 
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:53pm
They're off!  A engine that hasn't seen the rails in over a year drifts next to the under construction NW-2.  On top of that, it's hard to catch Bruce in a photo since more than half the time he is taking them!
 
Who won the race?  The critter of course!
 
 
Picture Credited: Ron Abt
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 5:00pm
I think it is known that the BCRR has no members, no meets, and no daily scheduled rail service...
 
BUT
 
we also know the BCRR houses a few families, one being this fine group.  At the head we have the hogger daughter, fireman son, and conductor Ron.  She did a great job at running that engine and kept that train stretched the entire time.  I'm sure she'll have a great time when that NW-2 gets a nice sound system or horn on her!  
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 5:03pm
While amongst the route, you'll find many locals.  One crazy team being this group lazying around the Pivo Patio in the cool/hot shade.
 
 
With that, this finished my pictures of July 3rd, 2009 of the BCRR.  I had a great time and I am sure everyone else did also.  Thanks to the whole gang who puts on such a great show and place to be.  
 
God Bless and hope you have a happy 3,4,5th of July!
 
 
Dean G.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jul 5th, 2009, 8:31pm
Looks like a great time was had by all. My thoughts are frequently with that rockin' group, The Buckinghams. This weekend was no exception.
 
Dean, try napping on the station bench. Every time I dozed off, someone woke me up and stuck me on a steam engine!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 11th, 2009, 7:26pm
Since I was unable to attend this impromptu gathering, I planned on running my engine today. But to my surprise, I wasn't the only one. Cam arrived with his Mogul. It was a great day for running steamers.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 11th, 2009, 7:27pm
If there is a steamer fired up then it is a safe bet Bruce isn't far away.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 11th, 2009, 7:30pm
Cam's engine was running really well today
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 11th, 2009, 7:32pm
I am pleased that I was able to get the 0-6-0 steamed up as well.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 11th, 2009, 8:29pm
hi all,
 
great to see cam and the 'un-crew' out keepin' the rails shiny!
 
bobby:  the bcrr needs some webcams around the place that click pictures on an hourly basis so we can see the track crew at work!  the bcrr is one of the few places where you could make a movie of it and see progress...most to the others, you wouldn't see activity for hours of film.
 
bruce:  sorry to miss the 'un-un-un-mini meet', but once the current batch is ready (august), i'm comin' down to see if i still remember anything about trackwork!  it's beginning to look like pevo2 needs a satellite brewing station...after all, you've got the water supply and the fuel for the kettles.  an ice house and grain elevator can't be far behind?!   also, i was able to digitize the movies that steamheaton sent, so if you haven't, i bring a copy with me.
 
gettin' ta the point i can get back in the shop again!
 
see ya'll soon!
 
moose
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 28th, 2009, 2:50pm
Wow, I got to say I am surprised and a bit humbled by the article in the Summer 2009 Home Railway Journal.  The Editor Matt M. told me he was going to do a little story about the BCRR. But nothing could have prepared me for the full color spread that was done, including the cover!  
 
Thank you Matt.
 
You get used to seeing the track almost daily that you tend to get complacent about certain aspects. The article was like looking at the track for the first time through someone elses eyes.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Aug 15th, 2009, 5:18pm
Looking great guys!  You know what would be great...an updated track plan...heh heh heh!  
 
Did I catch rumor the railroad is expanding to 40 acres next year?  just kidding...
 
Can't wait to visit and see all the new line,
Dean  
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Sep 28th, 2009, 5:35pm
ErieAtlantic, I think what you guys have going on down at the BCRR is amazing. And I am enjoying reading your posts and looking at all the pictures you and others have taken. And I hope to one day take a trip down there. But right now the wallet says no, so what you and every one else posts will have to do.
 
I, my self, have had few problems under standing your descriptions of whats going on, and I under stand the track plan. I just can figure out what track is done, and what track is not. May be you could, next time you feel like posting the track plan, edit it to show what is done, and what parts you and every one else where working on.
 
Well, keep up the AMAZING work, and I look forward to reading more.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 28th, 2009, 9:13pm
Hey Bruce, those tracks Mario and Ron repaired are a lot older than 2004. They were installed at the current location in 2004 but they were at the old track for at least 3 years prior! Remember we hauled complete sections of track and all the switches from the old place.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2009, 11:02pm
Pete and his son Matt
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2009, 11:04pm
The foliage is really colorful this time of year.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2009, 11:06pm
Harry is wondering why Bruce is working so hard on a "play" day!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 4th, 2009, 9:09pm
Thank heavens for that photag guy!!  Now we see how hard you work!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 9th, 2009, 9:57pm
Bruce.  sorry to hear that news.  Give my best to Pete and I wish him a speedy recovery.  Warm up his comfy chair so he uses it to get better.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 10th, 2009, 3:13pm
Bruce,
Please extend a heartfelt "Get well soon", for me.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 5th, 2009, 9:42pm
Random photos taken last Saturday by me,
 
the approach to Nancy station
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 5th, 2009, 9:43pm
the new mainline along side of the station. traffic will travel towards me here.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 5th, 2009, 9:44pm
HOO-WHEEE!!! This is too much fun!  
For clarification:
The parallel tracks at the bottom will travel from left to right
The single track will travel right to left
The pivo pair will be opposing traffic with the top track going right to left and the one closest to the wind mill going left to right.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 5th, 2009, 9:49pm
The new section as viewed from the Don Pierson bridge.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 5th, 2009, 9:51pm
Ron putting some deck screws into the newest and smallest bridge on the BCRR
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Nov 9th, 2009, 3:54pm
The BCRR interlock.  This is just one of many crossing on the new BCRR track plan.  This one though will need a pretty major signal system to protect it, which raises some interesting concepts on how to build it.  As for the finally trackplan there at the BCRR, I believe that the NW-2 will be facing the other direction at the crossing.  (Correct me if I'm wrong track guru's)
 
Also, thankyou to all the BCRR track gang and group.  I really enjoyed my day out there and I hope to get back South again soon.  I'm currently making some rough drawing and checking parts to see how I could fix that chain from slipping...  
 
I'll go tomorrow and find you guys so relays and LEDs for some signals and other misc things for down there...
 
 
Dean
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Nov 29th, 2009, 8:29pm
Hey Bruce,
   How cute. I stopped out today to work on my locomotive and looked around and was VERY impressed. I can't wait for the Christmas run.  
Russell
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2009, 11:57pm
Now's that a cutie!  
I tell ya, the BCRR keeps lowering their engineer training age down there...
(PS-I about died laughing at the reflective stripes back there, the engine may be black but you can't miss it with a flash!)
 
 
That's the cleanest 'wood shop' I've seen, must have been before the project...  
 
Looking great down there guys keep it up!  
 
Dean
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 4th, 2009, 11:28am
Hey Bruce,
    What time are you guys going to fire up the engines? It looks as though my wife may come out after all. I spoke with Pete on Sun last week and asked him if I could bring a friend of my wife's out with her 5 yr old and he said yes. Also, do you know it this is a pot luck lunch?
Russell
 
P.S. perhaps we will be able to fire up the Atlantic?
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 4th, 2009, 12:41pm
Bruce,
   What do you think the chances are that we will be able to run seeing as there are chances for thunder storms?
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 4th, 2009, 5:58pm
Bruce,
    I will bring some tents to put up.    And we will see.
Thanks
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 7th, 2009, 11:01am
Well the weather seemed to behave on Sat. and sort of cleared up by noon, with drizzles here and there. Bruce pulled out a train and pulled Paul a guest from Lakes Park around a few times.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 11th, 2009, 3:07pm
It look like there was plenty of good eats and fun had by all. I'm only sorry that I had leave earlier in the day. Oh well, maybe next time. Now we need to start a thread on the Junction Station.
Russell
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 10:16pm
Merry Christmas to all of my friends on the Buckingham Central. Pete, Bruce and Bobby and all that I have yet to meet, Have a joyous Christmas and a Great New Year.
 
Hope to see you soon, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 10:50pm
Merry Christmas to you and yours as well Greg. And to all our Northern Friends!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 1st, 2010, 4:41pm
Guys,
 
As a late comer here and not finding it in this thread, I have been wondering for some time why Pete named his railroad the Buckingham Central.  Is there a story behind that?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 1st, 2010, 10:37pm
Bruce,
 
That was great.  Thanks.  You know how that curiosity thing works.  It has been nagging me some so had to finally ask.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:39am
Today we finally had some time to play. We had a Birthday celebration for Pete (today) and Mario (New Years Eve). Pete fired up his Mohawk which really performed well over the new track alignment. Unfortunately my camera batteries died before I could get any photo's of that. We also celebrated the resurrection and firing of Russell's Atlantic.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:40am
The birthday cake.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:41am
The NW-2 meeting Russell on the main
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:42am
Check out that smile, it says it all!
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:46am
We had some nice guests at the track today as well, but I cannot remember this nice lady's name (help someone). Julia is riding the last car. This woman's husband, whose name is Guy was running the NW-2 when I shot this. It was his first experience running large scale equipment. I got to say, he was a natural with a nice feel for the throttle.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 2:51pm
LOL, sneaky paparazzi! The gentle rocking motion, along with the sounds of the Mohawk chugging along nicely.....well, I couldn't help myself. It was a great ride to say the least.  
 
If you look really carefully you will see Mario and I are sporting new "Kromer" hats courtesy of "un-member" Marv who just returned from the great white north. Thanks again Marv.  
 
Chris surprised us with a visit as well, unfortunately his beautiful engine was being temperamental and he wasn't able to run her.  
 
Our newest and sweetest "un-member" Julia treated the gathering with a great southern BBQ lunch! oh-boy, this is living people, Thank you Julia!
 
One person missing from the photo's that needs mention is Ron A. who while the rest of us were playing, he was diligently installing switch stands & control linkages. While many people have been involved with the new track expansion. I want to say that Ron gets the MVP award for this one. Well done Ron, now when are you going to finish the NW2?
 
Happy 2010 everyone, it is already looking to be a good one.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 4th, 2010, 9:01am
Bruce,
     I forgot to ask how the "GO, NO GO" went around the track. As, I was otherwise occupied. I also want you to know that I can't thank you and Pete enough for all your help and knowledge that you both have shared with me. You both have created some wonderful memories for me that I will never forget. So, a BIG THANK YOU!!! Looking at the pictures that you and Bobby posted, I do look like the Cheshire Cat. I don't want to forget anyone, so thanks as well to the rest of the crew at BCRR for your encouragement. Well now I guess my next project will be to get those injectors working and the timing. See you around the curve.
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 5th, 2010, 8:44am
Bruce it sure is. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it up this comming week end as I have to work. But hopefully the following week. I have been showing the video to friends and family as well as the pictures.
Russ
Posted by: Super_foamer Posted on: Jan 9th, 2010, 9:16pm
on Jan 9th, 2010, 6:15pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
   Folks,
 
   If you think that I'm streaching a point about the cool (cold) weather we are now expierienceing here in SW Florida, take a look at the pics from just last week end. Posted 1/3/10. Notice we all have either sweat shirts or jackets on. It has been one solid week of cold. Cold for here anyway!!! But, today, it is around 30* with a light rain all day. The cold has acutally stopped me from working on 7597 in my garage, due to how cold it has gotten out there. BTW,supposed to be a low of 29* tomorrow, Sunday 1/10/10.
 
   Welcome to sunny and warm SW Florida !!!!!!!!!!

 
Your low of 29 was our high a couple days ago
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Jan 9th, 2010, 10:59pm
I agree, I have had enough of this cold weather, think I'll move to Florida.  
Bruce The Larger
Posted by: Slipped_Eccentric Posted on: Jan 10th, 2010, 1:12pm
Sorry to hear about the cold weather down there, at least you're still able to make some progress.  Maybe I missed it, but will the signals be automatic?
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 10th, 2010, 7:20pm
Planning automatic signals, which will be interesting circuits to say the least.  We're looking at a timer mechanism to cover the time the train crosses the steel bridge, since that can't easily be a track circuit.  
 
And Bruce is right, Florida is quite literally freezing over.  I'm sitting at home (sick) next to the roaring fire right now.  But at any case, I had a hell of a good time down there in the BCRR shop.
 
Dean
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 11th, 2010, 11:10am
Sorry to hear that the cold hit your neck of the woods.  Now you know why we dress in layers up in the north woods to survive the Cold.  Keep warm and toasty and your normal weather will return as soon as global warming kicks in. (VBG)  Thank heavens for heaters and that Pete didn't throw it out many moons ago.  Ours is the wood stove in the roundhouse.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 11th, 2010, 12:54pm
Sorry I missed the huttle in the shop. I was tring to keep dry at work. I got in this morning and there was a 1/4" sheet of ice in the beds of the trucks.
Next week end isn't supposed to be any nicer from what I hear.
Russ
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 11th, 2010, 5:18pm
Tom, believe me, we were discussing  where to put the future pot bellied stove!
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Jan 12th, 2010, 6:32am
Hi
 
on Jan 10th, 2010, 7:20pm, dgmarklin wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Planning automatic signals, which will be interesting circuits to say the least.  We're looking at a timer mechanism to cover the time the train crosses the steel bridge, since that can't easily be a track circuit.

 
Why is it not possible to use a track circuit or a switch?  
 
A timer dose not guarantee that a train actualy has passed the track, only that is drove into the track x second ago. Also if time is high you limit the number of trains that can pass.
 
Steen Rudberg
BTW;  Happy New Year to you all
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 12th, 2010, 1:29pm
Mr. Rudberg,
The rails on the bridge are welded as well as screwed directly into the steel bridge deck plate.  A circuit is not possibly across this bridge due to that it would also be in the "closed/on" position constantly.   The track circuits approaching as well as after the bridge will be in far place and hold the train in the block as it crosses the bridge from the time it leaves the circuit before the bridge.  Once the engine gets right across the bridge, it shall proceed through the Clear signal at Pivo Interlock or hold it's status in the block by being in the +/- 8' section of track after the bridge.  My thought was to put a block indication light for the engineer to recognize he/she is still activating the block signal circuit with his/her place.  
 
We thought about a manual pole switch that you would hit going pass to activate the system (still a thought, real easy to put into place) but then what if someone forgets to hit it and all of sudden ends up with a STOP signal and a train in front of them at pivo? BAM.
 
Attached image is of the current track plan at the Pivo Diamond, this is still in a drawing board state but we've got to get something in place quick.  That live steam meet is around the bend!
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 12th, 2010, 1:54pm
OK,
So above is the track plan, showing the approximate blocks at Pivo Interlock.  Below is the electrical circuit which would protect the diamond.  Let me try to disect this out, and explain in simple terms some of the reasoning behind the way I have it set currently.  Remember, this is only version beta 1.01..
 
OK, so, let's start at the power supply.  
Power: The system will run off of 12VDC, Pete has plenty of batteries as well as power supplies and solar panels for 12VDC.  12volt parts are easy to replace, get ahold of, and replace in case something happens or if something fails.  He indicated he wanted the system in 12VDC but we could technically use an AC system here too, the same logic is involved no matter what.  
 
SW1:  This is the main switch to power the system.  It is easily accessible on the outside of the control box (located in the center of the system somewhere).  
 
R1 TOP:  Relay "1", I know there's two, but the top most one, is the system on/fault light.  This relay doesn't have to be here at all really but I figured it would be a good idea to place a system on light as well as a "fuse blown light" deal on the system.  Only will the fuse blow if there is too much power draw or a short.  You could actually put this circuit into place with a battery backup unit so if the main power goes out, this shows it's on backup power.
 
LC MAIN (TC1, TC2):  These are the track circuits approaching and after the diamond on the Lewis & Clark Mainline
 
PIVO (TC3, TC4):  These are the track circuits for NB and SB pivo tracks.
 
SW2,  LGT3 :  This switch along with LGT3 is located near the water tank filler' up spot.  The crew shall throw the switch to release them and disappear out of the block so the other tracks can get the right of way when needed.  Once done at the tank, they'll flip back the switch to enter the block and get a clear when it's safe.  I did mess up this circuit a little bit on here, the PIVO SB signal will be changed up so where it won't show a green when the switch is throw to "filling up".  The LGT 3 is located at the switch, and reminds the engineer he's gotta throw that back to proceed.
 
ADJUSTABLE DELAY: This is the timer that is activated when the train leaves the TC1 track block.  It's adjustable from anywhere ranging 10 to 20 seconds most likely to count the time down as the train travels across the bridge.  
 
R1,R3 :  These relays control the main logic of the system.  Without power to the track, the other relay can't fire; protecting the system from two Clear signals.  Power "on" in the relay powers R2, R4...more or less...
 
R2,R4:  These two relays control the Red/Green indications of the signals at Pivo.  No power to the relay throw, no Green signal.  Power=Green signal.  This creates a "fail safe".  You'll notice that R2 handles the Approach Signal as well.  If LC gets the clear, the approach goes green.  If LC gets a stop signal, the approach goes yellow.  By the time the engineer can see the approach signal (about the little 10' bridge) he'll already have the block or be having to wait.  R4 handles both directions of Pivo.  We could split the pivo tracks so both operate independently but I figured that if the engineer approaching the diamond can see the green, he'll most likely already be entering the block.  If he ends up catching the red after he first saw the green (at least 40' out) that's enough time to ease it into a stop.  Remember, PIVO tracks are not the main line but they do have a bit of right of way too...
 
SIGNALS:  The signals are made up by Peter.  He found some neat LEDs at Wally-World that are 12VDC and work great but a few are blown already from someone putting a mis-voltage on them.  We've also located some smaller ones which would be neat for an old tri-color signal head but arn't as bright.  My thought is good to see them as far as you can to start stopping if need be.  I'll leave this part up to him for the most part.  
 
Remember, this is just the beginning version, a rough draft.  I've checked the logic, and to me it isn't able to give a doomed double clear signal unless a relay sticks into the on position (not too likely to happen).  No trains are to pass a stop signal unless the cross route is flagged safely.
 
I think I've said enough in one post, my fingers are cramped now and I got to go to chemistry class...  
 
Dean
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Jan 13th, 2010, 6:10pm
Dean
 
Greate    Now I get that with the timer.
 
I see that you have put in a good deal of time in this.  
The only thing is if the train coming from TC1 to TC2 is too slow the timer will time-out before it is at TC2, but then it will get a stop anyway.  
Maybe Set/Reset setup would be better.....just to lock the signals untill it has passed.
BTW R2 & R4 needs ground
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 13th, 2010, 11:16pm
Agh!  You're right.  
 
I'm also probably going to change up the Pivo NB and Pivo SB signal so they are more or less independent.  Example of Reasoning:  If the engineer sees a green from about 200' down the track from the signal, looks down and shovels coal and doesn't get his head out of the cab, it could be trouble when he is 15' from the signal and it is red... Separating out the signals would stop the opposing pivo from going green unless he/she is the train in the circuit.  Make sense?
 
Yes, indeed, the timer could time out but to cause this the train must be at a creep or have stopped on the bridge.  I wouldn't doubt that some of those trains won't activate the timer until they are already holding the small track circuit at the diamonds because of how long they sometimes run a trainset.  But we all must remember that the bridge is approx 50' in length.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Jan 14th, 2010, 4:58am
Dean
 
Maybe you should have two relaies for TC1 & TC2 and then use some diode logic.  
Or, if you use a self-locking relay for TC1 and let TC2 break the power for that relay, then you can do with out the timer.  
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 17th, 2010, 3:03pm
OT photo: Here is Max getting his morning caffeine fix.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 18th, 2010, 1:22pm
Bruce,
    Now there is one hell of an engineer, watching where he is going. Novel idea, now if only some adults would learn by example from this 5 yr old. I have to say, that is a nice shot you took of the trackage out front, showing the diamonds and switches and nice curves. You guys should really be proud of your SUPERIOR workmanship. Bravo!!!!!
Russell
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 18th, 2010, 6:47pm
BCRR Gang,
Great pictures!  It looks like you guys had a great time running the new loop.  I am so glad to see the 44T out, I love to see it run around the track and I hope you use it as much as possible.  It's great to see other people run your equipment and that it's getting used.  (BTW, I hope to get down there and get the shell back on the rest of the way...the three wires need to be ran through the square hole to get the cab all the way down on the frame...)
 
It looks like Cody did a great job!  I remember him when I met Ron, he was so small at the time.  And to watch where he is going!?  That's great!  On the "real" railroad, you always protect your shoving moves.  The same goes for us, watch your points and where you are going!
 
Bruce, I think you saw the photo of the diagram for the electric for Pivo Interlocking. Give me call sometime and we'll figure out a few things and change it to work a bit better and test it out.  I think we've got a start on it now...
 
Keep up the pictures, especially those with a certain little black and orange striped engine in them.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2010, 6:59pm
Bruce,
  That signal looks SWEET!!
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2010, 12:41pm
Bruce,
    Any word yet on who and what is going to be at the 2010 un-Meet?
Russ
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:27am
With all of the recent improvements at the BCRR I thought I would post a couple photo's of the first year at this location. I apologize for the quality of some of the photo's but the digital camera I had then was terrible.
 
the first photo was the moment the Hudson was brought to the track for the first time. it had been stored off site until the transfer table and storage area had been built.  
 
Note we only had 2 steaming bays and no stone work.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:29am
Butch Theroux was an early regular at both the old track and this one. Here he is pulling the Mohawk around the first loop to see if she would go around.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:31am
Here is Bruce double heading with a "cold" Mohawk just leaving Nancy station. Note the junk behind the train is where the enclosed welding shop area of the barn is now. If you look carefully you can see Pete standing on the far side of the building. That area is the car barn but at this point it is still open air horse stalls.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:34am
Bruce double heading with the "cold" Mohawk in the area of what is now Pivo Jct. Pivo Patio is just a future idea at this point. Our old friend Ben Schneider is riding along.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:38am
Here is one in the station, note the brick work is only half completed. It took me a while to scavenge up enough pavers to finish the job.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 1:39am
Pete running the Hudson for the very first time going around the complete loop.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 7:38am
Bobby,
Thanks for the pics of the early BC. Pet had a lot more grass to mow back then!
 
Bruce,
I'd like to know a LOT more about that wig-wag signal: mechanical and circuitry.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jan 31st, 2010, 9:35pm
Bobby,
   COOL PICTURES!!! It's amazing how far things have evolved in such a short amount of time. It truly speaks volumes for the work of the founding un-members of the BCRR.  
Russ
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Feb 1st, 2010, 2:14pm
Wow!  You guys have really been making progress!  It's amazing to look back at those photos, looks like a completely different place back then.  You should check out the google maps, satellite view of the place, it's way different back then too!  
 
The government needs to take a look at the BCRR.  The BCRR creates a job and place for anyone who wants to get involved.....  hahahhaaa  But it's true.
 
Looking great guys, see you hopefully in a few weeks...
 
 
Dean
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Feb 9th, 2010, 12:08am
Bruce, you are forgetting that big Mountain belonging to Chris C.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Mar 9th, 2010, 10:32am
Attached Image is the updated (updated far as this weekend..hahahaha) track plan for the BCRR.  It's a CAD file so if anyone wants it in the future, let me know.
 
Dean
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Mar 9th, 2010, 1:38pm
Dean,
   Nice work. It looks like there's plenty more room for future trackage.  
Russ
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Mar 10th, 2010, 10:27am
Ha!  I was thinking about doing one that's a joke and putting all sorts of tracks everywhere but I figured it would confuse people too much.  I did a bit of figuring on a new yard that we had talked about, I think it might fit pretty close in there.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 14th, 2010, 11:46am
That's great news, Bruce. I well remember the flood photos of a couple of years back. Man, time flys....
 
Clam lake activity, today, has been called on account of crappy weather. Just can't seem to generate any "want to".
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Coffee Posted on: Mar 14th, 2010, 4:31pm
I can't think of the last time I posted on railfan.net let alone this board but how refreshing to see this thread going strong. I shouldn't have been surprised though knowing Pete, Bruce and company and all their tenaciousness and love for trains. I've been reading all the posts, catching up on all the work the BCRR has done since I last visited and I'm enjoying seeing all the progress the group has done. It's especially nice to see that hospitality has not been lost for the group as well but maybe that's why it is so successful, there's always been an open door policy followed by a friendly smile and good conversation. I doubt I'll ever be back Bruce but seeing the photos and YouTube videos will have to do.  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6n7_HsI6iM  This one from the Un-Meet which looked like a lot of fun for all.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 18th, 2010, 10:47pm
What a great shot, Bruce. Were it not for the boat seats, there's not much to give the scale away.
 
Thanks,
Greg B.
 
Oops, you're still posting.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Mar 19th, 2010, 9:16pm
Looks and sounds great guys!  It's so neat to see the yard full.  I really enjoyed working in the yard, shuffling cars around during the meet.  Can't wait to see it in a few weeks!  
 
Dean
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 21st, 2010, 10:18am
thanks, Bruce, for showing some of the "behind the scenes" work that make something like the BC a workable railroad.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 27th, 2010, 8:14am
That's okay, Bruce. For the next several weeks you can serve as the UNofficial UNclub historian. You just relax, or those mother hens will duct tape you to the hammock  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 27th, 2010, 9:31am
on Mar 27th, 2010, 8:14am, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That's okay, Bruce. For the next several weeks you can serve as the UNofficial UNclub historian. You just relax, or those mother hens will duct tape you to the hammock  Greg B.

 
That would be an interesting use of duct tape.  I could see a case used up to hold Brucey real tight.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Mar 27th, 2010, 10:43pm
Bruce probably wouldn't mind as long as his good pivo drinking arm was free.  
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 11th, 2010, 9:33pm
Ther ya go - an elegante simple answer to a nagging problem.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Apr 25th, 2010, 8:57pm
hi all,
 
bruce:  thanks for posting the pictures!  i'm 'green' with envy!   what a special day for them and the bcrr...it doesn't get any better than that.  with all the research i've done into 't's, i hope that the car guys will return again and again!  great to see the ole wagons putt-putting on their own power.  their engines unique sound are music to my ears.   they certainly prove that resourceful mechanics are still required to keep the world turning.  the '12 model t is 2 yrs shy of its 100th birthday...amazing!  for those too young to know, the ford model 't' got around on less than 20 hp...like i said, amazing!
 
moose
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 25th, 2010, 9:10pm
Many happy returns to all three of you "youngsters"!
 
Thanks for the pics, Bruce. You know that I love the old iron!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Apr 26th, 2010, 2:22pm
Yes indeed!  Thankyou for the birthday wishes from all of you.  I had a great time and I have to say I know for a fact Thomas did too.  The BCRR has great hospitality to anyone who shows up to ride the rails.  I'll post a few pictures below also.  I will miss the BCRR over this summer but will be sure to return next Fall....to many more changes, you never know what will happen next.
 
Dean
 
Pics:

Ron #2 takes the RS-3 thru Pivo
 

NYC Hudson at the water tank
 

Charley leaves the Nancy Station on the Hudson with Pete right beside.
 

Thomas, yes, the Thomas East, is on the mainline.  I have to give him a big thanks for helping with the un-meet 2010 DVD.
 

Bruce R. heads North from the Pivo diamond on the RS-3 at the BCRR...  At least it's not a tamping bar in hand... geeesh!
 
Dean
 
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Apr 26th, 2010, 2:36pm
It looks like a great time was had by all. I only wish I could have been there. Bruce, it's good to see you astride an "Iron Horse". Those sure are some beautiful cars. Hope to see you next Sat.
Russell
 
P.S. Oh BTW, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" guys!!!!
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 30th, 2010, 10:52am
That's great news, Bruce. Hope ya have a terrific time.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 31st, 2010, 4:25pm
Bruce,
I, for one, can live without pics THIS TIME, just knowing that you're back in circulation.
 
Greg B.
 
PS: I don't know who the detractors are, but they should probably sit down and shut up. Many of us really enjoy your extemporizing.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 31st, 2010, 9:18pm
Bruce,  nice to hear you were having to much fun to take pics.  I know how that works also.  I started carrying a pocket camera, so when ever I do a service stop, I can click off a shot or two.  Otherwise, there isn't any, it usually turns out.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jun 1st, 2010, 11:41am
The BC is the home road of this forum.  
 
Nobody is preventing anyone else from talking about any other road and in fact we encourage it!
 
I like hearing about the BC, the more the better
 
Henry
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jun 1st, 2010, 5:13pm
hi all,
 
henry:  amen to that, brother!  having just returned from the buckingham central university...
 
the live steam forum has been and continues to nurture other facilities to post their work and techniques in individual threads.  not counting the bcrr, there have been and continues to be about 5 different railroad properties posting here.  due to hectic lives in general, at least 2 of that 5 have allowed their threads to grow cold.
 
believe me folks, while there hasn't been as much posted on the bcrr in the last couple of months, sitting on their laurels they weren't.  there's something different to see everytime you're there.  so, bruce r and bcrr gang, post a way, you guys get more done in your 'free' time than most do in their 'spare' time.
 
btw, the memorial day celebration was one the best un-non-meets that i've ever attended.  that's to say i had a great time!  thank you, pete b for being a gracious host and good friend.  i don't think i could say it any plainer or heart-felt...
 
 
moose
 
 
on Jun 1st, 2010, 11:41am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The BC is the home road of this forum.  
 
Nobody is preventing anyone else from talking about any other road and in fact we encourage it!
 
I like hearing about the BC, the more the better
 
Henry

Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jun 1st, 2010, 9:57pm
George, I was happy you could make it down for the gathering. It was a great day. We need to do these a little more often.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:17am
To all the gang at the BCRR,  
I was so excited about my first night run that the next day I went out and got all sort of lights so that at the next night run I will be ready. I would have run later if it hadn't been that I was trying to fire the engine and hold a flashlight at the same time (in the rain no less).  My wife and 2 yr old Michael truly enjoyed themselves as it showed in both of their faces and in the number of trips they made around the track behind Lynda and her little critter (7 or 8 times) and then around behind Bruce's Atlantic. When we got home I discovered that they where both covered in soot. HEHEHEHE  
 
George,
It's always great to see you out at the track and catch up on old times. Thanks again for your assistance in firing up Ben's old Atlantic.  
 
Bruce,
The next holiday is the 4th of July which is on a Sun. this year. I'm ready!  
 
Pete,
THANK YOU again for all that you do and share with the rest of us. Your selflessness is humbling to me and I truly appreiciate it. Thanks for the cylindar drain cocks.
 
A great time was had by all.
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 12th, 2010, 10:35pm
Bruce,
  Neat picture with the line up.  
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 12th, 2010, 10:50pm
Well I when out to the BCRR last Sat to find that I was the only one there. As I was getting ready to leave, Pete came out house and asked me if I was going to fire up the Atlantic, so I stayed. We had two visitors Unka Bob stopped out for a little bit and then Don from the 10 wheelers showed up. I had the Atlantic out on the track and needed a pivo break, so I let Don run it around for a bit. Looks like he had fun. Here are some pictures I took.
Russell
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 12th, 2010, 10:52pm
Here is a picture of Don coming across the bridge and by Julia's Oil Company.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 12th, 2010, 10:56pm
and one final picture of Don coming up along side of Nancy Station.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 13th, 2010, 9:14am
Bruce,
    In my household we refered to that as the "24hr Irish Flu." We missed you.
Russ
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Jul 13th, 2010, 9:42pm
Russ,  
 
I want to thank you for giving me an opportunity to run a locomotive with so much history.  I had a blast taking it around on the first class trackage of the BCRR.
 
To Bruce, no problem.  It would've been nice to see you, but that will have until next time.  Please pass along to Pete my thanks for his gracious hospitality.  He spent a lot of time with me on Pivo patio, just shooting the breeze.  I had a nice visit with the man behind the BCRR.
 
Thanks again for everything.  
 
Don
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 20th, 2010, 7:51am
You guys need to start another project....; you've got W-A-Y too much free time on your hands!!! Just kidding, my friend. Wish I could have been there. Of course I can see this stunt becoming a "right of passage" at the unmeet.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Sep 20th, 2010, 9:44am
Guys,
  You guys are crazy!!!! I wish I had been there, perhaps next time.  
Russ
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 24th, 2010, 8:33pm
About the time we started to pick up speed, and we were doing our best "Jamaican Bob Sled Team" impression, my personal thoughts were being echoed by Peter yelling back at me: "This is not a good idea!"
We were still on the upper part of the trestle and picking up more speed.  
The best indication of speed I have to offer is, under normal circumstances it will take between 4 to 6 seconds to cross the Bobby T bridge. We did it in less than 2!  
 
Posted by: WH Posted on: Sep 25th, 2010, 11:26am
Been wanting to do that with out 2 foot gauge park train equipment for quite a while.  
 
However, after the boss took a ride down the hill with a fully loaded train and the air brakes failed (loss of air pressure) and reached speeds in upwards of 30 MPH on tight curves and rough track, we are all scared to do it!
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2010, 6:08pm
Bruce, that was a lot of fun.  I'm pretty sure the weird grin was for "GET THE CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE"  
 
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Nov 5th, 2010, 11:02pm
hi all,
 
bruce r:  many thanks for the wonderful time spent at the bcrr!  i was hoping for a little bcrr magic...guess who said "we're comin' back!" after we got on the road?!  the magic was there!  our best to the bcrr crew, to pete, to you, and a special thank you to our miss julia-of-the-railroad.  mary has been all smiles and has asked when will we be returning.  perhaps, i've created a larger headache than i had before....!
 
on Nov 5th, 2010, 8:21pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 My friends,
 
   I wish that I had more pics of more of the friends, family and un-members that enjoyed not only the festivities of Halloween but the fellowship that prevails at the BCRR. But I don't. Sorry.
 
   Attending at our Halloween 2010 gathering was Bobby T. and his better half Lynda, Ron A with his son Cody, friend Mike and his family from Alva, Fl.
Mario did the honors on the mighty Mohawk for hours. Russ D. showed up with his little son Mike.
 
   Trains ran late into the night. With riders, of course. I had to quit first due to my cab light going dead. Momma's critter was next in around nine thirty. So Pete's two locomotives were the last to came back to the steaming bays around ten thirty. WHAT A GREAT DAY !!!!!!!!!!!
 
   Thanks to all for following along with yet another good time at the Buckingham Central Railroad.  

 
thanks again...you folks are hosts beyond compare.
 
moose
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 18th, 2010, 8:42am
Hokay, Bruce, let's see if I got it straight; You spend a day workin' on a perfectly good switch? I say perfectly good 'cause every piece of owned, begged borrowed or stolen equipment runs through it, with the exception of this tender..... Hmmm. I'm very familiar with the other tender that you mentioned. The owner will tell anyone that it's a PITA (especially when backing). They all are... From Nscale to the prototype, centipedes are a PITA, especially when backing.  
 
Then, you come back and pull Pete's rolling artwork outta the barn with it's perfectly good tender (as perfect as a centipede can be). I say perfectly good, 'cause it runs fine over the entire railroad, with the exception of that switch, just off the bridge. You grab another friends beautiful diseasel and proceed to push Pete's Hudson, dead, around most of the railroad. You mention the pucker factor of this trip..... as a friend, I should point out that you didn't have a dime in any of this stuff. Let's see... running an experiment, potentially VERY expensive, with other people's gold. Bruce, have you ever considered running for a political office!?
 
Stones, man. Great big, honkin', coconut size stones. Additionally, based on our conversation, we are left with the postulation that Pete changes his pucker, or "turns the other cheek" when he crosses that damned bridge!    
 
Greg B.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Nov 19th, 2010, 5:20pm
Bruce, I think that switch looks real good.  Glad to hear the tender came thru fine, after us rolling the RS-3 all over the place across it the one day.
 
Greg, Pretty sure that's what he's saying..haha
 
To all:  Today, I spent about 5 hours out at the BCRR.  While Pete and Chuck were busy at work on non-RR things, Ron A and myself worked on the signal system at the N. reverse diamond.  I feel that a system that looks better in a box, also works better.  And thus, I rebuilt it into a nice old recycled metal box.  We also ran about 400' of new wire to the track and to the signals.  Buried most of it to hide it, and enjoyed the cool weather.  It's the same circuit that was used the night we ran on Halloween, which to our knowledge, worked flawlessly.  I didn't get any pictures but will have to get some tomorrow.  Also, anyone interested in the diagram, just send me a message and I can get you a copy of how it works.  While it might not be a Saturday or weekend, progress still rolls along at the BCRR.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2010, 1:38am
Thankyou for the kind words, Bruce.  
 
While I'm not sure exactly HOW GOOD it works, it's a work in progress.  We are learning by trial and error.  The "North Rev. Diamond" is signalize by a "pick" method of who arrives first, and between that diamond and the South one, an ABS (Automatic Block Signal) guards your rear.  There are a few kinks in it but I think we'll work them out with time to come.  
 
Tonight's project was designing and building the relay board to control the "South Rev. Diamond" which includes the "pick" method again as well as a Latching Relay for the ABS ahead if you're heading towards the driveway.  
 
What's to come?  Well, Bruce and I have talked about signalizing the end of the trestle since it's sorta blind.  Maybe another ABS after the end to the reverse loop.  Also, indication lights into the station so you know what track is occupied.  
 
-Dean
 
 PS- Anyone know how far Garage Door IR Beams will reach between the eyes?
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2010, 7:48am
dean,
 
ir is a good idea as long as there aren't any stray sources.  having said that, consider using an ir laser diode as your emitter.  the laser diode will give you a couple hundred feet to play with.  just remember that your receiver is the weakest link.  most garage door emitters are good for 30+- feet...possibly more when care is used.
 
moose
 
on Dec 2nd, 2010, 1:38am, dgmarklin wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thankyou for the kind words, Bruce.  
 
While I'm not sure exactly HOW GOOD it works, it's a work in progress.  We are learning by trial and error.  The "North Rev. Diamond" is signalize by a "pick" method of who arrives first, and between that diamond and the South one, an ABS (Automatic Block Signal) guards your rear.  There are a few kinks in it but I think we'll work them out with time to come.  
 
Tonight's project was designing and building the relay board to control the "South Rev. Diamond" which includes the "pick" method again as well as a Latching Relay for the ABS ahead if you're heading towards the driveway.  
 
What's to come?  Well, Bruce and I have talked about signalizing the end of the trestle since it's sorta blind.  Maybe another ABS after the end to the reverse loop.  Also, indication lights into the station so you know what track is occupied.  
 
-Dean
 
 PS- Anyone know how far Garage Door IR Beams will reach between the eyes?

Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Dec 8th, 2010, 1:18am
Thanks for the info Moose.  And sorry I missed your call.
 
The big capacitors in the box will soon be gone once we go to all latching relay circuits.  The pivo junc circuit has a latching relay and works quite well.  Currently, our track is a giant switch, which is great until a wire is broke between a joint and the train disappears.  Not to mention the rust on the rails here in SW FL doesn't provide the best constant contact.  Hopefully we'll have it switched over to Latching Relays by Christmas time and this entire area of the railroad will be complete and work somewhat prototypical.
 
 To try to explain the mess of wires...  The box there controls the N. Reverse Diamond.  Two relays "pick" who got there first, another locks out the switch if you're going to the station, and the other 4 control the aspect (Red, Yellow, Green) of the two signals.  Once the latching relays are in place, they will help control the blocks] approaches to the diamond from Pivo Junc and the driveway.  Maybe one day I'll learn enough about ICs to rid the relays and just use little coded chips.
 
The system of colors is quite simple...
RED-STOP  
YELLOW- APPROACH, NEXT SIGNAL RED
GREEN-PROCEED
 
Dean
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 8th, 2010, 2:51pm
That's pretty cool. Now how long until the dispatcher track occupancy and internet viewing application is done so we can all follow along during meets?
 
Henry
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Dec 8th, 2010, 11:24pm
Henry, the thought has crossed my mind, trust me.  The other neat things I was trying to plan up was doing some sort of time-lapse for the un-meet somewhere.  I thought that would be neat.  I've done them with a webcam before, so it would just require linking the laptop to it in a safe location.
 
Dean
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 18th, 2010, 3:10pm
Does the BCRR have a herald? Has anyone designed one yet? I was messing around trying to learn some things in Photoshop (I have always used Paint Shop Pro) and ended up drawing a herald for the BC. Anyone is welcome to use it for anything they like, including turning it into a different herald. I have a large one that is over twice as big as this one (2231 pixels) that anyone is welcome to. The steam loco is from a 1922 learning spanish book by Guillermo Hall, thus I believe its copyright has expired.  
 
Of course you may hate this herald, that's fine too
 
Henry
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 19th, 2010, 10:23am
Henery,    That is a fine first job.  Now, how about one for Pockets RR?
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 19th, 2010, 1:59pm
Henry, That is a fantastic herald. Very nice work.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 19th, 2010, 4:59pm
I'm not thrilled with the early 1990's style Pennsy steam graphic and I sort of look at it as a placeholder for something better. If anyone has ideas or some graphics to contribute, please toss them out here.
 
Tom, I posted some typefaces in the Clam Lake thread for opinions.
 
Here's a simplified BCRR herald.
 
Henry
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 20th, 2010, 7:35pm
Henry, some history of the BCRR's name would probably help here. Peters first track was located on "Buckingham Road", that combined with his love for the New York Central culminated with the Buckingham Central. We used a modified NYC style logo on the back of our T-shirts for the last Un Meet. But, I am thinking how cool would it be to have a nice herald to use to make an observation card drum head.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Dec 21st, 2010, 2:11pm
That's really nice Henry!  
 
So if we combine Henry's logo with the NYC BCRR one... we get a Santa Fe modified logo style?  Just wondering..hmmm
 
Dean
 
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 21st, 2010, 4:31pm
Right, I now remember seeing the NYC style shirts! Silly me! Anyone have a good photo of the logo on it?
 
Henry
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2010, 12:41pm
Hi folks!
 
Since I know next to nothing about live steam, I have a question about the previous post's photo.
 
What size or scale is that steam locomotive?  I am quite impressed with that size-seems to be much larger than what I normally expect to see for live steam.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Alan
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 24th, 2010, 5:24pm
OK, the cigar band logo. I can work with that.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
 
Henry
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2011, 8:22pm
I'm skipping some major area's of what has been going on here at the BCRR over the past 2 days.  Both Friday and Saturday were "work" days.  Bruce has all the pictures so I'll let him put up what has been in the works.
 
Skipping ahead to today, January 2nd, 2010.  WHAT A DAY.  In celebration of Pete's Birthday (he was turning 39, again, haha) and Mario's birthday and the New Year...We ran some trains....
 
 
I awoke to the annoying sounds of my alarm clock, which I hit snooze til about 9:15, and finally made it to the BCRR by 10:00.  On the way out to the track, I got the dreaded phone call.  Bruce was sick, so he was not going to be there.  He said he was eating plenty of oranges off his tree and drinking vitamin C like no ones business so I'm sure he'll pop back to life within a few days, or turn into an orange.  Get well soon Bruce, we sure did miss you.
 
Ron Abt and myself rolled the flatcar with the generator out to the front area of the track, to "dust the rails".  It's amazing how much rust will build up when there hasn't been a train over the rails in a few weeks.  So, we cleaned a few contacts and boom bada bing, the signal system was back in operation.  By the end of the day, they were shiny!  Great, what's next..
 

 
Well, it was time to roll out the guns.  By that, the RS-3 was pulled out and started switching the yard.  There wasn't a SINGLE derail in the yard during switching, shoving cars, pulling cars, nothing!  In the mean time, the Hudson was rolled out and the Mohawk.  By 10:45, there were not 1, not 2, BUT THREE good sized trains moving about the railroad.  Not a single derail, accident, or flaw.  It was sweet!  We had a great lunch, plenty of BBQ, coleslaw, cake.    I think I probably covered over 20 miles on the Hudson by the time we put them in the bays at 5ish.  
 

(I added the lights for effect)
 
Well, if all that running wasn't enough, we decided to take the RS-3, slug, and 12 cars and reverse the railroad.  Mind you, we've never done this before.  We always joke about being lost running our normal direction... Try thinking how to get somewhere running the opposite way!  We made a trip, by the time we got back, the light was gone, it was pitch black.  What a crazy experience, it's a whole different trip!
 
Sorry for rambling but it was a rather exciting day!  Bruce, get well soon!
 
Dean
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jan 18th, 2011, 6:43pm
To all,
Since Bruce R has been gone, and he is our usual updater, I guess I should chime in to keep the log going on the BCRR...
 
This past Saturday (Jan 15, 2011) was full of a few little projects as I can remember: Ron A, Chuck, and myself spent most of the day at the driveway crossing.  Chuck has designed a crossing circuit to trigger the lights and bell, then the gate arm, and hold them down until the train clears the crossing.  So running wires, and figuring out what is what took a while.  As I left on Sat, it was not finished but a good deal of work and progress had been made.  Also, Ron, myself, and Pete worked on a 10' on the Northbound track right after the I-beams.  And replaced rail and added some new ties.  I tamped it in place but just ran out of time and energy to tweak it up right.
 
A few other faces showed up, including Russel to work on the Atlantic.  With the help of Pete and Bobby, he removed one injector, cleaned the boiler and tubes out and refitted plugs. He was making some good progress on the old girl.  Pete and Bobby were also working doors for the roundhouse.  Also in the works by Ron #2, is the G scale.  A large amount of dirt has been put in place around the pivo pond for the layout, including retaining walls.
 
This is pretty much it for now, I can't remember what else was happening, but I'm sure I missed some project...
 
Dean
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 18th, 2011, 10:10pm
"Pivo Pond"? Now, there's a term I haven't heard before. Someone's gotta elaborate on that one.....
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 18th, 2011, 10:27pm
Greg, the pond and waterfall are in the Pivo area so like everything else there, it too has gotten named after Pivo.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jan 19th, 2011, 7:10pm
hi all,
 
bobbyt:  does it look like this?
 

 
just beautiful and peaceful...
 
moose
 
 
on Jan 18th, 2011, 10:27pm, BobbyT wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Greg, the pond and waterfall are in the Pivo area so like everything else there, it too has gotten named after Pivo.

Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 19th, 2011, 10:48pm
Thats the place! Now picture it with a larger area of raised dirt around that which will house the new G-gauge track.
Posted by: Slipped_Eccentric Posted on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:01pm
Looking good!  If you get the G gauge track up and going, I may need to start bringing some engines down.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 20th, 2011, 12:00am
Justin, I be thinkin we need to sneak in an elevated 3/4" scale line.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2011, 3:27pm
on Jan 22nd, 2011, 6:48am, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
   Henry,
 
   BTW, I took this pic of the back of one of my BCRR shirts. A better pic than the one in Sonoma.

 
Here's a classic version done in the NYC font.
 
Henry
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2011, 9:52pm
Henry!!!! That is beautiful. Somehow, even with all of the design effort we have put into this, I never once pictured it in the 3 color scheme. I love it!  
 
Hmmmmmmm, I am picturing some repaint & lettered freight cars.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2011, 7:04am
YUP, YUP, YUP!!!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:25am
And for steam era car lettering...
 
Henry
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Jan 26th, 2011, 11:15pm
Hey Bruce,
I think you and Pete and the others should take a little time off, and just "polish" the rails for a while!  You deserve a break!  
Let's see, what have you built:

    Long mainline run (check)
    Double track (check)
    Bridges (check)
    Crossovers (check)
    Grades (check)
    Sidings (check)

If you get bored and need something new to do, you could always dig a tunnel or something....
Dan
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Feb 12th, 2011, 7:56am
To the Great Un-Members of the Buckingham.  Your continued progress and teamwork exemplifies the way this hobby should.  Looking forward in seeing everyone again.  Congratulations on a job well done over the past year.  I am sure that this Un-meet will be as always, one to remember!
 
Don
Posted by: outlaw164 Posted on: Mar 14th, 2011, 1:01pm
Hey guys,
 
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at BCRR for their 6th annual steam-only meet, and saw history being made with a ridiculously awesome long train. Below is a link to album #1 I shot on Feb 24th. You can view album #2 if you go back to my Webshots homepage.  
 
http://rides.webshots.com/album/579882216TmDHUG?vhost=rides
 
Jim White
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Mar 14th, 2011, 5:01pm
SWEET!  That looks awesome.  I think, to my knowledge, this is the first time we've ever lined up the fleet of 'diseasels'?  Kinda interesting to see the sizes of them across the board.
 
Jim, Beautiful pictures!
 
Dean
Posted by: outlaw164 Posted on: Mar 14th, 2011, 5:33pm
To Bruce and Dean,  
 
Thanks for the kind words guys. It was my pleasure documenting the event. Always enjoy myself at BCRR. Y'all are a fun gang to be around and make us non-steam equipment owners feel very welcome.
 
Jim
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Apr 19th, 2011, 4:02pm
Gianni will be designing track changes before we know it.  But really Mario could you not let the poor kid play with his own toys?
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Apr 21st, 2011, 8:01pm
That's awesome!  Yeah, he took off with the 44T underneath my feet the one day!  Guess it's time to start pulling the key every time I get off.  
Now we need some more EOT's/FRED's made!
I'm sure he'll enjoy his loco as much as I enjoy mine, we'll get him switching cars in no time with it.
 
Dean
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 8th, 2011, 10:46am
Good to see you back, Bruce. Ol' Moosey and I were discussing what you might be up to.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 9th, 2011, 9:19am
Bruce,  That is a GOOD deal from Pete.  That will save a shoulder when done.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jun 27th, 2011, 7:52pm
Sorry to see that, Bruce. It looks like it could have been a lot worse, but you Buckinghams took it in stride and got it handled. Good on ya.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 26th, 2011, 1:35pm
That's great news
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jul 26th, 2011, 10:02pm
Hot damn!!!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Aug 14th, 2011, 5:02pm
Bruce, and BCRR..
Expect a long needed visit this Fri or Sat..... Bruce, I'll try to give you a call when I get into town.
 
Dean
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 29th, 2011, 10:07am
Bruce,
I remember you telling me about setting everything up for that pic. A truely beautiful shot.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Aug 29th, 2011, 2:28pm
What a great shot, I've heard so much about this day and picture. I unfortunately missed it. Missing you guys, I will explain later. Nothing bad though. perhaps I will make it up there next Sat.
Russ
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 11:43pm
Looking forward to trying the lift improvements.   Thanks for the updates.
 Ray III
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Sep 20th, 2011, 7:47am
on Sep 19th, 2011, 11:06pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I just posted this for kicks and chuckles. But, the funny part of this picture is this. The BCRR, within two years of this date, was completely disassembled, transported to another location and reassembled in a completely different shape and style. With too many changes and improvements to mention. As of right now, a live steam track facility not yet ten years in existance........ And the rest is history. History that has been documented here in this forum.  
 
   Many positive things can happen when real enthusiasts work together instead of against each other. And it all took place since 2002. The proof is in these pages.

 
 
hey!!!  sounds like an anniversary cake and celibration are in order during 'unmeet 2012'!!!!!!  hafta think about some special sippin' suds an' sodas!
 
ray:  ya got some special recipes up yer sleeve for such an occaision?!
 
 
moose
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Sep 20th, 2011, 9:52pm
Modified lift looks great.  Thanks for thinking of us visitors as usual.
 
Bruce the Larger
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 21st, 2011, 1:22am
 
Yes George I do,  I will need a hand.   I'm thinking home made pecan and home made Dutch Apple crumb  pies for dessert.  A little off topic , but a teaser  for one of the many meals at the un-meet of   7  banquets . Ray III
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 21st, 2011, 9:57am
This is sounding like THE PLACE to be, in Feb. Mmm, homemade pecan pie... Even for a damnyankee, that's a slice of heaven.
 
Love the plate, Bruce.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Sep 21st, 2011, 12:18pm
I'll bring my Jack Daniels BBQ baked beans and my appetite. Perhaps I will drag my wife and boys out this time. Fingers crossed.  
Russ
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2011, 10:20am
Not steam powered, but very much a part of the BCRR unmeet "FOOD".  George , Greg, and Bruce.  This is another  little teaser of what  I am thinking.  I was thinking last night about all the pies I have made and it is prob up in the 70 pecan and 70 apple.  So I can't wait to put Petes new oven to work. LOL Ray III
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2011, 10:21am
Dutch Apple Crumb, made with tart granny smith apples. Ray III
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Sep 24th, 2011, 8:34am
Ray - You are not helping my diet.  But then there are no diets during the unmeet.  Pies look really goooooooood.
 
Bruce the Larger
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Sep 24th, 2011, 10:30am
on Sep 23rd, 2011, 10:20am, SteamHeaton wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Not steam powered, but very much a part of the BCRR unmeet "FOOD".  George , Greg, and Bruce.  This is another  little teaser of what  I am thinking.  I was thinking last night about all the pies I have made and it is prob up in the 70 pecan and 70 apple.  So I can't wait to put Petes new oven to work. LOL Ray III



mmmmm, drool, mmmmmm, drool, mmmmmm, drool, mmmmmm, drool....take me to your leader!!!!
 
 
 
yes, ray, i'd say you've got some special recipes!!!!!  my hands are yours!
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 24th, 2011, 6:25pm
Yep, it looks like I'm gonna hafta retract all the things I used to say about diesel drivers (locomotive engineers) when I worked as a locomotive electrician....
 
Awsome looking pies!!!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 24th, 2011, 9:03pm
Holy sweet tooth Batman! I concur with Bruce, "WOW".  
 
Pockets.... I hear 2012 would be a great year to visit Florida....say around February.  
Posted by: TopFrog Posted on: Sep 24th, 2011, 11:51pm
Ray
Well I must say that those pies look mighty fine, however, quantity may be a problem.  You see several  years ago I tried to eat myself sick of pecan pie by eating  a whole pie ( its a downfall I have as well as chocolate ).  It did'nt work, I ate the whole pie and did'nt get sick of it.  What did'nt kill me made me stronger, so now its nothing to polish off a 1/2 pie especially if I know its sitting there-- waiting--taunting me-- still a little warm from the oven--- where's the milk kinda thing.  It's also Clayton's favorite pie (teenager with a hollow leg or tapeworm).  I hope this info has been helpful in your planning.  Really looking forward to Un-meals 2012 (and trains). Oh, and by the way, tender really looking good.  Its gonna be different seeing you sitting up a little higher.
 
Scott
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 25th, 2011, 10:18am
Thank you All.  Bruce the S. wow is right, only 18 wks or so and we  will all be together shoveling coal , oil, and propane.  Yes I know you can't shovel oil or propane .  George ,I'm looking forward to our time in the kitchen. We will have to get up a little earlier than usual to make the extra pies needed to keep "I can eat a whole pie Scott "and" hollow leg Clayton" at bay. LOL.  Greg your not the first one I have converted LOL.  Bruce the L , you are right, there are no diets while attending  an un-meet, we don't want cranky live steamers. Just good food and plenty of it. LOL.  Bobby  we might need to put the pies  in the BatCave until dinner time. LOL  Ray III
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 3:40pm
Beautiful home in a beautiful setting, and trains too!! Go, Pete!
 
Thanks for the update, Bruce.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 4:15pm
Nice house.  Has a southern depot look to me.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 4th, 2011, 9:50pm
Bruce......... you ain't planning on trading in Ol' Smokey for one of these are you?
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Oct 7th, 2011, 8:27am
I think this is a great way to get around when working on the track but I think it needs a coupler so you can tow a tool car and ballast car to the work site.  
Bruce the Larger
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Oct 7th, 2011, 9:22pm
on Oct 5th, 2011, 10:00pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
   Guys,
 
   I got one of the crazyest calls about this thing. Oh, its not a thing, its the TRANSFORMER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
   Well, the call was from a dear friend in the hobby. The only thing he asked me was this, "have you all finnaly lost your minds??" I asked, what do you mean by that ?? He told me that this ' rail scooter' was about the last hing he expected to see at the BCRR. I was laughing so hard I could hardly answer him.
 
   OK, here is the last pic I have of the TRANSFORMER 'rail scooter'. This was just after I unloaded what was left of the old ties, the tamping bars, the power tools, the level, the ballast rake and sundry other supplies. Right outside of Nancy Station next to the hand tool depository.
 
 

 
lol! lol!  ya know, i've got an electric three-wheeler that i've loaned out to a friend.  it's gonna come home in the not-too-distant future...i've got a spare truck....some wheels....wow, we could have scooter races!!!
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Oct 12th, 2011, 12:22am
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA LMFAO!!! Now it's a fact, "THE GUYS AT THE BCRR ARE CERTIFIABLE" from the Jamacan Bob Sled team to this. Do I dare ask? "What's next?" I'm missing out on all the fun.
Russ
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2011, 6:13pm
It's good to hear that Pete and Ol' Smokey are doing well..... How about you, ol' friend?
 
My plans for a February pilgrimage are firming up.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2011, 10:55pm
That is great news Greg!!!!
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2011, 11:19pm
Say it ,is it so .  That would be great !!!!!!  Hope you can  swing it. Ray III
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 25th, 2011, 4:15pm
I am unspeakably jealouse.... Glad you all (y'all) had a great time.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Nov 25th, 2011, 6:48pm
Sounds like a perfect day. Ray III
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Dec 21st, 2011, 8:21am
Bruce,
 
Thanks for the update!  Sounds like it was great fun, wish I could've been there.  Too bad there are som many miles between us.  You guys always seem to do that little extra in all endeavors.  Best of luck on the meeting at the BCRR.  Merry Christmas and Happy Steaming!
 
Don
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Dec 28th, 2011, 10:07am
I'm sooooo sorry that I missed all of the festivities and wonderful food. I really miss seeing you guys. hoping to see you all soon. take care and have a Happy New Year.
Russ
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Jan 9th, 2012, 4:20pm
Hi Bruce  
 
What happened to the tunnel page - have you deleted it??
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 6th, 2012, 10:20am
Bruce, nice writeup.  Doesn't it make it more fun when a bunch of guys work together to get er done!  Sounds like you guys have a good plan to get ready for the big Un-Meet.  I know saying "keep us posted" is your goal but there are folks outside that want to keep abreast of the doings so keep writing.
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ng_2-4-2 Posted on: Feb 7th, 2012, 4:49pm
Here are some pictures to go along with Bruce's narration.
Posted by: ng_2-4-2 Posted on: Feb 7th, 2012, 4:57pm
More pictures.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 7th, 2012, 7:20pm
Hark! Is that Mr. T. running Mrs. T's Critter? Man, I hope he had her permission....
 
Bruce, ya just don't look right without smoke in your face.
 
See y'all soon.
Greg B.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Feb 7th, 2012, 9:24pm
looks like we got a new photographer! Nice photo's Bill.
 
yes Greg I had her permission....sort of. I told her i ran it when i got home.  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 8th, 2012, 11:17am
Ah, yes, 'tis oftimes easier to garner forgiveness than permission. I'm married, too.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 6th, 2012, 6:09am
Hi
 
That car looks old but we got one that is older  
 
hammelvogn
 
1888 to be precise.
 
Steen
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jun 5th, 2012, 6:19pm
Very cool! Thanks for the update, I have been wondering what all has been going on.
 
Henry
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jun 5th, 2012, 6:25pm
on Jun 5th, 2012, 3:06pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
.... (this is only a few weeks since Pete almost cut his little finger off on the table saw as he made a plank deck top for a flat car!!!!)

 
OUCH!

 
...let pete know that we sympathize with him and to please take care!  i can certainly empathize with him...tried to do the same thing with my left hand many years ago.  thank heavens for a surgeon with a sense of humour...asked me if i was right-handed or left-handed...told him right-handed.  ya know how hard it is to buy two right-handed gloves?  
 
wow!  the interlock tower is spectacular!  i've said it before but is bears out even now...bcrr guys don't let the grass grow under their feet.  name the project and they get it done!
 
'best to all and hope to see ya'll sometime soon!
 
moose
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jun 5th, 2012, 6:46pm
I like it!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 5th, 2012, 9:50pm
Very NICE  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Slipped_Eccentric Posted on: Jun 6th, 2012, 12:37am
Looks very good!  Hope Pete didn't mangle himself too badly.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Jun 6th, 2012, 6:13am
I like it - except for the part with the finger.....
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Jun 7th, 2012, 1:17pm
Beautiful work !!!!!!  35 weeks to go  Ray III
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 1st, 2012, 10:04pm
Bruce, who's engine?
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 8th, 2012, 8:38am
SUPER write up on the BC & the UNMEET    
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 17th, 2012, 1:28pm
on Aug 6th, 2012, 9:01am, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
   Friends,
 
   I don't know how many folks that visit this site have a subscription to Live Steam magazine. By what I've been told, (I haven't seen it yet) there is a very nice, multi page article covering the BCRR. Particularly from the 2012 Un-Meet.  
 
   We certainly appreciate the editors desire to feature the Buckingham Central RR in the current issue of Live Steam magazine.  
 
   Bruce R.

 
I just got my copy of the Buckingham Central RR issue, September/October 2012, of Live Steam and Outdoor RRing.  It is a very nice article covering nine pages with lots of photos and a nice track diagram.
 
For those who don't know about it, you can get a free copy of this issue of of LS&OR from their website as a promo for the magazine. They offer a "No-obligation issue" if you fill out the form at http://www.livesteam.net/noob/signup and I frankly think this is quite generous as the cover price is $7.50. It's well worth it if for no other reason than to see the article on the BCRR.
 
Congrats to the BCRR crew!
 
Henry
Posted by: boomerralph Posted on: Aug 25th, 2012, 7:55am
Bruce,
 
Looks like the "horse is out of the barn" so to speak.  Looks like BCRR is officially "Big Time".  Great article, you guys deserve the recognition!
Posted by: boomerralph Posted on: Aug 27th, 2012, 7:51am
Bruce,
 
I hope that you all are holding up from Isaac.  my thoughts and prayers are with you all at Buckingham.  Should you guys need anything, just contact us in NE Fla,  We are ready and willing to help.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 27th, 2012, 11:16am
Thanks for the concerns guys, but it seems that Issac was all hype and wet! Now we are hoping our friends in the storms path are safe. I have a niece and her family in New Orleans. Ironically the anniversary of Katrina is this Wednesday.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Sep 9th, 2012, 5:57am
Good to hear that you survives the flooding.
 
Pete's grain elevator is very impressive. I'm looking forward to see more pictures.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Sep 11th, 2012, 6:14am
Hi
 
I found this on Google Earth...
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 11th, 2012, 7:45pm
That was taken just 2 months after the last unmeet.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 8th, 2012, 8:28pm
Looking good!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 20th, 2012, 10:57pm
Bruce,  looks like u did a good job to me.  Plus no pools of grey on the stones so 1 atta boy!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: boomerralph Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 9:27am
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends at the BCRR
 
Ralph Reese
St. Augustine, FL
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 27th, 2012, 12:58am
Wow, that could be a really big problem! What did Pete do? Flood the boiler, open the cylinder cocks, dump the fire? Ouch...
 
Henry
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 27th, 2012, 6:29pm
Bruce, WOW  that is scary!  
 
What kind of throttle is in the Mohawk?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 28th, 2012, 5:24pm
Bruce, thanks for the info.  Just wondering as #7 doesn't.   CLL #4 has a ball valve and #24 will have one when it gets done.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Jan 18th, 2013, 8:16am
Bruce,
 
Great scott!  Lucky guys are making an early recon visit to see what's in store for the upcoming Unmeet!  Anyway, enjoy the day with them for some reason I beleive that a grand time will be had!  Maybe even some of Moosey special concoctions?  Thanks for the info and have a great together with some greast live steamers!
 
Don
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 26th, 2013, 9:57pm
Pete and Bruce, thanks so much for the hospitality. Pat & Liz talked about it all the way to Cozumel. They both thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the ride. Again, our sincerest gratitude.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: bteerlin Posted on: Feb 13th, 2013, 7:46pm
Now thats a high steppin train
BTL
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Feb 13th, 2013, 8:34pm
[quote    It actually makes a pretty nice old style train, I think.  /quote]
 
Gotta love it.  Just needs an old style engineer at the controls
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Feb 13th, 2013, 10:59pm
Bruce,
   That's a beautiful train, but I'm afraid you are going to have to go talk to the type writer.
Russ
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Mar 21st, 2013, 11:08pm
A couple new projects are in the works at the BCRR:
 
1) Pete, Mario and I have started installing sides to the flat deck bridge. These are the low girder style. besides looking better this should help stiffen the bridge as well.
 
2) The winter crew has started trestle maintenance by replacing worn out decking.
 
3) The scale building construction crews have been busy with their latest creation.  
 
So the meets may be over but there is a lot of activity going on. I will be posting photos as I can.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:21pm
Pete, Mario and I worked on the plate girder bridge today. This is the last of the three main bridges that was never finished.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:23pm
another
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:49pm
Thank you for the updates Bobby.  I sure do wish I was closer.  Glad to see all of the activity  at the BCRR!!!!!
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Mar 24th, 2013, 9:45pm
A month has passed...  
 
The coal smoke has dissipated, the ash pit emptied, piles of ash pressure washed away from the steaming bays, all the emptied left-behind coal buckets gathered...and most certainly new fond memories were created in many live steamers hearts!
 
Well, to be honest, that had all taken place well before now!  But that certainly does not mean that nothing happens after the last live steamer pulls out of the driveway here at the BCRR.  As Bobby previously mentioned, projects are abound.  As most surely can surmise, we rarely have a dull moment here...i guess as a result many great thanks and additional photos have been lacking...
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:12pm
Yesterday, Peter and Julia hosted a small end of season get together for our northern friends who will be heading home for the summer. I did manage to get some photo's but not of everyone. The Hudson was steamed up, as well and Bob Dean's Erie K5 pacific. We even had the BCRR NW2 and Momma's critter out there. (What!!!! Diesels tee hee).
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:12pm
Bob and his K5
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:17pm
Pete with his Hudson and Mohawk.
 
Mohawk update- the throttle issue has been resolved. Evidently it wasn't sticking but rather it was going past off and reopening. Pete has fixed this by adding a stop.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:18pm
Bob Dean charging up the trestle
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:21pm
Mario on the Hudson
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:22pm
Charlie cooking 70 hotdogs! Way to go Charlie!
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:24pm
Linda enjoying a chance to run her critter.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:25pm
Fred doing some switching, with Pete acting as brakeman. Mary and Jim looking on.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:27pm
Ron and Karen Apt (and Mario photo bombing   ) enjoying a ride. Ron's 9 year old son Cody was engineer. The little guy did a great job running the NW2 for many trips around. He is a natural!
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:29pm
Jim B. acting as conductor....... and of course Mario  
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:30pm
Fred getting last minute instructions from Peter while Mike looks on.
 
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 4:57pm
Thanks for the photos Bobby, nice to get an update on the action at the BCRR!
 
Henry
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 7th, 2013, 5:19pm
Yes Thanks Bobby T.  Sad that Bruce had to stop. Looks like u had nice weather.  Cool up north here in Mich last week.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 7:51pm
As Bobby had mentioned in reply #486, we are at work on our final bridge followed by two progress photos.  
The bridge has been in place for many years now.  It was initially used as a means to get the Kubota over the creek aiding the creation of the Lewis and Clark Division as we know it today and let’s not forget a major portion of the trestle.  Pete welded rail to the metal deck at its inception.  It was not till the winter of 2009 that rail was actually connected on either side.  It was then the mad dash to connect everything together and retransform the railroad to its current track plan just before the 2010 unmmet.  This photo shows a view of it looking from Nancy station in the summer of 2007.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 8:26pm
This bridge shall finish the bridge construction chapter at the BCRR... as the county seemed a bit jealous when they came out to inspect the home Pete had been building.
Seeing as how nothing of major construction related is left in the Lewis and Clark Division, the suggestion was brought up by Bobby to finally finish the last bridge.  Pete agreed and the work began with some angle cut-offs that Bobby purchased.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 8:58pm
Pete welding the sheet metal together to form the second side of the bridge.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:06pm
The second side attached, all angle iron trimmed down, sheet metal ends chamfered off at a 45 degree angle.  The bridge is waiting on the top angle iron to dress the sides off.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:14pm
Easter being such a beautiful day and Pete having adjusted the throttle on the Mohawk made for a great day to take it out and run around the railroad as seen below as it is running over the bridge coming from the Lewis and Clark Division looking towards Pivo Junction.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:25pm
And what do you know...
the following weekend, when that small end-of-season get together for our northern friends heading home for the summer was held...the weather was equally nice.  
So why not catch Pete running his Hudson around the railroad before he turned the honors over to some of our lucky snow bird friends.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:42pm
There were smiles aboard every train.  Here is spotted Linda and Bobby...although sources tell me that Linda would much rather operate the steam locomotive now!  Good luck Bobby getting your 0-6-0 back, so I guess he has to get started on his next steamer!  Thank you Mary Calandro for the picture.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:49pm
Ron's son, Cody, was another one who spent countless hours at the throttle.  He spent the majority of it operating the NW-2.  Thank you Mary Calandro for the picture.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 9:54pm
Mary last spotted the Hudson headed over the arch bridge.  It was being run into the late hours by her husband, Mike, who was taking a crash engineers course with Mario behind him.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 5:02pm
Any new pictures guys? Are you having any type of 4th of July Run?
Russ
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 8:58pm
Russell, we have been working on a few projects, but we are keeping them under wraps........ for now.  
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 14th, 2013, 3:22pm
rain rain rain......... not much to report other than rain.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 21st, 2013, 8:40pm
Well this thread certainly has been quiet. But not from lack of activity at the track to be sure.  
 
Things are starting to pick up here, the Winter crew is starting to arrive. Over the summer Peter, Mario and I were busy with some new project, re-modifications, upkeep and even a beautification project or two.  
 
To be sure, the BCRR will be ready for the 2014 UnMeet. Mario and I will be posting some project updates soon.
 
Only 4 months to go!!!!
 
Bobby
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 21st, 2013, 9:13pm
Thanks for the update.  We still like to hear what is happening on the RR.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:52pm
Today was Halloween Fun Night at the BCRR. Of course it was in the dark so no photos of trains running. But since it is a Pete and Julia hosted event, there was good food and desserts!
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:54pm
I think this guy showed up too late for the food.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:57pm
You really never knew what you were going to bump into.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:58pm
Some just like to hang around.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 27th, 2013, 12:04am
Mario ran the Mohawk, Ron A. took charge of the B&M RS3, Marvin had the B&M NW2 and Linda rounded out the field with her critter. The track and equipment worked flawlessly. We use this event as our shakedown test to see what damage the rainy season has done. I am pleased to say that our to-do list for the Un-Meet is a small one.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 27th, 2013, 12:07am
One last photo for now, One of the projects we were working on this year was to finally finish the middle bridge or the Don Pierson Bridge as it is called. It isn't 100% but it is very close.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 27th, 2013, 6:11pm
Thanks Bobby. I enjoyed the pics with my morning coffee.  We blew leaves off the ROW today.  Took about 6 hrs to clear the main and the Woodshill branch.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:31pm
Tom,
 
You guys should be gearing up for your winter operating season?
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:43pm
Mario Peter and I just finished a somewhat nasty little project. In the off season we always check out the line from one end to the other (as do most live steam track crews). We noticed a few deck boards on the trestle that needed replacing. We investigated closer and..... well all I can say is when someone wants to buy that so called pressure treated wood from the big box home improvement stores, talk them out of it. Even used above the ground and stained it only lasted about 6 years.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:44pm
More rot
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:45pm
decay
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:46pm
We were surprised at the extent of damage. Last year we didn't see any indications.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:48pm
An overview of the effected area. It really gives me the impression that it might have been the same batch of wood that was affected.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:52pm
The uprights and cross beams are ok. These were the old school PT wood. It took Mario and I one Saturday to clean it to this stage. In all 8 sections were removed.... and replaced. Yes it is all back together and better than before. This time we are using PT wood from a marine dock supplier. This is some heavy wood, not like the feather light stuff they offer at... well you know where.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:53pm
See, all better. We ran on it for the Halloween run.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:55pm
We used longer deck screws and longer rail screws as well. The trestle will be ready to handle what ever arrives in February.  
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Oct 31st, 2013, 1:20pm
Makes you wonder if the wood was really pressure-treated!  I've seen PT lumber that had a lot of heartwood, and the treatment doesn't absorb well into the heartwood part.  Maybe that's what happened here.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 31st, 2013, 8:47pm
Dan, the stuff they pass off as pressure treated at the big-box stores is terrible. It looks like it is brushed with green dye and not treated at all. All that EPA regulations etc. The lumber we are using now has the copper pressure treatment. You can feel the difference in the weight of the material.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 1st, 2013, 9:43pm
Sure does look nice Bobby!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Dec 9th, 2013, 8:20am
Does the lumber company still exist on Metro Pkwy, at the railroad crossing?  They used to do their own pressure treating.  Too bad Dowling & Camp's mill at Slater doesn't still stand;  Their big selling point was that their longleaf pine lumber was rot- and insect-resistant.
See ya Bill
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Dec 9th, 2013, 9:25pm
Probably a bit late to help at this point, but keeping the wood dry will extend it's life a lot.  Most treated timber sold by box stores is for internal use only, as the treatment is water soluable and it leaches out in the damp in a matter of weeks.  
My supplier sells rolls of plastic barrier for deck beam and joist protection. Just roll out and hold in place with decking.
This is my trestle, with "ground contact" pressure poles, but hidden inside is 2 x 6 hardwood bearers.  (the ties are marine boardwalk offcuts)
Pete
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 10th, 2013, 10:38pm
Hello Bill,  
 
I think the was Fort Myers Lumber. I don't believe they do any pressure treating anymore. We found Shoreline Lumber near the beach that sells the PT lumber for boat docks. Really good stuff.
 
Hello Pete,
That is a neat idea. I wish we thought of that earlier. But we have had really good luck with the heavier PT material. This was just a 42 foot area out of a 900 foot trestle. The rest was quite solid.  
 
Track and infrastructure maintenance is something we take seriously.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Dec 11th, 2013, 5:12pm
Years ago I was collecting lumber scraps to lay some track.  Some of it was CCF treated and some not.  I cut it all to tie size and loaded it on a pallet, then enclosed it with chicken wire.  Then took the load to a wood treating plant. (Boy, was that pallet HEAVY when they loaded it back on my trailer!
Later the ties were used to help a fellow live-steamer extend his home track.  Since some of the ties had been "double-treated", they ought to last a while!
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 12th, 2013, 7:33pm
Hey Dan,  
I would say that the doubled treated wood be very good stuff indeed.
 
BTW did you ever get the complete owners manual for your mill? If not, I finally got all the missing pages and I can copy them for you.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 12th, 2013, 7:35pm
Tom,
 
My apologies, I missed your comment. Thank you for the compliment.
 
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Dec 14th, 2013, 7:40am
Bobby,
 I think I have most of it. I'll try to remember to bring what I have to the unmeet and we can compare.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 15th, 2013, 12:27am
Peter and Julia hosted a little Christmas Lunch today. Although it is the middle of winter with record snow and cold covering the country. But we braved the inclement weather and made the best of it. Here is Mario shoveling off the right of way, and he forgot his gloves.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 15th, 2013, 12:28am
Chuck, Fred, Ron and Peter trying to keep warm despite the wind chill.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 15th, 2013, 12:30am
Sorry to our northern friends, but yeah, I'm gloating. Today was picture perfect. This is Florida style winter live steaming.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 15th, 2013, 12:33am
If you look on the last photo you see Gianni sitting behind Mario running the engine. Just 2 times around the track and this is how Gianni finished the ride.
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:31pm
Keeping in line with the last two pictures bobby posted...  
Both Bobby and I were out working together on some little projects here and there, the winter wood workers busy in the wood shop, and Gianni out and about getting into everything he can on the railroad.  The guys took a break to go inside and sit down for some lunch.  The project both bobby and were working on had consumed us…so when we were finally ready to take a break we realized it was way too quite out on the railroad...we had last spotted Gianni out on his ride-on Thomas Engine...after a bit of investigating...this is what was found!!!  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_Jrc8fYk0
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:43pm
He went round and round…  
These only represent a fraction of the time he went around!  
 
I couldn’t help but laugh and align switches to point him in the right direction…he finally woke up headed back into Nancy Station after the dogs began barking at someone passing down the street.  If not for that, who knows how many more laps he would have made?  And believe us…he made many once we noticed him!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lyCYatT-g0
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42tdmocmFCc
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU3VqUi4gz0
Posted by: BCRR Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:47pm
And a couple more just for fun!!!  
Poor Gianni…it’s always a tough day at “grandpa choo choo’s”
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykAPpEmWiCI
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRHMgUiWcZU
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 11:11pm
This time of year is the Florida equivalent of winter. Meaning we usually hide inside to avoid the extreme heat. But today a couple of us braved the sun to play.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 11:19pm
SWMBO braved the sun with her critter.... until she ran out of gas.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 11:21pm
Wayne, Peter, Bob D. and Bill O.
Wayne brought his Allen Mogul out to fire the boiler for the first time.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 11:22pm
My 0-6-0, Russell's Atlantic and Wayne's Mogul.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 1st, 2014, 7:21pm
It was announced on Chaski BBS that Pete passed away very recently.  I was shocked to hear it.  What's up Bobby T?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 1st, 2014, 10:26pm
Tom, It is a sad truth. Our beloved Peter passed away suddenly this past Sunday after a brief illness. Everyone at the BCRR are assisting the family during this sad time.  
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2014, 12:46am
I am so sorry to hear this. I greatly admired Pete for his live steam accomplishments.
 
Henry
Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2014, 2:19pm
I never met Pete, but I am very sorry to ear this.  I hope his family, and all of you, find consolation in this sad time.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Oct 7th, 2014, 7:46pm
Please convey my sympathies. Pete was a great inspiration and a man of immense talent. I hope the family and train group can maintain their wonderful association.
Pete N.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2014, 8:09pm
Thank you guys. It has been a difficult couple of weeks. A few of us were assisting the family cleaning up the shop and yard so that a better inventory of items could be made. It was bittersweet yet therapeutic for me. As for me personally, I had to step away from the hobby for a little while to refocus.  
 
Everyone has been calling and asking about the fate of the BCRR. well.... I don't know. At this stage the family must contend with certain legalities before any decisions can be made.  
 
It would be wonderful if the BCRR could continue but if it doesn't I won't be too sad. Because of all the wonderful memories and great times that were had with some of the finest live steamers in the hobby.  
 
As for now I am going to get back to building the Pacific, and doing some changes on the 0-6-0 so don't be surprised if you see me visiting some of the Florida tracks.  
 
Bobby
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 19th, 2015, 9:33pm
update: The family is getting the property appraised and will be looking to put it on the market. They have expressed an interest in giving a live steamer first offer. So if anyone is interested in a nice Florida home with about a mile of 7.5" track and facilities, let me know and I will pass along your contact info to the family.  
 
Track also comes with a crew of strange men hat appear every Saturday.
 
Bobby
Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Jul 8th, 2015, 7:36pm
Has there been any news of the fate of the Buckingham Central?
Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Jul 10th, 2015, 2:00pm
on Jul 8th, 2015, 7:36pm, BillD53A wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Has there been any news of the fate of the Buckingham Central?

Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Jul 13th, 2015, 6:32pm
Sorry, that last post was supposed to read that I found a real estate listing for the property.  It is being sold with the track intact, but without the equipment.  I wish them luck.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Jul 13th, 2015, 11:51pm
Do I see that a sale may be pending?
Posted by: BillD53A Posted on: Jul 14th, 2015, 8:59am
I sure hope so.
 
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 19th, 2015, 1:25pm
on Jul 14th, 2015, 8:59am, BillD53A wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I sure hope so.
 

 
would love to know who's buying?!
 
 
Moose
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Sep 12th, 2015, 9:57pm
Sad to say this, but the property has been sold to a non-railroad buyer, and the railroad is being taken up. This is what we all feared would be the final outcome, and it has come to pass. My understanding is that the rail will be used to build another track in the area. Best wishes to the new owners.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 16th, 2015, 5:34pm
Hi Guys,
 
Now that it is all said and done, I can say what has transpired.
 
The property was sold, as Dan said, to a very nice lady who happens to like horses. A deal was made for the trackage, switches, steaming bays, turn table and some structures which will be used to build a new track in Punta Gorda. About 30 miles up the road. Rumor has it that this new private track will also be 7.25/7.5 dual gauge and a 1" & 3/4" elevated tracks will be build as well. This will be a welcome addition to the Florida live steam community.
 
The signals and crossing gates were acquired for another local track.
 
The machine shop, live steam equipment and other artifacts were auctioned off yesterday to satisfy the estate. Some lucky people got some great deals.  
 
The three locomotives are heading to Utah, Michigan and California.
 
These final events brings closure to the life of the Buckingham Central RR. It's memories and those of Peter Bialecki will be remembered by all who knew him. I will miss my friend.
 
Posted by: miltrux Posted on: Sep 17th, 2015, 4:30pm
I didn't see the hand-car/caboose listed. I hope it was given to Gianni, that was my wish.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 17th, 2015, 8:37pm
No worries Ken, It is safe and being held for Gianni.  
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2015, 8:48am
The memories that my boys and I have of the BCRR will last a lifetime.  I need to thank Pete and the countless others who helped with the railroad, shared their equipment, took the time to share their knowledge, and more importantly their friendship.  This photo is of my very first visit to BCRR when I met Pete and Bruce the Smaller.  Pete was off doing his thing with that ever present smile on his face.  
Posted by: Pennsy4483 Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2015, 9:03am
One of my favorite moments at the BCRR, shortly after Pete and his gang were presented with the BCRR Anniversary car.  Little Gianni just couldn't handle all of the excitement!