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Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 28th, 2008, 9:34pm
Hello,  This thread will be about the engines and cars we use on the trains and how we use them.  I have had a digital camera only since 12-2004 so don't have a full history to share of the early times.  The RR goes back to 1993 when it first started and I found it in the spring of 1994 when I put my first work into track laying.   Back then, we had only a flat car to play with but things grew after that and we now have a big stable of engines and cars with over 1 mile of mainline and probably that much in branch line trackage.  We try to have operating sessions with train order and timetable rules, as that is Jack's big interest, at least once a year.  Some of the last few years we have been able to do more than one and is a busy day and lots of fun.
 
Lets go back to 2004 and a picture of me in our Shay #4 on the turntable at Phelps with Jack turning it.   This engine is on loan to us from Mike Allen and is fun to run.  It was a 12 inch gauge engine and we made new trucks for it.  Jack saw it run at the late Harold Allen's house and put his mind into gear to build his own outdoor RR to haul firewood.  This is how the RR started.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 28th, 2008, 9:47pm
I like this shot by Mel Caswell (alis John Korstange) of the little train on the branch.  Jack has his butt planted on a load of wood that will go to the woodshed at Woodshill.  The conductor is waving along with me.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 4:56pm
We run a lot in winter to avoid forest fires.  Here in Jan 05, #7 has backed away from a mishap that I was helping to fix and I grabbed this shot.  More on mishap comin'
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 5:11pm
The brakeman was riding the corner of the car and not in the middle and it derailed going thru a curve.  It broke the lower spring plank and we fliped it on it's side to roll in another flat to take it back for repair.  We were using Red Oak for spring planks and I have since read that this is a bad choice as it has a loose grain, White Oak is suppose to be better choice of the two.  There are a lot of holes drilled thru these which doesn't help either.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 5:15pm
Loaded up and ready for the trip to the shop.  438 was our oldest flat and had the oldest wood in the trucks.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 5:19pm
#7 on the TT.  Just fits!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 5:24pm
Our new lubricator I got.   We were having to much trouble trying to keep the old hydrostatic adjusted to not flood the cylinders or starve them.  This meters so much better.  We put a heating element under it to keep from freezing and that works sweet.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 1st, 2008, 5:05pm
Some days it is a chore to get the wood into the wood shed.  Mother Nature adds beauty to the forest with a coating of white.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 1st, 2008, 5:07pm
We need help opening the branch to the wood shed.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 1st, 2008, 5:09pm
Now the loads can be delivered.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 1st, 2008, 5:10pm
Now safetly in the shed the boss man plans the next move.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 1st, 2008, 8:53pm
hi all,
 
tom:  way to go!  that's part of what we've been waiting to see!  keep it coming.
 
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2008, 8:29am
Thanks Moose.  A couple of shots from 2005 when Jim Small was down to visit his engine.  This one is #7 on the CBE branch waiting to load a gon with fill.
 
Tom C
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2008, 8:32am
Jim happy in the cab at Woodshill Jct.  A load of wood for the Mill and a load for the woodshed.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2008, 7:01pm
May 2005 was an outdoor operating session with Timetable and Trainorders.  We were able to have 3 engines under steam and #25 participate.  Some pics from that day.  
 
#7 Getting coal on the ready track and #10 on the ash track.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2008, 7:03pm
# 7 at Clear Lake with a load of wood.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2008, 7:05pm
#7 at Clear Lake and the Shay above on the CBE branch.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2008, 11:16pm
3 engines, photo by Bruce Philips.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2008, 11:25pm
#10 peeking out of the roundhouse.  photo by Marty Knox.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 12th, 2008, 10:53pm
Jack out testing #10 03-2005 just West of Maples.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:54am
We had a rare middle of March snow along with a visitor for the weekend who flew in to see us.  He may have been in the Chicago area for work,  can't remember now.  [I offer pick up and return for those that want to come in and help from Midway or the train station.]
 
Snow plow train westbound out of Phelps.  Photo of me by our friend from Texas, Frolin M.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:59am
After the line is plowed, Takin ash from the woodshed boiler to the dump.  Frolin pic.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 11:03am
A train stopped by Maples for me to oil around the engine.  Pic by Frolin.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 11:06am
Our visiter from Texas helping to clear track at Clear Lake for service.  We decided the plow was faster.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 11:10am
Comming back from Clear Lake, Frolin got some seat time in #4.  At Phelps with Jack and his snowman lookin over.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 11:28am
Frolin taking #25 for a spin on the table to put into stall #3 to end the day.  He`had a blast and came back one more time for a weekend trip.  Free air miles are nice!  After his visit, he went back to San Antonio (hope that is correct) and designed a battery electric he could ride in.  Check his web site for pics.  www.frolin.net
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 20th, 2008, 9:45pm
We have some nice young boys in the area and we like to include them when they come over.  Here is two of them riding along and trying to keep warm.  No SNOW in January.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 20th, 2008, 9:48pm
Jack oiling around before the ride up the 5.2%  comming up shortly.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 20th, 2008, 10:01pm
Here we are in February and we have some snow.  Ready to leave with a nice size train.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 20th, 2008, 10:07pm
Here it is March and some visitors came over for a ride.  This is Highpoint
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BM_133 Posted on: Nov 4th, 2008, 7:00pm
Nice steamers I wish I had one. I'm with the HO scale they can also make smoke but you can't ride on one.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:24am
Thanks BM_133  I wanted one also so have hired outside help to build me one as I am no machinist.  I dabble in Sn3 when I can't be in Michigan.  In the meantime, I can have fun running these.
 
More wood going to the wood shed on a mixed train.  Waiting for the helper to attach.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:31am
With the helper on the rear and another load added.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:35am
Stopped at Sumac to oil around and add coal to firebox.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:42am
Parked on the spur at High Point so helper can get by.  This shot is no longer available as Jack changed the spur due to tight radius and derailments of Forney's.  #10 didn't like it.  #7 would stall out due to flange bind.  Notice the pilot offset.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:42am
Tom those are awesome photos. Are you guys getting ready for the snow?
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:51am
Our friend George F. has a turn at running #4.  Big Bruce stands at the switch.  #7 is behind on spur with Alina.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 10:56am
Bobby T    
 
Thanks for the nice comment.  The plow isn't on the gon yet.  We are building sander boxes for #25 to help with slippery track.  I will post pictures as we progress.  We had snow already but it melted.  Had to use the sanders on #7 to make it up hill.  Was fun!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 11:03am
Our good friend and neighbor to Jack has a son who has been a real big help with track work.  I have been giving him lessons on running #7 and he has showen he can handle the task.  This is Conner peaking out the cab.  He is 3 3/4 scale right now but is growing fast.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 11:11am
Bobby T,  asking about snow
 
From last winter.  #4 getting water out of the roundhouse.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 11:16am
At Clear Lake (I can't be sure of location) with the Coach and a flat car (out of pic) for wood loading.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 11:18am
Friends show up for a ride.  Stopped at Sumac for photo and oil around.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 27th, 2008, 11:30am
Some times ice build up can cause problems.  Car derailed going thru switch for ramp track.
Jack gets it back on in a flash with bottle jacks so loads can be delived on time!  Engine was on caboose as loads were on the CBE branch.  We can drop the cars by to push up but not run around there.  It was getting late and didn't switch the cab around.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2008, 9:07pm
Two engines at Sumac ready for the climb to High Point.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2008, 9:15pm
The DARK Side.  The engineer is busy going over his steed as it will have to tackle the 5.2% grade ahead.  One needs his steed to be at it's best for the climb to High Point.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 7th, 2008, 9:48pm

 
   Tom,
 
   The snow in pics #41 and 42 made me feel cold way down here in SW Florida. Thats a lot more white stuff than I drove through last week in eastern PA. and SW Viriginia. I always enjoy your pics of that wonderful operation up there in the frozen north.
 
   Stay warm,
 
   Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 10th, 2009, 6:36pm
Extra #7 West waits at Jack's Pit for Orders.  The engine builder sits in the aux tender freezing.  Is that a smile breaking thru?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 14th, 2009, 7:41am
Ah, yes. Nothin' like sitting in a steel box full of ice water! Brrr!
 
Where is the semaphore controled from?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 1:02pm
on Feb 14th, 2009, 7:41am, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Ah, yes. Nothin' like sitting in a steel box full of ice water! Brrr! Where is the semaphore controled from? Greg B.

 
Greg,  that box is full of coal.  The semaphore is a train order signal and is operated by hand by the station operator.  Cheap and dirty!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 2:59pm
SR&CL Ry #10 picking up a load of wood from Sumac spur.  Engineer is Marty Knox.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 3:03pm
SR&CL Ry Extra East #7 at Sumac returning to Phelps.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 3:12pm
SR&CL Ry #7 is waiting to leave Phelps as a scheduled train Eastbound.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2009, 3:14pm
SR&CL Ry #7 at Jack's Pit with the scheduled Eastbound train.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 4th, 2009, 1:00pm
Hey Tom, we haven't had any updates here so I thought I would bump this thread.
 
I was changing the water pump in my Chevy S-10 about a week ago, and I had taken the serpentine belt pulley off of it. These pulley's are 4.5" and have a nice flange on the backside. I think these would be useful to your group for MOW and speeder wheels. The thread area is too wide to be of any use for us.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 1:46pm
Bobby T, you are correct, I have been neglecting this one.  I will get hot and post some more.
 
Jack standing and Jim Small riding.  Train is on the Bauerton Branch crossing the East leg of the Wye.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 3:55pm
Latter in the day.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 5:24pm

 
   Hey Tom,
 
   Am I correct in assumeing that some of the next pics will have snow scenes in them !!!   Neat pictures.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 6:57pm
Yes Bruce, plow season is coming!!!!!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 11:38am
#4 made a pickup at Sumac spur and will be hauling a load of wood to the shed.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 11:48am
Bruce,  It is now December and just flurries.
 
#4 is on the old spur at High Pt. getting a load of wood for the roundhouse stove via Mill 3 where it will be cut to length.  Jack is wondering when the engineer is coming back to work!  Put that dang camera away and let's go!!!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: jalbers Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 4:23pm
Keep em commin Tom. I really enjoy seeing this operation!!
 
Jerry
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 7:09pm
Thanks Jerry,
 
 I have another year to burn thru so will only look for something a little different from 2008.
 
One from the Bauerton Branch.  This is the bottom leg of the switch back.  In the background is the bridge just north [RR West] of Maples.  Two loads is all #4 can pull out of here as this branch has some horrible grades against loads out.
 
For you Florida guys, that white stuff isn't beach sand, it is frozen water or what us northern guys refer to as SNOW!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 7:31pm

 
   Hey Tom, thats pretty funny !!!! We are cooling off here in SW Florida.  
 
   ALL the WAY DOWN to about SIXTY tonight. But no snow in the forseeable future, heh,heh,heh.  
 
   Thanks for the great pics Tom.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 8:48pm
Frozen water...what will they think of next! LOL, Tom thanks for posting these photo's.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 13th, 2009, 4:39pm
On the next day, we have to break out the plow and run a flanger train to get the ice & snow off the rails.
 
You guys in Florida have it soft!!!!!!!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 15th, 2009, 9:54pm
It was so icy that #7 neded help to get up the hill.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 15th, 2009, 10:03pm
The next day, we picked up wood for the woodshed at Woodshill and the stove in the roundhouse via Mill #3 where it will get cut to lenght before use.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2009, 6:52am

 
   Tom,
 
   I get cold just looking at those pics. I left the NE a LONG time ago because of that white stuff, heh,heh,heh.
 
   They are neat pictures. Almost Christmas card views.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Nov 18th, 2009, 10:58am
Hi Tom
 
Do you drain the water from the boilers or do you have heating where you store the engines?
 
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 18th, 2009, 6:56pm
We drain the boilers but they are kept in a heated roundhouse so the pipes don't crack if all the water doesn't come out.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 19th, 2009, 6:17pm
Well it is 2008 by the picture date and snow has come down.  What is needed to open the ROW after a storm?   Well a plow extra of course.  Two of the neighbors boys got to ride the front end and watch the snow fly.  It is rather cold this day as they are bundled up to keep warm.  The engineer gets to hug the warm boiler for his heat.  Not so for the boys.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 19th, 2009, 6:22pm
The youngest man gets to get out and get the switch so Kyle watches his brother go do the work.  
 
Actually Ryan was cold and waited in the roundhouse by the stove for us.  I wanted a picture so I got the switch.  Not as good a story!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 19th, 2009, 6:26pm
My conductor rests on the caboose and chats with the section man while I snap a pic.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 8:50pm
Well the snow is gone.  Still cold so wood needs to be hauled.  A load is piled on Flat #437 for Mill #3 where it gets cut up for the roundhouse stove.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 8:55pm
I had to stage a train here with the late afternoon light on it.  I like it.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 10:03pm
on Nov 19th, 2009, 6:22pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Actually Ryan was cold and waited in the roundhouse by the stove for us.  
Tom C.

 
Tom,
What?  No pot-bellied stove in the caboose to warm the crew?
Just kidding, thanks for posting these pictures.  I'd love to get up there to see the RR someday.  Reminds me of some cold days I spent on the Michigan Northern north of Cadillac back in the 1970s.
Dan
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:03pm
No train pics during the summer as we were working on building a foundry.  So that brings us to near the end of the year and what comes out of the sky?  More snow!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:05pm
#7 on the new turntable at Clear Lake.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:10pm

 
   Tom,
 
   I sure do enjoy your pics. Particularly the beautiful picture post card type with the snow.
 
   Oh, BTW, we are way down to 46* right now here in SW Florida. Cold for us, for sure!!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:21pm
One week later and no snow.  We had a train order & time table operating session.  A shot of #7 waiting for orders at Jack's Pit with Ryan standing by.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:31pm
#4 waiting and #7 ducks in the clear for a scheduled train at Jack's Pit.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:34pm
The passenger train arrives.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:43pm
Later on we meet up with the scheduled passenger train again as he heads West bound to Phelps
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:47pm
#7 pulls a train out of the pass and prepares to back up the main to get a helper cut in.  It will take two engines to hoist those loads up to Woodshill.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:51pm
A shot over the tender at the helper way back there.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 10:21pm
A shot by Tim Lab of #7 pullin the loads.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 10:23pm
Another Tim shot of #10 helping.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 10:24pm
The train on the spur at High Pt by Tim.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2010, 5:35pm
Sorry I missed the Un-Meet.   We had to dig out from a snow storm on Feb.22.
 
Plow has wings to widen cut.  One side out till it gets clear of equipment.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 4th, 2010, 1:15pm
The new flat got left outside by mistake.  OOPS!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 4th, 2010, 1:34pm
Now, THAT's a Christmas card for next year!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 6th, 2010, 8:30am
Since I am now a "shop rat", I don't get to be engineer to much anymore.  This last weekend that changed as I got to run #25 again.  We were haulin wood.  A shot out of the cab as we were pushing 3 loads and a rider gon up the hill just west of Sumac.  I had her notched out to get a run at the grade.  It gets above 5% up ahead.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 6th, 2010, 8:33am
I brought one more down the hill so had a nice train strung out behind me.  Made a mailbox stop at the main road crossing and grabed this shot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 10th, 2010, 5:40pm
After the Oak trees drop all/most of their leaves,  We need to get the "big blow" out to find the ROW again.  Here is a shot of us clearing the ROW.  Jim Small is holding the nozzle and I am riding in the gon with the rake at ready to push a big pile over the side if necessary.  Pic by JNO
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 10th, 2010, 5:57pm
on Nov 10th, 2010, 5:40pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
After the Oak trees drop all/most of their leaves,  We need to get the "big blow" out to find the ROW again.  Here is a shot of us clearing the ROW.  Jim Small is holding the nozzle and I am riding in the gon with the rake at ready to push a big pile over the side if necessary.  Pic by JNO
 
Tom C.

 
Now THAT'S  a sight! LOL
Posted by: WH Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010, 9:26pm
Pulled the same leaf clearing trick last month on the 2 foot gauge C.P. Huntington park train. I sat on the pilot (barely fit) and another fella ran the engine. Overall, it worked out pretty well.  
 
We can easily run with leaves on the track but a few rain drops will hold those wet leaves on the rails for days not to mention running over the leaves crushes them leaving an oily film on the rails. Just one extra thing I wanted to do. Our line is 100% uphill on the return trip and getting up that hill with 5 fully loaded passenger cars with wet leaves on the rails is something I wasn't going to do!
Posted by: WH Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010, 9:29pm
I should also mention that I would be climbing (barely) up that hill at NIGHT in the middle of the woods with a fully sold out Halloween train plus many more sold out trains waiting to leave!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 13th, 2010, 1:02am
Another reason I like to have the leaves off is that they hold moisture on the ties and promote ROT!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2010, 6:22am

 
   Tom,
 
   One of these days, I've got to get up there to expierience your road in person. These pic are makeing my mouth water!! BUT, not in the winter. As pretty as it looks, and me spending the last forty winters here in SW Flroida, the snow, cold and me just don;t get along real good.
   Thanks so much for shareing these great pics.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 13th, 2010, 9:20pm
WH
 
I hope no one greases your rails at Halloween!!!!  Be careful out there!     Leaves do leave an oily residue on the rail head if run over.  Another reason to blow them away.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 13th, 2010, 9:33pm
[quote author=ErieAtlantic7597 link=board=LiveSteam;num=1214703268;start=80#98 date=11/13/10 at 06:22:39]  , and me spending the last forty winters here in SW Flroida, the snow, cold and me just don't get along real good.
 
   I bet you would have a nice time up in the snow and cold.  We have a nice stove in the Rhouse to warm an old softy from Florida up with even if he has used 40 years to avoid cold and snow.  Look at Greg,  He can do it, even Moose went up to Michigan in the winter.  You could help us dig out the Rhouse after a big one if you time it right.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: WH Posted on: Nov 13th, 2010, 9:51pm
on Nov 13th, 2010, 9:20pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
WH
 
I hope no one greases your rails at Halloween!!!!  Be careful out there!     Leaves do leave an oily residue on the rail head if run over.  Another reason to blow them away.
 
Tom C.

 
Only Jack@@s (easy folks, kids you know)greasing track is me. Curves only on the outside rail usually at joints only. Gotta save them wheels and those ears! No grease and we'll have worn out wheels and ears pretty quick.  
 
Now that I think of it, I shouldn't be greasing track. Put to much on once and couldn't even get the engine to run light out of the station/shop complex. Just sat there slipping....woops...  
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 12:24pm
We had a real nice Sunday in November to run steam so we fired up #7 and hauled some wood and then passengers in the afternoon.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 12:26pm
The afternoon was spent haulin a friends kids around.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 10th, 2010, 1:13pm
These loads need to go up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 10th, 2010, 1:16pm
With all those loads up, the empties need to come down.  Here the brakeman with his club, is at a brake wheel ready to assit with braking on the steep grade.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Dec 12th, 2010, 12:17pm
hi all,
 
tom:  great shots!  gotta see if we can get there this summer...maybe!?
 
moose
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 12th, 2010, 7:43pm
  Tom,
 
   This is gonna sound like a repeat of George's comment. Like him, I really need to make a trip to cold country and horn in on the fun you guys are haveing. The snow pic at the round house looks neat,,,,,,,,but cold. Thanks for posting it.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 16th, 2011, 8:55pm
Bruce's pics of people smiling remended me I had one from last winter when we had friends over for a train ride.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 16th, 2011, 9:00pm
One more with the kids!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 4th, 2011, 12:59pm
It has been a while since steam has turned a wheel on this RR while I was around.  I heard rumers a Shay was out and about but I saw no proof!  It must have been ordained that steam was to be up across america last weekend as the Sandy Ridge got dumped on [heavy rain] this past Thursday so we could participate like Florida.  Jim Small & Jim Parker were down for a visit so I fired up # 7 for their pleasure.  This pic shows it warming up by the roundhouse while Mel and Jim S. chat.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 4th, 2011, 1:05pm
Jack put the boys to work hauling wood.  Here is a shot of 2 loads and the rider gon at Phelps.  Later we would stall on the grade to Woodshill as the sanders were pluged.  It seems the hostler forgot to check and got some demerrits for sloppy work!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 4th, 2011, 9:33pm
Most people want to go to Heaven...... I'd settle for Phelps.  
 
Greg B.
 
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 11th, 2012, 1:18pm
With the release of #559 from the shops, It needed a test ride so it went out with Alina and #25 to see how it would track.  Did fine!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 11th, 2012, 6:27pm
Tom, Jack & Mel, congratulations on a terrific build. Can't wait to see it, up close and personal.
 
BTW, I found brake rigging clevices for $4.00 a copy. 1/4" 28tpi.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 18th, 2012, 6:31pm
Greg, we have few as we stocked up.  Can't remember for sure but think we got them from Fastenal.
 
Anyhow, here is the other side at Highpoint.  Mel's knee is sticking out the door.  His first ride.  He liked it.  So will you. Get over soon!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 26th, 2012, 12:37pm
Mel got the marker lites together and working and I got the brackets on the caboose.  Here is a pic of #559 with the markers on and our marker light brackets on it.  The final touch for us.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jul 6th, 2012, 10:41pm
This seems as good a place as any to express our gratitude to the guys at the SR&CL. They entertained and educated the brass hats of the Clam Lake & Moose Meadows consortium last Saturday. Train rides were offered, but, regretably declined. George and I had made the trek to visit with friends and continue our education in 3-3/4" scale. Jack had some other things going on, but Tom and Mel were the consumate hosts. Ol' Moosey and I were able to see, touch, caress and fondle all manner of wood and metal. At the same time Tom and/or Mel would be explaining the reasons and methods involved in the production process.These guys are both genuine "Shop Rats" and wicked smart.
 
The Sandy Ridge is so subtle in it's surroundings. It is almost entirely in forest, however, the railroad blends so well that the railroad and it's setting would seem incomplete if either one was missing.
 
I stood in the turntable pit and looked towards Phelps. Having worked my way up through most of the smaller scales, I'm always looking for the tattle tale giveaways that reveal the model. With the exceptions of a ricketty chair and a most comfortable bench, there are none. This could very well be a 2ft gauge logger, typical of the Cadillac or Mio areas of Michigan.
 
Thank you, again, for your hospitality,
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 27th, 2013, 5:50pm
Happy Holidays to all,  We do run some trains once and a while.  Today we hauled wood.  A shot from the Rhouse roof as I was up there to help get a pine tree off that broke off in the ice storm.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 27th, 2013, 6:01pm
The errant pine tree!  And it froze to the roof.  Luckily it was 37 or so degrees today so I Yanked & Yanked and got most of it loose before Jack took it off with the tractor and a rope!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Dec 30th, 2013, 8:00am
Tom,
Would love to come see your operation sometime. I'm retiring early next year so maybe will have time to come up that way during the summer.
Dan
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 6th, 2014, 11:57am
Hi Dan,  Would love to show you around.  PM me if u r headed our way.  While running the plow around, Jack showed us this tree that will need to be cut up next spring.  Bring Axe!
 
Tom C.
 
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Jan 7th, 2014, 12:00am
Wanna swap for a couple of days, Tom?
My thermometer registered 114 degrees twice in two days. Crazy world.
Hope thats not track under the tree trunk.
Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 7th, 2014, 10:47am
Pete, yes it is rail under the tree.  It has a big bend in it.  You can see the ties are above the snow.  Luckily it is a branch line.  
 
114 is a little much!  -16F yesterday morning.  Roads a mess.   I think I hate that more!  Stay cool.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 10th, 2014, 9:02pm
Holy cow, that is a big tree. When I was building Bob Deans track, I had to remove a dead pine tree that was maybe 1/2 that diameter. I managed to drop the tree on the mainline and it tore up a good 10' section, bending the steel rail like a twist tie!  
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 10:12am
More snow came down so we tried plowing.  I say tried as it was so deep, the large chunks rolled back down the bank and got under the wheels and caused traction loss even with sand on! (I think they were plugged already).  Here is a shot of Paul manning the shovel to get us out of the Rhouse.
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 10:15am
#10 on the TT
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 10:16am
Here we are heading back to where we stalled last after clearing the sand lines on #25.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 7:30pm
Man that looks like fun...... cold, but fun.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2014, 12:40pm
It is Bobby.  We ended up waiting till Sunday to plow again and by then the level was much lower.  We found in deep snow not to put the wings out and just use the plow blade when it is deep as it presents the smallest face to the snow pack.  The plow sliced thru to Woodshill with out a problem.  We then back down and put the wings out and widen the sides.
 
After lunch we tackled the line to Clear Lake but derailed the plow in a small cut when Jack tried to backup before clearing the snow.  That end of the line is embargoed still!
 
A shot when done for the day
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2014, 3:09am
Would make a great video.......hint hint!  Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 9:08pm
It has been sometime since we used the RR to haul wood.  We ran a train to haul wood from Clear Lake to the woodshed.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 30th, 2014, 11:04pm
Wow Tom, that is some load! Is #25's cab side removable for warm weather?
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 31st, 2014, 6:16pm
Hi BobbyT, Yes the door is a roller and comes off easily for Summer as does the door by the fuel pump.  It doesn't like hot days so letting the hot air out helps the fuel pump and me when I am the engineer!  #25 is a stout engine and can handle that load up the 5% as long as the track is dry.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 28th, 2015, 11:24am
Not much snow this year.  The plow has only been out twice so far.  Here we stopped to clear the ice out of the flange ways at the driveway before we cross.  We ran up the hill and cleared the main and the branch.  Then we turned it and headed to Clear Lake.  See next post for what we ran into.
 
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 28th, 2015, 11:30am
When we got to the yard limits, it became clear we wouldn't reach Clear Lake!
 
The sign still stands!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 28th, 2015, 11:36am
An over view.  A tree above the tree in the foreground came down and placed to much pressure on the one nearest town.  Jack will have a bunch of firewood when both are cut up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jan 28th, 2015, 5:21pm
on Jan 28th, 2015, 11:36am, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
An over view.  A tree above the tree in the foreground came down and placed to much pressure on the one nearest town.  Jack will have a bunch of firewood when both are cut up.
 
Tom C.

 
tom:  my best to the sclry!  was just up in the mitt of michigan last week...cold!  sure wished there was to time visit with you, but mrs pockets needed our attention more..
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2015, 9:47am
With the snow gone, we have to deal with the leaves left over from the fall.  Out came the leaf blower and we cleaned out the cuts.  Here is a shot at the driveway while Jack picked up his mail.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2015, 9:48am
The train at the end of the branch at Old George.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2015, 9:51am
An overall shot at Old George.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 30th, 2015, 8:19am
The next day we repaired the damage to the track from the trees hitting it. Here is Jack tamping ballast Yesterday.  As the picture shows, the trees are cut up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 30th, 2015, 8:23am
The train!  We loaded two flat cars with wood and took them to the woodshed.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2015, 8:56am
2 loads of wood were moved out of Clear Lake after some branches were trimmed back that fell.  Here we stopped west of Jacks Pit to trim another tree.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:27pm
Bus 3 made a trip up the hill.  Here is a stop at Sumac.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:30pm
Turned on the TT at EOT High Point.  I went up here to grease the TT as it was in need of a little
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:36pm
Down at Clear Lake to clean the ditch.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:37pm
another look
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 16th, 2017, 3:02pm
I was out riding Bus 3 cleaning sticks off the ROW after a big storm and up short of High Point I saw this big tree down on the CBE branch at the top of the big climb.  Lucky for us, it bridged the track and there should be nothing to fix when it is gone.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 16th, 2017, 3:03pm
another view
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 16th, 2017, 8:27pm
That was lucky!
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 20th, 2017, 5:47pm
I'll say y'all were lucky!  Great to see my favorite vehicle out on the rails again!!
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 6th, 2017, 7:32pm
Clear Lake had a tree down on the spur track and it missed hitting it from the arch in the tree.
We lucked out again!
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 6th, 2017, 7:33pm
Another View.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 6th, 2017, 11:59pm
Amazing! May it be a harbinger of future luck!
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 9:09am
on Aug 6th, 2017, 7:32pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Clear Lake had a tree down on the spur track and it missed hitting it from the arch in the tree.
We lucked out again!
 
 
Tom C.

Amazing.  Looks like it could have been shaped and put there by design.  Is this high enough to go under?  Looks to be maybe for equipment, but too low for riders on top?  Would be an interesting feature if it could be left.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 4:57pm
WOW! That sure was lucky. But looking at the bright side, look at all those future wood loads.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 7:43pm
on Aug 7th, 2017, 9:09am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Amazing.  Looks like it could have been shaped and put there by design.  Is this high enough to go under?  Looks to be maybe for equipment, but too low for riders on top?  Would be an interesting feature if it could be left.

 
Hi George, well the flat cars could go under it, but we use the spur to load wood so we will cut it up and haul it to the woodshed.  Sometime the coach may go up here and it wouldn't clear.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 7:46pm
on Aug 7th, 2017, 4:57pm, BobbyT wrote:       (Click here for original message)
WOW! That sure was lucky. But looking at the bright side, look at all those future wood loads.

 
Hi Bobby,
 
Probably a week's worth of wood when split.  We are busy clearing down trees!  More pics to come.  I hope I won't bore everyone.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 7:54pm
Today we were out cleaning off branches from the big tree on the CBE branch.  We got the wood chipper on the tractor and made some big piles of MULCH!  Here is a pic of what we did, compare to the previous post of it.  As a side note, it is hard to get a pic that really shows the work involved.  The white spots are two of the piles, the third is to close to the bank to get into the shot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 7th, 2017, 7:58pm
#25 brought up our flat with the Jennies (yes two Generators as we got a used one from Jack's Cousin).  The red one is the old one.  An electric chain saw is much quieter and the jennie is a ways off so it doesn't add much noise.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2017, 12:23pm
Had a work train out for bridge work on the Mountain Division!  a couple of pics.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2017, 12:26pm
headed back to the barn after work done,  Camera pointed out from cab window.
 
Tom C.