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Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 12th, 2008, 11:16pm
This Thread will be about new projects or fixin old things.  Back in 2005 we were working on the CBE branch so I will start there.   Here is the work train just before we got to the switch for Old George.  In the background is the track on the fill below High Pt.   At one time that was going to be a steel bridge but Jack thought it would be to difficult so just filled it in.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:05am
These are the spur tracks for Old George.  We can drop cars by as it is down hill from before the switch.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:10am
Jack surveying the finished track.  Tamping bar is in his right hand,  broom for final shaping is stuck in dirt behind him.  Ever faithful tractor is resting.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:12am
First Load out of Old George is being loaded.
 
Tom C
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:21am
We are planning on building a bigger caboose (4 axle vs 2 axle) so we have started on parts for the trucks.  Mel has the axles done and is working on the journal boxes.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:23am
And on the axle assembly.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:27am
I was working on the top frame member for the trucks.  Grinding the welds down.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:34am
Mel likes to build more than one of things as the setup time is as much as the final part in some cases.  We are doing 3 pair of trucks so have bent up some of the straps for the side frames.  I am drilling the holes and Mel is checking one on the frame in the rear.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:37am
Some assembly done.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:39am
An end view.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 8:27pm
As you may tell from the pics is that Jack has decided to try aluminum for the spring plank and bolster.  He was tired of the bolsters breaking.   This should stop rot and the splitting that would happed from drying out.  Here is another shot of the truck taking shape.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 8:36pm
#501 has wore its wood deck out.  It was constructed out of popular and it didn't withstand the shoveling and water it was subjected to.  Jack has started to tear off the old.  We now use Treated lumber to replace decks which should last longer.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 9:00pm
Track takes fixin.  Ties are shot!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 9:15pm
#501 has it's new deck and Mel made some stencils for it.  Unfortunately, we had no stenciling paint so tried enamal.  DON"T is my suggestion as it stuck to the stencils and wouldn't break at the lines.  We had to sand off and do again.  Bummer!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 9:19pm
Here is the refinished car after extra work.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2008, 10:18pm
Tom, looks great!  I need to build some similar wooden cars for my Davenport, but they will be 2.5" scale.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 6th, 2008, 10:06pm
Here are all 3 pair painted and waiting on brake shoes.  We only have enough for 1 pair right now.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 6th, 2008, 10:08pm
A closer look at a couple.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Aug 6th, 2008, 10:17pm

 
   Man, Tom, those are some pretty husky trucks. Nice!! I guess for the loads you guys are putting on the cars, the trucks need to be husky.
 
   Looking good.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 7th, 2008, 8:22am
on Aug 6th, 2008, 10:17pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Man, Tom, those are some pretty husky trucks. Nice!! I guess for the loads you guys are putting on the cars, the trucks need to be husky.   Looking good.  Bruce

Bruce,
 
There are pretty close to scale in 3 3/4.  Things will be husky in our scale and because of that, they can get a good workout to earn there keep.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2008, 9:28pm
Our Shay had steam brakes on it for many years.  It would put out a tremendous cloud of steam in the cool weather and hose down anyone close.  Mel reworked the air pump and figured air brakes would be nice.  We got a rear truck trailer brake valve and a hand brake from a 47 Chevy truck and made this stand to put air brakes and a parking brake on #4.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2008, 9:31pm
A shot of it installed in the cab.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2008, 9:39pm
When we got the Shay, it was 12 inch gauge so we need a pair of shop trucks to hold it till the new trucks were done.  Once they went on, we had a spare pair of trucks that were kicking around under the floor of the roundhouse.  Jack thought they should have another use, so he made a pair of log bunks to go on them.  He made an adapter on the pilot to hook them to on #4.  Now he can haul logs.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2008, 9:45pm
A man with to much time on his hands comes up with another use for the shop trucks.  With the removal of a couple of bolts, the log bunks come off and it can be used as a trailer.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2008, 9:48pm
When I see the flats, I say, mount a seat and make us a riding car.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:22pm
On the subject of a man with to much time, Jack want to see what std gauge would look like in our scale so he had Mel make him a track gauge.  With that in hand and some bigger ties and rail, he laid an end to a branch line to the yard in Phelps.  We now can ship our wood products to the rest of the USA by Rail  Plus, we now have the challenge to build some std gauge cars.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:32pm
A problem we have in Michigan is leaves in the fall.  They cover the track and keep moisture on the ties if not removed.  I tried a hand blower but that wasn't to fast.  A yard sale had a big leaf blower on wheels for sale so I plunked down my 10.00 and hauled away.  The motor was shot so a new one was purchased and an adapter was made to go from the rectangle outlet to a round hose.  Mel added a third wheel to the front to help move around.  Now the leaves don't stand a chance.  We put it on a flat car and can push it around the RR and blow to hearts content.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:34pm
A shot after we went thru.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:39pm
We have 3 pair of trucks waiting for bodies so Jack liked his log buggy idea so much he decieded to make more.  The basic bunk.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:41pm
This is his short link to hook two together.  He made various size ones for longer logs.
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:45pm
A couple ready for service.  You can see the different lengths he made.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:48pm
A shot of the blower earning her keep.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 12:52pm
And one of the Log Buggies on their maiden run.  The chair flat is the caboose for the train.  A place for the conductor to ride.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 6:09pm
hi tom,
 
you guys are having wwwwaaaayyyy too much fun!
 
keep it comin'!
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 1st, 2008, 9:32pm
Well the next thing we need on the Sandy Ridge is turntables.  Jack decieded he would try and build a simple one for Clear Lake.  A side view of the center part.
 
Tom c.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 1st, 2008, 9:39pm
Being as our engines are not balanced evenly, we need a way to keep the table from dropping when going on and off.  Jack came up with a bolt thru a angle iron bolted to a couple of treated 4x4's buried deep in the ground.  You can see the bolt here and the end of the table.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 1st, 2008, 9:45pm
The layout at Clear Lake.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 1st, 2008, 9:54pm
A shot from ground level.  Can you tell where part of the rail came from?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2008, 9:49pm
Another shot from the past to wake this thread up.  The injector on #4 was leaking water and steam so a new check valve was put on to stop it. and it did.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 19th, 2008, 10:58am
Our leader Jack, has been complaing every winter about the wheels slipping on ice for #25.  He would say, Boy, if it only had sand"!  Well,  i got Mel on board and we started to build a sand box for the rear end.  We made a sand valve first then got some steel to weld up into a hopper.  Follow along as it comes together.
 
This is the inside of the valve assy.  The other side pic will be blurry but you can tell where the output is.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 19th, 2008, 11:22am
The blurry side.  Sorry.  Now as an aside,  this is for the front box.  the rear one will have different linkage.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 19th, 2008, 11:23am
the start of the box.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 19th, 2008, 11:54am
Interresting project, Tom. I'm watching it closely. Why don't you post a couple of pics of 25? Not everyone here is familiar with the whole SR&CL roster.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 20th, 2008, 8:14pm
Thank you Greg for the Idea.  We push a lot with it in reverse for some reason not know to me.  That is why we started on the back box first and it is eaiser to build might be another reason.  The hole is for access to clean out and hook up the linkage.  It will have the # plate over it when done.  Here is #25 with the plow.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 21st, 2008, 8:50am
Tom,
That's one of the nicer pics I've seen of 25. How about some basic specs on her? Inquiring minds want to know....
 
Hope to see you soon.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 24th, 2008, 10:17am
Pockets,
 
Not sure what length she is but the cab is 24 inches wide.  Hood narrower by a couple of inches.  Here is a pic of the sand box welded together.  Need to make a lid and add the linkage.  Hope to mount this weekend.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 24th, 2008, 10:20am
I added tabs to mount it.  I am learning Mig welding.  I find it hard to see where the weld is headed with the torch in my way.  I HATE BI-FOCALS!!
 
happy holidays to all  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 24th, 2008, 11:47am
Looking good, Tom. Some VERY interesting stitch patterns, there, too I wear bifocals as well.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 30th, 2008, 1:16pm
Well we were back at it on Sunday and finished up the box for a test fit.  Paint will come this spring.  Jack is hoping for snow so he can try it out.  Here it is on the engine, top view.  The access hole now uses the old # plate for a cover.  The lid has a hinge so we won't lose it.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 30th, 2008, 1:17pm
A 3/4 view.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 15th, 2009, 9:24pm
Here is the end of the delivery tube.  I learned that if you put a cover over the opening it helps to keep the snow out.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 15th, 2009, 9:32pm
With the sucess of the rear box,  We started on the front one on my next trip over.
An overall shot of it.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 15th, 2009, 9:44pm
a look inside.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 15th, 2009, 10:54pm
That's looking real good, Tom. The sand, on the rails should really help.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 12:48pm
We spent part of Saturday cutting a hole in the hood of #25 and when we dropped the box in, It hit the bell motor and wouldn't lay flush.   OOPS!   We cut out some metal and put a dimple in it to make it fit in.  Some pics.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 12:50pm
with the dipple in
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 12:55pm
In the previous picture, the long arm isn't missing.  Somehow along the way, we got the wrong length on the actuator travel and found we didn't need the long travel that the original arm gave.  We shortened it up alot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 1:00pm
Here it is in the nose of the unit.  We need to cut holes in the frame and make the ends and then it will be ready to test.  A job for the next trip over.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 1:28pm
That looks nice. What a professional looking installation. Ya gonna put the grab irons back on? I liked them and I imagine they made it easier to ride the point.
 
I'm sure Mel can tell stories about frozen and plugged sanders Carry a big hammer and some fusees.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 18th, 2009, 10:01pm
Yes, the grabs will go back on.  We have no footboards on the front, so they are for looks only.  We can ride the rear.  Yes Mel can tell stories about sanders and toilets!  Don't get him started or no work will get done for hours.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Jan 19th, 2009, 6:50am

 
   Tom,
 
   You remarked on my pic of me in the snow six weeks ago in E. Pa. Well, it my turn. The great pic of the diesel sitting on the table IN THE SNOW, gave me chills. We, here in SW Fla. cooled off lately, way down to the fiftys and sixtys. No snow though.heh,heh,heh.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 9th, 2009, 10:14pm
Well we finished off the front sanders.  Used a hole saw to cut one hole thru the frame and started the second but it broke the teeth off.  Since we had no other of that size, Mel took the torch to the remaining hole and burned it out.  We now have working sandrers on both ends.  Now the snow has melted off so will have to wait to test the front ones.  Here is a pick of the box in the nose of the unit with Mel hooking the wires for the motor up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 5th, 2009, 10:55am
Hi all,
 
Now that spring has sprung, we pulled the sand boxes and primed and prepped for paint.  The front box got it's final coat on the part that is in the engine compartment.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 5th, 2009, 10:56am
The rear box is in primer.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 25th, 2009, 12:27pm
Well, the sand boxes finally got finished and installed.  WE now have traction!!!!
The Front end
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 25th, 2009, 12:29pm
the rear box on the work bench with the number plate on.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 25th, 2009, 12:31pm
And now back on the engine.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 8th, 2009, 1:51pm
Hello,  The SR&CL Ry has a working foundry.  We got our first parts produced. The part on the left is two Body Bolster end casting and the other is 1/4 of a spring pack for a passenger car truck.  Mel has been busy making patterens and planting them on match plates.  We mixed up a batch of sand and started pounding sand.  Next up is to try cored castings.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 8th, 2009, 1:53pm
view of parts from second pour.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 8th, 2009, 2:02pm
Some of our pattern boards.  2 for brake shoes, Body Bolster center castings, Draft gear stops, Side bearings, Body Bolster end castings, Truss rod washers/Queen posts/truss rod shoe all on one.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 8th, 2009, 9:20pm
Been following this project on the other site. Really looking good, Tom.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 8th, 2009, 6:06pm
With all these new parts coming out of the foundry,  Jack has started a car barn to put the equipment in.  It will be on the end of the spur before the switchback to the tie barn.  The track in the background is the mainline at Kat Jct.  The view is to the Northwest.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 8th, 2009, 6:08pm
the front looking east.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Jul 8th, 2009, 7:55pm

 
   Gonna be neat when finished  Beautiful setting also. BTW, is that a pond in the distance? Very nice.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jul 8th, 2009, 9:26pm
Nice, thanks for the update tom.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 8th, 2009, 10:23pm
on Jul 8th, 2009, 7:55pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

BTW, is that a pond in the distance? Very nice.   Bruce

Bruce,  no pond or streams on the property.  We wished there was.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jul 9th, 2009, 3:44pm
That barn is gonna be handy, Tom. How many tracks/cars will it take?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 9th, 2009, 4:40pm
Greg,
 
4 tracks and 2 cars per track.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 8th, 2009, 10:31am
We have come up with a reuse of old school bus frames.  Turns out some of them are 7.5 inches wide.  Jack put one 32 foot section in the new car barn and it will work for us.  we will need a transfer table someday to access all the tracks so will probably cut one down and add wheels to use for that.  Isn't recycling great?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Sep 9th, 2009, 7:39am
Thats awesome. I see a scrounge run to the local truck scrap yard is in my future. Your car barn is coming along very nicely.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:10pm
Track is in the process of being welded to tie plates.  Hate to wast ties on something for storage.  Our tools are out and in view for a change, Pipe wrench is used to square up the rail while welding, clamps keep gauge close and an old BN RR wire brush and chipper donated to us to clean the slag off the weld.  May have to do it over or add if my weld was bad.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:13pm
tied into the bus frame and ready for first car.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:21pm
As our casting parts has improved, we went to the next step and made cores to do out journal boxes and pedistals.  Some shots of the results of the pedistal.  One still has the riser and vent gates on it.  The other is with them cut off and ready for machining.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:23pm
A journal box with a pedistal.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 12:35pm
Tom,
Truely objects of art.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 1:11pm
Greg, thanks.  Will look better machined.  Hope to get at that this winter.  Still need more parts to build 3 pair of passenger trucks.  Here is a shot of our water jet cut equalizers.  That is 1/2 inch steel plate they came from.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 5:35pm
Tom,
What are you planning to use for a wear/bearing surface between the aluminum pedestals and the aluminum journal boxes?I have witnessed the result of aluminum vs aluminum and somewhat less than casual maintenance. Not to imply that the SR&CL gang does anything casually.....
 
Those are some serious equalizer bars.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 6:39pm
Greg,
 
STP    On second thought I don't rightly know.  I am just the gopher in the shop.  I will ask.  On the size,  it is scaled from prints so should be close to what was used before on our other car.  Mel cut 1/4 inch plate and welded and ground them and didn't want to do that again.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 4th, 2009, 4:24pm
on Oct 2nd, 2009, 5:35pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Tom,
What are you planning to use for a wear/bearing surface between the aluminum pedestals and the aluminum journal boxes?I have witnessed the result of aluminum vs aluminum and somewhat less than casual maintenance. Greg B.

 
Greg,  I am a little slow at remembering [insert old people joke here] that the freight trucks have aluminum rubing aluminum on them.  There doesn't seem to cause any problems there.  I still will check with Mel for his take.  Interesting question to me.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 28th, 2009, 6:23pm
two more frames went in with the help of some big guys.  Up went some plastic to hold out the snow.That's all for now till spring.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 28th, 2009, 6:32pm
Another project that got worked on was the whistle for #7.  When Jim built it, it had no taper to  the valve in the whistle.  It was either on or off.  Needless to say it didn't stay on long and has been on a shelf for a few years.  Mel thought it was about time to make a plug and an adapter, to braze in, to fix the hole where the handle was.  I bought a whistle valve and now Jim's 3 chime is back on #7.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Oct 28th, 2009, 9:00pm

 
   Thats one hell-of-a nice whistle !!!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 29th, 2009, 10:11am
on Oct 28th, 2009, 9:00pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 Thats one hell-of-a nice whistle !!!

 
And IIRC, it sounds sweet also.  I am scheduled to pull the cord on Nov 3rd so can see if that is true.  Jack has scheduled an operating session and we hope to have all 3 engines under steam.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 1:18pm
The whistle sounded crappy.  We didn't test it on air before we put it on and when I tried it, It was more like a pop off valve than a whistle.  All day I was tootin nothin.
 
The next day we looked into it and saw that the lip on the bottom may have been to far down in the bowl.  Mel made a shim and when we tried it on air it would toot again instead of hissing.  Now to get some steam in her again and see if that was it.  If not, back to head scratching.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Nov 11th, 2009, 5:58pm
Steam whistles can be the most cantankerous things. What may sound great on air will sound terrible on steam. Good luck with it. I know one of the greatest joys in this hobby is a great sounding whistle.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Nov 12th, 2009, 10:43pm
Tom,
Tell me about the bus frames... They appear to be about 8" channel, but not quite. Inquiring minds, etc....
 
Greg B.
 
DUUH!! Just went back and re-read the earlier posts. What was that about inserting an old age joke?
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 13th, 2010, 7:09pm
Jack wanted something to clean the top of the rail head after a lite snow.  He noticed how the broom worked just pushing around on the crossing planks so thought he would like to mount one to a car.  What better use for our shop truck flat than a broom in front.  Works as envisioned.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Mar 13th, 2010, 9:02pm
Would you believe that the NYC subways use the same techique on the lead car of those trains that run on the elevated lines
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 15th, 2010, 8:24am
Pennsy,  Yes I would.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:24pm
Hello all,  Our foundry was busy last spring turning out parts and some jewlery to finish our box car.  They were finally machined and painted so they could be installed.  Here are some shots of what we made.  Door hanger brackets, Door stops, Door handle and latch, and not pictured here, Coupler cut levers.  Pics to follow of them on the car.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:30pm
The car before, notice the hook eyes for the cut leavers.  Our quick way to mount em.  Smooth sides as no door hardware.  Let's us use the car while we develop the jewlery.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:31pm
Cut Lever brackets now on.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:34pm
Door roller guides.  Please excuse the blurr.  Screw heads will get a dab of red to blend in.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:36pm
Lower door guides.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 6:42pm
A view of the side showing the new parts, right to left, Door stop, Door handle, Door latch.  On top is the roller guides.  Screw heads have that dab of paint on them now.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 8:14pm
That jewelry really brings the car to life. Nice looking pieces.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Dick_Morris Posted on: Apr 10th, 2010, 10:31pm
It was a nice looking car before, the jewelry finishes it off. I also have to comment on the lettering - including the dimensions. It looks great and is a detail too often omitted.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 11th, 2010, 11:04am
Dick,  Nice lettering took some work on our part.  It doesn't just happen with out planning and labor plus dollars.  I bought a vinyl cutter and Mel found fonts that are really close to RR roman.  He had me buy the correct material to use for stencils and then got the computer to spit it out to the cutter.  Then comes weeding out the stencil, that is a real time user.  It does add a nice detail to the cars we apply them to.  Well worth all the effort.  Thanks for your nice comment
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 11th, 2010, 11:10am
on Apr 10th, 2010, 8:14pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That jewelry really brings the car to life. Nice looking pieces.
Greg B.

Thanks Greg.  If it wasn't for our foundry, it would take a lot more time to make the parts.  Pounding the sand into the molds and some hot metal and Viola, a part to machine.  That is the short version.  
 
Enclosed is a line up of molds to fill
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 1st, 2010, 1:25pm
Well, after almost 4 full months stuck at home I got back to the shop to pound more sand.  The new flat cars needed stake pockets and we had 4.  Mel took them home and cleaned up the best one and made a new mold to pour casting resin into to get  8 for a new pattern board.  Here is the output for the day.  We also tried some of his other patterns.  Some didn't pull without breaking the sand.   Need more draft or shellac.  The other one is parts for a marker lamp.  We need a lot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 6th, 2010, 9:55am
Here is a shot of the stake pockets with primer on them.  I found that I didn't center the core and one side was thicker than the other.  Something to try for on the next batch.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 5:49pm
Now that my computer is working again, I can post pics again.  Next up is the remodeling of the cab of SR&CL Ry #10.   As some of you have seen, it looks like a phone booth behind a boiler.  Mel has taken on the task to make it more scale looking.  Following will be some pics of the remodel.
 
The cab frame welded up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 5:52pm
The cab on the chassy for a fit up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:04pm
Jack painted the frame before we mounted it so Mel could mock up the watertank, seat and coal bunker and find the right height.  Easier to plan before the metal is cut than find out your plan didn't come together like you thought.  He used stranded fiber board for the sides and seat as that is easy to cut and shape.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:16pm
Here is a shot of the air brake handle and gauges.  Above it is the blue handle of the sander air.  The ring is for the whistle cord and the bell cord is next to it.  The black handle and rod is the water contol valve for the injector.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:23pm
Tthe other side.  The Throttle and Johnson bar handles stick up.  The water valve for the Injector is by the door.  The window slide in the frame.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:25pm
A floor level view before all the sides went on.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:29pm
The final outcome.  It now has that husky look it needed.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 6:56pm
Tom,
Change isn't always progress, but you guys really brought it off this time. You took a good looking engine and made her a GREAT looking engine.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 15th, 2010, 3:43pm
Jack's next project was a transfer table to put more cars under roof.  Mel helped him with welding and Jack did the wood work.  Mel cut up another bus frame to use as the table and added rollers to it and a handle.  Angle iron was attatched to the wood and viola, a transfer table.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 15th, 2010, 3:44pm
The rollers and locking plate
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Sep 15th, 2010, 7:13pm
hi all,
 
tom:  very nice!  keep it coming!  give our best to jack and crew...gotta make time to see you guys soon.
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 21st, 2010, 12:55pm
Thanks Moosey,   would like to meet you and Pockets and anyone else for that matter someday at the RR.
 
Next up is some new castings Mel made for our passenger trucks we need under our caboose.  Mel has been going thru the car builders encyclopedias and says our queen post don't have to right profile so he made new patterns.  He didn't like the body bolster center castings so made new of those and we need shoes for the truck bolster so he made a pattern for those.  So, on my recent visit we warmed up the foundry and packed a few molds and melted metal and viola, we had parts to use.  Some pics.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 21st, 2010, 12:57pm
And a closeup
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2010, 5:35pm
So many parts pics, but what are they for?  Most of these parts are for our  passenger car style trucks we are building.  Some shots will follow of the parts going together to form the center swing motion parts.  We found with our first passenger car, that the leaf springs are not need to cary the load.  The coil springs can handle that work ok.  This pick is of the spring pack.  It needs to get attached to the spring plank with 2 screws.  Below the plank is the swing link casting that is held on with 2 screw.  In the background is the Bolster outer support with a piviot resting on it.  It will need 2 screw also.  Plus, in the background is a pile of the wood parts needed for 6 trucks.  Get Hot and build!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2010, 5:39pm
Here is a shot of the parts piled up before assembly.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2010, 5:44pm
Here is a shot with the swing links made up and inserted in the piviots along with the bolster center piviots resting on top.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 7th, 2010, 5:26pm
I put the tension rod and the shoe in the transoms.  Takes some unique swearing to get them in.  Oh and a hammer helps!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 7th, 2010, 5:28pm
the hammer or should I say mallet?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 7th, 2010, 7:40pm
Ah yes, the gentle art of mechanical persuasion.... Ya can't do much railroadin' without it.
 
Thanks for the update Tom. You know that Moose & I are BIG SR&CL fans.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 8th, 2010, 1:27pm
Greg,  
 
How true!  I am not as skilled as you are with the hammer when it comes to metal shaping.  My skill is trying to hit the same place twice!!! not counting my thumbs!!!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Oct 8th, 2010, 2:12pm
That is why we wear heavy gloves. If you really are bad, steel toed gloves and even shoes. LOL
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Oct 8th, 2010, 7:06pm
HE HE HE   It's all a learning curve and I absolutely refuse to discuss how I removed one of my finger tips with a pair of aviation snips!!!  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 9th, 2010, 9:28am
on Oct 8th, 2010, 2:12pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That is why we wear heavy gloves. If you really are bad, steel toed gloves and even shoes. LOL

Steel toed gloves!  gotta remeber that one.!!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 10th, 2010, 5:30pm
More days in the shop got us a few top frame members started.  I layed out a pattern jig to try and keep the hole spacing the same and drilled holes in the 12 tops we need.  13 holes by 12 pieces made a sore arm from pulling the drill press lever!  A shot of one.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010, 1:21pm
While I was drilling holes, Mel made axles.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010, 1:52pm
With all the holes drilled, Mel started welding the parts together.  Here is 2 setting out to cool before grinding the welds down.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 1st, 2010, 12:33pm
With the top frame member made, I could start attaching parts.  Here is the Transom attached and the middle arch bar support bent and inserted.  It is bolted on with the 4 bolts and then at the end when the spring cups are attached..  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 1st, 2010, 12:40pm
I had to make a metal plate that ties the two sides of the Transom together.  Then I added the Spring Cups.  They had to be sanded to miss the bend to fit straight out of the mold.  No belt sanding would work so did it the old fashion way with a Bastard file!   Sure had a sore left shoulder/arm after doing 24!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 1st, 2010, 4:37pm
Ah, yes, the old Bastard file... Also known as a Dutch mill.
 
Lookin' real nice, Tom.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 8:24am
After installing all the spring cups and tie plates, I added the spring cups to the equalizer bars.  They took a small amount of sanding to clear.  Made pins from 1/4 inch rod to hold them from sliding off.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 12:17pm
With all the parts done,  I could start to put the Bolster assy into the frame.  A shot of two stacked with one Equalizer bar stuck in to get an idea.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 4:52pm
That's gonna be a sweet looking truck, Tom. Do you forsee any issues with the coil spring chewing on the cast cups? I have some experience with cast aluminum vs steel in a moving interface..... None of it particularly good.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 6:29pm
Greg,  
 
I have no experiance to say good or bad.  The springs have a nice round profile on the bottoms so think they would't chaff the aluminum to much.  We will run with it and see.  We can cast more if it turns into a problem.  Our freight trucks use aluminum castings on the spring pockets and show no signs of wear so we shall see.    
 
As a side note,  I don't remeber what we used on the passenger car Alina's trucks.  Most of those parts were fabed up from steel as we had no foundry to make our own back then.  I will try to have a look at hers when over there at the end of the month.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 9:14pm

 
   Nice looking assemblys there, Tom.  
 
   Bruce
Posted by: Dick_Morris Posted on: Dec 7th, 2010, 11:07pm
*We can cast more if it turns into a problem.*
 
What about boring the aluminum slightly larger and deeper and Loctiting in steel cups? With the aluminum backing them up they could be pretty thin, all you need is a wearing surface. The cups could even be made from a disk and ring made from tubing or pipe to decrease the effort to machine them.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 8th, 2010, 10:09am
Dick,
 
A good idea.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 15th, 2010, 1:02pm
I got two swing motions inserted into the frame, here is a shot from the top.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 1st, 2011, 5:41pm
I got all six trucks together and started the bottom strap before we stopped and tore into #10's air pump.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 1st, 2011, 5:45pm
A shot of some of the bottom straps sitting on a pile of trucks.  I made the middle bends first as they were eaiser.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 1st, 2011, 8:40pm
Those are some nice looking trucks, Tom.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 4th, 2011, 12:52pm
Tom,
How do you mount your brake wheels to the staff. Do you use a taper, with a nut, or a square shaft in a broached hole and a nut on top.
 
Pretty much the same question for the ratchet wheel.  
 
I like the square shafts, but dang those square broaches are expensive!!
 
Thanks,
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 4th, 2011, 1:09pm
Greg,
 
You are makin the brain cells smoke.  Haven't had to come up with anything that long ago for some while.  I know we weld the ratchet teeth part on but not sure what I did with the hand wheel.  I do know we didn't use a broach as the wheel is aluminum and can be filed easily. I will have to get an answer for you as I can't remember the rest.  Sorry!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 4th, 2011, 2:50pm
WOW, that was sudden...
 
Okay, now ya created another question.... If you're welding the ratchet wheel to the shaft, that tells me that you're not casting them yourselves. Are you machining them from solid, or have you found a viable, comercial wheel?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 5th, 2011, 11:49am
Greg,
 
I have answers!  
 
We taper the square shaft and the brake wheel opening and then shove them together.  Takes a little filing but not bad.  
 
I believe Mel made them on our rotory table as we couldn't find a source.  They are Cold Rolled Steel (CRS).
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jan 5th, 2011, 2:39pm
hanks, Tom. I had similar thoughts, but it's confidence inspiring to be confirmed by those who have "been there and done that..." Say hi to JK for me.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 20th, 2011, 10:21pm
I was back in the shop for 2 days and got two trucks done with wheels.  Now all that is left is the brake parts and paint on that pair.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 20th, 2011, 10:23pm
Our mate!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Jan 20th, 2011, 11:26pm
Very nice work.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2011, 10:13pm

 
   REALLY nice trucks there, Tom. WOW, beautiful work.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 4th, 2011, 10:26pm
Thanks guys for the nice words.  We were back at it again and got some more work done.  I got the brake beams on both trucks.  We are working on the brake levers and clevis's we need.  More pics to come.
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 7th, 2011, 10:07am
Mel made up parts for 3/8 inch clevis, that was needed on the brake beam, welded and spotted the center for the hole, turned some washers.  After the hole is drilled, Mel put them on a rotory table and made the ends round with the mill.  I will thread the end and add them.  A little filling on the washers and ready for install.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 7th, 2011, 11:52pm
Tom,
Could you show a couple of shots of Mal's rotary table set up for radiusing the ends?
 
Thanks,
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 8th, 2011, 1:23pm
Greg,  I don't have a pic of that.  I will see if I can get one next time we use it.  
 
Basically it is a 1/4 inch pin held in the center of the table and bolted horizontal on the mill table.  Set the height and center the part on the bit and back off a little so you take the corners down a little at a time.  Crank the rotory table back and forth, move in a little and rotate again and a round ended part comes out.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 8th, 2011, 10:36pm
Here is a shot of a lever rounded and tapered on the mill.  Mel stacks them together with two 1/4 inch bolts and does a bunch together.  Speeds up the process.  The part on the right is the bracket for slack adjustment.  It gets welded to the truck frame below the coupler pocket.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 9th, 2011, 7:51am
Tom,
I understand the processes involved. I was just curious to see JK's set-up. Many of us build special fixtures for different projects.
 
Thanks for the responses, though. They will undoubtedly be of benefit to many.
 
Thanks again,
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 19th, 2011, 8:07pm
Here is a shot of the truck upside down with the live lever on the brake beam.  You can see how Mel rounded the ends on the mill.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 20th, 2011, 9:41pm
March only saw me in the shop once.  Here is the start of the frame ends.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 20th, 2011, 9:49pm
I put the coupler stops on the pocket (not Pockets as it would hurt to much ) and put the coupler in for a test fit.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 20th, 2011, 9:59pm
Both sides on and setting in place to be drilled.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 21st, 2011, 7:14am
Whew, thanks Tom. That would have smarted! Reminds me of a real roundhouse story that I wish I could tell here, but there are some not so innocent names and an ethnic slur involved.... Damned funny story, though.
 
That car looks to be coming together nice, too.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 21st, 2011, 10:06pm
Pockets,  I got to hear that story some time.  
 
Here is a pic of the end beam held on by the table and the end step bracket placed in the frame to see if they would fit.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 24th, 2011, 1:52pm
Here is a shot of the end piece clamped to the truck to see how it would look.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 1:30pm
The wood bolted down and the sides welded on
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 1:31pm
Top down shot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 3:30pm
hey tom...
 
da ya think the sr&cl ry would ready to let us scare it in the dark one weekend in july?!  gonna be up that way....?!!
 
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 9:56pm
Moose,  Glad to host you in July.  I talked to Greg and we have a date that should work.  Will check with Jack this weekend to verify.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 10:09pm
Here is a shot with one truck placed on it.  Needle beams just sitting there in this shot.  We wanted to see how the truck swing would go with the step support bracket in place.  We found out not good.  Need to make a change!  Not all designs are trouble free.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 10:15pm
The needle beams bolted on and the queen posts placed for a look see.  Some of the brake hardware setting on the frame to see what is needed.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 30th, 2011, 8:20am
A fascinating build, Tom. I'm really studying the composit construction.
 
As to the running changes; The engineers create a design, but it's the Journeyman Shop Rat that makes it work.... Tell Mel to sharpen his pencil!
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 5th, 2011, 4:32pm
Hi all,
 
We have some new brake shoes.  Mel went back to a design we had earlier as the basic blob was causing problems.  We fired up the foundry and made about 36 of them.  1 mold  failed to fill all the way as the crucible was low on Aluminum by the time I got to it.  So we got 32 good ones to machine.
 
Tom C
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 8th, 2011, 4:26pm
Here is a shot of the brake beam on the truck.  You can see how we amputated the draft gear and step bracket to get truck swing.
 
Tom C
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 8th, 2011, 6:41pm
Tom,
I like that. those breakheads / shoes are a bunch nicer.
 
Greg B.
 
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 26th, 2011, 11:21am
Work in the shop has slowed with Mel being gone for awhile.  I have been helping Jack replace ties as that is usually the summer project.  He had help last Saturday so I got some shop time in and got the new brake heads fitted to the brake beams.  That afternoon I slapped a coat of paint on them.
 
 
On Monday, I took Alina (our passenger car) over to the rounhouse and gave it a wash amd clean inside and out.  It needs to look good for our esteemed visitors that are scheduled for a tour of the Ry.  Pockets & Moose, you may wear your Sunday best and not worry about dust or dirt while riding in Alina.  All garentees are off for other modes of transport tho, so plan accordingly!  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jun 27th, 2011, 7:59pm
Tom,
I know I speak for ol' Moosey as well when I say we can't wait. We're really looking forward to a week from Saturday.
 
Pass the word for Mel to get well soon.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 21st, 2011, 1:11pm
After spending a whole day giving the Clam Lake Special a royal tour,  Mel and I got back in the shop and finished the brake linkage and got the frame on it's wheels for the first time.  Now we can build the skeleton of the body and then plank it over.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Jul 21st, 2011, 6:26pm
Tom, that's great. Had a mutual friend, from Mass. ask me about that car, today.
 
I'm saving up aluminum for my next visit.
 
Pass my regards to the crew.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 21st, 2011, 10:13pm
Here is a shot of it outside on Sunday morning.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2011, 7:11pm
We need rachet gears for the brake staff so Mel took a hunk of round that looked right and sliced off 6 pieces, drilled a hole in the center and mounted them to a spindle on the rotory table.  Some pics of the work for Pockets.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2011, 7:12pm
Another view
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 16th, 2011, 7:14pm
With the flash on, the camera stopped the action as the mill was spinning on this shot.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ConrailRed9504 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2011, 3:27pm
That's some nice work there.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 17th, 2011, 4:40pm
Outstanding, Tom. Thanks for the pics. I discovered where I had my issue with the indexer.... I was miscounting. Seems I can't count to 11 anymore without unzipping something!
 
Its good to see that ol' John is doing better. My best to the whole gang.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2011, 6:32pm
Greg,  Mel has to count to 15 is what I think I remember.  No unzipping to do that.  While he was busy milling, I assembled the side frames and welded them to the frame.  Next up is the paint shop for the underside & trucks.
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 18th, 2011, 8:33pm
Rock ON!! I can't wait for a ride in that one.  
 
Ya gotta sketch or photo of what its gonna look like? One of the SR&RL cabs?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2011, 6:23am

   Tom,
 
   Sorry for not responding sooner. That is some nice work for sure. BTW, Pockets keeps pushing me to make a trip up to Mich. for a visit with you guys. Believe me, it is on my mind!
 
   Bruce R
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 19th, 2011, 8:20am
on Aug 18th, 2011, 8:33pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Ya gotta sketch or photo of what its gonna look like? One of the SR&RL cabs?
 
Greg B.

 
I put a request into the blueprint department for a copy.  If one is forth coming, I will post.  It is patterened after a SR&RL end cupula.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 19th, 2011, 8:23am
on Aug 19th, 2011, 6:23am, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

   BTW, Pockets keeps pushing me to make a trip up to Mich. for a visit with you guys. Believe me, it is on my mind!
 
   Bruce R

Bruce,  You and Moose need to make a road trip to Gregs together.  You will be impressed with his shop and projects.  I was.  Then you guys can make a quick side trip over to see us.  Keep thinking!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 19th, 2011, 8:23pm
Tom,
Thanks for the kind words. I suffered a severe case of "tool envy" when I saw the SR&CL facility.....
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 24th, 2011, 9:17pm
on Aug 19th, 2011, 8:20am, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I put a request into the blueprint department for a copy.  If one is forth coming, I will post.  It is patterened after a SR&RL end cupula.Tom C.

 
Gregg, The plan came today but it is a pdf and it won't post.  anybody help with this?
 
Tom C.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Aug 24th, 2011, 11:35pm
tomc, if you want to email it to me, I can probably get it to an image for you or I can post it.  Email it over to me at " dgmarklin  at   gmail.com "
 
 
Guys, those cars and parts look really nice!  Keep up the good work, I sure would love to get up there and see this prestigious operation sometime.
 
 
Dean
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2011, 4:30am
#Gregg, The plan came today but it is a pdf and it won't post.  anybody help with this? #
 
The low-tec way would be to print it, then scan it as a picture (jpg)
Pete
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Aug 25th, 2011, 7:23am
Tom,
I don't know how I missed your response. Between remodeling the bath and making some chips on Moosey's T, I've been a little distracted. At any rate, I appologize and look forward to seeing the plan.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 25th, 2011, 10:14pm
Pete,  
 
Thanks for the advice,  I have a scanner DUH!!!!  Anyhow, I now have a Jpeg to post of what the caboose will look like when done.  
 
Dean thanks for the offer and the nice comment.
 
Here it is.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2011, 8:17am
The caboose got the basic box on the frame.   A shot of one side as it was heading to the turntable to swap sides in the shop.  Next up is interior paint.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2011, 8:19am
The side doors got shot on one side.  A second pair for the next caboose got done also.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 5th, 2011, 1:45pm
Happy Labor Day for all that can still labor.  Here is Mel squirting the inside of the copula.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 2:01pm
With the rain in Spain falling mainly on Chicago,  Nascar is on hold, I have time to do some updates.  Here is a shot with the under layer of the body on.  We pop riveted the plywood with construction adhesive, to attach to frame.  Worked good on Alina for us.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 2:15pm
Here is a shot of the outer skin on. Glued and nailed.  Mel spent a couple of days in the basement routing the groves in the plywood.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 2:19pm
We decieded that almond was to light and would show the dirt and grime to much so we darkened the second coat.  The A end with it's new color.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: SteamHeaton Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 11:46pm
Tom , that is going to be a nice cab.   It's almost firewood train season.  43 here the other night. Ray III
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 28th, 2011, 8:26am
Thanks Ray,  The caboose took another step forward last week when Mel had some time to go over and get the windows cut in and trimed, add the roof and corner trim and put on the letter board.  It is taking shape.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 28th, 2011, 8:29am
Steps were added and Mel would like to get the paint on it before the snow flies so we cardboarded up the windows so it is ready to spray when the weather cooperates!
 
Tom C.
 
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 28th, 2011, 8:45am
Tom,
Thanks for the update.
 
All: This is going to be a magnificent piece of rolling stock. Scratchbuilding in the truest sense of the word. A fantasy fulfilling, ride IN caboose. Ol' Moosey, and I, had the opportunity to see the chassis durring our visit in July.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 30th, 2011, 4:37pm
Here is a wedge shot before steps were put on.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Sep 30th, 2011, 5:26pm
Tom,
I saw the casting post, 'cross town, thanks.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 13th, 2011, 1:23pm
Mel sent this over of his handy work.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Oct 13th, 2011, 7:41pm
Awesome work, and classy too. My carriage keeps getting near the top of the list only to be pipped by some less interesting but more urgent task
Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 10th, 2012, 6:02pm
The air shocks got mounted and we now need a latch to keep the roof down!  Lucky for us, Mel has an idea!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 31st, 2012, 11:47pm
The grab irons got made and painted and installed.  The steps got there dirt/mud guards put on.  Closeups sure show the dust!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Feb 1st, 2012, 1:05pm
Y'all do some sweet work, out there in the wilds of Battle Creek...
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 5th, 2012, 12:04pm
Thanks Greg,  Here is a shot of the end railings.  Not sure why the flash shows the paint so different.  Can't see it under normal light.  Must be the reflection of the light off the gloss.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Feb 5th, 2012, 7:01pm

 
      GREAT COUGA MOOGA !!!!!!!!!
 
   That is some kind of a caboose !!! WOW. And,,,some kind of great workmanship too.Mee hat is off to you guys,,,,,,,,,,again.
 
   Buckingham Bruce
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 15th, 2012, 10:26am
Thanks Bruce.  The ladder & cut levers got put on.  Almost done!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Feb 18th, 2012, 4:21am
Nice
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Feb 18th, 2012, 8:52am
on Feb 18th, 2012, 4:21am, fred_55 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice

 
 
...ain't it though!  can't wait to get back there this summer!
 
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 7th, 2012, 9:37pm
The rearend brakeman needed a seat.  Mel found this at Walmart!  I hope he doesn't rock himself to sleep as the bottom is rounded back there!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 9th, 2012, 3:04pm
Who EVER heard of a prototype railroader falling asleep on the job?!
 
Stories I could tell........
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 12th, 2012, 8:09am
Hi all,
 
Unlike Moose who wants his interior to look like the real thing, we want to be inside ours.  So we compromise and make things simple so "the body" can get in and not cause to much damage!  In order for the seat to go up and down, it needs 12volts.  I made a battery tray and put in a couple of terminal strips and a power bus.  Mel found a piece of aluminum plate to bend up to hold the switch.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 12th, 2012, 8:12am
The other end waiting for the actuator to go in.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 12th, 2012, 8:18am
Here is the actuator in with a temporary seat.  It lifts me up into the cupola so I can see out.  Just what I wanted.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Mar 12th, 2012, 9:56am
Moosey,
Are you taking notes?! These SR&CL guys are raising the bar on me again.....
 
Outstanding, Tom and John. I can't wait to see you.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: twofoot65 Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2012, 7:12pm
Tom, it's good to see you sharing all this information with us mere mortals.  
 
Thanks
 
Chris
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 4th, 2012, 7:58am
Hi Chris,
 
The seat got done.  I had to work over the original shot as it was dark.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 4th, 2012, 8:02am
A shot of the side door.  We hope to put down black rubber mat on the floor when I buy some!  You can see the switch that controls the seat height on the wall.  We used our door handle casting from the boxcar and it works well for the side door.  Car is almost done.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 5th, 2012, 6:32pm
The Caboose got rolled out and made it official debut this last weekend.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 5th, 2012, 6:33pm
a 3/4 view
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 5th, 2012, 8:55pm
That's nice, Tom. I look forward to hookin' a ride in it, this summer.  
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 6th, 2012, 5:57am
Tom, it's really nice to see you sharing all this with us.
 
I'm looking forward to a picture with you in the seat.....
 
Thanks
 
Steen
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 6th, 2012, 8:06am
Steen, My friend Bruce got one of me in the shop testing it but it isn't ( or is that me) fit for publishing!
Posted by: boaterri Posted on: Apr 6th, 2012, 9:54am
With the battery for the power seat perhaps you can come up with a set of working marker lights.  LEDs would use almost no power.
 
Nice job guys.......
 
Rick
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 6th, 2012, 12:26pm
Rick,
 
That is our next shop project.  We made casting for some and have to machine and assemble.  We probably will use double A's and LED's as they will fit inside and not require wiring out the side to make work.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Apr 7th, 2012, 6:54am
I'm sure I missed something earlier, but how does the brakeman operate the brakes!
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 7th, 2012, 9:34am
Maybe George will post the photo?  
Posted by: pockets Posted on: Apr 7th, 2012, 9:16pm
Steen,
If George posts the picture, I'll skin 'im, 'cause he went to Battle Creek without me!   Could you possibly mean Tom?
 
Greg B.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 9th, 2012, 5:19am
Georg -
 
Here is a job for you when you get back home....  
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 9th, 2012, 9:52pm
Fred,  You may have missed the brake lever as it was the last thing done on the inside.  You can see it here in the picture with the red paint on it.  It peeks out when the hand brake is on!  Plus the black rubber is down on the floors.   I did some shopping!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 9th, 2012, 9:55pm
Rick, this is for you, a pile of pieces for our marker lights.  Mel started to machine up one to see what it will take to make them.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Apr 12th, 2012, 3:46am
Oh, that red lever,  doh I was expecting a scale westinghouse at least !!!!
 
I am planning remote controlled electric / air brakes in my van, but now I might put a manual control for my brakeman when he's on duty.
Pete
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 12th, 2012, 2:20pm
Nice table you got there
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 12th, 2012, 4:20pm
Steen, that is our pounding and vice table.  Very cluttered but sturdy!  Our welding table is smaller!  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 13th, 2012, 11:36am
Tom - you are always welcome to come around to use our welding table if you need.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 13th, 2012, 6:51pm
Steen,  
Generous offer on your part.  Will I have to bring welder or can borrow yours?    Have passport can travel!  Will the custom agent alert you when I come thru customs?  You will need a small amount of warning to clean a spot for me!  I can't call before hand as no overseas cell service.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Steen_Rudberg Posted on: Apr 14th, 2012, 4:40am
Tom - If you turn up there will be a welder and a spot cleared.
Do not worry about customs, if you got your papers OK.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 29th, 2012, 10:27pm
Well, there is life yet on the Sandy Ridge, I hope the rest on the forum are busy and can post some news!   We have been in the foundry making brake shoes and now putting them on our trucks. Box car 158 was first as it has derailed every once and a while on bad track.  We think it needed more clearance on the side bearings.  I noticed when we took it out from under the car, the swing motion was frozen.  We took the springs out and replaced with a softer one.  This freed it up and gave us swing motion again.  Side bearings were ok after that.  A shot of the new shoe
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 31st, 2012, 12:29pm
One problem I found when trying to replace the shoes was the swing links for the brake beam hit the frame on the inside where it dropped down to clear the coupler pocket. We had to narrow it by 1/4 inch on each side.  More cutting and welding was need on each truck to get the shoes to move to the wheel.  A shot of the reworked piece.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 1st, 2012, 10:11pm
I seem to have forgotten to post pictures of the finished marker lights on the caboose.  so here is one.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 1st, 2012, 10:13pm
here is one that shows the bracket and the light
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2012, 5:57am
OK, so what's next
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2012, 8:09am
Hi Fred,
 
  Jack wants an excursion car so we may do that.  CLL #4 needs a new cab.   Mel wants to convert short caboose 560 into an 8 wheel bobber for the logging line.  Build a center cupola caboose.   I want another passenger car or baggage/combine.  We are working on finishing another pair of passenger car trucks.  We need axles and then the wheels pressed on and paint.   To many projects!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2012, 10:04am

 
   Hey Tom,
 
   Bruce here. First of all, thanks for following along on my journy across county. And secondly, thanks for posting the great pics of the many projects that you guys are into.  
 
   the workmanwship that youall display is awesome. thanks for shareing.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 6th, 2012, 6:55pm
A while back during a fireup of #7, I had trouble getting pressure up so looked in the firebox and saw water squirting out of a flue.  Needless to say I dumped the fire and let her sit for awhile.  This late summer, Marty Knox came over and had a look and found two more with pin holes so it is time to re-flue.  
 
The wait is over for her repair.  We got the cab off and will get the boiler off next.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 3:38am
My sympathy.  It never happens at a convenient time. On the bright side think of all those little jobs that can be done while the boiler is out  
Keep us posted with pix. Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 5:48pm
Here is a pic of the boiler out of the frame.  She sure is a heavy one!  The chain hoist was groaning a lot as i cranked her up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 8:44pm
  Tom,
 
   Are you guys going to be able to re-tube it, or does it also need new sheets?
 
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 10th, 2012, 9:27am
Bruce,  i don't know.  We are taking it to Marty Knox hopefully on the 15th and he wil make that call.  The boiler shows heavy rusting on the rear sheet so we think it will need to be replaced.  Marty will ultra sound it and see.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 8:49pm
Marty now has the boiler and drivers.  We are going to have him make tires for the drivers as they don't have any and the flanges are worn.  To much sand in the winter really wears them down!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 6th, 2012, 11:18am
Hi all,  Now that # 7 is apart, our next project is getting the brakes to work on the tender for #24.  She is in the shop and upside down so we can get the brake linkage hooked up.  The short wheelbase makes everything critical to it's placement so it doesn't hit the wheels. All the linkage sits above the rear wheel on the lead truck.  A new challange for us.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 6th, 2012, 11:26am
We didn't like the brake shoes Jim made so we changed over to our new shoe which means a new brake beam as Jim's were to narrow.  If you look close, some of the linkage is done.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2012, 11:28am

 
   Tom,
 
   You did'nt think it was going to be easy, now did you! Oh, BTW, are the brakes air, steam or straight mechnaical. Just wondering.
 
   Bruce R.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 6th, 2012, 11:31am

 
   Oh hell,,,,,, I just saw the brake cylinders. DON'T get old !!!!!!!!!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 11th, 2012, 5:59pm
DON'T GET OLD!  How do you stop it?  Anyhow, Marty Knox sent some pics of #7 after the boiler came back from the sand blaster.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 11th, 2012, 6:01pm
And a second one.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 20th, 2012, 9:50am
An update from the SR&CL.  Marty called and now has all the flues out and part of the front flue sheet.  He said most of the flues had pitting from oxygen scavaging in front of the rear flue sheet.  It appears to me that the LSB 8000 wasn't working like it should.  We are working away on the tender for #24 as time allows.  It is now on it's wheels waiting for the new tank to be finished.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 28th, 2013, 6:06pm
For some reason the website won't allow me to stay signed in & post when over in Michigan so I have to wait till I get home.
 
Finally back at it in the shop.  Got the tank inlet finished.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2013, 8:03pm
  Hey tom,
 
   Thanks for the neat pics. Sorry about all the boiler work thats needed. But as most of here know, its all part of this end of the hobby. I'm sure it will all turn out OK.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 31st, 2013, 9:54am
The tank is nearly finished.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Feb 1st, 2013, 4:10am
Lovely work. Can't wait to see it back on the rails. Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 1st, 2013, 11:34am
Fred,  never been on the rails yet.  This is a new build for SR&CL Ry #24  a take off on the SR&RL Ry #24
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Feb 1st, 2013, 12:08pm
  Tom, thats a nice piece of work there on that tender. Is that body/tank stainless??
 
   Bruce R.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2013, 11:39am
Bruce,  Not SS,  just clean old steel.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2013, 1:47pm
Hi all,  spent last full week of Febuary in the shop working on the tender.  Getting close to finished till we can paint in the spring.  Here is a pic of the top.  More to follow
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2013, 1:50pm
The coupler pocket by Mel.
 
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2013, 1:53pm
the coupler sitting on blocks for height check and hole marking.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2013, 2:01pm
And a final shot of it outside the shop for the first time with the new tank on it.  Going to meet up with the boiler to see where the seat will end up.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 21st, 2013, 10:34pm
With the tender on hold for paint, #24 went into the shop to work on spring equalization.
 
Here is the front truck out.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 2nd, 2013, 8:52pm
Took the jacket off to change insulation.  Here is the new in place.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 2nd, 2013, 8:55pm
Mel is working on the ash pan.  Not much depth to work with when you have a trailing truck.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: pockets Posted on: May 12th, 2013, 9:09am
That Mel......Gotta get me one of those!
 
Kidding aside, I can't wait to see this thing in person.
 
Greg B.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: May 13th, 2013, 8:21am
here is the finished piece minus the handle to actuate via the long rod on the left.  When it rotates, it opens the hopper doors thru the linkage.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 1st, 2013, 9:48pm
The boiler and drivers for #7 are loaded and ready to return to the SR&CL Ry.  The drivers have tires added to them.  The boiler got new flues.  Work done by Marty Knox and Ridge Loco Works.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Nov 5th, 2013, 6:46pm
on Nov 1st, 2013, 9:48pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The boiler and drivers for #7 are loaded and ready to return to the SR&CL Ry.  The drivers have tires added to them.  The boiler got new flues.  Work done by Marty Knox and Ridge Loco Works.
 
Tom C.

 
too cool!  tom, please do keep us posted!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Nov 16th, 2013, 11:38am
As Mel has been working on #7, I have been working on the tender for #24.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Dec 12th, 2013, 7:37pm
Tom she is really looking good. With winter coming on I hope we will be blessed with updates and photos?
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 16th, 2013, 6:53pm
We have been working on fixing up #7.  The tank was full of rust so we cut it off to make a new one out of SS. Here is the start.  The hatch is cut out to reuse parts of it.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 16th, 2013, 6:56pm
the cut off tank.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Dec 16th, 2013, 7:07pm
The cleaned up frame painted with Rustoluem Rusty Metal Primer.  You can see dimples left from the rust.  If we didn't clean it up, we would have holes eventually!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 10:21am
Mel got the boiler of #7 on the frame and I bolted it up to the saddle and added new lagging.  We used the same material that was on #24.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 14th, 2014, 11:22am
The snow and having a bad cold has kept us out of the shop for awhile.  Jack decided he wanted a new air compressor on his engine so why not one for #7?  Mel has been busy making the changes needed to have working air brakes on the engine.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 14th, 2014, 11:24am
I swapped out the brake shoes on two of our flats to our new style.  This required new links to hold them higher up.  Here is a pic of #437 done.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 14th, 2014, 11:29am
Jack has been busy cutting up the big tree that fell on the CB&E branch now that the snow is gone.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 14th, 2014, 11:32am
Both rails are bent from the force.  That is 12lb rail it bent!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Apr 15th, 2014, 6:14am
Now that's something you don't see on other tracks.....a big dipper .   Looks like a lot of work to fix that, what a way to start the season!
Pete
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Apr 15th, 2014, 11:55am
Or just leave it and convert the RR to a roller coaster!
 
Henry
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2014, 11:06am
Interesting idea guys but won't fly!  Jack has both bad rails unbolted. Lucky that it hit in the middle and not on an end at a joint. He has re-graded the ground and is ready to put in two sticks of rail as soon as he takes up 2 off the temporary extension we put in last fall.  We have no reserve on rail any more!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Dan Watson Posted on: Apr 17th, 2014, 12:21pm
Can the bent rails be straightened cold under a hydraulic press? Or, maybe they would need to be heated first.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 18th, 2014, 10:28am
Maybe it could be straightened enough to reuse but it is a lot of work to move a 30 ft stick of rail around and try to get it back to straight.  It had a twist and the bend to deal with.  He took the chop saw to one of the rails and cut out the most bent part.  Now he has two pieces of rail instead of one!  The other one was still on the ground out in the woods when I went home.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 25th, 2014, 7:33pm
Spring is in the air so that means tie replacement starts on our RR.  Boy am I sore from bending and tamping!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 1st, 2014, 10:29pm
Replacement rail is in and the ties are replaced and tamped.  Trains are now movin over the CB&E branch to Old George again!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2014, 3:33am
Looking at those cuts in the fallen tree, I'd say you'll be hauling firewood soon.
The forest looks lovely in green. Pete
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2014, 6:57pm
Pete,  not to soon as we can't lift the tree and Jack doesn't want the chain on the saw touching dirt!  Gets dull real quick if it does.  We need a Jib crane to lift it.  Will try driving wedges and breaking off the last bit.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jun 19th, 2014, 6:29pm
on Jun 2nd, 2014, 6:57pm, tomc wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Pete,  not to soon as we can't lift the tree and Jack doesn't want the chain on the saw touching dirt!  Gets dull real quick if it does.  We need a Jib crane to lift it.  Will try driving wedges and breaking off the last bit.
 
Tom C.

 
sorry that i haven't watched this thread in a while...i've missed all the excitement!  tom, give my best to the srcl...i've missed visiting with each of you.  barely made michigan this past march and then it was in the glennie area.  those folks need bigger soup cans and heavier cordage to talk to the outside world...just saying!
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 6th, 2014, 11:47am
One of our friends donated a pair of Dewalt drills to our track.  We use one to take out old screws from rotted ties which saves firing up the genny till time to put in the new ones.  After that, we ballasted and then we trimmed trees or cut down dead ones near the track.  Enjoyed the cool day!
 
Tom C.
 
PS, what is up with Greg and no contact anymore?  Miss his participating.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 29th, 2014, 11:36am
We decided to make the plunge and get bigger air compressors for our 3 steam engines.  We originally had 2,2.5 scale ones of a 9 inch pump.  We got castings from Mike V of Little Engines which are more like 3 in scale and had them built for us by Steve Alley.  
 
Mel has been busy upgrading #7 as it never had air.  Here is a shot of the compressor mounted on the boiler.  Luckily, Jim planned ahead and had the pads on the boiler to attach it.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Oct 29th, 2014, 11:39am
Here is a shot of the rear truck brake.  The black blob on the right is the cylinder.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Oct 30th, 2014, 5:50pm
tom:  sorry i missed your question about pockets.  he is alive and well..er, better and living another 2 hours or so north of his port huron abode.  they found some land and a home in the north woods of michigan.  they've suffered some loss of family in the last couple of years and are recovering in a beautiful place.  the shop will be up and running to soon so stay tuned!
 
 
moose
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Oct 30th, 2014, 7:42pm
Tom: Those new cylinders look great!
 
George: Tell Pockets the gang down here says hello!
 
Bobby
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2015, 9:01am
June has been a rainy month here in Michigan.  The RR has suffered a major wash-in at Clear Lake.  Here we are clearing the sand over the track.  Next is digging out the TT pit.  Plus mosquito's are super thick after all the rain!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 5th, 2015, 6:47pm
The mud in the pit.  It is up to the bottom of the stringer.  We hope the bearing is salvageable!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 9th, 2015, 9:57am
It took 13 loads of muck to finally get the TT free.  It moved easily and the bearing was ok!  I had Jack build a dam and diverting ditch above it so we hope it won't get much water in the future.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: fred_55 Posted on: Jul 14th, 2015, 4:19am
That looks like quite a workout!  Well done. Good to hear there's some diverting above so it shouldn't happen again.
Pete
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 19th, 2015, 2:03pm
on Oct 30th, 2014, 7:42pm, BobbyT wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Tom: Those new cylinders look great!
 
George: Tell Pockets the gang down here says hello!
 
Bobby

 
Bobby and All:  Just returned from a visit to Pockets a couple of weeks ago.  Pockets' SWMBO has suffered ill-fortune and is terminal.  This much, most of you have known.  He (and she) is ever-so-thankful for your continued thoughts and friendship.  Just before I left to be with them, she was in the hospital...the family did not expect her to return home.  Your good thoughts and prayers as well as many others have done what I once thought couldn't happen.  She's now home, not on morphine at the moment and getting stronger.  It will take some time for her to regain strength, until then, Pockets and family must tend her 24/7.  She is terminal, how long this good fortune continues is anyone's guess.
 
This is the biggest reason that many of you haven't heard from them.  Those of you who have deal with major illness's know that certain choices have to be made.  Until such time, Pockets will be not be found via internet.    They do maintain a landline and I will make it available to you on the back channel.  As many of you know, being a caregiver is never ending and overly tiring.  SWMBO understands this and urges Pocket's friends to call and have a short conversation with him....his shot in the arm.
 
My SWMBO and I have offered an incentive for Pocket's SWMBO to work hard at gaining strength.  She was told that if she could stand...assisted or unassisted for 25 mins, we would take them on a cruise.  She loves cruises.  She was told it would be March of 2017, but given the circumstances, we will do it sooner if need be.  I know that she's going to work hard at rehab, so if anyone wishes to join us (usually spring break), please let me know back channel.  Truth be told, we will take them on a cruise whether she can stand or not.  The real test is if her doctor will let her got or not.
 
Tom:  Aside from the answer above, Pockets thinks about you, Jack and Mel a lot and wishes he could visit, but under the current circumstances, can only send his best wishes to you.
 
Henry:  My apologies for a personal post, but I figured all would like an update.
 
 
Moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Sep 9th, 2015, 6:43pm
Nothing much of interest is happening on the SR&CL.  We are changing ties and I am working in the roundhouse on #7 & #10 trying to get them back under steam as Mel has had enough of us and is staying home.  #10 needs the water glass plumbed in on the upper side and a hydro to see if it is safe.  #7 needs paint on the tender and a coal bunker built.  Being I am more of a shade tree mechanic, I am struggling where Mel would breeze thru!   Live Steam is fun!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Feb 6th, 2016, 10:09pm
The latest update:  I have been working away on #7 finishing up the water glass install,  finding where the half glass was on the gauge and a coal bunker for the cab.  This past Monday I went to light a fire to start testing systems and found there were no grates in the firebox when I was about to throw some wood in.  I looked all around but found none so had to make new!
 
Maybe this Monday she will feel a fire in her belly again!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 15th, 2016, 6:31pm
Back at it again.  The wife was feeling poor so I stayed home like a good husband does so #7 had to wait till this Monday for her steam test.  All went well with only a leaky check vale on the left injector to look at and the pop went off at 90 instead of 100.  Back in the the roundhouse for more work.  
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Mar 30th, 2016, 10:09am
Cleaned the check and made a test rig to set the safety on air.  I found I was pretty close as it opened at 99 PSI on the main gauge.  Had trouble with the Cylinder Cocks as they wouldn't open so no road test.  Had a leaky Tri-Cock that needs to be looked at but all in all she is coming together.
 
Oh and one other note, Jack found the original grates in the car barn!  Never thought to look there.  Now we have a spare set.
 
Tom C/
Posted by: BobbyT Posted on: Apr 17th, 2016, 5:03pm
She is looking good Tom, Thanks for the update.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 11th, 2016, 9:01pm
Well, something new happened on our RR.  Jack needed to get some track on the east side of the trestle to access new fire wood.  The quickest way was to extend the Bauerton Branch about 50 feet to get about 2 cars over to that side.  We worked yesterday putting it down and today tamping in the ties. It was hot and humid but we got it DONE!  Some pictures from the day.
 
#2 is Jack dumping gravel into gon
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 11th, 2016, 9:02pm
#3, from the other side.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 11th, 2016, 9:04pm
#4, new track done at end of branch.  Some of the wood awaits us by the left side of the trestle opening.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 11th, 2016, 9:06pm
#5, a pooped Jack!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jun 11th, 2016, 10:56pm
Nothing like a workin' RR, nice!
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 24th, 2016, 3:41pm
on Jun 11th, 2016, 10:56pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nothing like a workin' RR, nice!

 
Henry: Amen to that, brother!!!  Wow is what the SR&CL Ry practice on a daily basis.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 15th, 2017, 8:24pm
It is tie replacement season on the Sandy Ridge and we are putting them in and ballasting.  Her is #25 with her 3 car work train waiting for the ballast guy to fill the gon up!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 15th, 2017, 8:35pm
We use gravity to move the cars with the engine cut off and moved down out of the way.  Here Jack is waiting for me to come and help.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 15th, 2017, 8:37pm
He got tired of waiting as i shot one more.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:18pm
When we got tired of tamping, I went down to Clear Lake and did some digging in the TT pit as the rain brought sand in again!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:20pm
One car load later.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:24pm
the other side of the track was full of leaves that slowed down drainage so that will be my next job for tomorrow.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Apr 16th, 2017, 8:44pm
Here it is cleaned out.  I had to use a pitch fork to get the wet leaves out.  Got a nice blister as I forgot my gloves! Old age is a bit**.  The bottom of the ditch is sand so the water drains away as long as the leaves are gone.  It doesn't need to flow much farther to get rid of the water from the TT pit.  When it dries out, I will dig out some of the dirt that comes down the bank to help the water disperse.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Apr 25th, 2017, 7:29pm
aint it though...!
 
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jun 25th, 2017, 5:50pm
Getting ready to head out, changing ties.  A never ending job on the SR&CL Ry.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Jul 7th, 2017, 9:06pm
Fired up #7 to test systems. Had issues with the new air compressor again.  It stopped pumping air after about an hour of use!  Back to the work bench!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Jul 8th, 2017, 1:57pm
Weeellll, the thread does say building and fixin things...never a dull moment on a railroad like the SR&CL!!  Sorry to hear that the first fix didn't take, but good luck on the second!  Will be in Michigan towards the end of this month, but it will be a quick trip.  In a couple of years I will be retired and able to amble the state(making sure I visit the SR&CL of course).
 
This trip, I want to get my Fox truck project completed and get the Ford Model T chassis into a rolling chassis.  Plenty of things to do in the shop.  Be sure and tell the gang "hi" for us!
 
moose
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2017, 12:33pm
The bridge on the steepest grade (I refer to it as the Mountain Division) needed new ties as rot has set in.  Of course, the humidity was way up there to make the day miserable.  
 
The old trestle ties were Nailed into the big ties so cut them out with a reciprocating saw and ground off the stubs so the new ties would sit flat.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2017, 12:38pm
Jack holding up old Big ties.  He said hurry, ants crawling up arm!  
 
You can see the new bulkhead boards and posts we put in.  Digging the hole for the posts was a real task as there was Clay and ROCKS to go thru!
 
Tom C.
Posted by: tomc Posted on: Aug 18th, 2017, 12:40pm
The finished project.
 
Tom C.
Posted by: moose_the_caboose Posted on: Aug 30th, 2017, 6:53pm
Tom:  Say 'Hi' to Jack for us.  Hard work is the stuff of great railroads...SR&CL is all of that!  Good to see the work continue.
 
I have a question, what code is needed to use flickr as a third party photo site?  Since I've had a Flickr account for years(never used it), may have to resort to it.   Kindda wished Henry had a place to park train-railroad related photos for use in the threads.  I'd certainly be willing to park all my pics there.
 
moose