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Messages - Rick Rowlands

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All of us on the "Save the 503" team thanks everyone who has donated to this effort.  It is truly amazing to see how many railfans, modelers and historians have joined together for this.  We will make this happen, one way or another!

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US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:56:17 AM »
So far I am using all 100 RB.  The western extension down the hill to the front of the property will be 115 RE, which if you think the 100 looks big, that 115 will look absolutely ridiculous. 

It is correct though.  A 1920s article on the narrow gauge at J&L stated that the entire railroad is laid with 120 lb. rail on steel ties.

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US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:58:33 AM »
I built it for the 58.  It is 10' x 20', just big enough for the locomotive. 

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US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:54:36 PM »
Work is continuing on the J&LNG on three fronts.  First is extension of the mainline to the north property line.  We have another 100 feet to go to get to the end of what we can build, and in there will be a turnout leading to a future engine servicing area. 

Second is the ongoing restoration of the J&L 58.  Work on the 58 will be a bit more pleasant over the winter now that the west enginehouse doors have been installed and window panes installed.  Just a little more trim work to do and the enginehouse will be complete.

Third is the rebuild of our 5 ton Brookville, J&LNG 64. I am just about ready to put the regauged wheelsets under the frame, then we start remounting all of the drive components.  The original flathead Ford V8 and manual transmission was trashed and is being replaced with a 302 and C6 automatic transmission.  It will take a bit of shoehorning to get everything to fit, but ought to be an improvement over the old drive. 

We plan to begin limited train operations in May, being open and running on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Initially the Brookville will be our motive power until 58 is completed and operating.

Merry Christmas from your friends the Ohio two footers!

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:40:45 PM »
You know Wayne, after physically lugging those couplers around as much as I did, my back did not give any protestations the next day.  Frankly I was amazed!


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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:15:24 AM »
Wayne couldn't reduce this photo in size to post himself, so he sent it to me.  This is all the parts on the flatcar.

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:21:48 PM »
Hooray! I was a bit concerned that you would make it up and back safely. Glad that you did. 

I enjoyed being able to help with this project.  If you ever need help with anything else just let me know!

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:20:17 AM »
Dragging the couplers out

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:19:07 AM »
At least we got a chance to take a good look at No. 3 in the Mount Union enginehouse while waiting to see if the backhoe would start.

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:18:04 AM »
We got the couplers loaded today at Mount Union.  We met at 9am expecting that the EBT guys would use the backhoe that they keep in the enginehouse to retrieve them, but two cans of ether and two hours later the backhoe still would not start.  So Wayne and I went to plan B and by using my hi-rail truck and the box truck's lift gate we were able to load the couplers without any machinery.   I would drag the couplers out to a location where we could slide them onto the lift gate. 

I will let Wayne elaborate more. I'm still thawing out my fingers after a 4 hour drive back home in the hi-rail truck which is NOT designed for prolonged trips in cold weather. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:43:30 AM »
I will see you in Mount Union Tuesday late morning to drive the skid steer and deliver the wheelsets. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:03:48 PM »
If you can't find anyone, I'll postpone the caboose work and go along.  I thought you had someone else available for the trip. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:57:36 PM »
I was originally planning to accompany Wayne to Maine, but a couple of things came up that I must attend to next week so I cannot.  However I will meet Wayne in Mount Union on Tuesday to help get loaded up as well as deliver the two 20" wheelsets which will be going along.   Also have the foundry patterns for the vacuum brakes that need to be returned as well. 

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:37:37 AM »
If you bring us Moxie I will send you back with a six pack of Cheerwine!

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:33:13 PM »
The group shot.  Nick Hovey, Rick Rowlands, Wayne Laepple, Philip Marshall and John Kokas, and a can of Moxie. 

The Moxie nourished some in the group while the threat of having to drink it motivated others.

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