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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Bill, thanks for the photos.

We had a tour of it when the narrow gauge convention was held in Oregon, fantastic place, and the indoor G gauge, narrow gauge layout was something else. The staging tracks even had scenery.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
I checked the clearance requirements. Standard gauge requires three foot three inches on each side, I think the widest equipment used on the WW&F was 7 foot so 7+6'6" =13' 6". for safety's sake, and to allow the crew to easily walk by a train stopped on the bridge we should not go narrower than that.
Mike Nix

That looks real nice!

Great, get er down the mountain!
Mike Nix

Nice video, it was interesting to compare the whistles.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:18:40 PM »
prepare to construct a new coach from scratch
I was wondering if you would have any use for two brake shafts with ratchet wheels and pawls from a standard gauge caboose. I also have a number of cast iron brake wheels. I can send pictures and any measurements you would need.
Mike Nix

General Discussion / Re: Miller Hook Couplers
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:59:51 PM »
Yes there is one in Rhinelander Wisconsin. It still has the Miller hooks, but the spring platforms have been converted to solid ones. The hooks are slotted for link & pins so railroad never saw a need to change them as it was a link & pin road. When the road shut down the car was left on a siding and used as a cabin. It was never stripped when they scraped the line, it even has it's trucks. It's 3 foot gauge. A nice museum if you get a chance to go there. If you do check out the brand new clock case oil headlight they found in an old ware house in Rhinelander in the last few years. Luckily it was donated to the museum and not sold to a collector.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 08, 2017, 03:04:04 PM »
Just curious. Is the horizontal seam in the barrel going to be welded or riveted? If it's riveted what style of joint will be used?
Thanks, Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 02:46:02 AM »
Also don't forget a 50/50 mix of tranny fluid and acetone. It worked on my old Chevy.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: August 15, 2016, 12:58:07 PM »
Rick, why don't they move the locomotive with a cable and a truck or a winch? A couple of snatch blocks if they can't get a direct pull, put a post at the end of the track in the building to pull it back in. Not a big deal to move something that rolls.
Mike Nix

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: We need one of these
« on: August 15, 2016, 03:11:46 AM »

For hauling fill to the washouts I would suggest an old five yard box from an old dump truck mounted on a scissors hoist. Mount that on a simple four wheel car . Power the hoist with a gas engine. Use a wooden 4x4 between the dump car and locomotive that will break, saving the loco in case of a derailment. If I didn't live so darn far away I would scrounge all the parts around here.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: July 03, 2016, 02:50:10 AM »
[quote author=John Stone link=topic=2524.msg28109#msg28109 date=1467510814
Which brings up another thought: will #52 be vacuum brake equipped? If so, I'm guessing blowing out air to create a vacuum?

Just pull the vacuum from the motors intake manifold, that's how the old semi's did it, I have friend whose father had a semi trailer with vacuum brakes and that's how it was done.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2015, 09:01:32 PM »
One thing that would be interesting is that maybe somewhere on the car are remanents of the gray and red paint. A little light hand sanding might prove interesting. There are a lot of shades of gray and red, it would be nice to know the right shades.
Mike N.

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