Author Topic: Work Car 1010 (Crane Car "Ichabod") - Official Work Thread  (Read 60745 times)

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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #105 on: December 14, 2012, 08:03:37 PM »
As Stewart said in the work thread, the two cables were installed today. I removed every pulley, cleaning the old grease off of them. I also forced new grease through the pins that run through the pulleys. Then I began the reassembly.

After all together, I greased the pulleys again. Also touched up the paint and added some red to the end of the boom. The paint will be dry tomorrow and I can move Ichabod outside.

Next will be figuring the mounts for the counterweight, and making the locks I designed for the railclamps.

I'll snap a couple of shots Saturday in the sun.
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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #106 on: December 15, 2012, 06:59:55 PM »
Here are a few sunny shots from this morning, as soon as the sun cleared the trees.



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« Reply #107 on: December 15, 2012, 07:01:13 PM »
Below is Mike demonstrating "Ichabod", aka work car 1010.  The lifting mechanism works great.  The lowering mechanism could be a little bit exciting.  And don't swing the boom around without first using the rail clamps

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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #108 on: December 15, 2012, 08:13:09 PM »
Mike,

As Keith noted a couple of months ago, your work is always "top shelf."  Wish I had the talent and skill to help the museum the way you do.

Thanks!
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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #109 on: December 15, 2012, 08:29:55 PM »
Thank you Bill. I don't think of it as talent and skill. I think of it as bumbling, fumbling and determination. Oh, and some fresh paint thick enough to cover the mistakes.
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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #110 on: December 15, 2012, 11:40:32 PM »
That is a really swell looking crane, Mike. Thanks for posting your progress as you've worked on these past couple MOW cars, as it's been incredibly interesting to see. Can't wait to see it in action!
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« Reply #111 on: December 16, 2012, 12:12:25 AM »
Thank you Bill. I don't think of it as talent and skill. I think of it as bumbling, fumbling and determination. Oh, and some fresh paint thick enough to cover the mistakes.
"Bumbling" reminds me of the scene in Casablanca where the evil German, Major Strasse, says that Richard Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is just another "blundering American." To this, the Prefect of Police Louis Reneault (Claude Raines) says, "But we mustn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they "blundered" into Berlin in 1918."

In like manner, we at the WW&F must never underestimate your bumbling, fumbling, and determination, as it continues to bring us all sorts of neat stuff!

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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #112 on: December 16, 2012, 12:40:16 PM »
Very nice work!!

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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #113 on: December 17, 2012, 08:57:00 AM »
Absolutely amazing! Thanks for the pics of the crane in action as well.

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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #114 on: December 17, 2012, 10:58:37 AM »
Mike, I have an acquaintance who has a similar fairmont crane which was given a "homemade" power lifting improvement.  It involved an 8HP engine slaved with a hydraulic pump with a geared linkage to the main lifting crank.  The mechanism also acted as a counterweight for the boom.  If you are thinking about future improvements to Icabod, I can probably send you some pictures of the unit.  Food for thought.
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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #115 on: December 17, 2012, 01:02:56 PM »
Fairmont actually produced a model with that modification, or so I've seen. Might be the same that you talking about.
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Re: Crane Car - Official Work Thread
« Reply #116 on: December 17, 2012, 10:47:24 PM »
Look at the 12th post on the first page of this topic. Its a powered Fairmont Crane that for sale.

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Re: Work Car 1010 (Crane Car "Ichabod") - Official Work Thread
« Reply #117 on: January 05, 2013, 03:05:12 PM »
here we are putting the plow on # 52 with Icabod!


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Re: Work Car 1010 (Crane Car "Ichabod") - Official Work Thread
« Reply #118 on: January 05, 2013, 06:23:12 PM »
Lifting the plow with Icabod worked so well that we -

(1) Hung the plow on the front to plow track 4 and the main up to the YL.
(2) Then we pulled it off the front and moved it to the back of the locomotive to plow the yard tracks.
(3) We then moved it back to the front so #52 can plow coming out of the machine shop where it spends the winter.

Mike ran the boom and hoist cables so each change took under a half an hour.  It was great!!


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Re: Work Car 1010 (Crane Car "Ichabod") - Official Work Thread
« Reply #119 on: January 05, 2013, 07:07:52 PM »
Thanks Eric and Stewart for the photos and report.

Nice job with Ichabod, Mike -- a terrific addition to the museum!

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