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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Other Narrow Gauge => Topic started by: Wayne Laepple on February 16, 2019, 08:59:03 AM

Title: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 16, 2019, 08:59:03 AM
Here is a really nice pacing video of engine No. 476 and a flanger on the Durango & Silverton just the other day. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSoYxGlx8k8&t=16s
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Mike Fox on February 16, 2019, 09:53:40 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Keith Taylor on February 17, 2019, 07:20:47 AM
We always ran the flanger / spreader “ahead” of the locomotive.
The flanger won’t keep the locomotive from derailing if it is behind the engine.

Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Bill Baskerville on February 17, 2019, 09:21:55 AM
From the position of the target on the flanger/spreader and the fact that they went over several crossings it looked like they were only spreading, not flanging.  I guess the guy standing on the caboose platform was there to lower the flanger if needed. 
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Tom Casper on February 17, 2019, 09:49:54 AM
the flanger controls are located in the caboose so the guy on the platform was enjoying his ride.

Tom C.
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Tom Casper on February 17, 2019, 10:03:04 AM
A post from someone who knows about OF on another board I read.

"I should point out that while the OF is a flanger the D&S doesn't actually flange with it. They use the movable wings for spreading. At least that was the policy when I was there. After the rebuild we did make sure that the flanger blade will still move up and down. In the video the blade is in the raised position.

Jeff Taylor"
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Kevin Madore on February 19, 2019, 11:14:57 AM
I think Jeff Taylor's post is correct.   I watched the video closely and nothing changed when the train passed through several grade crossings.   There are signs on the line that would indicate to the crew when to raise and lower the flanger blades, and I have personally ridden in the cupola of that caboose, so I know the controls are there.....but it appears that what we are really seeing these days are plow/spreader trains vs. flanger trains, at least on the D&S.    Back in 2016, I participated in a photo charter operated by the Friends of the C&TS on the eastern side of that railroad, in which Flanger OJ was operated.   On that trip, I believe we were actually flanging and the spreaders on OJ were also in use.   There, the blades were raised and lowered with controls on the locomotive.

Here's a shot looking down on OJ, from an open gondola immediately behind it:   http://www.railpictures.net/photo/571380/ (http://www.railpictures.net/photo/571380/)

The Friends attempted to run a similar trip this spring, which would have included both the flanger and the Jordan Spreader, but alas, with all of the charters and Last Spike anniversary events happening this spring, they just didn't get enough people to sign up.

/Kevin Madore
Title: Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
Post by: Bob Holmes on February 20, 2019, 12:09:06 AM
Wonderful Picture!