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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Stephen Lennox on November 28, 2021, 08:16:00 PM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 30 Nov. and 1 December 2021.

*  Shop, Passenger truck build
*  Shop, vacuum brake design/build
*  Coach #9 Assembly
*  Engine house build (pending)
*  Winter/snow prep.
*  Friday Charter Prep.
*  Locomotive #11 build work week.

Note:  Winter, if your working outside, be prepared for cold temperatures and icy conditions.
General Discussion / Re: Tie Laying
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on November 28, 2021, 07:58:00 PM »
Wow, it only takes one (Russian because it looks like 5' gauge) railroad worker to change a tie.  I liked how he put one foot on the brace rod to raise the tie so he could drive the spikes.  I don't think even the youngest of our team could do that.
Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Kevin Kierstead on November 28, 2021, 06:43:42 PM »
is the area over the doorway temporary?, it appears cockeyed compared to the line of the cross beams.
General Discussion / Tie Laying
« Last post by Carl G. Soderstrom on November 28, 2021, 05:22:23 PM »
I wonder if this could be adapted to 2 Foot?

The guy replacing the wood tie can't be in the US - there are not
2 supervisors watching.

Does not seem that it is an oak tie -- 3 strikes to drive home spike. :-)
Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on November 28, 2021, 10:48:18 AM »
Nice to see a little snow for the first Christmas trains.

Jeff S.
Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike Fox on November 27, 2021, 07:15:22 PM »
Stall 3 of the Engine House.

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on November 27, 2021, 07:10:40 PM »
Here are a few pictures from today. I was in the shop several times and forgot to take any photos. Journal boxes look great, and Cody was busy flat filing something on one of them while Alan used an end mill on others.

Marcel and Jay completed the siding on the south end of the car and were working on the North East corner.

Trains? Yes, we had trains, with the proper seasonal flavoring sprinkled on the ground.

And under proper adult supervision, Dave helped me remove the Blade from Casey, now ready for the garage.

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by James Patten on November 27, 2021, 06:58:08 PM »
Work done on Saturday Nov 27:

* Coach 9: Alan was working on journal boxes.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel finished the south wall of the boxcar, and started to work on attaching the grab irons.
* Vehicles: I think Mike was working on vehicle repairs
* Computer: I fought with the office computer all day, and the computer won.
* Train ops: I think the trains were full.
UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: On the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Wales
« Last post by john d Stone on November 27, 2021, 03:09:16 PM »
I'm surprised the driver (doesn't sound right, but trying to stay with the British theme) was able to get things rolling again after that stall! A couple of trips ago, I was on my usual intermodal run to Philly. Railroads now seem to be addicted to distributed power, so my two 4400hp GE's were separated by 3500'. Leaving Acca, in Richmond, the distributed unit failed to load. Ringing up the dispatcher, I told him of the situation. I knew we could get over the road in a reasonable fashion, we had about 4200 tons and about 7000' of train. The question was whether or not we could make it across the Baltimore Belt Line. With a long grade, exceeding 1% for a good portion and that portion being nicely curved, it has been the downfall of many tightly powered freights. We were a few hundred tons under the tonnage, but the long cars and damp rail would make things close. Not wanting to be delayed and full of misplaced pride, I told the dispatcher we'd make it. When we got into the BE dispatcher's territory, at the entrance to Baltimore terminal, he informed us that we'd be pulling through the Mt Royal siding and cutting off the setoff in said siding. This siding is on the worst part of the grade and 10mph to boot. Gulp. "Do you think you can still make it?" "............yes...sure." As we headed in the greasy siding at the prescribed 10, I could feel the train tightening up behind us. The 6th notch was as high as I could go and still sorta hold the rail. 9..8...7.....6.....5 not looking good for the home team. A nice coating of leaf grease was challenging GE's wheelslip protection and shaving our speed ever lower. An old trick is to play the independent against the wheels to clean some of the goop off and keep a runaway wheelslip from killing the momentum completely. Distributed power means that the engine brake would also apply on the dead unit, so that option was out. Down to 2, BE dispatcher calling "I032?" We hit a little straight stretch at the east end of the siding, conductor dropped off and the speed climbs back up to 4. Slipping and chewing rail through the east switch, we attained better rail conditions on the main. The speed slowly gets up to 10. Made it! The conductor cut the rear 2000" off and hung a new EOT and a van brought him to the headend. Off to Philly! 
Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Graham Buxton on November 27, 2021, 10:40:31 AM »
Casey needs an undercarriage rebuild, from the Casey thread:

It has been a few years, but time to move this thread up to the top. Casey has been toiling away since its arrival with only some minor repairs. In order to continue using the machine, we need to invest in its future. We are doing that this year.

The most wear items on a dozer is the blade and under carriage. While the track pads are ok, the chains they bolt to are worn out. The bushings are gone around the pins and there is sideward play in the chain allowing it to fall off easily. I had been passively looking for new chains but kept coming up empty. That is until I was handed a magazine that had used equipment in it. There was a parts broker that had an ad that was in NH I contacted, and found us what is possibly the last 2 chains in the country. They arrived at my work yesterday.

We plan on replacing the bottom rollers, and he is getting a price for me for those.

Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.,2519.30.html

There is a photo of the new track chains, on a pallet,  at that thread link.
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