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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1170 on: September 09, 2021, 04:12:06 PM »
Good they were part of the kit.  Now a few less pieces of rail, etc. in the parking lot so a 2-fer cleanup.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1171 on: September 10, 2021, 09:57:40 AM »
Thank you for the report. Things are coming along fast at both ends of the line.

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« Reply #1172 on: September 10, 2021, 05:46:07 PM »
Back in July of 2014, I visited the Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke. A Google search produces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd9-fMhJkQo
The opening picture shows a small steam loco that was built in Switzerland, operated in Vietnam for 45 years, and repatriated to Switzerland in 1995. The opening picture shows it being turned on a snow-resistant turntable shortly before entering a steep tunnel. Some of the line is 11%. While a cog drive solves the adhesion problem, the turntable is used to solve the boiler water problem. Thanks to a lady friend's bribery of the engine crew with sweet-talk and beer, I got a cab ride. Plunging through the tunnel (entrance shown) with a view out the rear of the cab was a great experience! I am presuming that the prospective turntable at Trout Brook will solve our gradient problems (no cog needed, just proper water levels).

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« Reply #1173 on: September 10, 2021, 11:03:34 PM »
Quite the spectacular line! I've never tried the sweet-talk and beer method to get a cab ride, though I think it would work on me!
Cass also features some frightening grades on the line to Bald Knob. I think they may have a stretch of 11% too. Diana and I went out there one year and took the ride to the top. We were dressed for warm temperatures. It was not warm at the top! During the layover, we huddled up next to the firebox of the Shay. Two Shays had shoved us up there and one had already departed down the mountain, running lite. The engineer took pity on us and invited us to ride down the mountain in the cab. It was quite an interesting ride! I don't believe they turned up retainers, but brakemen would snug up the handbrakes on certain stretches. At one point, there was a rather heated exchange between the engineer and the relatively new fireman about water level. The engineer was not too happy that fireboy hadn't gotten the water a little higher in the glass before they tipped over onto a real steep stretch. I guess the water in the front of the boiler was barely covering the tubes!

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1174 on: September 12, 2021, 09:54:48 AM »
Saturday, September 11 photos at the future turntable site.



The center pivot/pedestal precast block has been set in place.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1175 on: September 12, 2021, 04:28:30 PM »
How was the pedestal set in place and leveled?

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