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Wayne Laepple

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Next challenge for the shop gang
« on: August 02, 2010, 12:42:42 PM »
Here's the next thing the shop crew needs to get cracking on. Jason, Mike, Leon, Ed -- have at it!

Duncan Mackiewicz

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2010, 01:36:31 PM »
Shouldn't we mount the mowers on a swing arm so the edges beyond the row can be mowed also?

James Patten

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2010, 02:31:55 PM »
I was thinking that myself.  There's not much grass between the rails or ties.

Ira Schreiber

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010, 02:49:39 PM »
Simply get a cow or two to graze the ROW.
This way you will have a "Lawn Mooer"

Wayne Laepple

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010, 02:59:14 PM »
Anyone know where we can find some narrow gauge hy-rail gear?


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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 04:30:46 PM »
With all the grass left to cut, maybe we should get a baa,baa.

Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010, 08:06:53 PM »
Well our shop building is at SHEEPscot...   ;D
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Dave Buczkowski

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010, 10:20:51 PM »
For those of you who don't know Fred, you'll have to imagine his Maine accent to really get his joke.

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010, 07:27:07 PM »
I'd like to have the drive unit from that contraption. Looks like a one-lunger with a belt drive. Very nice.
Mike
Doing way too much to list...

Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2010, 04:22:14 PM »
Well the WW&F did have a track car with a flat belt drive from a flywheel hit-and-miss engine.  It was used in the 1920s.
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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2010, 06:32:48 PM »
We can do it. Here's one of the EBT's original Fairmont motor cars.


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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2010, 07:09:32 PM »
I was thinking that myself.  There's not much grass between the rails or ties.

I think, based on a close look at the picture, that the contraption with the reel mowers is designed to mow between the rails. (??)
My experience with reel mowers is that they will not mow any grass or weeds that are more than a few inches tall. The blades of grass get pushed away from the bedknife by the reel if they are too long.
So this thing must have been for someplace where they wanted a nice lawn around the rails?
Does that make any sense?

On a serious note, I think trimming the ROW has become too big of a job for 4-5 personal sized string trimmers, especially with the heat we've had this summer. It's tough work to go at it all day.
A solution may be some sort of clever mechanical device, kind of like Joe Lindsay.
Gawdon

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Re: Next challenge for the shop gang
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2010, 04:08:45 PM »
If you replace the mower reels with brooms....you have a dandy ballast regulator.

Keith