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Tooter.... what's next? This?



That is a mock-up of a tank car to train tank car cleaning crews. It even has those spoked wheels that you like :D
 

Rico

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Very cool Eric, might have to re-gauge a little tho...
Greg that trackwork is lookin' good! All I can do here is run the lawntractor down my ROW and make choo choo noises in my head! :(
 
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Wow... that tank is HUGE! :eek:

Finally got the pull cart going... :)

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The bottom curve of the track is level and the straight section is a 5% grade then a 7% grade going into the upper curve.
 

tooter

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It actually takes very little effort to get it up the grade because the handle has a lot of leverage. Tt took a bit of experimenting to get that right because I was building everything from scratch with no previous examples to work from. One feature it had to have is the ability to coast, because if it didn't, I'd get beat to death with the lever on the screaming downhill runs. :p
 

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It'll easily be a year before I get all of the track laid as it's quite a time consuming process to get the gradient right through the joints while keeping the rails level with each other.

While none of the neighbors have asked because what I'm doing is self evident...



...they all want rides.;)
 

blue92rs

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Tooter, love this thread and am amazed at all the work you have put into this. I recently discovered the New Jersey Live Steam is 10 minutes from my house and they are recreating the Tuckerton Rail Road in 1 1/2 inch scale. They have two beautiful steam locos, an electric switcher and a Fairmont Speeder from the same company you got your stuff from. The president showed me how to run the speeder and I am hooked :D My 2 boys loved it as well. They are in need of volunteers and with my wifes blessing I will be there most Saturday mornings helping out :D:D
 

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Tooter, love this thread and am amazed at all the work you have put into this. I recently discovered the New Jersey Live Steam is 10 minutes from my house and they are recreating the Tuckerton Rail Road in 1 1/2 inch scale. They have two beautiful steam locos, an electric switcher and a Fairmont Speeder from the same company you got your stuff from. The president showed me how to run the speeder and I am hooked :D My 2 boys loved it as well. They are in need of volunteers and with my wifes blessing I will be there most Saturday mornings helping out :D:D
Thanks, blue. :)

The little railroad gets my spare time and I don't always have it so the progress is in fits and starts. But there's no time deadline and the real fun is in the construction. :)

RMI is a really good company run by a true railroad innovator. He's actually building a full sized 1:1 scale 3 foot narrow gauge railroad! I got to see his project and it's positively jawdropping! :eek:

You're lucky to have an operating railroad so close to you! It's a blessing to have such easy access to a genuine father and son railroad experience. :)
 
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Got to lay some more rail today. Extending the spur line... :)



The next rail will cross the creek culvert and begin the steep uphill turn around the propane tank. I keep telling our chicken to watch for the trains when crossing the tracks, but she doesn't listen to me.
 

JazzDad

Gandy Dancer
"Extending the spur line"

Hey, I'm thinking you need to exercise the right of eminent domain and head into the neighbor's yard. The justification being: what could possibly be more eminent than a model railroad?
 

JazzDad

Gandy Dancer
I found myself laughing. Not at the video, but because I was sitting here watching the video with this big grin on my face. I 'stepped back' and realized how funny this really is. Thanks for the chuckle, Greg.
 

tooter

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I fully understand, Dad... :)

This whole project has been no end of fun because it turned out to be a hilarious mixture of railroad and roller coaster. I ride on that little cart over and over again, grinning all the way. :)
 



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