I've been working on the railroad, all the live long day!

Discussion in 'General' started by SAFN SAAP, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Joseph Toth

    Joseph Toth Member

    Olive Drab ties should work well on the US Military RR at Ft. Eustus, Virginia! LOL

    Who sings the song on your 1930 recording?

    I checked www.jimmierodgers.com but he didn't ever record this one I guess? He is considered the Father of Country Music and also worked on several railroads and not to be the bearer of bad news Manny, he also was a brakeman on the SP in Arizona (due to a relocation account of TB).

    Do you plan to record the song and launch a career into country music too? I will purchase your first CD... FOR SURE!

    You might consider writing a song like "Workin' on the SAP".

    Joe Toth
  2. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    "I've Been Working On The Railroad" is a "folk" song more than likely from blackface minstral days (Especially the "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah" part) several decades earlier than the beginning of American country music (Jimmie Rodgers, Carter Family etc.). It's probably formed from fragments of two or more songs...The "working" part + the "Dinah" part. I've also read someplace that the first few notes are similar to a much older European classical piece.

    Tom G.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Hey Y'all,

    I just finished making up a new track section. I got a new bottle of paint and I talked with Terry at Fast Tracks to get a clarification on the painting procedure.

    I want this to be my test track for DCC. I'm going to get the Sprog III like Jim did. Can I simply get a transformer to power up the track, or do I need to have this hooked up to a DCC power supply, etc., so that the coding will work? I'm not familiar with all this.

    I will be ordering my Digitrax shortly. I just didn't know if I needed just a transformer for he Sprog set-up.


  4. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Except for a computer (I recommend a laptop) the SprogIII comes with everything you need including software and a 2.5amp power supply. You're gonna love it.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Thanks Jim! That's what I was hoping to hear. I have the laptop/desktop. I'll get the Sprog III. Cool. I guess though, that I would need to have a transformer to use as DC when new locomotives come in, just to make sure they work. I understand that you can't run DC with DCC. Or am I mistaken?
  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    For those who might be unfamiliar with the extent of the SA&AP

    Attached Files:


    SAFN SAAP Member

    Thanks for posting that up Karl. The Frisco started working towards the SAF&N from Brady to connect the roads so that the Frisco had a cross run in the southern half of Texas. The roadbed was completed, but they never started to build the track. I'll have to do some research into that. Yoakum wanted the SA&AP to compete with the SP. Yoakum and the owner of the SP were bitter rivals. Yoakum poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the SA&AP to protect his interest, but the ICC was corrupt and the SP won out. The Frisco Texas Special ran into San Antonio along the MK&T line.

    I'm ordering my benchwork from Sievers this week hopefully, so I can start laying track! I need to do some benchwork before I get burned out on doing cars.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Making a picture track section right now. I've glued down the cork roadbed. I'll do ties tomorrow. So many projects, so many hands, not enough time.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    I have an original rendition which did not include the "Dinah". I'll be using it to musicify (lol) my videos.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Just laid the ties down. The glue is drying. I'll be making the rail section later this after noon. It's a very simple board. Track, roadbed, and some grassy sections. Nothing big.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    I ordered my benchwork from Sievers two days ago and it shipped out today. I ordered only one leg of my layout which is San Antonio Yard, Engine facility, Lone Star Brewery, and the stock yards. I am undecided to either stain the wood or paint the wood. I don't want to leave it raw. Maybe a green paint would look nice. Any ideas?
  12. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    One of the local modelers sanded all the wood benchwork pieces and then stained them. Unbelievably impressive.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    I want to stain so bad, but I can't do it because of my health and respiratory issues. I have to see how much that will cost.
  14. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I stained the Zalma Branch with water based stain. Dark Walnut I think.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Did you seal it with any type of varnish? Since the wood is pine, I would want it protected.
  16. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I can't really remember but I'm sure I put some satin clear finish on it. I forgot about that.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Could you post up a few pictures of your fascia in the thread for me?

    Thank you.
  18. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Here's a couple of shots.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Yay! The Brown Santa arrives today with the first of three sections of my railroad benchwork! I've been workin' on the railroad, all the live long day!....

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Yay! My layout benchwork arrived. Wahoooo!

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