Workshop Wednesday

Discussion in 'General' started by yardmaster, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I still can't unsee that thing.
  2. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Several words--all beginning with U come to mind: unique / ungainly / ugly.
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  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Somewhere the steam gods are spinning like a gyro. And it's even a gasoline engine. The ATSF better check their tie inventory, looks like they may be missing a cross tie, being used for that pilot beam.
    Looks like they need to come up with a drawbar and coupler, the pin lifter is already there.
    A lot of images you see of steam locos, you notice the proud enginemen posing beside their steeds. Ain't nobody in the same zip code to stand with this.
  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    This should be an interesting project to say the least.

    I think I still have an old IHC 4-6-2 in my spare parts drawer. I'm never going to do anything with it, I would be happy to send it to you if it would work for this project.
  5. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Re: That "thing" of a contraption....

    And I thought I'd pretty much seen it all!

    I thought "Southern Engineering" was unique to the south??

  6. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Andre, out here they call it "Redneck Renovation". ;) You should see the wiring in my shop that we're currently completely redoing. There's one outlet that we traced back to where it plugs into a power strip. So a permanently mounted outlet is nothing but an extension cord...Why?!?!?!? The power strip is only 4' from the outlet.
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  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    The last "goofball" project I attempted was a non-operating stationary steam engine for the mining portion of the layout. That was when we still lived in Colorado and the entire layout was 6' X 12' and modeled after the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek area. After lots of head scratching, I never figured out how to tie together the steam engine, boiler and head tower.

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  8. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    You could put a can motor inside a plastic motor and run a coupling back to a traditional drive tower mechanism disguised as the transmission. The tall vertical gears could be just standing behind that drive tower.
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  9. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks, Keith. At this point the plan is to put the electric motor inside the fuel tank on the back in the space the cab once occupied. The rest of what you said definitely deserves some "cogitation".

    Tom Holley found a complete Holt tractor on shapeways. The engine would have to be cut out of the chassis, but it's doable. Don Mills sells some soft metal castings of gas / diesel engines with the radiator. They're not Holt and the detail isn't great, but they're cheap. It would be cool if the gears and flywheels could spin, but that may be beyond my skill level.

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  10. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    4-6-2 Pacific drive wheels are usually pretty big. A lower-drivered ten-wheeler 4-6-0 would be a more logical choice. Please don't "undo" a Frisco 700!
  11. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    That's a good point regarding Pacific drivers since they were usually passenger locomotives. Don't worry...there won't be any SLSF locomotive being used!! A Frisco Pacific is actually one locomotive I'd love to have, as long as it was painted with the Doric striping.

    This would double the work load, but you know what would be cool is an old logging 2-6-6-2 tank locomotive. The existing water tank could be used for the fuel tank. But it might need two gasoline engines to power the thing!
  12. TenWheeler

    TenWheeler Member

    Just thinking about this. With no exhaust system that contraption probably shoots blue flames out the top off the engine just like a monster truck.
  13. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    It probably had to be serviced after every run. The crew probably did, too!!!!
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  14. Recon1342

    Recon1342 Member

    It’s not even close to Wednesday, but I figured I’d post some stuff I’ve been working on.

    This caboose started off as an MDC old time side door way car. I removed about ten scale feet, and now it’s a stubby! A few more details and some decals, and it’ll be done.

    Next, we have Sagebrush Flats #5, a beat up Plymouth ML-8 that the crew uses to bring ore jennies full of unobtainium down from the mine for shipment to points east.

    This afternoon, I dug out my portable workbench and began working on the H10-44. Handrails, footboards, and uncoupled levers have been painted, as well as the pilot ends and step edges. I’m working on sourcing a beacon, horn, and antenna for the cab roof. The beacon will be wired in with the headlights and will be functional. A good friend will be doing the DCC work, and then it will get weathered lightly.

    Til next time!

  15. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    OK, that is some cool stuff, John.

    In case you missed it, Drew (@dboone74 ) appeared in the most recent NMRA Turntable. It highlights model railroading videos, and other media from around the internet.


    Not sure who that "Bob" guy is, but I am sure he is a fine gentleman.

    -Bob T.
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  16. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Good to see this thread getting some action again. Eventually I'll have time again to contribute.

    I really look forward to seeing how that H10-44 turns out. Keep us posted.
  17. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Workshop Wednesday!

    In the evenings after work, I have been weathering a few freelance road boxcars and covered hoppers for the Frisco/W&NW Burrton Sub/Ellsworth project....


    How about you, Frisco nation?

    -Bob T.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2024
  18. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

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    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

  20. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Excellent. I love the red on those hoppers.

    I'm finally starting to crawl out from under my rock now that the house build is done. I need to start making more connections around the area.
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