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 Posted: Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 01:23 am
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What? You haven't seen it?



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Here is a shot of some of the ore cars in a finished state.

 



 
...and no, the track isn't to scale. Whitey is there to show the size of the cars next to a 'person'.

Pictures also tend to show where one can do better...back to weathering.


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Had a new pic but having trouble getting it to upload....

Bear with me and I'll try again later...Photobucket *#@*%



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James-WONDERFUL!!! Those are some mui fantastico ore cars and hopefully we can run them up line soon. I have rebuilt the rotary dump cage but it is still a little tight for your fine cars. We can hire some locals to unload them at the smelter.

The weathering looks great and a string of these being pulled by a Shay will bring back "memories" of the trip to Pinos Altos and beyond.

         From the Gila Rim,    Woodie

BTW-I have a "way" to upload to Photo%&^*^&$# which is painless and works better than their "uploader" business!  



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Lookin GREAT, James!:glad::glad:



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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2009 06:40 pm
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Dang, those look cool.  With those plus the three that WCG is working on plus the completed cars on the layout, we could have one hell of a op session.  Lets see....4 or 5 mine runs with frequent breaks at the Bloated Goat...oh, and don't forget to e-mail Herb so he can participate in breaking rule G



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Jim,

I have five cars completed plus two more in the works plus I've got the parts cut for at least four more.

Also, I found a chain at Hobby Lobby that I think will work for links. They will certainly fit my couplers. I took a sampling over to Woodie's last night along with some eye pins I found there that have bigger eyes than the Shipways variety.

Woodie said he'd try them as soon as it dries out a bit. 



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 Posted: Mon Dec 7th, 2009 01:04 am
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Sounds good.  I saw the chain links and I think it will probably make switching easier.  You don't have to "hit the hole" so to speak to make the joint.



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All,

In this photo you can see the basic coupler pocket I'm using (from Foothill Models). Also in the shot are the links and pins supplied.

Concerned that these might be a bit hard to use in actual opreation I went looking and found the links in the form of a 60" chain and the pins from cut-down eye pins.



I found these at Hobby Lobby here in the Dallas area. The chain is made up of the links you see here plus small circles that join them. Open the circles and the links drop loose. They aren't protype size by any stretch but they'll work for me.

I might add that the oval can be flattened a bit very easily to make the connection. I just figure if they work as they are so much the better.



In actual use they look a bit like what you see below.









I've spent quite a bit of time running all five completed cars around the grandkid's HO layout (yeah...sure...it's for the grandkids) which has 18 inch radius curves and they seem to work just fine both pulling and pushing.

The real test will come when we try these on Woodie's Mogollon. Then I'll know they'll work anywhere.

And that means no offense to Woodie's railroad. It's just built like the real thing would be with all the whoopties and do's that a prototype line would have after the hot sun has beat down on it for years...'cause it has.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 06:48 pm
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The real test will be on the high line.  From what I've seen so far at Woodie's, they should work just fine (I hope).  Nice work on those ore cars BTW.

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