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 Posted: Thu Jun 17th, 2010 04:23 pm
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Well, while James is taking some time off, his Chisos Tram ore car being used on the Mogollon Railway is bringing in loads to the smelter. Some time or other, the MRy management will have to "pay up" for use of the car with real 1:35 Pesos. I have known Mr. Sullivan for almost 40 years and he will be back....soon I hope.

                                     Woodrow



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 Posted: Thu Jun 17th, 2010 09:01 pm
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Sulivan,

your section looks very interesting for me. Never thought about taking just a styrofoam board as section-base, without wooden frame.

Hoe did you connect the styrofoam boards of your section and how do you connect your single sections with each other?

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 Posted: Fri Jun 18th, 2010 02:28 am
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Juergen,

Actually, I took a lesson from ol' Woodie and the Mogollon Rwy . His entire railroad is on sheet styrofoam supported by camera tripods. I figured since the system has worked so well for him outside in all types of weather conditions, then surely it could work indoors in a climate controlled situation.

If you look at the pictures of the slab I've done so far you'll see a couple places where I've got extra pieces attached to the ends. These are simply glued onto the end of the longer piece using Loctite Power Grab foamboard adhesive on one and Dap Kwik Seal Plus for the other. One is totally unsupported and the other has a piece of plywood epoxied beneath it. Eventually, if I continue with this piece of the puzzle, the other end will also have a plywood board epoxied onto it. I'll use these as attachment points for the tripods.

As to joining the ends, there are no other sections built thus far. But I had thought about how I would do it. I plan to, again, epoxy plywood splice boards to the underside of one section. This would be done with 1/2 the width of the board under the foam and 1/2 sticking out. That part will act as a 'support' for the next section in line. Then that section will also have the splice boards on the other end. I still need to come up with a viable method of alignment so the tracks line up well but I have a few ideas in mind. I just won't go into those here and now. But I will say it could be as simple as using rail joiners.

Now, since the question has come up, I've stopped working on the section in all the photos at least for the time being. One of the reasons I've already mentioned. I've taken a long hard look at it and just don't feel it has any "oompf". It's very limited as to what it can give me operation-wise, a one trick pony. With the very limited space I have inside the apartment (two and a half walls of my bedroom at most), I have to be cruel, hard nosed, and realistic. So during my time away from modeling the Chisos I plan to do some design work and find a better plan.


So...OK...'nuff said! The section I've been working on has been a good test bed and I can move on from there.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 18th, 2010 04:48 pm
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For those who've wished me well...

The issues I referred to have to do with health. I'm only 61 but some body parts are starting to cause me problems.

I've been to the doctors and received all sorts of testing, punching, and prodding. My 'numbers' (as they say) all seem to be fine but the issues remain and seem to come with buddy issues. :shocked:  So like any good doctors (plural here) "PRACTICING" medicine, I've been put on a regimen of medications to "see if this makes it all better". :rah:

Some of these meds come with some very, very interesting side-effects. I won't elucidate. You've seen the commercials. Oh Yeah...they're right!!

Now to be honest, I make it through some days fairly well. I still have to keep my job...no retirement in sight...no golden ring on the ride...no money tree growing around the corner. But by the evening after dealing with "the bosses" all day I am zapped and that's also when the the meds seem to play their little games with me.:sad:Go figure... Maybe I need to get a job at Walmart all night dealing with the PUBLIC. That would keep me active...and grumpier than I already am...

You might say, "You're from TEXAS!! Cowboy up!! :cb:  and get on with it...wah, wah, wah." and you'd be right to say it. But I ain't got no horse, I don't wear no 10 gallon fedora, and I ain't got no cowboy boots, so there! Today I'm feeling pretty spiffy and have for the last day 'er so. I'm either getting used to the good ol' side effects or the meds are actually working. WHEEE!!

Why, I'm even thinking of working on a couple ore cars this weekend. We'll see what the Prez sez...

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 Posted: Fri Jun 18th, 2010 08:38 pm
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Well hang in there.  We'll be on the other side waiting to see the new plan.

Meanwhile, James (my son) is coming over this evening so I will get a chance to see how things go with cycle one of the CC&WB system.  I hope it's worth the work to fill out all that "paperwork".  Thankfully there weren't THAT many cars...around 60 I think.  If everything works out, we'll try to schedule a Op Session so you can check it out.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 28th, 2010 02:10 am
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Hi all,

Well, I'm trying to get my focus back in order so this past Monday I worked on some more ore cars for the tram way. I've also included a box car I'm working on in the shot.







I've got five more ore cars in various states of completion. The big thing going on is the box car. I've been working on it on and off for a while. There have been a couple false starts with it but so far I'm fairly OK with it.

One thing I did note is the height of the coupler pocket on the ore cars compared to the box car and I need to decide whether to add some spacers to the ore cars or just leave well enough alone and use an off set link to make the couple.

The shay I'm working on will have a three-space coupler pocket on it so that may be the way I'll go.

Any thoughts on the issue will be appreciated.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 28th, 2010 04:09 am
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Woooow!!! :2t: I love that kind of rolling stock and yours is very nice!!! Could you post more pics of those ore cars? I want to model a couple of these.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 28th, 2010 04:16 pm
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James-this is Woodrow using Muj's computer. I could tell about how AT&T are liars, but won't get into that here...they are probably watching! Next week, the computer will be back on line. I am glad to see you are working on stuff again, those cars are looking great. For running to the rotary on the MRy, the brake wheels need to be level with the tops of the car bodies...but that's just on my crazy line. This being without "service" for a few days has caused me to get back to "work" also. Far less time spent sitting in front of a screen and reading stuff...more time running trains and covering up when it starts raining. I can't wait for a nice hot drought! Lucas seems to be interested in the "Silver City" ore car project...let's see how interesting it is after maybe 6, 10, or 19 such cars! Hoo Ha!

Keep on keeping on...things will get better...or not!

                               Woodie

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 Posted: Wed Jul 28th, 2010 08:03 pm
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James

Sorry to hear that you are having problems.

Ore cars sound like good therapy.

As to the difference in coupler pocket height- weren't cranked, or offset links, fairly common?


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Those are great looking-cant wait to see them in service!



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