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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 03:44 pm
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Very nice work on the flanger, Si

I like the under the floor mechanism a lot!

Keep us in mind with photos of other projects please.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 04:08 pm
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Yow! That's a really nice model you've built. It's stuff like this that keeps me coming back to this site even though I'm more of a toy train guy than a modeler.

Thanks for posting it up.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 08:11 pm
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Hi TGB

Did I ever mention that I don't like trains !

I LOVE 'EM !!!

Thanks for your kind words.
I have some other details to put up about it ( if I can find the darn plans ! )
It was a bit late, by the time I got the photos uploaded.
Here's a bit more on it, for now.

Anyone that recognises the prototype, will probably be SHOCKED !
But my story is...
...it was the 2-bit logging outfit, that bought the car from the original operators fault !!!

It's modelled in 1:48 American 'O' Scale 1/4" ( 6.35mm ) per Foot.
I say that 'cos us Brit's do 'O' Scale different.
'O' Scale in the UK normaly means 7mm per Foot.
Which works out at a very annoying ratio of 1:43.571429
( don't worry, I aint a 'pit-nicker' )
1:43 seems to be a popular slot-car scale; along with 1:32 & 1:24 ( & now 1:28 as well, for some bizare reason ! )

As Herb rightly points out; It is a 'Flanger'.
When I built it; I had no idea what a 'Flanger' was.
So I thought it was 'cool' ( no pun intended ! ) to build one.
I'm not sure it gets cold enough or icy enough in the UK to need them.
( go on someone, tell me Blightey has Flangers ! )

So for anyone who doesn't know...
...It's a work-car; with the blade mounted on the underframe, used to clear ice from the track rails.
The blade can be moved up & down from inside the car, when the Flanger gets to RR-crossings & switches etc.

Some years ago I sold my 1/4" narrow gauge models ( which I kinda regret now ); but kept this one.
Hence the reason that this little baby aint on no rails in the photographs !
( Oh...I do have a Grandt-Line 'Miner', in the classic 'sleep-walking pose' as well ! )

When I find the plans, I'll put some more info up on it.
In the meantime...
...what is the mystery car ?...
...where did it come from ?

I wonder if anyone knows ?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 08:33 pm
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Si-that's a great model! I believe it follows a Sandy River two footer prototype but it might be a Kennebeck Central job...or ?????. Anyway, very nice and quite fine detailing. As we say here in Tejas-"you dun good, kid!" As for modeling a piece of snow removal equipment when your layout has no snow, how about when there's a cricket infestation and the car is called upon to scrape the critters off the rails. Don't laugh, it really happens in the South and SW US. I give it 5 stars and it has a great beat!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 1st, 2012 05:09 am
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Hi Woodie

Yeah...I saw you have a bit of a 'miniature pumpkin problem' on The Mogollon as well.
Maybe you could 'flange harvest' those little critters off the right of way; with some converted snow clearing junk !
( as for the cricketers, they can keep 'The Ashes', as far as I'm concerned ! )

*******

Well Woodie doesn't suffer from snow-blindness...
...when it comes to - 'know your Flangers of the US' - time !
( especialy one with the magic 24" between them ! )

THE FACT :-
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Well...the fact is I still haven't located the plans I worked from.
I was just hopeing to say who drew them & where & when they were published.
I think they were from the NG&SLG, sometime in the mid '80s.
( well that 'narrows' it down a bit ! )
Anyhow...
...that's all for the pit-nickers.

1st prize to Woodie for the SR&RL spot ! ( a lb of genuine English ice ! )

The car IS one of 'Sandy River & Rangley Lakes' Flangers.
They had a few; the plans would tell me what # they called this one.

I realy enjoyed making this car; so when I sold my other 'O' Scale stuff, I kept this one for the memory.
( it reminds me of time spent modelling, in Kent, when my Mum was still with us )

It's a very faithfull to the original model.
Except for 1 thing !!!

THE FICTION :-
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The little SR&RL Flanger was purchased in an auction ( NO NOT eBay ! )...
...and shipped back West by the new owners.

Being the 2-bit 'seat of the pants' logging outfit that they were; they thought it would come in handy for the new timber track they were laying, somewhere up in Washington state.

What they didn't realise was, back East in Maine, they did things about a foot narrower, than these boys had figured !

So the funky little 2 axle, 4 wheel SR&RL car; had to loose it's pointy pedestals & get a new set of wheelies...
...and it just so happened that the chief-engineer had a spare set of 3' D&RG arch-bars; that had been aquired from a Mr. Grandt Line, out in Colorado.

So the logging railroad's shop guys, gotta hammerin' & a bangin' away on the cute little 2 footer; and came up with this !
( they also bunged on a pair of very un-prototypical knuckle-couplers whilst they were at it ! )

So there we go !

Cheers

Si.

More funky-junk to follow.......



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 Posted: Sun Mar 4th, 2012 12:19 am
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:mex:

Hi guys.

Just trying to post my photos, from Google Picasa...
...fingers crossed !

[IMG]

Ah ha...
...now that's better.
( I hope )

Cheers

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 Posted: Sun Mar 4th, 2012 12:29 am
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Hi again

I just found my railraod drawings file !!!

HORAY !!!

So proper details of the SR&RL Flanger coming up.
Might be of interest to people; as this Flanger, so I re-discovered, still exists & can be seen in Maine today !

I am going to re-post the Flanger photographs also; as the previous ones came out pretty low-res, with not much texture showing through.

I now have the hang of posting pics !

Flanger details & more 'funky-junk' to follow...

Cheers

Si.



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 Posted: Sun Mar 4th, 2012 12:42 am
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:Salute:..." YESIR !...RIGHT AWAY SIR...we'll get the ice cleared off those rails Sir ! "

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes, Flanger #503

( no they didn't have 500 of 'em !!!... although the did have a lot of snow & ice ! )

( also see note in previous post, as to the trucks fitted on my model version )

Cheers

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 Posted: Sun Mar 4th, 2012 12:45 am
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:old dude:..." Can't get the right vacuum-tubes for my computer these days. "

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:mex:..." Watch out...there's a moose loose...some ways up the tracks "...:moose:

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