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 Posted: Sat Jun 25th, 2016 11:10 pm
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That's looking good Larry!

Anyway, somethings wrong with my PM's.  I'm guessing you are only getting the subject line and not the message itself?  I'll bring up that issue elsewhere on the forum. 

What I was trying to say was that I forgot that there was a Larry in the Deadwood area.  We probably have never met, but I guess everyone knows Rick Mills.

I know Rick because I volunteered at the museum from 2010 to 2013 when I was living down in Hot Springs.

Again, sorry for not being able to make contact, technical difficulties.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 26th, 2016 03:29 am
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I have posted pictures with my battery loco showing but no one has said anything about it being strange looking. As I look at other battery locos mine doesn't have the same look. Is this a battery loco or something else.
It is a Herb Deeks kit labeled "battery loco".


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Sure looks like a battery mining loco to me. Very nice.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 26th, 2016 06:50 pm
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None of the other battery locos I have seen have grilles on top or a opening under a heavy top plate or row after row of rivets. Maybe my model is of a one of a kind rebuild that Herb Deeks measured for his kit.

Even though I mine "Appetite", a fictitious mineral, I would like to keep the layout and the rolling stock as realistic as I possible can.

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I have seen battery locos similar to this one-out in AZ and NV. Remember, there's a prototype for anything!

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The batteries--which take up the most volume in one of these locos (Sounds like our BPRC models) have to be vented while charging and accessed to add water periodically. What looks like a large slab might have been a lighter metal cover that would be hinged to do this.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2016 01:28 am
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Thanks guys, I will leave my locos alone then. I was thinking of trying to make them look more like others I have seen pictures of. The next time I go to Lead, home of Homestake gold mine, I'll look around to see if one of the old battery locos is on display. There used to be a lot of the old stuff around but that has been disappearing lately. I hope it's going to a museum and not the scrap yard.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 29th, 2016 12:40 am
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Tried something new, at least it's new for me, I carved rock work right into the foam structure of the layout. With coloring, a bunch of weeds and some other details I think this might look half way decent.


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Hi Larry,
The lead/acid batteries used in underground battery-electric locomotives produce hydrogen when being charged. Being lighter than air, the hydrogen given off will rise, so a vent in the top of the cover is a good way of getting rid of it so that it is clear of anything that can arc or spark.
Smoking around the charging shed is probably not a good idea either - remember the Hindenburg?



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I remember working on a river boat at Echuca, the engineer disconnected the battery charger leads without turning off the charger. He had been charging the lead acid battery over night. There was a load explosion caused by the spark and the top of the battery was suddenly in pieces.
The engineer had his prescription glasses on at the time so no damage to his eyes but a very hurried wash down for his face, hands and clothes caused by the acid.
Weeks later the paint was peeling off the bulkhead where the acid had splashed. There is a lot of bang in a little hydrogen!
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