Friday, July 13, 2018

This Week at the Layout

Larry was not available on Tuesday evening with a grand daughter's birthday party at his house. That's a higher priority for a grand dad. It was a fairly busy evening and we had a visitor; semi retired Dr.Neal who inherited some O gauge equipment from his late brother who was a model railroader. We toured him around the layout and answered questions that showed he knew more than a little bit about railroading in general. He chatted with Don S. about sharing a table and selling his equipment at the next train show. Jim F. and Ralph T.
appeared carrying the big bridge from Don P's former layout and stowing it underneath the layout. For those who never saw Don's layout, this is the bridge taken from one end.  Very impressive indeed!!  We would have to do major surgery to fit
it into our layout but never say never. Dave H. arrived, sure that he had his engine ready to go this time but the gremlins continued to plague. 
Friday operations continued despite heat and humidity. Actually, it wasn't too bad with a nice breeze thanks to the open back door and windows. Tom S and trainee Tyler appeared with Don P. in tow and a quiet afternoon of running was had by all. No one is saying anything but at one point a multi-unit O & W consist dropped the lead engine into the turntable pit while the engineer was on break. Jim L. is in Grimsby, trying to spur on some engine mods and Cliff is busy with another big auto demolition deal over near Breslau. 
Don P. is still trying to decide on another layout and mused today about doing a shelf switching operation in O gauge. I came across the following article recently comparing the most common model railroad gauges so thought I would include it here. It runs from G scale like Rick O. has through to Z scale suitable for a coffee table layout. There are numerous additional gauges not shown here like Don S's HoN3 and TT smaller than Z scale. 



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Meeting night.

We had our meeting and then went right to operating. Topics included, financial report, push button turnouts are causing problems, a fix will be discussed later. Topics not discussed, rolling stock being left on a siding derailed, during the next meeting deciding when to have a work night and what work will be done, after a car is worked on put a stick on dot on the bottom of it so we know if it has been worked on before and how many times and if the bottom is full of dots it's time to get rid of it. Donald did prep some feeder wires for the nextwork night.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

Trains were all set up for the nights enjoyment. I was assigned the Lincoln special. As my train left Wellington it all fell apart, I had missed aligning a turnout. The 5 finger crane swiftly moved in and I was on my way again.  As the Special move along the high line, I greeted other operators as they made their switching moves. Lincoln has a few questionable turnouts which seem to cause derailing. With light traffic in the area I took the opportunity to carefully watch as derailments happened. Pushing 2 refers through the diverging track the lead truck would ride up over the guard rail, everything.  Upon inspection it was found that the trucks were a bit tight and after the screws were loosened slightly they moved through the turnout without a problem. There was another derailment for which no problem could be found. Interesting night. Next Tuesday is work night.
Some of the staged freights.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

With lower attendance during the summer, the Friday crew had more than enough trains ready to run. There was a switching job at Lincoln, the coal train, the ore train the logging run, a passenger train, a train waiting at Springbank, to be finished, freights staged in Wellington and Elsewhere and a branch line freight. Lots of choice and diversity even the dispatcher ran an extra to Elsewhere. A Gab session concluded the session. As you can see from the last post I have added some links to other blogs. Lots of interesting reading to get your creative juices flowing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Other blogs.

Added a link to Mike Lafond's blog Big Stacks Little Locomotives, George Dutka's White River Division, and to mine, Grants Pass railroad. Mikes blog takes you on a different and interesting trip into the world of cad design, machining and lazer cutting parts for model  railroading. He also takes you outside with his garden railroad. George's blogs detail historical New England railroading and their is other links there to various railroad blogs including  his Modeling Maine in Narrow Gauge, the Carrabassett and Quebec Ry.  My blog is about my own railroad. Hope you find them interesting. May add more links to other blogs later.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

Meeting night. The general discussion continued for some time, guess everyone was in the mood to talk. First trials of a cell phone interface went well. The slide throttle took some practice, but it was generally easy-to-use.   Work on the new program track continued as did wiring in filters. Areas that may need feeders were identified for the next work night. Rolling stock wheel sets got a reeming.  To explain, if a car did not roll freely, the journals were reemed,  usually the improvement was quite remarkable. This job will continue.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

Nice to see Gary and Andy come for a visit. As I tried out a Climax I thought the trip on the logging line should be documented.  This engine rankings very well and very slow. My main concern was it's pulling power which was soon relived as it climbed the grade and curves up to the logging camp, very pleased.  Pictures below in reverse order. Next week is meeting and work night.
Arriving at the log dump

Water stop

Made the S curve  and grade through the tunnel 

Climbing the grade up to the tunnel.