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SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log

Catch the exciting action as I revise track plans, build a new layout, do some occasional railfanning, and try and shed some more light on timber history in the Pacific Northwest.

  1. The Climax - completed

    by , August 19th, 2011 at 12:18 AM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    I apparently neglected to ever post any pictures of the completed Climax. Ooops.

    Here's a not very good photo of the unpainted locomotive:


    Here it is painted up and pulling a short consist:
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  2. SUCCESS!!

    by , November 10th, 2009 at 05:13 PM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    Keeping in mind that I got discouraged building my Climax kit two years ago when I was having problems not with the kit but with the power chassis, I stayed up perhaps a LITTLE too late last night fiddling with decoder placement.

    I decided against Jim Starbuck's very clever method after having totally botched that method before. It was my later inability to seat the spring contacts on the tabs coming up from the trucks that stopped me in my tracks before.

    Well, I decided ...

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 09:42 PM by SteamDonkey74

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  3. Returning to the Climax project

    by , November 5th, 2009 at 06:42 PM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    Well, it's been about two years and I am back. What have I learned?

    One, don't try to do these projects at temporary work stations if possible. I was constantly picking this project up and moving it off elsewhere. The result of all of this is that I often felt rushed. Since two years ago I have established a more permanent work station in the basement where I don't have to clear out every time we want to eat a meal.

    Two, if you're going to do a decoder conversion, don't ...

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 09:48 PM by SteamDonkey74

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  4. Climax 18-Ton Class A Locomotive - Day 2

    by , October 28th, 2007 at 09:43 AM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    I decided that I wanted to go DCC after all in the 18-tonner. This is kind of a trick since there really isn't any space. I asked randgust if he had any experience, and he tipped me off to one scheme that someone else carried out on the same chassis that our very own JStarbuck posted in this thread...

    Critter goes digital - TrainBoard.com

    Naturally, since this is my first decoder conversion as well as my first locomotive kit I decided to go for broke and put a decoder ...

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 09:49 PM by SteamDonkey74 (fixing photos)

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  5. Climax 18-Ton Class A Locomotive - Day 1

    by , October 25th, 2007 at 07:09 AM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    I decided to order a Class A Climax kit from randgust here on this board (no affiliation... other than I know him from Trainboard). I found that a certain 18-tonner plied the forests around Astoria between about 1903 and 1915, bouncing between three different logging companies.

    In my own conception, this locomotive was found in a barn after nearly 90 years of storage and was restored to running order as part of a living history logging museum. Strict prototype modelers are probably ...

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 09:50 PM by SteamDonkey74

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  6. First hack at track plan for yard in Astoria, Oregon

    by , October 24th, 2007 at 06:22 PM (SteamDonkey's Modeling, Railfanning, Lumberfanning Web Log)
    I had been struggling with how to make a yard for my planned Astoria branch (the old SP&S line) until a guy in my club showed me a copy of an historic track plan for Astoria's waterfront that showed some of the elements I had been looking for:

    1. Something that will work as an NTrak module but also as part of my basement layout.

    2. Something that I can break up into 4 foot long chunks, reasoning that that is what I can reasonably carry up the stairs and fit into my ...

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 09:51 PM by SteamDonkey74

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