Time to run!

Keith Mar 11, 2015

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    set up and ran the PA this afternoon. Put
    2 of 3 cars behind it. Combine and coach.
    Pullman causes too many problems yet! The
    combine derailed in same spot several times. So, I
    lifted the track and kicked a bit more granite under
    the problem joint. Helped with that derailment problem!
    Coach catches a frog point on one switch, but does NOT
    derail. It's either the wheels, or switch flanges too wide.

    Ran that set up for a couple hours, then switched to the PA
    alone for about another hour or so. Parents and kids both enjoyed
    the running train, when coming through, for Trick or Treat!
    Some folks have seen it before and know about the railroad. Others
    live a block down and had NO idea! Went over good, while I had it running.
     
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    Ran for a bit Wednesday. Actually got the video camera out and shot video of entire railroad!
    Have NOT uploaded anything yet. Hope to do so, on Thursday, before railroad club meeting.
    Ed Dickens presents part 2 of Bigboy 4014 move from CA to WY.

    Hopefully, I’ll have video uploaded sometime Thursday.
    Just under 15 minutes total. 2 trips each loop out front and a run to the back and return.
    Plus 2 minor derailments and an almost accident, when I lost balance!
     
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    Cool. Hoping to see that video.

    Also curious- Will Ed Dickens actually be present? If so, wishing he would give an update on 4014 status.
     
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    Yes, Ed will be there, giving presentation.
    Gave Part 1 last year, of moving the bigboy.
    Gonna finish the trip tonight, I’m guessing.
    Won’t know much until meeting tonight!

    Gotta finally get up, dressed and moving!
    Will be heading out to grab a bite to eat.
    Then, I can start working with video when I get back!
    Hopefully, this afternoon sometime! Depending on how
    long it takes to get video uploaded!

    Stay tuned! :)
     
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    The complete, although still unfinished garden railroad!
    Trackwork still required towards the backyard!

    A couple of the short stops were do to flat car derailing!
    Had to rerail car, and the second time, I added a small rock to add
    weight to flatcar, while almost losing my balance and taking a nasty fall. Again!

    Train consisted of:

    USA Trains GP30, Airwire/Sound
    Aristo Craft flatcar - Pushed around railroad by the GP30.
    3 Aristo Craft gondolas
    USA Trains 40' boxcar
    USA Trains EV caboose

     
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    Wheeee. Nice ride. :)
     
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    Looks great! I like the sound, too. Love me a EMD 567.

    It does look like your section gang needs to get some green grease (weeds) cleared, as well as some other track obstructions. Looked like a few of those twigs caused some problems. :p
     
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    Don’t know if the twigs etc....caused the problems or not!
    My guess says the light weight of the flat car, plus coupler
    situation - Body mount vs truck mount - may have played a part!

    Being able to run, despite the weeds, is nice! They get in the way, I run ‘em down!
    Same with Moms flowers! She knows, and says if they’re in the way, pull ‘em out!

    Was noticing, with this video, how much track work I’m gonna have to
    do next year!! Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get the last of the track to the, and in the back
    ballasted finally!!

    Maybe I’ll be in decent enough shape to continue!

    It’s an interesting, and eye opening way to see the railroad and what has to be done!
    Can’t complain, it runs! Save for the passenger stuff! For now.
     

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