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    • April 14, 2019 1:41 PM EDT
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      Surry Parker log loader and vicinity

      On the Durango & Jasper garden railroad [link] there's a spot to load logs onto buggies for transport to the (not yet built) sawmill). Originally, the plan was to put a spar tree there, but then I discovered the Surry Parker log loader. Instant infatuation. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of models:

       

       

      This is your standard steam driven crane with the difference being that it is built over the top of the tracks and empties run underneath the crane. I believe the deck, boiler, boom, etc. were transported to the site and then raised up on pilings to the right height.

       

      Of course, I have nothing yet. I'm started on my boiler, following the great work of Devon [link] and Rick [link] in their recent Mik builds. Not having a lathe, I needed to do something different to create the tapered top to the boiler so I am trying putty (using milliput epoxy putty recommended by boomer). We'll see how this goes.

       

      Here's where I am so far:

       

       

      Waiting for the putty to dry (tapping my toes impatiently) so I can sand it down.

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to remove a stray close paren]

       

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at April 15, 2019 9:18 PM EDT
    • April 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT
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      Jim Rowson said:

      On the Durango & Jasper garden railroad [link] there's a spot to load logs onto buggies for transport to the (not yet built) sawmill). Originally, the plan was to put a spar tree there, but then I discovered the Surry Parker log loader. Instant infatuation. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of models:

       

       

      This is your standard steam driven crane with the difference being that it is built over the top of the tracks and empties run underneath the crane. I believe the deck, boiler, boom, etc. were transported to the site and then raised up on pilings to the right height.

       

      Of course, I have nothing yet. I'm started on my boiler, following the great work of Devon [link] and Rick [link] in their recent Mik builds. Not having a lathe, I needed to do something different to create the tapered top to the boiler so I am trying putty (using milliput epoxy putty recommended by boomer). We'll see how this goes.

       

      Here's where I am so far:

       

       

      Waiting for the putty to dry (tapping my toes impatiently) so I can sand it down.

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to remove a stray close paren]

       about as neat as neat gets, oh next time try a turkey baster no drying time

       

    • April 14, 2019 5:21 PM EDT
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      Here's the one I built a few years ago.

       

    • April 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT
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      Nice, John!

    • April 14, 2019 7:16 PM EDT
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      Great project Jim.  Yea the Surry-Parker's were used mostly in the East and South areas of the country.

      Your correct they were transported on a flat or skel log car around the woods then jacked up and secured once in position.

      I have an O scale model I built abot 30 years ago still kicking around here somewhere.

    • April 15, 2019 7:31 AM EDT
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      Jim Rowson said:

      On the Durango & Jasper garden railroad [link] there's a spot to load logs onto buggies for transport to the (not yet built) sawmill). Originally, the plan was to put a spar tree there, but then I discovered the Surry Parker log loader. Instant infatuation. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of models:

       

       

       

       

      Looks like a little "EBT influence" down the track in the background.  Nicely represented, any story behind that?

       


       


       


       

       

    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
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      yikes! double post...

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at April 15, 2019 9:26 AM EDT
    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
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      Ric: That picture was for inspiration and I don't have any backstory, sorry. The picture itself appeared in an online magazine article [link].

       

      The loader appears to be from the Eagle Point Railroad [link] in Tennessee, an impressive 1/8" club, see their current track plan and an example image from their site below:

       

       

       

      The layout is big enough that the little bit of clicking around I did could not find that specific stretch of track. Maybe somebody here on the site would know...

       

      [edited to add the link to the original magazine article]

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at April 15, 2019 9:25 AM EDT
    • April 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT
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      A small funnel makes a great tapered dome for your boiler as well.

    • April 16, 2019 10:57 AM EDT
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      That's were I got mine. About 1" to 1 1/2" in dia. Find a size that fits your piece of pipe, or vis versa.

       

      This post was edited by John Bouck at April 16, 2019 11:56 AM EDT
    • April 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT
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      Thanks for the suggestions and pointers, folks!

    • April 16, 2019 9:50 PM EDT
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      Hi Jim,

      Those are all good suggestions for tapers,but, if you take a few minutes and learn to use radial line pattern development you can build any cone or funnel shape you need.  You control the larger and smaller diameters, you control the height, you control the taper, just like Outer Limits.

      Your pattern then can be placed on Styrene, brass, or any other light material and rolled up for a perfect fit on your project.

      Below is a diagram and instructions I plucked off the internet that you can take a look at to see what I am talking about. If your interested in learning this I can walk you through it step by step.

      Rick

      https://sielearning.tafensw.edu.au/toolboxes/toolbox905/3_tem/tem_t4/htm/tem4_2_3.htm

    • April 16, 2019 9:56 PM EDT
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      I love it Rick! Thanks!

    • April 16, 2019 10:38 PM EDT
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      Hey Jim, great project!!

       

      BTW, that second to the last pic you have in your initial post shows a model that I believe was built by our buddy here, Jerry Bohlander. Aka "Naptowneng," which is short for "Annapolis Engineer." 

       

      In case you don't have it, here's a Surry-Parker catalog which has a bunch of great info on their loaders:

      https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nc01.ark:/13960/t76t1pc5v;view=1up;seq=7

       

      Looking forward to seeing your build!

      Cliff

    • April 16, 2019 10:44 PM EDT
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      Thanks Cliff! And thanks for the attribution on that loader. I just found it on google images...

       

      [edited to add a Bruce Chandler photo of Jerry Bohlander's loader at a drag & bag in 2015 [link]:

       

      ]

       

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at April 16, 2019 10:51 PM EDT
    • April 16, 2019 11:26 PM EDT
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      Good deal, yeah, Jerry's model is gorgeous. 

    • April 19, 2019 12:19 AM EDT
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      Jim,

      This is great. I was going to attempt a McGiffert loader at one time

       

      I love the idea of pulling the empty cars through the loader as they are then loaded. But this is just to big a challenge that I really don't want to take the tie to tackle. So then I was thinking a spar loader as you were. But now this idea is easy to build and has that same concept as the McGiffert only not as mobile which for my layout plan wouldn't be necessary anyway. So this is a good thread. Now I have two of your projects to steal.

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    • April 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT
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      John Bouck said:

      Here's the one I built a few years ago.

       

      And of course John yours is a work of art. Was finally nice to put a face to the name and meet you in person.

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