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    • November 19, 2019 8:14 PM EST
    • So the picture is of the boiler from the Tram and the single cylinder marine engine, "naked" of all the plumbing and apparel.  Motor mounts are sitting in place and unattached.  The frame and wheels are a Conner Beam project purchased in Semester 2.  That was 2016, man have I learned a lot since then.  I think its time to end this post and begin a new one dedicated to "The Assembly of Mariner".  Hope to be working on this down at Ridge this Winter. 

    • November 19, 2019 8:00 PM EST


      Its just more fun every time.


    • November 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST
    • 19 November, 2019 - Rail Buggy works, we are back in Carlyle for Thanksgiving, ride on scale work bench(motorcycle lift) is empty and time to advance another project forward.  First job - grind the old boiler mounts off the boiler and prep the boiler surface for the new mounts.  That got done today.  Next step, cut and prep new mounts to be welded to the boiler.  They got cut and I'll try to grind them smooth, plus drill the holes for mounting in the next couple of days.  In the mean time, everything is moved, scootched, slid and proded in to place on the Conner Beam frame.  Are we starting over?  Nah, just starting a new semester.  I'll get a new picture posted.

    • November 19, 2019 11:00 PM EST
    • Here ya go, Ric 



      I'm interested in watching this come together.  thanks for taking us on the journey with you.

    • November 19, 2019 8:33 PM EST
    • Who knows, maybe I'll remember how to post pictures again as I document this.  Stay tuned, if you wish.

    • November 19, 2019 8:31 PM EST
    • 19 November, 2019 - Carlyle, Illinois


      I'm starting a new thread on the merging of the "Tram" boiler and single cylinder marine engine with a "Conner Beam" frame, I've had for a number of years.  This resolves my wheel spacing and suspension concerns.


      Once again I try to post a picture.



    • November 14, 2019 11:33 PM EST
    • Hey, cool, the gang over at Starship Modeler space and sci-fi modeling forum is also talking about this, and several have said they are model railroaders.

    • November 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • Quite impressive and it only took him 26 years ...... not sure I could accomplish what he has in a lifetime even if I had the money, skill and time.  I agree with Noel, its great to have someone with Rod's celebrity status in the hobby.  Maybe he is ready to move to the big boy trains outside 

    • November 14, 2019 5:03 PM EST
    • Pretty darn realistic!

    • November 14, 2019 1:56 PM EST
    • Pretty cool. Where article mentions how he'd take his skyscraper builds and other projects on the road with him, several years ago an article in Model Railroader where part of it recounted how he was working on them in a room in some hotel somewhere and it was not summer weather and he had the windows open, it was bitterly cold in the room but he wanted to make progress!

      And then there was the time he did a bunch of ground turf landscaping & when friends and helpers came over it was pointed out that his color blindness had led him to put down red grass!

      Oh well, it's all in a day's model railroading!

    • November 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST
    • It's great to see a person like him in this hobby.  Love the detail on what he did to his layout and show what can be done.  Course money talks to.

    • November 14, 2019 10:38 AM EST
    •    There isn't anything about this guy I'm not insanely jealous of! (Except the hideous English accent and the fact that he got prostrate cancer....of course, he beat it.)


          A few years ago he spent $65,000 in 50 minutes in Caboose Hobbies on brass locomotives and everything else tha caught his fancy. Pulled up at ten minutes to closing in a big white van with a driver and a tall girl in a short, skin-tight white dress . They stayed open for him..yah think?




    • November 14, 2019 2:44 AM EST
    • Jan Golding said:
      Yes, it runs on 7.5 inch track.  Windy, overcast and a cold front made it drop to high 50's, today.  However, the Rail Buggy had to go around the track a couple of times at the Ridge Live Steamers outside Dundee, Florida.

      Yup, it went from 70 to 35 here in 24 hours. 

    • November 13, 2019 9:53 PM EST

      That's just too cool, Ric.

    • November 13, 2019 9:29 PM EST
    • Yep, still struggling to show pictures.  Thanks in advance for help, getting it to show.


      This was the big test, was the idea going to work.  Yep, it was successful.  So now I guess the next test is will it still run on the 4 3/4 inch track and then

      7.25 inch needs to be tested, also.  Next part of this project is getting couplers to line up for both 1 inch and 1.5 inch scale, both front and rear.  It came with a 1 inch scale height coupler on the rear and I added the 1.5 inch coupler on the front.  They have to follow the IBLS standards to match everyone else.





    • November 13, 2019 9:11 PM EST


      Yes, it runs on 7.5 inch track.  Windy, overcast and a cold front made it drop to high 50's, today.  However, the Rail Buggy had to go around the track a couple of times at the Ridge Live Steamers outside Dundee, Florida.

    • November 8, 2019 8:25 PM EST
    • Send me the buggy! I'll fix it up for Aunt Jan already has ditch lites which is probably why she bought it anyway!