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    • April 28, 2019 2:13 AM EDT
    • Well Easter Sunday Railroad Run Day came and went.....with ONLY a few glitches :). Like the military always says about a battle.....you go into it with all kinds of plans. As soon as the "first shot" is fired, the "plans" are tossed. Pretty much how the day went here :). The gardeners left about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon and I immediately started laying the track panels in the grassy area and proceeded up the front walkway. Just dropped the panels in a rough manner so I could see if I could fit the curved track according to my drawings.

      Well the radius on the track was not close enough to the drawing.....I wanted 25 ft. and apparently I was closer to 26-1/2-27 feet. Just enough of an error to throw off trying to fit the walkway and still meet the #5 turnout in the driveway. Bummer.....:(. That pretty much shot the hell out of any more work until early Friday morning. And I'm already worn out :)! Get up bright and early at 7 a.m. Friday morning and it's already 75 degrees! First thing I do is to disassemble a couple of curved panels and sharpen the radius a little. That procedure takes a few hours. Finally by the time the sun goes down on Friday evening, I needed to take a break. Here is a photo of the track in the grass area. Of course the CFO of the RR has placed Easter Bunnies and white picket fences (guarding the eggs) that the chief track layer NOW has to avoid.

       

      Saturday morning rears its "ugly head" and I have an eye doctor appointment right in the middle of the day. Nothing much gets accomplished until near the time the sun sets again. All the track is layed out and it looks like it will fit. All I have to do early Sunday morning is slide the panels together with the track joiners. My daughter and son-in-law and three grandkids arrive at 9:30am. Then the "chaos" really starts :). My son-in-law helped me to slide all the track together, check the joints and try a test run, while the grandkids are running in all directions on an "Easter Egg Hunt" Finally my son-in-law and I are ready to get the engines and rolling stock out. Of course by this time, I have more neighborhood kids in the front yard and sidewalk I've never seen before. Ah trains......like a Pied Piper.....:). Below are a few photos I managed to take during the day.

       

      2-1/2 yr. old Christopher is already into Grandpa's tools and has completely filled the reefer with plastic Easter Eggs!

       

      He has also discovered the bag of new plastic wheel chocks from Accutie and starting to scatter them in fifteen different directions. I finally got him to place the wheel chocks on the track so the rolling stock would not start down the street.

       

      The kids decided they wanted to run these cars in the first train. First time the restored caboose has run since its "rework".

       

      3-1/2 yr. old Jason first time at the throttle :).

       

      He wanted the headlight on so he would be ready to run at night.

       

      Under Dad's watchful eye.

       

      Carefully going through the new #5 tuirnout and doing some switching on the siding. His Dad and I came up with some switching "puzzles" for him to solve and switching cars around.

       

      Son-in-law getting a little throttle time :).

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • April 24, 2019 8:48 AM EDT
    • Want to have an enjoyable waste of an hour or two?  Google "Rube Goldberg".

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      This has wondered from the original intent of the Topic?  Anyone able to come up with a better idea of scale?  I'm actually beginning to think 1/2 scale and a full size engine running on 15 inch track for an industrial purpose.

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      Your thoughts?

       

    • April 23, 2019 9:26 PM EDT
    • Word on the street is Rube was the illegitimate son of Seth Wilmarth

    • April 23, 2019 6:15 PM EDT
    • I admire Rube and his drawings/creations.

    • April 23, 2019 7:58 AM EDT
    • Rube Goldburg sure has gotten a bad rap over the years.  I wonder if he was trying to understand how a steam engine works and get it to go down the track.  I have no idea who originally built this thing and when I originaly saw it, I walked away thinking "Wow, what a mess".  I made a ridiculous low ball offer for it and it was accepted.  If it never goes down the track, I have still learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  

        

    • April 21, 2019 3:36 PM EDT
    • In person it looks like something Rube Goldberg put together...........

    • April 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT
    • Well that sure is cool no matter what scale!!!  Thanks for the pics.

    • April 21, 2019 9:32 AM EDT
    • Sorry guys, got the other pictures posted, as to their address, but I can't seem to make them show or get it posted the right way.

      Gary, we run this style engine at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers in upstate New York, Eagle Point Railroad in Dunlap, Tn. and the Ridge Live Steamers in Dundee, Fl.  There is a track 4 hours north, near Chicago, and 2 hours west on the other side of St. Louis.  Most tracks are 7.5 inches between the rail, but in the northeast, they are 7.25 between the rail.  As Ken says, right now its setup for 7.5, but plan to make the wheels adjustable on the axles  so they could be set for 7.25 and maybe all the way to 12 inch.  Its all a work in progress and my final goal is to put a body around it like Pete's Trams or Steam Dummies.

    • April 21, 2019 9:21 AM EDT
    • Front

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/12523/tram-1904202-jpg

      Right (starboard) side

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/12523/tram-1904203-jpg

      Back

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/12523/tram-1904204-jpg

       

    • April 21, 2019 8:48 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:
      Gary Buchanan, FOG said:

      If it's gauged to ruin 7.5" track, where are you going to run it ?

      In talking to Ric, I'm pretty sure the gauge is adjustable by sliding the wheels in and out. (But don't quote me on that, cause that may be another one he has)

      Here's where he would like to run it: http://www.ridgelivesteamers.org/index.htm

       

    • April 21, 2019 8:41 AM EDT
    • Gary Buchanan, FOG said:

      If it's gauged to ruin 7.5" track, where are you going to run it ?

      In talking to Ric, I'm pretty sure the gauge is adjustable by sliding the wheels in and out. (But don't quote me on that)

    • April 21, 2019 8:19 AM EDT
    • If it's gauged to ruin 7.5" track, where are you going to run it ?

    • April 21, 2019 8:04 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

       

      that is definitely not "Barbie scale"!

      that looks like Halfling scale.

    • April 20, 2019 8:55 PM EDT
    • Jan Golding said:
      I've got 3 more pictures to post. 

       

       

       

      Will patiently wait on the other two!

    • April 20, 2019 12:52 PM EDT
    • Long time since I posted pictures and only got this far with Ken's and AndyC's help.  This should be the Tram's Port (left) side.  For some reason the picture is upside down.  Can one of you "Confuser Guru's" turn it right side up and get it the right side.  I've got 3 more pictures to post. 

       

      http://largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_2132/Tram/Tram%201904201.jpg

       

       

    • April 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      I will stop by on Sunday on my drive from Fresno to Phoenix!

      Pete,

      IF your serious, it will be too late for the "work gloves". But you are welcome to drop by. Email me for my address in Burbank. grmstd at gmail dot com

    • April 20, 2019 3:39 AM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      I will stop by on Sunday on my drive from Fresno to Phoenix!

      Bring your work gloves.............

    • April 20, 2019 12:56 AM EDT
    • I will stop by on Sunday on my drive from Fresno to Phoenix!