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    • January 19, 2020 7:39 PM EST
    • Love the boiler jacket! 

       

      Not Russian iron I suppose ....but the blueing is gorgeous and I don't even like steam!

    • January 19, 2020 7:32 PM EST
    • Dan, i especially appreciate that, i machined the raw castings and got to toot it the first time!

    • January 19, 2020 6:34 PM EST
    • I enjoyed that, Eric.  Thanks for sharing.  I especially liked the steam whistle, I love that sound.

    • January 19, 2020 6:17 PM EST
    • Kent,  two foot gauge stuff is "small"  though Bridgton and Saco #7 and #8 are on the line this week and they dont feel so small at 38 tons. SR&RL 6 is only 18 tons.

    • January 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST
    • Fantastic plumes and that sound system is great Eric. You've set the bar right high with this build.

      Thanks for the video of Maine two footers

    • January 19, 2020 5:11 PM EST
    • Great video!

      That's either a real big guy drivin that thing or that's a very small locomotive.................

    • January 19, 2020 4:56 PM EST
    • The long awaited Accucraft Maine Forney is due any day as it has been for some time....this is not that, sorry!  "Maybe February"

      I modified the WW&F #9 to resemble herself back in the SR&RL days.  It required some model making skills.  The first thing to tackle was the number plate.  we had a blank replica plate, so all that needed doing was to make a brass #9 ...er... I mean #6  to match.

       

      I sawed this out of some 0.093" brass plate I had in stock same stuff I made the frame for my 1:20 scale model of #9 from! there is "Emma's" smoke box above for scale...

      I had to open the smoke box door and remove the heat shield to get to the bolts holding the number plate!  I flipped the numbers in the headlights. They didnt try to fall out until I flipped em back...that probably says something about the engine's preferences?

      We ordered some lettering from a vinyl shop which I applied to black painted magnetic sheets for the side of the tender tank.

      They are a little bigger than Stan's typical work! I varnished over every thing to blend the "shine" and protect the work just as we had done on the original tank sides.  They were actually quite a bit smoother, shinier and blacker than the tank is now.  I decided to paint two blank magnetic sheets to cover the rough sides above and below the herald.  Because the cab is wood I didnt really think the magnets would stick so I made thin plywood panel, painted them black and applied the number  a couple of tacks into the cab frame were enough to unobtrusively hold the panels.

      finally the day came.  we fired up and collected three SR&RL coaches, Combine 14 (who's nice clerestory roof burnt off back in the day, her sister coach(11?) sorry I cannot keep the numbers straight in my head, and the Parlor car Rangely

    • January 14, 2020 9:34 AM EST
    • Yup... think ,  a lot like a bottom feed sand blaster....

    • January 13, 2020 2:37 PM EST
    • Dave,

       

      I am following all this and one final detail is eluding me. I get the sand bin and dryer and that dry sand falls on the floor. Then you say the shop air or loco air pushed the sand up to the tower/tank. This must be done by some sort of a venture feed system? Do they shovel the dry sand off the floor and dump it in some sort of hopper that then is fed by the air and sucks the sand out of the bin and up into  he tower?

       

    • January 12, 2020 5:16 PM EST
    • Chris's third photo, the one of the outside tower, is Chama's tower, not Durango's.

       

      In Chama, when we use the sand tower to fill the sand dome on 315,  two means are available.   

       

      Sand gets to the C&TS two ways,    1-  50 lb bags, kept in the sand house,    Grab one throw it on the deck (repeat as necessary), climb up and throw them up on the boiler. climb up on the boiler, open sand dome lid, and hoist the bag up, cut open, fill dome (repeat) Take empty sand bag, and add BTU's to the fire.  At Antonito all sanding is done manually.

      Sand does get to the sand house in about 3ft around bags of bulk sand.  It is fed into the dryer, and then compressed air is used to send it up to the outside overhead tank.  Most of the time compressed "Shop Air" is used to send it up.

       

      In Chama at the sanding tower, there is an air hose that can be attached to the Engines Brake line air hose, thats located at the front coupler, to provide compressed air to run the sand feed system.  This air is compressed and fed from the compressors.

       

      Dave

       

    • January 11, 2020 11:07 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:
      Dan Hilyer said:
      Devon Sinsley said:
      Rooster ' said:

      Wait???

       

       They had sand in 1880???

       

      No way ...not buying it!

      You should know you're old enough to have been around when sand and dirt were invented.

      I confirmed with the wife that sand was indeed discovered prior to the late 1800’s. She said she didn’t remember the exact year but she did remember there was a lot of media coverage when it happened and she thinks she was in her early teens 

       

      Boy, I hope she doesn’t read this 

      So you are saying that the wife is older than sand ? 

      "Bu ... bu.... bu...but Honey, I swear someone hijacked my account.  You know I would never do that" 

    • January 11, 2020 9:41 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:
      Devon Sinsley said:
      Rooster ' said:

      Wait???

       

       They had sand in 1880???

       

      No way ...not buying it!

      You should know you're old enough to have been around when sand and dirt were invented.

      I confirmed with the wife that sand was indeed discovered prior to the late 1800’s. She said she didn’t remember the exact year but she did remember there was a lot of media coverage when it happened and she thinks she was in her early teens 

       

      Boy, I hope she doesn’t read this 

      So you are saying that the wife is older than sand ? 

    • January 11, 2020 9:32 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Rooster ' said:

      Wait???

       

       They had sand in 1880???

       

      No way ...not buying it!

      You should know you're old enough to have been around when sand and dirt were invented.

      I confirmed with the wife that sand was indeed discovered prior to the late 1800’s. She said she didn’t remember the exact year but she did remember there was a lot of media coverage when it happened and she thinks she was in her early teens 

       

      Boy, I hope she doesn’t read this 

    • January 11, 2020 9:10 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:

      Wait???

       

       They had sand in 1880???

       

      No way ...not buying it!

      You should know you're old enough to have been around when sand and dirt were invented.

    • January 11, 2020 6:57 PM EST
    • Wait???

       

       They had sand in 1880???

       

      No way ...not buying it!

    • January 11, 2020 5:11 PM EST
    • On the steam engines the sand is delivered to the tracks by air pressure that is produced by the engines air compressor and this would have been the same air that was connected to the sand house, I believe 

    • January 11, 2020 4:58 PM EST
    • The practice of hand sanding went on for a long time, in this case the Twin Seams Mining Company was still doing it when this picture was taken in 1959.

       

    • January 11, 2020 4:42 PM EST
    • One thing that would be an issue using steam is that the sand would get wet, dry air is a necessary. lots of manual labor here, somebody hat to shovel out of a gondola into the outside bin, then had to shovel or otherwise move inside and shovel into the screened area atop the stove. then as it dried it would in theory land on the floor, but more often than not it probably needed some help, the next step is unclear to me, but I suspect the Dry air was used to create a vacuum to suck the sand up into the hopper. when filling the sand dome from the hose I think it is strictly gravity feed, which can be problematic as well.

       

      as you can see from Chris's Photo's the standard today is the 5 gal plastic pail. much easier to deal with than a temperamental delivery hose.

       

      AL P.

    • January 11, 2020 4:14 PM EST
    • If I remember correctly when I was doing research on mine that some times the steam engines supplied air pressure to the sand house system to move the sand, but I'll have to find my notes and that will be a project all in it's own.sand house

    • January 11, 2020 2:05 PM EST
    • And of course, there is the B&O Railroad Museum just down the street (well, 15 miles away!)  The Light Rail will take you into town and from there it is a short walk.  Large Scale garden RR out in the back.  And the Allegheny.  And the Yellow Jacket.  And the best collection of Victorian steam locomotives in the country.