Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Since it is narrow gauge car, it is almost double the capacity of the standard gauge cars.
The decking and side boards (which slide out of the stake pockets) are stained and varnished oak which should last a very long time. This car also weighs around 250 pounds
(I guessed 150 but as Pat pointed out, the sides themselves weigh around 50 pounds... So 250 sounds right to me!)
Its first duty was supposed to be assigned to hauling wood but I finally got my wife's cold and was out of service on Sunday. Perhaps next weekend.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Telluride yard was fairly busy. The power turbine for Pine Hill is sitting there waiting for the tower to be completed. RGS #300 and 302 are on ballast duty. The #10 locomotive is still sitting in front of the barn waiting for its motor to be repaired so it can go back to work. This crossing deck is a nice place to work on stuff out in front of the barn.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Also, the railroad has three 1970-era Railroad Supply Company gondola cars (#300, #301 and #302.) The #302 was in the best shape and is outfitted as the engineer's riding car behind the #10 locomotive. The #10 is also a 1970s-era Railroad Supply Company 4 wheel switcher. It has a 4 horse-power engine which is actually a little too much power for the little transmission will get hot after a while. It was built with a 3-hp engine but over the years of service south of Durango, Colorado, it was rebuilt.
On the workbench and around the barn are the parts for the big engine, the Rio Grande Southern #20, a 4-6-0 tenwheeler which is about 1/5 full size. It will weigh around 1000 pounds when completed. Currently, it's waiting to get the tender riveted. Once the tender is completed, the locomotive will be put together next. By this time, I hope to have the engine house which will be below the upper track (existing trackage) of the mainline and above this switchback. The upper two stalls will be heated and for locomotives. The lower 3 stalls will be for rail cars.
I am going to talk to another railroad friend about buying a flatcar from him which is a narrow gauge car and will be used with those gondolas to build the railroad.
Once the railroad is built, those gondolas will be retired and put into maintenance of way service, used less, because of their age, construction and that their trucks are worn out.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Wood Spur (to the outdoor water wood stove.)
Dogwood Bridge (56' long, 4' high with a track turnout in the middle)
Tracks 1 and 2 at Telluride
Mainline from Dogwood Bridge to Pine Hill
Pine Hill Siding
Turnout switch for Engine House track.
Upper switch back tail track
Currently I am ballasting the mainline and the tracks through the end of the switchback tail track to set the grade and superelevation. Tracks are not that bad overall, just some settling over the past year.
Then I will put in the switchback middle track which has the carbarn (leanto) track turnout switch in the middle.